Lesson 6 – IN DREAM-LIKE STATES
In this lesson, you will learn how to tap your creativity by putting yourself into a trans-like state of mind. By suspending your conscious mind and enabling your unconscious to take over, problems will seem to solve themselves, paintings will appear to paint themselves, and poems will flow without thinking from pen to paper.
STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS WRITING UPON AWAKENING
James Joyce, William Faulkner, and Virginia Woolf were pioneers of the method known as stream-of-consciousness writing. It came at that time in history when Freud was having a tremendous impact upon the world, and writers, artists, and others were hungry to experiment with new methods. The idea of tapping the unconscious was new and exciting. Even though these methods of self- expression may seem passe today, stream-of-consciousness writing is nevertheless an excellent tool for bringing forth the unconscious. Freud introduced the method of free association in his work with patients in order to catch them off guard and allow the unconscious to break through their defenses.
When you combine stream-of-consciousness writing with waking up first thing in the morning, you are doubling your chance of tapping the unconscious. It is during the early morning hours that you have your longest and most vivid dreams. You are still close to the dream state when you awaken. Having a pad and pencil by your bedside works well not only with recording dreams but also with doing stream-of-consciousness writing.
The purpose of this exercise is not to increase your skills as a writer, although that may be a secondary benefit, but to tap the creativity that lies within. Be sure nothing will disturb you—people, pets, ringing telephones—for the next twenty to thirty minutes.
Write down all the thoughts that come into your mind without censoring any of them. Even if you have thoughts such as “I have nothing to write,” write that too. Simply write them down, and then continue with the next thought.