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Escape Thinking

The drawing technique can seem more acceptable than imagery work and freehand expressive drawing often helps to liberate spontaneous thoughts that can’t yet be put into words. Drawings may have meanings that are not consciously realised when drawn; they just ‘feel right’

Drawing to Evoke Personal Insights

  1. Setting the frame, spend some time contemplating a problem in a relaxing environment. Ask your intuitive self: ‘what is the current state?’, look for symbols, scenes or images representing your situation, with the certain knowledge that you’re not after a definitive answer right away.
  2. Expressing the image, on a large sheet of paper, using a variety of colours draw the images you have visualised. Allow the images to flow in no set direction, as if the images on the paper were directing as to how they want to be seen, try using your ‘opposite’ hand. Defer judgement.
  3. Associating with words, for each symbol drawn, write down the first word that comes to mind. Now write a paragraph containing all the words, expanding this as your thoughts and feelings flow freely. Realise these results are impressions of your subconscious, and they can be modified if you feel you want to.

Using Drawings to Establish an Evocative Theme for a Meeting

Drawings that have been prepared prior to a meeting can be used to provide a focal point or theme.

Some time preceding the meeting an elected person(s) creates a thematic image, this is displayed at the meeting beside the agenda and is used to assist in prompting comments about the purpose of the meeting.

Recording Ideas on ‘Rich Pictures’

Drawing ideas and displaying them on a wall-chart rather than recording them as a written list is actually how for many of us our thoughts grow naturally. This pictorial outline can be translated into a traditional linear written list at a later date if necessary.