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Felicia Drury Kliment was an adjunct professor at the City College of the City University of New York where she taught courses in the Psychology of the Special Needs Child. She based them on her teaching experience in public schools in Harlem, New York, and later wrote about them in magazines and academic journals. Her landmark paper on the subject, “Beyond Psychoanalysis,” was published in the distinguished journal, The Clearing House.

Kliment then took a detour and wrote two popular books for McGraw-Hill about nutrition and diet. The best-seller The Acid Alkaline Balance Diet was published in 2002; thanks to popular demand, a second edition was published in 2010. Eat Right for Your Metabolism, a book of recipes corresponding to the first book,was published in 2006.

Right after that, Kliment returned to her lifelong interest in the subconscious, leading to the publication of this book in 2014. It took her years to write because, unlike so many writers of nonfiction, she didn't put the book together out of second-hand material. The book originated from her life experiences and those of her family and friends, though she did read widely in search of literary, scientific, and biographical stories showing the subconscious at work. As a result, the book portrays the subconscious, not in stodgy academic terms, but through the lives of those who have benefited from it. It is truly a collaboration between Kliment’s conscious and subconscious minds.  

 

 

Inspiration for This Book

The seed from which this book grew was a seemingly insignificant incident that occurred when I was barely three. My parents were called away unexpectedly, so they arranged for me to spend the night with friends. I slept in the four-year-old daughter’s bedroom.  Just before she and I crawled under the covers, and despite my objections, she turned off the lights and drew the curtains, making sure that not even the tiniest glimmer of light was visible. The darkness was impenetrable. I could see nothing, and this terrified me so much that I lost belief in my existence. I was convinced my presence on earth was just a figment of my imagination, never mind where my imagination came from if I didn’t exist.  Not only was my self-awareness obliterated, I had lost the one resource that could have come to my rescue—my subconscious. 

While in a matter of a few days I got my sense of self back, I knew something else was still missing, although I didn’t know what. In fact it was my subconscious. It was at this point that my quest to find it began. The first break came when I was well into adulthood. I accidentally stumbled upon a quote from Carl Gustave Jung:  “By making conscious that which is unconscious, man can live in greater harmony with his own nature.” This spurred me into reading everything I could find about the subconscious. Once fully informed, I began having ideas that I had not previously formulated as well as meaningful coincidences that had no rational explanation. They were evidence not only that I had found my subconscious, but that I had also become the beneficiary of its wisdom. This gave me the impetus to share its significance with others. So I took pen and paper in hand and began writing this book.

Over the years it took me to write this book, I became more and more convinced of the important role the subconscious should play in people’s lives—if only they could ignore the seductions of our current high-tech lifestyle and truly connect with it. I hope this book will encourage your subconscious to guide and enhance your life as it has mine.   

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