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Generating Ideas and How to be more creative
Generating Ideas and how to be more creative - the Non-dominant Hand
Are you literate? Can you read and write? You can? Then you have access to "Unlimited Creative Thought."
But, if you're like most of us, you sometimes get what writer's call 'mental block,' or what speech-writers might call, 'a lack of good ideas.' Does this happen to you?
Your problems are over. No more writer's block. No more speaker's lack of good speech ideas. No more, "I can't think of anything." For there is no such thing really: ideas and creativity are limitless. Yes, as limitless as the universe - and all of the universes which we can't see with our eyes or telescopes, or hear with radio telescopes. Infinite! And remember: what is possible for one person is possible for all persons.
Use of your non-dominant hand
How can we access these illimitable ideas? Easy. Easy- when you know how. And I'm going to tell you how:
Use of your non-dominant hand.
Use your non-dominant hand to receive and record the answers to any question you want to know about yourself, or any idea you want to receive. It's as simple and as difficult as that.
Oh, and don't knock it until you've tried it.
Switch to left-handed writing
Of course, it will take some practice if you, like most of us, have been using your right hand to write all of your life, to switch to left-handed writing. But persist. With me, it took a couple of weeks. I practised about fifteen mintutes every day; wrote about half a page. On the first day it seemed almost impossibly difficult; virtually no control, writing running all over the placed. Use a felt-tipped pen or a fountain pen and the control will be that much easier. And write anything which comes to mind. You're not trying to create a best seller at this stage.
Once you've mastered the technique to the extent that what you are writing is legible to you, you're on your way. Then begins the 'creativity' part in earnest. Taking a pen in each hand, use your dominant hand, i.e. your right hand if you're like most of us, and write out a question. Allow a little time- or go with the spontaneity, whichever is the case- and let the left hand write out the answer.
Yes, it works! It is allowing that part of your mind, which normally 'switch-boards' through the right-hand side of your brain, access to consciousness via writing. The predominantly 'creative' right hemisphere of the brain, which channels most of our imaginative processes, our sense of rhythm, spatial awareness, our daydreaming, colour and sense of dimension, our 'picturing' and visualizaiton, is thereby made available. The flow is through the right-brfain and down through that left hand.
Of course, non-dominant handwriting to obtain creative ideas is just the start of a great adventure into the 'self.' But as Rudyard Kipling said, "That is another story."
In practical terms, if you want your lack of ideas to be a thing of the past, give it a go. And persist. Be patient. It might take a few weeks. But you'll get there. Then lack of ideas will likely never be a problem again.
So give it a go. What have you got to lose?
Please let me know if you gained anything useful from Generating Ideas and How to be More Creative. It's nice to know one isn't simply wasting one's time...
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