– Heartwood Path Waypoint 1.113 –
Unlock Your Subconscious Mind
The following activity is a way to experience the benefits of building the circuitry between the left and right hemispheres of the brain. Doing so will show you a simple yet effective way to unlock barely noticeable memories, notions, and information in your subconscious mind. Use this activity to increase your creativity, evoke relaxation, and help you to fall asleep. It will also help you deal with low to moderate traumas and nagging feelings of depression. For serious depression, for mood swings that last longer than a month, or for any psychological malady beyond mild post-traumatic stress, seek out the assistance of a psychologist (to obtain a diagnosis and begin psychotherapy) or, if needed, a psychiatrist (if medications are needed).
The following activity involves a do-it-yourself method of EMDR--Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. This psychotherapeutic method helps with emotional healing and lack of creativity. “When the process is complete, the brain has discarded the distorted subjective experience that had overwhelmed and remain frozen in the patient and replaced it with a positive perception of present reality” (Grand, 2001, p. 35). EMDR’s hallmark is the movement of the patients’ eyes from left to right repeatedly. This helps the patient because as the eyes move from left to right and right to left they simulate both sides of the brain. The “alternating bilateral stimulation enhances communication between the left and the right brains” (Grand, 2001, 24). This bilateral stimulation allows “the brain to reevaluate information frozen in a system that was overwhelmed at the time of the traumatic event” (Grand, 2001, 24).
Try it even if you are not aware that you need such healing. Doing so may reveal buried wounds that are adversely affecting your life, even if you are not presently aware that they exist.
I have tried EMDR and have found it to work amazingly well at revealing hidden sources of stress. It also was a good way for me to relieve the low-grade but persistent physical symptoms of emotional trauma.
EMDR helped me with an unnoticed trauma that I was not aware was affecting my life. After six one-hour sessions of eye movement therapy, I discovered that I had buried emotional trauma from some neglect I experienced in my early childhood and, to make up for my feelings of being neglected (and, therefore, not mattering to my parents), I have overcompensated by being a persistent nurturer in an attempt to matter, after all.
Be sure to do the following activity. EMDR will help you recover from emotional and psychological trauma (which many people have, perhaps subconsciously). Uncovering such trauma may be a critical step towards achieving success in your life. Doing the following EMDR activity repeatedly may also prepare your brain circuitry for any future samadhi meditations (like those at Waypoint 55 in the next Heartwood Path course).