“Trust your instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Daily Nugget of Gold 1604
An Illogical Way of Problem Solving
Last time we met, we teased you with this: “The subconscious mind literally has no ability to reason. What it does have are the resources needed to arrive at a solution independent of reasoning.” Here’s the odd thing about all this. We often assume the subconscious mind contains the logical faculties found in the conscious mind, and it’s workings are just hidden from our view. The reason we might think that way is that we are reasoning, logical creatures and we assume other beings or facets of our reality act that way, even when they don’t. An animal following instinct doesn’t know why it’s doing something, it just does it.
Likewise, your subconscious mind doesn’t “think about” what your heart rate or blood pressure ought to be, or which food it should allow your body to digest and what it needs to have you regurgitate if there was an issue with it. It doesn’t apply logic to whether or not you need to sweat to stay cool or shiver to get warm, it just does these things automatically. It does literally hundreds or perhaps even thousands of functions just like that, totally without the application of logic or reason.
When we first read about this in Doctor Joseph Murphy’s wonderful book, The Power of Your Subconscious Mind, we felt as if we were being short-changed in the mind-power department. Why’d we think that way? Because we were trying to apply logic to a system which doesn’t require it. Because we felt at the time that not relying on logic was a serious hindrance. Nothing could be further from the truth.
After we’ve applied logic and reasoning to a problem, and we’ve thought about it and come upon nothing but dead-ends, then it’s time to apply something different, and the subconscious mind is so completely different in how it solves things that often times we would never find the solution attempting to go the first route of reasoning and logic. We’re not fond of the word, “never”, but in this case, it really applies.
What are the resources of the subconscious mind if it does not rely on logic and reasoning? You’ll need to check with us again, next time, for the answers of that. Prepare yourself by having a mind wide-open.
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“What can I do to insure that I use all the resources of my mind and not just rely on logic?”
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