June 10th, 2021
I mean this in the creepiest possible way but you don’t know what your brain is thinking most of the time.
This post is about your subconscious mind and how it relates to inspiration, supposed intervention, and mental blocks, ebbs and flows.
I forgot what I was going to say.
I’ve done a lot of reading about the subconscious, and have had significant personal experiences that have shown me the unbelievable nature of our human minds. It would be impossible to exaggerate how powerful your brain is, and equally as difficult to explain what I’ve experienced in a meaningful way.
But let’s start with a basic fact: at any given moment, you are only concentrating on a small percentage of what your mind is fully doing. Think of your brain activity as a massive grid mapped around your head; you can only focus on the lines that you can see right in front of you, but the entire grid exists, and is operating, all the time.
This means that you are always thinking about so many things that you have no idea you’re thinking about.
This allows thoughts to jump into your consciousness fully formed, like somebody is telling them to you. This is what a lot of creative people perceive as inspiration; many people also receive this information as divine intervention, or talking directly to God.
I’m not here to take away any belief from anybody; if you believe that melody or story idea or life-changing revelation came from a higher power, more power to you. But, to me, the idea that all ideas come from within is a much more powerful one.
I know a lot of creative types who get blocks, and those blocks create anxiety and stress and panic. I used to get that way, until my own subconscious started coming through for me, again and again and again. It’s why I’m so prolific and work so quickly; not because I’m smart or better than anybody else (nope on both counts), but because I recognize how the human brain works, and instead of working against it, I let it do its thing.
There are some problems you can work through. There are others that have to work themselves out and then will come to you.
So call it what you want. But I found that when I realized all this power lived inside of me, I didn’t have to go looking for it anymore.
And it was the opposite kind of soul-searching I didn’t know I needed.