Mind mapping to gain new paradigms

)uring deep and prolonged creative thinking, if new insights have been gained it the first reconstruction and revision stage, incubation may produce a new lerspective on the collective insights, known as a paradigm shift. The Mind Map on pages 158-159 is by Lorraine Gill. It summarises a series of lectures on the creative process as seen from the perspective of the practising tist. The Mind Map incorporates the History of Art, the growth of a 'grammar [of seeing' and the tools for the accomplishment of creative tasks. Coinciding rith modern brain research, the Mind Map emphasises Art as a Science (and cience as an Art) and also emphasises the training of both the imagination id the body in the creative process.

The Mind Map on page 163 by Benjamin Zander, Conductor of the Boston larmonic, is the result of such a process. The Mind Map reflects Zander's rdingly new approach to Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, an approach that i was the result of years of study, internal Mind Mapping, and intense incubation.

A paradigm shift is a global change in thinking about assumptions that have become well-established worldwide. Examples include Darwin's theory of evolution and Einstein's theory of relativity, paradigms of thought that replaced previous paradigms. The Mind Map is the primary tool for recording the process of paradigm shifting.

For the creative thinking Mind Mapper, the new realisation is itself placed in a new framework by sudden realisations that have occurred within the parabrain during incubation. In this way the Mind Mapper adds further dimensions to his or her thinking, records the stages of the paradigm shift gaining mnemonic and macroscopic visions of the subject matter leading not only to new creative ideas but eventually to wisdom.

Thinking Maps SubjectsMental Maps

Ultimately creative Mind Map on the creation theme within Beethoven's ninth symphony by Benjamin Zander, Conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra (see page 161).

benefits of creative thinking mind maps

1 They automatically utilise all the creative thinking skills.

They generate ever-increasing mental energy as the Mind Mapper mo towards his or her goal.

They allow the Mind Mapper to view a great many elements all at one thus increasing the probability of creative association and integration.

T They enable the brain to hunt out ideas which normally lie in obscuri on the periphery of his or her thinking.

They increase the probability of gaining new insights.

vJ They reinforce and buttress the incubation process, increasing the probability of the generation of new ideas.

/ They encourage playfulness and humour, thus increasing the probabili of the Mind Mapper straying far from the norm and producing a truly creative idea.


Once you have released your personal creativity through Mind Maps, you can gain enormous additional impetus by working with others to create a group mind. This is the subject of the next chapter.

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