Gurus are often hit and miss. Sometimes they’ll change your world, and sometimes it’s all Kool-aid. The key to creative work though, well, they got that part right.
I’m a firm believer in daydreaming being key to solving world problems. You know, the kids staring out the windows at school wondering when they’ll get a chance to visit the magical land of Terabithia or Hogwarts again. Yep, these are the kids that grow up to be the dreamers.
But why are dreamers the life long creatives?
Your brain has multiple waves it uses, and the frequency of those waves as they move around your head can be broken down into levels. Generally, starting at the lowest, they are delta, theta, alpha, beta, and gamma.
Delta is deep sleep, including the REM sleep where you dream. Then, theta, which is like when you first wake up, but you haven’t gotten out of bed yet. You’re not quite all there, and thoughts float around like candy. Next comes alpha, which is where most people spend a good portion of the day as it’s the same brainwave patters used when sitting in front of a TV too long. It’s also what makes you susceptible to suggestion, which is a nice side bonus there. Beta is more focused, like when you’re actively learning something, and then gamma, which is for peak states, and often seen in monks.
It’s difficult to stay in some of these states for long. Theta and gamma are extremely difficult to stay in long. Beta as well, but can be medicated through adorall and similar things for quick fixes in return for long term damage.
Which brings me to meditation.
Meditation and hypnosis are great for a lot of health reasons. However, one of the most important reasons is to become aware of your own personal state. After time, and practice, you recognize when your mind is at a particular point, and you focus to keep it hovering around that point like a gymnast on a perfect balance beam.
Key to Creative Work
Theta waves are where I find the best creativity takes place. That moment when you’re almost asleep, but you stay conscious. The pure relaxing daydream.
Anytime during the day, if there’s something on your mind, this is what you need to do. Go somewhere, sit down comfortably, close your eyes, and go into theta.
For me, my mind is almost completely unstructured from should and should nots, expectations, and the endless swirl of clients. It’s an abstract place like in Pixar’s masterpiece “In and Out”. Yet, it’s controlled enough that I can push the mental energy towards a problem.
Time is irrelevant. Environment fades to irrelevant. Whatever I believed to be “success” becomes irrelevant. It could be a few minutes. It could be almost 15 minutes. However, an answer always seems to appear in some form. With gratitude, I accept it this new creative work for what it is, and move to action.
I truly believe this is the hidden power of creatives, and if workplaces understood this more their people would provide far more results. Heck, this is why you should always keep a notepad handy too by your bedside for when you first wake up. Either way, I can’t say for sure, but I think this is Tony Robbin’s first step of “Concentration of Power”, about Barry Neil Kaufman’s “Optimal Self Trust”, or Deepak’s “Quantum Mysticism”.
I could be wrong though. I’ll leave that up to the gurus.