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Subconscious Mind Offers Reflective Realms
By Baruti KMT
Sunday, 31 December 2006 - 12:00 PM

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Dreams are very interesting. They have the capacity to inform you of developments that subconsciously you have been working on while carrying out other functions.

Often, when we have a dream about a big exam and in the dream we fail it, perhaps such a manifestation is the result of our knowing deep within, that we are not prepared to take the exam. In addition, as we slumber, the subconscious mind can jolt us awake so that we may be able to document a groundbreaking re-discovery, such as how the pyramids were actually constructed.

Have you ever been in that land between sleepiness and alertness, and have the radio or television playing in the background? Think on some of your experiences during these times. When this occurs, you are in the realm of bypassing the conscious mind, and experiencing the potential that the subconscious mind holds.

The conscious mind serves as a filter for our daily experiences, sifting through them and providing us something on which to think. One thought could be for us to remember to call a friend and apologize for a recent misunderstanding; another thought may suggest that we forego that new item of clothing that we believe we so desperately need.

Meanwhile, the subconscious mind accepts all experiences--locking them away for more in-depth exploration. Experiences like being stopped by the police for what you believe is a "routine" traffic stop, but as your subconscious mind later reveals, is no more routine than the Maytag man getting a service call. Another such instance of the subconscious mind working through phenomena, is the unique ability to see your misdeeds as you begin to examine that which the subconscious mind places in front of you.

Nothing can be more troubling than when you think on an argument, or as a dear friend puts it "a failing to agree," and realize that your words could be interpreted in a way a completely different than you intended. Silence, coupled with thinking, provides for some unique revelations.

Given that the subconscious mind is a means for us to better understand experiences, perhaps all of us should take a day simply to be silent and listen to that which we block out when we participate in the noise of everyday living. Noise such as the bills, relationships, our daily interactions and other distractions that impede our seeking to better understand ourselves.

Silence is a powerful tool not only for the silent, but it can be equally powerful for those who encounter the silent one. When we take the time to be silent and get into ourselves, Anderson's axiom becomes easier to understand, and that silence can provide us an opportunity to hear that on which the subconscious mind is working. Perhaps this is what the sages of old meant by the words "silence is golden." Just a thought.

Column originally published in Signal (Georgia State University's student newspaper) 25 February 1997

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