As we grow up, we spend our years absorbing endless information in school. And now there is mountains more input and information from places like the internet and the TV. All of this tends to entrain the mind and affects the assumptions we have, the way we think about things, solve problems, make decisions etc.
Yet is there a special side of us that has been neglected all this time, and could be much more helpful to guide our way forward?
What if we actually use that special quality all the time, but we don’t even know it? It is as if our training helps us to disregard an entire area of our experience.
But when you are going about your day, do you ever get feelings about what is happening, for example? Do you ever make pictures inside your mind?
All of this information comes from a special side of us which is of course is our unconscious. This part of us processes in a way that goes opposite our training. It speaks in symbols, feelings and visions, and can synthesize all aspects of a situation into a unified whole.
But can it give actual solutions? Isn’t it more an imprecise and random part of us that we best should ignore, and use analysis and logic to find what is real?
Well first of all, why does it have to be either or? Why can’t we train and use critical thinking, and still tap into our intuitive side, to see what is has to say? As an aside, critical thinking, the pinnacle of the western mind, isn’t really even taught either these days, but that is a whole other topic.
But what if there was a way to use a very simple method that could tap into our unconscious to see what the wealth of feelings had to tell us? What if there was a way to train in this art, little by little, so that we could easily discern what the symbols, visions were trying to say?
And what if there were different levels of meaning inside each experience? Most all of us, for example, have gone through an experience that seemed uncomfortable at the time, and we might wail about “why does this have to happen?”, but later we realize that it was the greatest teacher for us. What if we could realize that lesson in real time, and so change our direction without all that loss of time?
If we could learn this skill of changing our course in the present time, with the help of this source of higher wisdom, we might gradually notice that our feet were set on a different path. We could notice a whole new way to guide our course, to motivate and energize our lives, starting to build.
So again, does tapping into the wealth of our intuitive unconscious invalidate critical thinking? Does it invalidate logic and analysis? No, but as alluded to above, most of us actually are riddled full of logical fallacies and rationalizations, the opposite of the critically thinking mind. It is beyond the scope of this post to analyze this aspect. However, again, just because you learn a skill that comes from one side of the brain, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t develop skills that utilize the other side.