The Importance Of The Subconscious Mind For Our Survival

When I was in elementary school I was enjoying a ‘jawbreaker’ (one of those hard candy balls) and at the same time I was cursing someone for a reason I no longer recall. All I remember quite vividly is the fact that the candy ball went into my throat and I began to choke!

I was barely able to take in just a little bit of air as the candy ball moved up in my throat and blocked it completely and then fell back into my throat.

Under this life-threatening circumstance, my brain seemed to have kicked into high gear and I thought to myself “maybe if I drink water the candy ball will pass through my throat.” Thus, I managed to walk to the school bar and gestured my need for water. Interestingly enough, they did not have any! My mind then took my to portable water fountain a few feet away. I opened the faucet but it was empty! I know now that this was providence, for had I drank water, my chances of survival would have been close to none since the little air I was still able to gasp would have been completely blocked.

I then fell onto my knees and my stomach, in a desperate attempt for survival, contracted with enough force to expel the candy ball from my throat.


I took the biggest breath I have ever taken in my life and felt so much relief you can only imagine if you have ever been through a life/death situation such as this.

Ever since, whenever I have to swallow a pill, I have to force my mind into it.

And this is the point of this entire article. My subconscious mind knew exactly that I was going through a life-threating situation and made sure to record it so that I would never again have to experience this.

As a side note, I must add this had been the second time I encountered death. The very first one occurred even before I had been born!

You see, my mother was about six months pregnant with me, when she suffered from a lung embolism which made her heart stop. When my father arrived at the hospital, three doctors told him “I’m sorry your wife is dead.” Most husbands would have tearfully and reluctantly accepted the verdict feeling also sorry for the four little children who would have become mother orphans.

My father, however — and who by the way, before becoming a civil engineer had studied medicine for one year — asked for a new drug that was barely being tested, namely, levophed (norepinephrine bitartrate) which is vasoconstrictor, similar to adrenaline, used to treat life-threatening low blood pressure (hypotension). Since my mother had already been declared dead, the doctors had no problem giving my father this new drug.

To make this story short, after giving an intravenous injection to my mother, my father was able to hear a very weak heart beat and the rest is history. My mother is now 87 and I am 61. My father died in 2011, he was 84 (you can feel exactly how he felt by reading his verse The Miracle which he wrote shortly afterwards).

Going back to the main point of this article, our subconscious mind is always active, in cruise-control mode, and it is responsible for making our daily activities much more comfortable, similar to the cruise-control function of our cars. The importance of the subconscious mind for our survival cannot be overemphasized.

Just being aware of our subconscious mind is, in itself, a great means through which we can exercise and further develop the power of our subconscious mind.

JC Wandemberg Ph.D.

Sustainable Systems International

About the author: Dr. Wandemberg is an international consultant, professor, and analyst of economic, environmental, social, managerial, marketing, and political issues. For the past 30 years Dr. Wandemberg has collaborated with corporations, communities, and organizations to integrate sustainability through self-transformation processes and Open Systems Design Principles, thus, catalyzing a Culture of Trust, Transparency, and Integrity.

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