Questions You Can Ask Your Subconscious

The subconscious can be defined as the part of your mind that you’re usually unaware of. However, you can establish a connection with your subconscious through hypnosis. Once you do so, you can actually interview this part of your mind. In my experience, most people find their subconscious to be a source of wisdom, knowledge, and truly useful guidance.  

The subconscious tends to be highly literal in its answers. If you ask it if it knows the solution to a problem, it may simply respond “Yes.” You would then need to explicitly say, “Please tell me the solution.” 

A good way to start a conversation with the subconscious is to ask, “Are you willing to help me?” If it replies affirmatively, a useful follow-up is, “Please give me advice that will be helpful to me.” 

The subconscious generally doesn’t like to make predictions about future events. If pressed to do so, it may choose to give nonsensical answers. The reason for this reticence may be that the subconscious doesn’t want you to live based on predictions, but to focus on fully experiencing life in the present.   

That said, you may have success with asking a question such as, “Do I need to change what I am doing now in order to prepare for a better future?” If the answer is affirmative, you can follow up with, “What should I change?” 

Your subconscious is continually working to support and protect you. If your subconscious chooses to withhold something from you, it may be that you’re not yet ready to handle the information (e.g., because the revelations are connected to a past trauma from which you’re still recovering). Another reason your subconscious might withhold information is that you’ll learn and grow from working the issue out on your own, and so are better off figuring out the solution yourself. 

The subconscious generally does not volunteer information. When it does, take special heed, because such information usually is of great significance. 

Examples of Discussions with the Subconscious about Specific Topics 

If you ask your subconscious questions focused on a specific topic, the chances are your subconscious will be willing to discuss them with you. 

For example, if you’re considering a career change, you might ask your subconscious for advice on what careers to consider. If you then lean toward a particular career, you might ask for any insights it has to offer on the pros and cons of your choice, and if it has a strong opinion one way or the other. In my experience, the subconscious is likely to reveal you have many career options that will allow you to thrive. 

If you’re doing something creative, you can ask your subconscious to provide you with ideas and information on how your project might be executed, or even just the next steps you might take to move forward with the project. In some cases, this can be incredibly helpful. For example, if you’re an artist your subconscious might show you a gallery of paintings that have never existed in our physical world, but that you can commit to memory and later bring to life. 

This sort of artistic collaboration can happen even when it’s not explicitly requested. For example, the music of one of the most popular songs in history, “Yesterday,” came to Paul McCartney in a dream. And while dreaming isn’t the same as being under hypnosis, the dream state and hypnotic state are both paths to the same destination: the subconscious. 

If you’re dealing with a health issue, you can ask your subconscious whether it can help you feel better. It’s important to always consult with a physician regarding significant medical symptoms rather than rely on your subconscious for medical information. That said, your subconscious can sometimes provide you with clues about what’s causing your physical symptoms, which you can then discuss with your physician. Also, if you’re dealing with chronic pain, you can ask your subconscious if it can help modify your perception of pain through the use of hypnotic techniques and metaphors. 

Take Home Message 

Discussions with your subconscious can be similar to those you have with a deeply knowledgeable and wise friend. However, your subconscious may choose to withhold information from you if it believes doing so is in your best interests. 

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Profile Photo or Ran D. Anbar, MD, FAAP Ran D. Anbar, MD Ran D. Anbar, MD, FAAP, is board certified in both pediatric pulmonology and general pediatrics, offering hypnosis and counseling services at Center Point Medicine in La Jolla, California, and Syracuse, New York. Dr. Anbar is also a fellow and approved consultant of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. Dr. Anbar is a leader in clinical hypnosis, and his 20 years of experience have allowed him to successfully treat over 5,000 children. He also served as a professor of pediatrics and medicine and the director of pediatric pulmonology at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York, for 21 years.

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