Part 1 explored the development of the conscious mind from childhood to adulthood and how the conscious mind can become overloaded by too many ideas or tasks. Once that occurs it is easy for ideas to bypass the conscious mind and go straight to the subconscious. In this installment the effects of physical and emotional shock upon the conscious mind are discussed.
Considering that mental overload comes from herding too many cats, so to speak, shock is an event singularity—a physical or emotional event so significant that all attention for the moment becomes concentrated on that one event. Physical shock can be from something as seemingly benign as an unexpected playful slap to the face, a push or shove, to worse things like physical trauma. Emotional shock carries with it intense emotion such as: fear, rage, sorrow, embarrassment, ecstasy, horror, or surprise—an entire range of emotions.
Sociologists tell us that whole generations of people possess similar traits because of imprints made on them during a shared catastrophe or tragedy.
Shock causes an instant and intense focusing of the mind on one thing to the exclusion of nearly everything else. At that moment the mind is not watching out for the subconscious, rather it is attending to what it perceives as its highest priority. A shocking event coupled with a belief having intense emotional content regarding that event has all the energy needed to distract the conscious mind so that those beliefs can slip into the subconscious.
A child stands on a diving board at swimming pool and hesitates. The child is afraid to dive in because of poor swimming skills. Nearby impatient friends waiting to get their turn taunt the child who becomes increasingly frustrated with thoughts of wanting to make the dive but at the same time fearing the plunge. One of the friends runs up from behind and pushes the child off the diving board. The child falls into the water and thrashes about trying to swim. Thoughts of drowning cause the child to panic. Nevertheless the child makes it safely to poolside and gets out of the water, the friends laughing and mocking the whole time.
The shock of being pushed off the diving board coupled with the belief of being a poor swimmer set the stage for the fear of drowning and the panicked swim to safety. It is possible that ideas like swimming is dangerous and must be avoided or friends will only hurt me or people always push me to do things I don’t want to do slipped by the child’s conscious and went right to the subconscious in those moments. Who knows what imprint was made upon the child and the effects it may have though out life.
Those who master that art of self hypnosis know ways to remove negative imprints from early childhood.
Part 3 will briefly discuss the effects of anesthesia and sedation on the conscious mind and how that leads to ideas bypassing the conscious mind and then quickly move on to describing physical relaxation—the self-hypnotist’s preferred method of bypassing the conscious mind.