You see differently, and you see more.
This leads to enhanced creativity and intuition, among other benefits.
And although this concept is related to sight, it can really encompass all your senses, including your 6th sense.
Here’s the idea.
In his book Entangled Minds: Extrasensory Experiences in a Quantum Reality, Dean Radin discusses the idea of latent inhibition. It’s an unconscious brain process that degrades our ability to pay attention to stimuli that have had no consequences in the past.
In other words, we automatically ignore things that are not critical to the task at hand. It’s what enables us to focus without becoming distracted and overwhelmed with all the millions of pieces of information in our perceptual field at any given time.
Healthy people tend to have high latent inhibition, since the more our sensory awareness is suppressed by what the brain considers irrelevant, the more we remain stable and focused.
Openness & Creativity
However, low latent inhibition is associated with the personality trait “openness to experience”, which in turn is associated with divergent thinking and creativity.
Tests done on Harvard graduate students showed that those with high creativity had significantly lower latent inhibition scores than those who were categorized as low creativity.
This underscores the idea that highly creative people have greater access to more of what the world presents.
So creativity requires “perceiving outside the box”. This is different than “thinking outside the box”, unless you experience thinking as perceiving a new thought. In my experience, thinking is often directed and active whereas perceiving is receptive. But in a creative state I notice that my thinking goes back and forth between being active and actually receiving ideas.
Creative ideas often come in a flash, and long ago I realize that they are much akin to intuition. In fact they’re so similar that being in a creative or intuitive state is almost — if not exactly — the same thing.
From this perspective, we can better understand why creative people report more psychic experiences. … Most people who believe in psychic phenomena are not ignorant or mentally deficient. They just see farther into the depths of the world than other people do.
~ Dean Radin, Entangled Minds
How to Enhance Your Creativity
Can you choose to lower your latent inhibition and thus expand your levels of perception and creativity?
My experience is definitely yes.
The more I do it, the more information I have conscious access to. My intuition is constantly getting more active and reliable, and I get so many creative ideas I can’t hardly keep up with them.
And all it takes is intention and practice.
And this is where the idea of Eagle Eyes comes in.
Eagles fly high above ground. They have a bird’s eye view. And even though they may be looking at one particular area, they’re ever alert to anything at all that might move or otherwise catch their attention.
A super easy and fun way to practice expanding your perception is this:
1. Choose an object in your vicinity.
2. Look at it. Now soften your vision so you’re gently gazing at it.
3. Notice, while leaving your eyes there, all the other phenomena in your peripheral vision.
4. Allow your attention to focus on them even as your eyes remain gently focused on the initial object.
You can do this with all your senses. While holding mainly on one particular item (sound, sensation, etc.) allow your attention to roam, noticing even more with that same sense.
Another way to practice expanding your perception is this:
When you have a free moment, simply ask yourself
“What am I not noticing?”
If you want more direction than that, then use all your senses, inner and outer, to
a. first check your environment
b. then your body
c. then emotions
d. then thoughts
e. then vibrations.
You’ll be amazed at how many things suddenly come into your awareness!
Some will be things that could be obvious to anyone but some will be very subtle things that you may wonder if you’re really even perceiving as opposed to just imagining.
Trust that you are.
And if you practice these exercises regularly, you’ll start to do this naturally, and you’ll notice that you’ve become more creative and intuitive, sometimes startlingly so.
Here’s to your expansion!