People who are immersed in a creative process – whether
it be writing poetry, painting a picture, preparing a cordon-bleu meal,
composing music, creating a garden, working out mathematical formulae, planning
a holiday itinerary, writing up a scientific experiment, creating a computer
program or choreographing a dance – exist in their own special dimension during
their period of creativity. We often hear of people isolating themselves for
example in a mountain retreat or a beach shack to write a book or paint a
To evoke our creative energy it seems as though we need
a span of time before us … and time, that all too absent commodity in our busy
lives, is often hard to grab hold of – there are just so many daily demands and
distractions. That's where Peaceful Place is an extremely useful tool.
There is usually a period of incubation where the idea of what one wants to
create circulates in the mind. We think about it often and toss over various
ideas in our minds. Our imagination comes to the forefront and we conjure up our
power of fantasy and imagination.
The passion of commitment and joy of creation has a kind of euphoria – it can
feel like being inside a cocoon from which the butterfly will emerge. Be
persistent. Remember, Einstein once said that creative scientists are the ones
with access to their dreams. Sometimes a dream will actually provide the
solution to a problem. Also remember, Thomas Edison is reputed to have had over
11,000 experiments to invent the light bulb before coming up with his final
model. He wouldn't have been the one to discover it if he had given up in defeat
on his ten thousandth try.
For a really serious job of innovation, discovery, research or invention, you
will need your whole mind and deep concentration. Tell yourself that you're on
the way to achievement – it is perfectly true, each time you work on the
challenge. Great scientific discoveries are not made by chance – but by many
hours of diligent thought and research.
I was talking to a doctor in NZ who amazingly, in the
last ten years, has taught himself to communicate with computer programs by
writing "computer language" to enhance his creative projects. He is thoroughly
immersed in developing aspects of healing, which will revolutionise medical
treatments. He imagines success, believes in the process and is thoroughly
immersed in his work. One night he dreamed the answer. He woke up and wrote down
everything he was told and what he saw in his dream. The next morning he read
what he had written and did not understand the technical aspects of what he had
written. He sought help from PhDs and he got the answer. He has built it and
tried it successfully.
No doubt we have all heard stories similar to this. The keys for fostering
creativity are to meditate (incorporating visualisation which deliberately uses
the right brain), immerse yourself and believe in your work (or ideas), be
vigilant (you never know when the answer will come), write down any answers
received (either in meditation or dreams, remembering that they both happen –
the Theta brain wave state), be persistent, and always ask that you get the
answer for the Highest Good of All Concerned.
Often people who were only mediocre students, show great
originality as adults. Einstein for example was told he was hopeless at
mathematics when he was 16 years old. We are all individual and can be original
in thought if we want to be. Our originality may not be as recognised as that of
some of the world's "greats" – but it will be distinctive and ours. In some
schools, young children are given the opportunity to make discoveries for
themselves. Ideas of creativity are encouraged, which help to break free from
rote-learning and the set syllabus.
It is always a good idea to challenge our creativity by thinking outside the
square. Have you seen the "three-line" problem where the challenge is to connect
nine dots arranged in a three-by-three matrix without lifting the pencil? The
creative move here is to extend the line beyond the confines of the "square".
To deliberately use your right brain to solve any issue, make sure that you are
comfortable and will not be distracted by discomfort, hunger, pain or other
physical needs, say for 30 minutes or so, then use Peaceful Place Tape No. 7 –
Creativity. The tape helps you to relax and your thoughts to flow – they will
come. When they come, you write them down. Stay focused and persist. You can
continue this exercise on a bus or a train – make the time useful by allowing
your mind to open to even more new ideas. Be vigilant, observant and be
Even though I was brought up and trained to be an
analytical thinker (Military Engineer) and a "prove-it-to-me" person, I now also
consider myself to be a creative person. Mostly the birth of my books, tapes and
seminars involved the creativity process.
Right now I am working with more creativity. Here's what has come up for me in
my meditation. I want my work to reach more people and have asked myself how to
do that. I came up with ideas for three focused websites – each with a different
emphasis, being Relaxation and Releasing Stress, Personal Leadership and Student
Learning. Each of the areas will require development of product (videos, tapes,
DVDs, CDs) most of which I have got and, within each area, participants will
have the additional option of going to seminars. In two of the areas, coaches
will be needed, so that means I will need to have a program to Train the
Coaches. These programs need to be ongoing in such a way that they do not
require my presence. Marketing can be done through newspapers and magazines and
the internet. This could be expensive – I could need partners or investors. I do
not have the marketing expertise and therefore I need to develop a team of
advisers/investors/partners. Maybe there are marketers who pay for advertising
and will recover their funds out of sales. I will probably need a business plan.
The seed is sown. I intend, somehow, to accomplish my dreams. At least I've got
a lot to work with and I am open to all thoughts.
So, pursue your dreams and keep the channels of creativity flowing. Deliberate
use of our subconscious mind is awesome
I urge you to read the success stories below.
I was introduced to Sandy's work a few years ago when a friend gave me a
copy of Piece of Mind. When I read it I was naturally impressed with
the ideas and techniques of being able to improve your ability to focus and
deliberately control your subconscious mind. Since your subconscious mind is
both the store house and controller of your personality, self esteem, self
image, self confidence, habits and memory, understanding the process by
which it works is very important. Not just as a method of improving your
ability to act (character absorption) but also yourself as a person. I was
grateful to have the opportunity to complete Sandy's
Seminar (the workshop based upon the book) and highly recommend it to
anyone seriously concerned about developing effective techniques for
improving their acting ability and their personal life.
Martin Henderson, NSW
Sandy's Note: You may recognize Martin from his various TV acting
roles these being Shortland Street (NZ) Echo Point, Sweat and Big Sky.
Martin did my course as part of a process he is taking to relearn his acting
craft and is current studying in New York. I would like to wish him every
success for his future and look forward to one day seeing him on the "big
a recent CALM
Seminar in Melbourne (Creative Accelerated Learning Methods), conducted
by Sandy MacGregor, Sandy showed us how to tap into our creative selves
through a very specific meditation routine guided by him. We had already
learned how to build and access our "Peaceful Place", the Peaceful Place we
create in our subconscious, and from there we went deeper into the dreamlike
state - the Theta state. Wow! Suddenly the room, the sounds, the people
around me disappeared and I was alone, seeing only a part of a novel in
progress that I was seriously having trouble with.
That part of the plot was all spread out beneath me. My hero and heroine
became alive, they "told" me what they wanted to do, how they wanted their
story written. I sat up and started writing, without much conscious
awareness of what I was doing. My hand found my paper and pen and I mapped a
mind chart of the "goings-on" of my hero and heroine. I could feel that it
was right. I was writing without stress.
As I reached the end of what my subconscious was telling me, I found the
seminar still going on around me, people were doing other things and I was
scribbling away, with Sandy trying to attract my attention and Victor, our
"music-maestro", looking at me strangely. Well, I had been somewhere, and
found something. Now I know what that was. It was the power of subconscious
thought and it works! Now when I sit down to write, it is a joy and so very
soothing. I won't say it's easy, writing is a learned skill, but what I want
to write about is in my subconscious mind, just waiting for me to find it.
The world around me goes away. I don't hear anything or feel any stress.
Distractions fade away and I am alone in a very private world, a world of
stories and poems, sometimes some forgotten French verbs! Yes, it is all
there waiting to be used. All I have to say to myself is: "Hi, let's do it!"
- and we, my inner spirit and I, do it. Learning to use the subconscious
mind, the inner spirit we all have, becomes easier with practise, and I can
most sincerely recommend this method to all.
Jay Beckley, VIC
In 1992 I attended a two-day workshop with Sandy MacGregor, seeking out
an increment in my level of self-awareness. At Sandy's workshop I was
encouraged to identify some goals and through Sandy established a method by
which I could achieve those goals. My two goals were, one to become
established in my artistic style and thereafter proceed to a one-man art
exhibition; and two to construct a 25 foot steam launch. Within a matter of
months my artistic style was found to be established and on approaching
Sydney's leading contemporary art gallery, I had a one-man exhibition
appointed for the ensuing year. I eventually proceeded to my third one-man
exhibition, which was held in January 1996 at the Holdsworth Gallery in
Sydney. The matter of the steam launch presented some most serious
difficulties, which included finding the unique timber necessary for the
hull, without demolishing a further forest to find an appropriate steam
engine, boiler and thereafter ship-right. All of these demands promptly fell
into place and I have the engine and boiler in hand and the boat should be
completed in 12 months. Sandy did not raise one finger to assist me in any
of these projects, however he certainly demonstrates how to set goals and to
achieve the realisation of those goals.
Gibson Owen, NSW
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