by Zack kopp, BA, MFA
photo credit Olivia Alex Dvorak
The deadline has passed to sign up for April dates in Subconscious Writing at CFU. May availabilities here: https://www.freeuregistration.com/CourseStatus.awp…Sign up for Developing Intutition through Creativity starting April 15th at Althea Center for Engaged Spirituality here: https://www.altheacenter.org/classes
I’m leading two courses this spring and summer concerned to different degrees with hotwiring conscious awareness through writing.
Intuition has played a central role in everything I’ve done in life so far. I have followed my nose through experience for 48 years, attuned to my own self-made flow, which has often seemed to join a selfless flow or feeling of natural progress toward my ever-changing wants. When I was about fifteen, I discovered Jack Kerouac’s notion of “spontaneous prose,” and it became a tenet of my developing psychology, morphing into something I called “metamorphic prose” and, finally, “subconscious fiction” after having been affected by an online writing group where I had my breakthrough.
I joined that group in 2008, after finishing grad school. The emphasis was on brevity, and I decided to launch in quickly whatever the prompt was and write without thinking and end every bit I wrote there in an abstract or humorous way. After a few years of writing something new there every day, I saw I had broken into a part of my writing mind previously unknown to me, or accessed only very rarely, in which all effects felt possible.
I tried explaining it to other writers. “All fiction is subconscious fiction,” they persuaded.
But this was a breakthrough. Creativity had become an automatic function for me, no effort required. It felt like eavesdropping on the living heart of creation.
About a month ago, twelve years after finishing grad school in 2008, when Trump’s presidency was winding up and my discovery of writing from the heart of creation or wherever had been normalized into the seeds of a potential great stand-up routine. I read a book called Intuitive Art by Rachel Archelaus—in which drawings are done, without conscious control, colors chosen without looking—as readings on specific questions and concerns—and recognized the nuts and bolts I’d missed of what was happening with the writing. By using the double-blind of diverting my attention to the goal of a joke, and writing quickly instead of with forethought, I’d tricked my mind into accessing a part of itself unregulated by conscious thought and full of imagery and humor beyond my ego-invested conscious-mind-perpetrated autobiographical fiction, which seemed ponderous and overloaded in comparison..
Rachel Archelaus’s Intuitive Art is an example of the constant availability of a higher perspective easily contacted through creativity plus intent, and was my inspiration to start teaching a class on Subconscious Writing at Colorado Free University, and one on Developing Intuition through Creativity at Althea Center for Engaged Spirituality.
The word intuition means “inner teacher.” Everyone has it, though we’re often told it’s “just imagination.” The human computer knows the answers to most questions (or words to that effect) is something William S. Burroughs said somewhere explaining the divinatory power of cut-up writing, and I have added it to the aggregate of conceptions enabling this course, in which it is proposed that: the approximate form of any document, conversation, speech and declaration required by human beings already exists ex tempora or “out of the moment”, and may be contacted simply by tricking your conscious mind to let go of the steering wheel in three steps.
This is what worked for me 1/ Daily prompts 2/ Surrender of conscious control (i.e. waiting for words) and 3/ Fictionalization toward the desired effect. There are many forms of contacting intuition, everything from Tarot cards to channeling. One class will be an overview of intuition focusing, in part, on prewriting future events as a witness.
I began with humor as desired effect, which remains a rule of thumb for me, but fictionalization in any form fulfills the third step. In these courses, one of the things I’ll do will be to challenge you to solve your real-world problems by revisioning them as art, and letting your intuition take control in a creative experiment.
Taking advantage of intuition means a breakthrough in life management. Removing the ego as middleman. Any danger of falling into the same old personality-based impasses time after time is greatly lessened or removed entirely. Open yourselves to what art would come through you as opposed to making any proclamations from a settled point of gathered authority. It never runs out. Writer’s block is obviated through abnegation of control, Crack the safe of your own subconscious mind and hotwire your future by giving up control. By using the double-blind of diverting your attention to the goal of a joke and writing quickly instead of with forethought, trick your mind into accessing a part of itself unrequired by conscious thought and possessed of an unusual fecundity of imagery and humor compared to anything written with ego.
The human computer is a diamond mine of realizations and solutions belonging to all of us, not intaking information constantly, whether or not we’re paying attention, and with the use of subconscious fictionalization—Intuitive or subconscious writing—you can hack into this boundless resource and distill the approximate ideal form of required written communications, important conversations, cover letters, difficult writing passages, and more.
These online courses are accepting students from all over the world. Registration info provided at the links.