‘Stroke of insight’ – into nirvana


Jill Bolte Taylor: STROKE of insight: TED TALKS: documentary, lecture, talk:

Jill Bolte Taylor got a research opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: She had a massive stroke, and watched as her brain functions — motion, speech, self-awareness — shut down one by one. An astonishing story.

Brain researcher Jill Bolte Taylor studied her own stroke as it happened — and has become a powerful voice for brain recovery.

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2 Replies to “‘Stroke of insight’ – into nirvana”

  1. We loved this documentary. In fact we discussed in our weekly meditation meeting as well. The challenge is to identify that which we have never known before. How will we know what it is, if we happen to stumble upon it.


    1. Hi – thanks.

      I think we just know when an insight is an insight.

      However we do well to challenge ourselves as to its authenticity and value – because we also generate ‘froth’ – from our egotism.

      There are criteria to question our intuitions (intuition generates insights when given the right stimuli & knowledge foundation).

      Doesn’t Plato say that all knowledge is within us – it’s a matter of the right stimulation to get it out as self-revelation and revealing of the self. One process is Socratic Dialogue – the best modern version is Prof Matthew Lipman’s Philosophy for Children/Adults.

      The best set of criteria to examine that which ‘bubbles up’ that I’ve found comes from Baha’i teachings – but some of the criteria must go back via Islam to, at least, the Ancient Greeks;

      The first 5 of these criteria are in this passage;

      ‘…in the human material world of phenomena these four (the senses, reason, traditions, & inspiration) are the only existing criteria or avenues of knowledge, and all of them are faulty and unreliable.  What then remains?  How shall we attain the reality of knowledge?  By the breaths and promptings of the Holy Spirit, which is light and knowledge itself.  Through it the human mind is quickened and fortified into true conclusions and perfect knowledge.’                                                                    
      Promulgation of Universal Peace pp 22-23

      However we can add a few more; consultation with others, inner and outer dialogue, finding principles in sacred scriptures, pray for guidance …….

      By combining some or all of these we can sort the wheat from the chaff.


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