“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate. – Carl Jung
Whatever you hold in your mind will tend to occur in your life. If you continue to believe as you have always believed, you will continue to act as you have always acted. If you continue to act as you have always acted, you will continue to get what you have always got. If you want different results in your life or your work, all you have to do is Change your mind.
Hundreds of inspiring people to meet, and thousands of inspirational quotes to read; what makes you believe them? Why do you need the motivation? Who are you trying to convince? It’s your brain that you’re trying to feed; or more precisely, the subconscious. We might’ve heard many successful people using it as a term for their achievement, why not perceive it ourselves?
Mind the under-mind!
The sub-conscious is that part of the brain which could be termed as an autopilot; responsible for your involuntary actions. The proficiency of your subconscious mind is way beyond you think it could be. It is still viewed by many psychological scientists as the shadow of a ‘‘real’’ conscious mind, though there now exists substantial evidence that the subconscious is not delectably less flexible, complex, controlling, deliberative, or action-oriented than is its counterpart.
Let’s first discern the difference between the conscious and the subconscious.
The conscious mind is responsible for logic and reasoning. It also controls all the actions that you do on intention while being conscious. Let’s say, 90 + 15, the answer i.e. 105, was calculated by your conscious mind. Your phone rings, it’s your conscious mind who decides whether you should pick it or not.
It is basically your objective or thinking mind without any memory, and it can only hold one thought at a time.
This mind has four essential functions – Identifying the incoming information: This is information seized through any of the five senses – sight, sound, smell, taste, touch or feeling. Conscious mind is constantly detecting and categorizing what is going on around you.
- The first function of your conscious mind is to receive information.
- The second function of your conscious mind is comparison. The information that you have seen and heard goes immediately to your subconscious mind. There, it is compared with all of your previously stored information and experiences with the concerned subject.
- The third function of your conscious mind is analysis, and analysis always precedes the fourth function, deciding.
The conscious mind is also known to be the gate keeper for the mind. If someone tried to present you with a belief that doesn’t match your belief system then your conscious mind will filter that belief. The same will happen when someone criticizes you or call you names.
The master-mind known as the subconscious mind, on the other hand, stores everything that is currently not in your conscious mind. It stores all of your preceding life experiences, your beliefs, your memories, all the situations you’ve been through, the images you’ve seen before, your skills and even the movement of your hand muscles while writing. That’s why your hand writing can reveal some of your personality traits and hidden emotions.
Your subconscious mind is vigilant 24*7, unlike your conscious mind and that is why your dreams may reflect your suppressed emotions. While sleeping, the conscious mind becomes dormant; whereas the subconscious one remains progressive.
It is even liable for the automatically triggered feelings and emotions that you suddenly experience upon facing a new situation. One of the suitable examples here would be, when you’re about to propose someone. The feelings of angst you might experience before it finally happens in addition to other emotions stem from the subconscious mind.
The basics of the subconscious –
The subconscious mind doesn’t comprehend logic:
Penetrating into your subconscious mind using logic may not work. For example, when you experience an emotion like anxiety before giving a speech, you won’t be able to logically convince yourself that there is no need to be afraid.
You will find your heart beating faster and your fight response will become triggered without being able to stop this from happening.
The subconscious mind does not differentiate between visualizations and real situations:
Have you had a scary dream or been to a horror movie lately? If you have, then you must have noticed how your pulse raced in fear and horror despite facing no real danger. In simpler words, because your subconscious mind does not differentiate between real and imagery situations it assumed that you are facing a real threat rather than an reel one.
Your subconscious feels that time passes faster:
Ever felt that time flies faster when you’re having a good time or doing something you like? It’s because you don’t keep looking at your watch every few minutes. The subconscious mind doesn’t have a sharp sense of time and so you’d feel like you’ve hardly spent any time while doing that joyful activity. The same happens when you fall asleep. Like I had mentioned earlier, when you go to sleep, your conscious mind becomes dormant while your subconscious mind stays progressive.
The longer the subconscious mind believes something, the harder will it be to alter this belief in any way:
The main reason people stay disturbed after a breakup is that they have long stored beliefs about relationships in their subconscious minds. As soon as someone gets rid of these beliefs he will realize that he can one day find another person who replaces the one who left him and so recovery happens.
Hold that thought!
If you thought that you are going to perform badly in a stage performance, then your pulse and breathing rate will start to race as soon as you start talking. These physical changes are caused by that one thing; the belief or the thought.
What you expect tends to be realized:
If you are sure that you are going to fail in an exam then you will indeed fail even if you have all what it takes to succeed. Your thoughts and expectations serve as the master plan for your subconscious mind. So whenever you think of something your subconscious mind will do its best to make it come true.
The subconscious mind always prevails in conflicts with the conscious one:
If you are sapiosexual (attracted to intelligence) and you are forced to spend time with someone who’s smart but not intellectual, you will definitely feel bored even if that person tried to consciously make it work. This happens because the subconscious mind influences the conscious mind.
Programming your subconscious mind to acquire success
Subconscious mind can and should be a great ally in achieving success in your life. All you need do is to establish a working relationship with your subconscious mind. In order to do this, one must become conscious and intimate with this dark, mysterious aspect of us, and its aspect in our life.
Programming your subconscious mind will make you able to control your behavior, break bad habits, get rid of unwanted emotions and fix your belief system. It can change your personality and can even abort many of your problems.
Becoming conscious about your subconscious and moving beyond thinking of it as some abstract concept or a daydream is relevant.
Becoming cognizant of how our conscious and subconscious minds work together is significant too. Because as they say, “What you focus on, you attract!” Your subconscious mind is not limited in any way and will forever attract to you according to your thoughts. It has no free will of its own and will simply act upon what resides and vibrates within. Programming your subconscious can be done through hypnosis. The subconscious mind learns by repetition and not by logic. This is why you can convince someone to believe in something by repeating your point of argument again and again rather than using logic.
This is why visualizations, assertions and repeated images can have such a powerful effect in our life. By doing these exercises we are creating images within ourselves which the subconscious then acts upon.
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