- Are you running your life or you let your life make you run?
- Do you control your destiny or you let anybody or everybody control you?
How the Subconscious Mind Works – Amazing Facts and Insights
Now consider these amazing facts about your subconscious mind:
- Whatever information you have received in your entire life via reading, touching, seeing, smelling, tasting, felt has been stored in your subconscious mind.
- A normal human can speak at the speed of 200 to 300 words per minute whereas the subconscious can think at the rate of 1000+ words per minute.
- More amazing than that is the mind can perform millions of operations – much faster than any normal computer.
- Without your actually knowing, your subconscious mind is regulating your breathing, hear beats, maintain blood pressure, regulating body temperature and multiple other body related functions which is made up of about 6 trillion cells.
- The information processing capability of sub conscious mind is mind boggling. It can process 40 Million bits of information per second! Compare it to the almost tiny capability of conscious mind which can process about 40 bits of information per second.
- The Subconscious Mind makes up 88% of the human brain’s capacity.
- The Subconscious Mind does not work on any logic, therefore, it believes anything that it is told by the conscious mind.
- It has a perfect memory. The subconscious mind contains your whole lifetime history in detail. It contains all the reasons you do what you do and believe what you believe.
Why it is important to know about the working of subconscious mind
To continue answering the question that why one needs to know – How subconscious mind works, it would be helpful to restructure subconscious processes. There could be a follow-up question that what is the need of restructuring or reprogramming the subconscious mind.
This restructuring is done to improve the positive traits, habits and strengths and to eliminate unwanted habits, fears, phobias and beliefs. The idea is to get the person take right action and to attract desired set of circumstances and manifestations tapping the power of universe.
The set of system stored inside your subconscious mind, collectively forms your belief system. Your belief system is at the foundation of the programming of the subconscious mind dictates how you will behave in a particular situation. Would you respond intelligently or react foolishly!
This means that it is your belief system that runs your life if left to itself. But on the contrary, when you learn to understand the working, the processes of your subconscious mind, you consciously assume the control of your destiny and run your life in the most successful and desired way rather than your life running you.
Decide what you want
You have to ask yourself if you are happy letting your life be on auto pilot or you want to assume control and be more successful.
Why you need to train your subconscious mind
To achieve your target weight or desired figure you may have to reduce your calorie intake and also burn more calories. While the first one may need you to cut down on your favourite junk food the burning is possible through a regular exercise regime. Both the habits require dedication and honesty. If you exercise your will power, may be you will be successful for a few days only and won’t go very far with this. This is where the programming of your subconscious mind comes in handy. With the right programming not only you will do what is required to be done but you’ll enjoy it too.
While subconscious mind is an amazing, most powerful tool you have, it has certain limitations too. It is an excellent and most obedient servant who cannot decide what is good or bad for you. Similarly it cannot distinguish between real experience and visualisation. Thus if you have accidentally picked up the association of smoking with something being cool, your mind will send chemicals and feelings to your body accordingly – whereas we all know that smoking is injurious to your health.
Similarly, if someone told you that a dark room will invite trouble from ghosts or thieves, if you are alone in a dark room (could be temporary electricity failure in the night) you may find yourself sweating profusely, heart beat high and anxiety level beyond a normal level. While there is no danger to you at all, this extreme physiological condition of yours is the creation of your subconscious mind.
You reacted as if everything were real. So we need to separate the wheat from chaff. You have to consciously check into your belief system, your programming – which we have discussed earlier.
So you need to take control of its working as it has certain limitations too.
What you see, touch, experience is adding to the learning of your subconscious mind. If you watch sad or violence filled movies or don’t read very healthy stuff, be sure that it will influence your health, emotions, actions and relationships. Why? Simply because your subconscious mind does not have any filter to let good come in and kick out the bad or unhealthy information.
The Placebo and Nocebo Effects
If subconscious mind can cause negative changes in the body creating the situations which are not real, it is also possible to use this principle to our advantage. The best proof of this comes from the medical world. It has been demonstrated time and again that a harmless non medicinal tablet (may be sugar pill) given to patients who have psychosomatic problem. The patients report improvement of their condition or curing of the problem. This is called the “placebo effect”. This is because such persons believe that the medicine is going to work.
There is an opposite procedure or process of the mind, where it contributes to the disease of the body (instead of curing the body). The person reads or learns about the diseases and believes that he is going to have the same disease, thereby developing the symptoms in his body.
In nutshell, whatever belief you hold in your mind, that becomes your reality.
Why and How to communicate with Subconscious Mind
First why to communicate with the subconscious mind. The purpose of reaching out to your subconscious is to re-align your beliefs, emotions and re-program them to become more supportive of the desired behavior pattern. The new set of beliefs and behavior will help you achieve your improved self image and / or do self development.
And now how to communicate?
In order to send the message across to the subconscious mind for the things we desire in life, there needs to be synchronization between the conscious and subconscious minds. One has to use the conscious mind constructively to send ‘right’ messages to one’s subconscious mind. There are quite a few techniques used to impress the subconscious mind. Since the subconscious mind is most active while one is asleep, the best time to impress the subconscious mind is just prior to sleep or to artificially induce sleep like conditions.
There are a number of ways and methods you can use to communicate your ‘commands’ to the subconscious mind to make it move in the desired direction of action or get the results.
Some of these methods are:
Meditation is an activity whereby the right brain is connected to while the left brain goes into a state of rest. When the right brain is more engaged and activated the gateway to access our higher consciousness is allowed. From this space, if we communicate our desires and intentions. In other words, we create intentions which we can manifest more effectively. It is the balance of both hemispheres of the brain that empower us.
If money or becoming rich is your goal, then you must read: Powerful Meditation for Manifesting Money
2. Visualization or Pre-defined Day Dreaming
Visualization is an activity which sparks and improves your creativity and gives you the visuals needed to understand and fulfill your desires. You can have a clear idea and better vision of what you want to be. Visualizing allows you to stay focused in the present moment and can help you to achieve your goals. Visualization is helpful for being able to connect with your sub conscious mind.
Visualize frequently. Do not worry about how to do this; to start, just create a strong and detailed vision. Visualizing things can help you to achieve them.
For more information, read: Powerful Visualization Technique to achieve dream goals
Hypnosis is like guided meditation or an induced sleep like state, where one can tap and literally program the subconscious mind.
Done under the directions of a trained hypnotist, this is actually the stage when the subconscious mind takes over the control and the conscious mind is still for a while. You may be hypnotized but still act and behave as per one’s ethical and moral values. This is one of the best aspects of how the subconscious mind works because the mind processes information rapidly and you sink into deep imaginations. The vast potential offered by this technique of hypnotism has to be used it constructively. The branch of hypnotism which is used for wellness and health is called hypnotherapy.
4. Sleep / Deep Relaxation for Alpha level, Theta Level Programming
The last few moments when you lie in your bed and just before you are about to enter into your sleep state are the most precious to tell your subconscious mind what you want the latter to carry out for you. For example, tell your subconscious mind that how you feel, deliberately load an interesting and engaging feeling and keep it on my mind as you are falling asleep.
It is one of the smart and useful tricks that you can use to put your subconscious mind to work while you sleep. Your subconscious mind cannot make a distinction between what you are feeling or what you wish ti feel as a result of what you are imagining for yourself as having already transpired. Remember, all this is taking place during precious pre-sleep moments while you are in bed and preparing to doze off to sleep.
When you get up, you would have already made significant progress!
This procedure can be done in other ways also. For example, you it is not your bed time and you want to program your mind. You can still do it. Begin by relaxing muscles of your body from the feet to head or vice versa. The aim is to relax so that your conscious mind loses interest, gives up control, and sinks into the background, and at the same time, to bring up your subconscious mind to the surface.
Once you have lowered your brain frequencies, you are in alpha or theta level. With a relaxed body and sleepy conscious mind, you can connect with your subconscious mind to do the same procedure.
5. NLP (Neuro linguistic programming)
NLP—founded by Richard Bandler and John Grinder in 1970’s California Is a method of influencing brain behaviour (“neuro”) through the use of language (“linguistic”) and other types of communication to enable a person to “recode” the way the brain responds to stimuli (that’s the “programming”) and manifest new and better behaviours. Some Neuro-Linguistic Program techniques use hypnosis and self-hypnosis to help make the change or do the “programming” for the desired behaviour / response.
Since the conscious mind typically assigns itself to tasks of logic and analysis, it ties itself closely to left brain activity. The subconscious, on the other hand, associates itself with the rich symbol processing of the right brain.
Therefore, communicating with the subconscious typically entails getting the left brain to “step aside” to allow us direct communication with the right brain, which controls most of our behavior..
This way, the conscious mind does not have an opportunity to “edit” or “filter” it.
Affirmations are short, positive and sentences which are aimed to influence the conscious and the subconscious mind. The magic lies in composing the phrases which are in affirmation and present tense so that when repeated they involuntarily, bring up related mental images into the mind, which could motivate, inspire and energize. This in turn influences the behavior, habits, actions, responses and reactions.
To know more about affirmations in detail, please refer to All about Affirmations
7. Repetition of Statement / Self Talk
The humans are always engaged in self talk – consciously or unconsciously. Whether they know it or not, there is positive self-talk, negative self-talk or something in between the two extremes. It all has an impact on how you behave.
So why not develop helpful self talk which can elicit desired behaviour or the results. What you’re saying to yourself each day, can be monitored, improved and made better. It’s worth practicing a positive self-talk as it ultimately sends out the messages to the subconscious mind which controls your behaviour and actions.
Typically, self talk is useful in following situations:
- Feeling better about yourself
- Developing self confidence
- Boosting your self-esteem
- Improving self image and making friends
- Feeling in control of habits
Towards the end
The information and knowledge which the scientists and psychologists have about the sub conscious mind, its working, capabilities, processes is amazing. But it is also the fact that they have not even scratched the surface. Our knowledge and the potential powers is as limited as our knowledge about the Space. Despite this, even the full use of tools and techniques of tapping into the powers of sub conscious mind will work nothing short of miracles for humans.
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