Does the subconscious mind contain infinite intelligence and wisdom? If so how does it work and can we access it at will? In this article I explain the basic dynamic of the subconscious mind and it's abilities to record and display infinite data from everything around us even when we aren't paying attention at all.
Upon remembering a dream you have to wonder where all the finite & granular details presented in the dream come from. Images are presented of things that one would never think to remember in normal waking endeavors – such as patterns of rocks, specific rippling of a wave or the colors of leave’s veins or insect’s back. For those who only remember the occasional dream, imagery in their dreams may seem fragmented or lacking in clarity. For those of you who have learned to appreciate and remember more dreams you’ve probably noticed the awe-inspiring amount of detail in the reality of the dream’s imagery.
So how then are our dreams able to display this magnitude of detailed imagery without our conscious effort to purposefully memorize all the material presented in dreams? The answer is your subconscious mind.
We surely can all agree that nobody purposefully attempts to memorize all the intricate details of conventional reality during waking endeavors.
Here is how our brains and minds achieve this. Right now you are currently reading or listening to this blog post. You may even have another browser tab open so you can view your Facebook feed. You may also be watching television or listening to music in the background. You’re mind is capable of extreme multi-tasking. This is no secret. Your conscious mind however is limited in how much it can actively safely pay attention to.
Right now your subconscious mind is gathering and logging a seemingly infinite stream of data related to your entire available surroundings – and you don’t even realize this. This mysterious process is continuous, hiding behind your conscious awareness just outside your conscious control. Think of it as a biological hard drive that is taking in data relative to your accessible surroundings, based on all your five senses – sound, sight, touch, taste and smell. In reality, when someone says “I have a lot on my mind right now” they are actually only referring to a fraction of the enormous amounts of sensory data that your subconscious mind is collecting.
Sleep and dream researchers believe the brain has a special mechanism that protects you from sensory overload, while the subconscious mind is recording infinite amounts of data.
Some dream researchers believe that the faces you see in your dreams are nothing original. They hypothesize that the faces of these dream characters are either an exact replica or a hybrid of one or more person’s faces you've previously seen during waking experiences - giving you the illusion of seeing unfamiliar faces in your dreams.
This same concept can be applied when seeing things in dreams such as colors, animals, buildings, unknown creatures, etc. While a particular creature or object in your dreams may seem unfamiliar to you, if you were to remember and record the dream and study it’s elements you will find that it is indeed a hodge-podge recreation of something you have seen at least once before – only with some added imagination on the dreamer’s part of course.
I would like to share two lucid dreams that I had which display some of the ideas I have mentioned above in regards to the subconscious minds capability to store details of external reality.
Before I had this dream I had a previous intention to enter my next lucid dream specifically to “test the validity and stability of its reality”.
The second lucid dream I had began with me at a public library. I was walking down one of the isles and I found Carl Jung’s Red Book. This is a book I’ve been eager to add to my collection for a very long time. The funny thing is I’ve never actually seen the book in waking reality. I’ve only seen it online via pictures and video. Even then when I saw the book I had no conscious intention of memorizing its pages and artwork. In the dream I realized this and was amazed at how realistically detailed the patterns and writing in the book were in comparison to that I had seen online.
Upon entering this lucid dream I noticed I was in a horse stable. I approached a horse in the stable and began petting it. I couldn’t believe how real it felt -- as real as one would expect petting a horse to feel. As I pet the horse I noticed he had an area on him where the sun was shining on his coat. I wondered if that part would be warmer then the rest of his body as I ran my hand over that area. To my surprise it was!
I hope this gives you a general idea of how much data the subconscious mind records on a continual basis. By knowing this I hope it will encourage you to pay more attention during your waking endeavors. This is because various elements from conscious sensory perception tend to show up in our dreams in imaginatively altered forms. If you can learn to be more aware of your surroundings during waking life, dream interpretation of your own dreams becomes significantly easier.
It’s also important to note that not all the data in the subconscious mind is readily available to our conscious working memory. If it were, then the possibility of infinite wisdom and intelligence would no longer be an idea of science fiction or impossibility. For now, recording and interpreting our dreams to gain access to this infinite knowledge and wisdom will have to suffice.
Keywords: subconscious mind, dream science, lucid dreaming