The creativity of the universe is an incessantly productive process. Even at this moment, in the one billionth of a second right now, the motion of a productive process continues. Right now, as billions of living beings die and are reborn, this process continues without pause.
Within this big picture, a myriad of creations occur at different levels. For example, the human body is built up from cells, which are the smallest living unit. Our cells work in coordination and collaboration with each other for the vitality of our bodies, and in doing so, they continuously contribute to creativity. Above the cells are the organs, but behind all of it, another continuous creative process displays itself in our bodies: our minds. Our minds continuously produce things, and there is a separate dimension to them. When we refrain from expressing these thoughts, they remain within us, yet they still influence our surroundings through another mechanism.
So, what can we do to fuel creativity at the mental level? Of course, the subconscious needs to be assigned a specific task, something to direct it toward a certain aim. We also need to know when to direct it toward which aim, because not everything can done be at once. Certain types of creativity cannot always be mobilized, so we need some helpful knowledge at this point, namely about the natural processes and how to manage them.
The brain has two hemispheres. According to the research, the right brain works with intuitive creativity, while the left brain occupies itself with rather logical tasks. Now, here is an important point: The right and left brains can alternate dominance throughout the day, seemingly in periods of 90 minutes. One way too see this is to establish which nostril is more open at a given time. Each nostril corresponds to the opposing side of the brain. For example, if your left nostril is more open, the right hemisphere of your brain is more active. Based on this, you can decide which tasks to work on.
Alternately, you can work toward controlling your moods in order to fuel the creative processes. One way to do this is to challenge the subconscious. Once you corner it and ask the right questions, you may see how it works in a very creative way. Most of the time, you only display this creativity in challenging situations.
Prior to the creative process, it’s of course necessary to accumulate some experience related to the creative work. Being creative about creativity is another point to discuss, but in any case, if the subconscious is given a direction, it will follow it.
Right now, many subconscious processes are managing a major part of our lives. At this very moment, subconscious processes maintain the biological balance in our bodies, our vitality, and many other vital mechanisms. At the same time, a myriad of other processes in our minds work through subconscious mechanisms, such as perceiving, evaluating, visualisation, thinking, comparing, speaking, remembering, creating, learning, and so on. We do all these things without knowing how we do them. We learn most of our basic skills in our early childhood, although we are even born with some. We are unaware of this perfectly functioning mechanism at the subconscious level, which is organized in a completely natural way.
Any information we learn is suitably categorized. Records are properly kept, with relevant information being saved in related folders and irrelevant data being filtered out. We have no idea how it happens, yet the subconscious performs this necessary function without a glitch and our minds continue to work perfectly. In this case, we cannot do much in the name of creativity, because we already learned and recorded many things subconsciously. What’s more, the things we record in our minds, whether consciously or subconsciously, never get lost or erased. We never truly forget anything. Sure, it’s sometimes hard to access information when we want it, but the subconscious never forgets. If we therefore form a good relationship with the subconscious, we can better utilize the information we already know. As we do this, we may also begin to learn new things without much effort.
So, if we want to fuel our creativity and make our inner creativity stand out, we must cooperate better with the subconscious. The shortest path is to make use of trance states. Going into a trance state is the easiest way to communicate with the subconscious. You may be thinking that a trance is something extraordinary that you would rather avoid, but it depends on how you define a trance. Any levelheaded individual, without exception, can experience a trance state.
Have you become immersed in a TV show, a book, or some task, to the extent that you don’t hear someone calling your name? Have you ever talked or argued with someone just in your imagination? What about those times when you cannot find something, even though it’s right under your nose? Think about when you plan something and become completely preoccupied with your new project, your feelings when you watch a drama, and how the hours pass like minutes when you’re with a loved one.
These are all examples of trance states. A trance state is actually a natural state, because daily life forces us to focus our attention at certain times to perceive and learn the things we need. Whenever we focus our attention on something specific and learn things, we experience a trance state because at that moment, we discard many other distractions in our field of perception so we can concentrate. We frequently go in and out of trance states, or pass from one trance to another, so they are natural parts of daily life.
The obvious challenge is how to utilize this situation. In other words, how can we intentionally use trance states for creativity? We need to learn to manage them. In other words, we need to learn how to let ourselves slip into a trance state with a certain aim and intention, as well as how to get out of it when needed. It’s not a difficult process to learn, and a little practice will get you used to it. You could try it right away! Speak and record the following text with a voice recorder, or ask a friend to read it to you slowly.
Now, sit in a comfortable chair and focus your eyes on an object in front of you or on a certain part of the wall. Stare at it attentively for a while, until your eyes become tired and want to close. When your eyelids feel heavy, close your eyes. Accept everything in your field of awareness as it is. Just observe how your mind spontaneously produces things: pictures, words, or certain feelings. For a while, just observe whatever happens within you.
Next, visualize a place where you can really feel good and fully express your creativity. Make this a magical space where whatever you wish becomes real… You can put whatever you wish in this space, anything you want. You can create anything you wish to create, whether it’s a toy, super computer, musical instrument, painting, machine, and so on. By using these things, you can do anything you want to do. If you wish, you can play and have fun, make music, paint, or invent a new machine. You can realize anything you wish. There is no limit to what you can do in this space. Infinite possibilities are ready and waiting for you in this place, so you can create whatever you wish. You can place whatever you wish to put there or create whatever you want…. You can use this space whenever you wish, and you can make any kind of change in this place whenever you want. You can continue anything you did before in this place, starting from where you left off. Stay there for a while and express your creativity. Do whatever you wish, even if it’s just to play, and return to reality when you’re ready. Open your eyes.
If you can’t visualize all of these things vividly on your first try, don’t worry. As you repeat this visualization practice, you should notice it get easier each time, and you will become increasingly immersed in this enjoyable experience.
It’s important to express your creativity as a form of play and approach it with a playful attitude. Of course, not all creativity happens with a feeling of joy, but you generally cannot display much creativity when you have a grave and tense attitude. An easy, playful, joyful attitude facilitates creativity much better. After all, when you look at people with a high level of creativity in their fields, they are usually joyful people who act playfully. Such an attitude will allow you to enter a trance state more easily, and so you’ll feel better. You may also display more productive examples of creativity when you feel better.
On the Internet, I’ve seen a picture of Google’s office in Zurich. As you know, Google is one of the biggest companies in the world. The driving force behind its success is literally its creativity. This office looks more like a play house with its colorful decorations, recreation corners, all manner of toys, slides instead of staircases, rest and meditation areas between aquariums, and working spaces designed like a gigantic bee hive where you can isolate yourself. There are also play areas for the workers’ children and all kinds of technical gear. Everything is designed to facilitate creativity, and you can see the results.
Of course, not every company can provide this sort of office, and it shouldn’t be necessary either. However, if creative work needs to be done, you will certainly need a space where you feel good and at ease, somewhere where you have feelings of fun and joy.
To summarize some helpful facts about creativity:
- The subconscious is constantly creative.
- The more you challenge your subconscious, the more you fuel your creativity.
- You need to learn some necessary skills to express your creativity.
- To condition the subconscious into being creative, you need to assign it a certain aim.
- You can learn how to enter certain moods necessary for creativity.
- A trance state helps creativity.
- To be creative, you need to be open to all kinds of possibilities.