The Subconscious, Continued

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.”


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