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Patanjali Sokaris

Pondering the universe

Using the subconscious

Your personal search engine

We clutter our minds up with so many worries and questions about them that we block out our most important resource, our subconscious.

It is our internal search engine, but contrary to the external ones we rely on so much, our subconscious is trying to feed us with what is best for us, if only we weren't so busy-minded, blocking its answers.

This is why when we relax, or just stop hammering away in our minds, like when we take breaks to shower or go to the toilet (illumination throne) or otherwise chill out, by meditating and the like, we suddenly get insights (Eureka! effect) into our issues in the thinking pauses that our subconscious can work through.

If we continue to block our subconscious, then it has to work through our dreams, which are more symbolic, and so not as accessible as our conscious mind is when processing subconscious-sourced insights.

To better use your subconscious, try to just ask a question, but don't expect an answer straight away. The answer will come in its own time. I know that does not sit well with our impatience, but the process will get better the more it is trusted.

Of course, the first step is not hammering our brains with repeating the question because of the impatience. If you can do that for at least a few minutes, then some early results/insights may hit your brain.

Depending upon the nature of the questions, some insights need more work by the subconscious. It is important to just go on with something else, but periodically allow some spaces to just free-wheel your thoughts, contemplate, or otherwise give some space to not be focussing externally.

Insights might be an idea or a few words, or might be a whole stream of ideas. Be prepared to write them down as you get them, but uncritically, as you might not be of the frame of mind to be ready for them at that time.

When there is enough to work with, spend some time contemplating the words or ideas, and what they may mean going forward. Treat this process as a thought exercise, where you don't have to take them on, just give them some space to see what their implications may be.

As you get to see how it all works, and learn to trust the process enough to make the thought spaces available more often, results will tend to come faster, and in short concise spurts. It is an efficient and timely process when allowed the freedom to work for you.

Not all ideas may work for you. You will still need to examine their feasability. Some may need time for the right conditions in which to apply what actions are needed. Of course, often more questions will need to be asked as you drill down into the practicalities. Just keep doing the process.

Just like working with search engines, learning to ask the right questions takes practice. Similarly with the subconscious. You can ask all sorts of questions, but it is focussed on your needs, so is well suited to dealing with your particular issues. However, wider questions will also receive insights, because the subconscious has a lot of resouces that are common to all of us.

The subconscious also seems to be very good at keeping time. Before going to sleep, I have asked to be woken up at a particular time, and have been woken up a few seconds before the alarm I set as a failsafe went off.

However, the subconscious can also be used to program how one wakes up, simply by asking for the frame of mind and feelings to wake up with. I have then woken up with the feeling and type of outlook I had programmed. That does not mean that I am ready for anything, but I found that I was more resilient to influences that would have tended to put me off-balance.

The more we use and trust the subconscious in doing what it is trained to do, we more we can alleviate a lot of the stress we load ourselves up with, which is what will really lead us to unclutter or physical spaces and focus more on what we really need to focus on.

That will lead to greater personal efficiency, and a better sense of being in control of our lives.


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