Recently I told you about the subconscious area of our minds… the great unplumbed reservoir of creative insight and intuition… and how the great majority of people never learn to use this great source of power and ideas.
You’ve probably noticed, just as do the greatest inventors, scientist, thinkers, artists, writers, and so on, that your best ideas come to you, not when you’re worrying about your problems, or working at your desk, but rather, the solutions to your problems seem to just pop into your mind at odd times, when you’re relaxing, when you’re not thinking of the problem.
Have you ever tried to think of someone’s name and the harder you thought about it, the more difficult it was to remember? But as soon as you quit thinking consciously about it, and relaxed, it popped into your mind. This is your subconscious at work… and it works best when there is no strain or tension, when you’re relaxed. The subconscious contains all information which has never come your way, it stores every word, act, sight, smell, thought, every conversation you’ve ever had or overheard, every sound, every book, paper or magazine you’ve ever read. Add this incredible storehouse of information to its natural intuition, and you have a tool that can solve just about any problem you want to give it.
But as John Williams says, in his book “The Knack of Using Your Subconscious Mind,” there’s a knack to using your subconscious, a way to use and consciously control it. And it’s not necessary to have technical training or a degree in psychology or medicine to do it. Here’s one ways:
First, you pick a problem you want to solve. Pick the toughest one you’ve got. It can be anything from increasing your income, solving a business problem, writing a story or book, a personal problem… any sort. There are two kinds of problems; those we can solve – called convergent problems and those we cannot successfully bring to a final conclusion but want to successfully cope with, which are called divergent problems.
If you fall out of a tree, the problem is no longer in your hands, gravity has taken over, you’re just along for the ride and the bump. But about ninety-five percent or more of our problems are within our own individual power to solve. The first thing you do is state the problem… write it out, defined, in complete and simple detail. Realize that it can be solved, and begin to turn it over in your mind. Think of as many possible solutions as possible, realizing while you do that, you’re merely starting the furnace in your subconscious mind – the tiny apex of the great and mysterious mind that lies below – is fairly slim. Read and study everything you can find which pertains to the problem, turn it over in your mind, again and again; upside down and inside out. Then… forget it.
Think about something else… relax… and simply wait for the answer to come to you. Watch for it, watch for it especially early in the morning after a good night’s sleep; watch for it on walks. From time to time you’ll be conscious that it’s working in there… percolation. Your subconscious, like a fantastic computer, is putting the part together, one by one. One fine day soon, you’ll be relaxing, thinking of nothing at all… and the answer will come. Trying to solve problems with your conscious mind, which is the way most people try to do it, is like going lion hunting with a willow switch. The odds aren’t all that good. Bring up the real artillery, by using the power of your subconscious.
By: Earl Nightingale