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Just Scribble from the I Create What I Believe! Training Manual

I can’t write enough about the importance of scribbling. In a goal-oriented culture, scribbling allows us, if only for a moment, to turn back the clock and spontaneously create like very young children. I have seen children unravel emotional conflict and reconnect deeply with their true nature in a very short period of time with scribbling. Scribbling can be immensely freeing and help promote a more open-minded and spontaneous attitude. I think there are as many approaches to scribbling are there are people in the world.

1. Place a felt pen or colored pencil in your non-dominant hand. (The hand one doesn’t normally write with.) And with your eyes closed, let that hand scribble whatever it wants to scribble. When you feel done and with your eyes still closed, place the pencil or felt pen in the other hand and continue scribbling. Try passing the pencil or felt pen back and forth to see which one is more relaxed or spontaneous.

2. Now take a colored pencil or felt pen in both hands and continue scribbling-maybe even use two or three pens in each hand. Pay attention to which movement you like the most. Do you prefer holding the pencils and pens at the very top or gripping them like a two-year old would? Focus on the rhythm and movement. Does your body get into the scribbling or are you just doing it with your hands and arms? Think about what style makes you the happiest? Scribble to music. Try different kinds of sounds and rhythms. Scribble in silence, or make your own sounds with the movements. Play and explore with no agenda. Always use watercolor pens, because in your enthusiasm, it is very easy to scribble off the edge of the paper. If this happens, that is OK because a damp paper towel used for clean up can actually end up becoming a beautiful tie-dye.


“Inspiration may be a form of superconsciousness or perhaps of subconsciousness – I wouldn’t know.
But I am sure it is the antithesis of self-consciousness.”

-Aaron Copland

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