Why do I say that doodling is one of the purest forms of self expression? Because when you are doodling there is no thinking involved it is direct thoughts from your subconscious mind onto paper. There is no ruminating or thinking about what to do, it’s spontaneous and follows the flows of your mind just creating something, anything, it does;t matter.
Other forms of creative expression needs some form of discipline to express it in a coherent way, whereas doodling doesn’t require any kind of discipline, you just doodle, period.
There is no right way or wrong way to doodle, doodling is completely subjective and follows the meanderings of your mind where ever it takes it. When you doodle you are exposing the deepest parts of your mind to the world, a part that many people don’t often see.
Perhaps doodling is a way to represent your current state of mind, or perhaps it is the oozing of thoughts in a visual format from your subconscious mind. I’m not sure, but what I do know is that when I doodle I feel peace and tranquillity.
I started doodling recently in the last few years; we all doodle especially when we are bored or we have nothing to do or just want to express ourselves in a non coherent way.
Not wanting to be understood in anyway, just wanting to express our feelings, thoughts in a non critical way, just being
Doodling is free from being critical in anyway, because it doesn’t require discipline and there is no pressure that the end results of your doodling is something that needs to be interpreted in anyway shape or form.
Dooling is formless, in that there is no end in mind. You’re doodling not for the end results, but you doodle because of the doodling process itself. The process of subconscious mind to paper without any form of control. It is a form of uncotrolled reverie onto paper without the involvement of interpreting what you are doing.
Doodling is completely right brain orientated and doesn’t call for any censorship from the left side of the brain. Because there is nothing to censor by the left side of the brain, there is nothing to be critical about.
Doodling allows thoughts in its purest and rawest form to be transferred onto paper. Doodles are what our minds looks like from the inside out. Perhaps doodling represents how we process thoughts in what seems to be a chaotic way but in reality it’s like a random jigsaw puzzle trying to assemble itself without knowing what the end result is.
Doodles create themselves from the subconscious mind; they start off small and either self replicate itself or diverge into other types of visual building blocks. This reflects our visual thinking that goes on in our mind, we cannot make sense of the visual thoughts in our minds or how they process them, because of the complexity of the visualization and the complexity of the subjective process that goes on in our minds.
We all have a naturally tendency to express our inner most thought processes, whether in the form of doodling or some kind of artistic expression that doesn’t involve critical thinking, just the process of creation alone from the mind.
The morphing of images in doodles represents the visual morphing of ideas that goes on in our minds. There is no rational to how this is done, it’s like fitting different pieces coming together and to see if they fit and if they don’t then other pieces come in to see if they fit to create a visual image of your inner world.
Doodles represent the rich inner world of the mind and what is going on and the intricate details reflects the intense intricate weaving of thoughts that are trying to establish themselves in our inner reality.
Doodles created by initially using simple forms, those forms are then used to build more complex forms of self expression. Sometimes the forms seems chaotic but they seem to rearrange themselves to have subjective meaning to the doodler. The meaning is in a form of feelings and visual stimulus.
The more we doodle, the more we can connect our subconscious mind to the real world. This raw self expression and raw process of creativity is unhindered by the inhibitions of doubt or criticism. Because the end result is not the purpose of doodling, the end result of doodling is the process itself, the process of creativity and self expression.
The great thing about doodling is that you don’t have to go to art school to doodle; you just pick up a piece of paper and doodle. It is this undisciplined approach that gives doodling its power. The rawness of doodling unblocks the creative process like a river meandering across an unknown terrain, it doesn’t think, it just flows. Any obstacles the river finds it just flows through it, around it and if it can’t find a way around the obstacles then it creates its own path. Doodling works in the same way, it doesn’t matter about thinking about the mental creative block, what matters is that you are going forward and following the flow of your thoughts wherever it may lead.
In the competitive world that we live in where everything is about being useful or meaning or being better then someone else, doodling is a haven for pure self expression, not to be compared to someone’s else’s doodle because each doodle is unique and individual and the end result is not comparison but reflection, reflection on the process of creativity that was used to create the doodle. The end result is not for sale, it’s a visual reflection of the manifestations of your creative mind frozen in time in the form of a doodle.
Doodling gives you a freedom that most activities cannot, because you are not doing the activity for someone else, you are doing it for yourself, you are doing it to immerse yourself in the creative process. Pure creativity knows no bounds, imagination has no limits. Doodling removes limits and bounds that are normally associated with some artistic expressions.
We are all artists within, the urge to create is compelling, creative expression is the life blood of humans and forms the bedrock of innovation. Without creative and artistic expression the world would be a duller place. The imagination is certainly a wondrous gift that allows the dreamer within us to express ourselves in ways that we couldn’t even imagine.
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