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Rational thinker? Why your subconscious is interesting, too

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Expressing why we do and don’t do things in terms of feelings, becomes more and more common. You don’t apply for a job because it doesn’t feel right, or you make an offer for a house because it does. Feelings have always been important, but we haven’t always talked about them this easily.

It’s a good thing that we do now, because it brings us closer to ourselves. Interestingly, according to psychiatrist and philosopher Carl Gustav Jung, our talking about feelings shows we’re more tuned into our unconscious than to our conscious. Remarkable, in a society where awareness and the conscious are so relevant. Discover how Jung distinguishes the subconscious from the conscious. 

Conscious: being and experiencing 

Increasing our consciousness, that’s something we’ve been doing since the Enlightenment. Knowledge is power and religion isn’t necessary, because all we need is in ourselves. The moment you’re born, you’re aware of the world around you. You grow up in a certain culture, learn the language and habits, acquire knowledge with your experiences and expand this knowledge endlessly. Consciousless is life on earth: relatively clear and tangible. 

Subconscious: intuitive insight

The things you experience, but can’t explain: that’s your subconscious. Dreams, intuition, tarot sessions that offer a fitting answer to a life question, talking to a stranger inspiring you, a near-death experience that changes your outlook on life: all expressions of the subconscious. We all get inspired sometimes, and that’s when your subconscious asks you to act on it. Integrate the unconscious into the consciousness. If something doesn’t feel right, try to express as clearly as you can why it doesn’t. That’s valuable to both yourself and others. 

Subconscious: the inexplicable 

Jung compares the subconscious to the ocean that exists under the island (above sealevel: the conscious, under sealevel: the subconscious). It’s unrelated to the tangible. Think: the influence of your ancestors, past lives, different dimensions, energies, the source. Whatever you call it, the subconscious represents everything we don’t sea, but has an effect on us. If you need to experience something in a tangible way, the subconscious will tell you. 

 Want to know more about Jung and the subconscious? 

 * Psychology of the Unconscious, Carl Gustav Jung
* Jung’s Map of the Soul, Murray Stein

Text: Fabienne Peters - Photo: Candice Picard