Speaking To Your Subconscious Mind: The Truth of the Unconscious
The subject of the unconscious mind is a very tricky one. The subconscious by its very nature is something that usually operates completely outside the bounds of manual thought or control. Imagine walking through a deep and dense forest in the dead of night; this is the level of difficulty one would face simply trudging through the depths of your own mind with no knowledge or guide and it can be a more dangerous prospect that many would believe. Here we will attempt to shed some light on the subject of speaking to your subconscious mind, and show you a path through the forest.
The Composition of the Subconscious
Before we could ever attempt to directly contact our own subconscious, we must first understand what lies there. The more knowledge one possesses on a subject, the more control one has over it. Do you believe that a fighter pilot hops into a forty-million dollar flying killing machine with only a cursory understanding of it? Obviously not if we mean to live through it. Well this is no different; the demons and emotional landmines that cover the subconscious landscape can in fact be very dangerous. So let’s get right into it.
The subconscious mind is made up of a myriad of mental processes, most of which were originally designed to help us. Painful memories and the feelings and emotional states that are connected to them, are stored here to keep us from getting into those situations again. It works like this: A woman finds herself in an abusive relationship with a habitual drinker. The smell of liquor, and the frequency with which he drinks as well as a myriad of other factors surrounding the painful incidents are all linked to the physical and emotional pain of it all. When this person finds herself in the next relationship, her defenses may shoot up whenever he drinks. Perhaps the volume of her abusers voice would go up significantly when during his violent states. Now volume is connected, and any overt loudness will cause her to shut down. You can see here how these reactions may in fact protect her from getting involved with another abuser… or it may cause her to throw away a perfectly good man that displayed no actual violent tendencies.
These processes can be very complex, as in the above example, or they can be extremely simple. You burn your hand badly on a cast iron cooking pan, and now every time you see one you start quickly tapping at it to see if it’s hot or not. See… it’s not so crazy when you think about it. Unfortunately the complexity of human thought can turn the impulses into a jumble of illogical thoughts and reactions. Have you ever seen or heard or smelled something that immediately brought a feeling of discomfort or fear? This is the subconscious working to protect you, and it sometimes does its job all too well.
The other function of the subconscious is to regulate certain physiological and mental functions, so that we can go about our days without being troubled by them. The truth is that no matter how intelligent you are, if you had to think about everything your body and mind was doing from one second to the next you would very likely go quite insane.
“Speaking” to the Subconscious
Like myself, there are many people who wish to brave the depths of the subconscious in hopes of freeing themselves from the bonds of illogical thoughts and actions. The truth is that this is easier than many believe. It’s simply a matter of repetition. You see, the energy that surrounds the memories and mental prepossess in this part of the mind can be rendered inert by bringing them into the light. This means exploring the known paths until you come to the unknown demon that scratches at your mind when you don’t want it to, and then examining that demon so thoroughly that you realize it has no claws and no hold over you. Here’s how it works.
Say a young man has severe claustrophobia due to an indecent in his childhood in which he locked in a closet. He “knows” that’s the root of the problem and he tells everyone “I have claustrophobia because of this thing when I was a kid.” Think about this though, when you really understand the root of a thing it no longer holds sway over you… so why is the young man still claustrophobic? If he examines that memory over and over again (which can be a scary proposition for many people), he will slowly start to reveal more of the incident. The temperature of the air in the closet, the darkness, the feeling of what might have been a spider crawling on his skin, the muted sounds of his mean friends laughing on the other side of the door. Bit by bit, the memories of the incident may become less intense as he examines them. This is because he is bringing the memory over from the subconscious to the analytical conscious mind.
You see in the subconscious everything is equal to everything else because it has to be. Going into a pitch black area, even if its a wide open place… equals the chance of being locked up. Dark = closet = bugs= closet= muted laughter= mean people = bad people =…. =….. =! So when he’s at a party as an adult he may suddenly feel the urge to leave and not know why. Well the temp of the room and the muted laughter from one of the other rooms will have re-stimulated this subconscious protective response. To communicate and navigate the subconscious takes will and discipline… and it can be very dangerous to manually re-stimulate a painful incident and then run from it before you’ve dispersed its energy and examined it thoroughly. This is a fairly new concept to most people and to the mental health community, but when you think about it it makes sense. In our next article we will discuss the connection of older, similar memories that keep these responses alive as well as the potential consequences of improperly exploring the darkness of the hidden mind. Until then… stay healthy, and don’t go jumping into your own mind without the proper study needed to handle it.
Original Source: http://www.solvibrations.org/speaking-to-your-subconscious-mind/