The first time Neurographics was brought to my attention, I was watching a man sitting in a corner, in a crowded room, and whatever he was doing–drawing?–he was clearly in some kind of Ohm-like state, off in his own world, pen and notebook in hand. As it turns out, he had learned Neurographics almost a year ago, and he had been drawing like this ever since. When I asked him about it, a few others chimed in to say that they, too, had been drawing for just as long. They had all been at a retreat a year ago, and had learned it from a participant who was from Russia. One woman said she felt she had literally drawn herself into a new job. Another had missed her flight on the way back from the retreat, and spent many hours in the airport doing this drawing, without the usual travel-mixup stress and anxiety. And she continued drawing throughout the year.
The most immediate effect of drawing Neurographic lines is slipping into this quiet, meditative state. Hand to paper, mind silenced; you just go there. It was felt in the presence of the man in the corner. It is felt as you draw the lines.
Perhaps this is the effect of any kind of artistic endeavor, this going-into something, a quiet, meditative state. And perhaps this is behind the doodling and Zentangle craze. Doing the work creates a zone. You don’t have to try to quiet the mind, it just goes there.
The difference between Neurographic drawing and something like doodling, is that you literally, in the case of the “difficult” emotion algorithm, put the emotion right there on the page. It is felt in the body, then drawn in whatever line or shape comes up, in 3 to 4 seconds. Then the transforming begins. Any sharp angles that were created in the original emotional shape are rounded out. There’s no thinking about it, no concern for how it looks, or what anything means, or where this is going. There is no concern for anything, in the moment.
After adding grounding lines, intuitive circles, and adding color, you take a step back and see how it feels, in body and mind. It’s like nothing…well, you just have to experience it. The “difficult” emotion is gone, and there is a mental and physical leveling out. It’s a peaceful space that needs no further explanation or description.
Neurographics is new, developed in the last 4 years. Most information and training is available only in Russian, and more recently in German. It is brand new to the US. We are currently being trained to learn and teach and share the Neurographic algorithms, by the Russian psychologist who came up with the process, Pavel Piskarev. There are 23 algorithms, of which the “difficult” emotion is only one. We hope you’ll join us along the way, as we draw our way into a new way of being, of seeing, in the world.