Blog #13: How Hypnosis Can Help You Meet Your Muse
Many famous artists and scientists have used self-hypnosis
intentionally or unintentionally to access discoveries and intuitive
insights. The Nobel Prize-winning poet William Butler Yeats wrote
of the time when he was sitting at his desk writing poetry and
accidentally dropped his pen. When he bent to pick it up, he
recalled many fantastic adventures, one after another, and then
realized that he was remembering dreams of nights past. When he
tried to think about these dreams, they drifted from his memory and
he again forgot them. He realized that when he wrote poetry, he
was in this dream state, equivalent to deep hypnosis.
Thomas Alva Edison, possibly the most famous and prolific
inventor in U. S. history, said that he made many of his discoveries
while napping in his easy chair in his library. He would spend some
time pondering details of a particular challenge he faced, then
would ask his mind to give him an answer. He then fell asleep in
the chair, letting both his arms dangle down over the chair’s arms.
In one hand, he held a large glass ball. When he fell asleep, his
hands would relax and the glass ball would clatter to the floor. The
resulting vibrations would wake him and he would have an answer,
sometimes in the form of a diagram. These answers were not
always correct, but many were, or were able to eventually lead him
to a correct answer.
Children are spontaneously and naturally creative. They often
daydream, and can access information intuitively, a process which
is quicker than analytical thinking. Of course, accessing both the
intuitive and the analytical minds simultaneously is often the best
way to be creative. This can be difficult for many people.
Hypnosis and self-hypnosis are skills that will help with this.
This blog’s offer: call my office for a free fifteen minute
consultation regarding a specific challenge in your creative
endeavors. I will also let you know if hypnosis or another method
would be likely to be helpful.
Also: Come see my photo show at The Coffee Shop, at 1135 W.
Sheridan Road, in Chicago. The show will be there through
March 31st. There will be a special reception with music and
celebration from 7 pm until 9 pm on March 22nd. Laurie
Little, a photographer and award-winning film-maker, has
some beautiful photographs of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in
winter. Laurie also designed my blog, with a little help from
me. My photographs were taken during my travels in Kenya
and Mali. Some narrative accompanies many of the pictures.