Connecting With The Creative Unconscious

By Michael Grosso, Ph.D.

H.H. Price (1899-1984), an Oxford University philosopher, thought that modern Western civilization is the most unspiritual in human history. Are there ways we can re-connect with our lost inner life?

Price devised an experiment to test his creative subconscious.  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 relationship. A relationship between our conscious and subconscious minds can be very interesting. Some time 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.  Never would I start a day like that.

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. As far as I’m concerned, 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.  I could feel it.

I have no idea why my subconscious was looking out for me on that occasion.  It doesn’t happen every day, but there are ways we can prime the pump—to use a grossly mechanistic metaphor.  For example, the personification of paranormal power is one way to activate what it can do.  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, favorite saint, trusted God.  If you’re 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 here.  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.

Michael Grosso, Ph.D. is an independent scholar and part of an ever growing group of scholars and thinkers critical of the prevailing materialistic view of the world. He has taught humanities and philosophy at Marymount Manhattan College, City University of New York, and City University of New Jersey.The Man Who Could Fly: St. Joseph of Copertino and the Mystery of Levitation is his 6th book.

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