taps into that source of knowledge, information, wisdom, etc., that
lies just below the surface of conscious awareness. This level of
mind has been given various names. Jung called it the collective unconscious.
Rupert Sheldrake, noted biologist, in his book A New Science of
Life, has coined it as the morphogenic field. Ken Keyes called
it the 100th Monkey syndrome in his book of the same title.
science has yet to give it a specific name, except to refer to it
as the subconscious or unconscious mind. Very little is known about
it from a structured scientific standpoint because it cant
be modulated or measured very accurately with current technology.
What research that has been done is still conjecture.
keep this simple, we all have access to this incredibly rich level
of mind at any moment we choose to use it. This is the same level
of mind that, without our conscious thought, keeps our heart beating,
our blood flowing, our lungs breathing and generates our entire
bodily homeostasis. This is the same level of mind that holds all
the information that is collectively known to mankind. Its
like a vast database of the conscious experience of all mankind.
just for a moment and contemplate what that means. All the information
and wisdom that has been collected since the dawn of mans
emergence on the planet is held in this mind space. And you, have
access to that cumulative wisdom in an instant.
do you access this wisdom on demand? I refer to this effort in my
own life as the 'pregnant pause'. For those of an intellectual persuasion
this is going to seem too simple to be workable. But no matter,
it does work, and its far more useful than it appears at first
blush. Heres what you do:
you are stumped by something, albeit an emotional problem or
encounter, or a puzzling situation that needs an immediate solution,
just stop and go into a mindless state for a moment.
This mindless - non-thinking state can last for
as long as youre comfortable with. I find it helpful to
blank stare out the closest window and gaze at the sky. Looking
at anything neutral, such as a white wall, or the ceiling, will
do. Ive been doing this for so long that I now realize
I go into a mild trance for perhaps a minute or so. You will
come back to conscious thinking within a few minutes,
and you will then have a fresh thought or approach to whatever
you were working on. Trust me, it really works.
problem with thinking is that it gets in the way of
hearing or receiving intuition. Certainly thinking is necessary
and not something we want to stop doing all the time, but thinking
is associative and tends to want to figure out what
the solution is rather than simply let the answer appear. Developing
clarity of thought is a useful and necessary experience, but learning
to stop thinking for a short period of time can be just as useful,
sometimes even necessary.
one: When a computer is giving an error message or a program
has frozen, the reason that control-alt-delete is so effective
is that it interrupts and breaks all the electric circuits that
have gone haywire. The system is rebooted with its original
configuration and one can start again. A pregnant pause
stops circular or chaotic thinking and allows the
mind to rest and become receptive to intuitive input.
two: I had a technical problem with the most recent version
B of Windows 95. I am not a technician so I called one in. He
began moving around within the system edit files and the registry
looking for the problem. While he was doing that I decided to
have a 'pregnant pause' and I stared out the window at the sky.
My mind went blank. When I came to he was still struggling with
the registry and muttering about what a hassle Windows 95 can
be. I had just received a thought on how to fix it and I shared
it with him. The thought came out of the blue. I
really didnt understand why it would work, but I trusted
the insight. He stated that this was a bit ridiculous because
there was no logical reason why doing what I suggested he do
would correct the problem, but he did it anyway. It worked,
the computer rebooted properly and the problem has never returned.
is particularly valuable when we dont have enough information
to solve a problem, or we havent had the relevant experience
to understand the problem. The subconscious mind works symbolically.
Even if you dont have the correct information, intuition will
give you an analogous or metaphoric representation that you can
creativity techniques speak of incubation as one method in the creative
process. The 'pregnant pause' is the same concept except that it
can be used in the moment under any circumstances. I find that in
my profession, in order to be effective, I have to be constantly
creative, so I need something that I can use daily and at will.
am a researcher by trade. For years I did paralegal research and
now Ive expanded into other areas. Research is an exciting
job, because you are always confronted with a mystery that must
be solved. What I have found to be the most potent tool in effective
research has been using my instincts and intuition. Regardless of
where the logical trail leads in the search for relevant data, I
allow myself to take very divergent and even nonsensical paths.
Especially, when a pregnant pause' has produced an insight
in a new direction. This has allowed me to come up with answers
and solutions that have repeatedly astounded those I do research
teaches aspiring masters to go to the void. The void
is the experience of mind that has no things or thoughts in it,
but is pregnant with potential. Meditation is an excellent method
for accessing the void in a deliberate manner. In fact, I would
recommend daily meditation for anyone wanting to increase their
creativity. Meditation is therapeutic to the nervous system, refreshing
for the emotions and insightful for the mind. I meditate daily and
believe this has measurably enhanced my creative abilities.
anyone can tell by the nature of this web site, I love to do puzzles.
When a particular puzzle doesnt lend itself to formal logical
thought for solution, I often use the 'pregnant pause' to seek the
answer. Particularly in lateral thinking puzzles, once you have
sorted out the relevant from irrelevant information, if you stop
and pause for a moment, the answer will suddenly appear. One of
the reasons for doing lateral thinking puzzles is to exercise this
ability to access intuition at will.
'pregnant pause' technique is a way of utilizing the void
directly without having to go into formal meditation. You can practice
it anywhere at any time. Next time you have a baffling problem or
are struggling with understanding something, and youve exhausted
all other resources; simply pause, fix your eyes on something neutral
and stop thinking. You may even find with practice that you will
go into a mild trance. Just allow it and wait for the mind to reactivate
on its own. You will be astounded at how often the very answer you
were struggling for is magically revealed to you.
unconscious, intuitive, insightful level of mind is always there
and always ready to reveal the proper solution to any problem. Using
this simple technique will be cumulative, in that it becomes easier
and easier to stop the thought process, when necessary, and just
allow a clear resolution to appear.