Does your unconscious mind give you away? Just how much can other people read behind the scenes of what you say and do, how you respond to life, who or what you spend time with or focus on, who or what you attract into your life, the state of your health, the things that trouble and frustrate you?
Your unconscious mind is far more powerful than your conscious mind, so when there is a conflict between the two, your unconscious mind wins. When things don’t turn out the way you planned, your unconscious mind is the likely culprit. Programmed from childhood or from past experiences to ‘protect’ you, your unconscious mind can keep you locked into a false comfort zone, preventing you from moving forward.
In my work as a dream interpreter and alchemist I have had the privilege of working deeply with countless people, uncovering their unconscious beliefs by examining their dreams and helping them transform these beliefs through alchemy exercises. A spin off, during all these years, is that I have fine tuned the art of reading my regular clients’ unconscious minds by observing their non-dream lives: what they say and do, how they respond to life, who or what they spend their time with or focus on and so on.
Another way to read your unconscious mind is to notice a recurring situation or feeling in your waking life, and ask yourself specific questions about it. Here’s an example from my book, The Compass. In this example, you may have noticed a recurring feeling in your life of being weighed down, drained of energy.
What feels too ponderous to do?
What aspect would you prefer to avoid?
Imagine making the effort to do that thing you would prefer to avoid. How does it make you feel? What is the most challenging thing to overcome? What fears come up? When was the last time you made a big effort with something, or someone, along these lines? What was the result? How did you feel? Does your reticence to make an effort now stem from this? Are you ready to let the past go, and energise your future?
Imagine a heavy, ponderous elephant sitting down, refusing to move. He may be too tired. He may not feel like moving. He may wonder what the whole point is: why bother moving? He may fear putting in all the effort it takes to move only to end up in a similar situation. Imagine climbing a tree nearby and looking ahead, seeing a wonderful future for the elephant just around the corner. Imagine taking a photograph of that place, and scrambling back down the tree to show the elephant. Imagine the elephant’s surprise. Imagine the elephant making the effort to get up, and then finding his feet lightened by the knowledge of what he is walking towards. Watch him reach his destination.
Re-run this scenario many times a day. You’ll soon find yourself making the effort, and it will be much easier than you think.