One of the things we need to understand, if we are going to be Spirit-led, is that although it is the Holy Spirit within us leading us, everything the Holy Spirit says to us and moves us to do, is first processed by the right hemisphere of our brain.
Below is a picture representing our two Brain Hemispheres.
Since the right hemisphere is responsible for processing our intuition and imagination, people who are more right-brained are usually more able to process the leading of the Holy Spirit. Fortunately, we can actually stimulate our right-brain and intuitive functioning, through certain activities.
How Can We Stimulate Our Right-Brain Functioning?
- Visualization / Using Our Imagination
Using visualization or our imagination, we can “picture” what God is doing while we are praying, or “picture” what the characters are doing in the Bible story we are reading. In doing so, our right-brain becomes more sensitive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.
- Writing / Creative Writing
Creative writing, especially spontaneous writing or “prophetic” journaling (without a prepared plan) will stimulate our right-brain and make us more sensitive to the voice of the Holy Spirit.
- Doodling / Drawing / Painting
Spontaneous drawing or painting (doodling or drawing or painting without any prepared agenda of what we are going to draw) will stimulate our right-brain and make us more sensitive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.
- Body Movement / Dancing
Any body movement, even walking or swaying to music, will stimulate our right brain, but especially creative body movement like dancing, interpretive or creative dance, or pantomime movement.
- Using or Viewing Bright Colours
It has been proved that bright colours stimulate our right-brain. So using bright colours in painting, in making crafts, or even focusing on colours in art galleries or in nature (such as botanical gardens with lots of flowers) will stimulate our right brain, and make us more sensitive to the voice of the Holy Spirit.
- Music / Singing
Listening to music will stimulate our right-bright, so singing to music, or especially spontaneous singing will make us more sensitive to the voice of the Holy Spirit. That’s why we tend to be more open to the voice of the Holy Spirit, during church worship services.
- Quiet Deep Breathing / “Soaking”
Quiet deep breathing, and especially when combined with “soaking” (which is slow, quiet, deep breathing usually while listening to music) stimulates our right-brain functioning. And while we are sitting or lying “still” and breathing, we tend to be more sensitive to the voice of the Holy Spirit.
- Contemplative Thinking / Mediation / Meditative Prayer
Contemplative thinking, creative thinking, meditating on a topic or scripture, or meditative prayer all stimulate our right-brain activity, and so make us more open and sensitive to the voice of the Holy Spirit.
- Praying / Singing In Tongues
Jude 1:20, LIT – “Beloved, building yourselves up by your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit.”
Praying in tongues does not really stimulate the right hemisphere of our brain (unless we sing in the Spirit). However, it does make our spirit more in tune with the voice of the Holy Spirit, and so it is of great benefit, especially when combined with one or more of these other activities.
Biblical Examples Where Believers Used These Methods
- The Psalms
The Psalms were almost all written while David or another musician was spontaneously singing while playing a musical instrument (and these songs were all re-sung on a regular basis).
- David, Saul, & the Evil Spirit
As David played his harp, the evil spirit in Saul was driven out (1 Samuel 16:23).
- Hebrew Processions
All Hebrew processions before God were led by singers, then musicians, then those who danced and played tambourines (Psalm 68:25).
- Battle of Jericho
Priests carrying and blowing trumpets (a musical instrument) led the army marching around Jericho (Joshua 6:8).
- Miriam Prophesying
Myriam (the sister of Moses) prophesied while singing, dancing and playing a tambourine with the other women (Exodus 15:20-21).
- All Believers
Colossians 3:16, NIV – (16) Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.
Psalm: A song accompanied by a stringed instrument.
Hymn: A song of celebration.
Spiritual Song: A song of the Spirit (a spontaneous song birthed by inspiration of the Holy Spirit).
The Apostle Paul encourages us all to sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Why? Well, one reason is because it stimulates our right-brain, and makes us more sensitive to the voice of the Holy Spirit.
Activating Our Right-Brain Hemisphere
Try this activation. Close your eyes and listen to some instrumental music (the more simple and repetitive the better). Then, as you get a “feel” for the music, begin to sing spontaneous words. They could be words of worship, or words of prayer, or words of thanksgiving. Or maybe even just read a portion of the Bible. But whatever you use, sing it, don’t just say it.
If you can play a musical instrument (guitar or piano), play some simple chord progressions (DAGA-DAGA-DAGA, for example) and begin to sing to them.
And, after a few minutes, trying singing what you feel the Holy Spirit is saying to you.
Then, after a few minutes, be still and see what the Holy Spirit would say to you, and write it down as you receive it.