sc0000“Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain.” – Carl Jung

There are times when no matter how long you think about a problem, you just can’t seem to solve it. This is because the left brain is designed for analytical, critical and management functions, rather than creative and lateral thinking.

Using our hands in some type of creative expression such as painting, drawing or movement allows us to access the creative part of our brain and the unconscious mind. This can help with breaking out of limiting patterns of thinking and finding new perspectives and solutions.

I love watching clients, who may not have drawn since they were children, start to express themselves through drawing. The drawing doesn’t need to be artistically good to bring insights and shifts. Just choosing a colour and letting the expression come from the body and the hand, rather than the mind, it can be amazing to see what shows up on the page. And it feels good to draw, to express something that comes from inside of us, onto the page. I often notice a relaxation in the body, as well as an emotional shift, as the client allows themselves to express something of what they are feeling or experiencing on the page.

I remember when I was going through a difficult period in my life, I drew every day and it helped me to find the insights I needed, to move through challenging emotions and experiences and start to heal and transform these in some way.

Next time you are dealing with a challenging problem, you might like to get out the crayons.