There are »things« in our mind that we’re not conscious of – let’s call it the content of our subconscious mind. Every now and then a fragment of this content finds it’s way up into the sunlight. It happens at exactly the right time – when we are ready to face it, learn the respective lesson and integrate it into our lives. Yet it requires some courage and patience to look at these fragments and »remember« what has been concealed inside. Let’s use a simple metaphor to illustrate how the exploration of the subconscious mind can play out.
1. Honest self-perception
The part of our mind that we’re conscious of is like the tip of an iceberg that’s visible above the water line. It has many facets – some soft valleys and some sharp cliffs. Sunlight can reach it, birds can land on it and curious explorers can see it from afar. We can shape and decorate our iceberg any way we like, but there’s also a deeper knowing that there’s more to our existence than what we are able to perceive right now. If we are radically honest with ourselves, we get a certain sense of an »unknown« that’s yet to be revealed.
2. Becoming aware of deeper layers
On days when the water becomes clearer we get a glimpse of that part of ourselves that exists below the surface. Since that hidden part feels far greater and older, it brings up certain questions: What kind of information is concealed in there? What essential parts of ourselves is yet to be discovered?
3. Exploring the subconscious mind
Every now and then parts of our deeper layers come to the surface. The water line is lowered and we step into explorer-mode. It happens at exactly the right time – when we are ready to face it, learn the respective lesson and integrate it into our lives. What used to be unknown is now permanently shifted above water and into the light. It’s no longer urging to be found. It’s no longer a scary »other«.
4. Connecting and relating
The more we become aware of our own subconscious fragments, the more we start seeing similar tendencies in others. We can empathize, relate and connect to others more easily and more deeply. In fact we perceive much less separation in our encounters. By being fully what we are, we become beacons for others without telling a story or giving advice.
After probing and dropping through, after diving down and all around our iceberg – what’s left to scare us? No skeletons in the closet, no perceived threats. We are an iceberg like all the others. Once broken apart from the perpetual ice and soon to melt back into the one big ocean again.
Whatever comes up for us… when the time is right, there’s nothing of which to be afraid. It’s just frozen water.