Led Zeppelin and the Subconscious Mind

LED ZEPPELIN! The greatest Rock-N-Roll band of ALL TIME! Better than the Beatles! Better than the Stones! Even better than Tenacious D!

Jack Black – Kennedy Center Awards, December 2012

I LOVE Led Zeppelin! I agree with Jack Black. Greatest rock-n-roll band of all time!

I was singing along to “Stairway to Heaven” this afternoon and one of the lyrics struck me as very relevant to the work of the subconscious mind. And NO, I wasn’t using a mind altering substances.

In the last part of the song after Jimmy Page has laid down one of the most heavenly (no pun intended) guitar solos in music history Robert Plant sings:

“And if you listen very hard, the tune will come to you at last”

I’ve heard that song hundreds, maybe thousands, of times but for some reason, BAM, it hit me like a ton of bricks. If we give our questions to our subconscious and listen, we’ll get answers. Might sound a little “woo-woo” but let me explain how I came to this and tell you about my process.

Through a Therapist’s Eyes

For about two years I was the cohost of a podcast called Through a Therapist’s Eyes. Chris Gazdik is one of my best friends and closest confidants, a psychotherapist who runs a successful practice, and the shows host. Chris is also the author of an Amazon bestseller of the same name, Through a Therapist’s Eyes: Reunderstanding Emotions and Becoming Your Best Self.

One of the most fascinating guests we interviewed during my time on the show was Ted Spickler, author of Gaining Insight Through Tacit Knowledge: Achieving Full Understanding From Learning and Teaching.

During the conversation Mr. Spickler told us that when we are working on a problem and don’t find the solution, our subconscious mind will continue to look for solutions even after we’ve moved our conscious mind to something else. If you’ve ever walked away from something you were working on, a math problem for example, and had an “A-HA” moment later that resulted in a solution, then you have experienced what I am talking about.

If you are frustrated with something you are working on, someone telling you to take a break or walk away is great advice! Take a break, take some deep diaphragmatic breaths, and relax. Your subconscious will continue working on it and eventually you’ll have your solution.

Putting Your Subconscious to Work

Here’s how I use this process. The 3P’s and One Thing exercise we work on with our clients is a great example. The 3P’s are:

  1. Passion
  2. Principles
  3. Purpose

And your One Thing is your target mission at this point in your life.

Finding your 3P’s and One Thing can be a challenge for people who have never considered these things. To help us uncover the answers we ask a series of questions in each category that gives us clues, but again, the questions can be hard to answer. This is not an exercise that you do in 30 minutes.

The way I completed the exercise and the way I coach my clients is to:

  1. Do a few minutes of Box Breathing to calm the mind
  2. Read and consider the questions
  3. Put the questions down and walk away
  4. Listen for answers

The answers will begin to come. Maybe not right away, but they will. You may be in the shower, driving your car, taking a walk, reading a book, but they will come.

As I begin to get insights I’ll repeat steps 1 and 2, but I’ll begin to write the answers on the paper. As I repeat this process over a period of time I may rewrite, add to, or even change the written answers based on the information my subconscious is giving me.

Another way I use this is for topics for my blog and YouTube channel. I ask myself “what content can I produce that will help my audience?” and just like the lyric I’d heard hundreds or thousands of times, ideas come.

Sounds crazy but it works every time!

How have you seen your subconscious mind work in this way? I’d love to hear from you. Comment below or feel free to contact me directly.

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