The Subconscious Mind
The subconscious mind plays a key role in our habitual ways of thinking and behaving, and ultimately in our ability to transcend our limitations and move toward success.
What Is It & How Does It Work?
The subconscious mind is a vast storehouse of all the information you possess. It consists of the “writing on your walls” – that is, all the beliefs, knowledge and experience you have accumulated in your lifetime.
Because the conscious mind can only pay attention to “7 + or – 2” pieces of information at a time, information is processed and then sent to the subconscious for storage, where it not only is stored, but operates outside our awareness on an unconscious level – directing our behavior, responses, and ways of perceiving our world.
The stored information becomes unconscious and automatic action, much as our breathing is unconscious and automatic. This process takes place so that the conscious mind is available to focus on other important tasks. Other examples of behavior that are automated by the subconscious are driving, and using appliances such as toasters. Because we already know the information, we no longer need to consciously pay attention to it – our subconscious mind tells us what to do, how to act, how to respond, what to seek out, etc.
In effect, our subconscious contains a map of how the world is supposed to work for us, complete with detailed rules of the game. These are the result of years of conditioning - “the writing on our walls” - most from our early childhood years, about who we are and how our world works.
In many cases, this information is outdated, and causes us to create self-sabotage in our lives. Because this information is so entrenched in our subconscious, it is difficult to make changes to these rules on a conscious level. We can use our willpower, but in many cases it won’t be enough, because the subconscious overrides it.
Tools that are especially effective for bypassing the critical faculty and allowing positive change to occur at the subconscious level are:
To learn more about these tools, and the
Positive Change Tools for Success