Monday, May 9, 2011

Conscious and Subconscious

Conscious and Subconscious

[Originally Posted on November 24, 2010 by Richard Matteson]


An iceberg is a good metaphor for the mind. The subconscious is the large section underwater. The surface of the water is the connection between the two parts of the mind.

Understanding the role of both parts of the mind is important in developing ourselves as people and musicians. The subconscious mind carries out the majority of tasks including playing an instrument or singing. The thoughts our conscious mind feeds into the subconscious determine how the subconscious mind operates.

The mind is constantly transmitting thoughts which are vibrations that penetrate space and time and effect matter and other thoughts.

Thoughts are physical things- if you don’t like your audience- they know it on a subconscious level. Developing a positive attitude towards your audience and yourself is important and is a critical part of the performance situation that is often overlooked.

Positive thoughts are an essential ingredient in successful performances. if you have no control over your conscious mind and you’re sending negative thoughts while you’re performing, your performance will surely suffer and performance anxiety will be the result.

The focus should be on sharing music and on sending positive thoughts to your subconscious mind.

We’ll look at concrete steps to take in another blog,

More to come——–

Richard Matteson

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