Previously I mentioned that creative people, people who earn their keep through the use of their imagination, should probably not work for more than four to six hours a day if they want to sustain their best possible production. That’s because leisure time is as important to the creative person as the time he spends actively engaged in whatever it is he does.
“All of us can, if we desire, tap an unsuspected source of pure energy and creative power. This source, fully adequate and freely available, is our silent partner, the subconscious mind.” So wrote John K. Williams more than twenty years ago… and it’s absolutely true.
By correctly using this potential — which is our subconscious mind – we can gain release from tension and frustration and have at our disposal abundant energy and new mental power and physical well-being. These things we gain without striving. There is no laborious routine to follow. We simply recognize our subconscious mind and permit it to function under proper conditions.
If you’ll observe the working habits of leaders in virtually any field you’ll find that important discoveries are seldom made while engaged actively in research investigation. New insights, bold ideas and plans, are contributed by the underlying activity of mind, the subconscious function.
Just about all great scientists, artist, writers, musicians, top-flight business people will tell you that their best ideas come, not while they’re actively engaged in seeking them, but, as the French mathematician Henri Poincare put it: “Creative ideas do not come to me while I am working at my desk, but usually flash into my head while I am engages in other activities.”
I have found this to be generally true of the great people whose lives I’ve studied. The most momentous concept of this age, the relationships of time and space and the nature of reality sprang into the mind of Albert Einstein while he was confined to his bed because of illness.
Who can say but for this period of enforced quiet and relaxation this world may not have been in the atomic age – good or bad depending on how your look at it. Certainly good over the long haul if we can make it through our ridiculous and childish crises.
The subconscious are of the mind, which no one understands, is an unplumbed reservoir of creative insight and intuition. Lewis Thomas, in his wonderful book, “The Lives of a Cell,” talks about the new computers that are almost human. In some respects, they are superhuman and can memorize whole telephone books at a glance. But even when technology succeeds in manufacturing a computer as big as Texas to do everything we recognize as human, to match what we can do, there would have to be three billion of them with more coming down the assembly line. And they would still fall short of what any person on the street can do with the most miraculous agency ever to appear on this planet: the human mind. But few learn how to properly use it, how to harness its great power, how to put it to work so that they can solve their problems and reach their goals with their leisure time.
We all have problems, most of which we can solve ourselves by bringing to bear our own latent, and little used mental powers. As Bovee put it: “Few minds wear out… most rust out.”
By: Earl Nightingale
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