Great News! Creativity Is Only A Zap Away!!!
If you are one of the many people who consider themselves “creatively challenged,” take heart! There is hope for you yet!
Reported today in The Sun, scientists have finally created a real live “thinking cap.” That’s right – a device that works by “zapping electricity through the brain” in order to suppress more logical, linear “left brain” thinking and, therefore, enhance “right brain” creative activity.
Huh! Go figure!
According to the article, the device “was inspired by accident victims who experienced a sudden surge in creativity after damaging the left side of their brains.” WHOA! Really??? One of the device’s creators said that the goal of the device is “to suppress habits and opinions gathered through life experiences to help users see problems and situations as they really appear.”
“The dream is that one day we may be able to stimulate the brain in a particular way to give you, just momentarily, an unfiltered view of the world.”
I’m not entirely sure what to say about all of this. On the one hand, in a society where we all seek a “pill” to solve every challenge we encounter, from weight gain to hair loss, this “brain zapper” is a perfectly understandable development. On the other, do we really need such a “brain zapper” to tell us that creativity happens when, for whatever reason, we are able to view the world in an “unfiltered” way?
We all have this ability – really – even without the miraculous, magical and mystical brain zapper. We simply need to “quiet” that part of our minds that tells us what is and is not possible, what is right and wrong, and to look at the world for just a moment, as the scientists said, “with a child’s view.” That is where creativity is born. No external electricity source necessary.
But who am I to judge? For those who feel the brain zapper (can’t help thinking about a bug zapper, mercilessly frying mosquitoes and other flying insects on my mother’s patio) would be helpful, go for it. Maybe under its influence, you’ll be able to invent – the next generation brain zapper! 🙂
For me, I’ll just keep on battling that big box my “left brain” constructs around my creative consciousness. I’ll keep asking that miraculous, magical and mystical question, “What if?” and see what answers come to, uh… mind. And maybe, if I’m lucky, I’ll keep on being creative without having to plug in.
Give it a try. “Plug in” to the part of your mind you forgot – the part you used as a kid, when you were a soldier, or Barbie, or a cowboy, princess or astronaut. The part that asked, effortlessly, “What if?” – and then provided an answer, just as effortlessly.