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
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
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
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