And - Out Of The Box!
We've all had them, surely: when suddenly those fuzzy thoughts become crystal-clear or those dead ends open up and spring to life! Likewise, we've needed one but it didn't materialize. We have an assignment to write, but nothing happens, the blank page stares back at us or we fill it and then delete it as rubbish, even though when we're just fooling around, we produce pages of flawless, inspired composition as fast as we can type or scribble!
So is there any way to prompt AHAs deliberately? It's doubtful, although sometimes what may help is to divert thinking from the problem totally, letting the subconscious go to work on it. My Dad used to "sleep on it" and he'd wake up in the morning with a solution all worked out. Being deliberately non-deliberate has pregnant possibilities! Trying to not try merits real consideration.
In fact, perhaps that's a valid way of being: relaxed, unhurried, open to inspiration. In some martial arts disciplines, it's a cultivated way of being because it allows the entire body to perform as antenna for input and instantaneous response to it, bypassing wasted time and ponderous processes of the brain, having to accept, interpret, explore choices, decide and then respond to a stimulus - if, in truth, it's not already too late! Long before all that, the wisdom of the body and subconscious mind would have responded effectively and we'd have been happily sipping refreshment, with our challenge subdued and our triumph a-blossom!
So do the cerebral operations the brain can and must perform have potential for a less up-tight, more effortless, effective regular procedure, leading to more AHA moments in one's experience? Could one count on getting AHA good results more often and when most needed? Well, why not?
One might actually presume that it's all "up there", efficiently set up, just waiting an opportunity to blossom. The mind is, after all, simply a more elaborate "other sense" which evolved and with areas of expertise and well-designed application for working easily in those areas. We need not strain and try to see, to smell or to hear and there's no hesitaton in removing our hand from a hot stove or spitting out a nasty bite. The senses perform what they're designed to perform smoothly & immediately, so long as they are healthy and a stimulus for those senses is present.
So why should we need to strain to process the brain's cerebral stimulation with much anquish and frustration? Those neurons and ganglia are quite possibly just ripe to exchange their instantaneous information and do their interactive processing among themselves with a rapidity and efficiency which is innate, but is too often and sadly bottled up and blocked by grunting, groaning, effort, scowls, fear and strain! Also, there is a potential interaction of ALL the senses in the brain's higher thought process which can lubricate the process and improve its efficiency. Yet all too often, we focus so intensely on making the cerebrum do it all, we hinder its progress! Sometimes there even may be a premature resorting to the refreshment out of frustration, BEFORE results, further hindering them. We can become our own worst mental blockers. Not much reward for that!
Yet we often read that our brainpower is only minimally tapped and we may wonder why that is. Maybe being tapped is the key word, rather than being struck repeatedly with a virtual crowbar! Seems worth investigating! ;)
Learning to LET ideas and solutions develop, jell and emerge, rather than severely concentrating on problems, constricting blood flow to the brain and then demanding the brain to perform and to come up with solutions, may sound far-out, considering how many of us were schooled and taught to study, but perhaps it's far-in, just waiting to help! While we're at it, we might also try letting love develop rather than trying to find and force it!
Will allowing these desirable responses happen for us always in every situation a timely manner? Probably not, but certainly, as with the lottery, (though the odds of success for our own processes are happily much higher) - if one doesn't buy a lottery ticket, one won't EVER win the jackpot! Then there's the waiting to see, - in other words, letting it happen!