Learn Creative Mindfulness Techniques to Access the Power of your Subconscious Mind
Tuning into the power of the subconscious mind is an incredibly powerful tool for unlocking creativity and enlivening the senses, and can be done through a simple Practical Magic creative mindfulness activation technique. Artists and creators have been using the powerful connection of subconscious thought throughout time, such surrealist Salvador Dali who sit in a chair with tin plate on the floor beside him, holding a spoon over it. He would then relax and slip into sleep. When his body relaxed and the spoon fell from his hand and drop onto the plate, it would then wake him, and he would capture any surreal images that came to him in the awake / sleep state. We can using everyday creative mindfulness to access an everyday trance state to switch of everyday conscious beta brainwave activity to access alpha, and even theta brainwave activity which brings online imagination, visualisation, memory, learning and concentration. Here’s a 5-10 minute exercise based on the Creative Mindfulness card in the Practical Magic Activation Deck, which helps you access this everyday trance state, and fires up your senses.
What You'll Need
- Some quiet space free from distractions.
- Journal and pen.
- Any kind of object you wish to focus on for this exercise, such as a piece of fruit.
What You'll Do
- Come to stillness. Allow yourself some space you will be undisturbed. You can sit with silence, or if you have some meditation / relaxation music — put on a song which will reflect taking this moment of connecting to yourself. Find an everyday object, such as a piece of fruit, and take in three deeps breaths to connect you to where you are.
- Set an intention. Bring an intention into the moment. What do you wish to connect to within yourself? Do you wish for presence? For creativity? For connection to flow? Invite that into this practice.
- Awaken your visual sense. Keeping your breath even and flowing deeply start to take notice of the object you have in front of you; notice the shapes, colours and hues of the object. Does it have any patterns or changes in shape and form? Notice the light as it bounces and dances around. Become curious as to what’s happening as you connect in with your visual sense. What can you see beyond the obvious, and within the detail of the detail?
- Balance your chakras through your sense of smell. Connecting to your olfactory sense may bring in memories and emotions, and also helps to balance energetic chakra points. Different scents connect to different chakras; for example rose is a powerful connection to opening the heart chakra; sage is good for balancing the root chakra; cinnamon for the solar plexus; and lavender for the crown. Close your eyes, take in deep and even breaths in and out through your nose to connect into the scent of the object. If it doesn’t have a scent, simply imagine what it would smell like if it did. The brain and subconscious doesn’t know the difference between real and imagined.
- Listen deeply to connect to your intuition. Bringing your hearing sense online, tune into what you can hear around you — what can you hear from the object? Does it have a sound? Take a deeper listen, what’s below the obvious sounds? What is your intuition saying to you? Listen carefully, it usually has quieter, softer tones that ego, or that harsh inner critic. Intuition is often giving voice to what can’t often be heard. Don’t judge what comes through, your only job is to listen.
- Connect to your feelings in the present moment. Feelings and emotions are temporary and constantly moving. As you connect to your kinaesthetic, feeling sense, get a sense of where you’re sat in this moment. Hold the object in your hand — what can you feel? Can you feel anything from the it? Can you feel the earth underneath you holding you where you are right now? What can you feel inside of yourself? State any emotion or state you are feeling. Just notice it, don’t judge it, simple say to yourself ‘In this moment I am feeling…, and that’s OK’.
- What does your creativity taste like? As you are here in creative mindfulness with this object, imagine that you could taste the sensations and energy that’s moving through your body. The incredible thing about our brain and subconscious mind is that it doesn’t know the difference between real and imagined, so bring your gustatory sense of taste alive and imagine that you are bringing the most delicious taste of something you love into your awareness.
- Connection beyond knowing Everything around us and within us is made of energy — as is the object in front of you. So too are our thoughts, feelings and emotions. What vibrational energy are you getting from connecting in with this object? What are you getting from this moment of connecting in with yourself which is a vibration of creativity? This is a beautiful portal to connect to your higher self, or deeper unconscious creativity. Allow whatever wants to come through to flow through you in this moment.
Tips & Warnings
- As you close off this practice you may wish to have a journal to hand to have a few minutes of automatic writing to see what comes through from this time of connecting to your intuition and unconscious creativity. Simply put your pen to paper and write without self-editing, just let whatever wants to come through to flow. If you wish to draw, do so without lifting your hand from the page. This is a divine moment of connection to your divine creative self.