Paul Howarth: ‘The opposite to space is clutter. Day-to-day pressures of work, family and commitments can fill your mind, and leave old/negative programmes running. The first thing we need to do if we want to access the superconscious is to declutter. Once we have started clearing the subconscious mind of the destructive programmes, we start to create space. This is crucial.’
I find the best place to access the superconscious, is out in nature. Down by a river, walking the dog, in the bath, anywhere you feel relaxed. Wherever you do your best thinking, when your mind is at its clearest. Right now, I’m standing on top of a mountain (a big hill) in Portugal. It’s evening. Dogs are barking. The sunset is pink. I breath in the smell of warm earth. I watch the reflection of sundown on a lake, the buildings of Portimao and the distant lights of Farragudo. Connected with nature.’
Once we find our favourite spot, what do you recommend next?
Paul: ‘To access your superconscious, you need to push away your subconscious thoughts, and put yourself in a place where you are free from your day-to-day clutter. This is why out in the open, away from distractions, technology and people, works well. For many, the next part of that journey is to experience activities such as meditation. Meditation is a great way to access the superconscious mind. There are so many self-help books, videos and professionals out there that can help you with this.’
I have found that the best way to access my superconscious mind is to just be very, very still. Take a few deep breaths and imagine yourself somewhere high. Then see yourself taking steps down to a lovely place by a river or a lake. If you can’t visit your favourite spot you can visualise it. The process of taking steps down, in your mind, will help get to that place where you can access your subconscious.’
Is there a technical term for this process?
Paul: ‘When we meditate, we are actually trying to attain a theta state of mind. This is the state you would have found yourself in as a child. Do you ever remember being caught daydreaming in class?’
I do indeed…
Paul: ‘Well, that childlike daydream state is what we are trying to achieve. Unfortunately, modern education and society beats this state of mind out of us. When, actually, we should spend more time accessing those theta waves. When we access these waves, we become much more imaginative and creative.
'Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world’- Einstein
Of course, you don’t have to sit cross legged with your palms to the sky while sniffing incense. What matters is that you have a quiet mind to attain that theta deep meditative state.’
A few still, quiet moments throughout the day certainly can’t hurt us…and I rather like the smell of incense.
(This interview has been edited for the purpose of clarity)