There are well over a dozen posts on the topic of the Subconscious, and twenty on my private blog. Yet in all of them I haven’t discussed the subject directly. However, there was a purpose in this: none of us can perceive our subconscious in any way. My rambling around the subject has been on account of this problem: putting the situation backwards meant that it’s been possible to describe the outward manifestation of the subconscious without speaking about it directly.
After all, nobody can see it, so speaking about it directly will imply that I am stark raving mad. Well, no few people think that already; the problem being that in telling me that I am mad, they inevitably demonstrate the nature of the subconscious. They do this by hanging themselves with their own rope (1).
Isn’t this the point, though? They don’t know they’re hanging themselves with their own rope! They think they’re being honest and truthful, yet they are telling downright lies – lies that are as clear as day to any person who can truly think.
The Subconscious Expressed In Today’s Society.
Our problem today is that people who can truly think are far from common; it is always a delight to meet them – and a commenter this morning is amongst them. There is a clear distinction between such a person and the kind who jump to conclusions about the state of my mental health: the former asks themselves the question, “have I understood this properly?” The latter says, “you are wrong.” They don’t ask themselves why I am wrong, all they do is say that I am. You will have noted that these people rarely give any qualifications for the things they’ve said, they’ll just tell you bluntly that you are wrong, mad, or whatever. They don’t need to justify themselves because it’s obvious to the entire world…
… isn’t it?
Which is where the subconscious plays its part: they have one point of view and cannot imagine any other. Which brings us to an important point: they cannot imagine any other point of view and the world they live in appears to agree with them at every turn. If the appearance of their world is such that it meets their needs in every way imaginable, is there any need for them to ask any questions?
They do not need to ask themselves if they are right, because it’s perfectly obvious: the world is as it is, dummy. Can’t you see it? Just look around you, and it is exactly as they describe it. Only most people don’t go around describing their world because they don’t need to: if they see the world in this way, it’s obvious that everybody sees the world in this way.
And everybody who disagrees with them is wrong.
To those of you who have followed my line of thinking thus far, you will have noticed something: these people are always right. The author A. E. van Vogt described this phenomenon, but it’s a very long time ago that I read it, and at that time I didn’t have the capacity to determine if he understood the subconscious or not.
The Subconscious As A Concept.
There can be no proof for the subconscious. Anybody who wants proof is asking for the world to dance to their own tune; put the other way around, demanding proof implies that a person is not going to think a problem through in a manner that will reveal to them the nature of the subconscious. It can only be done in this way because it is impossible to perceive in any shape or form.
Anybody with the power of self-reflection has the capacity to develop an understanding of the subconscious. However, the world of humanity as it stands today stands in direct opposition to its development. Any nascent glimmer of self-reflection will be met with opprobrium from every quarter. Today, it is only the strongest minds or the luckier ones who will survive to develop the things self-reflection has to offer. Were I born today, and born into the circumstances I was born into fifty years ago, I too, would have failed to develop this understanding.
I have an upcoming post that will describe the life of a very lucky young woman.
How Can You Become Aware Of Your Own Subconscious?
This is something I have spoken of in the past; it is inherent in the nature of the subconscious that it will affect our lives. Whether we accept its existence or not: life is not so easy as many people imagine.
I want now to consider what a person experiences when they tell me that I am mentally imbalanced. The first aspect – that of not their inability to understand what I am saying to them – has been dealt with already. The second aspect is what leads them to speak in this way at all. This is far more important because it points not only to the nature of the subconscious but shows us how we can deal with it.
When someone says that I am mad, they are telling me that they do not wish to understand the things I say. There is more to the situation than their unwillingness; were it but unwillingness, I could work with that. What I cannot work with is the wall they put up in front of me. They will deny me the ability to speak, or, if they do, will limit the conversation to the things they are comfortable with. I described this in a post about conversation (2).
In a conversation with such a person, you will always find that if you try to stray outside their ‘comfort zone’ they will act – that is to say, speak – in such a way as to deny you. They will turn the conversation back towards that with which they are comfortable; at worst, they will throw their coffee in your face out of pure frustration.
The point here is that they cannot deal with anything that lies outside the things they are comfortable with in their life, their comfort zone. Anything else is wrong. That does not mean it doesn’t exist, it does mean that they are unwilling to deal with it. The reason for this is twofold: firstly they don’t have to and secondly it arouses feelings of discomfort.
Those are enough for any sensible person to back off.
The problem today is that this is what we actually need to engage with: we need to deal with things that make us feel uncomfortable. One example is my commenting on economics blogs, where many men feel uncomfortable that a woman should be speaking about something they understand – and the moreso when I can show them how to do it a little better.
That doesn’t mean that I’m wrong because they don’t understand me, it does mean that they are unwilling to. They are unwilling to admit to the realities that I have uncovered for myself because it is a direct threat to their own safety, their own comfort zone. (3)
How To Work With Your Subconscious.
If you are to work with your own subconscious, you are going to find yourself very much on your own. The number of people who are ready and willing to do this are extremely small; if you meet just one in your life, count yourself lucky.
The point here is to employ one’s ability to reflect on one’s own actions. This in itself will bring one to the awareness that a certain situation that makes you feel uncomfortable is actually something you are seeing yourself that isn’t actually intended by the person you are engaging with.
It is important to note that this will not happen often, but when it does, examine yourself closely in relation to the circumstances that brought it about. Because, armed with this knowledge, you can engineer this situation for yourself should certain circumstances allow this. Now: because you are fully aware of what you are doing, if the situation develops to a point where you really cannot handle the discomfort, you can back off very quickly. You cannot do this if circumstances have brought this upon you.
In being fully conscious of what is happening around you, you are then able to determine what it is that has upset you. I will guarantee you this: it will be trivial. Well, this is something you can now put right, and in doing so, open a facet of the world that you had no idea existed.
Engaging in this will give you more confidence to deal with the other things that make you feel uncomfortable. This confidence will give you more strength to deal with these situations, and you will become happier to engage with others, irrespective of their points of view. They may not be so happy to engage with you, but that’s life. At least you will have a measure of human happiness. Something that in our day and age is in short supply.
(1) This is discussed in more detail here: Why Is It Always Me That Has A Mental Disorder?
(2) Conversation In Goethe’s Time And Ours.
(3) The deep lying fears that promote such reactions has been discussed in my post, Milena Sees Witchcraft Everywhere.