How to let your unconscious mind help you find your muse
If you are having trouble finding your muse, you should try sleeping on it. Sleep research has shown that the dream state can actually help you make connections and correlations that avoid you in your waking life. Next time you are stuck, hold your idea in your mind before bed and see if your unconscious can help you work it out.
Sleep On it
Ever fall asleep during a television show and then find yourself having dreams about that very same show? One moment, you are in your bedroom, and the next thing you know, you are on some weird dream version of the Late Show (this is why I no longer watch Jerry Springer before I go to bed). Sleep studies have shown that the subject of our dreams do have a tendency to correlate with what our mind was occupied with at the time we fell asleep. If someone goes to bed worrying about work, they tend to dream about work. If some falls asleep while studying for their history exam, they might find themselves dreaming about the Louisiana Purchase or whatever else they are reading about.
Sleep on it
This is probably where the term “sleep on it” came from. If someone has a big decision to make, a lot of times they will wait until the next day to move forward. They will go to bed with the problem on their mind, and allow the pros and cons to be worked over in the unconscious. The science of sleep has shown that this really does help the decision making process. Our minds actually mull over these problems in our dream state and make different connection and correlations that help us decide when we wake up.
How this can help you on a creative front
Next time you are looking for creative inspiration, you might want to try letting your unconscious mind find it for you. Before you go to bed, employ this dream catching technique.
As you drift away from the conscious realm, take your creative problem or idea and imagine it floating right above your forehead. Now focus on this problem and hold on to it as you drift off to sleep. While it does not work for everyone, many people have found doing this as a useful way to let their subconscious mull over the idea helping them discover their muse when they wake. If you do find yourself dreaming about the problem, be sure to write what you dreamed about when you wake.