Where do your Answers & Bright Ideas come from?

by | Aug 22, 2013 | Uncategorized

I am a poor sleeper.  Since childhood.  I seem to go to sleep with many things on my mind, and wake up with things on my mind and sometimes in between, wake straight up.  It’s the perfect problem- both benefits and negatives.

The benefits are that I have learned to keep a writing utensil near to capture things as they float from my subconscious to conscious.  And I don’t mean the part where I am flying through fields and over cities!  I have found answers to problems, and ideas for creative holes that my conscious did not immediately supply me.  Of course the downside is not enough REM type of sleep.

So earlier this year I started working on trying to clear my mind and think relaxing thoughts prior to sleep.  I also don’t go to sleep until I am tired, not trying to force it.  The result?  Not enough ideas! At least I am not capturing as many as before.  I have plenty of ideas they are just in my conscious mind, and the subconscious ones are not bleeding through.  So what should I do?  I do have to admit that I find myself thinking a bit more while driving.  Like deep thoughts.  And on flights too.  And I am capturing those thoughts along the way.  So maybe my thoughts are transitioning to the conscious mind?  Does it matter?

 The Dalai Lama says “Sleep is the best medication”  John Steinbeck said “It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.” Maybe I want to go back to being more like Henry David Thoreau who said “I put a piece of paper under my pillow, and when I can’t sleep, I write in the dark.”