Neuroscientists found that when they dumbed down the analytical side of the left-brain hemisphere – the right brain, which provides us with insight or intuitive responses, was clearer sharper and demonstrated enhanced creativity and innovation.
It seems that simple steps like brushing your teeth with your weak hand, travelling a new and different route home or eating foods that you have never tried before will stimulate and improve our overall brain development.
But can we improve our insightful thinking (what I would call creative intuition) without an attendant neuroscientist zapping half of our brain with electrical impulses to temporarily still our left-brain’s predictive course of thinking?
Can we grow our well-spring of creativity?
When I write, I’m single-minded, totally focused, in the zone. If I was in an MRI scanner I’m sure it could be seen that both sides of my brain would be contributing.
But the most valuable moments of creativity for me frequently occur after I have had time out. After I meditate, take a walk along the beach focusing on the ocean, reflect on a good movie, or take an adventure break by going somewhere new. Seeing things as though I was seeing them for the first time. The light bulb moments come when my brain is not busy with the grey chatter of the day or my treadmill thinking. They come when my neurons are having a break from firing along their well trod pathways.
For a few years now I have deliberately practiced developing my intuitive ability. At first I found it hard not to indulge the analytical side as it could and still can be extremely persuasive in the case it presents. But over time and many personal development courses I have found ways to disengage the finger wagging left brain and increase the ‘yeh baby’ creative moments.
This is where this picture on the left plays its part. Meet little Me, aged four’ish. My inner child. I see her shy but triumphant smile as she tries to ride her older sister’s bike. I identify with her trusting quality of innocence; she simply does not recognise that she is not big enough to fully reach the peddles to make the wheels turn. She is in the moment of loving being able to ride the bike unconcerned that the bike will remain stationary.
My inner child image is my express route to my intuition. I visualise her proudly sitting on her two sizes too large tricycle and this curbs my busy left-brain. In this quiet well of connection I set my intention to receive whatever guidance I need, may be its a plot snag or a character’s flaws. As I continue to focus on this specific image of my inner child I find I experience once again her moment of elation and feel her joyful innocence. It creates the same mind flora as the aftermath of time out but with more purpose. I find my intuition gives up guidance and answers like slices of golden toast in a pop-up toaster.
A mental image does not have to be a picture of you as a young child that is just my way of leaving the wallpaper behind and soaring to different places. For you it could be something from nature, a loved pet or any image that allows you to identify with a joyful experience and importantly captures that feeling of innocence – seeing things as though you are seeing them for the first time.
It is a simple technique but so effective. Similar to developing any part of our muscular system it requires regular practice to access it at will and determination to trust what you receive.
Try it I think you will be amazed.