March 15 2007 1 Comment

some thoughts about the subconscious mind

I think it’s amazing what the subconscious mind will do when you put it to work on a project. I’ve come up with some of my best ideas in my sleep. Have you ever had that happen? Sometimes I’ve come up with things that I think I honestly wouldn’t have come up with when I’m awake. One time I even found something I lost in my sleep, sort of.

I took a trip to Florida and was staying on the beach, so I took my digital camera. When I got home, I couldn’t find it anywhere. I looked and looked and looked for it everywhere I could think of. I was sure I had left it at the hotel and figured I’d never see it again. But I wouldn’t give up. I kept thinking of possible places I hadn’t looked and looked in the same places over and over again thinking maybe I had just somehow missed it.

After a week or two of this, I really began to intensify my searching because I was going to need the camera again soon. So I kept running things through my mind, trying to think of somewhere I hadn’t looked and just couldn’t come up with it.

Finally, one day I was taking a nap and I think I was half awake and half asleep and suddenly something occurred to me… in this half-dreaming state, I realized where I had to look. I immediately jumped up and ran to this spot and looked to see if the camera was there.

See, it was winter, but in Florida the weather was warmer, so I took some of my summer clothes and a pair of swimming trunks. I didn’t end up using them while I was there, so they stayed folded up. When I was packing to come home, I stuck the camera between some folded clothes to protect it during the flight home. When I got home and unpacked, I grabbed the small stack of folded clothes I had never worn and put them into storage with my other summer clothes, with the camera sandwiched in the middle.

I don’t think I would have ever thought to look there when I was awake. It just didn’t occur to me. The fact that I thought of it in my sleep is not magic or something. My eyes had earlier seen me put the camera between the clothes and my brain recorded it, but I just couldn’t seem to access that bit of information. I’m sure just about everybody has done something like that, like forgetting where you put your keys.

Sometimes we do things subconsciously, not really paying attention to what we’re doing. Something else is on our mind and our body is running on autopilot (subconsciousness) and we may do things we don’t remember because our conscious thoughts are focused elsewhere. But somewhere, our brain has to know what happened and have a mental record of the action, like where we put our keys, for instance.

I think it’s really interesting the way the brain works like that. I’ve read stuff on the topic, but I don’t think anyone really understands the brain well enough to know how it works and fully control it. However, it is possible to exercise at least some control over it, once you learn a little bit about how it works and what is possible.

You can actually use your subconsciousness to solve complex problems and even to act as sort of a homing device toward a goals. We do it all the time, usually without even realizing it. Really, whatever you think about a lot is going to have a bearing on where you end up. What you focus on and think about is really programming your subconscious mind to head toward a certain goal. The problem is, when uncontrolled, it will often head toward undesirable goals and failure.

When properly trained, though, your subconscious mind can steer you toward worthwhile goals and success. Obviously success is relative to your definition of the word, and you can change your definition if you desire to. Most people need to do so, actually. We often set our definition of success on the wrong things and go through life feeling like failures, which results in self-destructive tendencies and low opinions of ourselves. When we think we are a failure, it seems to actually attract us toward things that will confirm that belief and make it a reality.

Of course, the exact opposite is true as well. If we properly define success, and focus our minds on the right things, we’re actually programming ourselves for success and that’s what we’ll achieve, regardless of obstacles that may come along the way.

If you’re interested in learning more about these topics, a couple of my favorite books on the topic are:

Think and Grow Rich

and

Psycho-Cybernetics

These are both fascinating books and are in the personal libraries of most successful businesspeople. I don’t necessarily agree with every word in them, but overall they have some great information. If nothing else, it helps you to better understand the power of the mind.

These books are not filled with a bunch of psychology mumbo-jumbo. In “Think and Grow Rich”, Napoleon Hill spent 20 years studying successful businesspeople and recorded what they all had in common, the way they thought, the things they did, the habits they had, etc. The book is basically a summary of what he learned, the principles of success. The focus is on applying the principles to make money, but in reality, the principles could be applied to any area of life.

“Psycho-Cybernetics”, was originally written by Maxwell Maltz, who was actually a plastic surgeon! He realized the effect plastic surgery had on people and the dramatic differences it made in some people’s lives, while others were not affected at all. He realized the differences really boiled down to the individuals and their perception of themselves and that their perception could be changed. A person’s perception of themselves affected every aspect of their lives. This is what got him started studying this topic and learning to help people adjust their perception and re-program their subconscious mind toward positive goals.

These are both very interesting books. I’m sure I didn’t do them justice here in describing them, but they are definitely worth reading.

Well, that’s enough rambling on about this for now. I just think it’s an interesting topic and decided to share what I was thinking. If you have any thoughts about it, I’d welcome your comments.

Todd

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