I am reading a book whose full title is The Power of Your Other Hand: A Course in Channeling the Inner Wisdom of the Right Brain. On the back of the book it says:

Through the exercises in this book you can discover the power that lies hidden in your other hand. The exercises will help you explore and understand your thoughts and feelings on a completely different level, finding out things about yourself that have been buried or concealed for quite some time.

The definition of “the other hand” is that it is the hand you do not normally use when writing. I normally write using my right hand, that makes my left hand “the other hand”.

Reading and working with this book requires an open mind. You need to let unexpected things happen without judging what makes it happen. It felt very strange the first time my other hand started writing on its own. When writing with your regular hand your mind knows in advance what shall be written. But when the other hand writes you have no idea what will turn up, you read while it is written just as if someone else was writing.

Through the “other hand” exercises and experiments in this course, Lucia Capacchione will show you how to:
– Talk to your inner child.
– Find aid in recovery from addictions.
– Channel the deep inner wisdom of your True Self.
– Help your body to heal.
– Heal your relationships.
– Uncover hidden artistic abilities.
– Change negative attitudes about yourself.

I have focused on the exercises that use writing with the other hand. There are also exercises where you draw with your other hand, they are interesting. The book has a great mix of exercises that help you explore the power of the other hand.

Using the techniques from the book has helped me in my personal development. Being in touch with your inner child, your true self, adds another dimension to life. And the better you know yourself, the better you understand other people.

This was originally posted at Zen And More, another blog of mine.