The ability to think creatively is a huge asset in any walk of life. While creativity is commonly linked with the arts, it’s just as vital for scientists, business people and anybody who wants to maximize their potential and get the most from life.
Creative thought provides insights and solutions to problems in a non-linear manner. Rather than sitting down and thinking through an issue in a sequence of logical steps, the answer more often comes ‘out of nowhere’, in a flash of inspiration. Creative thought feels easy, effortless and flowing – unlike the often difficult process of trying to hammer things out with our rational minds. Creative insights of this type are important because they provide answers that we might never have been able to arrive at otherwise. Just witness the many scientific breakthroughs and achievements in other fields that were the result of creative inspiration.
If creative thoughts feel like they come from ‘elsewhere’, it may be because they’re connected with the subconscious mind, which is possibly tapping into a wider field of consciousness that exists beyond us as individuals. Unfortunately the conscious mind all too often filters out information from the subconscious, with the result that we forget many of our great insights, or they don’t reach our conscious awareness at all.
Creativity is also associated with the right side of the brain (the left side, in contrast, is associated with logical, linear thought). Ideally, we’d be able to tap into the abilities of both sides of the brain at will, as they’re equally important, and equally useful in different situations. But our social conditioning is such that in most people, the left brain dominates, and the right brain – and thus our creative abilities also – is neglected.
To think more creatively more of the time, you need to deliberately allow your right brain free reign and shut your left brain up for a while, so you can tap into the subconscious and the riches it holds. There are many ways of doing this, such as sitting down to write or paint with no agenda in mind – just putting pen/brush to paper, and letting whatever comes out flow freely.
Other people like to dance, or to hammer out rhythms on a drum, or to go for a run or a walk. What these activities have in common is that they are fairly repetitive, and allow you to enter a state of flow, where you’re not giving a lot of conscious thought to what you’re doing.
This makes it easier to create a kind of trance state, and the conscious mind quiets down, allowing previously suppressed insights and thoughts to emerge. Meditation achieves the same result, although it’s more difficult for many people, who find it hard to focus and end up getting carried away by various trains of thought.
While the above methods can be very effective, they can also be hit and miss. For those who want a more reliable method of tapping into the creative mindset, brainwave entrainment technology is ideal. Creative thought is associated with specific brainwave frequencies. By listening to audio recordings that contain these frequencies (or trigger them in the brain), the brain automatically comes into sync with them, with minimal effort on your part.
There are three common types of audio brainwave entrainment recordings: binaural beats, monaural beats and isochronic tones. These work slightly differently, but produce similar results. Binaural beats are the most commonly available, and are very effective. Monaural beats work well too, and don’t require the use of headphones, unlike binaurals. However, isochronic tones are the newest, and best technology – they help your brain to synchronize to the desired frequencies more quickly than the other methods, and also don’t require headphones. However, they’re not as widely available as binaural beats, although this is likely to change as time goes on.
So by using isochronic tones or binaural beats, creativity is improved dramatically. If you want to take advantage of the awesome power of brainwave entrainment to boost your creative thinking abilities, use a good quality recording, and use it regularly. I personally really like these meditation recordings for getting into a relaxed and inspired state of mind, although this site does also have a ‘creativity’ section (I haven’t used those tracks though, so can’t say much more about them). They’re fully guaranteed, and you can try out some samples for free too.