Get into Theta state for inspiration

Inspired in the wisdom of Professor, 

Transforming Dyslexia into fire art

 


-Me: How did the idea come to you?
-Professor: it came to me in a dream-like state. Where I just kind of sit, relax, quasi meditate, quasi on the verge of a nap but not letting myself go to sleep, just getting into that twilight sleep sense state. It is not exactly meditating but it is a meditative state
-Me: Was that something intentional, did you intentionally go into that state of mind to receive something or did it happen spontaneously?
-Professor:  This was definitely intentional 
Professor did not mention the name of this technique and I am not sure if he was actually aware that what he intuitively did was actually a technique that many scientists, esoterics, shamans, and artists use with the purpose of finding inspiration, accessing childhood memories and communication with higher realms.


What is Theta? Here is a good definition from the Bankok Float Center:

 

As calmness and relaxation deepen into drowsiness, the brain shifts to slower, more powerfully rhythmic waves with a frequency of about 4 -7 Hz. Everyone generates these theta waves at least twice per day: in those fleeting instants when we drift from conscious drowsiness into sleep, and again when we rise from sleep to consciousness as we awaken. The theta state is accompanied by unexpected, unpredictable, dreamlike but very vivid mental images (known as the hypnagogic images ). Often these startlingly real images are accompanied by intense memories, particularly childhood memories. Theta offers access to unconscious material, reverie, free association, sudden insight, creative inspiration. It is a mysterious, elusive state, potentially highly productive and enlightening, but experimenters have had a difficult time studying it, and it is hard to maintain, since people tend to fall asleep as soon as soon as they begin generating large amounts of theta.

 

Option 1: Induce Theta state through meditation

 

  • Sit or lay down. Make sure you are comfortable

 

  • Use your normal meditation practice to get to relaxation. If you don’t have one or want to try a new one, here is an idea: Count 20 breaths and focus in the time where the inhalation meets the exhalation and vice versa. Go through your body from the top of the head to the tip of the toes.

 

  • As you move your attention from the top of the head to the tip of your toes, relax every muscle and body part you navigate. Now bring your attention to your body as a whole.

When you start feeling relaxed and drowsy this is the time to ask:
“What is it that I really want?”
“How do I solve that problem?”
“How does the final result look like?”
“What should I do?”
 
Let all sort of images and thoughts come. Don’t let yourself go to sleep and don’t force your thinking.

 

  • After a few minutes open your eyes and write, record or draw anything you can remember

 

Option 2: Induce theta state after waking up

 

  • Before you go to sleep place a recorder or pen and paper right next to your bed

  • Once you wake up ask the questions you need an answer for:

“What is it that I really want?”
“How do I solve that problem?”
“How does the final result look like?”
“What should I do?”

Artists like Salvador Dali, writers like Mary Shelley, and great thinkers have understood that the early “nodding off” stage of sleep, when theta waves predominate in the brain, is the best time to let the creative juices flow. Rodriguez, Kate. Fast Company.


Option 3: Use a partner
This one gets a bit trickier and you most likely need to be familiar with “how does it feel like when you are in theta state” If you feel ready and have someone you trust, Tom Von Deck suggests having a set of questions ready for your partner to ask once you have entered theta state.

 

  • Decide with your partner about a visual Q or word for him to know when to start asking the questions.

  • Enter the theta state

  • Have your partner asking the questions

Start talking and have your partner writing or recording the answers

 

 

References:
https://www.fastcompany.com/3062746/how-to-hack-your-brain-for-creative-ideas-before-you-even-get-out-
https://www.deepermeditation.net/blog/how-to-reach-theta-state-of-mind/
https://www.bangkokfloatcenter.com/theta-state.html

Alexandra Gomez 11.2018