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By Violette Clark | Submitted On July 09, 2007

The other day a friend came over for a Doodling Session with me. Instead of calling it Visual Journaling which is what I usually call these sessions my clever friend called it "doodling". You see she was very much aware of the power of words. They have the power to intimidate or to inspire. It's as simple as that. If we change our language something which you might find daunting can take on a new look....the look which has you saying "Say! I can do that!"

Change your Language Change your Life!

So by changing Visual Journaling into Doodling it made the process that much more fun and less intimidating. How clever eh? It makes sense when you really think about it. It's akin to talking to yourself in the language that motivates you. For example, you're talking to yourself about making a mistake. Your inner dialogue goes something like this,
"You Stupid idiot!! You never do anything right! You may as well quit now since you'll just screw it up again!" Now imagine the difference in this inner dialogue scenario, "Well you know, you were simply trying on different ways of doing things! Did you know that Edison had many so-called failures before coming up with his inventions? Everything that you do that is not quite right in your mind gets you closer to where you want to be!"

Can you imagine having a kind parent inside your head talking to you like this all the time? You would never fear attempting something new because you would not be tormented by the fear of failure. It could be summed up in one phrase that the kids say "It's all good!"

Bypass the conscious mind

When you begin doodling it's important to bypass the conscious mind and let the subconscious take over. Just begin drawing what you are moved to draw. You can begin with a quote or the lyrics of a song and watch the page magically unfold. Sketch in symbols or faces, swirls, geometric shapes, whatever strikes your fancy. Imagine you are talking on the phone with a friend doodling.

Begin a Dialogue

Begin a Dialogue with what you've just doodled. For example if you just doodled a face you might ask it a question, "So what's your story?" Wait expectantly for an answer. The answer might be "I want to listen to my heart". This might prompt you to write some words in a swirly fashion emerging from the person's ear. The background might contain more doodles of hearts since the subject is about listening to one's heart. When you're finished doodling you may want to color in your creation with pencil crayons, watercolors or gel pens. Don't forget to add some glitter! Now you've got something very cool happening! When you don't worry so much about perfection magical things happen. In a sense you have tricked the critical conscious mind into a temporary slumber allowing your true soul's expression an outlet.

So what are you waiting for?? Get out your pens and paper and start doodling and hey, don't forget to add a bit of glitter!

Copyright 2008 Violette. Violette is a creativity catalyst, whimsical artist, designer and writer. Her work has been published in numerous magazine and is featured in Living the Creative Life. Violette has a book coming out in April entitled Journal Bliss: Creative Prompts to Unleash your Inner Eccentric. She has also appeared on TV many times with her magic cottage and Glittergirl van. Check out her website at http://www.violette.ca

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