* This is the second article in a series of posts which will explain how does the human mind works (And yours included :-)). In case you didn’t read the previous one, please click here or the number 2 in the right bottom of the image.
So this time, I went to one of the bars around my neighborhood to have a beer with the Duck, and to keep listening to what he has to say. As I saw him, he immediately smiled and excitedly asked: “Well well, do you have a solution for my riddle?”
“Truth is, I don’t. I know I’m not good enough with Math so I didn’t even try”
“HA! Bartender!” He shouted “Plz bring my dear friend a shot of scotch for his fixed brain. It might loosen it up a little”
“Hey! why do you say I have a fixed brain?”
“Because I gave you a riddle (1st dot) with some numbers (2nd dot), and you immediately assumed that it has to be a Math riddle (Straight line). You just drew that fixed, straight line between those 2 dots” He said and smiled, “And than, youv’e let this line shape your world so u didn’t even try to solve the riddle, because if it is a Math problem (1st dot) and your’e not good in Math (2nd dot) than you won’t succeed anyway (Straight line).”
“Oh” I responded.
“So, here is the solution. As you can c, it really has nothing to do with Math. Actually, the younger you are the easier it will be to solve this one, as your brain not yet fixed.”
“Is that the reason you said last time that these lines shapes my reality?”
“Yes. But I didn’t say it as a metaphor. It goes into the physical. Your brain itself is made of ties (the dots) and lines that connects them in a fixed way in order to invoke a thought. Every experience you go thorugh, everything you see or hear – they all create some more lines and more ties”
“And because when I was in school I was tought to do the Math when I see numbers, this kind of line was created between those 2 ties (dots) in my brain. I get it”
“Exactly. Therefore, what is needed in order to solve this riddle, is to think outside of the box, to go against some rules of thinking, to do not accept what everybody “Knows”. This is called creativity”
“Oh. Well I’m not so creative”
“This belief is a line my friend. cut it”
“How do I cut it? It is not possible to become creative! you have it or you don’t have it. right?”
“No. Totally wrong. As I see it, there are 2 main ways to cut that line. But I’m sure that there are much more. The 1st way is becoming aware to your thoughts as thoughts only, and not reality. Once you start observing your thoughts from the outside, just watching them come and go, you become familiar with their true nature – a subjective illusion that appear and disappear just like the waves of the ocean. At that point, your brain starts to untie itself(*). The 2nd way is to seriously learn new creative things. Have you ever tried to paint? playing a musical instrument? dance? Have you ever tried some intuitive writing? All of these and many others can be a great way to become more creative.(**) They will all create new lines and new ties in your brain, as well as untie others.”
“Got it. So, what are we going to discuss the next time?”
“I believe that next time we will take it one step forward. We will see how the lines are responsible for you being sad and happy, passionate and a fearful. This is going to be the real thing. Hey, until than, let’s play a game shall we? I’m going to add a photo for you, and you will try to think what you see in it. Remember, there are endless ways to connect the dots, and none of them is straight. As for me, I think that this is a dragon. Definately a dragon. What do you think?”
C u next time!
* A highly recommended book about the plastic brain – The brain that changes itself / Norman Dodge.
** A highly recommended book/workshop about unleashing one’s creativity – The Artist’s Way / Julia Cameron.