Knocking On The Door Of Our Unknown Selves – Consciousness Unbound

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In the early stages of human history, the world around us
seemed alive and full of strange powers and hidden realities.  Early peoples created mythologies and
developed skills and attitudes to help them connect with the good and avoid the
bad powers.  They made up a
language of gods, spirits, angels, etc., which they used to communicate with
the motley higher powers.  
This is how things were until some Europeans in the 17th
century invented modern science and technology.

 

Science is an awesome human achievement; but the type of
science that has become dominant in the Western world has serious problems.     

 

The spiritual imagination was demoted in status if not
destroyed.  We also witnessed the
death of traditional ideas of what is sacred.  Instead of a sacred mountain we have a sacred right to
violate the mountain for the sake of profit.   Instead of a sacred river we have a sacred right to
own an arsenal of guns to protect our
river.

 

The spiritual imagination is invaded,  invalidated, and practically pushed
toward extinction.  But a new
mentality leads to a new mode of physicality, one of rampant exploitation of
natural resources for empire and personal profit.  The result of this desacralized assault on nature has
unleashed an unprecedented climate crisis that threatens world civilization.   

 

 H.H. Price
(1899-1984), an Oxford University philosopher, thought that modern Western
civilization is the most unspiritual in human history.  He was therefore interested in
psychical research, which he thought might help us understand  spiritual realities that modern science
has left in the lurch.   Are
there ways we can re-connect with our lost inner life?

 

Price devised an experiment to test what I will call his
creative unconscious.  It’s an
experiment anyone can try.  You
come to a question, an issue you have to deal with, but you don’t have an
answer. You could use some help. Price suggests you pose the question to your
subconscious self just before going to sleep.   But part of the request is that you ask for a specific
time in the morning for the response to come.  You must prepare, poised for a response at the appointed
time, say, ten in the morning, with pencil and paper handy.    Price reports that on
average he would get a useful response whenever he tried this seven out of ten
times.         

 

Persistence may be required, but the idea of such an
experiment could be a way to 
launch an interesting friendship. 
I mean a creative friendship between our conscious and subconscious
minds.  The essence of it is to
learn to converse with the  higher
intelligence within us.   

 

I’ve been exploring this idea and noticed several things that
made me wonder.  About a month ago,
for example,  I woke up in the
morning and started to make the bed. 
I had barely begun when I looked at the sheets and for no conscious
reason instantly removed them from the bed and decided at once to throw them
into the washing machine.  (Not the
way I would ever begin a day.)

 

I went downstairs and got a surprise.  Water all over the floor and a large
sink near the washing-machine was just starting to overflow. I fixed it. Had I
not gone downstairs, my entire basement would have flooded before I would have
noticed anything. My subliminal self prompted me to grab those sheets just in
time.  Coincidence, one might say,
but I doubt it; something out of the blue was pulling on me to go downstairs.  

 

 The
personification of paranormal power is a way to release the power.  The great powers are vain and like to
be named.  So it’s a good idea to
personify the creative intelligence you’re trying to communicate with.  If you’re religiously inclined, this
should be a snap; just introduce yourself to your guardian angel.  If not religious, be inventive—use anything
to charm and hang your focus on.  I
like to personify my subconscious self—gateway to Mind at Large—as simply, “Big
Mike.”

 

There’s a simple but important point I’m trying to
make.  If it’s true as Price said
that we’ve been bullied out of rapport with a great and mysterious source of
creativity within us, then we should do something about it.  We should at least learn to knock on
the door of our unknown selves, and not be too afraid if the door swings open.

 

 

 

 

 

Source: The Anomalist

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