Daily Nugget of Gold 1844
The Connected Subconscious Mind
“It is through the subconscious that Shakespeare must have perceived, without effort, great truths which are hidden from the conscious mind of the student; that Phidias fashioned marble and bronze; that Raphael painted Madonnas and Beethoven composed symphonies.
Ease and perfection depend entirely upon the degree in which we cease to depend upon the consciousness; playing the piano, skating, operating the typewriter, the skilled trades, depend for their perfect execution on the process of the sub-conscious mind. The marvel of playing a brilliant piece on the piano, while at the same time conducting a vigorous conversation, shows the greatness of our subconscious powers.” – Charles Haanel
We’ve said before that we drive cars with our sub-conscious mind, once we’ve learned to drive and especially if we are traveling on a route we are familiar with. This explains why we take the same route back and forth to school or work daily. We might think of it as the shortest route, or the fastest, but it’s also the most familiar and we can do it without thinking. We can carry on a conversation or think about something else as we drive.
Haanel describes activities here which might not be life and death, but certainly demonstrate how marvelous and amazing our inner mind is. We can and do put complicated and complex tasks on “automatic”, like walking. We take walking for granted, but robotic engineers know all too well how painfully complex walking erect on two legs is. There is a symphony of balance and mobilization taking place in which the mind makes constant changes, adjustments, and refinements to be able to pull it off. With the proverbial “walking and chewing gum” – the chewing gum part isn’t so complicated, but speech most certainly is.
As with many things in life, we take the wonderful and almost inconceivably complex things for granted as if it were no big deal, but a stroke very quickly shows us how difficult it is to re-learn things like speech and mobility.
We don’t begin to understand or appreciate our connection to the Infinite, our Divine nature, or our ability to tap into the Universal Mind and it’s unlimited resources, both creative and informative. Many people boggle at the suggestion that there even is such a thing. If God is Omnipotent, Omniscient, and Omnipresent, then it follows that we must be too, by the very same limitless bounds.
If we are at one point where God must occupy if God is indeed infinite, we have the same power and knowledge available to us, particularly if our work is God-centered. Why would we be denied any of the resources needed to put into play those things deemed worthy and good? That simply makes no sense. Sometimes, we take the long way to get there, but we are allowed the freedom to make mistakes so we can learn from them, a beautiful thing.
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“What is it I’m here for and what do I need to begin from where I am right now?”