Accessing the Inner Healer

Healing = Effectively Accessing the Subconscious

It really is as simple as this – your subconscious (or SC) contains the answers to situations which need healing or clarity because it is the part of you that knows and sees ALL – your ‘issues’, emotions, thoughts, biology and spirituality (i.e. information from the higher realms accessed via your intuition, dreams, visions etc).

There are a number of ways to access the SC which usually involve relaxing the mind then focusing on the problem in order to find a positive outcome or solution. This requires determining what your issue is teaching you about life. There are five ‘life lesson’ questions listed below which you may refer to when using the SC accessing techniques outlined further on (some of these include examples). You must TRUST your response(s) to these questions and follow through with the information you receive.

Life Lesson Questions

  1. What is the purpose of the experience?
  2. How can I learn from this?
  3. What is significant about this event for me?
  4. How can I change my behavior?
  5. How can I see this more positively?

SC Accessing Techniques


As long as you are relaxed and focused you are meditating. Some simple ways to meditate are:

  • Sit on grass or under a tree and look into the distance.
  • Sit quietly in a room and focus on an object that gives you joy or a sense of peace (e.g. a picture or figurine of an angel, flowers or a color).
  • Repeat the word “Peace” or “Calm” as you do one of the above.
  • Visualize yourself in White light until you are at peace.
  • Pray in any way that suits you.

Ask Your Body

This involves asking the part of your body that is in pain what it needs to heal as physical pain usually conceals a life lesson. It requires that you be in a meditative state – put your hand(s) on the area that is in pain or focus your attention on it, close your eyes, take a few deep breaths and ask your question (e.g. What do you need to heal? or What are you trying to teach me?). (Seek medical attention if pain persists.)

An example: Sally experiences headaches every time she visits with her family. One day, after taking something to relieve her pain, she decides to find out what is causing it. She closes her eyes and imagines she is talking to her temples, as this is where she feels the most tension, then she asks, “What do you need to heal?” – she receives the following response as words in her mind: “Speak up! You do not need to take on your family’s criticism. You need to give them a piece of your mind.” She did indeed follow through with her own advice and after about three months, not only did her headaches evaporate but her family actually began treating her with respect.

Frontal-Occipital Holding

This scientific term sounds daunting but the technique is quite simple – it involves holding your head with both hands, one on your forehead (the brain’s Frontal lobe) and the other on the back part of the head where the skull protrudes slightly (the Occipital lobe). This helps circulate blood to the brain which reduces stress and creates mental clarity. After a few minutes you will be focused enough to ask a question.


Analyzing your dreams is a great way to resolve your problems. If they are too ‘symbolic’ you may not understand them and other people’s interpretations may not be relevant for you. It is possible to ‘program’ the SC by asking it (i.e. telling yourself) to give you answers, in a literal, easily understood way which will be effortlessly recalled by you in the morning.

An example: George finds it difficult to trust women. He knows that this is directly related to the fact that his mother cheated on his father when he was six years old. As he cannot afford to go to therapy he has been writing about the whole thing in his journal but does not believe that this has helped him. George reads an article about how dreams can help heal emotional issues so one night before bed, he asks his subconscious how he can let this go – he has the following dream: he is sitting opposite his mother at the family dining table and begins speaking of how her actions have affected him…he becomes quite enraged and calls her just about every swear word there is…then he is handed a piece of paper by his mother with the words “I’m sorry” written on it. George woke up suddenly feeling like a huge burden had been lifted. He quickly wrote down the dream and realized that he required his mother to take responsibility for the pain she had caused before he could move on with his life.


Keeping a journal (including your dream interpretations) is a good way to determine life lessons. You can do this by answering specific questions about an issue which will leave you with a record of how you dealt with it that can be accessed when needed. You may find a positive outcome simply by expressing all the negativity on paper – this will also relax your mind.

Divinatory Tools

Tarot and Angel cards, Runes, the I Ching are all divinatory tools which directly access the SC regardless of how relaxed you are at the time. These materials are not about predicting the future as it changes when you change. Ask one or more of the life lesson questions when using any of these tools in order to get more specific guidance.

An example: Ethena found herself at a crossroads in her life when she was offered an opportunity to collaborate on an overseas project with unfamiliar people. She very much wanted to go but understood that she would be leaving everything/one she loved behind and that she would also be taking on a huge financial risk. Ethena asked her Angel cards as she shuffled them “What is the purpose of this experience for me?” and chose the word “Faith” – this would be one of those rare occasions where she was going to take that leap.

(This article contains modified excerpts from the self-help book “DIY Therapy: Simple, Self-help Skills.”)

© New Age Power (Helen Papadopoulos) 

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