Your subconscious never sleeps and is always on duty because it controls your heartbeat, blood circulation, and digestion.
It controls all the vital processes and functions of your body and have responses to every one of your problems.
What happens on your subconscious level has impact on what happens on your conscious level. What goes on inside, even unconsciously, eventually becomes your reality. The subconscious mind will convert into its physical equivalent, by the best direct and practical strategy available.
Your goal is to guide your subconscious mind to create the results you look for. Also, you want to tap into your subconscious mind to unlock connections and solutions to your problems.
Here’s a basic routine to begin:
Ten minutes before going to sleep:
“Never go to sleep without a request to your subconscious.” — Thomas Edison
It’s normal practice for many of the world’s most successful people to intentionally coordinate the workings of their subconscious mind while they’re resting.
Take a couple of minutes before you go to bed to meditate on and write down the things you’re trying to achieve.
Ask yourself many questions related to that thing. In Edison’s words, make some “requests.” Write down those questions and thoughts. The more specific are the questions, the more clear will be your answers.
While you’re sleeping, your subconscious mind will work on all those things.
Ten minutes after waking up:
Research confirms the brain, particularly the prefrontal cortex, is most active and readily creative immediately following sleep. Your subconscious mind has been loosely mind-wandering while you were sleeping, making contextual and temporal connections. After all creativity is making connections between various parts of the brain.
In a recent interview with Tim Ferriss, Josh Waitzkin, former chess prodigy and tai chi world champion, talks about his morning routine to tap into the subconscious breakthroughs and connections experienced while he was sleeping.
Almost 80 percent of people between the ages of 18–45 who check up their smartphones 15 minutes after waking up, Waitzkin goes to a quiet place, does some meditation and reads his journal.
In his journal, he thought-dumps for a few minutes. Rather than focusing on input like most people who check their Facebook notifications, Waitzkin’s focus is on output. This is how he taps into his higher realms of clarity, learning, and creativity — what he calls, “crystallized intelligence.”
If you’re not an experienced journal writer, the idea of “thought-dumping” might be difficult to to implement. I would say, it’s good to loosely direct your thought-dumping toward your goals.
Consider the “requests” you made of your subconscious just before you go to bed. You asked yourself many questions. You thought about it and wrote down the things you’re trying to achieve.
First thing in the morning, when your creative brain is most adapt, after its subconscious workout while you slept, start writing down everything that comes to to your mind about those things.
I often get ideas for articles I’m going to write while doing these thought-dumps. Ideas about how I can be a better husband and father to my children. I get clarity about my goals. I think about people I need to connect with, or simply how I can improve my relationships.
To be sure, you’ll need to practice this skill. It might take you few attempts before you become proficient. However, with consistency, you can become fluent and automatic at achieving creative and intuitive bursts.