Nuts in a Korean Bowl, Two Koi Carp reproductions by Paula Kuitenbrouwer, Chinese Ginger Pot with Wilted Rose.Many poets visit my blog. I like to offer them a link to INTO THE BARDO, A BLOGAZINE, for the Stream of Consciousness Writing Self Challenge. From what I’ve learned from this post, is that Stream of Consciousness Writing is like sketching with words, i.e. doodling or intuitive sketching. This isn’t the same as mindfully drawing. Mindfully drawing is a deep meditation in which you calm your ambitions and ego, and through meditation you bridge the distance between you and the object that you are drawing. When that happens (it needs time to sink into meditation), you see a sketch appearing that isn’t made or created by your ambition, but shows you having been deeply involved with the object. To me it is easier to do that with a natural alive model or object, but you could even mindfully draw a a street lantern or an industrial factory. Stream of Consciousness Writing looks for writers, seems the equivalent to what intuitive doodling is for painters. Lock away your inner critic in your laundry basket. Sit down and just observe, without letting any ambition interfere, what appears on your drawing pad. Let your inner world and your hand do the work, without allowing your blabbering mind to interfere. Go with the flow, uncensored. If you find words, lines or doodles on your paper or drawing-pad that you can’t understand, just wait a few days for your inner world to talk more with you. If you keep on wondering, talk about your writings with a good friend or trusted mentor. Good luck with the challenge. Paula Kuitenbrouwer P.S. My good friend Andrea has written such a well written comment that I’ve decided to add it to my post. Here it is:
This reminds me of Julia Cameron’s emphasis on the importance of writing what she calls “Morning Pages”. Julia Cameron is the author of “The Artist’s Way”, which is now a classic. Morning Pages are supposed to be three pages, written daily in longhand, of spontaneous stream of consciousness writing. No effort to create fine writing allowed! It is not a diary either. You write about whatever comes to mind whether the thoughts are connected or not. I think the idea is to create moments where the unconscious can surface and be known. There is a lot available online about Morning Pages. Natalie Goldberg also writes about the importance of stream of consciousness writing. How writers go about this process is open to personal interpretation as well.
I see the distinction you are making, Paula, between stream of consciousness writing and mindfully drawing an object. Mindful drawing, if I am understanding correctly, requires a oneness with the subject … an internalizing of what is before you in a way that permits a personal translation of that subject back onto paper. It is a different kind of intimacy, yet an equally important tool for development of a rich creative inner life.Thank you, Andrea, for this valuable comment.
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