A few reasons we need to venture into the depths of our consciousnesses a little more often

by Michael Woronko

“Sit in reverie, and watch the changing color of the waves that break upon the idle seashore of the mind.”

– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

We’re naturally prompted to, every now and again, pursue our curiosities deep enough into the murky depths of our own consciousness.

Maybe we find ourselves unable to shake a tendency or maybe we want to really poke and prod at the root of some issue we’re experiencing — the point is, we’re sometimes led down the spiral staircase to uncover an answer or realization that’s buried well below our surface consciousness.

But how often do we willingly wade into the deepest of these depths?

Sure, many of us become enamored with meditation; others pick at the ever-trending modes of mental optimization and ritualistic self-awareness; others yet experiment with psychoactive boosters to launch themselves into a different perceptual orbit. Regardless of how we get there, however, it seems more crucial than ever that we do take the occasional (and voluntary) journey. Maybe not for the grandiose purposes of self-actualizing or for the cliché point of grounding ourselves, but more so for the reason that, well, we can.

That we can invest in our own self-awareness, self-reliance and self-actualization. That we can reinforce our confidence or calibrate our ambitions. That we can, ultimately, improve ourselves beyond measure.

The closer you come to knowing that you alone create the world of your experience, the more vital it becomes for you to discover just who is doing the creating.”
Eric Micha’el Leventhal

It’s hard to exactly anticipate the certain things that can be gleaned from exploring the depths of our consciousness and it’s never a sure bet as to what can be dredged up from the abyss, but more often than not, we stand to learn a lot more about ourselves than we had previously known.

More importantly, as we come to realize that we’re living for ourselves and our own reality, that we’re the heroes and protagonists of our own stories, we ought to maximize this sense of self-understanding. What better way than to get to know the unknown side of our own being.

Below are a few reasons to embark upon this venture, to understand both our own nature and to strengthen our resolve in the face of external influences that are becoming more permeating than ever.

  • To understand the blueprint that underlies our tendencies, our dispositions and our predilections. Why we react to certain things the way we do, how we handle opportunities when they cross our paths, who we are versus who we want to be.
  • To acknowledge our baseline approach to how we pursue fulfillment — everything from where we find meaning in our actions to how we create meaning in our day-to-day.
  • To gain control, or begin to learn how to gain control, over our fears or emotions, our self-destructive behaviours or our unwarranted assumptions
  • To unblock doubt and calibrate our self-worth
  • To reflect on our decisions, appreciate or question our circumstances, and idealize our opportunities.
  • To decode our desires and decrypt our subconscious wants
  • To build a bridge between our conscious and subconscious state of mind that will allow for a much more effective mode of thought processing going forward.

In a sense, going deep into the mind is akin to cartography. Sure, we can get by without a map of the land that surrounds us, but we can also gain access to some pretty cool and helpful places if we do some scouting.

“The greatest forces lie in the region of the uncomprehended.”
George MacDonald

The realizations that can stem from a better connection with our subconscious mind are infinite, and it’s worth noting that they largely depend on what we want to achieve. Delving into more specific and practical aspirations, we can consider a few of the following aims:

  • Dream interpretation
  • Memory recovery
  • Increased self-awareness
  • Faster decision making ability
  • Higher creativity
  • Better problem-solving ability
  • Transcending self-imposed limits
  • Improved goal orientation

Really, it’s a subjective enterprise. We ought to understand that the subconscious mind drives us much more than we think it does. It can be argued, quite effectively, that it really runs the entire show — it dictates our desires, it forms our responses, it develops our personalities. Our surface consciousness can be considered the slave to the workings of our deeper mind in certain contexts and it’s this point that we should underline with curiosity.

In respect to the above-stated benefits, it’s not a catch-all solution, of course. But the certain dispositions that we develop, on both a conscious and subconscious level, can work wonders for us across the board.

As an example, we can look at investing. Say that, after numerous expeditions into the subconscious mind, we come to understand that we’re living a little too cautiously and decide that a more risk-focused approach is necessary in all aspects of life — in our relationship, our finances, our career, even our wardrobe. And so, upon the next maneuvering through our portfolios, we’d approach risk more confidently, if not more desirably. We’d be more assertive, we’d transcend our previously imposed constraints and we’d exercise improved decision making ability. Our new appreciation of risk would, then, come to weave itself through all modes of our daily existence.

Simply put, the subconscious adjustments we create can see amplified benefits for us with respect to our conscious, day-to-day operation.

“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes .”

— Carl Jung

Ultimately, words alone can’t really describe the ample benefit of venturing into the foggy realms of the subconscious — the increased awareness, the self-discovery and the new levels of understanding. The value affixed to this process becomes self-evident, not by the prompting of others, but by the commitment we each undertake to discover who we really are and, more importantly, who we really want to be.

Originally published by Michael Woronko for A Philosopher’s Stone on Medium.com.


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