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10.4. Silencing the Inner Critic
Many of the blocks we create for ourselves come from that inner critic that tells us how we cannot invent or how poor our inventions really are. Would it be useful to be able to turn off that annoying voice at will? Here are a couple of techniques that may work for you.
Notice the sound of the voice that the critic is using. Is it like a teacher or a strict parent? Now change it to sound like Mickey Mouse. Is it as powerful a dissuader now? Probably not. Play with other voices to find the one that works best for you. Make it softer, quieter, rounder, kinder. Now, when starting to invent, tell the critic that it will be Mickey Mouse (or whoever you choose) for the duration of the creative period.
You can also change the critic’s location. Move it onto your shoulder, then down to the end of your finger. Or push it down onto your big toe. When it is so far away, it should be less of a distraction.
Bite your tongue
When we talk to ourselves, our tongue tends to move very slightly. Hold your
tongue between your teeth and see how much more difficult it is to hear the
inner voices. A less painful form of stilling the tongue that Yogic meditators
have known for centuries is to push your tongue gentle against the inside of
your upper teeth.
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