The Studio

“This idea comes to you, you can see it, but to accomplish it you need what I call a “setup.” For example, you may need a workshop or … studio… where you can write something. It’s crucial to have a setup, so that, at any given moment, when you get an idea, you have the place and the tools to make it happen. If you don’t have a setup, there are many times when you get the inspiration, the idea, but you have no tools, no place to put it together. And the idea just sits there and festers. Overtime, it will go away. You didn’t fulfill it–and that’s just a heartache.”

– David Lynch


Using resources acquired from other tools of practice including obtaining internal ease and entering an open mind state, you are going to create your studio. This is your portable ‘set up’… your own virtual room, the place of full and empowering creativity in visualizing the goals you wish to work on or the problems you wish to resolve.


Purpose: To set up an intimate, personal virtual room to enhance goal-setting and problem solving

Outcome:  You will be able to immediately access a resourceful and portable state of mind and toolkit of your own unique resources for goal-setting and problem solving

The Exercise:

(While learning this exercise it is best to practice it outside the work environment; resting in a chair at home, or lying in bed before going to sleep at night or before getting out of bed in the morning. Give yourself at least ½ hour to go through the exercise while you are in this relaxed state. Ultimately, you’ll be able to practice it anyplace, anytime at a moment’s wish.)

While resting in a sitting or lying position, take 2 minutes to enter the ‘open mind state, steadying and deepening your breathing. Slowly count down from 10 to 0, feeling increasing relaxation with every breath on every count and relaxing your body from your toes to the top of your head.

You will now design a room in your mind, to which you can return at any time to do your creative and problem-solving work.


Here we go:

* Fashion a room in any setting of your choice where you tend to feel resourceful and at home.

* Set out the design and tone of the room — the colour, level of brightness and textures. You can alter these at any time.

* Add a desk and chair in the room

* In the desk, there is a file drawer on the right that contains all the facts in the world

* In the desk there is a file drawer on the left that contains a listing of all the people in the world, living or dead, fictional or non-fictional

* On top of the desk you have a clock that can play forward or backward in time

* Place a wardrobe in the room that contains any type of clothing you may wish to wear and any equipment you may wish to use.

* Place a stage at the front of the room upon which you will be able to act out any situation you may wish to.

Choose a situation, goal or decision you are currently engaged in…Now,  using all the resources now at your disposal, start to work it through in your room. Identify the goal ~~ draw on your endless resources ~~ play through the action ~~ and see your achievement.


As an example…

* Mine the unlimited facts at hand

* Set the clock to when you wish to achieve your outcome… it’s your timeline.

* Identify people who have achieved similar goals and visualize yourself taking on those qualities you admire in them.

* Open the wardrobe and choose the clothes and equipment to achieve your goal

* Go on the stage and play out the actions with the people you’re engaged with. Remember, it’s your theatre — you change your actions any number of times until you get the desired outcome.


Encore!  Pick another situation and do it all over again. The possibilities are endless!