Cliff Notes...






Greetings and Merry Christmas! Okay, I have a project for you. (Imagine that!) I want you to do what I am doing right now. (Well, actually as I write this.) Take a blank piece of paper and put it in front of you. Now just stare at it for a minute. I’ll wait…

Now that you have done that, what came to mind? If I were to guess, you are saying something like, “What came to mind was how stupid this is.” Alright, that’s fair, but what ELSE came to mind? As it happens, our mind is always working on several levels of consciousness. The “This is stupid” thought was the surface level but there are several other, less obvious levels of thought that were/are going on too!

What I am encouraging you to do is connect with THOSE levels. Think of it as identifying those things in your mind that you can just about grasp but not quite. We often refer to these peripheral thoughts as something nagging at us. This happens because whatever it is that we are holding in these peripheral thoughts have been assigned by our subconsciousness, a level of importance that is enough to keep it there, so maybe we should consider what it is. Most often those thoughts come to the forefront just as we are going to sleep (what is called a liminal state) or while we are sleeping.

But, this is my December Cliff Notes, it’s Christmas time, what’s this got to do with Christmas? Well, nothing really. I have been working on this exercise for a while and I found that I am sleeping better and I attribute it to not having a bunch of mental clutter nagging at me. And, since I really didn’t have anything new or inspirational to say about Christmas, and I am not even convinced this really gets read, I thought I would share it – just in case. I mean, if you do, I want to be helpful, if not insightful or inspirational. So, give it a try and see if you are able to identify some things your subconscious is trying to get you to work on. Maybe you will sleep better too.

Hey, there IS a Christmas intersection after all, “Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring…” Darn, now I’m going to have nagging stuff about Christmas.

I pray you have a blessed Christmas!


Cliff Caton