Two questions for you. One, how many times have you used stream of consciousness writing to enhance your intuition and work through blocks or issues? Never? Say whaaaat? Okay then, how many times have you turned to the internet to do research when you have a block or a problem in your life? Yep, you do multiple searches to get ideas and insights and then you think think think, that’s some real left brain stuff there. You see the left brain is analytical and that’s certainly helpful at times. The problem is that we have come to rely on it almost exclusively. By not exercising our intuitive right brain, we are missing out on a powerful resource in our block and problem solving toolbox. The answers are all right here (points to head). Like anything else, the more you use it, the stronger it will become.
What is stream of consciousness writing?
Stream of consciousness writing is a simple exercise that you can start using right now to find the intuitive and creative insights needed to work through your challenges. The more you use this, the more you will see how easy it is to uncover creative solutions and gain meaningful personal insights into the holistic nature of your challenge. With left brain thinking you have to guess as to the internal (that’s you) elements at play, and then, if you are even close, maybe you will find information pointing you toward a creative solution. Then, you begin the trial and error process. Frustrating! Free form writing is a tool you use to skip this process. It enables you to connect with your subconscious mind and access your intuition. Connecting with direct, meaningful insights eliminates the trial and error process of the left brain.
How to do stream of consciousness writing
- Choose an issue that has been weighing on your mind. It might be huge like “do I put an offer in on that house” or small “How can I eat healthier.” Oops, sorry that is actually kind of huge too, but let’s go with it.
- Prepare yourself and your supplies. Have a free flowing writing instrument and paper handy. A journal or notebook is ideal. Do make sure you pencil is sharpened or your pen flows smoothly to enable flow and momentum. It is important to write by hand. Stream of consciousness writing is a kinesthetic activity. The neural interaction between the fingers and the brain contributes to the synchronicity of your conscious and subconscious. To clear your mind and body, close your eyes and quiet your mind. Take several deep breaths, stretch and begin writing.
- Write anything and everything that comes to mind. There is no need to finish a thought or write in complete sentences. If a new thought comes to mind, simply leave what you had started writing and go with the new thought. This is total stream of consciousness - no need to craft paragraphs or even write in straight lines, you can have list and side notes and doodles and even free form single word brain storming. The main idea here is simply to capture whatever comes to mind and let one thought lead you to the next as you go deeper into your subconscious and your intuitive mind. This is total free form writing so feel free to go with any thoughts or ideas that come to you. Keep writing, at a comfortable pace for a reasonable amount of time.
What you are going to find through stream of consciousness writing
I suppose you would like me to say something more than “there is awesome sauce inside you and tuning into it is a game changer.” But that is the short answer. Here’s the long one. Stream of consciousness writing leads to profound insight as you begin to override the superficial, habitual process of your normal thinking patterns. First you will most likely notice deep personal insights into how this issue emerges, moves, pivots, and interrelates to you. Things you were not consciously aware of and therefor unable to factor in. You will become more open and curious. By asking questions, making connections and opening doors with no expectation of what is behind them, you open your mind to unlimited creative problem solving potential. You will discover unique and unexpected paths to solutions, relationships, synergies and connections.