The purpose of this exercise is to demonstrate commitment and establish a goal-oriented framework for this exploration.
A. To begin, open to the first page of your journal, and write the following dedication:
B. Listen to the “Four Cornerstone Questions” Guided Meditation (optional). Then, write your responses to the following questions:
Reflect on what you have written, and how it feels to write these statements.
C. Turn to a new page in your journal. Holding a pencil in both hands, create a squiggle drawing; simply allow your hands to move as frenetically or as calmly as you wish, but do not erase, make corrections, or lift your writing utensils from the page. Close your eyes, if it helps to keep yourself from worrying about how it looks.
When it feels natural, stop drawing and look at your scribble. Search for shapes in the tangled lines, like looking for shapes in the clouds. Outline these shapes with a drawing utensil, and color them (you may return to using your dominant hand for this). Identify as many shapes as you wish. When you feel it is done, complete and include the following statements in your journal.
(Templates for these response items are available in the "Handouts" module.)
(Rationale: Using both your dominant and non-dominant hand encourages bilateral stimulation of the brain, encouraging the integration of all aspects of experience. Squiggle drawings stimulate unconscious projections, allow for playfulness with familiar materials, and loosen resistances to image making due to product-oriented anxieties.)