Now picture yourself so exhausted from worry and stress, you sit down in a chair and doze off only to be awakened 1-second later by the phone ringing. You don’t answer the phone because during that one second, you had an incredible dream. In the dream, you saw the perfect solution to your problem. You feel excited and you begin effortlessly putting your solution into action and before you know it, you’re done.
Sounds fantastic doesn’t it? If you could get a 1-second to a perfect solution to your problem? That is one of the advantages of this method and I am going to show you how you can take a split second nap for a direct route to your superconscious.
Now before you start thinking I’ve gone off the deep end and am entering some mystic mumbo jumbo, hear me out. I’m not the only one who has used this little-known method. Thomas A. Edison, inventor of the lightbulb is the first person I read about who made 1-second napping a science. His method would take him from daydreaming to 1-second ‘twilight dreaming” and wake up in the state of mind to do something with the solutions presented.
Here is his method: What he would do is he would sit back in a comfortable chair or lie down on a couch and prop his hand in the air with his elbow resting next to him. In his hand he’d have a fist full of ball bearings. As he sat there daydreaming, he’d gradually drift off to sleep. As soon as sleep took over, his hand would relax, releasing the ball bearings onto the wood floor, immediately awakening him. This would obviously leave him with a nap lasting less than a second.
He would immediately write down the dreams and solutions he’d get during these split second naps. Many of these dream solutions were perfect fixes to the problem at hand or the next step to take while making a new invention.
The author of Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson, got the idea for one of his most famous works during an abrupt awakening. “In the small hours one morning,” says his wife, “I was awakened by cries of horror from Louis. Thinking he had a nightmare I awakened him. He said angrily, ‘Why did you wake me? I was dreaming a fine bogey tale.’” The dream was so vivid that he could not rest until he had written off the story, and it so possessed him that the first draft was finished within three days. It was called “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” – (The Life of Robert Louis Stevenson for Boys and Girls by Jacqueline M. Overton, 1933)
Perhaps Stevenson hadn’t had a split second nap, but it’s still noteworthy that he was woken up middream with a perfect idea. His idea has stood the test of time and lasted for generations.
You may have noticed, one important benefit of the solutions gained by 1-second naps result in vast motivation as well.
Personally, at age 25, one of my first 1-second nap sessions resulted in the concept for a suspense novel in its entirety from cover to cover. The novel consumed my daily thoughts as I simply transcribed my dream novel at the pace of 3 pages a day for the better part of a year. (In case you’re wondering. It hasn’t been published yet. I send it out as time allows – so if you know someone in the psychological suspense publishing world, let me know.)
Warning: I should mention that you should never take your superconscious inspiration for granted. Like the story The Boy Who Cried Wolf, if you don’t take action on your superconscious revelations, they will occur with less and less frequency. Inspiration is a personal gift. Your inspirations make you unique. To not act on them is to waste untold potential.
It may be fun to be entertained with our superconscious inspirations but lack of action makes us like the young nephew who squanders his rich uncle’s inheritance on fast cars and women. So don’t ask for inspiration if you won’t follow through.
This post is part of the Achieve-IT! Series Tapping Your Superconscious where you can learn unique ways to gain solutions to problems, inspirations and life changing ideas.