Put Colour In Your Life
There’s a lot to be said for perspective in photography. You can see the world in a different way if you change the perspective. The same is true of life, except that it can be hard to see your own life in a different perspective simply because it is there right on top of you wherever you go.
While you can pick up a camera and point it at the things around you to get different angles, doing the same to your life is not easy. That’s where the Colour Mapping technique offered by Liz Abram can be a really great help.
When thinking about anything we tend to engage the logical part of our mind – the left brain. The logical left brain looks back on what’s happened and projects it forward. If that was all we had to see ourselves by then the future would likely involve much of what’s gone before. The Colour Mapping technique, because it uses the right brain, is not so concerned with what has gone before or so restricted in what it sees in the future. It can therefore allow you to get that different perspective on an aspect of your life and help you to see things in a different way – to become aware of thoughts, feelings, and ideas you otherwise would not notice. This could be applied to you as you are, or to your plans for the future, or to any other aspect of your life that you wish to focus on.
So what is Colour Mapping, and how do you do it?
As you can see from the photographs it involves a large sheet of paper and a collection of coloured pens. It also involves the essential luxury of a couple of hours of uninterrupted “me time” in an environment where you feel valued and where you can park your everyday worries for a while. Then you just pick up a pen and start to draw. What you can’t see in the photographs is how Liz uses the tremendous observational skills she has developed over the years to ask thought provoking questions as you draw, which in turn leads you to discover more about yourself through your drawing.
The immediate reaction for some people might well be to say “But I Can’t Draw”. This is definitely not a problem! You are making colourful marks on the paper that mean something to you. It doesn’t matter if it’s Picasso or Primary One . You aren’t sitting an art exam, nobody will check your work afterwards, and nobody will criticise what you put on your sheet of paper. What you draw is as unique as you are. It’s not so much about what you end up with as how you got there, and guided by Liz’s observations and gentle questioning the process can be quite an eye opener. It’s the equivalent of taking your camera and seeing things through it in a completely different way.
For those of you who are wondering if this isn’t just the same as a technique called mind mapping – a way of taking notes or making lists in a diagram form – it isn’t, though it does tap into the same creative side of the brain. Whereas a mind map is more about getting ideas down on paper, Colour Mapping is about teasing out the things about you that might be lost in your everyday world. It is about taking time to become aware of your thoughts, and about giving yourself permission to unlock them. Guided by Liz, the end result is a clearer view of yourself and where you want to be and the drawings on the piece of paper are just a means of getting there.
You can find out more about Colour Mapping from Liz’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/LizAbramCoachingServices. Liz is based in Uttoxeter.