As Above So Below
My curiosity leads me to dive deep into the scientific research and personal anecdotes about weird experiences and phenomena. I cannot say this is one field but rather a concoction of areas of interest. Whatever approach I take to describe unity is futile.
So what are these areas then you will want to know. I speak about regions like telepathy, clairvoyance, Psychokinesis, remote viewing, getting good ideas, healing but also virtual realities and mental disorders.
To survive in this branch of exploring the vague and unknown you need to be both sceptical and open-minded. From experience, I can say that creative insights at first seemed to come out of the blue. As time progressed, I could trace circumstances that enlarged the possibility of such ideas to occur.
How about a workshop on getting better ideas and learn how to repeat?
It is not as simple as holding a stone above a pond and let gravity do its thing. More often than not I prime my mind to find a solution for something and let the thought rest. When I can relax by listening to music I like or find another form of distraction the answer very often comes to me.
This answer can be concrete as well as wrapped in a layer of symbols. It takes patience and experience to let these thoughts enter the fore of the mind and find acceptance without judgment. You need to be willing to collect the data, stand back and analyse the data.
Learn to analyze and quantify your gut feeling
I consider the body as one big antenna with which I sense the what we consider material environment. At the same time, the body functions as an extension of the mind in that express thoughts through the body. Think about goosebumps when you think about something or tears that spontaneously begin to flow when watching a touching movie.
Also here it takes time and patience to accept these sensations for what they are and not silence them with judgement. In time you begin to find patterns and correlations between specific thoughts and your bodily reaction. With practice, your body gives off a signal that tells you which thought means what.
Find patterns and triggers, recognize them and use them
There is also a lot of programming and triggering going on. In the societies where advertising and visual media like movies are prevalent, you cannot escape the building of patterns. For example, seeing a cup of coffee in a film might very well trigger a desire for coffee in your body. Not everybody has the same trigger patterns, but I am sure you can find some in your life.
Sensations in the body can be that of euphoria, dread, anxiety, calmness and so forth. Naturally, the stomach itself is a little and rich pharmacy that is responsible for effects like feeling "butterflies". This butterfly feeling seems to be caused by a reduction in blood flow and is part of processes regulated by our Autonomous Nervous System.
The body's hormonal state changes, the impact of food and chemical modifications, having enough sleep plays a significant role, and these are never constant. In the end, it is about whether or not or to what degree the thought+bodily sensation resulted in a useful creative impulse or output. When you spend time getting to know your body and mind, you shall find those relationships, and it is very liberating.
Even though I understand from experience the effects of coffee and sugar, I am not excluding them from my diet (yet). They are a drug to me, and I can use them when stuff needs to get done quickly. By the same token, I exclude them for a moment when I need to sort through complex decision trees or need intuitive decision making or inspiration.
Try the following super simple and fun exercise:
- set an intent or goal
- relax the mind through willpower or distraction (nice music or a walk, e.g.)
- allow thoughts to enter the intellect, register them but do not judge
- feel your body for changes, record them but do not judge
- collect thoughts and corresponding sensations
- correlate thoughts and feelings and the state of the body