“Glass of water” is one of the most effective and powerful creativity techniques that exist. It’s extremely easy to use, however it can make miracles with your ability to generate excellent ideas while you sleep. The author of this technique is Jose Silva, who became famous worldwide by developing a complex of psychological exercises called the Silva Method.
Take a water glass and fill it with clean but not boiled water. With both hands, take the glass, close your eyes and look upward at a 45-degree angle. Formulate a task that you need to solve as a question. Then, drink half of the glass of water while thinking, “This is all I need to find the solution to the problem I have in mind.”
Open your eyes. Put the glass of water near the bed and go to sleep without talking to anyone. In most cases you will receive an answer while you sleep in the form of a hint, insight or partial idea. Once you wake up, immediately write down all ideas, memories and thoughts that come to mind. Drink the second half-glass of water and thank your subconscious for the work that was done.
If you didn’t get a satisfying answer, close your eyes, look slightly upward and drink the second half-glass of water while thinking, “This is all I need to find the solution to the problem I have in mind.” The idea for the problem’s solution will come to you during the day. And one more thing, believe that ideas will come to you.
You might think, “Can I use a cup instead of the glass? Can I say a different phrase while drinking the water? Can I do this technique without water at all?” This technique works most effectively if you don’t change anything. It’s critical to use a glass, it’s critical what you say, and it’s critical that you expect ideas to come. Follow these instructions as a ritual. It works in 100% of the cases for me, it works for thousands of people who tried it, and it will work for you
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