How does the Sub Conscious Mind work?
This is a difficult question to answer. You see, obstacles arise right away because there is no single or precise definition of what the subconscious mind is. Almost every form of therapy, or philosophy has its own definition and while many are similar enough that we can all use the term and know what we mean, they do not all agree.
In fact in the beginning when the term ‘unconscious’ was first used by Freud it was considered a dark place where things best not disturb where place. Over time the definition changed until new age and self help industries started to use less complicated definitions and a more positive slant on the term Subconscious Mind.
Whatever definition is used for the sub conscious mind, it should be clear that it is a metaphor to explain in simple terms an extremely complicated and little understood aspect of human behavior. The Subconscious in its simplest terms can be considered that part of you that is outside of your conscious awareness, that creates automatic programs (Beliefs, Behaviors & Attitudes) to make life for you easier to operate in without having to place too much focus and attention on everything you are doing
What does the Subconscious Mind is not and can not do
The Sub Conscious Mind is not a metaphysical aspect outside of the physical structure of the brain. We do know that all of the aspects that have been studied show real activity within the brain. That means everything we know thus far has a physical aspect of neurological activity – nothing has yet to be attributed to anything outside of the physical world that can be measured, even if the subconscious activity is not present to your conscious awareness.
Unlike many claims of the self help community, the Sub Conscious mind is not an all powerful entity that can accomplish Everything. Many people will claim in their explanation for the subconscious mind that it does ‘everything’ you are not aware of, this is just not the case. For Example the subconscious is not responsible for your breathing or ability to walk – these are functions of the autonomic nervous system. The Subconscious will not make you grow taller, change your eye color or cure cancer it works in the realms of belief, behavior and attitudes.
What does the Subconscious Mind do? And how does it Decide?
If we accept the metaphor that the Subconscious mind is a part of you, the part that takes care of making life easier for you by creating automatic behaviors and reactions to events in your everyday life; then the next question is how exactly?
There are a few basic ways the Subconscious mind determines how to create automatic programs for you
1) Previous life experience (This includes the beliefs and customs of your parents, culture, social groups including any religious beliefs)
2) Current life experience (This includes any new skills and abilities you study and learn, the values and beliefs of new groups and social connections and self initiated attempts at creating change)
3) Listening to the instructions you give it during your Self Talk and thoughts
So who you are at an unconscious level is a combination of how you were raised (childhood impressions in a developing brain are hugely influential), what you do on purpose to grow as a person and the 60, 000 odd thoughts you have a day that you never pay any conscious awareness too. Your subconscious mind will take all these confusing and conflicting ideas and concepts on board and attempt to create some form of coherent automatic response.
How does your Sub Conscious apply its programs?
Have you ever brought a new car, or an item of clothing and all of a sudden you notice the same thing everywhere? Your mind and focus just seems to zoom in on the same car or shoes that others have. Your mind works in a similar way, it’s job is to answer the questions you ask yourself (see following section) and it does this by highlighting experiences that support the beliefs and questions you are asking for solutions too. It will then trigger off an emotional response it thinks is appropriate to have for this experience
How you create new Subconscious programs
Sub Conscious responses can be expressed in many ways, as a feeling or emotional response, as an automatic behavior, as habits or ticks and as both empowering and unempowering reactions. The responses can also be contradictory to each other, and most confusing to most people they can be the opposite of what it is they want to be!
Your Self Talk – Answering the Questions you Ask
You have around 60, 000 thoughts a day, including self talk, creating images and experiencing emotions. That’s 3 a second! And almost all of the time this self talk is created by your sub conscious and rarely makes it to your conscious awareness.