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Idea 4: What the depth mind can do

While the fisher sleeps the net takes the fish.

Ancient Greek proverb

The functions of the conscious mind – analyzing, synthesizing and valuing – can also take place on a deeper level. Your depth mind can dissect for you, just as your stomach juices can break down food into its elements.

The depth mind, for example, is capable of analyzing data that you may not have known you had taken in, and comparing it with what is filed away in your memory bank.

The depth mind is capable of more than analysis. It is also close to the seat of your memory and the repository of your values. It is also a workshop where creative synthesis can be made by an invisible hand.

An organic analogy for its function is the womb, where ...

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