From Nikola Tesla: “You can work best with your subconscious if you befriend it. This does not only mean to stop thinking of it as alien, strange, unpredictable or even dangerous: it means, instead, to approach it as you would any other person that has been, perhaps, badly treated and even frightened in the past. Such a person would need careful consideration, certainly: you would have to be calm and quiet near such a person, perhaps, or at least you would do your best to give him only kind and gentle regard. You would not judge that person harshly; you would not treat him with distrust automatically; you would not make unreasonable demands upon him; you would not blame him for your own mistakes. In short, you would earn your friendship with him, action by action, word by word.
“This is the best way to approach the subconscious if you wish to make it an ally. It would return kindness for kindness, certainly but in addition, your subconscious could become a valued if not essential colleague in the way you live your life, offering you intuition, creativity, fuller memories, hunches, warnings, dreams, visions and the wisdom you have gathered over time which it has been keeping and guarding for you.
“There are many ways to ask the subconscious to help you, though you must remember that its main language is through pictures and its second language in words. The saying that ‘You’ll see it when you believe it” is very true for the subconscious; however, the subconscious is the keeper of your beliefs. If you decide to change your beliefs and thus your reality, the subconscious is the keeper of those beliefs; if you want something new in your life that has not been there before because of those beliefs, your subconscious, understanding the effects of those beliefs, will help you change them. In this, as in many other things, your subconscious can be as fine an ally as a good, well-trained animal though, as it is your human subconscious, it remains as human as you.”
From Nikola Tesla: “This analogy of the subconscious as a starving, vicious animal puts the prevailing impression that the subconscious is a toxic waste dump into stark relief. The hangovers represented by the judgmental and narrow assessment of the subconscious (id) and its savage, ungovernable drives from Freud is actually one of those bits of toxic waste itself, in a way. If the conscious mind is seen as the bright, pure, rational and properly acceptable mind/nature of the human being and the subconscious as the unprincipled brute, the dangerous and entirely selfish monster within us, then just being alive must not only be a struggle with little juice in any reward, you are also cutting yourself off from the rich, living loam that might nourish you.
“As a plant grown hydroponically, you may be clean and pure and even elegantly arranged, but you will not be fully real and, in addition, you will become quite fragile and dependent upon the system that supports you, either the scientists that keep giving you the proper nutrients or the cultural biases that continually exalt and protect rationality over humanity, particularly feminine humanity. In short, you have created an almost entirely artificial existence for yourself. A plant, grown in dirt, may be ravaged by drought, fire or punishing cold and yet, because of the minute interactive processes within the dirt that microbes, minerals, nutrients and water create, the plant can survive such challenges better without being supported by an outside agency.
“Were you to embrace your subconscious rather than disdaining it, you would find more and better nutrients within yourself and thus be less dependent upon outside sources to give you emotional support, wisdom, inspiration, or amusement. Because you allowed a deep intercommunication with your subconscious, you could provide yourself with your own dreams and visions, your own wisdom and sense of peace and it would be from this standpoint that you could engage Reality as a more whole human being.”