When you have to come up with an idea, you look around to see if something or someone inside the room can pitch it to you. The tendency to be passive when confronted with a problem is a major hindrance to our being natural problem-solvers. As rational beings, we always seek for a solution, even when there is no problem to begin with. We just love to assume that there is always a catch. Perhaps it can be a good thing. I mean, nobody prefers being sorry when being safe is within capacity upon the start. But, is danger really present? In the scope of creativity, I think not.
Playing safe is a crime against creativity. The bigger the risks, the crazier the ideas, the more promising the outcome will be. The best source of these extraordinary concepts are buried deeply in our subconscious. Why? It’s because inside our semi-active thoughts, some realities are exaggerated. I know I’ve stressed in previous posts that too much of anything can’t be good( probably more times than I can recall), but in this sense, I’ll point out when exaggeration can work. Upon the inception of ideas, they are basically in a safe mode. Meaning to say, as long as they remain inside your head, there will never be such a thing as too much.
Your brain is made to hold unlimited information, pointless and useful alike. You feed it with new ones all the time, as a result of the different senses functioning. Once absorbed, they are stored in your memory. However, we can’t possibly remember everything. Have you ever noticed that when you don’t need to remember something, it comes so easily as though you would normally bring that thing up? But when you actually need to bring it up, you just don’t know where the heck it went. Take for instance when you’re taking an exam and you studied your ass off, but when the questions are right in front of you, you go blank. Artists get this all the time. Even though there is no pressure to get good grades, as some students feel during a test (or most of them at least), they aim to create something worthwhile for their talents’ sake.
Memories that can be used as raw material for something creative are often the hardest to recall. If you are frustrated enough about it, there is actually a way to access them. This process is called hypnotherapy. Hypnosis has long been used to treat people who have problems concerning the subconscious. Is it truly effective in improving recollection? I wouldn’t know personally because I haven’t tried going to a hypnotherapist, but according to my research, it’s confirmed – hypnosis can improve memory recall. I’d like to note that it doesn’t work as a truth serum, nor is it a reliable means of accessing buried memories, but it does evoke mental photographs which can trigger interesting ideas.
It is really not essential to see an expert in order to tap into your subconscious. You just simply forget the need to remember, or the need to solve something, and relax. Relaxation is key when you are trying to get into a more creative vibe. Get enough of it and you will be surprised to see that it becomes easier for you to pull your useful memories to the surface.
“The mind does most of its best thinking when we aren’t there. The answers are there in the morning.” – Alain de Botton