Anybody else watching Heroes? Yeah, us too.
I miss Isaac, poor messed-up, tortured artist enneagram four that he was. Which leads me to the point of my post tonight: drawing your future.
No, I’m not suggesting you need to rush out to the nearest Borders Books and pick up a copy of Activating Evolution (although I’m sure it’s a positively scintillating genetics textbook.) I’m not talking about your latent precognitive painting powers (or lack thereof) here. I’m talking something a little more … basic.
When you start dealing with some of your “stuff,” you may find yourself with more energy and enthusiasm than you’ve previously had. A good use of that energy is keeping the ball of positive change rolling by casting a vision of the good places your life could potentially go in the future. Or maybe you’re still stuck, deep in the soup, in a funk, and you really need to imagine a life that’s significantly different than the one you’re plodding through.
Drawing, painting, collage and other artistic pursuits engage the creative, imaginative right hemisphere of your brain. So here are a few creative exercises you might try as you figure out where you’re headed next.
Pull out a piece of paper and whatever drawing instruments appeal to you. Don’t be held back by concerns about technical skill. If you feel like drawing with crayons, draw with crayons–who cares if it looks like a kid did it? If you’ve never painted, but those watercolors or acrylics are calling to you, grab ’em. All you’ve got handy is a blue Bic pen? Let ‘er roll. You have my permission. Knock yourself out.
Just start doodling, just like you did back in math class. (There’s no use pretending you were paying attention to Mr. Swarens and his monotone monologue on long division. You were doodling like the rest of us). Make sure you have plenty of paper handy. It may take you a few pages before the “good stuff” makes its way out.
As you doodle, think about possibilities. It’s okay to write words among the doodles. Do any of the doodles remind you of anything? Are any of them sparking anything that makes you excited?
If you honestly can’t stand drawing, or painting, grab some old magazines. Flip through them and look for pictures, images, fonts or colors that make you feel hopeful or excited, or in some way connect with you. Cut out and paste on your papers the things that mean something to you–it doesn’t matter if the meaning isn’t apparent to anyone else.
The idea is that your creative side speaks in images and visual symbols–getting those symbols and images out of your head and down on paper is a way to tap your own creativity and imagination when casting a vision for your future. After you’re done doodling, do a little focused journaling about the experience. What did the doodles mean to you? What ideas popped up? Turn off your inner editor and realist and just go into capture mode: capture the ideas like fireflies, and “jar” them on paper.
Have fun! 🙂