Radiant thinking is defined as; the associative thought process that radiates out from a central point. Mindmap is the manifestation or visual expression of the radiant thinking. When we make mind maps, we start from the centre of the page and then our ideas radiates out from the central idea. The idea radiated out from the central idea itself becomes a sub-centre for further associations creating a chain of associations away from the central idea. Naturally, human brains have always functioned in the way of Radiant thinking. Radiant thinking is a very powerful technique to unlock the potential of the human brain. Mindmap has four characteristics as defined in “The mindmap book” written by Tony Buzan and Barry Buzan:
- When you are creating a mindmap, you always start from the central of the page. The central idea can be written in words or also as an image.
- The ideas associated with the central image or word radiates out in the form of branches.
- Branches comprise a key image or key word printed on an associated line. Topics of lesser importance are also represented as branches attached to higher level branches.
- The branches form a connected nodal structure.
You can enhance your mindmap with the use of different colours, pictures, codes and dimension to make it more beautiful, interesting and add your personality. This will also help to bring out creativity, better your memory and also help you to recall the information better. Mindmaps help you to differentiate between your mental storage capacity and your mental storage efficiency. Storing data efficiently multiplies your capacity. It is like the difference between a well-packed or badly packed warehouse, or a library with or without an ordering system.
You might think that you have limited storage capacity in your brain but with the practice of mind map you will come to understand that the storage capacity every brain has is outrageously enormous. From the work of DR Mark Rosenweig in Paris, we have come to understand that even if the brain is fed with 10 items of data (each item being a simple word or image) every second for 100 years, it would still have used less than 1/10th of its storage capacity. No matter how many datas your brain has already stored, no matter the number of associations you have already made, the potential to radiate new patterns and combinations of ideas exceeds it by multiple quadrillions.