The power of the mind goes beyond what we usually think. Our mind is wonderful. Beyond consciousness, there is a world to discover where we bury our fears, uncertainties and those impulses that seem unacceptable to us. However, in that same place the most creative ideas and the greatest passions also arise, many of our dreams and illusions grow. It is about our subconscious or unconscious mind. Although for decades it has been hidden behind a veil of mystery, today we have techniques that allow us to access this area of the mind with the aim of subconscious reprogramming and enhancing our psychological balance or achieving our goals.
The unconscious as a source of problem solving and creativity
Creativity often comes hand in hand with insight. However, what looks like an idea out of a magician’s hat is actually a thought that has been processed at a subconscious level. While our conscious mind has been busy with other things, our subconscious has kept working, comparing, rearranging, and putting together different ideas. A particularly interesting study demonstrates this fact. On this occasion, the psychologists asked a group of people to invent as many ways to use a clip as possible. The difference was in the time they were allowed to think, at least consciously. While some were given 5 minutes, others were given just 1 minute.
Amazingly, those who had the least time to think were the ones who gave the most creative responses. According to the researchers, this is because the subconscious mind continued to work, generating ideas in a divergent thought process. On the contrary, people who had more time to think consciously launched convergent thinking, through which we discard everything that we consider irrelevant or that can embarrass us. Therefore, the subconscious is not only the place where some of our fears and limiting beliefs hide, but it is also a wonderful source of creativity and can help us solve problems.
What exactly is the subconscious or unconscious?
A simile that is often used to explain the concepts of consciousness and subconscious is the iceberg. In practice, the conscious would be the tip of an iceberg, which can be seen with the naked eye, while the subconscious would be that great mass that is below the waterline and that normally cannot be seen but we know it is. It is there and it is essential to support the visible part of the iceberg. Therefore, the unconscious is a term that is used to refer to everything that is below the threshold of consciousness and to which it is difficult for us to access. When our level of consciousness lowers its guard, a part of the subconscious can surface and determine our behaviors or generate certain emotional states. However, the subconscious has different levels, so it is very difficult to access the deepest area.
Connect with the subconscious mind
The subconscious does not organize information logically and often does not apply verbal labels that make consistent sense to us, so it is often very difficult to understand its messages or access this part of the mind. It also plays the role of a jealous guardian of those contents that our conscious mind does not accept. For this reason, when it comes to connecting with the unconscious, it is important that a specialized psychotherapist directs the process and manages to integrate these contents into our personality and our emotional world. Currently there are different techniques to connect with the subconscious, such as free association, guided daydreaming, projective tests and hypnosis.
During the application of hypnosis, the person experiences an altered state of consciousness. The conscious and the unconscious is one of the objectives pursued through hypnosis treatments.