The mind or consciousness wants to control and decide everything. It is the subconscious or inner child that carries out the task or performance. The subconscious knows a good forehand, while the mind is concerned with how you look, how the next move is carried out. The mind interrupts and confuses while the inner child is the reservoir of potential of everything we can do and be.
Our challenge as human beings is the struggle between these two selves. If we could have enough trust to leave the inner child to work in peace, I believe we could have the most extraordinary expression of our genius, and heal our world. As it stands now our approach engages the “what if” way of thinking, and our fear of our inner child’s world. Attaining the judgement free state of awareness is where our inner child will flourish.
Tim Gallwey and his coauthor the musician Barry Green "The Inner Game of Music", suggests a series of techniques for allowing the Inner Child to unfold its talents. One of the most important is overload. “When you short circuit the mind by giving it an ‘overload’ of things to deal with, it has so many things to attend to that it no longer has time to worry. The Mind checks out and lets the Inner Child ‘check.
Overloading means that the conscious I does not have a chance. Another technique they propose is to surrender to the ridiculous. One’s self-importance disappears and things are much easier.
Our challenge as human beings is the struggle between these two selves. If we could have enough trust to leave the inner child to work in peace, I believe we could have the most extraordinary expression of our genius, and heal our world. As it stands now our approach engages the “what if” way of thinking, and our fear of our inner child’s world. Attaining the judgement free state of awareness is where our inner child will flourish.Here are some of the distinctions of consciousness.
Only the conscious is conscious.
Consciousness has enough time to veto an act before it is carried out.
Consciousness is the chooser.
Consciousness is the veto.
Our “consciousness claims it makes our decisions, and that it is the supreme chooser, yet it is a little tin god pretending to be in charge. Free will operates through selection, not design. We live from a belief our consciousness is superior that directs and controls our subconscious. In reality it picks and choses from many options offered up by the subconscious. We can control our actions, not our urges. There is time for suppression and choice.
When we live from our mind or consciousness, we may become uncertain and fear the judgement of others.
A conscious veto or negative judgement illustrates there are differences between what the conscious will and subconscious urge is after. Our inner split or dichotomy more than not remains unresolved. This is possibly the source of our prolific use of prescription drugs, alcohol, drugs, and anything that numbs us. We want to get away from situations where we judge ourselves, or veto ourselves. We notice our subconscious when it conflicts with our minds.
A soccer player does not have time to think consciously while playing. Can he be conscious of the game while playing it? No. Many advanced calculations, problem solving moments and choices are made with no awareness. The only exception is when there is time to think things over. And many things usually go wrong here. There are vast quantities of information that occurs, influencing our behavior that we are never aware of.
Ancient practice of prayer and meditation are some tried and true ways. Using a mantra or text to recite fills the verbal channel up. Concentrating the language channel on something familiar, releases the rest of the mind to the object or goal of our prayer and meditation. Ritual words can block the inner chatter and open the free development of the inner child.
When being spontaneous your innermost self is revealed. It takes courage and openness. The challenge is do you dare trust yourself. If you are worried, then you will have to think first: if you are being playful, your chances are better to access the inner child. The mind/consciousness communicates and can control its communications, and the subconscious communicates and does not have the same awareness of what it communicates.