Over The Wall

The Over The Wall technique takes advantage of the latent problem solving power of the subconscious mind. When you come up against a problem or question that you just can’t work out, you can get your subconscious to present a solution to you may not otherwise have found.

By setting a question or problem you want to find an answer to and giving your mind a place to work and create this solution deliberately outside of your conscious view, it allows you to expose it to your conscious mind all in one instant as a fully formed idea. This is as opposed to the usual step by step logical process of the conscious mind, which builds up its solutions one piece at a time. You in effect outrun the critical editing faculty of the conscious mind. This gives you access to creative solutions that would otherwise have been dismissed or not even considered in the first place.

The role of the conscious mind is to then ask follow up questions, observe the changes in the imagery and analyze the results of your ‘over the wall’ experience. It makes sense really, let each part of your infinite mind do what it does best.

Start out by deciding on a question or a problem that you have been unable to find an answer to through thinking in the usual way. It can help set the question in your mind by writing it down. Next close your eyes and imagine a great wall in front of you so you cannot see what is behind it. Behind this wall is where the solution to your problem lies. You can then forget about the question confident in the knowledge that your sub-conscious will already have begun working on the problem. To occupy your conscious mind which will be itching to take a peek over that wall, focus on visualizing the surroundings on this side of the wall. For example imagine you are in a beautiful, almost magical garden. The key here is the detail, try to notice everything about it. What’s in this garden? What colours can you see, what about sounds? Smells? How does it feel to be there?

Your visualizations will be much more vivid and engaging if you describe them aloud. You can do this by describing to someone else what this garden is like, or by imagining someone else is in room with you and describe it to them, or even to a tape recorder. The important thing is to have some kind of external focus. Spend a few minutes creating a detailed and vivid environment, then slowly approach the wall and describe it in the same level of detail; what does it look like, feel like, sound like?

Now leap over the wall, and immediately begin describing out loud the first things that come into your mind; what can you see, what sensations do you feel? Follow the imagery your mind creates for you and as before do this in as much detail as possible, don’t try to direct your experience just describe what your mind is presenting you with. Continue with your descriptions for a few minutes or until you feel have absorbed all of what your mind is showing you, and then slowly open your eyes and re-orientate yourself to the room you are in.

Now it is time to go over your experience. The subconscious speaks to the conscious mind in ideas and by metaphor. What do the images you have seen represent, how does this relate to the problem you set out to solve? Once you have an idea of what your mind has been showing you, ask some follow up questions; How do I know what I have understand is the right answer to this question, What should I do next about this? Is there anything else I should know? Each time close your eyes and notice how the imagery changes, describing it out loud as before and then looking back on what you have described.

Try this simple technique for yourself and you will be amazed at the results.


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