I’ve been doing this for about 6 months now when I want to mentally create something. Without going deep into science, there is something called Binaural Beats* and it was discovered in 1839 by Heinrich Wilhelm Dove. It can help with relaxation, clarity and creativity.
Note: read the description and comments on the YouTube channel for each track so you can read how the music has helped and affected people. Even though Binaural Beats is based on science, it’s not a substitute for any medical advice provided by your Doctor.
So, I’m going to share what works for me. Now, there are many, many different sound tracks for Binaural Beats, the one I’m going to share can be listened to by itself or along with music.
How Binaural Beats Helps me with Creativity
Sit somewhere comfortable and have a pen or pencil, notebook, diary or journal next to you. Do not listen to any tracks while driving or when you need to some something that needs your full attention. Listen to one of these Binaural Beats tracks wearing headphones or ear plugs:
- Binaural Beats with Rain drops (this one is nice) https://youtu.be/VBwXanY73mc
- Standard Binaural Beats/white noise: https://youtu.be/gO539nZs5fw
Close your eyes. The volume should just be loud enough to hear it (not blaring) and it’s key that you wear headphones or earplugs do cancel out all outside noise and allow the beats to work through both ears. Just give in to the hum (you can pause or stop at any time) and when you have an image in your mind, quickly sketch it out, don’t spend more than a couple of minutes doing it, or just write a few words to describe the image. I’ve also used this technique for my commercial work, in the kitchen, while organizing my studio or home office and reading/listening to instructional podcasts/webinars/courses.
I started listening to the Binaural Beats Rain Drop track while typing out this blog post and at this point right now, I’ve created little doodles and sketches as images started to form and I’ve written some words to inspire a story. It may not work for you, but it’s something to try to give in to the idea of creating something other than painting or drawing for a long time. You’re creating with your mind. To really expand on this, I’ve used this technique (with other music tracks) to create art, designing and writing over a few hours. I even listen to an 8 hour Binaural Beats Delta Wave white noise track while sleeping.
*You can learn more about Binaural Beats and listen to different tracks/read comments at the following links:
- Binaural Beats on Wikipedia
- Immrama Institute – brainwave technology for health & wellness
- On YouTube, just type in the search bar: binaural beats for x (where x is creativity, sleep, clarity…whatever theme you are looking for) You can also search for binaural beats on Google for a wide variety if information.
Let me know how it goes as I’d love to hear if this worked for you.