What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do

Accessing the computing powers of the unconscious mind

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Several years ago, I came across a spiritual mind and meditation system called The Silva Method. It was developed by an American electrician who was looking for a way to help his children get better grades at school. What he ended up developing were meditation and visualization exercises to help advance mental capabilities in an array of lifestyle applications.

One of his most famous teachings has to do with developing our ability to access our unconscious mind, or, our higher intelligence, which is capable of computing far more variables than we can consciously ever dream of, to help us solve a problem. Jose Silva is not the first man to discover and tap into the resourceful states of the unconscious mind for inspiration and answers. Albert Einstein once said that whenever the solution to a problem eluded him, whenever he hit a brick wall so to speak, he gave up looking for the answer. He surrendered. He let go.

So, when you don’t know what to do. Let it go. Surrender the problem to your unconscious mind and the answer will come. It did for Albert Einstein. It would come to him in unconventional ways, like while he was listening to music, for example. Others, like Silva and the spiritualist Joseph Murphy, get you to surrender the problem and your quest for a solution to your unconscious mind in some form of ritual or verbal request just before you are about to go to sleep. In this way, your higher intelligence goes to work on finding a solution at night while you sleep, and you wake up either with an answer already in mind, or with an inspiration for one appearing as a sudden epiphany at some point during the following day. At least that’s the promise.

A very similar method is found in variation in both Sunni and Shi’ite Islam, a method known as Salat Al-Istikhara (the Prayer Seeking Guidance). This prayer ritual requires repeat recitations of particular scriptural passages along with asking for guidance from God. In essence, the answer to one’s dilemma is thought to be delivered in much the same way — a dream, a moment of inspiration in waking life, or a deciding event that either facilitates the seeker’s quest or exacerbates it. Some conservative scholars warn against Istikhara because they fear the messages may not be from God. Others see this prayer ritual as religiously permissible.

I’ve tried and tested relinquishing a problem to my delta brainwaves while I sleep (these are thought to play a vital function in the consolidation of memories and complex processing of information)and the method does work for me. Give it a go.

Samar Habib is a writer, researcher and scholar who lives in California. When she’s not busy figuring out how things work and how they could be working better, you’ll find her sharing what she’s learned. Her courseThe Quantum Mind: Stop Suffering and Take Back Your Life is hailed by students in over 20 countries as “comprehensive and extremely insightful.” You can get in touch with her on drsamarhabib [at] email [dot] com

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