The importance of understanding the roles of the conscious mind and subconscious mind is the continuing theme this week but with further in depth explanations.
The thoughts generated by the conscious mind are the instructions that the subconscious mind obeys and therefore it is vital that our conscious mind becomes the ‘guardian at the gate’ to protect us from adverse influences seeping into the subconscious mind.
This week we have learned that the ‘cerebro-spinal system is the organ of the conscious mind whose centre is in the brain. The sympathetic system is the organ of the subconscious mind’, which is located in the solar plexus. (Haanel 1)
Another word for the solar plexus is the gut. We’ve all experienced ‘gut feelings’. The intuitive feeling that we should listen to what our body is trying to tell us and when we don’t listen we always wish we had. It’s a case of letting our ‘head’ (conscious mind) rule our ‘heart/gut’ (subconscious mind). And we usually regret it when we don’t listen – it’s pretty much always ‘I should have gone with my gut instinct’.
Haanel says in note 14 ‘….. the one arch enemy of the Solar Plexus which must be absolutely destroyed before there is any possibility of letting any light shine is fear.’
This is great advice when fear is preventing us from reaching our potential and letting our light shine. But there is a difference between imagined or perceived ‘fears’ which we need to overcome and destroy and the fight or flight response which is a primal instinct that also comes from the solar plexus and is designed to protect us.
Many years ago I was trying to find the office of a new accountant. I didn’t know the area and the directions, which were confusing, (no SatNav in those days) brought me to what had once been a private house. So what, a lot of old houses are converted to offices. I went in and it was very dark and I couldn’t clearly see the numbers on the doors. I started to go up the stairs and then stopped in my tracks; I had bad vibes and that inner voice said ‘get out of here, now’. And I did with a racing heart.
I will never know if I was just spooked by an overactive imagination because the building was dark and dingy and seemed more like a slum doss house than anything resembling offices, but the alarm bells went off loud and clear and I got the hell out of there. Was I really at risk, who knows but that tightening of the gut made me take notice.
I can’t say that I always go with my gut instinct but I am getting better at it. Heart sounds more romantic but it’s really the gut that’s leading the way and we would be foolish to ignore those feelings whether they apply to fear of failure or anything else that is blocking our progress or a sense of danger. There’s always a reason for them, whatever that may be.