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You’re a poet and you don’t know it… | September 6, 2015

Inside of you is something special waiting to break out.

Maybe you’re an artist…actor…architect…painter…poet…
philosopher…singer…or someone you just don’t know.

Because, quite simply, there’s another side to that electrical mischief that epilepsy produces.

Some types of epilepsy can spark inspiration, enhance creativity and bring out the latent artist in you.

It’s just waiting to be discovered.

In fact, researchers claim that often these surprise talents are often associated with temporal lobe epilepsy.

In this case, the sides of the brain, where memory and feelings reside, are intermittently seized by those “electrical storms” which produce the spark.

Although the seizures may be undetectable to observers, they can prompt hallucinations, religion, fury, fear, joy and an unquenchable desire to create, even after the seizure is over.

Just look at Leonardo Da Vinci…Richard Burton…Edward Leary…Lewis Carroll…Chandra Gunn…Susan Boyle…Prince…Danny Glover…Tony Coelho…Lindsey Buckingham…Bobby Jones…Jason Snelling…Rick Harrison…Katie Hopkins…George Gershwin…Joan of Arc, the sky’s the limit!

So you may not know it, but you may have some surprise artistic talents hidden away.

Give it a try. Dabble a little.

Try a little drawing, painting, writing, singing, acting, or whatever talent moves you.

It’s exciting, energizing, rewarding, all-encompassing, and I must admit, a wonderful escape.
Like making lemons out of lemonade!

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Resources:
http://www.nytimes.com/1993/10/12/science/in-the-temporal-lobes-seizures-and-creativity.html?pagewanted=1
http://www.epilepsymatters.com/english/personalprofiles.html
http://www.epilepsyaustralia.net/Publications/Archives/chambliss.pdf
http://www.artandepilepsy.com/famous-artists-with-epilepsy.html


12 Comments »

  1. There’s a whole lot of it in me. A great chunk went into creating the Ictal Variations album 5 years ago. 🙂

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    Comment by Guy W. Stoker — September 6, 2015 @ 5:51 PM

  2. OK. So are you a musician or a comedian? 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — September 7, 2015 @ 9:53 AM

  3. you’re right i love to sew and am very good at it i make beautiful clothes for my kids and myself and when my husband was alive especially western shirts for him

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    Comment by jeannine lavigne — September 7, 2015 @ 9:57 AM

  4. WOW! I couldn’t sew if someone had a gun to my head…anything. A button is a challenge!

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    Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — September 7, 2015 @ 10:20 AM

  5. I do write poetry and have for years. When I was working someone would have a birthday and I would produce in about 20 minutes a full page about them; do poetry on our Military, God and family. I lost a little memory for a while when mine happen, but I sat down one day and God is restoring that in me, I believe for His glory.

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    Comment by Joan Ryan — September 7, 2015 @ 12:05 PM

  6. I have a whole poetry journal…that’s how I used to get through the day.

    But now that I’m a professional writer, (for over 30 years) I get kind of burned out from the researching, editing and writer. 😦

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    Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — September 7, 2015 @ 1:23 PM

  7. Hmm, i dabble in everything, but i’m good at nothing. 🙂

    Stress reduction, positive thinking and always being curious about everything, are the ways to live, it think. And who knows one may find the inner genius. I’m a still looking. Doesn’t mean there has to be an inner genius for everyone. Sometimes it’s not the destination that matters, but the journey on getting there.

    Here i am dabbling about nothing.

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    Comment by Zolt — September 9, 2015 @ 4:51 PM

  8. The journey is worth it all the while. And if you find some hidden talent (like your expertise in writing), it’s icing on the cake.

    But I love you. Please don’t put yourself down, oh wise friend of mine.

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    Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — September 9, 2015 @ 5:32 PM

  9. Photography for me.

    Let me give a plug to a talented poet Maggie Mendus who had a book published and available through Amazon. I ended up buying extra copies and having them sent to family with the way the prose painted seizures so a non-epileptic could understand it!

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    Comment by Travis — September 10, 2015 @ 12:43 PM

  10. No need to plug Maggie’s book to me. I also have it.

    But whoever wants stunning poetry about epilepsy (without shouting it out) look for Maggie Mendus’ Broken Consciousness: Reflections of an Epileptic

    P.S. Travis, although I don’t do it well, I love photography. That’s what I do to wind down (visual versus verbal) and that’s what I’m doing now while on holiday.

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    Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — September 11, 2015 @ 9:36 AM


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    I've been a professional copywriter for over 35 years. I also had epilepsy for decades. My mission is advocacy; to increase education, awareness and funding for epilepsy research. Together, we can make a huge difference. If not changing the world, at least helping each other, with wisdom, compassion and sharing.

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