One of the best technique to tap into your unconscious mind for creativity & field-solving

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One of the best technique to tap into your unconscious mind for creativity & field-solving


If you think about our mind as an iceberg floating in water the tip of the iceberg which is above water which is the visible portion if that represents our conscious mind the vast majority of the iceberg underwater in some sense that is like our unconscious mind the unconscious mind is vastly more powerful it has got almost unlimited processing.

Power and yet normally in our day-to-day activity we are mostly depending on our conscious mind so let's say when you're solving problem you're trying to focus on the problem think logically and when you're doing all those activities we are only leveraging our conscious mind which is obviously like I said it's very small part of the overall our brain structure.

Or brain capacity what we call the mind so then how do we leverage our unconscious mind B Because if we can do that then we can do things which would be dramatically more powerful than just using our conscious mind so I want to first start by sharing a personal experience many years back.

When I was running a startup where I was teaching science and math to kids one day a student came to me and asked me a very difficult physics problem in fact when he described the problem it was so hard that my first question to him was are you sure the problem is right he said yeah the problem is correct in fact I know the answer as well but I don't.

Know how to solve it and I had no idea I told him let me think about it and then after that I when I went home uh what did I do I did not think about it I just I forgot about it and I still remember the day in front of the Raj bavan and while running my mind was just it was just free I was not thinking about anything suddenly out of nowhere the.

Solution clicked and it was a very complex solution involving vectors and things like that but it just clicked and I did not wait I stopped my run I had my phone with me so I stopped took out my phone called that student and right there standing on the road I dictated the full solution to him exactly step by step everything just fell in place now.

What happened when I was consciously thinking the problem did not even seem to make sense but at a subconscious level somehow my my brain was able to connect the dots and connect the logic and come up with an answer this shows the incredible power that our uncons ious mind has in fact many scientists have actually talked about it Barbara.

Oakley has talked about two types of problem solving focused mode and the diffus mode and diffus mode is precisely what I talked about when you are not consciously trying to solve a problem when we are at a problem in the focused mode even if we are unperturbed our mind is fully focused we can think logically we can be creative up to an extent but.

Sometimes we get stuck and when we get stuck and we're looking for some kind of alternate approach if we just keep pushing ourselves we will not get fresh ideas that is a time when we need to stop and take a full and complete break now break means you should not be doing any activity which involves your mind in any meaningful way so as an example if.

You are let's say writing emails or if you are scrolling your phone watching apps playing video games and that does not give you full and complete break so a break should be something like let's say walking running or sitting and doing nothing maybe just looking at the sky looking outside maybe doing some gardening so something which does not.

Involve your mental faculties in fact this idea of taking full and complete break is so powerful that Bill Gates who was the founder of Microsoft was famously known to take two weeks off every year twice a year he would take a week off and go to a cottage in a forest somewhere near Seattle in fact the location of the cotage cotage it's not.

Known it's kept secret and he would go to that Cottage and for one week he would spend his time all alone reading books thinking about problem just taking his time maybe just taking walks doing nothing but that was a time when he was able to take a break from all the other stuff that was happening on a day-to-day basis on a regular basis because there.

Was so much coming at him he would not get a chance to take a real mental break this was his opportunity and you know something interesting from one of those think weeks as as he used to call them came out this idea which led to the launch of Windows 95 which was one of the biggest Blockbuster products that Microsoft created and it changed the.

Fate of the company let me share another very interesting story which is that of Thomas Alva Edison as you know Edison was a prolific inventor he invented so many things electric bulb is just one of them now what was his creative process he also tried to tap into this power of this unconscious mind and the way he did that was somewhat different so when we.

Are awake our mind works in a certain way but when we are transitioning from the state of being awake to state of sleeping that in the transition period there are certain parts of a brain that become active which are not fully conscious this state where you are between sleep and awake is called hypnogoria and in this State your mind.

Is can be vastly more creative because now it can leverage all that circuitry which is not involved in conscious processing normally you don't have access to that part of your brain but there's a problem when you're feeling sleepy or when you're just almost falling asleep even if you get some creative ideas how do you capture them.

Because you'll go to sleep and when you wake up those ideas would be gone so what Edison would do is he would sit on a chair and he would hold a few steel balls in his hand and the idea was that when he would start falling asleep at that time his fist would open and the steel balls would fall and that loud sound would.

Wake him up and at that time whatever idea is there in his mind he would capture it so this was his very creative way to capture the creativity of the unconscious mind now what does all this mean for you and me what it means is that while there is absolutely a place and necessity for us to be focused when we're trying to solve our day-to-day.

Problems there is also a need to take regular breaks the breaks could be daily weekly monthly ideally all of them and when you take those breaks you have to it has to be genuine complete break no phone calls no checking your apps no activity there should be no stimulation nothing coming at you so your mind can quieten down can meditation help.

Absolutely but we need those breaks and don't think of that break as a waste of time no that is a time when you are leveraging the much deeper capabilities of your brain one thing I want to be clear about is that there's no guarantee that if you take a break whatever problem you had in your mind you will find a solution but one thing I can.

Guarantee even if you don't find an answer when you come back to the same problem with a fresh mind you will look at it differently and very often that is what leads to Improvement and breakthrough so as an example very simple things like writing I write on LinkedIn I love writing on various platforms including for my blog so when.

I spend let's say an hour writing something I always take a short break sometimes maybe even 5 minutes and when I come back after a short break I'm able to see things from a different perspective so in summary breaks are not a waste of time take regular breaks and that is how you're going to tap into the incredible power of your unconscious.

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