all know that something keeps our heart pumping, blood flowing,
lungs breathing, etc. all without conscious intent. This has been
dubbed the subconscious. This mysterious, yet ever reliable, subconscious
also houses the fullest potential of the psyche. When we can tap
this inner realm, raise the subconscious intent to conscious awareness,
we get in touch with and utilize our inner creativity.
are many ways to reach this inner creative potential. First we need
to put the ego to rest temporarily. The chattering personality needs
to be set aside for a time so that the fullness of the entire psyche
can see the light of mind. Creative insight always feels like a
momentary gap has been opened and a burst of light has surfaced.
Intuitive thought is a sudden complete understanding that issues
forth, as if out of the blue. The veil of presumption and doubt
is lifted. Creative psyche opens up and releases the gem of wisdom
we were waiting for.
few good methods of enhancing this mindful gap to access inner creativity
are meditation, self-awareness, soft focus and a light-hearted attitude.
A word on each method:
There are many forms of meditation and they dont
all involve sitting alone in some quiet place. Though this is
helpful if you can accomplish it, you can also learn to meditate
in the midst of a crowded shopping mall. Fruitful meditation is
closing the eyes, still the chattering mind, and focus on one
specific thought, sound (via mantra) or enter complete stillness
in the Void. If meditation appeals to you there are many varied
methods, you can seek out which works best for you.
puts your brain into an alpha or, when you become proficient a
waking theta state. In this altered state the gap will open and
creative mind emerge. Meditation is also recommended by a prominent
hospital in Boston for recovering cancer and heart disease patients.
It has been scientifically shown to calm the body, reduce blood
pressure and enhance the immune system. The benefits of daily
meditation are becoming more accepted by the medical and scientific
communities. Enhanced inner creativity is an additional by product.
practice of self-awareness runs through all the great religious
and philosophical disciplines. Buddhism, Zen, Sufi Mystics, Christian
Mystics, Hindu Yogis, and Taoists practice the art of mindful
self-awareness. This is a non-judgmental form of watching one's
daily actions and thoughts in the present moment in a detached
frame of mind. When learned and applied, this can create the necessary
gap between the ego and the Self and great clarity of mind unfolds.
This is an excellent way to stop the thinking process in an immediate
and busy environment. Just allow the eyes to maintain a soft focus
on a neutral surface and be aware of everything around you without
focusing on any one thing. You will notice immediately that your
peripheral vision is increased and your sensitivity to your entire
environment is enhanced, while your mind is calmed. This is the
focus of martial artists, dancers and well-trained athletes. When
you create a soft-focus the ego is temporarily set aside and the
subconscious mind where inner creativity abounds can come to the
This is an excellent frame of mind to keep the personality ego
from getting a rigid hold on the psyche and stifling creative
thought. When we see the humor in everything, we perceive the
intuitive and original moments that otherwise go unnoticed when
we act from habitual behavior patterns. Humor embellishes the
absurd and unusual, and this is where creativity springs from.
any one of these methods is practiced daily they too can become
creative behavior patterns. When a fluidity of mind, expressing
from the present moment with calm clarity becomes a habit, creative
mind is always available. In this way the experience of inner creativity
will become a living presence in your life
detachment is the perfect attitude for creating a gap in your present
personality programming. We all have behavioral programs that we
have accepted through social, parental, genetic and educational
conditioning. These seem necessary for mutual coordination and cooperation
in society. Yet, the need to be perpetually conditioned is what
keeps us from being spontaneously creative. This is why children
are more creative, they haven't accepted or been molded by a lot
of conditioning yet.
you enter this creative gap certain things will immediately happen.
Paradoxes will become resolved. Clarity will be pervasive. Duality
will cease and a 360 degree focus of comprehension will suddenly
pervade the mind. From personal experience I can truly say that
once the gap is entered, whatever you want to know is there for
difficult part is unlearning the conditioning you have accepted
all your life. For each individual this will be different. There
is no set of conditions that you must give up, just the acceptance
of a conditioned response to everything you do. Allow yourself to
engender the wonder of a child. Challenge habitual responses. Be
completely present. Allow yourself to become detached from what
you've always assumed was "real" and see what happens. This is almost
too simple for those who enjoy complexity and intellectual stimulation.
That intellectual mindset is itself a conditioned response to life.
approaches to creativity are to look outside of ourselves for something
that is novel or stimulating. Novelty is not necessarily creative.
Stimulation doesnt resolve problems. Truly creative people
can stop at any moment, view what they are doing and see a sincerely
original and resolute answer to whatever question they ask. This
is because they dont live for other peoples opinions,
nor do they have to look outside of themselves for answers to difficult
questions. They know instinctively that within themselves, hidden
within the creative mind, that momentary pause of detached reflection,
the answer lies waiting to be discovered.
mind is always present in that interval or gap between a conditioned
ego response and a spontaneous self-aware intuitive moment. It can
be learned. It has always been within you it just grows dimmer as
we get used to not allowing it as we did when we were children.
Dive into the gap head first, allow your heart to follow. When you
emerge your whole psyche will be cleansed and clarified and a bit
of spontaneous joy will leave its mark on your mind. Inner creativity
is only a moment away.