An iceberg refers to the part that has broken off from the main ice pack and is floating freely and independently in the water. The visible part of the iceberg is only the tip. The largest, heaviest, strongest and main part is submerged below the surface. It is the submerged part that is the most dangerous and threatening because it is not visible to you.
“And that’s just the tip of the iceberg” is a frequently used expression to convey the enormity of a situation. It implies that there is much more than the visible part that is contributing to the situation. There is the unknown or hidden part as well. You cannot see the whole situation. The expression cautions the listener to look beneath the surface and to be aware that there are other factors to take into account.
As strange as it sounds, human beings have a lot in common with icebergs. You and your conscious mind are the tip of the iceberg. Your subconscious mind is the part of your mind below the level of conscious perception. It contains the hidden elements and circumstances that determine your actions and reactions in life and the underlying beliefs and motivations that drive you. It is the most powerful part of your being. Like the iceberg, it is the unknown that causes the greatest damage.
To take advantage of the power of your subconscious, you need to turn off and relax your conscious mind and use your personal sonar and radar to scope out and become acquainted with the nature of your subconscious. Once you understand it and its true nature you can use it to your advantage.
The subconscious is always on. It monitors every thought that you have. It can be programmed to help you overcome, achieve and have everything you want. It responds to suggestions, visualizations, repetitions and your expectations. The subconscious exists to do your bidding and to make your desires a reality. Use it wisely.
Patricia Frank is a Licensed Psychotherapist. She can be reached at 305- 788-4864.