What is the Unconscious Mind?
Your unconscious mind is responsible for all those automatic processes that we don’t often think about, including instincts and habits. Your unconscious mind runs your body and your health – physically and emotionally. Your unconscious mind is highly suggestible, something we can use constructively in self-talk and therapy.
So how do we distinguish between the Conscious and the Unconscious Minds?
Your Conscious Mind is your rational, logical, thinking mind – the mind with which you focus, analyse and process information. These conscious mental processes take linear steps that lead to conclusions and enable us to make decisions. The Conscious Mind is slow and limiting in comparison.
Your Unconscious Mind is your emotional mind – the mind with which you feel feelings. Your Unconscious Mind is intuitive, creative, imaginative and instinctive. Here you can tap into your own inner wisdom and a broader range of awareness. This mind is infinite in comparison as it stores all your memory, contains your untapped resources and unlimited potential. Instead of logical linear steps, your Unconscious Mind takes a quantum leap in the way it brings change about and presents you with insights. We know this because intuitive insights, creative ideas and inspiration can come to you in an instant. We can experience this as a ‘gut-feel’ that comes to you out of nowhere and it’s worth tuning into its subtle guidance. So this mind is vast and fast – not logical at all – rather magical in its operation.
Changing Long-held Limiting Beliefs and Fears
Many of our values, beliefs and perceptions run unconsciously so we are not always aware of those underlying limiting beliefs. Sociologist, Morris Massey, said that our beliefs can be embedded in the unconscious mind from an early age. If we don’t challenge these beliefs, we can take them with us into adulthood and they can limit what you can achieve. Beliefs and values have a powerful effect on our lives, because we filter all our information through them. They determine our perceptions, shape our actions, and in this way, predetermine our outcomes. Thus, if we develop a belief such as “I am not good enough” or “the world is an unsafe place” or “people can’t be trusted”, then our mind begins to only see things that confirm these beliefs.
Working at the unconscious level, we can uncover these limiting beliefs and bring about healing and change so much quicker and easier. I have seen emotional baggage release and long-held limiting beliefs change into empowering, enabling beliefs in a single session. This obviously impacts positively on self-confidence. Once such limiting beliefs are exposed as obvious false beliefs and the truth about your untapped potential is uncovered, change at this level is lasting.
Functions of the Unconscious Mind
Your Unconscious Mind:
- Stores your memories; remembers everything
- Is the domain of your emotions
- Learns quickly; makes associations
- Runs the body and all automatic processes
- Preserves your body and your health; has a blueprint of perfect health
- Enjoys serving, needs clear orders to follow. That’s why goals are powerful
- Controls and maintains all your perceptions
- Generates, stores, distributes and transmits energy
- Maintains instincts and habits
- Needs repetition to install habits and programmes
- Is programmed to continually to seek more and more. There is always more to discover
- Is symbolic – uses and responds to symbols and pictures, which is why visualisations work well
- Takes everything personally, including what you think of others
- Is highly suggestible, so keep your thoughts positive
- Works on the principle of least effort, which is why we have to be very specific in our goals
- Does not process negatives,
Therefore, watch your thoughts and focus the mind on what you want:
- Every thought is a communication with your unconscious mind
- Your unconscious mind takes it as an instruction –this is the mind body link
- Use positive language only
- State what you want, and not what you don’t want.
- Avoid don’t, not, no, none, etc. Instead of saying to yourself: I don’t want to fail. Say: I want to
- Use ‘and’ instead of ‘but’. But cancels everything said before, e.g.’ That was good but…’
- Avoid the word ‘try’; it implies failure. Don’t try, just do it!
- Using ‘when’ instead of ‘if’ sends a different instruction to your mind.
Change your thoughts and you change your world
Life does not happen to us; life responds to us – Rhonda Byrne
When you work with your Unconscious Mind and tune into its subtle nudges, you become whole and you begin to create magic in your life.