We’ve all had those pesky occasions where we’ve totally forgotten something we really need to recall/remember. It’s really frustrating when that thing is just on the ‘tip of your tongue’ but just won’t come. But, sometimes we can be blessed with serendipitous recall. Just how does that work?
Sometimes after leaving a vexing problem with a shot memory to boot, we do finally get the answer or the information we were looking for, because our subconscious mind continues to work on the issue behind the scenes, under the radar of our conscious awareness.
The human mind is marvellous in this way. It explains why we’ll suddenly awaken at 2 AM and need to furiously write something down. If we don’t obey this instinct, the recalled information is perhaps lost forever as we dither away in our never-land sleep. If this has ever happened to you, you’ll know how self-castigated you’ve made yourself feel the next day for missing such an opportunity.
This part of the mind we don’t capitalise on nearly enough. We could train our minds to undertake this sort of recall and our memories could be sharper as a result.
We can ask our subconscious minds these favours of recall by:
W Not overly stressing our conscious minds when we struggle with recall—it’s a reminder not to worry so much about a shot memory;
W Praying. It may sound silly to those who don’t consider themselves spiritual, but praying for recall can help. Ask the subconscious to assist and then leave the problem;
W Journalling about times when our subconscious minds expanded our thinking. These things happen much more than we give ourselves credit for. These are learning and growing opportunities. Opportunities to learn how our minds work and even to replicate the antecedent conditions that brought on the gorgeous thinking so we can enjoy more of it.
Thinking. It’s a marvellous pastime. Yet, for many of us just switching the mind off can prove to be the most difficult and daunting task ahead.
At least the issue of utilising the subconscious mind is a positive thing.© 2010 S. J. Wickham.