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Saturday, August 4, 2007



The subconscious keeps its secrets pretty well hidden, not only to others but also to oneself. The average individual does not really know what he really believes. Many are able to peek into their own subconscious through meditation where one is taught how to touch base with his most inner thoughts and feelings. Others who study philosophy may be able to gain insight into their own thoughts and feelings as they study why other people do the things they do. Sometimes studying the way others think may open one’s mind to what he himself is thinking.

But the average Joe is quite dense as to his inner feelings. Evidence is the fact that many seek the help of psychiatrist whom they think might help them. Not to be cynical because a realist is who I am. Many in my Medical School Class went into psychiatry, and quite a few of these individuals were undergoing psychiatric analysis at the time. To me it was like the blind leading the blind. Perhaps they might someday help others for you know what they say about a stopped clock: it tells the correct time at least twice each day.

Is my cynicism on psychiatry coming through? The psychiatrist usually plays a rather passive role anyway. The patient is directed to verbalize his problem. The psychiatrist listens. During this process the patient listens to himself and in so doing may gain insight into himself. The patient can save himself a lot of money, if he were to speak into a recording device and afterwards listen to the tape. But the average Joe cannot do this on his own which is the reason why he is at the psychiatrist. The real problem I have with psychiatry is that once an individual begins a relationship with one, the relationship almost never ends. It becomes almost a life-long commitment. This is good for the psychiatrist who has a steady clientele. But for the patient, well you can answer that question.

I would think a better way to go is to teach an individual the art of peering into his own subconscious. Various so-called meditation courses teach one how to do this. But then, some meditation courses can be dangerous because of the cultism their promoters tend to engender. It seems sometimes one cannot win for losing. It reminds me of what I used to say during my days of touring teaching the principles of managing stress. I remember telling my students that “if as you were coming through the birth canal you heard someone say; ‘life would be easy,’ then you were hallucinating from day one!” It always got a laugh from the class. But isn’t it true?

Meditation taught me how to relax and open my mind to what was within me. When we do this properly, we can begin to ask ourselves some questions, and believe it or not, answers about ourselves surface. We begin to know more about ourselves and this knowing is the key. Venice Bloodworth once wrote a book Key to Yourself www.amazon.com/ Key-Yourself-Venice-J-Bloodworth/dp/0875162967. It is a small book but in few words Bloodworth eloquently discusses this topic. If we know where to go we might be able to discover how we might proceed to discover our inner thoughts and feelings.

But short of this we can discover other ways of discovering the mind within. It is the powerful conscious mind which interferes with the discovery of the more powerful subconscious mind. Here we truly have the blind leading the blind. Our conscious mind hides that part of us within. It is possible that we do or might not want to know for it can be scary.

I am reminded of the story of an old lady who lost a coin somewhere inside her home. While she was outside her house looking at the ground, an old sage asked her what she was doing. She said: “I am looking for a coin which I lost.” The sage asked: “Where did you lose it?” She responded: “Inside the house.” The sage then asked: “If you lost it inside the house, why are you looking for the coin here outside the house?” The old lady responded: “There is more light here.”

Most individuals do not want to look within themselves for fear they might encounter problems. You might say: “It is too dark there within.” So we do not look within. But, be that as it may, the problems are within and more importantly the answers are also there.


Several keys to knowing oneself and others are: meditation or hypnosis, alcohol, and sleep. How strange! As already mentioned, in my opinion meditation is the key technique we can use to discover about ourselves. It would not be a good technique for discovering about another unless we employ the related technique of hypnosis where the hypnotist enters the deep subconscious mind of another and asks questions. Of course, the one being hypnotized usually gives the hypnotist permission to enter. This is such a powerful tool that an individual must be extremely careful who he allows to enter his subconscious mind.

As an example of just how powerful the hypnotic entry is, I would like to relate the story of a World War II soldier who was blinded after a shell exploded in a trench. Although there appeared to be no direct injury to the eyes, the soldier was nevertheless blind after the incident. He could not see. The doctor thinking that this blindness was more psychological than physical decided to perform some hypnotic experiments. Let me at the outset say that psychological blindness is as real as blindness cause by physical injury to the optical system. In both cases the individual cannot see.

The doctor guided the soldier into the hypnotic state and asked the soldier to describe the accident. Under such a situation as the soldier relates the incident, he can and usually undergoes the same emotions as had occurred during the actual incident in the trench. At the exact time when the soldier was describing the explosion, the doctor took a small file – one used to open vials in the old days – and touched the soldiers arm telling him that a piece of hot shrapnel fell on his arm. Immediately the arm blanched as if it was actually touched with a hot object. Within an hour or two there was a burn blister on the arm where the doctor touched it with the cold file. Wow! How powerful is the subconscious mind to have created such a physical result.

After several more hypnotic episodes with a doctor who knew what he was doing, the soldier was cured of his blindness. When I read of this doctor’s experience published in a medical journal years ago, at a time when I was independently studying hypnosis, it was so revealing that I never forgot it. And neither should you for it reveals the power we have within if we only know how to tap into this power.


If you wish to get into the minds of friends and associates, buy them a drink at the local bar and get them drunk! We have all known how different individuals act when drunk. There is the sleepy individual who just as I say falls asleep. There is not much you can learn from this person except not to get him so drunk that he falls asleep. Just give enough booze to get him talking about himself. If he is the silent type, we will have to try another approach.

There is the talkative drunk whose mouth never stops. Just listen to what this individual says about his family, his friends at work, and people he does not particularly like. Is he loud, because as one becomes drunk he may begin to lose his hearing and respond by raising his voice. But the key here is to listen. If you also get drunk, how can you hope to analyze another drunk? Listen to what and how of what he is saying. Watch his emotions. Is he mad, annoying, or friendly and loving?

There is the obnoxious drunk who is the embarrassment of all those around him especially in a restaurant where everyone else is having a good time but the drunk got mad for no reason at all at the waitress. Having owned a restaurant, I have encountered many of these slobs. And the embarrassed friends go out of their way to apologize for their drunken friend as they leave the restaurant. “He always get this way when he drinks too much,” as they attempt to explain their friend’s behavior. My advice was always: “Leave him home next time so you all can have a better time.”

What is happening here? It is a simple explanation. Under normal circumstance of sobriety, a person’s conscious mind is in control. One usually knows some etiquette and behaves accordingly in public. Suppress the inhibiting control of the conscious mind and the subconscious – a person’s real being – comes through. If you wish to peer into your friends’ subconscious mind, try to remove the inhibiting influence of the conscious mind.

Another important aspect of this is that you might want to watch different behavior manifestations with different alcoholic beverages. I knew of individuals who when they drank beer, they were fine, when they drank vodka they were fine, but when they combined beer and vodka they responded violently. I knew several who, although seemed to appear just drunk, had no memory of what happened during the time they were under the influence. Perhaps this was some type of allergic reaction.

I like to tell the story of a lady I once knew who would tell me the most lurid details of her sex life when she drank port wine. The beauty of this was she was telling the truth and had no memory later of what she had told me. I should have listened more closely for I could have prevented much heartache in my life. Wine and beer was fine, but port wine revealed a personality I should have avoided. I will leave it at that.


Another technique of peering into a person’s inner personality is to share the same bed with them. This is done very frequently both inside and outside of marriage. But take the situation where you and another might be in love and you both share a rather intimate relationship which extends to sleeping together. You may or may not be married. I will set up the situation and guide you through the possible encounter.

Your partner is sleeping, but you are awake and perhaps desire sex. You reach over and touch your partner and he or she, usually she, reacts by jumping and rolling over on her other side. Believe me, my friend, you have just communicated with your paramour’s subconscious. All I can say is that even though your partner professes to love you and responds positively to engaging in sex when awake, the subconscious has just said something else. Your decision is whether you really want this. If you do, then accept the situation and live with it. I just warn you to be careful.

Observe your partner as s/he awakens in the morning, that time when s/he is drifting in and out of the twilight zone of the alpha state of sleep and the awake state. This is a time when inner feelings are revealed. If you are astute you might gain some insight into his or her feelings.

Off on a tangent as I frequently go, observe how plants behave in your friend’s presence. Do plants thrive or do they die? There have been many studies performed on plants which have revealed that plants sometimes are sensitive to their human surroundings. There are people who kill plants. Be careful that the person does not kill you.

I was traveling around the US giving lectures on stress based upon the principles in my book, How to Benefit from Stress, and I was describing studies done on the way plants respond to music. I finished my description of studies which showed that plants thrived when classical music was played and did not do very well with rock music. A mother in the class proceeded to tell me that her teenage son always played rock music in his room and the plants thrived there. I was attempting to come up with some kind of an answer when a young girl in the class blurted out: “They were probably pot plants!” This young girl saved the day. The entire class laughed and I was saved. My only response was to acknowledge her explanation and admit that in no way could I ever top that.

I have given several ways and techniques by which one can look into oneself and into the subconscious mind of another. Use them when they are appropriate to gain insight.

nicola michael c. Tauraso, M.D.


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