Morning Pages: a tool for producing insight, innovation, and calm

writingWhen the world is changing fast it is important to find new ways to make sense of it.

Often our rational, conscious minds will still be thinking in terms of the ways the world used to work. Meanwhile our unconscious intuition will already be spotting the new patterns as they emerge.

To lead ourselves and others better through a time of rapid change, we need a reliable way to draw on the power of our unconscious intuition.

Julia Cameron wrote The Artist’s Way as a way to help people to reconnect with their creative selves. As part of that, she invented a new technique called Morning Pages. We can use the Morning Pages to connect us with our intuition, quickly, deeply, and reliably.

The technique is simple: sit down with a pen and paper first thing in the morning, before your conscious mind is fully awake. Then write out longhand whatever comes into your mind until you have filled three sides of paper. Make a note of anything significant and get on with your day. Repeat the process the next morning or for as long as you feel the need to draw on this extra source of information.

The benefits come in three stages:

  • First, any niggling worries will be taken out of your mind and put down on to paper. This clears your head, calms you, and allows you to focus on your real priorities
  • Second, you willproduce new insights and understanding
  • Third, you can often find solutions that resolve your dilemmas in unexpected ways

Like journalist Oliver Burkeman, you might be sceptical. But if you try out the Morning Pages then, like him and many others, you may find yourself wishing you had started years ago.

Is there a situation that you just can’t resolve? Have you tried using your intuition to solve it? Is it worth trying out the Morning Pages to see what happens?


Adapted from Inner Leadership: tools for building inspiration in times of change.

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