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How Do You Draw A Rabbit?

Creativity through Hypnosis

When I was six years old, in my first grade class, we were doing an art project.  They asked us to draw a rabbit.  Now, we didn’t have a live rabbit to look at, so they taped a photograph of a rabbit to the front board.  We sat with our crayons and went at it!

Something different happened during that art project, which I noticed at the time but didn’t understand.  I drew that rabbit perfectly.  REALLY, really well.  As I was drawing, I was looking at the photo at the front of the room, and concentrating.   Really concentrating.  Inner focused concentration, connecting with the photo and following the curves.

When we were done, I was astonished at how perfect my rabbit drawing looked.  Amazingly life-like.  The teacher was walking around the room, looking at our work and made a big fuss over my rabbit, complimenting me.  She held it up it to the entire class, and asked me if she could keep it as an example of good work for future classes.

I let her, which I’m sort of regretful about, because I wish I could look at that rabbit drawing again right now!  (Actually, I could see it again, using hypnotic regression, but that’s another story for another time.)

All well and good, the teacher kept my picture.  Now, here’s the interesting part of the story.  A string of students then came up to me afterwards asking “show me how to draw a rabbit.”   Apparently, I was now the rabbit-drawing-expert.  And I couldn’t do it.

I remember taking a piece of paper and CONSCIOUSLY trying to replicate my rabbit for the first kid in line.  No way.  It was a pathetic squiggle.  And the student took it, and walked away looking like he held a treasure.

I drew more pictures for my fellow students, and they were nothing like a rabbit, non realistic and just bad caricatures.

I understand this scenario now.  I used self hypnosis to draw the rabbit.  Like that book, “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain,” I tapped into my unconscious mind, my creative mind power using a focused attention.  I had no idea what I was doing at the time, however I did recognize that I had a different state of mind while drawing my rabbit initially, and when asked to show how.  No way could I just “draw a rabbit” quickly on command.  That activity involved my six year old conscious mind.

Our conscious minds are linear, logical, limited.  We can and do astonish ourselves with our own abilities when we utilize our creative mind.  Not just a tiny part of our mind.  That’s hypnosis–a doorway into more power!  Who knew?  I was already a hypnotist in first grade!  🙂

Warm Regards,