By Thor Udenæs
The unconscious is beyond our control, but still has an active presence in our lives. It influences our thoughts, feelings and actions.
A typical everyday meditation session is largely spent working through daily residues. In a half-hour meditation, the first twenty minutes or so of spontaneous activity generally relates to day-to-day matters such as work, relationships, and problems or challenges, though it can also include elements of sleep or bodily sensations.
In the last ten minutes or so there is often a transition towards processing so-called ‘life’s residues’ – in other words, more fundamental structures in the personality. This phase is often marked by inner restlessness: concrete thoughts or images give way to more diffuse and unclear spontaneous activity. The unconscious takes over, in that spontaneous activity begins to influence the way we meditate.