I had the opportunity to do a guest blog post over at Phoenix Publishing and Book Promotion.
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Could this be the greatest prank ever pulled on a guitar player?
I can't wait to add this hilarity into my jokester arsenal while simultaneously asking all of you to never do something like this to me...
We all have those days that don't quite start off the way we planned...
What do we do? We refuse defeat. The strongest of us pick ourselves up, dust off, and attempt to throw those sour lemons right back into the world...
The timid work to regain our composure, trying to slowly make our way back out into the unknown existence that surrounds us...
The daring speed through the day, hoping to evade the next incoming jolt...
The survivalist grasps at anything familiar in order to avoid the eternal plunge of reality...
But in the end we all arrive at the same conclusion; keep your head up and face towards the day ahead. Before you realize it, another wave of reality is surely heading your way.
As my first official blog post, I figured I would discuss a topic that I have spent most of my life studying and contemplating. A subject that eventually inspired me to write 'Dreaming in the Shadows'. I've written numerous short stories, songs, and poetry dedicated to this matter, and now with the release of my first novel approaching, it only seems fitting to dedicate this introductory post to... you guessed it, the subconscious mind.
The more we begin to experience the life that occupies the space in front of our eyes, the further removed we all become from the section of our mind that is responsible for our very existence. Don't believe me? Take a deep breath. Think about that, when was the last time you actually told your lungs to breathe, eyes to blink, and your mouth to stay closed?
With so much pressure from today's society to maintain a constant connection to the world outside of our own thoughts and dreams, I think it is important to take a few moments throughout the day to be thankful for the gift that happens inside of our minds. I'm talking about the silent navigator that guides you back home day after day, working the wheel and gas pedal so you can catch up on your favorite podcast. The shy, life-coach installing feelings and emotional programs to help you maneuver your way through new and exciting situations, and the fear and anger distributer from the past, keeping you safe during those seemingly dangerous circumstances.
If all of these automated brain functions are piloting your response to the world around you, don't you think it valuable to spend the time to ensure the triggered reaction is the best it can be? I like to focus on the two main emotions we experience, love and fear. Seeing a family member's face, acceptance through love. Hearing an angry dog's bark, avoidance through fear. Sadly, these feelings and reactions are interchangeable.
Take Bill for instance, when Bill was bullied as a child from a brown hair and blue eyed boy, it's only fair to assume that from this moment on, his co-pilot (subconscious mind) would guide him negatively in future situations involving boys with brown hair and blue eyes. Unfortunately now, for the rest of the brown hair and blue eyed population, Bill is being steered in an unfavorable direction away from them, due to the subconscious fear and anger that is guiding his perception.
Bill needs to recover those grief-stricken moments with this bully, trapped inside of his memories, and learn to focus on all of the factors that now mold his reactions. Not just the blue eyes and brown hair, but the red brick school, the tan school desk, and the class hamster running in a caged wheel. Thus effectively watering down, and removing, the knee-jerk impulse to fear the world around him based on a simple two-point trigger system. By expanding the available information from a quick flash, into all of the details included in this specific circumstance, it will become just that; a single, individual moment... not a lifetime of routine fear.
Do you have any thoughts on this subject? Comment below!
*I look forward to discussing this topic ad nauseam in the future with any fans, readers, like minded individuals, or deep thinkers. Thank you for reading and check back soon! I hope to have printed copies of 'Dreaming in the Shadows' available by the end of this month.