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“The problem is never how to get new, innovative thoughts into our mind, but how to get the old ones out. Every mind is a building filled with archaic furniture. Clean out a corner of your mind and creativity will instantly fill it.” -Dee Hock
One Simple Technique To Access Infinite Creativity
Inspiration is everywhere. There is no shortage of creativity in the world. All you need to do is look at nature to see the infinite creative expressions that are possible, even with just a flower. My recommendation for anybody lacking creativity is to expose themselves to new experiences. New experiences always force our mind into new thought patterns, and from that, creativity naturally arises.
Yet still our minds would have us believe that we are not infinitely creative. Our minds would have us believe that inspiration is limited. They might discourage us from new experiences out of fear of the unknown. This isn’t true though.
Just like the metaphor of a glass being half full or half empty, so are our minds. We have a limited amount of attention with which we can direct our energy towards. No, we’re not limited in space or potential. We are limited in the number of thoughts we can think in any given moment. So the question then becomes: how do we choose which thoughts to think?
If your thoughts are primarily concerned with lack, limitation, and fear then that’s what you’ll get. On the other hand, if your thoughts are consumed with creativity, positiviity, inspiration, faith, and abundance, then that’s what you’ll experience. All of our experiences occupy some pace in our minds, if not consciously, at least subconsciously. And because we all have experiences from our past that are both positive and negative, it’s inevitable that as long as we are not living in a state of aware consciousness, we’ll have present-day thoughts which include both polarities.
Therefore, the real challenge in experiencing more creativity in our lives is to consciously shift our thoughts away from the negative limiting thoughts. When we do that, naturally the space created in our attention will bring forth positive, empowering, creative thoughts.
My favorite way to do this is through meditation. I intentionally do a sitting meditation every day for 25 minutes. It includes two different types of meditation. And this is in addition to my waking meditations. When you make meditation both a practice and a way of life, you literally become conscious of your thoughts. You will see them for what they are, good and bad, happy and sad, limiting and abundant. And armed with that conscious awareness, you’re then empowered to make the choice: Should they stay or should they go?
For example, if while meditating you notice that you feel scared about the future, you can simply notice it. “Oh, that’s interesting.” And then continue on with your meditation. There’s no requirement that you actually do anything about the fear in that moment. By literally dismissing the negative thought, you create the space in your attention for something new to arise.
And even if you do feel compelled to do something with it, then you can always come back later and use personal transformation tools to go deeper. Whether that’s brainwave entrainment or guided hypnosis, EFT, EMDR, or any of the other amazing tools for breaking past limiting beliefs and negative thinking. The thing is though, while you’re meditating you don’t actually have to “do anything” with any limiting thoughts. Merely the act of dismissing the thought and continuing with your meditation is actually enough.
This is how you uproot the thoughts you don’t want. Limiting thoughts can’t weigh down your consciousness when you’re continually dismissing them. It’s like the bully at school who always made fun of me until I started agreeing with him. His words lost their power. The same is true of your thoughts when you meditate. Your thoughts dissolve and create space for new awareness and attention to arise.
Fortunately, this is something you can experience in the present moment. That said, usually it takes a while for the practice of meditation to impact other aspects of your life. Over time, you’ll notice the shift away from old limiting thinking patterns and into the new empowering thoughts you want to have. After all, if you only have a limited amount of thoughts you can think in any moment (just like the glass half full of water), and the negative ones are falling to the wayside, all that’s left to fill the space is empowerment, creativity, wonder, faith, and all the joyous expressions of your being.
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