How to be more creative. Unlocking your right brain functions to help your creative process and enhance your creativity.
It would be great if you could flick a switch and turn your creativity on. Unfortunately creativity can be an illusive thing, the more you try to be creative the more it can elude you. It is not something that can be forced. But there are ways you can encourage yourself to be creative. It is far more difficult to tap into your creativity when you are tired or stressed. Your pool of creativity is found in your subconscious mind and a link to a higher mind. Your subconscious mind is more accessible when you are relaxed. Some of the greatest inventions have been discovered while the inventor was doing something else, like strolling on the beach.
Opening up to your creativity enhances your life in many ways. It allows you to:
The right side of your brain is generally thought to be the more creative side. The left side is for logical thought, mathematics and speech. The right side is the allow us to see patterns and the whole picture and helps us be creative. Most of us have been brought to think that the left brain functions are more important than the right brain functions. The left brain functions are far more dominant in our society. This often leaves us struggling when we want to be creative.
One side of the brain is usually dominant to the other. Those naturally creative types have a more dominant right brain. You can enhance your intelligence and creativity by having both sides of the brain switched on and functioning, though one side will usually remain dominant.
The left side of the brain controls the right side of the body and the right side of the brain controls the left side of the body. Doing things with your left hand or doing creative things like painting will help switch on your right brain.
An exercise called cross-crawling will help switch on both sides. To cross-crawl you simply need to march on the spot , but bring your right hand across to touch your left knee, when you bring your left leg up and your left hand to your right knee when you bring your right leg up.
The right brain is like anything else, the more you use it the easier it is to use. So try to do something creative a few times a week.
If you need a solution to a problem or are having an artistic block, go for a walk, visit a friend, take a bath or take a snooze. Do something fun and relaxing. Request that your subconscious work on the problem and come up with a solution. Then let it go and forget it. You will know when the work is done because you will get the "Ah ha! So that is how I can do it" feeling.
Other methods are going for a walk in nature and let nature give you the answer. If you are observant and open you will most likely receive your answer. (Watch the movie "The power of One" to see this method in action.) Or you can pick a book at random from your bookshelf and flick it open at any page. The information on that page may be just what you need.
The most important thing is to keep your mind quiet so you can hear messages from your subconscious when they arise.
There are three chakras that are involved with creativity, the sacral chakra, the throat chakra and the brow chakra. Working with these three chakras can help you tap into your creativity more readily.
To find out more about charkas and how to use them click here.
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