Saturday, November 25, 2017



The Greek travel writer, Pausanius (CE 110-180), tells us that "Know Thyself", was inscribed in the forecourt of the Temple of Apollo, at Delphi. This is an ancient maxim that has come down through human thinking for at least three thousand years. Making this decision to understand ourselves more deeply is the beginning of wisdom, and the first step on the narrow path to emotional and spiritual maturity: this is the Quest of the Hero in mythology.

In seeking to know ourselves, it can be useful to see the Self as the core of our being, overlying and containing our body. Self observes our thoughts and actions.  There are many weapons with which to put this resolution to discern our true Being, into practice. Using the brain, which can be seen as our computer, one tool we can use is our subconscious mind.

In the eighteenth century, Freud put forward the idea of an unconscious mind as the repository of our memories of our experiences. Jung developed the idea further, suggesting that there is also a collective unconscious. The French psychologist, Pierre Janet, one of the fathers of psychology, was the first to connect present-day trauma in a person’s life, with past events. He was the first psychologist to use the term, the subconscious mind. Much work has been, and continues to be, done, following on the work of these early psychologists, to deepen understanding of the workings of the subconscious mind, and how it can affect the body, and the life of an individual.

During the 1960s, the New Age movement encouraged people to explore their minds, including the unconscious and extra-sensory perception. This interest has continued to grow, and is now expressed in the idea of Mindfulness. There are many centres where one can learn Mindfulness Meditation, in schools, in universities, in hospitals. One can travel far, to exotic locations, to visit colourful teachers, and spend a fortune to learn how to meditate in their way. You may prefer to attend a university or hospital for classes. This may be necessary for you, or not. You know whatever is best for you. There are many books written by experts; there is much on the internet. You have to follow whatever path you feel is best for you.

To access our subconscious, and learn how to use it, the first step is to practice meditation. This is an ancient practice used to calm the mind, and gain control over our interior life. It is a natural, simple process, that is easy to understand. You have to find your own way to meditate.

To begin, find a place where you won’t be disturbed, and where you feel safe. Sit or lie down in a relaxed position. Perhaps cover yourself with a blanket so that you stay warm. Relax, and let yourself become still. You feel safe, comfortable, warm, floating on a cloud, your mind in neutral.

There are many ways to meditate, some being as follows:
  1. Slowly repeat a simple phrase, a mantra, over and over again. Choose a few words that have meaning for you, such as, “At One”, or “Be at peace.”
  2. Imagine a beautiful flower, see its colour, feel its texture, smell its fragrance.
  3. Imagine a beautiful place. See the vibrant colours, feel the warmth of the sun, hear the birds, perhaps the sound of the sea, or sunshine glinting off a lake.
  4. Listen to music designed for meditation.
  5. Simply listen to your breathing. Breathe in relaxation, breathe out stress.
Choose whatever method you prefer at present. Choose whatever works for you. Change your method as you wish. It’s up to you. You know what is best for you.

Practice this every day, preferably at the same time: perhaps before going to sleep, or on waking in the morning; or at any time that suits you. Start meditating for whatever time feels right for you. Perhaps five or ten minutes. Work up to 20 or 30 minutes.

As thoughts drift into your mind, gently brush them away. Deepen your relaxation. This is your time to be with yourself, and enjoy the peaceful present. Love yourself.

Questions to ask yourself:
  1. How does meditating feel to me?
  2. What have been my practices in the past?
  3. Has it been good for me in the past?
  4. What do I know about meditating?
  5. Do I know enough about it?
  6. Can I research it on the internet?
  7. Will I read books about it?
  8. Do I believe it is the way into my subconscious?
  9. Have I experience with the subconscious?
  10. Do I intend practicing meditation?

It is one thing to learn about any subject. It is another to practice it. To deal with the subconscious mind, meditation is a necessary tool we have to master. We need to work at it. The more you read, practice, and learn, the more you will feel the positive results of your hard work.

You know best which books, videos and courses are right for you. There are many sources of the results of the work of the experts.

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