It started with Freud in the modern times. He was an Austrian and one of the first people to investigate the subconscious. After him came Carl Jung. Currently, we have Deepak Chopra.
Freud and Jung were professional psychiatrists and explorers whose lives revolved around uncovering what divine or demonic lurk in the unconsciousness. Deepak Chopra brings an author’s perspective on the subject.
These three people are from different cultures. One thing that connects them is their interest in the – subconscious.
These are the people who have shown that not everything can be explained through reason. There is something more, beyond where logic can take us now, which affects and influences our lives. Although they use different words, it is clear from their reading that they are exploring the hidden, the invisible – the unconsciousness.
What is the subconscious mind?
Psychologists define the subconscious as that part of the brain which stores suppressed desires and urges. That is not the subconscious which I am talking about.
I am talking about the subconscious lies just beneath our conscious. You are conscious that you are reading this blog. At the same time, there is a part of your mind that is involved in something else, and you are not aware of it. It is this state of unawareness that I call the subconscious.
Why explore the subconscious mind?
Jung says harnessing the power of the unconscious mind is the key to learning secrets; secrets which have been dormant in humanity’s collective conscious since the dawn of time.
Freud and Chopra have different reasons. Yet, they all agree on one thing – there exists the unexplored and harnessing it will make us more powerful.
Subconscious is there. Harnessing the power of subconscious means digging into its facility and making yourself aware of more things around you.
America was there before the Europeans learned about them. It was not a futile effort on part of Christopher Columbus and his fellow sailors to embark on a journey into the unknown, was it? They ventured out, and the rest is history.
In the same way, a journey into the subconscious is an adventure. It means expanding your conscious to become aware of what lies in the subconscious. It is filled with opportunities. It will not pay your credit card bills, now. Yet, you will find yourself in a much better shape in the long run.
Taking the first steps
This is where there is plenty of contention. There are as many ways as there are gurus and masters. I will play safe and talk about a method that has been around for many centuries and that has been used by many people who have attained a higher state of consciousness. Edgar Cayce was one of them.
Yes! It could not be simpler. I sometimes wonder why many people do not use it. But I digress. Let focus on the method:
- Make your bed clean.
- Before you lie down to sleep, keep a notebook and pen at your bedside table.
- Think about those things which you want to be aware of.
- If you are a business person, think about your clients.
- Do this for a few days.
- Your subconscious will see these efforts.
- You will get novel ideas.
- Whenever you get them, immediately note them down in your notebook.
How am I going to know when to wake up? Am I not asleep?
This is a question I am asked very often. The answer is, you will eventually find out. A few days of training will help you wake up when you have the right dream. It will then be your (conscious mind’s) job to give up the blanket and take the trouble of jotting down what you have witnessed.
This is simple. The results are fabulous.
I will end up with a quote from Lebanese-American writer, Khalil Gibran. “’Say not, ‘I have found the truth,’ but rather, ‘I have found a truth.”
Do not hesitate to try your own methods.