This is a guest post by Sylviane Nuccio from Understanding Your Subconscious Mind.
“The conscious mind may be compared to a fountain playing in the sun and falling back into the great subterranean pool of subconscious from which it rises.” – Sigmund Freud
When I asked Justin what topic he wanted me to write about for this guest post, he asked me if I would write about the subconscious mind, since still many people don’t have a clear understanding of it.
It’s true that even though many people have heard about the subconscious mind before, it doesn’t mean that they have a perfect understanding of it.
So, what is the subconscious mind? What does it do and what it doesn’t do?
In the article I am going to attempt to answer those questions, so you can have a better understanding of this very important part of you called the subconscious mind.
What is the Subconscious Mind?
Even though we have one mind, there are two parts of our mind which work very differently and have a very different purpose.
Those two parts of our mind are called the conscious mind and the subconscious mind.
If you would compare your conscious mind with your subconscious mind to the processor of a computer, your subconscious mind processor would be about a million times more powerful than your conscious mind processor.
The reason why so many people fail to attract what they want in their lives is because they are using their small processor (their conscious mind) to override their big processor (their subconscious mind). They are trying to fix the problem using the powerless tool when they should be using the powerful one.
You can’t override the subconscious powerful programming with your powerless conscious mind. Once you understand this, you can start working based on such knowledge.
How does the Subconscious Mind Work
The subconscious mind works very differently than the conscious mind does. The subconscious mind, while very powerful is basically a tape player.
You can’t tell your subconscious mind what to do, and it can’t tell you what to do either.
Again, it’s just a tape player.
A recording can’t tell you what to do and you can’t tell it what to.
Try to talk and reason with a tape player and see what happens?
What you need to find in order to change that recording is the “recording button.”
We’ll discuss that later in this article.
Your subconscious mind programming (tapping/recording) happens when your brain is working more at an unconscious level than a conscious level.
For the first 6 years of our lives, our brain works on Alpha waves, which are the brain waves of hypnosis.
In other words, until age 6 we are about 80% unconscious and just about everything that we absorb during those years is sent directly to our subconscious mind.
This is the reason why we have very little to no memories of us before the age of 6.
My father died when I was 5 and the best memories I have of him are because of the super 8 movies that I used to watch of him and me years after he died.
I have basically no conscious memories of my father in flesh and blood when he was alive.
The first six years of our lives are very important, because pretty much everything that’s stuck in our subconscious mind comes from that time period.
However, at the same time, it’s also the reason why we have little knowledge of our subconscious programming.
What you need to remember, however, is that whatever is on that tape player is here to stay, unless, you purposely tape something different over it.
In order to do this, you need to find that “recording” button. We will see how you can do that later in this article.
What does your Subconscious Mind do
As I mentioned above, since our subconscious mind is a processor that’s one million times more powerful than our conscious mind it totally controls the show, so to speak.
But since it does it in our subconscious world we are not very much aware of it.
Have you ever driven down the road in your car thinking about what you’re going to make for dinner, or where you are going to spend the weekend, or what you are going to wear tomorrow?
Whatever you might be thinking about takes your mind away from what you’re doing. What does come to your mind however, are a bunch of images related to what you’re thinking about?
So, who’s driving the car?
While your conscious mind was totally engrossed in your next meal, vacation or wardrobe, your subconscious mind was driving the car.
As a matter of fact, habit-like actions such as driving a car are done mostly subconsciously.
If we had to drive a car using only our conscious mind we wouldn’t be able to drive at all, because the conscious mind can concentrate only in one thing at a time.
The driving example goes to show you that our subconscious mind runs the show. But it also goes to show you that many people live their lives unconsciously.
They never come to realize that they do things subconsciously at all.
If you don’t ever become conscious of what’s in your subconscious, you will never be able to take control over your life completely.
What the Subconscious Mind Doesn’t do
A very important point you need to understand about the subconscious mind is that you can’t reason with it.
Remember, it’s just a tape player. It’s not evil or good, it’s just neutral.
A mistake that people tend to make when things go wrong for them is “blaming” someone, or even God. Then when they learn about the subconscious mind they even blame that too.
But doing this is exactly the same thing as blaming your tape player for what was engraved on that tape.
What’s wrong is NOT the tape player; it’s what’s on that tape! Blaming your subconscious mind for what’s in there, is as ridiculous as blaming a tape player for what’s been recorded on it.
Sometimes people have an inner dialogue that goes like this: “You’re not dumb! You’re a very smart and proactive woman, man. Don’t think this way. You are the most intelligent person I know. Well, you’re not as smart as you think you are.
Yes, I AM!” When you have such dialogue with yourself, you all giddy and happy because you’re thinking that you’re talking to your subconscious mind and it’s going to fix the darn thing.
But you’re WRONG. The truth is that you can talk to a tape player until you’re blue in the face, it won’t change the recording on it, and it won’t talk back to you either.
Do yourself a big favor by knowing this once for all. You’re subconscious mind doesn’t talk back to you. EVER.
Your subconscious mind is just a memory data that plays back. It’s not good, it’s not bad, and it has no judgment about anything. The talk you just had was with your own conscious mind, not your subconscious mind.
Do not be confused.
How can you Reprogram the Subconscious Mind
Many people have come to the realization that positive thinking alone doesn’t change their life, however, they are still wondering why.
Unless the subconscious mind is in agreement with the conscious mind, positive thinking alone won’t work Period!
In order to change the recording of your subconscious mind, you need to push that recording button.
It’s because most people have yet to understand this that they are still living the same life even though they’ve read a few dozens personal development books, and practiced positive thinking for years.
When you have an inner dialogue such as mentioned above, don’t fool yourself, you’re not having a discussion with your subconscious mind.
You can’t have a conversation with your subconscious mind.
You are simply having a conscious conversation with yourself talking to your tape player.
Stop talking to the tape player, and start pushing the recording button in order to record something new.
There are two ways you can help push that recording button to actually change the recording of the tape instead of talking to it.
One way is finding out what your deep beliefs are and change them.
The other is putting new information directly into the subconscious mind while you put your brain in Alpha waves such as when you are under hypnosis.
For example, a life coach can help you find out your deepest subconscious beliefs and help you change them with various exercises and methods.
You can also use methods such self-hypnosis, EFT and meditation to help reprogram (push that recording button) to change your subconscious beliefs.
About the Author: Sylviane Nuccio is a Freelance Writer and a Life Coach. As a Freelance Writer, she writes about any topic under the sun, creating quality content for her clients. As a Life Coach she helps people understand and use their subconscious mind to work with the Law of Attraction to improve their lives.