Two of Everything

Most people find this exercise to be a great warm-up for getting their creative juices flowing.

Have a seat and get comfortable. Sit in a straight backed chair. Sit up straight towards the front of the chair, and take a couple of deep breaths.

Take a moment and think about how many different parts of you act as one half of a team. How many different pairs of organs and parts you have. How many different relationships.

You have left and right hemisphere in your brain, two eyes, two ears, two shoulders, two lungs, two kidneys, etc. etc. etc. all the way down to your two big toes. Seems that perhaps God had an interest in symmetry, relationships, and perhaps in allowing for a certain amount of redundancy. If the right eye is injured we still can use our left eye. If the left kidney is not working so well, we still have the right kidney. Take a moment and think about the numerous symmetrical pairs that I have not named and see if you can feel each pair as you name them.

Take a couple of deep breaths.

This time around feel each pair as best you can, as you name them. Feel your two eyes as you name them. Perhaps blinking your eyes some will help. Does you vision seem the same out of each eye? How do you feel and how do you see when you blink your eyes some?

Take a deep breath.

Feel both nostrils as you perhaps flare them.

Take a deep breath.

Move both shoulders around and feel the dynamic muscle tension in each shoulder.

Take a deep breath.

Can you feel the action of both lungs filling up with air?

Do you have any sense of both your kidneys?

Or your adrenal glands sitting on top of each kidney?

Take a deep breath.

Feel your left buttocks and your right buttocks. Squeeze each side intermittently and squeeze each side at the same time.

As a male feel both of your gonads. As a female, can you feel both of your ovaries?

Take two deep breaths and let your eyes gaze out into the distance, and then look back at this document when you are ready.

What is the one body part around which most if not all of these different pairs are organized?

For me, I would call the middle point of all this symmetry your spine. Take a full minute and feel your spine beginning at the bottom of your skull, moving down through your neck and then all the way down into your coccyx.

Take a couple of deep breaths.

Now see if you can feel your spine at the same time that you feel some of your different pairs.Your two ears and your spine. Your two breasts and your spine. The two sides of your rib cage and your spine. And other pairs as well………..

Take two deep breaths.

Now take some time and explore both of your hands. Look at both hands and notice how they are different and the same. Look at both thumbs and notice how they are different and the same.

Take a deep breath.

Notice the palms of both hands and how the lines on both palms are different and the same. How the coloration of both palms is most likely somewhat different.

Take a deep breath.

Notice the webbing between each pari of fingers. You might wonder why the thumb is at such a different height than your other fingers. What would your hand be like if the thumb was right up there next to your other fingers?

Take two deep breaths.

Now, clasp your hands together and more both hands around as an intimate pair. Let each hand squeeze the other. Let each hand feel each other. Let each hand know that it has a partner. You can also move your two hands together as if you were washing them.

Take a couple of deep breaths.

Take a moment and think of something that you would like to be more creative in regard to. Your relationship with another person, your relationship with yourself in regard to how you sometimes talk to yourself when you are upset, your relationship with a child or other loved one, your relationship to money, sex, or career success.

Take a deep breath and choose just one relationship that you would like to be more at ease with.

Take a moment and think about how if we choose to, we can frame everything we want to somehow change, as being one part of a relationship.

Take a deep breath.
Consider how you might use “the other half” of a relationship to help you to achieve what one part of you desires.

Take a deep breath.

Think about how one part of you (perhaps your logical self) wants to achieve a certain goal, while another part of yourself which you perhaps cannot name, seems to not want you to achieve your goal, or seems somehow frightened or holding back.

Take two deep breaths.

Holding your two hands lightly together as they sit on your lap, meditate on how you can work more in relationship with yourself or others in order to achieve greater satisfaction in your life. Take at least a couple of minutes for this………………..
Really.

Your mind might have wandered to many different places, or you might have thought of things that seemed to have nothing to do with the task at hand. This is quite likely in fact because the first sign of creativity is a wandering mind, and the second sign of creativity is when we begin to allow ourselves to relate one issue to another seemingly unrelated issue. Thinking in metaphors is a great sign that you are being creative.

Take a couple of deep breaths.

With so many different people reading this exercise, and so many of you whom I have never met, I am certainly not going to predict the results you achieve.

What I will say is that if you follow this method you will likely find that at the very least, you have a very different relationship to the concern that you have been wanting to be more creative about. This is the first step. This is a great beginning. Please explore with this exercise numerous times in the future.

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