For Shichida right brain schools, it is a requirement for parents to attend a parents’ seminar about right brain education. They are given a handbook about right brain education and they are strongly encouraged to practice right brain activities at home both with their children and on themselves. If my information is correct, I believe they get something akin to a homework diary which they are supposed to adhere to.
Of the three right brain schools, Shichida is also the only school that requires parents’ attendance in class through the entire program. In TweedleWink and Heguru, by the time the child is about 3 or 4 years old, parents are no longer required in class. In TweedleWink, the actual age depends on the child but it is usually around about 3 to 4 years. The Heguru course outline states that children will attend classes on their own when the children are 4 years old, however, Gavin’s sensei recently said it is preferable to wait until he is 5 before he attends classes on his own so that he is completely autonomous and does not require assistance in class.
The benefit cited to me for not having parents in class with the children is so that there is no negative influence or expectations on the children to perform. Children are intensely sensitive to their parents emotions and a parent who is unable to guard her emotions may affect not only her child but the other children in the class. I guess this is the reason why Shichida is so strict with their requirements of parents attending their schools.
Another reason why Shichida encourages parents to develop their right brain is because parents can also influence their children through the radar effect. Parents who successfully develop their own right brains can trigger the development of their child’s right brain via the radar effect.
What does that mean for parents who do not attend Shichida classes? It’s time to get to work on your right brain! So what activities are appropriate for parents’ right brain training? Image and Eye Training exercises are good activities to begin with. Based on Yumiko Tobitani’s book Quantum Speed Reading, adults who have been diligently practicing these exercises can anticipate to experience results in about 3 months.
There is one other activity which I have heard about through a Shichida mother which involves staring at an orange card with a small blue circle in the center for 30 seconds without blinking. This practice is to help you visualise images. After staring for 30 seconds, close your eyes and you will see the after image. If it disappears just tell yourself, “It will reappear.” And it does. Initially, the after image will be in secondary colours, that is, the blue circle will appear orange in your after image. With further practice, you will eventually be able to see the blue circle in your after image in its primary colour. Continue practicing until you can change the colour and shape of your after image, for instance, a red circle, then a green square. After that, you should be able to see images spontaneously.
It is advisable to continue practicing the orange card exercise to deepen your imaging ability. I’ve noticed that I cannot see the after image of the mandala exercise in class if I have not been doing the after image activity at home in the week leading up to Gavin’s Heguru class, however, in the weeks that I do, the after image appears. The key to developing the right brain is to be diligent with the exercises. Like a muscle that is not in use, it will waste away if we don’t.