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Creativity Mobilisation Technique

What is Creativity Mobilisation Technique?

Approaching life in a creative way allows us to live up to our true potential and discover and enjoy our own authentic self, so providing a positive influence on our social environment.  All too often, the analytical, critical and judgemental approach favoured by our everyday life-style prevents us from realising what we can be.  This inhibiting approach derives from the left hemisphere of the brain – in contrast to the integrating and intuitive understanding of the right hemisphere.  In order to mobilise our creative faculties, we need to use our full brain potential, through synchronising both halves of the brain.

Creativity Mobilisation Technique (CMT) involves making a series of no-thought “mess paintings”.  It is a non-verbal method which is concerned with the process not the product.  It has many similarities to techniques used in art schools for freeing artists in their painting.

Using powder paint on newspaper, the painter attempts, in the privacy of their own home, to make as big a painting mess as possible without controlling colour selection or emerging patterns.  After a session of no-thought mess painting, notes of the experience are made.

Once mess painting has become established it is possible to move on to a new dimension of CMT: self-evolving paintings.  With this type of self-expressive painting the no-thought requirement is eased.  These special paintings happen spontaneously and come from deep within the painter.  They often surprise both the painter and others with their content and beauty.

Learning CMT requires as much dedication as any other technique. The findings of Dr W Luthe and others in the 1970s, and the experience of BAS therapists, suggest that the method is unique. It is thought that mess painting causes the sublimation of mental and emotional blockages, freeing our inner personal self through promoting creativity and overcoming the boundaries of convention without judgement or criticism.  People report that using CMT allows newly released energy to ‘flow freely like water’ – and that this experience has a major positive influence on their lives.

Creativity Mobilisation Technique (CMT) is a short term, far reaching therapy method.

Who can benefit from Creativity Mobilisation Technique?

Everyone, from artists to those with no experience of painting, can benefit from practising CMT. You give up striving for outcome, and focus on the process, allowing mental and emotional blockages to be diffused and creativity to be accessed.

Benefits reported by clients include

  • Greater physical harmony
  • Greater psychological harmony
  • Creative powers being freed up
  • Repressed thoughts, memories and emotions being allowed to surface spontaneously and be worked through safely.  As difficulties in real life are dealt with, major changes can take place in the client’s life.

Participants in CMT have often observed a sense of increasing self-awareness and new drive to fulfil potential.

Development of Creativity Mobilisation Technique

CMT was developed over a period of 25 years starting in the late 1940s by Dr Wolfgang Luthe after extensive study. He was searching for a truly right-hemisphere based approach to artistic and creative freedom. His own practical experience and research, working with colleagues from a variety of professions, led him to formulate the CMT procedures. Dr Luthe introduced and facilitated CMT with various groups including children, adolescents, students and adults.

The Creativity Mobilisation Technique Course

As CMT is a therapy in its own right, it is not necessary to have first learned Autogenic Training.

The CMT course can be undertaken individually or in a small group, and it consists of 8 sessions spread over nine weeks:

Sessions 1 to 7 weekly
Session 8 two weeks later.

After completing the CMT course, further support is available from the therapist, if required.

The first session runs for 2 hours.  The length of all other sessions depends on the size of the group.

Four painting sessions are carried out at home every week.

Paintings and diary (self-observation notes) are brought to sessions for review.

If the CMT Course sounds like a big time commitment, it is. And yet the paradox noted by previous participants, is that dedicating the time to develop access to their own creative self, made them much more effective and efficient generally. The resulting inner freedom achieved, more than repaid the time invested.

Once the process is established individuals can continue using CMT as a self-help approach.

Creativity Mobilisation Technique Therapists

Deidre King – London

Nida Ingham – Surrey & West Sussex

Oliver Klott – Oxfordshire

Dr Lucy O’Hagan – Somerset 

Dr Edith Rom

Patricia Toward – London

Pauline Young – Suffolk