Blind Writing: Tapping Into Your Creative Mind – Part 1

“How can a blind person write!?” you ask.

Well, it’s not quite like that….. Hang on and I’ll explain.

Your subconscious mind holds massive amounts of information that you do not have ready access to. In fact, sometimes it seems that it is as if it purposely hiding from you. However, such is not really the case. It is simply that your brain is like a giant database continuously absorbing and retaining information for future use.

The sorting of these massive amounts of information takes place in your sleep. It is as if a little clerk goes to work in the middle of the night and grabs these bits and pieces of information you have absorbed during the day, sorts and then files them in the appropriate locations to be called upon at a later time. But this mini-clerk in your brain can only go to work when you hit a deep sleep.What happens with this information? Most of it is never used. We’re all familiar with how information is easily lost in the physical world even in the best of filing systems. Our modern databases with their ability of allow you to find information by doing searches based on specific words, phrases, dates, and more have been a boon to industry. In fact, the entire IT sector of Business Intelligence is built around serving these needs. Yet, not all related information can be brought up by one of these searches.

Why? Because the system is dependent upon the data in the original file.

For example, you are looking for all information in your files on a client named Bruce Jones. So you do a search for “Bruce Jones” and to ensure that you get only documents on that specific person rather than pulling up all persons named Jones you make it a search phrase. Well done. But, suppose that the crucial document you are looking for has a typo and the name is spelled “Burce Jones”. Your search will not find that document.

Our brains are even touchier in the search department. Instead of relying only upon specific keywords, your brain uses all senses in absorbing information: hearing, sight, smell, taste, and touch. The result? Your internal database is far pickier on retrieving information than any computer database will ever be.

So, how can you pull up that information that is simmering in your brain just out of reach of your conscious mind?
What I originally termed as “Blind Writing” can help. I’d read Henriette Ann Klauser’s book, Writing on Both Sides of the Brain: Breakthrough Techniques for People Who Write. She explains that you need both sides of your brain to be involved in writing – but one side at a time. As most people know, the two sides of your brain serve different functions. The left side works in a logical sequence, is rational, analytical, and objective and looks at parts rather than the whole. The right side is random in processing, intuitive, holistic in synthesizing, subjective and looks at wholes. Klauser puts it in simple terms as it relates to writing: The left side is the editor and the right side is creative.

Remember those filing systems? In the physical world data is generally stored logically. However, the brain stores information randomly. So how do we tap into a “random database”?

We do what I’ve termed “Blind Writing”. I’ll tell you in a minute how….

Oops! Look at the time. I’ve got to go. You’ll have to wait until next time to find out what I mean.

Hang in there. It’s worth it!

To your success….

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