“The Law of your mind is the law of belief itself. What we believe makes us who we are”
William James, Philosopher
In the early stages of our lives, all of us have accepted the suggestions, beliefs, language, customs, and traditions of our parents, society, and environment. We were presented with no other choice but simulate what we learned. We could not reject suggestions that were of no use to us as we had not yet reached the point in our lives of discernment or the capacity to differentiate between what is false and what is true.
We were born with religious beliefs, fears, and taboos. Thus, at a very young age, these have been “hard-wired” in our subconscious. Once programmed into the subconscious mind, they began to control our biology for the rest of our lives unless, of course, we figured out a way of reprogramming the mind.
Researchers have concluded that infants can pick up complex skills just by observing their parents or the people around them. Imagine the consequences of hearing parents’ negative comments and messages that, unthinkably, they pass onto their young children. Just like you would download data into the hard drive of your computer, these input are downloaded into the subconscious memory as facts.
What is the Subconscious?
Our subconscious mind processes about 400 billion bits of information per second and these impulses travel at a speed of up to 100,000 mph. Compare this to our conscious mind, which processes about 2,000 bits of information per second and its impulses travel at 100-150 mph. Besides that, the conscious mind can only operate in the past or in the future, not in the now.
Most great scientists, artists, poets, singers, writers, and inventors have a deep understanding of the workings of both the conscious and subconscious minds. The conscious mind is the “voice” of our thoughts – the way we feel, perceive, and interpret events in our life, during this time the subconscious runs the entire show. According to internationally recognized neurologist and pharmacologist Candance Pert, thoughts and feelings are retained in the subconscious, not just in the brain but all the way down to the cellular level. So the mind doesn’t dominate the body it becomes the body.
The subconscious will operate in the exact way it has been programmed. It does not have the ability to argue or dispute what it has registered. In The Power of Your Subconscious Mind, Dr. Joseph Murphy says that events in your life happened to you because of the thoughts your belief impressed on your subconscious mind. What we give our subconscious will register as fact and will be expressed in our experience. As they say, we must be careful not to joke about misfortune as the subconscious mind possesses no sense of humor.
Our subconscious mind is also the seat of habit, and habits occur in the same way we learn to walk, swim, dance, or drive a car. When we repeat certain thought patterns and actions over and over, these patterns after a certain length of time become implanted in our subconscious mind. Eventually, we will do these things automatically. We can call this “second nature”. This simply becomes the response of our deeper mind to conscious choices and actions.
Succinctly, the subconscious can be compared to a computer. It is a database of stored programs. It is a programmable “hard drive” into which our life experiences are downloaded and stored, while our experiences are printed-out. However, the subconscious is more complex than any computer man can build. A computer is built to do certain things, but it can’t change its structure or go against its programming.
Conversely, the human brain’s most basic and remarkable power is its ability to structure and re-organise itself. For example, when a part of the brain is damaged, another part can adapt and take on the workload of the damaged part. On the other hand, unlike the computer, the brain doesn’t remember things by pulling up a data file. Instead, elements of the brain are literally made of what we learned and which in turn get processed.
The subconscious mind lies just beneath the conscious mind and is easily accessible if attention is paid to it like a birthday or phone number. So the conscious and subconscious tend to work together and make a duo. The subconscious facilitates usual programming and is always operating in the present moment, compared to the conscious mind. For example, the conscious is always busy daydreaming, creating future plans, or reviewing past life experiences. Meanwhile, the subconscious is always efficiently managing the behaviors required at the moment without the need of conscious supervision.
Can we try to undo the programming we received as children?
Of course, we can reprogram the subconscious mind. However, we can begin by taking action. It is said that every thought is a cause and every condition is an effect. Likewise, the subconscious mind is always expressing and manifesting according to our habitual thinking. If we want to change external conditions we must change the cause. In the same manner, if our subconscious is programmed with healthy thoughts and behaviours, we can definitely and completely be successful in our lives, even without being conscious of it.
Parents and teachers can serve as wonderful models by teaching children the advantages of healthy thoughts. After all, it is the child’s experiences, observations, that decide his or her programming. Obviously though, we cannot blame parents who are possibly unconscious of their negative beliefs or influence, unless they finally become aware that their behaviors and attitudes can play a crucial part in the programming of the lives of children.
The good news is that we are not a victim of our genes. Instead, we have unlimited capacity to create the life and future we so desire for ourselves. The subconscious is amenable to suggestions and can be reprogrammed by suggestions which can benefit us and this can be achieved through hypnosis for example. The subsconscious cannot engage in inductive reasoning, neither can it institute a line of research by collecting facts and classifying them.
The questions we have to ask ourselves. For example Do we watch our internal dialogue and the thoughts we constantly produce? Do we take all our life experiences and convert them into positive action? Do we engage our minds with the expectation of the best? Imagine that we can eradicate from your subconscious mind any negative feelings including such as: envy, fear, anger, and hatred, and recondition our subconscious to accept harmony, peace, health and abundance into your life.
Some of us have always been searching for bliss and harmony – a sort of Utopia. We can create our own Utopia…through use of the mind.
Chantal Helene – Life Coach and Prac. of NLP and Hypnotherapy
Molecules of Emotion – Candance Pert
The Power of Your Subconscious Mind – Joseph Murphy