Slumber

Unlocking creativity can be as simple as falling asleep.

Inventors and artists alike have been inspired by dreams.  Edison would nap with ball bearings in his hand so that as he drifted to sleep the balls would drop and wake him up just as he reached the first stage of the sleep cycle to access the pure creative genius of his subconscious mind. Many of Dali’s surrealist works were inspired by his dreams including the “Persistence of Memory”. Even Kupka (mentioned in the last post) focused his work on capturing his dreams and subconscious thoughts.

Creative sleep can be a powerful source of ideas as the experiences, emotions and information from waking life is synthesized through simplified archetypes and stories that give access to an untapped subconscious.