Justas Janauskas asked me:
Lina, could you explain what is the mind mapping technique, why and when people should use it and share your story of how it benefited you?
The story begun in my early years, when I refused to draw at school. I was offering my classmates compensation in return for making all my homework assignments that required drawing. Up to 33 years old, I was deeply convinced that drawing is entirely not my thing and there is no reason to even try improving these skills.
Until the day I stumbled upon Mind Mapping.
Whilst writing a book, one friend of mine told me that it helped him organize his ideas using computer.
He shared so many instances when mind mapping may be instrumental, such as,
*To remember things and never ever forget them
*To organize and structure one’s ideas
*To find creative solutions
*Oral presentation or meeting animation
*Project management and development
*Thesis or book writing
And so much more!!!
I decided to take a special training course of 6 months in order to master Mind Mapping technique professionally.
Once I entered the class with my beloved computer, the instructor told that we are not going to use computers and instead will be working on our Mind Maps by hands, by writing and drawing.
Now I got myself in a trouble! And became the one who was protesting the most, because I don’t know how to draw !!!!!
It started very BADLY ! First of all, my writing is just as horrible as drawing, so every time I would show my homework, the teacher would repeat that my work could be clearer and tidier !!! I was feeling like I was back in the primary school !!! Oh my God, what a shame !!!
My motivation was very low and I wanted to abandon these stupid classes, becoming convinced even more that I was bad in writing and drawing and it was too late to change it ! I was already 33 years old !!
Luckily my EGO received a BIG SIGNAL. I was browsing the book of Mind Mapping creator Tony Buzan and my attention was caught by his statement that it was Leonardo Da Vinci who was a father of Mind Maps, as he was perfect in blending drawing and writing. This is a way how he managed to go deep into subjects and to realize in 15-16th centuries that planes and cars were going to exist!!!
It was by an amazing accident when after two weeks I went to the museum of Louvre, where a special exhibition of Leonardo Da Vinci was hosted, and I noted several exclusive drawings.
I LOOKED AT THESE DRAWINGS AND EXCLAIMED ‘EUREKA’ !!!!!
IT WAS A BIG, SPECIAL MOMENT, I UDERSTOOD !!!
I realized, that if I wanted to delve deeper into my mind I should write and draw !!!!
It is the only way if we want to connect our logical knowledge with our imagination.
Leonardo Da Vinci was perfect in physics, but he was perfect in imagination as well!
That’s where the GENIUS MIND comes from!!
It is when your RIGHT and LEFT part of BRAIN function at the same time !!
This is the real power of Mind Mapping, produced by your hands, not by your computer!!!
So I got a very huge wave of motivation, as the Genius from the past had proven it to me !
And when I started to train myself seriously, miracles started to happen.
However I can not tell you all the interesting things now :)
I would be happy to share my knowledge and experience during mind map sessions where I explain everything :)
P.S. The Mind Map in the photo is from my early beginning :)
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I would like to share a Mind Map with 8 Creative Personalities.
The Mind Map drawn by hand with colors helps us to expand the whole picture, to see it clearly on the paper ant to make our brain function better.
This process creates a space for NEW IDEAS TO COME!!!!
I refused to draw since I was 6 years old and never ever wanted to start again. Once I have learned and experienced that combining DRAWING with WRITING makes our brain like a TURBO MACHINE!! No matter how you draw, your brain appreciates it a lot!!!
I can explain ALL during MIND MAP session!
P.S. Mind Map inspired by the Adobe Test of CREATIVE TYPES
The Story about The Old and Creative Man
A few days passed and the young man approached the old man again.
- Can I ask you another question ? How can I improve my thinking?
The old man smiled:
- Here is something very basic my son. We don’t think in words and phrases. We think only in pictures and images.
Words are the raw materials of thought. When spoken or read, that amazing instrument, the mind, automatically converts words and phrases into mind pictures.
If someone tells you “Jonas bought a new telephone” you see one picture. But if you are told, “Jonas bought a new house with a swimming pool” you see another picture.
So if you want to improve your thinking my boy, you should create positive, forward – looking, optimistic pictures in your own mind.
- Do you mean to imagine things?
- Exactly! Imagination – it’s the
beautiful ability that we humans have. It’s even more important than knowledge.
- Why do you say that?
- Because knowledge is limited, while imagination circles the world without end!
I'll give you an example. Let’s imagine a bird. And now imagine a bird wearing a dress. Do you see it?
- Yes I see it, but it is weird.
- No matter, the important thing is that you see it. You have probably never seen a bird wear a dress before in real life, so there is no neuronal ensemble for that in your brain, but yet you will be able to imagine it – this is a very unique and complex human trait. When we imagine two of these familiar objects together, we can come up with something we have never ever seen before.
- I still don’t understand. Why is it useful to see a bird with a dress ?
- Oh my young boy! You are asking me about how to improve thinking and I am answering you that you should look at things not AS THEY ARE, but AS THEY CAN BE.
A big thinker always visualizes what can be done in the future.
He isn’t stuck with the present. By using IMAGINATION he adds VALUE to everything.
It's like a great producer who hears a simple melody of piano and can imagine and hearing the whole orchestra playing together.
- And If I tell you that I don’t have this capacity to imagine?
- So my Boy you go and train yourself !!!
You do 100 hundred Mind Maps and I swear you will become a master of imagination!
How did decorative handwriting rewrite Steve Jobs' Life?
The biggest paradox is that the genius of technology who created a super aesthetic electronic devices mastered calligraphy himself and used it during his whole life.
Steve Jobs was studying in Reed College offered the best calligraphy instruction in the country at the time. He learned about serif and sans serif typefaces and about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations. It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle. Calligraphy gave Jobs an aesthetic sense which he later successfully explored in other fields.
Steve Jobs understood, that by keeping our hands moving:
· It encourages our brain to think at a higher level
· It’s meditative and relaxing
· It develops fine motor skills and memory retention
· It promotes creativity and critical thinking
· It facilitates connections with other people
· It increases aesthetic sense
Every single poster, every single note was beautifully calligraphed by his own hands.
As Jobs told Stanford's graduates, "When we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography. If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. And since Windows just copied the Mac, it's likely that no personal computer would have them."
And the iPad with a pencil where do you think is coming from?
It’s hard to imagine how Mac could have looked today if Steve Jobs was mastering drawing as well as handwriting!!!
The incredible thing is that it is possible to develop handwriting and drawing at any point in our lives!!!
The most easy method to develop these skills by doing Mind Mapping where you can start practice these skills at your own level and for your own reasons !!!