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2016-01-13 – Little but powerful soldiers – neurons of the subconscious mind

7:45:49 AM 1/30 seconds at f/3.5, ISO 100

7:45:49 AM
1/30 seconds at f/3.5, ISO 100

Have you ever fallen asleep while mentally examining an issue of some kind?  A situation at work, a misunderstanding with a friend, a question about where your life is going versus where you want it to go, even a math problem?

Ever had the solution floating at the top of your mind when you wake up?

_MG_5262Your subconscious mind is probably the most powerful tool you have at your disposal, capable of astonishing insight and great leaps of intuition.  Of course, its workings are all based on what your conscious mind feeds it.  So if you’re feeding yourself junk (“I’m such a miserable excuse for a person,” “Nothing good ever happens to me,” “Why can’t I have anything good in my life?” “If it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all.”) then that’s what your subconscious mind will work to produce for you, believing that’s what you really want.  Just as an example, ever found yourself in a position that makes you angry (like ‘always’ choosing the longest, slowest line at the grocery store), and then out of the blue wondered why you chose that particular line?  Subconscious at work, producing evidence to fuel your belief that you will always be in the longest, slowest line.

Just for kicks, try telling yourself, over and over and over, as many times as you’ve ever told yourself the opposite, that you always pick the best line.  The one with the most efficient service, the fastest and friendliest cashier.  Then start noticing over time which line you pick and how the experience relates to when you were convinced of the reverse.  Immediate results?  No.  But you’ll have definitive ones.

So what does all this have to do with photography and the current sunrise project?

_MG_5253Nothing and everything.  If you read yesterday’s post, you’ll know that the growing difficulty of keeping at this project has been weighing on my mind.  This morning, I found myself utterly bored with taking pictures of sunrises and without ideas of what to write for the blog.  That is my own personal junk in the subconscious mind talking, old habits I haven’t managed to replace yet.

And yet, percolating within was a notion that sprang to life as I was standing at the foot of the stairs, glancing up, glancing to the clouded east.

Break it into pieces.  Not the walk itself – I already do that.  But the project.  Because it’s a heckofalot easier to think about two weeks of sunrises… four weeks of sunrises… six weeks, and so on, than it is to think of 366 days (thirteen down, 353 to go).  And then when each segment is reached, I CELEBRATE!!  I jump up and down and woo-hoo at the top of my lungs!  Who’s gonna hear?  And what do I care if they do?

And then – and this was the piece of genius on the part of my subconscious – make photo videos of each segment.  Don’t wait for the whole year to go by, make the panoramics and string ’em together and show ’em off, every fifteen days.  Sure it won’t be as dramatic a movement across the horizon… but it’ll be visible progress.

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2 thoughts on “2016-01-13 – Little but powerful soldiers – neurons of the subconscious mind

    1. Ellemar Post author

      Thanks, Leanne! I’m looking forward to learning how to do it in Photoshop! It’ll be interesting to see each successive series improve, too!

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