The Subconscious Role as the Creative Mind
Your subconscious mind plays an integral part in the creative process. Learn about the role your subconscious mind plays in that process and how you can persuade your subconscious mind to help create changes for you.
How the Subconscious Assists us in the Creative Process
There's no question your conscious mind plays an important role in the creative process. After all, your conscious mind is the part of your mind that analyzes the world around you and is the decision maker. But make no mistake, your conscious mind would be lost without the assistance of the subconscious mind when it comes to creating. And there are several functions of the subconscious mind that play important roles in the creative process. Let's look an at example.
Let's say we want to look better. Specifically, we'd like it if our body looked better. Maybe we'd like to be a little leaner and more toned. And we've decided (consciously, of course) that exercising would be the best route to getting that lean, toned body we'd like to have. The only problem is, we've never exactly been into exercising. And if we want to have that lean, toned body, that will have to change. We're going to have to create an exercise routine for ourselves and find a way to motivate ourselves to actually follow the routine.
We're going to have to use our emotional desire and our imagination to overcome our dislike of exercising. This is where our subconscious mind comes in. We're going to use a visualization aimed at getting our subconscious mind to help us out in doing our exercises and creating the habit of religiously following our exercise routine. All we have to do is get relaxed and focused and then visualize ourselves actually doing the exercises and having fun doing them. Then we see ourselves with our new body, looking fantastic with the lean, toned body we've always wanted and feeling absolutely great that we've accomplished our goal. We might even add a self-suggestion while we visualize. Something like, "I love working out and looking great!" The key here is that our emotional desire to look great must be strong enough to overcome our emotional distaste for exercising. When we accomplish that, we're on the way to creating the body we want. And after three or four weeks of following our exercise routine, the new pattern of behavior (exercising) has been established.
We've used a strong emotional desire and a visualization to get our subconscious mind to create a new pattern of behavior for us. Remember, the subconscious responds best to symbols and imagery and is often persuaded by the strength of our desires. In this example, we've used three aspects of our subconscious mind to help us create change: our imagination (the visualization we used), our emotional desires (our desire to have a lean, toned body), and the part of our subconscious that carries out patterns of behavior for us. Aligning both levels of our mind, conscious and subconscious, with our goals is essential if we want to be successful in creating the things we want in our lives.
Some creative projects might require inspiration or intuition which also arise from our subconscious. I read once about how Albert Einstein would go lay down on his couch when he was working on his theory of relativity, allow his mind to become quiet and wait for inspirational thoughts to arise within his mind.
I've written more extensively about the subconscious mind's role in the creative process in an article I've written entitled, The Creative Level of Mind. You can find that article here.
Now that we understand that the subconscious mind plays an important role in the creative process, it's equally important to understand how to access our subconscious mind in order to be able to create the changes we'd like to make.
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