Together. . .

Before opening your eyes in the morning, in the half-awake half-asleep twilight state, have you ever noticed how your mind generates creative solutions, deep insights, (often bizarre) dream-like imagery & symbolism, while having an almost omniscient quality? Or ten minutes into your morning shower, have you ever experienced a stream of einstein-like thoughts, striking like random bolts of lightning?

Though German physician and philosopher Ernst Platner officially coined the now well-known term “unconscious mind,” psychological/ philosophical thinkers like Freud, Jung, Paracelsus, Shakespeare, and Nietzsche have long known there to be some kind of uber-complex, multi-leveled hierarchy to the human mind. These deep thinkers were highly aware that just below the surface of their conscious mind(s) was a dormant volcano of powerful thought energy just waiting to erupt — with a few of them tapping into, perhaps even somewhat controlling this infinite force to produce their timeless, highly-influential bodies of work.

Like an iceberg, there is a great deal under the surface of our conscious, everyday level of thinking — hidden from view. Best known as the “subconscious” and “unconscious,” these powerful mind layers do much of our thinking’s “heavy lifting,” kind of like your computers RAM/CPU quietly running 100+ background processes as you browse the internet.

In order to bring your unconscious and subconscious together to the surface, you must float the iceberg. Since meditation is in essence the process of digging down into the depths of your mind, your once inaccessible mind power becomes suddenly available to your everyday waking consciousness. Everything that happens to us but we never notice – our dreams, our long lost memories, and zillions of other data points are all held by the near infinite reservoir that is our subconscious mind. 

Unlocking this treasure trove requires us to simultaneously quiet our “monkey” conscious mind while diving into our deeper, far more powerful subconscious mind. And that’s precisely what meditation does! S develop a meditation practice to unlock thel subconscious mind’s ocean of superpowers, and how meditation helps us bring the conscious and unconscious a little closer together.

Peace and Love, Jim

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