Developing your imagination is good for your brain. And what is good for your brain is good for your creativity. It's like two vases communicating where good sleep, good food, water, fresh air, walks and challenges contribute to staying in perfect creative shape.
Sleep is essential to reset after a day. Dreams often provide the answers to our questions. The role of the brain is to prevent us from being overwhelmed by the bubbling of the universe and the world. Sleep is restorative. It allows us to SEE CLEARLY. Keeping a notebook to record your dreams when you awaken each day is a good strategy.
The philosopher Cornelius Castoriadis explains: "The subject is always imagining. The psyche is radical imagination. Being influenced by external factors can be seen as a blockage. To become an autonomous subject for creating, an individual must unleash the imagination".
IN A CREATIVE PROCESS NEVER FORGET WHAT COMES BEFORE
Tesla was so creative that he was able to conduct his experiment in his imagination. His mind was his lab.
HAVING LEARNED TO DRAW IN THE SUBLIMINAL FIELD, ARTISTS AND CREATORS AGREE THAT THEIR BEST IDEAS COME SPONTANEOUSLY, AT A TIME WHEN THEY WERE NOT ACTIVELY ENGAGED IN SEARCH OF SOLUTIONS.
No logical path leads from perceptions to the principles of the theory, it is the pre-established harmony of Leibniz as Einstein explained it. Science and art are complementary. A creative experience is, in its own way, a work of art, since it enables people to objectify their fantasies by bringing together their own imagination with the resources of Nature, imagination is not only the ability to combine existing elements to produce another variant of a given shape; Imagination is the ability to create new forms. Certainly, this new form contains items that are already there, but the shape itself is new.
We often hear researchers and creative people say that their best ideas come to them in a dream. This is the case of two great scientists and Nobel Prize winners who dreamed their discoveries. You can read my posts, Einstein's Dreams and Niels Bohr, from dreams to discoveries.
As you can see, these two physicists already posed many questions, which confirms, once again, that a well-prepared mind can expect everything from his or her dreams... especially the right questions are asked. Daydreams and dreams are complementary. They open new paths.
It is what makes the difference between procrastination and incubation. I invite you to listen to Adam Grant on this topic.
Another way to stimulate your creativity is to be frustrated... when you have constraints, this could be the best opportunity to stimulate your imagination as explained by Tim Harford in his Ted Talk.
So, let's be imaginative and find a good balance between procrastination and incubation, and take all constraints as stimulation to be more creative.