I attended a writer's workshop today. We heard about ways to tap into the unconscious to become more creative. Unlike other workshops I've attended we were asked to keep our writing private, not to share it with others. This might sound like keeping our masks on. How would we ever let our writing become public if we don't share it with in a workshop you might be wondering.
Well the idea is that we need to take some time to tap into our creativity and any expectations that others will read it will mean that we start to judge our work. We will start to critique ourselves, hesitate and not be true to ourselves. Once we learn to tap into the subconscious and work through a process of identifying themes and commonalities in our writing we can then begin to explore it more deeply, then edit and finally share it. This is what makes our writing authentic and meaningful, our own original thoughts, our unique stories.
While this sounds like a long winded effort to get some writing out into the public arena, I appreciated the opportunity to explore my writing more deeply. I was very aware that I was able to write more honestly when I knew I wouldn't be sharing it. I could be true to myself. It was a very liberating experience. I was able to make some unusual connections which I can now explore further. I was surprised by some of the thoughts that came into my mind.
So keeping our masks on for a while sounds like a good idea when wanting to explore ideas or thoughts more deeply. A mask can protect us from the outside world and help us be true to ourselves.