In the recall you revisit the same feelings and mood that were present
in the original event. The creative muse is readily summoned by
this simple technique. The
easiest way to summon a particular event is to devise a personal
trigger that when pushed will immediately evoke identical feelings.
Though it will take a little practice, once you have a trigger selected
you can use it wherever and whenever you want.
technique is a combination of biofeedback and memory of the aha
experience. This is how simple the initial procedure is:
decide what personal trigger you chose to use. Putting your
index finger and thumb together, or touching your forehead,
or placing your hand over your heart, etc. are each physical
ways of initializing the memory recall. The trigger is associated
solely with this specific memory. The particular signal isn't
important, but the signal needs to be something you will remember
and you can do even in a public place.
back, close your eyes, relax and vividly remember a time when
you had a difficult problem to solve.
the room you were in, the time of day, the exact surroundings
and what the problem was that you needed to resolve.
remember the moment the solution came to you. As you remember
this exact moment of revelation concentrate on the feeling.
Be very clear that you are immersed in the feeling of elation
and relief you felt when the insight appeared and the problem
use the personal trigger. For example, as soon as you vividly
remember the moment of resolve, touch your forehead and hold
that feeling. As you repeat this exercise a few times each day,
the act of touching your forehead should elicit an exact feeling
of resolved insight.
concept here is simple. When you use the trigger the aha experience
will be immediately recalled. When this experience is evoked you
have set the stage for a repeat performance from your subconscious
mind. You have also placed yourself in the present moment. Most
of our thought patterns are very conditioned and redundant. If we
try to solve a problem or get a creative solution in the midst of
conditioned thinking we come up against a blank wall.
of the important elements of the trigger is that you are immediately
placed in the Now moment and conditioned thought it temporarily
halted. In this clear and present moment the trigger will transport
you to a feeling of intuition and insight. It will take you out
of associated memory and circular thought patterns. This is the
ideal mental state for creativity.
this sounds too simple, don't worry. It works. Biofeedback is a
proven technique in solving many problems. Medical science has been
using it for over a decade to help relieve pain, lower blood pressure,
alter brain waves, etc. Biofeedback is the complete awareness of
a bodily function and the conscious regulation of that function.
This technique is similar in that you become completely familiar
with the state of mind you associate with creative insight.
are familiar with the term state-dependent memory. This is the occurrence
of physical or emotional symptoms associated with a strong memory.
This can occur on the subconscious level as well as in conscious
awareness. These memories are used to overcome phobias and addictions.
Memory of a meaningful and powerful event can reintroduce the same
physical, emotional and mental conditions that were present during
the initial event. By recalling this exact event and the feelings
present, you can change your current relationship to those feelings.
these two techniques of biofeedback, via a trigger, with a potent
state-dependent memory of the aha experience, can place you in the
perfect state of mind for creative thought. This works particularly
well in the workplace were creative solutions are needed immediately.
amount of time for each person to solidify his own personal trigger
will vary, and intent is the greatest ingredient for success. Doing
this exercise daily for a couple of weeks will bring definite results.
to push your own creative triggers is easy and always available.
No matter where you are or what your problem is you can evoke your
own personal genius. Creative solutions to problems are plucked
from the unknown. Insight can become a personal daily tool you have
literally at your fingertips.