Conscious Mind and Unconscious Mind

December 25, 2004

I was an advanced level student who’s sitting for the exam for the 2nd time. I took tuition for chemistry from a teacher from Mahamodara, Galle, Sri Lanka. His house was situated in a scenic location close to river mouth. I was supposed to go there the next day early morning for the next lesson. Unlike other Christmas nights it was very dull. My mom wanted to make some chocolate sponge rolls for Christmas, but it got burned. Everyone was going through a strange feeling that no one could explain.

I was not so fond of physical chemistry which I was supposed to learn under the teacher I mentioned, but I didn’t miss a single lesson. That Saturday night was

strange. My mind was telling me not to go to the class next morning.

That morning by the time I was getting down from the bus at Mahamodara also I felt that I should go back home. It was still 7.00 am in the morning.

After a couple of hours tsunami hit Sri Lankan coasts. Destruction was massive. I was lucky enough to survive.

After recovering from the shock I sat back and reflected everything. There was a link between the strange set of feelings I was going through before tsunami. It was a warning! The only problem was I couldn’t understand it.

This is a miracle of unconscious mind.

“In psychology intuition has drawn much attention. Psychiatrist Carl G. Jung, in Psychology Types (1923) described intuition as “a perception of realities which are not known to the conscious, and which goes via the unconscious.” Intuition, he said, is not merely a perception, but a creative process with the capacity to inspire. The intellect requires intuition to function at maximum performance, and dream symbols cannot be interpreted without intuition and imagination.”

Though psychology teaches 3 levels of mind (conscious, sub conscious and unconscious) NLP simply talks about 2, conscious and unconscious. There’s a famous metaphor which is used to explain the link between conscious and unconscious minds.

Unconscious mind is like the unseen part of an ice berg. More resourceful, more powerful.

We got to love it and live with it!


What’s NLP?

Let me share a little story with you so that you can understand what NLP is…

When I was small there was an old chopper bicycle at my uncles’ place. He got it repaired for me so that I can learn how to ride a bicycle.

My father promised me to buy me two support wheels so that I can learn how to ride it on my own. It took a couple of days for him to find support wheels, but I was really impatient to ride it.

So my uncle came up to help me again. He said he would hold the se

at of the bike from the back to balance it and he would run with the bike. So that I can ride it forward without a fear. I was happy 🙂

On that big day I was all prepared to take my first lesson on riding a bicycle. There’s a big lawn in the garden of my ancestors’ house. So my first track was the road around that lawn. I sat on the seat while my uncle was holding the bike. Then I started paddling it hardly. My uncle was holding the bike from the back to keep the balance and he was running with the bike. Yeah! I was riding a bike! 🙂

After riding it forward for about 10 meters I felt really good and co

nfident. I started riding it faster. I heard my grandma and aunties were cheering. My nanny was screaming out of happiness. And I had almost gone three forth of the track around the lawn by the time I saw my uncle was also cheering just standing on the other side of the lawn!

Oh my GOD! The one who’s supposed to be with me was no where around me! But I was still riding the bike thinking that he’s just behind me!

The moment I realised that I fell off the bike!

NLP is just like that. It helps us consciously suggest our unconscious mind to get the best out of us and do the best.