Creative Senses by Sarah Bryan

IMG_5958 No man is an island, and no physical sense is independent from your other senses. Just like Creative Sight and Creative Hearing can be tools in your arsenal, all of your senses can help you increase your creative awareness and connectivity.  In fact, connectivity of senses is so common, there’s an official term for it: synesthesia.

Synesthesia, at its simplest, is one sense being stimulated when another sense is stimulated, like seeing colors when listening to music. Notes, tones, and musical phrases play across the eyes as active colors or shapes, layering a visual experience over a auditory sensation. The sensation can also be reversed, with sounds forming in response to pictures.

Not everyone experiences this phenomenon at such extremes, but I believe it’s possible to increase your sensory connections during everyday experiences. The goal is to pay attention to all of your sensory reactions as you experience new things. Don’t just taste your food or smell it; listen to the sound of the crunch as you bite down, watch the way the light reflects off the colors. As you pay attention to your different senses, you’ll start to notice how they interact. What do you notice? Does one sensation make another more potent? Are there memories or ideas that come to mind?

You can practice sensories connections on more than just food. Personally, books are my greatest stimulus. It’s more than the stories on the page that stir me; I love the entire experience of the book itself. The texture of the cover, the smell of the binding, the sound of the turning pages -- all these things come together to increase my creative experience. Instead of just words on a page, I experience the entire creative process of reading.

What about you? Where do your senses come together to stimulate your creativity? Next time you sit down to eat, or read, or do just about anything, do it with your senses awake to the experience and awake to each other. Move through life alert to all of the potential creative experiences that await you. I promise you it’s worth it.


Sarah HeadshotSarah is the co-founder of Bright Ideas, a designer by trade, and an artist by passionate choice. She was born and raised in South, and delights in sharing Southern culture with anyone who cares to learn. Sarah collects creative hobbies; when she isn’t making art, you can usually find her on the dance floor. Follow her creative adventures on Instagram and Twitter!