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Is genius innate or can it be developed? Here are some techniques to activate the creative part of the brain, including hypnosis and meditation 

One is often led to believe that genius is an exquisitely innate and genetic question. We admire genius minds and feel them as distant from us, as something privileged and unreachable. In essence, the common thought about genialoids could be summarized in "Genius? Either you are there or you are not".

Since creativity has to do with the production of new ideas, one might think that his study rightly falls within the domain of cognitive psychology.

Of course, creativity involves cognition, but it implies a type of cognition that was thought to occur only within a matrix of motivational, attitudinal and personality traits. Therefore, according to this assumption, to understand creativity the initial orientation was holistic, i.e., you have to consider the person as a whole.
For this reason, theories about the creative process have traditionally been personality theories rather than purely cognitive theories. Since then, things have changed.

An experiment related to the creative process

If we take as reference the results of a famous experiment conducted by the U.S. psychologist Colin Martindale in 1978 on writers monitored in their brain activity with electroencephalogram, interesting data on the nature and phases of creativity emerge.

In particular, the creative process is developed in two distinct phases, that of inspiration and that of elaboration. When they created, writers had very low brain cognitive activity and in some of them also an increase in Alpha brain waves, also known as hypnosis frequencies: it was the moment of inspiration.

A second phase followed, that of the elaboration of the idea with a triumph of brain waves in activity: it was the moment of originality.

Focus or blur attention
Later, between 1995 and 1999, both Eysenck and Martindale proposed that creativity should be characterized by cognitive disinhibition, a phenomenon at the basis of many of the cognitive processes associated with creative cognition, such as blurred attention and a broad associative horizon.

But while the former regarded it as a relatively permanent feature of creative people's thinking style, Martindale argued that creative people can focus or blur attention depending on the needs of the task.

So being creative is a matter of government and knowledge of one's own thoughts. If the key is a system of alternating rest/action of the mind then you can learn to make the mental vacuum that opens the way to creation.
Conception requires relaxation, preparation requires attention. Where the rest of the mind far from idleness.

The practice of mental emptiness

After all, it is a common experience to find the best solutions and inspirations right when you wake up, after having created that mental zero that has proved to be necessary for new ideas to sprout like mushrooms after a rainy day.

The famous "flash of genius" comes just when we stop obsessively thinking about the matter. It is the same concept of "Zeroideism" or the nothingness of the mind at the basis of many practices of self-awareness and of hypnosis itself.

To understand how it works, it is essential to distinguish two systems that interact in our mind, two parts that are activated and deactivated, most of the time without us being aware of it.
The linear part which reasons in Cartesian terms and uses a Newtonian logic based on the analysis of reality; the non-linear part is governed by a quantum and probabilistic logic, therefore based on the generation of potential and possibilities.

Two minds, two complementary processes

The first part involves the conscious processes, the second the unconscious ones.
The linear mind is used by the brain system to understand, learn, make decisions and short-term memory, has limited capacity and therefore can easily get distracted or confused because the it is difficult to deal with too much information at once.

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The non-linear mind, on the contrary, involves unconscious processes, it is the "quantic ” of the mind, activated when one accesses one's self.

This part is used to create connections, has virtually unlimited capacity and allows for multi-level reasoning simultaneously.

Activating the "quantum" part means stimulating creativity, awakening that part of the mind capable of reasoning.

Here is a possible procedure to follow in 2 steps:

  1. Mental rest – In this phase the practices of hypnosis, self-hypnosis and meditation are the more appropriate.

In his article Writers Thrive On Anxiety, hypno-psychotherapist Dr. Bryan Knight states that hypnosis can help writers in a number of ways – and of course it can help other creative people as well.

Hypnosis helps artists and writers

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Knight states that hypnosis helps "firstly, in lowering anxiety, secondly secondly, in managing our negative internal dialogue thirdly, in providing the motivation for stop procrastinating, fourth, in building self-confidence (hypnotherapy is excellent in this regard), fifth, in releasing the creative power of the subconscious. “

There are various methods for interrupting thoughts, one of the simplest is that of the so-called noir: fixing the thought on the idea of ​​the color black, thinking of a black spot, a black wall or a black dot which expands.

  1. Focalization and unconscious concentration – After emptied the mind of useless thoughts, make them focus on the goal and put all your strength into play.

In this regard, the visualization techniques are good, NPL3. In classroom and studio practice, techniques using light. .A simple exercise is to think of 10 different ways to do that thing, even the most absurd. Once the creative mind has generated possibilities then the logical one will choose the feasible ones.

In conclusion, genius and creativity are the natural consequence of a mind capable of consciously alternating wakefulness and rest. Relaxation and activity, rest and sprint. As Nature wants!

(Article also published on Karma News)

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Ester Patricia Ceresa

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