It’s considered by many neuro-scientists that the conscious part of our brain (the part that interacts with the world and the people in it), has an incredibly small capacity to be able to problem solve and be creative, and that this conscious part is microscopic in its abilities compared to its sister, the subconscious.
The hippocampus, our brains wardrobe of memory and experiences, positive and negative, works away subconsciously amassing new experiences, storing all this information as it goes.
Consider everything that you’ve seen, heard, smelt, touched and tasted since you were a small child:
- Everything that you’ve made a huge effort to learn;
- Every conversation you’ve had;
- Every memory you’ve accumulated through watching others;
- The influences of people you have admired;
- The words that you have read;
- The songs that you have sung along to.
- To date, this is a vast amount of knowledge.
And, if you add all these up, that really is just the tip of the iceberg in regards to all the experiences you’ve had.
Think for a moment about the best holiday you ever had.
Abroad maybe, perhaps camping with the kids only half and hour from your home, or maybe trekking alone across the Scottish Highlands.
That holiday may have been two months ago, or twenty years, but you can bring forth an image into your mind right now of that time that brought you so much joy.
Imagining this time may make you smile. It will certainly have a positive effect on your thoughts for that moment, and this in turn effects the chemistry in your body.
That skill you’ve just exercised is ‘insight’. The ability to focus internally.
Accessing this part of the subconscious and using it for gain is a skill we all have built within us.
If you walk into your house and you smell gas, immediately the learning we have of ‘gas is danger’, springs into your mind and in under half a second negative (survival) chemistry rushes to our muscles to stop us entering the building.
In a positive way, reminding ourselves of our successes has a positive effect, increasing motivation. Success really does breed success.
Likewise, we all have the in-built ability for conscious processing.
Doing things in the here and now.
If I asked you to add 10 + 5 we know, without any conscious effort, that the answer is 15 (using subconscious memory).
But, if I asked you for the answer to 1892 x 39, (most of us) would need to take a pen and paper to work it out (conscious application).
When you learned to ride a bike, or drive a car, it would have taken a great deal of conscious application to exercise the motions of what we were being taught. But after a few months, maybe longer, we could then jump on a bike or into a car without (literally) giving it a second thought.
So how does this all work with our creative processes?
Electricity pulses around in your brain connecting the billions of neurons in order to see, hear and function in our daily lives.
All of this electrical connectivity creates neural ‘noise’.
And this noise limits your ability to be insightful (try doing the maths sum above whilst reciting verbally the details to that favourite holiday).
Creativity is very much an inward looking process.
Many advertising creatives draw on experience, influences, emotion and an ‘inner understanding’ of what their audience wants in order to produce market leading design and commercials. Musicians ‘feel’ music even though it’s an auditory process.
Even setting goals is a creative, internal process – Just try and create 5 goals you personally want to have in your life – chances are you would have to look away and daydream, or internally focus for a moment to come up with something.
Another way to look at the effects of noise is this – have you ever forgotten someone’s name during a conversation and even though you concentrate as hard as you can, that name doesn’t come through? This pressure and conscious effort creates a lot of noise.
Adding a tiny amount of stress or anxiety into your conscious world causes an inordinate amount of noise within the subconscious, so you can begin to see how a stressful day can block any natural ability to be laterally creative.
So, what is stress?
Outside of our normal understanding of stress (work load, time management, relationships, etc. etc.) stress comes by the bucket load in smaller, un-noticeable ways.
Any question, for one example, is posed when there is an unknown situation with requires attention (e.g. ‘what time is it’, or ‘where’s my watch’), and even though these are small conscious concerns, these minor pressures have a huge effect on our subconscious abilities due to the noise they create. Additionally, they also have an accumulative effect, filling our ‘stress bucket’ every minute of the day.
Adding in some more ‘major’ stresses can then create an exceedingly noisy brain –
– Looking for some lost keys when leaving late for work
– The pressure of delivery at that meeting you’ve been tasked to lead
– Arguments at home or in the workplace
All of this noise drowns out the needed ‘quiet’ for the subconscious part of the brain to work creatively at its efficient best.
Now, when are you likely to come up with the answer to that previously forgotten name, or the answer to the whereabouts of the missing keys? When you’re calm, and relaxed.
When you’re actually not trying to remember and the pressure is off.
By cramming your day with conscious processes you create a brain so noisy you never allow your natural creative ability, your vast memory and your unique, personal experiences to flow through.
How will Solution Focussed Hypnotherapy enhance your creativity?
By taking a course of hypnotherapy sessions with me, we will work to reduce those day-to-day stresses, allowing you to access that quiet, calm place in your mind in order for you to release your natural ability to be that creative person you want to be, and that you are now.
Each time you come, we will focus on reducing your day-to-day stress, using natural ways to empty your ‘stress bucket’.
We’ll hone your skills in reducing the amount of stress you accumulate daily. We’ll recognise and re-engage your unique strengths and resources.
And by working on comfortable, achievable goals, we’ll help you move forward by taking small steps at a pace that’s just right for you.
Hypnosis will allow you to relax, unwind, put down the many balls which you juggle every hour of every day and allow your brain to get back in touch with what it can naturally do.
To create change in your life, simply get in touch.
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