We have progressed so much in our understanding of the subconscious mind in recent centuries. What our mind does and how it does it has been a cause of fascination throughout the course of modern history.
In the last two decades, there has been an incredible thirst for more discoveries of the subconscious mind. Neuro-Linguistic Programming and the study of the subconscious patterns and communication, both internal and external, is leading to more and more knowledge about the role, capacity and power of the subconscious mind and just how influential it is in our day to day living.
You may feel that your conscious thoughts govern your everyday movements, actions and thinking. Underneath these actions, however, is a subconscious driver. So while you might consciously wonder what you will have for lunch today, subconsciously, without you even being aware, choices are being made in the background.
They are then presented to you, based on what your subconscious believes is healthy, safe, accessible and worthwhile. If you experienced a bad meal at a particular café, your subconscious will delete that option before your conscious mind even realises it was a possibility!
Each person’s subconscious programming is completely different, based on experiences, both good and bad, in recent and long ago memory.
While the role of the subconscious is vast and still being chartered, there are some very clear main objectives of the subconscious mind.
Just knowing that these are part of our internal mind programming can in itself, allow a person to make amazing changes or shift their thinking. That’s how powerful understanding the subconscious is, no wonder so many people are looking into these amazing natural processes and seeing just how powerful we really are!
Your subconscious is the biggest storage unit imaginable. It stores everything we have ever experienced from the moment of our birth. This alone is amazing, every lesson, every event stored in some way. What’s even more incredible is that this entire storage system is uniquely organised so that everything is accessible and retrievable in some way.
Our subconscious mind actively runs through our experiences daily to help up make decisions, take action, and communicate to other people. Every time you ask yourself a question, your subconscious mind goes to work in this storage vault to bring back evidence to support (or deny) your suggestion.
Try it now, ask yourself a question, what’s it like to have fun? Be aware of the memories your subconscious presents to you in tiny fragments, and possibly the feelings to genuinely experience in your body. Amazing.
Your subconscious mind is symbolic, this is how it is able to store, file and retrieve such a vast amount of information. By stripping back the details, your subconscious keeps what it needs how it needs to, it’s a symbol of what happened, why it happened and what it feels like. This symbolism also allows us to operate consciously in a highly creative and entertaining way.
It is the symbolism we like when we see movies, read a book, visit an art gallery or go to the ballet.
The more abstract something is, the more readily our subconscious can apply its own meaning, creating strong internal connections. In this way storytelling, one of the oldest arts, is a way the subconscious gives and receives subconscious information.
One of the most highly priced and controversial pieces of art in Australian history is the Blue Poles. Jackson Pollock’s work is worth around $350 million. Some people feel an incredible positive feeling when looking at this artwork. For others, there is no response. What makes this so valuable, is not the images portrayed, but what our subconscious sees and recalls to our conscious self.
Your subconscious keeps you alive and safe. Your motivation will be crippled instantly if any risk is perceived in the subconscious storage system vault. This is why children are able to take actions that are seemingly fearless, they simply do not yet have the storage system information to alert them to risks.
Once they have learned either positive or negative outcomes however, these will be instantly applied in the next instance and enforced.
Your subconscious preservation is 10 times stronger than your conscious mind, so if your internal pattern is pleasure, or pain, it will be very difficult to override it on a conscious level, which is why NLP techniques work so well. By demonstrating on a subconscious level that an event or experience is indeed positive, then the fear that is presented to keep us safe can be bypassed.
Part of keeping us safe is also in repressing memories that our subconscious feels we need protection from. In this case the situation is usually an intense feeling of anger, sadness, fear, guilt or hurt.
While these are repressed at the time, it is only done to allow us to stay mobile and move past the situation. After that, when your subconscious mind feels you are ready, it will present these traumatic experiences to you so that you can bring logic and resolution.
You may have experienced this yourself, you go through something difficult, maybe even something terrible and just when you are on the mend and doing well it all comes back to haunt you. This is your subconscious minds way of telling you it’s ready now to break it down and file it away, first though, it needs to be understood.
The Timeline therapy techniques we teach in Excellence Now are designed to work on this natural need to revisit and find logic in painful events and situations.
5. Runs the Body
Your subconscious keeps a blue print of where your health is currently at, as well as what it believes is perfect health. It looks after what you eat, how much and when.
This might not match the examples of a healthy and sexy body in a glossy magazine!
The subconscious mind has made its own choices on feelings you experienced, both positive and negative, thoughts, beliefs and internal needs. Someone whose subconscious blueprint is a heavy weight, may struggle with weight loss, never knowing that their blue print, set up years before, is different to their conscious dream to be thin.
No matter how dedicated they might be, their success will usually be hard earned, temporary, even stressful. Being thin may not even be a pleasurable experience as the subconscious mind works away constantly to get back to that blue print. This can be changed using NLP Limiting Beliefs release if we can determine the moment it was decided on a subconscious level what healthy is and the purpose of that decision.
Your subconscious stores all your values and morals. These are the ones you learned in childhood and tested in your teenage years. Your morals are your internal compass on what is right and wrong and cannot be overridden by conscious desires.
Even on a subconscious level, your morals will always stay intact. For example, if I were to hypnotise you and give you directions, like, do ten star jumps, you would do them, however, you would only do the actions that align with your morals.
It would be impossible for me to hypnotise a normal law-abiding citizen and get them to rob a bank. Most people have morals in place that prevent these kinds of actions!
It is the subconscious that will enable you to take action daily, like driving over the speed limit, running a red light or stealing money.
Your subconscious shows you only what you want to see. Our perception is governed by our subconscious and we only glimpse a fragment of the true world around us.
If you were to imagine a busy intersection and two cars colliding, the witnesses around would all agree that two cars came together, however the detail of what those witnesses saw will give away what their perceptions are.
The make of the cars, the car colours, the age of the people driving, what they heard, who was at fault and who was in danger will all be vastly different accounts.
That is because we are only able to process 134 bits of the 2million bits of information that we take in every second. We simply cannot manage all the information so it is up to the subconscious mind to determine what those 134 bits will look like.
Typically the 134 bits of filtered information that reaches our conscious mind is made up entirely of how we perceive ourselves to be.
If you are a person who enjoys the beauty of a sunset for example, you could only do this if you were able to enjoy your own inner beauty as well.
This is a great tool to use in NLP to help determine why something annoys us. Chances are if there is something agitating you in the outside world, it is because internally you are agitated with yourself.
For example, someone who is irritated by someone who pushes their religious beliefs at a party would probably find that, on a subconscious level, they feel they are pushing their values on people in some regard.
8. Is Programmed to Continually Seek Out More
How was it that Columbus was able to set a course for ‘India’, in a time when it was perceived that the world was flat? Our natural subconscious instincts are that there is more in the world.
More to do, more to discover, more to experience. It creates a determined focus in us to seek out more and is the usual plot in any movie we watch or book we read.
What more is for you is unique, for some it’s sporting ability. Surfing is an example of this, the size of the waves surfers tackle now are monsters compared to 30 years ago.
This is the driver for space exploration, technology enhancements, 3D movies, climbing Everest and learning the science behind what our minds do, and how they work.
9. Takes Everything Personally
The lessons we learn in life and the information that is stored comes from many sources. Not just from our own experiences but from stories as well. Our subconscious mind takes everything personally. There is a saying that “the world doesn’t revolve around you” well the subconscious mind doesn’t know that!
Watching footage of an earthquake overseas will trigger an emotional response in your subconscious mind such as fear, sadness, or grief.
We take everything we see and hear as happening to us. This is what makes watching movies so much fun. We watch The Notebook and cry (admit it, you cried!) or walk out of a Batman movie thinking you can take on the bad guys. You’re tough.
These things on the screen did not happen to us, yet the emotion we experienced is the same as those characters, because our subconscious is unable to process the difference between them and us.
This also explains why you might hear a group of people laughing and think, ‘they are laughing about me’. Our subconscious mind thinks the world revolves around it.
10. Less Effort is Better
Whatever the fastest way to achieve a goal is, we do that. This explains why we use production automated technology when it means people lose their jobs. If there is a faster more efficiency pathway, we will take that one.
If you are the person who always finds you are left with no toilet paper and you are sick of telling your lazy family members off for leaving it that way, don’t give them a new one.
Their subconscious mind has simply learned that a new role appears, without them doing anything, if they leave it. It is not a conscious effort to make your day difficult, simply this is how it works in their heads.
This is a very easy one to override by asking yourself, ‘what is a better way?’ When given permission to find alternatives, your subconscious will be happy to be given some options. If not on your own, brainstorm with a group over the things that matter to you most. The outcome needs to be desirable to have a positive and long-lasting effect.
Your subconscious mind is there to protect you, and it does an outstanding job of keeping you safe. Where this can become a problem is if it’s causing you to pass up opportunities or play small.
You would have heard the saying ‘step out of your comfort zone’ over and over, but how can you possibly do this? Well the good news is, just like a dog or small child, your subconscious mind can be trained. It can be taught that not everything is scary or dangerous.
If you would like to train your subconscious mind to accept more opportunities into your life, join us at our next Excellence Now training.
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