HUH? HOW CAN THAT BE?, you say. I know it sounds a bit counterintuitive. However, Leonardo DaVinci said “The greatest geniuses sometimes accomplish more when they work less. It is a very good idea to go away now and then and have a little relaxation…..when you come back to the work, your judgment will be surer, since to remain constantly at work will cause you to lose the power of judgment.” Is this what gave rise to cafes? I don’t know about cafes, but I do know that what he recommends fits with my own experience.

People interviewed on this topic all said that they have gotten their ideas and inspirations when they weren’t “working”. The most common answer was while they were taking a shower/bath. It’s not the water though. It’s oscillating between the left and right hemispheres of the brain. The highest form of creativity depends upon a rhythmic movement between engagement and disengagement, between engaging one side of the brain and then the other: one side engages while the other side disengages. Both are necessary and neither is sufficient on it’s own. The right brain is less linear and time-focused and thus is more inclined to solve problems or come up with something new by intuitive leap and sudden insight…..and this often occurs when the left brain is exhausted. The work occurs on the unconscious level.

I have long been fascinated by the brain and how it interacts with creativity, inspiration, the spirit in all its forms and movement, psychodynamics, etc… If you’ve been reading my blog, or if you’ve read About Me, you know that I work with both the conscious and the unconscious mind, psychodynamics, and spirit. So I was tickled to hear DaVinci said that creative work occurs on the unconscious level. Why is this not widely recognized and supported in the working world? Why do companies not foster this in their employees? Why are people with a proven track record of accomplishment and brilliance not trusted and supported to have space and time for this within their work schedule? This is one of the many percs of the self-employed; one that I have always treasured and benefited from greatly. As a matter of fact, the inspiration that lead to me changing professions and doing this work occurred in a rare moment of t.v. watching (it was a finance-related show on Oprah, but I was not in work mode).

So, all that said, I encourage all of you to do what you need to do to have that R/L brain oscillation experience on a regular basis. Who knows what could come out of it! It’s an important component of Money Mastery.


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