allows the unconscious to render in symbolic expression. Symbols
have universal as well as personal meaning. When you are stuck for
an answer to a problem or looking for creative innovation, the technique
of doodling will unleash the hidden symbolic powers of the unconscious
are a universal means of expression. Regardless of culture or geographic
location, certain symbols have similar if not exactly the same meaning
across the human spectrum. Carl Jung pioneered the investigation
of symbols as archetypal attributes of the collective unconscious.
He realized that the universe projects itself to our unconscious
minds symbolically, utilizing imagery to transmit ideas that language
cannot. Symbols are the universal language.
essentially allows our intuitive feelings to express themselves
in pictorial symbolic form. Interpreting these symbols can help
to unveil meanings that are not apparent to our linear mind. A symbol
conveys an entire thought in one image. Language depends upon a
linear procession of symbols to convey a thought. While doodling,
words may form themselves, and these should be accepted. But, for
the most part, doodling allows the unconscious to come to the surface
without judgment or critical analysis from the conscious mind. To
practice the art of doodling do the following:
on something that you are attempting to create or resolve. Hold
the initial idea or desire in the mind and allow yourself to go
into a blank stare or soft focus, preferably on a neutral background
(the sky, a white wall, neutral carpet). As ideas and feelings
come to the mind simply doodle them onto a piece of clean white
yourself to focus exclusively on an idea and discuss it with a
friend. While you are discussing it doodle on a piece of clean
white paper. Continue to doodle as you talk and listen. Dont
interpret or inhibit what you are drawing.
doodling just allow your hands to follow your impulse. Its
best if you can go into a mild trance and disengage the conscious
mind. In some disciplines this is called automatic writing. The
difference is that automatic writing tends to focus on words in
sequence. Here we simply want to the engage the unconscious mind
in an imaginary way and record the images that are brought to the
you are finished doodling set the paper aside for a period of time.
When your mind is fresh look at what youve drawn. You will
begin to get feelings or ideas. You may even see actual structures
in the doodles. You may have unconsciously drawn the solution to
your problem as a structure.
can also include numbers. Numbers are far more than a convenient
measure of the physical world. In ancient traditions they were considered
to be the primal organizing principle that gives structure to the
universe. They are powerful creative symbols. By studying the creative
power of numbers we can get in touch with the archetypal concepts
that are revealed in each number.
people are prolific doodlers when they are talking on the telephone,
sitting at a meeting, attending a lecture or sitting in any passive
environment. This doodling can reveal important and profound information
about how the person was feeling at the time, or, according to Jung,
latent emotional conflicts or unexpressed feelings. In truth, no
one can interpret our doodling except ourselves. Though certain
symbols appear to have universal applications in the deep collective
unconscious, how we experience these symbolic expressions in our
own life is unique to each of us.
subconscious mind is attempting to contact you all the time. It
is usually blocked by habitual conscious thought patterns or emotions.
It can also be drowned out by the mundane mental trivia that we
repeatedly hash over. Learn to allow its conscious expression, preferably
who seek to nurture the creative process need various ways to tap
the unconscious mind. Doodling is a simple easy technique that can
be practiced daily. There are many good books that have explored
the various universal meanings of symbols. One I recommend for symbolic
imagery is The Secret Language of Symbols by David Fontana.
Rich with pictures this is an exhaustive and complete study of symbols
throughout human history. Another book which is a superb expose
on the symbolic meanings of numbers is A Beginners Guide
to Constructing the Universe by Michael S. Schneider. This is
an excellent, very readable voyage from one to ten.
Highly recommended. Both books will get you in touch with the universal
language of symbols and numbers. From there you can interpret your
own doodling's in a way that has meaning for you.