Want More Brain Power - Tap Into the Right Side of Your Brain

Before and After - drawing on the right side of the brain
Before and After - drawing on the right side of the brain
Before and After - Drawing on the right side of the brain
Before and After - Drawing on the right side of the brain

The secret to tapping into your unused part of your brain may be as easy as doing a drawing each day.

Drawing is unique in how it accesses part of the brain that we infrequently use.

Scientists agree there are two ways of knowing and seeing things. These are the verbal and anaylitic mode dealing with numbers and words, and the visual creative side dealing with emotions visual images and perception of the world around us.These two sides use two very different parts of the brain, the right and the left side.

By Drawing you stimulate the right side of your brain, today we mostly only access our left side - our analytical side. 80% of the population is left-brain dominant just fewer than 20% of all people, throughout history, have been right-brain dominant.

It's easy to see why as our educational system is based on developing left-brain skills: reading, writing and arithmetic.

Right-brain tendencies among children were thereby discouraged, and the minority who actually are right-brain dominant often have a difficult time learning in this heavily left-brain school environment.

It's little wonder so many exceptionally rigth brain creative people, including Einstein, Edison, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Bill Gates had trouble in school!

There is now enough evidence - and it makes sense - to suggest stimulating both sides of your brain increases your brain power.

Sounds easy enough but how to you go about doing it?

First you need to learn how to access your right side of your brain, known as the R-Mode of your brain.

Today's World is not made for R-Mode.

As mentioned above, It's easy to see how we are not used to accessing our right side. In today's world, from our schooling and most well paid jobs we have been taught to more often access only our L-Mode side of the brain.

By only accessing our left side of the brian "We are missing out of accessing a large part of our brain" - From The Fabric of Mind, by the eminent scientist and neurosurgeon, Richard Bergland. Viking Penguin, Inc., New York

Our right brain is our nonverbal and intuitive brain - the way it thinks in patterns, or pictures, composed of ‘whole things,’ and does not comprehend reductions, either numbers, letters, or words. Unfortunately in today's world we are less likely to put value to a drawing in class - it's just seen as a break form the real subjects like maths, english aand so on. These's little reward for using our R-Mode.

It's time we paid a bit more attention to our neglected R-Mode - or right side of the brain.

Learning to draw means learning to make a mental shift from L-mode to R-mode. That is what a person trained in drawing does, and that is what you can easily learn.

How to Really Draw?

It does not matter if you feel you have little talent and doubt you could ever learn. Or you might enjoy drawing but have not been able to get beyond a child-like level. You need to really draw - not just stick figures like what i used to do but real drawing - this is drawing exactly what you see.

There are certain techniques that aid you into drawing ONLY exactly what you see - like, copying a picture upside down - this way the mind cannot trick itself into trying to get around drawing what's in front of you.

This technique and others are on a book by Betty Edwards called - "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain".

It's amazing as some of the results Betty has been able to get over the years, time and time again her techniques have proved effective.

An artist from Australia is well trained in this techniqe and teaches Drawing on the right side of the brain, Vivienne Nelson does this in her Newcastle Art Lessons, where she teaches on the NSW coast of Australia.

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Uma Shankari 8 years ago from Bangalore

Hi john,

I enjoyed reading this. I am one of those with a phobia of 'I cannot draw more than a line'. I always thought that drawing could hold a key to developing (right side of the) brain. In South India we have a tradition of drawing geometrical designs called kolams early in the morning in front of our houses. You can google to get information on this. Apart from drawing lines and curves to make designs, one can also use dots to do the same. The effects are exhilarating. Most importantly, spatial relations- like mirror symmetry - can be learnt almost playfully.


Uma Shankari

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johnngd 8 years ago from Sydney Author

Thanks Uma for your post, I really enjoyed it and love how you've talked about your own drawing ritual of Kolams! I have googled them and love them to bits! I especially like this one - http://www.russillpaul.com/i/kolam/bright_kolam.jp... (it's so bright and colourful) i bet they get even more intricate though?

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Rik Ravado 8 years ago from England

The whole right brain thing is very interesting - nice Hub! We can all benefit from being more creative.

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apx 8 years ago

Great hub, nicely done, I was wondering though, if some people are artistic to start with, is there any way to tap into the left-side of the brain? Cause from what I've learned, I'm a "right-brainer"

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johnngd 8 years ago from Sydney Author

Thanks apx, that's a good question - Is there a way to tap into your Left side of your brain? Because the left hand side of the brain deasl with logic, sequence, and a memory of rwords the best exercise you can do are maths equations and writing. Apparently 80% of the population are left-brain dominant, so you are one of the lucky ones that creativity comes more natural to your :)

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Froggy213 8 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico

very good hub,we must use what God has given us--if we were to use our brains to there full capability just think what we could accomplish. Thumbs up!!

Dr.B.Parameswari 8 years ago

This article is really interesting bcoz i am person dealing with Left and rifght side of the brain and has come out with few techniques to utilize both sides properly.

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johnngd 8 years ago from Sydney Author

Thanks Dr.B.Parameswari, I'ld be most interested in reading about some of your techniques... are they on a website somewhere?

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flutterbug77 8 years ago from USA

The brain needs to be excercised so that we can retain information. Thanks for a fascinating article.

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einron 8 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

Great hub.  Some members of my family are artistic, but I am not.  But i wish I could draw.  My father taught art to High Schoolers.  However, I can make a fair copy of some objects.

I have been to Melbourne and Sydney and I think Sydney harbour is lovely. I really like the Opera House. I find Melbourne's weather a bit difficult having four types of weather in one day.

Justin 7 years ago

thanks i enjoyed reading your ideas they really helped me.

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zzron 6 years ago from Houston, TX.

Awesome hub. I love this topic as well as drawing and all kinds of art.

bettlebug 6 years ago

I am a right brainer! I got creative with philosophy and some of the stuff I have come up with is ridiculous. But it is a loser you cant make money from philosophy.

The point I am trying to make is that you do not have to draw to be creative you can write, film, use fabrics.

Touphiq 5 years ago

I am an avrage student when it comes to drawing, but I love to draw. Now am working and trying to survive in ghana. Are there any altenative ways of developing my R-mode.

Branden 5 years ago

Possibly a dumb question but, I've heard in the past (Egypt, the myans) they were much more knowledgeable than we are. Could this be because the majority of those times people were right brained.... all the hyroglyphs(bad speller) alphabet and things of the sort are all pictures or visual expresions of what went on... history????

Mellow 5 years ago

I was held back in 2nd grade and 7th grade. School was boaring, While absent from school My 8th grade Catholic school teacher told a whole classroom of students i was dead and didn't know it. Last year "MY" company grossed 1.4 million dollars and i now serve some of the wealthiest people in the world. I also explain things so deep they get lost. its like i see things in my head like a blueprint or tree in which i am the only one who is not lost. I solve problems in my head at 330 am while rolling over jump up and jot it down then go back to sleep.

Mia 5 years ago

I want to be ALbert Einstein smart! How do I do it?

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innocent 3 years ago

awesome ...i used to draw when i was small ...and the same case applies to almost everyone when he/she was in kindergarten .That explains why many of us used to perform so well ...until rules came up that we had to do figures .Bummer !! the ther is a paradigm shift that favours us now and this should be encouraged up to the highschool level .

bconklin 2 years ago

I was just practicing drawing with my left hand ... and came up with a bunch of squiggles (just letting my hand do what it wanted). Then I thought I'd check out the topic and came across this page first. I knew about the book "Drawing on the Right Side of Your Brain." Wasn't sure if it matters which hand you use. Anyway, I did experience a bit of mental relaxation if nothing else.

Nollie 20 months ago

Short, sweet, to the point, FREaxe-Ectly as information should be!

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