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3. Creativity > 28. Sound Your Brain with Onar

Sound Your Brain with Onar

Onar, or oneiric sonar, is a hack for plumbing your unconscious mind in search of new ideas during hypnagogic sleep. It’s similar to methods used by Salvador Dali and Thomas Edison.

Hypnagogia is the mental state between waking and sleep, the “half-asleep” state. The word comes from the Greek hypnos (sleep) and agogeus (leader or conductor); hypnagogia is the state that leads us into or out of sleep.

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Some researchers draw a distinction between hypnagogia, which occurs when we are falling asleep, and hypnopompia, which occurs when we are waking up.

Many thinkers throughout history have found hypnagogia to be a fathomless well of creative black gold. For example, the surrealist painter Salvador Dali developed a technique to help him visualize dream landscapes of bizarre beauty, which he would paint upon awaking.


  

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