Friday, June 22, 2012

Mysteries of the Mind Guest Blog and Giveaway with Guillaume Wolf








Hi, this is Guillaume Wolf “Prof. G,” author of the newly released supernatural thriller, The Last Arakad. Before we start, I want to thank Roxanne's Realm for inviting me to guest blog; it’s a pleasure to be here.

So today, I’d like to talk about the mysteries of the mind.

My novel, The Last Arakad, is a magical thrill-ride that also talks about how we can connect with our intuition to grow and evolve. I believe this is where real magic lives.

Intuition and the power of the subconscious mind have always fascinated me. In my research on creativity (if you’re curious, check out my book on the subject, reDESIGN: reCREATE http://redesignrecreate.com), I met with some of the most brilliant Creatives in the world. I discovered that the greatest creative minds all trusted their subconscious mind to work for them. Sometimes they called it “gut instinct” or “semi-asleep state;” but they all share this capacity to connect with a higher creative intelligence (that works much better and faster than the rational mind).

In one conversation that stuck with me, superstar designer/architect Philippe Starck revealed his habit of using his subconscious for creative work: “I prefer working with the subconscious,” he declared. “I’m not an intelligent person, but I have an extraordinary intuition that allows me to place myself in the world differently and to do things differently. In the classic orthogonal way of thinking, I’m completely lost. I cannot even read an operating manual. But in the diagonal way of thinking, I’m faster than everyone.
          This explains, perhaps, why after a brilliant career of 30 years he still dominates the world of design today.
          In our conversation, he explained that because “consciousness . . . always lies,” he preferred “working with the subconscious: the untold, the slips of the tongue, the accumulation of little invisible signs.” I realized that in his case, Starck had mastered his “extraordinary intuition” and sharpened it like a precision tool.
          His technique sounds deceptively simple. To access his subconscious mind, he uses creative naps. “The subconscious works alone,” he said. “It is a bit guided and structured in order to produce more than just nebulous ideas, but then you have to be in the proper state when the subconscious delivers its finished products. You have to be “ready to print.” This is why I live mostly in my bed. When I feel a ‘delivery’ is coming, I always have a little table by my bed that I use to draw with great precision all the elements. At this point I don’t have to think, I just execute. When I’m done ‘printing,’ I look if it’s worth something . . .” (excerpt from reDESIGN: reCREATE)
          This description may sound strange but it comes from one of the most important contemporary creative minds. Who knew creative naps could be so potent?

Following these clues, I tried over the years to integrate this creative regimen into my work. I gave creative napping a try by putting myself in a relaxed state to let inspiration move in. At first it was not easy—we have all been conditioned to view napping as ‘laziness’—my active mind protested at these ‘silly’ attempts. But as I stuck with it, and was able to quiet the chatter. And it did pay off. For example, the story of The Last Arakad came in a flash, after one of these creative naps. And today, every morning, before I get out of bed, I simply “dream” the chapters I’m suppose to write—and the story flows in automatically.

Now I’d love to hear your comments. Have you tried creative napping before? Have you ever had dreams that helped you make important decisions in your life?





THE LAST ARAKAD
by Guillaume Wolf “Prof. G”


Do you believe in destiny?


When sensitive Maya moves with her brother Thomas from Los Angeles to Paris hoping for a better life, she has no idea that everything is about to dramatically change. 


What starts as an initiation into the age-old Arakad magical tradition takes an unexpected turn when a wave of brutal murders shatters her world. Caught up in an ancient prophecy, she finds herself at the center of a ruthless battle between good and evil in which humanity’s future is at stake. 


When all hope is lost and she becomes the final target of a sinister clan, will Maya learn to trust herself and her own power? Or will her own fears prevail?


BIO


Born in Africa (Sénégal), raised in Paris, France, and currently living in Los Angeles, California, Guillaume Wolf “Prof G.” embodies the spirit of the 21st Century “global village.” 


Guillaume has spent decades exploring the transformative power of symbols, archetypes, and creativity (and their relationship with the everyday world); and this passion inspires his writing. 


Guillaume’s background includes among others: creative director; branding consultant; and teacher of communication design at the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.


He is the author of reDESIGN: reCREATE, a book about reinvention and creativity. The Last Arakad is his first novel.


Guillaume lives with his wife and daughter in Los Angeles, California.


To learn more about Guillaume Wolf’s books and discover additional content, collectibles, and behind-the-scenes bonuses, visit www.Arakad.com


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Web: http://www.arakad.com


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