Achieving Enlightenment And Discovering Your "Other Self" – Jill's Amazing Discovery During A Stroke

Amazing video. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. I want you all to watch this incredible talk by neurologist Jill Bolte Taylor.

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You might’ve seen her on TV already but she’s a scientist who suffered a stroke that while one may find horrible, she took it as a new experience and even a new level of consciousness.

I just wanna quote her here because she says it so much better. This is what she was thinking as she was observing herself having a stroke on an exercise machine:

And it was as though my consciousness had shifted away from my normal perception of reality, where I’m the person on the machine having the experience, to some esoteric space where I’m witnessing myself having this experience… And then I lost my balance, and I’m propped up against the wall. And I look down at my arm and I realize that I can no longer define the boundaries of my body. I can’t define where I begin and where I end, because the atoms and the molecules of my arm blended with the atoms and molecules of the wall. And all I could detect was this energy — energy.

Her description of what she went through during the stroke seemed more like a spiritual journey, enlightenment or even Nirvana than a tragedy and through all this trauma she discovered two versions of herself. Absolutely amazing and you’ll definitely rethink the way your mind works, maybe even discovering your 2 versions within your subconscious.

What kind of spiritual journey, enlightenment or Nirvana have you experienced? Share your stories with the community in the comments below.

20 Responses to Achieving Enlightenment And Discovering Your "Other Self" – Jill's Amazing Discovery During A Stroke
  1. Mary K
    April 26, 2010 | 12:36 am

    Kudos to Dr. Taylor for bravely sharing her information with such passion and clarity! I especially enjoyed her statement and realization of how expansive we actually are, as energy beings. And just how do we get our energy being into a small compact human body! Well, since we are pure energy, we saturate the human form and surround it completely. And Dr. Taylor's statement, about our thoughts (which again is energy) creating our reality, is factual. If we do not like our reality, we can just change our thoughts. How simple that is. And to think that it all starts by constantly paying attention to/being aware of what we are thinking. We CAN have peace on this beautiful planet we call earth! So, express yourself passionately and lovingly; be very creative and have fun.
    A hearty thank you to Dr. Taylor for sharing her personal, emotional, couraeous, and passionate journey to awareness. I'm glad she survived and was able to share her experience and her scientific knowledge with all of us!

  2. Toni King
    June 2, 2010 | 5:08 am

    Hello and thanks for posting this video.
    I found it absolutely awesome. Jill has a magnetic personality and way of describing her experience.
    It all makes total sense & I commend her for sharing this with us.
    Very cool.
    To Collective Awareness.
    Toni King

  3. michael langsdorf
    June 2, 2010 | 5:40 am

    our k-12 school system presently has 50.3% of the students receiving federal funding. Is this totally the cause of our economy? Or has our city provided too much multi-family housing for our industrial neighborhoods? or is there another cause? Is there some solutions to this problem for our city of about 150,000 –in the short term — the long term?

  4. stella
    June 2, 2010 | 7:20 am

    amazing story and recovery and gratitude to the amazing doctor for sharing this with the world!

  5. Annemarie
    June 2, 2010 | 7:45 am

    It's really amazing. I just heard about hear in a talk from Oprah and Eckart and I thought I should check out where I can find here, and here she is, free on the mail.
    My experience with expansion happened several times after some severe suffering but that is not the ones I will recall here now.
    The one I will share happened in Nizzamudin in New Delhi during a drupad concert.
    Drupad is one of the oldest spiritual singing forms, check it out yourself if you want to know more.
    While I was listening I felt as if my body was falling apart like sugar dissolving in a hot cup of tea
    I expanded and I became as big as the room and everything in it.
    Every once in a while I went a little bit back and when I could feel the chair I immediately went back again to that expansive state. I could surrender to it for I had a friend sitting next to me that I trusted 100A

  6. Ernestine
    June 2, 2010 | 10:44 am

    We all have to thank Dr. Taylor for sharing this information. It made a strong impression on my system.
    A personal experience that is shared is always more "convincing" to my system – than any perfect teaching may do. It is important to have some guidelines and trainings systems – to start – but in addition this is extremely helpful. May the life of Dr. Taylor be blessed.

  7. Kenneth
    June 2, 2010 | 1:36 pm

    Hi, I watched the video, at first it was a bit like a clergy woman doing her thing for what ever reason.
    Then slowly I realized she knew what she was talking about. Then the inner and outer sencing feeling
    or what ever I recognized and realized this was not just something. Going on watching I felt my throat
    and my nose started dripping and my eyes had a bit of tears and this feeling came in my hart region
    and I knew what a frightning experience she went throug as a sientist thrown in the unexplainable.
    Nobody has expaind to me what gravity is and how its there , what it is. This also counts for what she went throug. Adventure in the unknown. Noboby can explain it but it is.

  8. shelly
    June 2, 2010 | 2:34 pm


  9. korena
    June 2, 2010 | 3:05 pm


    I read Jill's book "Stroke of Insight" several years ago and have been grateful for the experience. It clarified so much for me. I also had a left brain stroke (although not nearly as major) and have been sorting through my life ever since, needing to create new synapses for things that used to come so easily. Now, to see her after all she has gone through to come back from the joy of La-la land to share this with us is nothing short of heroic.

  10. denise robinson
    June 2, 2010 | 6:40 pm

    My son suffered two different types of strokes at age 25 as a result of acute pneumonia.He is now 31. We as a family spent many painful,scary,hours, days ,weeks and months praying for his healing. Though he has multiple physical issues arising from this experience, he is Still here. The incredible thing is I lost my son and a new son with a whole new personality and outlook on life has emerged. He changed from a serious often brooding, introverted character, to a compassionate, jovial easy going, artistic and sociable man. I still pray for him to regain full use of his body, and I do want him to gain his full independence. But I can endorse Jill's experience. Looking on from the sidelines I would say my son has had a nirvana type experience, and now he is a serene ,wise elder. He has taught me so much and continues to be my 'Master' teacher. We are blessed.

  11. santy
    June 2, 2010 | 6:59 pm

    santiago to Dr. Taylor thanks for sharing your experience with us; and that comfirm, that we aren not humans beings but, spiritual beings living a human experiece, we
    are not this mind, we are not this body, we are; what make this body to animate and mind to think, having saying that, " nothing real can be threatened and and nothing unreal exist here lays the peace of God. fundation for the inner peace " love is the only reality, everything else is but a illussion, there is only two emotions, love and fear, the choise is ours.

  12. Judith
    June 3, 2010 | 1:27 pm

    It is very obvious from the comments above that people are experiencing what is known as an OOBE = Out of Body Experience. An all round very beautiful experience of learning "Who you are" as Dr, Jill Taylor so very elequently spoke it. Not everybody has to suffer an illness or a stroke to achieve an OOBE. This can also be achieved during meditation if you go deep enough and so desire to have one. It is essentially a "wake up Call" and connects you to the God within and the realisation that indeed we are one with God, The Universe and each other. If we think this creation daily, remain positive in thought, we can indeed make this world Nirvana on Earth, free from wars, disease, poverty and greed by those who would wish to retain power, wealth and control. People wake up, free yourselves from slavery now and communicate daily with the God within, for that is where you will find him encompassed only in LOVE and that is the only emotion you will ever need or display once you have made the connection with enlightenment. Thank you Dr. Taylor for sharing your enlightenment and thank you Michael for posting the video.

  13. Chloe
    June 3, 2010 | 8:16 pm

    Absolutely beautiful. We are all part of that G force. Thank-you Jill for sharing!

  14. Viki
    June 3, 2010 | 11:31 pm

    Thank you, I have a son who was diagnosed with schizophrenia when he was 20 in 2000, I was his sole care for 8 years, I became left brain driven, thousands upon thousands of hours of advocating and 5 years later I burnt out with no intended results. Two years ago I had to realize I was barely careing for myself and I was taking on board the characteristics and symptoms of schizophrenia. I was faced with re locating, rental shortages, my son went to a hostel and I to another state to heal, recover and deal with the wow factor of the past 8 years. I understood and felt your words Dr. Taylor, meditation is helping me attain entry to my right brain, without it my left brain would have talked me to death, I am grateful and appreciate hearing your experience, all the best. Viki

  15. Josée Lepage
    June 8, 2010 | 4:24 am

    Je trouve tout à fait fabuleux de partager ce genre d'informations qui est maintenant si facile à échanger!
    J'ai une expérience à raconter qui n'est pas au seuil de la mort mais plutôt de la conscience du langage;

    j'étais en excursion avec des amis où les gens du village ne parlaient pas la même langue que nous. Nous partagions le repas et échangions quelques mots. À un moment, un homme nous a donné son point de vue sans se soucier de notre compréhension. Alors pendant une demi-heure, nous l'avons écouté et son propos était droit et sensé.
    C'est à cet instant que mon lobe gauche à trouver ça louche: je comprenais parfaitement tout le propos, les détails et subtilités du fond de son histoire. Même si nous parlions avec d'autres mots pour conceptualiser notre pensée, le message passait pareil!!!

    C'est d'ailleurs pour cette raison que j'ose écrire dans une langue que vous ne penseriez pas connaître. Du coup, je m'exprime plus clairement mais vous pourriez comprendre!!!

    Merci à cette remarquable femme !!!

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