“Until You Make The Unconscious Conscious It Will Direct Your Life And You’ll Call It Fate” — Carl Jung
In some of my recent posts on social media, I have talked about the importance of listening to your intuition and following it throughout your life.
In today’s episode I want to share a couple of the best ways to develop your intuition and listen to your inner voice and how to use it for creative problem solving.
This is one of the simplest and most effective ways to develop your intuition and to really understand it and shape it.
The human brain has five brainwave states, these are: beta, alpha, theta, delta, and gamma.
We spend most of our waking lives in the first state, which is the beta state. But most of our lives are actually directed by the deeper states of consciousness, and very few of us realize it.
When we wake up from sleep, for the first 20 minutes our brains are in an alpha state. This is called “the doorway to the subconscious.”
I’ve always found the most fascinating insights immediately after waking up. My mind is suddenly full of all kinds of thoughts that I would never have consciously ever imagined during waking hours.
And so one of the ways that you build up the muscles in your alpha brain state is to use what’s called the alpha countdown exercise. Basically, within the first 20 minutes of waking you just count down backwards from 100 to 1.
And what this does, is it trains you to operate within your alpha brain state. If you practice this everyday for a few months, you will start to gain a greater awareness and understanding of your subconscious.
A couple of other techniques which I like to use involve journaling and guided meditation.
I use guided meditation to program my subconscious mind with the thoughts and direction that I want it to have, both before going to bed at night and after waking up.
Journaling before and after waking is great as well. When you write down your to-do list before going to bed, your subconscious mind will go to work on ways to solve tomorrow’s tasks and problems while you sleep.
Likewise, you can listen to guided meditations twenty minutes before and after sleeping so that you can program the thoughts and beliefs that you want to internalize.
Finally, I find that much of my best writing comes immediately after waking up in the morning (or in the middle of the night). Most of the profound insights come from the alpha brainstate, before I start getting into the beta state and performing a whole bunch of routine daily mundane tasks.
So when you wake up, whether you have dreams or not, observe the thoughts that you have when you wake up and find a way to record them. You don’t always have to write, sometimes I just open my phone and talk and transcribe everything that my subconscious mind is telling me.