This ideal state is that of Man in the Garden of Eden. The reality, however, is seldom paradisal bliss. All too often, man will find himself in a state of ego, a condition of “mind after sin”, the sword in full operation, a far cry from the desired mind-unity. If we are to advance spiritually, we need to be able to access our inner mind, even our Neshomoh, at will, even in such a state. The Torah was not given to Angels! If we are to harness our potential, combine conscious focus with the unconscious’ perception even while the ‘sword’ is in effect, then we need to find a method to circumvent the sword or dissipate its affect, to cause the entire mind to ‘agree’ to focus on one thing and thus 'hear' our Neshomoh speaking.
An important, often overlooked, method is the use of emotion. Emotion is a key to the inner mind and a door to the inner chambers of the soul. It is the language of the subconscious and so elicits its immediate response. Aroused emotions, whatever they may be, are a nick in the CCF, the subconscious’ armour. Every emotion, mood or feeling, be it joy, bitterness, regret, longing, jealousy or excitement, is a new gate to the mind, revealing another facet of the soul.
Whatever the mood, allow yourself to experience it in a G-dly context. You’re feeling joy? Direct that joy to G-d. Bitterness? Express that bitterness to G-d. Better still, think of the ultimate source of that bitterness, G-d’s Presence in exile. Feel the Shechinoh's bitterness as She longs for the removal of all evil from the world and the Revelation and Redemption of G-d’s Glory. Experience the emotion fully to the point where it carries and moves you until your soul, your very essence, starts to speak, to sing to G-d.
 “Every emotion is a key to the inner chambers of the soul.” [B’nei Machshovoh Toivoh, R. Kalonymus Kalman Shapira ztv”l hy”d.]