Here’s a story extracted from the book, Code to Joy,
by George Pratt, Ph.D and Peter Lambrou, Ph.D.
It illustrates the power of the subconscious mind in a spectacular new way you may have never seen before…
…and gives us a starting point on how to work with the subconscious (instead of having the subconscious working seemingly against us).
So… Once upon a time there was a flea who believed that he was king of the world.
One day he decided he wanted to go to the beach for a swim.
But the western shore was many miles away, and on his own, the flea could travel only inches at a time.
If he was going to reach the shore during his lifetime, he would need transportation.
So he called out to his elephant. “Ho there, Elephant, let’s go.”
The flea’s elephant came to his side and kneeled down.
The flea hopped up and, pointing to the west, said, “That way—to the beach.”
But the elephant did not go west.
He rather felt like taking a stroll in the forest to the east, and that is what he did.
The flea, much to his dismay, could do nothing but go along for the ride, and spent the day being smacked in the face by leaves and branches.
The next day, the flea tried to get the elephant to take him to the store to buy salve for his face.
Instead, the elephant took a long romp in the northern mountains, terrifying the poor flea so badly that he could not sleep that night.
The flea stayed in his bed for days, beset by nightmares of thundering along mountain roads, certain he would fall to his death, and awoke each morning in a cold sweat.
After a week, finally feeling well enough to rise from his bed, the flea beckoned the elephant to his side, clambered up, and said, “I’m not well. Please, take me to the doctor.”
But the elephant merrily trundled off to the western seashore, where he spent the day swimming!!
The flea nearly drowned!!
That night, sitting by the fireplace and trying to warm himself, the flea had a thought…
He turned to the elephant and said…
“About tomorrow…um, what are your plans?”
Moral: If you’re a flea riding on an elephant, before you make any plans, you might want to check out what your elephant has in mind 🙂
The flea of the story represents our conscious mind, which includes our intellect and power of reason, our ambitions and aspiration, our ideas, thoughts, hopes, and plans. In short, everything we think of as “me”. The personality, the ego.
The elephant is our subconscious.
OK… Now let’s place this idea in a new context, so we can understand it even further…