It occurred to me that during the time that I like to sleep in, which is basically the weekends, which means basically Saturday morning, I like to dream. I try to fall back asleep, but I’m only right there on the cusp of drifting off, and I see all of these images just gurgling to the lower strata of awareness, and I feel that my subconscious is trying to tell me something. And in the realm of Carl Jung, this exactly exemplifies his thoughts about the matter.
Before I get into the meat of this, allow me to summarize. The human psyche, which is our experience, our individuation, is composed of the ego, the superego, and the id. The id, in my mind, is connected to the subconscious, and it is through this conduit that we dream. If there are any science fiction movie enthusiasts out there, Forbidden Planet, involved the discovery of an ancient civilization, the Krell, and there was an untapped power they left behind, and unbeknownst to the lone human male on the planet, his id was tapping the power to defend his daughter from the spacecraft inhabitants that crashed onto the planet. She’s attractive in the movie, and she is attracted to the men (capable, nerds, attracted to the daughter but it’s not in the mission plan so they resist, successfully (mostly)).
Anyway, in the movie, the professor realizes his id is tapping the power and he relents. But the point is, there is power and there are drives within the subconscious that we are not aware of. People do things all the time that is not in their best interests. Why is that? Because there are drive mechanisms in place that overwhelm the superego, which is in theory has the ultimate veto power and oversees the activities of the ego (and id) and steps in if morals (et al) suggest an alternate path is in the best interest of me overall, and me overall includes the ego, the id, and the superego.
But it may also include a slice of the subconscious.
Wait, of course it does. And I know the Standard Map of Consciousness has that connection identified, but it’s when the process steps are actually viewed in visual form; i.e., the process map; that improvements are made. It’s a lesson I learned years ago from my job is a reliability technician at a global manufacturer of fuel dispensing equipment. We got bought out by a holding company. They cut costs via layoffs and instituted a program to solve problems with a tool kit and one of those tools was visual management. Another was process maps.
And so, getting back to the point of this blog, I think this sleeping in on Saturday mornings and seeing the visual flashes can be seen as a way to communicate with the subconscious. Also, I think that lucid dreaming is a part of the answer. But, you might ask, the answer to what? Ah, and I would respond, asking the right question is the key. The answer always depends on the phrasing of the question. Ask anyone familiar with quantum physics.
I will be blogging in future days about this new communication channel. I hope that not only can we recieve messages (which are, basically, visual images via dreams, daydreaming …, you get the idea.)