If the soul has so much trouble understanding the subconscious because the subconscious is being secretive on purpose, what about before trauma occurs? Do the soul and subconscious communicate more easily before one of them becomes traumatized?
Good question! The human design is so fascinatingly complex that trying to explain these things clearly is a bit challenging, but let’s give it a go. As I’ve mentioned in other articles, each of your elements is designed to speak its own unique language. But when it comes to their level of fluency–meaning, how well they can understand each other–things are not equal. Let’s draw it out.
In this diagram, the colour of each arrow shows us which language it represents. Your soul uses a non-verbal, non-visual spiritual language. In this chart, that language is represented by the red arrows. Solid arrows indicate total fluency. Dashed arrows indicate partial understanding. So what we can see here is that when your soul communicates to your other elements using it’s natural spiritual language, your conscious and body partially understand it, but your subconscious fully understands what your soul is saying.
Now there are two main issues that affect how well elements understand each other. The first is how well they can comprehend the language being used. The second is how secretive the speaker is being.
The reason your conscious and body struggle to fully understand your soul is that its natural language is too different from their own. Your soul uses a language that is extremely efficient. Using its natural language, your soul only needs a fraction of a second to say something that would take your conscious many seconds to try to say. A good example of this is prayer.
Imagine a father sitting down at the supper table with his family and praying over the meal. The father’s prayer is rather long. It takes him 60 seconds to get from “Dear God” to “amen.” Now if the father is actually praying (not just putting on an act), then what happens is his soul communicates a very complicated package of sentiments, concerns, and attitudes to God using its natural spiritual language. God is fluent in every language His creatures speak, so God understands exactly what the soul said to Him. The soul’s language is so efficient that it was able to complete its prayer in less than 1 second.
Now whenever your soul starts talking, your conscious listens in. What humans call “prayer” is actually the conscious’ attempt to translate what the soul has said into a verbal language. The problem is that your soul’s language is so densely packed that words just can’t keep up. When the father prays out loud at the dinner table, what he says is a very poor translation of what his soul actually said to God. A lot of information and emotion is left out. What his family hears is his conscious’ attempt to capture the general gist of what the soul already said. This is the best the conscious can do because the soul speaks so fast. It also means that every time you pray using your thought voice (which uses words) or speaking out loud, you are actually repeating yourself. Your original prayer was already finished before you even began to speak, and God has probably already given you a reply–a reply which your conscious isn’t even registering yet because it’s so focused on trying to put together a very lacklustre translation of the original prayer. There is a lot more to be said on the fascinating subject of prayer mechanics, but let’s move on for now so we don’t get too off track.
Now if your soul wants to be better understood by your conscious, it will adjust its style of speaking so that your conscious finds it easier to keep up. But in general, your soul doesn’t spend a lot of time trying to “dumb things down” for your other elements. Of all of your elements, your soul is mainly interested in talking to your subconscious. In our diagram, notice how the red arrow going from the soul to the subconscious is solid, not dashed. This is because your subconscious is able to understand your soul far better than your body or conscious can, so the communication between these two alpha elements can flow very easily if everyone is being cooperative. But in our diagram, the subconscious’ natural language is shown using black arrows, and notice how the black arrow going from your subconscious to your soul is dashed, not solid. What is that about?
While your subconscious can understand your soul, it doesn’t always want your soul to understand itself. How well your soul can understand your subconscious depends on how cooperative your subconscious feels like being.
Your subconscious prefers to communicate by combining sensory data that it receives from your body. Individual textures, smells, sights and sounds all function like “words” to your subconscious, and it combines these things in creative ways to metaphorically say the things it wants to say. Some metaphors are more obvious than others, and this is intentional on the part of your subconscious. When it wants to be easily understood, it uses metaphors and symbolism that it knows your other elements will easily understand. When it doesn’t want to be understood, it switches to using metaphors and symbolism that only make sense to itself.
Now let’s look at our diagram again, and this time, notice how your subconscious uses a variety of languages to speak to your other elements:
According this chart, your subconscious is able to speak to the conscious using your conscious’ own language (the blue arrow). Your subconscious can also speak to your body using your body’s natural language (the green arrow). But when speaking to your soul, your subconscious always uses its own metaphorical language; it doesn’t switch to using your soul’s language.
Notice how there is no direct communication from your body to your soul. Your body primarily speaks to your subconscious, and your subconscious translates what your body is saying for the benefit of your soul and conscious. But now let’s look at that dashed red arrow going from your soul to your body. Sometimes your soul wants to give your body a direct command. In these cases, it communicates using its spiritual language which your body only partially understands. Often when your soul is giving these kinds of commands, it is upset about what your body is doing, and your body understands your soul well enough to get the gist of what it’s saying. Your subconscious can also translate what your soul is saying to your body if it wants to. It won’t usually do this, because it often considers your soul’s attempts to direct your body to be irritating. Directing your body is your subconscious’ job, and it generally doesn’t like your soul butting in. But there are situations when your subconscious agrees with what your soul is saying, and in those cases, it will help your body understand what your soul wants it to do.
As you can see, the mechanics of inter-element communication are very complicated. But since we’ve come this far, we might as well complete the picture by understanding how supernatural entities communicate with your elements.
This diagram demonstrates how demons are capable of speaking to each of your elements using their preferred languages. The fact that they are able to imitate your internal voices so well makes it challenging to accurately identify when demons are speaking to you.
Now notice the different thicknesses of the arrows above. The thicker arrows indicate which of your internal elements demons prefer to work with. When it comes to general humanity, demons like to primarily target the subconscious. Not only is your subconscious very easy to agitate, but it plays such a central role in your system that its distress automatically distresses your other elements, so targeting this element is an efficient way for demons to get you upset.
After your subconscious, your soul is the other element that demons like to go after. Realize that your current stress load can change demon behaviour quite a bit. If your soul is already in distress, for example, they will target your soul more, because it’s always easier for them to intensify stress that already exists than it is for them to create new stress.
Since demons find it easiest to agitate people who are already feeling upset for some reason, they are especially attracted to humans who are in a state of psychological or spiritual trauma. When you are traumatized, one or both of your alpha elements is in a constant state of stress, and stressed elements are very easy for demons to upset even more. It’s useful to understand that convenience is a key factor in why demons spend extra resources targeting traumatized humans. When you understand the mechanics I’m explaining here, you can see why you shouldn’t assume something is wrong with you just because demons are harassing you so much. You can attract extra attention from demons a number of ways, and many of those ways have nothing to do with you being “messed up” or “spiritually flawed.” While it is quite possible to intentionally attract demons towards you, many of the people who are getting horrifically tormented by demons in the world today are not making foolish spiritual choices, therefore they should not be blamed for the trouble they are having. When seeking spiritual counselling, you need to be cautious about the advice you are giving. You should always ask God for His opinion before you accept what your counsellor is telling you, because a lot of spiritual counsellors do a very poor job of helping people understand why they are being harassed by supernatural entities.
So what about God? How does He talk to your various elements? Like demons, God is capable of speaking to each of your elements using its preferred language, but God mainly communicates with your soul.
The fact that God primarily speaks to your soul using your soul’s spiritual language has important implications for how well your other elements understand what He says to you. To put it simply, it’s very easy to get the message wrong. I won’t get into all of the reasons why, because that gets into a whole other series of complicated mechanics. But since you’re asking about soul/subconscious communication, it’s useful to understand that there are supernatural entities that frequently communicating with your elements as well, and the kinds of things they say to you have a significant influence on your thoughts and behaviours.
How Stress Affects Communication
To answer your question, let’s broaden the topic a bit. Trauma causes intense distress, but really any degree of stress can change how your alpha elements treat each other. Remember that your subconscious’ top priority is to protect you. Whenever you feel threatened, your subconscious immediately goes on the defensive. Because it considers protecting you to be it’s job (not your soul’s), your subconscious tends to get a bit cagey with your soul until the crisis has passed. Think of it like this:
You’re sitting down having a nice chat with your friend when his phone vibrates. When he checks it, he sees a text message that contains some alarming news. “What’s wrong?” you ask when you see the panic on his face, but your friend doesn’t answer you. Instead, he rushes to his feet and quickly dials a number. Now he’s pacing tensely, waiting for the call to connect. “What’s wrong?” you ask again, but your friend doesn’t even look at you because he’s so focused on the issue he’s dealing with. When someone picks up his call, he starts barking instructions at them. You listen, but it’s still not clear to you what the crisis is about. Once your friend hangs up from the first call, he immediately makes another. This time you hear him explaining to someone else what the problem is. His daughter has just been in a terrible car accident. You jump to your feet, anxious to help. “What can I do?” you ask. “I have to go,” is the only answer you get as your friend rushes out the door.
In this scenario, your friend illustrates how your subconscious reacts when it feels that you are being threatened in some way. It immediately becomes hyper-focused on the issue at hand, and it starts firing commands at your conscious and body. Before you soul can even grasp what’s wrong, your body is obeying your subconscious’ orders. Until the crisis is over, your subconscious is a rather difficult conversation partner. It’s not that it’s trying to be rude; it’s simply trying to focus on protecting all of your elements, including your soul. The more serious the threat, the less likely your subconscious will waste precious seconds trying to fill your soul in on what’s happening.
The mechanics I’ve just explained are what cause humans to often feel like they go into some kind of “auto pilot” mode when a serious crisis arises. Afterwards, they will often feel like they didn’t have any control over the way they behaved. Such thoughts come from their soul, who really didn’t have any control because the subconscious was taking over. It’s useful to understand that many of the actions we label as “heroic” or “cowardly” are driven solely by the subconscious. This is why it isn’t reasonable to try to assess a man’s moral character or spiritual values based on how he acts in a crisis. Once your subconscious goes on “red alert,” your soul’s influence over your behaviour becomes drastically reduced if not entirely blocked. When the crisis passes, and sometimes even in the middle of the crisis, your soul might desperately want you to behave differently than you are, yet it simply lacks the influence it needs to make that happen. Your subconscious is designed by God to be able to override the soul in these moments, and this is a critical point to understand when you are dealing with guilt over the way you behaved in a crisis (see Your Soul vs. God: Two Different Judges).
The key point for you to understand is that your subconscious always has logical reasons for being cagey with your soul. It doesn’t withhold information just to be difficult. It always has a practical reason for doing so, and that reason is usually limiting stress. Your subconscious will keep secrets from your soul to protect itself from stress, but it will also do so to protect your soul from knowing more information than your subconscious thinks it can handle. It’s also useful to understand that it’s difficult for your subconscious to communicate with your soul without your conscious and body listening in, and those two elements are the frailest in the group. Just as adult parents will refrain from discussing certain topics in front of their children in order to protect those children from stress, your subconscious will also refrain from sharing certain information form your soul because it is worried about overwhelming your conscious. As I often say in my material, you are a complex little thing, and there is so much more going on inside of you every moment than you realize.
This post was written in response to J.