Questions? Session #5 "How Much More......?"
Welcome to The Maker’s Space where we come to intentionally slow down from the busyness of the life around us, and create a space to listen.
The #1 Session centered on the question “Where are you?” and can be found on www.themakersspace.us
The #2 Session centered on the question “Who told you that?” and can be found on www.themakersspace.us
The #3 Session centered on the question “What are you seeking?” and can be found on
The #4 Session centered on the question “Why are you afraid?” and can be found on www.themakersspace.us
The #5 Session will be centered around the question “How much more?” and can be found on www.themakersspace.us
Our first 2 questions are found in the Bible and are asked by God. The last 3 questions are found in the new testament and are asked by Jesus. Did you realize that God asks us questions because He wants to have a dialogue with us our whole lives. He can keep asking us these questions, because we and Him are not standing still, we are continually growing and changing and our answers will change, depending on the circumstances.
- Neurography was invented by Pavel Piskarev in 2014, based on all of the brain science that has come out of the 1990’s and 2000’s. It is connecting the neurons of the subconscious with the neurons on the conscious by drawing lines. The process is simple and gentle. It is important to focus on your feelings throughout the drawing process, not the art product. By activating the neurons in your brain and noticing any tensions and stress, you can put that tension or problem solving onto paper and bring calm and peace by rounding corners and connecting the lines of distress with the help from society around you.
- Take two minutes to focus on an issue in your mind that you are thinking about, and start to write down on another piece of paper any words that come to your mind about that issue. Don’t worry about repeating words, just go fast without analyzing, just noticing the words that come to mind. Look over your list of words, and notice any that evoke any emotion inside of you.
- Now, we are going to take that emotion and put it onto the paper.
Place both feet on the ground, taking the time to feel the texture of the floor. Get a good sense of feeling in touch with the ground and feeling secure and stable with both feet placed firmly. Check for any emotions and sensations in your body and scan your body for resistant energy. Now, scoop all of that energy up from your body and into your arm and out of your pen onto the paper for 1-3 seconds of scribble. Take a deep inhale, and scoop the emotion and exhale it onto the paper in a large scribble. You are releasing the pressure of the issue onto the paper. If you have too much pressure and you tear the page, you might have to do it more than once.
4. Notice any intersections of the lines on your paper. Start to gently round the corners of all of the intersections. The intersections represent challenges and conflict, and the rounding of the intersections help to calm and smooth out the conflict and challenge into something beautiful and balanced. Even doing this stage of the drawing has been found to reduce headaches and built up internal pressure, so take you time and round and smooth out all intersections.
While you are rounding out all of your corners and intersections, I am going to read you the Scripture with the question of Jesus, "How much more...?" and supporting scriptures and let it speak for itself.:
“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!””
Luke 11:9-13 NIV
“Here’s what I’m saying: Ask and you’ll get; Seek and you’ll find; Knock and the door will open. “Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This is not a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we’re in. If your little boy asks for a serving of fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? If your little girl asks for an egg, do you trick her with a spider? As bad as you are, you wouldn’t think of such a thing—you’re at least decent to your own children. And don’t you think the Father who conceived you in love will give the Holy Spirit when you ask him?””
Luke 11:9-13 MSG
Let us remember that God is a giver. We can be thankful for all of the temporary gifts that he gives us on a daily basis, but they “pale in comparison to the supreme gift of Christ’s own Spirit.” [Beth Moore- The Quest]
“He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?”
Romans 8:32 NIV
Are we daily aware of the power that is within us?
“‘For here’s what I’m going to do: I’m going to take you out of these countries, gather you from all over, and bring you back to your own land. I’ll pour pure water over you and scrub you clean. I’ll give you a new heart, put a new spirit in you. I’ll remove the stone heart from your body and replace it with a heart that’s God-willed, not self-willed. I’ll put my Spirit in you and make it possible for you to do what I tell you and live by my commands. You’ll once again live in the land I gave your ancestors. You’ll be my people! I’ll be your God!”
Ezekiel 36:24-28 MSG
“However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”— the things God has prepared for those who love him— these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words. The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, for, “Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.”
1 Corinthians 2:9-16 NIV
“Then Moses said to the Israelites, “See, the Lord has chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills— to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood and to engage in all kinds of artistic crafts. And he has given both him and Oholiab son of Ahisamak, of the tribe of Dan, the ability to teach others. He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers—all of them skilled workers and designers.”
Exodus 35:30-35 NIV
These are the verses that formed The Tribe of Dan group, at our church that encourages creativity in our congregation to enhance the worship of God’s people. We can ask for gifts like these, to worship God using the arts.
“Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.””
John 4:10 NLT
Many of us, don’t even know what to ask for. But if we ask for His Spirit, He will tell us, teach us what we need to know, encourage us to do the things he has planned for us.
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10 NLT
Remember, it is not on our own, not apart from Him.
Spend a few minutes asking God for what He is prompting you to ask Him.
Take some deep breaths, and begin by resting in His presence, then ask for His Spirit to help you discern, to give your peace, imagination, skills….etc. etc.
5. Next, we are going to stop and practice drawing neuro lines, which are lines that don’t go straight but seem to have a mind of their own. Take you practice sheet and with a coin and your pen push the coin around the paper following it wherever it wants to go.
6. Back to your drawing. Look for any line endings and connect them with a neuro line to the edge of your paper. Any spikes or edges, continue to connect to the edges of your paper. The edges represent society, and we want our internal pressure to connect with society to help dissipate the pressure and help us cope and bring peace. We are in the process of dissolving our own catharsis issue by connecting the different points to the edges of the paper using a line that goes where it wants to.
7. Now look for more intersections of the new lines that you have drawn, and start rounding the corners of those intersections. You have activated neurons in your brain and the are agitated so we need to calm them down and make new connections. This can be very emotional, but you are letting go of emotions in your body in a safe way.
Check in with your body and notice your internal emotions and write them down. You are connecting the subconscious with conscious and creating a new physical reality. You are moving from victim to creator of something beautiful. Even if you were to stop at this point, it still helps to relieve pressure, so I encourage you to do this often on your own. Enjoy the process, don’t rush. Try to make your lines soft and smooth in and out of intersections. Don’t stop, the more you do, the more you smooth out the challenges, the calmer you will feel. Check in with your body and write down any emotions.
8. Now we will start coloring. Close your eyes, and ask the Creator of the Universe to show you three colors. Notice the first 3 colors that pop into your head and choose them from the colored pencils. Start coloring ribbons of color that connect several elements together, not just each little segment. Concentrate on seeing big moves and follow the flow of those shapes flowing across the page. Sometimes the flow can go from left to right or from right to left, depending on your own brain growth.
9.You can blend colors, you can shade a color, you can give a 3D effect by different gradients of color. Be open to your feelings of changing colors or where you feel a color needs to be, trust your intuitions and let it flow. Don’t analyze too much. Don’t stop the energy from flowing over lines. If colors want to cross over each other, let them.
10.How are you feeling during your coloring? Are you still connected to your original issue? How is your breathing? Are you holding your breath or breathing deeply? Write down your observations on you notepad.
11.Feel free to rotate your drawing at any point. Also, Neurographica, does not need any interpretations. The drawing itself is enough. Everything on your inside and you are making changes and growing by making new connections in your brain.
12. All emotions have vibrations. The universe that we are living in has vibrations of its own. so, our next step is to connect 2 or 3 lines using our thick marker, to connect our emotions with the universe to help us further resolve our conflicts and flow more with where the universe, [or Creator of the Universe, God,] is wanting us to grow. These large lines can cross, merge or divide sections of your drawing. Just observe where you think your swaths of color may be leading you to draw lines.
Now, observe where the darker lines intersect with any smaller lines and round out any corners. This allows the connections with the universe and God’s energy to guide you to grow and participate with God to make changes in your subconscious to bring about calm and peace.
13. Next, again with your thicker marker, notice any intersections where you might see potential circles, perhaps 1 or more. They can be already there, or you can add to the circle to complete it. Circles represent harmony, divinity, love, balance and gifts. Let your intuition guide you as you find place where you think circles might be developing.
14. After you have identified and drawn any circles, look for the intersection of any new lines, and round out the corners which is the solution for integrating the circle into the neuron drawing. You may highlight the circle with color or shading of color. Remember, the more detail you add to your drawing, the more satisfaction you will feel.
Check in again how you feel, and write down any feeling you might have on your original issue. As you check over any areas that need more work, take time to reflect what you are sensing about your drawing. Remember, it does not need to look like anything or be analyzed, it is more about how it makes you feel.
I am hoping that you can take this skill with you and perhaps teach it to someone you know.
With God, we can get to a place of peace and calm. It does not mean that our circumstances necessarily change, but we can view them from a new perspective. We can also soothe our emotions and react in a different way, with a confidence in the one who controls all things.
Here is some of the art from our workshop. Other art is found in the article on the Haymarket Center Clients of addiction.