We rely on the left brain, with its close attunement to the outer world and to logic, to order most of our action and control our responses to events in our lives. Meanwhile we neglect and discount the other half of the brain, a half that’s more inwardly oriented and gives us our greatest capacity for intuition. Awakening Intuition, Dr. Mona Lisa Schulz

The brain has two hemispheres. The left brain, considered the masculine brain, is experienced as the rational mind, just the facts please, focusing on the external reality. The right brain, or feminine brain, is the source of our knowing, our intuition, our instincts, focusing on the inner life.

The divine masculine can be said to be the vision (left brain) while the divine feminine is the energy that takes that inspiration, and works to live or embody the vision, and it an actuality (right brain).

In this way, Dr. Mona Lisa Schulz, who is a neuropsychiatrist, neuroscientist as well as a medical intuitive, says “the two hemispheres compliment each other.” So how come we have such a difficult time honoring our right brain, the source of our knowing, our intuition.

While it is true that we live in a culture that is left brain dominant, Dr. Mona Lisa says, “The left brain tends to lord it over the right. . .What’s more it will actively deny the perception of the right brain. . .”

THAT might make you laugh or cry.

embodied_male_femaleThe right side of the brain controls the left side of the body, so the left side of the body embodies the feminine. The left half of the brain controls the right side of the body, the right side of the body embodying the masculine.

In ancient Greece, some of the participants in the annual processional to the Parthenon would dress in women’s clothing on their left side, and in male clothing on their right side. In ancient Greece there was no separation between the secular (left brain) and the sacred (right brain). Even though by this time women had lost many basic rights, the divine feminine still had a voice.

An auto mechanic once told me that women take better care of their cars because they listen to the sounds that their car is making and will bring it in for service. A man will not even hear the problem. That is the feminine brain working for us.

I have noticed that when I am experiencing mental stress, it is usually the right side of my body that actually feels the stress. My feminine side will be quiet and knowing, waiting for me to come back to my senses. The left brain (masculine) can ravage the feminine in its drive for facts and results and perfection.

There is tremendous value in learning to listen to and honor the messages from the feminine brain. For direction in our lives, in creating health, to help with everyday choices. Ask yourself, “How can I begin to honor the wisdom of the feminine, or right brain, in my life today?”

I would love to hear from you. Join in the conversation on Facebook.


5 Responses to The Feminine Brain

  1. Amazing post, Linnette. I adore Dr. Mona Lisa and I’ll have to read Awakening Intuition. Posts like this and blogs like yours help me to love and accept myself better. Have you ever read My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor? It’s wonderful!

  2. Yes we need to honour our right brains more! As an Art Therapist I see the power of art to engage the right brain and bring about balance between both sides.

  3. Ellie Di says:

    Neuropyschology brings out the happy nerd in me; it was my favourite class in my psych undergrad. I love seeing that people are taking the science and applying it to spirituality. We have so much to learn – on both sides – from blending the two world approaches.

  4. This is an insightful post Linnette, by striving to express and apply both energies equally we can only yield magical results. I have increasingly come across more and more women and men willing to communicate as who they are and step out of conformity. As more people become aware of the synergy of these energies and practise it in everyday life, a greater impetus is created for it to become a norm.

  5. Tanja says:

    Interesting post, Linnette! I love the idea of being able to listen to both sides of my brain: my intuitive and my logical side. Each one has its strengths, and each one its weaknesses if if I rely on it on it on its own. But when I can combine both, it feels like magic happens :-)