People have favourite times of the day. They could be breakfast time, lunch time, shower time, or the time that one spends with friends or with a lover and so on. But there is one such amazing moment that we experience every night and yet don’t remember. I mean that particular exact moment when we actually fall asleep. That is the moment when I hand over all the natural life supporting and functional systems in my body to my subconscious mind. What an important split second moment it is! I actually hand over myself to an automatic system that keeps me alive while the ‘I’ in me sleeps! This system governs my heartbeat, my breathing or rather my oxygen intake, my digestive system, my brain, everything. This means that I totally trust my subconscious. Well, there is someone who I do trust completely and blindly and that’s me! The power of my own mind is so amazing that it not only keeps me alive while I sleep but also works hard on forming patterns in my life that can eventually lead me to achieving all my goals. My subconscious mind treats me well and respects me.
Throughout the day whether I am at work or when I am doing nothing, I silently keep communicating with my subconscious mind. Silently, because I don’t need to use my vocal chords to talk to it. I just have to think and it understands. The best part of my subconscious is that I can be absolutely frank and honest with it and I don’t have to worry about looking silly or stupid before it. That is the kind of the wonderful and confidential relationship I have with my subconscious mind. This silent communication with one’s subconscious is also known as daydreaming. It has been the dreams of people that have led to great inventions and to all the technological advancements that we have today. People who dare to dream and believe in their dreams most certainly succeed in realising them. It is the absolute faith and the belief that matter.
That moment when we fall asleep, is almost like dying, except for the fact that the vital functions in the body are still active while we sleep. That split second moment is so important that that is when I actually connect with my subconscious mind and there is a kind of direct interaction between my subconscious mind and the ‘Self’ in me. During the rest of the day when I am awake, it is only me communicating with my subconscious mind. Every night when I lay down on bed, I prepare myself very well with my specific requests that I would place before my subconscious mind so that it knows what work it has to do while ‘I’ sleep. I place before it the problems that I need to solve and the goals that I want to achieve. Being precise matters here, because a split second moment of time is not long enough for beating about the the bush with vague thoughts. With these precise thoughts in my mind in the form of mental images, I close my eyes and my subconscious takes over and works on my desires while I sleep. Invariably, during the following day, a new idea suddenly flashes in my mind or I receive a phone call or an email from someone and I get an answer to my question that I ‘asked’ my subconscious mind the previous night. Of course, this does not happen everyday and it could probably depend on how hard I pushed my subconscious mind by actually meaning what I asked for.
The peculiar quality of my subconscious mind is that it does not follow any logic and it feels that it has no right to differentiate between my positive and my negative thoughts. This could probably be so because it considers it ‘disrespectful’ to question me! I usually make it a point to stay away from anyone that has a pessimistic attitude and also from allowing any kind of negative thoughts to creep into my mind. When in trouble, it is quite natural for people to be afraid of something that could probably happen to them. It is not that I don’t think of negative things at all. When I encounter a problem, in my thoughts, I do go as far as possible on the negative side of the fence in my mind which separates my positive and my negative thoughts. This is only in order to see what the worst case scenario could be and I quickly rush back to the positive side of the fence. Staying there for too long could be risky as it might give sufficient time to the negative things I ‘saw’ to form clear images in my mind which then have the possibility of becoming real. Once I have seen the end of the other side of the fence, I start concentrating ONLY on the positive side of it.
When I was born, the ‘Self’ in me was given the body that I have today. This body is mine and only mine until it dies. The ‘Self’ in me doesn’t die but the body does. My real ‘Self’ is my soul and it is permanent – the absolute reality.
Bhagavad Gita :
SBG 2:22 vaasamsi jeernani yatha vihaaya navaani gruhnaathi naroparaani
tathaa shareeraani vihaaya jeerna, anyaani samyaati navaani dehi.
Just as man give discards his old and worn our garments and accepts new clothes, the embodied soul gives up its old and worn out bodies and accepts new ones.
SBG 2:23 nainam chindanti shastraani, nainam dahati paavataha,nachainam kledayanty aop na shoshayati maarutaha.
Weapons cannot harm the soul nor can fire burn it. Neither can water wet it nor can the wind dry it up.
‘Aham Brahmasmi’ means ‘ I or the ‘Self’ (the soul in me), is the absolute reality and the soul is God. Refer Ishavasya Upanishad.
When I actually have God in me why should I be worried at all? Whatever be the situation, I must face it and always think POSITIVE. Some people have told me that although they thought positive, negative things did happen. Well, a man once was glancing through the Bible and the verses such as Matt 17:20 and Luke 17:6 caught his attention.
Matt 17:20 : And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
Luke 17:6 : And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.
That night, following what was said in Matt 17:20, he sat before a mountain and tried to meditate. In his mind he ‘commanded’ the mountain to move to another place. He meditated the whole night and in the morning when the powerful rays of the rising sun passed though his closed eyelids, he opened his eyes. He saw that the mountain was still there and had not moved an inch, let alone moving to another place.
‘I knew it!’ he yelled angrily. There certainly was nothing wrong in what was said in the scriptures but there certainly was something wrong with the man’s faith! In his thoughts he was still on the negative side of the fence, simply because he was convinced that mountains don’t move. His belief that mountains do not and cannot move was so strong, that his subconscious mind or the God in him, made sure that the mountain did not move – not even an inch.
I strongly believe in my subconscious mind as it is the God in me. I always have God in me, deep in my heart.
Someone recently wrote to me expressing her fear about a terrible time that was ‘predicted’ to her by some astrologer. All I wrote to her was that even allowing such negative thoughts to enter her mind were potent enough to make those terrible things really happen to her. The subconsciousness does not differentiate between positive and negative, or good or bad. All it does is to convert mental images into reality.
Every night before I go to sleep, I look forward to that very important momentary actual face to face meeting with my subconscious mind when I hand over the baton of command to it and fall asleep. For until I wake up, it is my subconscious mind, that takes over the controls of the very systems in my body that keep me alive. This ensures that I wake up the following morning and open two precious gifts which are my eyes.