Your inner genius Part 1

Nixon announces the release of edited transcri...
Nixon announces the release of edited transcripts of the Watergate tapes, April 29, 1974. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My grandmother was very intuitive. She could watch a politician on TV and know all about them. For example, when I was a boy she saw President Nixon and said “that man is a crook.”

I said “No, he is the president, he can’t be a crook.” I suppose I was naïve. At that time no one had ever heard of the Watergate scandal. Later I found that my grandmother was correct.

In college I took a couple of psychology classes, which I loved. One thing a professor talked about was how law enforcement officers are trained to read body language when interrogating people. I was so fascinated I went out and bought a book called “How to Read a Person Like a Book” written by a PhD in psychology. It was fascinating, but I was amazed that my grandmother had learned to read people without studying it from books.

Brain researchers estimate that your unconscious data base outweighs the conscious on an order exceeding ten million to one. This data base is the source of your hidden, natural genius. In other words, a part of you is much smarter than you are. The wise people regularly consult that smarter part. ~Michael J Gelb, Author of How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci

This means that your subconscious mind contains ten million more pieces of information than your conscious mind. The more you learn to tap into the genius of your subconscious, the more you can achieve in life.

Apparently my grandmother stored things in her subconscious and could draw them out when sizing a person up. She couldn’t explain how she did it, she just did.

Sometimes we connect well with our subconscious when we sleep. Some of the most useful discoveries were made while a person slept. The man who invented the sewing machine tried for days to figure out a way to make a needle sew clothes in a machine. Finally, he decided one night to forget the problem and go to sleep. He awoke later with the idea of how to do it in mind. It worked!

Researchers say the thing you think about the last 45 minutes before you sleep will stay in your mind and your subconscious will process it.

But often, a person doesn’t even need to sleep. There have been times at work when I was wrestling with a problem that I just couldn’t seem to solve. Finally I would realize I just needed to take my mind off of it for awhile and rest. I usually took a ten minute walk. Often after I came back to my desk the solution would come to me very quickly.

Many years ago I wrote an article about this subject for a writing class I was taking. Just thinking about it and spending the time to write an article about it helped me use my subconscious. I was able to solve more problems and come up with ideas that I never had been able to do before.

Please leave a comment, how do you use your subconscious? What do you think about this?


  1. I liked this post. I have always wondered about the ideas that I could come up with after some good sleep! I actually sleep with a notepad beside my bed for that very reason.

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