How mindfulness can help you use visualisation to improve creativity
People sometimes say to me that they don’t ‘visualise’. Although I work according to the motto “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” — developing this skill is helpful. For example, elite athletes have long used visualisation techniques, as have heads of great companies. Want to prepare for a job interview tomorrow? Mentally seeing yourself wowing the panel is one way to do so.
Visualisation also offers a fantastic way to connect with your natural creativity.
After all, what are dreams if not internal movies written and directed by your unconscious mind? In the same way that many scientific advances have come from dreams, turning off the critical voice whilst turning on the ‘dreaming mind’ allows one to achieve rapport with a deeper part of the self.
I recommend a technique called ‘image streaming’. It is very simple to do, and I have personally found that doing it for about 15 minutes a day for a month has profoundly improved my ability to visualise, is extremely relaxing, and triggers the ability to lucid dream.
Basically, close your eyes and talk aloud into a tape recorder. Describe with as much detail as possible the imagery flowing across your mind’s eye. Don’t edit or judge it, but add in as much multi-sensory detail as possible (ie, not just visual but tactile and auditory as well). For example, you might say: “I see a tree with rough bark, leaves glittering in the sunshine, I hear them rustling and feel a tropical breeze...”
If you see nothing at first, describe the darkness. Say: “I see a deep velvety black, with a soft swish of silk and the fragrance of perfume…” Just record whatever comes into your mind. As you enter a waking dream state, the imagery will start to flow. After about 15 minutes, stop and listen to your recording.
You can use this to solve a problem you’re working on. Simply ask your unconscious to come up with a solution, and then proceed as described above. While I can’t promise that you’ll become a genius, great minds like Einstein and Tesla used similar techniques.
- Joseph Pond is a clinical hypnotherapist, an acupuncturist, and a mindfulness instructor. He is co-founder of Hypnosis Explorers NI and conducts workshops in hypnosis with PowerTrance. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or at https://www.facebook.com/Belfast Hypnosis/?ref=hl/?ref=hl