‘Image Words’: The Vocabulary of the Subconscious Mind . by Alice B. Clagett

Written and published on 25 May 2019

Image: “A Cat Caught by Surprise,” by TOBERTZ CHAVEZ – Flickr, 9 November 2006, from Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2935248 … CC BY 2.0

Image: “A Cat Caught by Surprise,” by TOBERTZ CHAVEZ – Flickr, 9 November 2006, from Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2935248 … CC BY 2.0 

Dear Ones,

The language of the subconscious mind is very physical. The way that it conceives things is like the way that an infant perceives the world. The imagery of the subconscious mind reflects primal joys, joys of the senses, primal fears related to the sensation of physical pain, and strong emotions.

Subconscious words convey an emotion; jubilation or dismay to do with the sensory perceptions of taste, touch, temperature, kinesthesia, sight, and the senses of smell and sound, and the instinct to flee from pain.

The subconscious translates the words that our conscious minds concoct into its own terms, according to its own way of perceiving the world around it. It has no means of grasping abstract concepts, except through visual imagery and sensation.

In my experience, without exception, the sounds that the conscious mind uses as nouns (often words or sets of homonyms that convey both abstract and concrete meanings) are morphed by the subconscious mind into ‘image words’. These are still images (or else ultra-short videoclips) to which is attached high emotional affect.

It is image words that constitute the vocabulary of the subconscious mind. It might be an image of a person falling, along with a feeling of dismay. It might be a picture of a house with windows closed and a scent of mildew, as the subconscious often portrays the human body as a house. It might be an image of a physical injury being inflicted, along with a feeling of agony. It might be an image of a sexual organ, along with a very good or a very bad emotion. It might be a vision of a woman’s breast, and a feeling of fullness in the stomach.

As well, the subconscious mind may use ‘image words’ to represent complex conscious concepts absorbed through rote learning of metaphors and proverbs during the early childhood socialization process. It is the imaginal, emotive nature of metaphors and proverbs that makes them such facile aids in bridging the gap between the subconscious mind of the infant and the various stages of conscious mind development that occur from the end of infancy through puberty.

Other devices that bridge this gap are story, song, and rhyme. Thus, a subconscious ‘image word’ may represent the title of a story or song, or it may represent a character in a song or story that carries one kernel of meaning together with strong emotive content. Or it might represent one image in a rhyme that carries a certain meaning and emotion.

Our dreams are stories told by the subconscious mind using subconscious ‘image words’ representing homonyms, metaphors, proverbs, story, song, and rhyme. If we understand the rules by which the subconscious translates these devices of the conscious mind to subconscious ‘image words’, then it becomes quite easy, just after waking up each morning, to dream journal, and then render a ‘reverse translation’ … from the lingo of the subconscious mind, to the parlance of the conscious mind.

In that way we can discover the hidden tangles in our subconscious minds, the repressed memories and repressed emotions stored here and there in our bodies … in this muscle, or that layer of fascia, or over there, in a nerve ending.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars


Link: “Unified Mind: Integrating the Lower Mental Body into the Higher Mental Body,” by Alice B. Clagett, filmed on 6 September 2016; published on 7 September 2016 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-64E ..

Link: “Subconscious Symbolism: ‘Sucker’ Operation. Also: M2M Leader of Hetero Group,” by Alice B. Clagett, filmed on 13 February 2016; published on 20 February 2016 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-4Wc ..

For examples of ‘image words’ and see my blog categories:  Subconscious and unconscious symbolism  …  and …  Archetypal images

See also my blog category: Inner child – lost children of the Soul – repressed memories – repressed emotions


Creative Commons License
Except where otherwise noted, this work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

repressed memories, repressed emotions, subconscious mind, conscious mind, infantile mind, symbolism, subconscious symbolism, mastery of mind, image words, sensation, dreams, dreamtime realm, dream interpretation, imagery, sensation, metaphor, proverb, socialization, societal expectation, child education, childhood learning, psychology, psychiatry, thought forms,