Monday, September 20, 2010

Hopping the Velvet Rope of Your Mind.

Who or what is the biggest enemy to the creative mind?

It is my estimation that all creative minds have the same potential brilliance and there is a certain philosophy towards child rearing held by the baby wranglers at the Institute for the Achievement for Human Potential that is inclined to agree with this:

"Every child born has, at the instant of birth, a higher potential intelligence than Leonardo da Vinci ever used."

The question is, then, why isn't the world full of like-minded geniuses, inventing inventions that will be used in centuries to come, producing exquisitely wrought pieces of art across multiple platforms, and dissecting the world down to levels of behavior never before imagined?

Ah, I was wondering about that.

Well, it is actually. But, just not in one person! 

So, what is different about the average man that prevents him from "Vetruvian Man"-level genius? Isn't it the walls that we build up around our potential starting the day we interact with the world? The mind is conditioned by our own egos telling us what we think we are or aren't and is amplified by the egos of others telling us the same thing. Lord knows mine is!

So what is to be done? How do you overcome the ramparts of years of mitigated thought process? 

The answer is that you need to lay siege to your sub-conscious. There is a party in your own mind that's happening right now that you don't even know about. All day, every day, your sub-conscious is coming up with a constant steady stream of ideas. A lot of them are ridiculous. A lot of them are ludicrous. However, there are gems and diamonds in there waiting to be plucked for your pleasure. Would you complain if you had to wade through fifty ideas if you ultimately come upon a great one?  It's statistically in your favor to be privy to what your sub-conscious is saying behind your back. 

Let DaVinci Help You Help Yourself.

There are a number of ways to penetrate the barriers of the ego. Among the engines of war thats some people employ is the use of substances to achieve an altered state of mind, but I feel that the price demanded by chemicals may potentially be too steep for the reward. 

There is a passageway that can be travelled to find yourself in the secret parts of the self. It is called the hypnagogic channel. It is that place between being awake and being asleep, also known as threshold consciousness. We all necessarily fall into the hypnagogic state as it is literally the hallway that we must pass through to achieve sleep. To be aware that we are in this place, however, we can prolong our stay in it and use it to our advantage.  We can marry the concerns of our waking world with the river of ideas that our dream state can provide. 

For anyone who pays attention to dreams, they know that dreams have the powerful ability to dredge up memories from our past that our conscious has forgotten, to combine images and concepts that we would never imagine if we were awake, and to push the boundaries of the possible out of sight to the point of pure omnipotence.

Creative ability is the harnessing of that omnipotence. If it can be imagined, it can be done.  

But how can we possibly dwell in the corridors of the hypnagogic state if it is only transitional and momentary, you may ask?

There are a number of exercises that are quite effective that we will go into later, but for those of you that want to be there now can order one of these:
Comfort is the Enemy. will sell you the parts and you can follow these instructions.


  1. Is this like when I sleepwalk and eat a ton of chocolate, or that time a cop said I threw a garbage can through the windshield of his squad car wearing only a pair of boxers? 'Cause those were both good ideas.

  2. Uh, I think the editing process is a whole different ballgame.

  3. Oh Dag! I wrote a comment yesterday and must've not pushed the write button! I said something on the lines of Leonardo Da Vinci is helping me make baby steps out of my hump...

  4. micah! ive been recording my dreams. Waking up and speaking them into a microphone. i have to transcribe them to a book. But at this point Im remembering up to 6 dreams a night!

  5. Wow! That's perfect. How do you do it?

  6. i come up with meticulously preposterous unrealistic totally impossible ideas all day and then i dream about balancing my check book and it comes out to zero.....what does that mean?

  7. I believe you have a special talent in that you have hypnagogic access on demand!