The subconscious mind in its simplest terms can be considered that part of you that’s outside of your conscious awareness, that creates automatic programs (beliefs, behaviors, and attitudes) to make life for you easier to operate in without having to place too much focus and attention on everything you’re doing. The subconscious mind is like a huge filing cabinet that stores all pleasant and unpleasant experiences, habits, visual images, information from your past life, through birth to childhood and present adult life.
The subconscious mind isn’t immediately accessible by your Conscious (objective) mind. Without your Subconscious mind, you can’t recall your childhood experiences, past life, etc. It’s also within the subconscious mind that your habits, character traits, learned behaviours and beliefs including limiting beliefs are registered.
Your subconscious mind is an unquestioning servant that works day and night to make your behavior fits a pattern consistent with your emotionalized thoughts, hopes, and desires. Your subconscious mind grows either flowers or weeds in the garden of your life, whichever you plant by the mental equivalents you create.
The part of your brain that you’re aware of is your conscious mind. On the flip side, the part of your mind you’re unaware of is your subconscious mind. The subconscious mind makes up an estimated 92% of the total brain. The conscious mind comprises the remaining 8%. Thus, the conscious mind is puny compared to the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind contains the software for your involuntary functions, emotions, and habits. Most of your habits and emotional conditioning were programmed in early childhood before you had mature faculties to make proper decisions. Many were programmed by parents, teachers, peers, TV.
The conscious mind sees with the eyes. It perceives outside experiences that are taken into your mind. The subconscious mind, on the other hand, has no contact with the outside world. It’s blind. The subconscious mind doesn’t see any more than a computer sees. Consequently, the subconscious mind doesn’t know the difference between real and imagined. It relies on sensory input. Thus, it responds to reality and imagination in the same way.
The subconscious mind has limited vocabulary and isn’t as articulate with words. Most people don’t dream in words. The subconscious mind communicates predominantly with images and feelings.
The subconscious mind can do trillions of functions at the same time. You don’t have to conscientiously think to breathe, perspire when you’re hot, digest your food, fight foreign bodies, release insulin, and on and on. It constantly communicates with all of the cells in your body, and the cells, in return, communicate with your subconscious mind. The subconscious mind is the feeling mind. It’s the source of love, hatred, anguish, fear, jealousy, sadness, anger, joy, desire, etc. When you say, “I feel…” the source of the feeling is the subconscious mind.
The subconscious mind can prepare simple stimulus-response actions, deliver basic facts, recognize objects and carry out practiced movements. Complex cognition involving planning, logical reasoning and combining ideas, on the other hand, requires conscious thought.
The subconscious mind reads not only your thoughts, but also your emotions. If these two are congruent, then the subconscious mind accepts the idea or thought as true. It matters not whether it’s a positive thought or a negative thought, the subconscious mind doesn’t know the difference. What matters most is that the thoughts, including mental images, and emotions are all in alignment, this sets the subconscious mind into action to make your ideas happen.
Controlling the subconscious mind through the use of willpower makes matters worse, so controlling the subconscious mind has nothing to do with force or coercion…in fact, it’s just the opposite. It’s a matter of calm, confident, and congruent thoughts, images, and feelings being consciously created and held onto with feelings of positive expectancy and focused on what you want, not what you don’t want.
I’d like to share with you the six techniques that you could use to reprogram your Subconscious mind and change your life:
The use of positive affirmations help the Subconscious mind to reprogram through repeated personal, positive, present tense statements.
Hypnosis is a therapy that works with the subconscious mind as it enables the individual to achieve a state of extreme relaxation.
It’s a technique that can enable you to create detailed mental pictures that describe a specific desired outcome.
When you meditate, you’re consciously and unconsciously reprogramming your mind.
The use of subliminal audio or video is beneficial to the subconscious mind whether done while asleep or awake.
You can use self-suggestion to consciously tell your subconscious mind what you would like to see happen.
The subconscious mind learns through repetition, that’s how it picked up the negative patterns or bad habits in the first place. By spending time each day affirming your new beliefs/programming or thought pattern, you can effectively change your life and reality. Take time every day sowing the seeds of your new programming. Repeating mantras or positive affirmations have the power to raise your vibrations and make a lasting impression in your subconscious mind.
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