Welcome to the latest news from Channel McGilchrist. During these times of uncertainty, the sense of urgency for a movement back to the right hemisphere feels even more pronounced as we increasingly tip into a worryingly left hemisphere dominant world. We hope that through Channel McGilchrist you have been able to receive some source of solace, comfort and inspiration as well as providing a place where you can find broader ways of understanding and dealing with the complexities of our modern world. The good news is that as Dr McGilchrist says, the right hemisphere can come back very quickly if we give it the chance to do so. Spending time with nature, practising mindfulness, listening to poetry, enjoying great art, dancing and generally being more embodied in the world are all incredibly important. Over the last few months, Dr McGilchrist has been refining his latest book, The Matter With Things, and he is pleased to report that it is almost there. In the member’s area of Channel McGilchrist, he will be reading excerpts from his new book over the next few weeks, as well as sharing some new points for discussion in the discussion forum. If you are interested in accessing the member’s area, you can read more here.
If you missed Dr McGilchrist’s lecture with The Weekend University, it is now available in the non- member’s area of Channel McGilchrist. Dr McGilchrist’s lecture, entitled The Brain & Culture: A Symbiotic Relationship, formed part of The Weekend University’s July 2020 event on Psychology and Culture. Here Iain discusses how all in Nature is interconnected: all processes are interactive. The brain and the world (which it exists to bring into being for us) are no exceptions to this. Our brains mould the world and the world moulds our brains. Given the capacity for each hemisphere to attend to the world differently, and therefore make some aspects of the world stand forward at the expense of others, different cultures may come to emphasise different ‘takes’ on the world. Iain considers some ways in which this has worked itself out historically in the West, and whether seeing this can help us get a new perspective on what we see happening around us in the world today. Also available free with Channel McGilchrist Membership.
Last month Dr McGilchrist had a conversation with Cressida Bonas for her second podcast series, Love Itself, a follow-on from her very popular and successful first series, Fear Itself. Keep an eye on the social media channels and Cressida’s podcast as it should be out in the next week or so. The trailer gives you an overview of the next series and you can hear Dr McGilchrist briefly towards the end of the clip here.
The Free Articles section is continually growing as more of you submit articles for review. These are articles written by others who have been inspired by The Master and His Emissary, the broader implications of its message and have demonstrated its applicability across a diverse range of fields. Below you can find an excerpt from Rod Tweedy’s brilliant article on Psychotherapy and the Divided Brain:
Psychotherapy and the divided brain
The relationship between the two hemispheres of the brain is increasingly seen as central to our well-being and mental health, as a number of leading neuroscientists and psychotherapists have observed. Hemispheric imbalances and disconnections underlie many of our most prevalent forms of mental distress and disturbance, including schizophrenia, depression, autism, psychopathy, and alexithymia, as well as many relational and dissociative pathologies, including borderline, narcissistic, schizoid and paranoid personality disorders. A contemporary understanding of the nature of the divided brain is therefore of importance in engaging with and treating these conditions. As Cozolino strikingly observes: “psychotherapy can serve as a means to reintegrate the patient’s disconnected hemispheres”, noting that “the integration of dissociated processing systems is often a central focus of treatment”.
Join PoetryEast from the London Buddhist Centre for a conversation with Iain McGilchrist. Part One premiered on Tuesday 13th October at 7pm and Part two ‘The Making of the Western World’ will take place on Tues 20th Oct, 7pm (BST). Jananavaca and Maitreyabandhu (from the London Buddhist Centre) will be in conversation with Dr McGilchirst about brain science, transcendence, poetry, and art.
Poetry is one of the most potent ways of re-connecting, of embodying the world again through our senses, body, emotions with metaphor, myth and the imagination. As Dr McGilchrist says, ‘Metaphor means to carry across. Metaphor carries us across the gap between the inner and outer world to encounter deep truths through the language of myth and poetry.’
Dr McGilchrist continues to record his daily poetry readings and has confirmed that he will be reading a poem a day for one year, so we will have a wonderful selection of 365 poems. The poetry readings, along with shorter videos on fascinating topics for discussion, are now available for you to share with friends from the website.
Dr Iain McGilchrist will be taking part in the Beyond the Brain event in November. Beyond the Brain is the world’s premier conference series exploring new research on whether and how consciousness and mind extend beyond the physical brain and body. The speakers taking part are all at the cutting edges of their fields and will be discussing innovative research strategies to probe the nature of consciousness. You will gain a vital overview and a deeper understanding of how consciousness research is expanding the horizons of science. Click here for more information and to book your ticket.
The next Zoom call that members have organised will be taking place on Thursday 15th October from 7- 8.30 pm UK time and the topic chosen for this session is ‘Education – how and what can be done to restore a more embodied approach to learning.” If you are interested in finding out about membership you can do so here.
Thank you for reading,
The Channel McGilchrist team