Visual Multilayered Thinking

We live surrounded by words. We are bombarded, daily, by the visual word, the audible word, words that provoke kinaesthetic responses. Amidst such a barrage of words, the ‘value’ of the spoken word could be diminished. As a result, ‘communication’, the goal and function of the word, may never be attained. Words have arguably lost their creative power, and respect for them is decreasing.

Visual Multilayered Thinking, or ‘VMT’, is a way of processing that isn’t necessarily word-based or linear, and loads of people do it. It is more like a network of connected thoughts and ideas, which might not narrow in on verbal descriptions at an early stage. Unfortunately however, much of modern western education ideas are based on a factory line model of learning, promoting rote, linear, word-based processing. This then translates into the world beyond schooling, and is prevalent in many organisations, businesses and the tendencies of individuals. This leaves some people behind, unable to succeed within those constraints, unable to live up to their full potential.

Words talk about what you already know, what’s already happened. Thoughts and activities without words give a person the opportunity to consider, create and discover something new and significant. The act of quickly jotting down grouped images — as with the Footnotes technique — is one powerful way of capturing the uniqueness of that realisation or experience.

Footnotes techniques are based upon VMT principles, but there is other VMT related support that we also offer, based upon the idea that all individuals are uniquely wired and require varied and responsive settings in which to excel. Using consultation activities and exercises, we can help you understand the ways that people think and act individually, and then learn how to awaken and properly utilise these skills.