A Direct Route to Your Soul
Updated: Apr 30
Neurographic (Brain Drawing) is a somewhat new therapeutic, psychological and scientific theory towards healing and even success. It is a new trend for good reasons: If nothing else, it is a great de-stressor!
To really simplify the method, all you need is whatever time you want to spend on it, a black marker, optional colouring stuff and a piece of thicker paper:
1. Get your head around a problem or a wish or an emotion you are having problems processing through.
2. Draw a "thought-filled" shape - or two - or three while focusing on your "quest."
3. Begin giving each shape energy lines as you focus on your quest - there is no wrong line. You just follow your gut, enjoying the process of it and not in a hurry.
4. You then make the entire drawing very organic by softening it, rounding out any sharp edges, and connecting shapes with more emotion-filled curvaceous lines.
5. If you want to add some colour or patterns or shading, go ahead.
6. If you start seeing figurative images in your abstract shapes, you are free to emphasize them - but you don't need to.
7. Stop when you feel it is done. Study it and let your thoughts draw conlusions or ask questions.
How did it feel after my second attempt at this process? It slowed down my racing brain and certainly relaxed me...which is VERY important during these tumultuous days. It also gave me insight into a problem in my life.
The drawing process reminds me of the effect my nighttime dreams sometime have on me: helping me process what's been on my mind and heart in a creative way. My dear mother humorously describes dreams akin to putting one's garbage at the curb and I agree that dreams can help get sort the recycling and trash from what is really important but dreams are rarely retrievable for any kind of aesthetic purpose. And my desire to narrate my dreams usually bore others to death.
But here, neurographic drawing can connect my brain (thinking and feeling, conscious and subconscious) directly down my arm to my hand to marker to create a vivid display. I would say it is similar to doodling...but it is directive doodling.
Upon reflecting on the piece, it can be almost instantly useful for enabling someone to help heal from disappointment or hurt because they have allowed themselves to feel and begin forgiving; to help get clarity in a problem by observing personal symbolic meanings; to better define goals or understand motives.
Neurographical drawing has urged me to create-express something that was only in my head and heart and translate it, connecting it to the physical realm, making my feelings and thought feel more real. So this type of drawing helps us to make something concrete out of a jumbled hot mess in our brain (especially if one has been creatively frozen for a while). Doing enough of this, I would expect, would create healthier more efficient brain pathways to a better life.
And finally, when I apply some elements of art and design to it, I might even want to frame one someday and have what was meant for the garbage heap, pleasantly on display as a reminder of all the hard work we do to improve ourselves. And my husband may even say "That's kind of neat" instead of "I really need to get to work now" while I am processing my subconscious-conscious revelations during our morning coffee.