To create, you must escape the din of your conscious mind—the distracting rattle and hum of consciousness—and go to a deeper, calmer and quieter place of pure experience and productive concentration.
My students know the benefits of doing all inner work from within their Safe and Secret Place or Safe and Sacred Place, and that self-hypnosis—unlike its kinfolk mindfulness and meditation—is productive concentration. The creativity zone exists there.
You must dip into your inner primordial soup and ladle out the fresh essential ingredients of ideas—pouring off the clichés, the overused and the stale. New ideas must be held, nurtured and allowed to fully develop, then acted upon.
To begin working in your creativity zone you may wish to first create a new exclusive area in your Safe and Secret Place from which to receive creative ideas. Then once in self-hypnosis it’s a matter of being quiet with the intent of generating ideas. At first there may be a stream of clichés or notions of previous work or ideas. Just allow those to pass through without taking any action unless there is a notable twist to the idea. Often times the subconscious will offer up familiar things first as they are the easiest to summon and for you to recognize. When that happens just filter those things out, let them go. Your apparent indifference will signal to your subconscious that it has to dig deeper, which it will. Just maintain the expectation of going deeper for meaningful ideas and they will come.
This is an intuitive process. You will know when an interesting idea passes through—and when it does, hold onto it. Do not let it dissolve into darkness. Explore that promising idea, then take it to the development area of your Safe and Secret Place. Flesh it out, roll it around in your mind and see it from different sides, hear it over and over a few times, give it a moment to harden into something more permanent and durable than its birth form as a wisp of a shadow on the wind. You must dwell with it, devoting time, to give it permanence. Only then can you secure it, preserve it and save it for later consideration after your session.
From time to time everyone experiences a quiet period when their subconscious does not produce new ideas on demand during the session. This is a normal occurrence and happens for a variety of reasons. The subconscious may be reluctant to offer up anything new, it may be tired and needs to rest or perhaps it has not had enough artistic education to draw upon to meet your expectations. If nothing new presents itself during your time in the Safe and Secret Place do not give up. Enjoy the other benefits of your Safe and Secret Place but before ending your session, tell yourself to continue retrieving ideas after the session and to present them to you when it is appropriate to do so. You will recognize the new idea when it emerges and then be able to make a mental note to further develop and explore it in a later session. If circumstances permit—and this is the best way to hold onto a new idea—go into self-hypnosis immediately to explore the idea right at that moment.
Most of this was written from the creativity zone. I put myself into self-hypnosis, then told myself that I would open my eyes and remain in self-hypnosis while I wrote this piece. (Reading and writing by their nature are hypnotic.) I also told myself that I would delay criticizing what I was writing until a later writing session. I just wrote whatever occurred to me. Editing would take place at another time when it was appropriate, but for that time writing was the goal. This had an interesting effect. As I wrote I found myself moving between different aspects of the composition—abandoning the topic I was just writing to write about something else and then returning to finish the previous thought line. All of this was done without criticizing the content or the process. Well, except for occasionally changing my choice of words as I went along.
This technique is for advanced practitioners of self-hypnosis, or those who have learned open-eye self-hypnosis with a hypnotist.