|Posted on January 4, 2019 at 9:05 PM|
Source: The Divine Dots, A Transformational Novel. By Ali Khan
Basically, there are two levels of our mind: the conscious mind and the subconscious mind which is also known as unconscious mind. Our conscious mind is the objective or thinking mind. The conscious mind is continually helping us to act or decide to respond accordingly by examining and categorizing what is going on around us. According to the famous neurologist and the founder of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, “the conscious mind consists of everything inside of our awareness. This is the aspect of our mental processing that we could think and talk rationally.” This explanation indicates that our conscious mind is the logical mind; it mostly operates by rationalizing.
If the conscious mind were the only level of our consciousness, then we should always do the logically right and useful thing all the time. Instead, in many instances, we know what is right and what we should or shouldn’t do, but still, we habitually do things that are not only not helpful but harmful to us. Why? It’s because there is another aspect of our mind called the subconscious mind that also has a very great and significant influence on our behavior, actions, and thoughts. This subconsciousness works like a recorded disk. It doesn’t follow logic and right or wrong; it plays based on what has been recorded on it.
In fact, according to most researchers in the field of the mind, the subconscious mind controls more than ninety percent of our attitudes, actions, and behavior. We tend to think we are operating our life consciously and logically, but the majority of our activities are conducted unconsciously. Hence, it would not be wrong to affirm that our subconscious is continually controlling and shaping our destiny.
Sigmund Freud often used the metaphor of an iceberg to describe these two aspects of the human mind. The tip of the iceberg is like the conscious mind, which is apparent in the big ocean. But beneath it there is a huge mass of ice, which is supporting it to float and stay steady in the immense ocean. This hidden shape represents our subconscious mind.
Whenever it comes to behavioral or psychological cures, we often treat the symptoms of the problem. We provide reasoning for why something is a wrong thing to do. The individual gets convinced and decides to change. He or she starts to change, but the most common dilemma is that after a while, the person begins to follow their previous pattern, because we were mostly work on the tip of the iceberg. Consequently the change does not last. The individual gets frustrated and desperate. Often, they look for logic or an excuse to remain unchanged. Or, they try to blame someone or something else so they can continue their unhealthy acts.
We wonder why, but we cannot find the reason. We become depressed. But the “why” is not what we are seeking; if the problem is in the root, treating the fruits will not produce lasting results. Indeed, the subconscious mind is the ultimate root of our periodic actions and behaviors. Just like the bottom of the iceberg it is immensely more powerful than the conscious mind when it comes to long-term changes. It vigorously dominates why we do what we do.
For example, people want to lose weight. Unquestionably, the solution to losing extra pounds is not a hidden secret only available to a few fortunate people in the world. We all know that we have to eat healthfully and move more to get in the desired shape. That’s it. There is no other valid strategy for long-term results. So how come losing weight has become a billion-dollar business but people are still struggling? It’s because we are not treating the root. The origin of the problem mainly sits in the subconscious programming of the mind, which is controlling most of our actions. That’s why after using those expensive tools, we may lose weight, but soon we give up and return to where we were when the underneath programming starts to call. If any behavioral pattern exists within us for an extended period of time, it becomes a part of our subconscious blueprint. Without altering the blueprint, if we treat the conscious, logical mind, then it will be a temporary solution that eventually leads to a higher level of frustration.
This paradigm doesn’t only apply to the weight-loss case. It’s the dominating factor behind every behavior, attitude, thought, belief, and action we repeatedly do.
Dr. Maxwell Maltz, in his best-selling book Psycho-Cybernetics, described this subconscious blueprint as our “self-image.” He said,
“Self-Image is the common denominator—the determining factor in all our case histories, the failures as well as the success.”
That means that in order to change any unwanted action and behavior, to improve our relationships, our professional, financial, or other growth for an extended period of time, our conscious desire has to be planted in our subconscious blueprint.
How does one plant things in the subconscious mind?
We have to go through a few fundamental processes in this journey of change. We have to have a strong desire for the change; just wishing or hoping will not be enough. Author Napoleon Hill names it “Burning Desire.” The intensity of the emotion to change is a crucial factor here.
In his book Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill states,
“The starting point of all achievement is DESIRE. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desire brings weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat.”
Once we have the desire in place, then we must maintain repetition of the actions toward change until they have been thoroughly planted into our subconscious mind. Then a new pattern/programming will be built into the subconscious mind, and it will become second nature.
By this process, we can master any skill, change any unpleasant behavior, and take control of our lives to carry it to the place we have always desired and deserve to be. Total immersion is the last and most important thing while we are following the entire procedure. Immersion confirms the constant action, without any gap in between, so that the previous pattern does not get any chance to indulge.
Earl Nightingale, the famous American author, stated,
“Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality.”
It looks like lots of work. Maybe it is. If we want to get rid of a problem that has existed for many years, we may suffer this pain of discipline. Otherwise, we might need to experience the pain of regret the rest of our life.
Indeed, within your subconscious depths lay infinite wisdom, infinite power, and the infinite supply of all that necessary, which are waiting for development and expression.
- Joseph Murphy, Ph.D.
Children are born with mostly the subconscious mind in place; they develop the conscious, logical mind as they age. In the early stages of their lives, the subconscious mind stays open and fresh.
If you tell kids to do something, it goes to the conscious mind so they may not remember. But if you tell them who they are, they never forget.
Thus, if a child is continuously being told that he or she is a waste of time or not worthy enough, these types of statements go directly into that young, subconscious blueprint. The child starts to believe them and slowly becomes that person. It is not only detriment the childhood of that individual but it also destroys the self-esteem of the person, and he or she will carry this programming throughout their entire life. Many children are the victims of their parents, teachers, and the friends around them through this process.
Healing can take place once the conscious mind is strong enough to work to condition the subconscious mind and to grow the desire for change.