The Three As Of Mind Mapping

In many ancient Eastern cultures, master teachers traditionally gave new students only three basic instructions: 'obey', 'cooperate' and 'diverge'. Each of these instructions characterised a specific learning stage. 'Obey1 indicated that the student was to imitate the master, only asking for Unification when necessary. Any other questions were to be noted and raised in the next stage.

'Cooperate' referred to the second stage in which the student, having learnt ibe basic techniques, began to consolidate and integrate the information by asking appropriate questions. At this stage the student would assist the master in analysis and creation.

'Diverge' meant that, having thoroughly learnt all that the master could teach, the student would honour the master by continuing the process of mental evolution. In this way the student could use the master's knowledge as a platform from which to create new insights and paradigms, thus becoming a master of the next generation.

The Mind Mapping equivalents of these three instructions are the three A's: 'Accept', 'Apply' and Adapt'.

• 'Accept' means that, in the first stage, you should set aside any preconceptions you may have about your mental limitations, and follow the Mind Mapping laws exactly, imitating the models given as precisely as you can.

• 'Apply' is the second stage, when you have completed the basic training given in this book. At this point, we suggest that you create a minimum of 100 Mind Maps, applying the laws and recommendations contained in this chapter, developing your personal Mind Mapping style, and experimenting with the different types of Mind Maps outlined in the following chapters. Mind Maps should be used for all aspects of your note-taking and note-making until you feel them to be an entirely natural way of organising your thoughts.

• Adapt' refers to the ongoing development of your Mind Mapping skills. Having practised several hundred 'pure' Mind Maps, this is the time to experiment with ways of adapting the Mind Map form. Let us know the results ...

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