We behave the way we think
The conscious and subconscious mind
There are two separate minds, the conscious mind and the subconscious mind, which creates the body’s controlling “central voice.” The mind and body are also one. Whatever action takes place in the mind produces an immediate reaction in the body and vice-versa.
The conscious mind is the thinking “you.” It is the creative mind that expresses free will. It is characterized by awareness. It achieves this awareness through the sense organs. It not only gathers information through the sense organs but also is able to manipulate the information to meet your needs. It can make decisions and form judgments. It can explore and test probabilities of various outcomes, if specific actions are undertaken.
The conscious mind analyzes, sorts, decides and judges. It presents all of its observations and experiences for storage in the memory bank of the subconscious mind. It then relies on these stored memories as a basis for meeting your needs in the future and solving problems that may arise. The conscious mind is very active; it is basically concerned with the here and now. The conscious mind remembers only a part of what the entire mind has learned and experienced through life. It is dominant while you are awake and recedes when you sleep.
Its supporting partner is the subconscious mind, a super computer loaded with a database of programmed behaviors. It works both day and night.
As children we are programmed and conditioned to have beliefs in each area of our life. This was instilled by parents, teachers and caregivers, through books we read and the experience we’ve had.
Even in a pre-natal state, our subconscious is absorbing data, filling it away into memory. The subconscious registers virtually everything our physical senses hear, see, feel, touch or even sense from an intuitive level.
The subconscious mind does not take the time to analyze, differentiate or sort the information. It does not make judgment as to whether the data is of a positive or negative nature. It simply contains what it placed within it. It is not the seat of reasoning or creative consciousness. It is strictly a stimulus-response device. When an environmental signal is perceived, the subconscious mind reflexively activates a previously behavioral response – no thinking is required.
If however, our conscious mind is guided and influenced by the data stored within the subconscious, our decisions or judgments may be clouded by that data, which in some cases, or at the very least, out of date or based upon someone else’s view.
During the first six years of life a child unconsciously acquires the behavioral repertoire needed to become a functional member of society. In addition, a child’s subconscious mind also downloads beliefs relating to self. When a parent tells a young child that she is stupid, undeserving or any other negative trait, this too is downloaded as a “fact” into the youngster’s subconscious mind. While the conscious mind may hold one’s self in high regards, the more powerful unconscious mind may simultaneously engage in self-destructive behavior. Since most of our behaviors are under the control of the subconscious mind, we rarely observe them, much less know that they are engaged.
The subconscious mind is the seat of all our emotions and therefore directs nearly all our behavior. It is the home of our emotions, creativity, imagination and memories. It has no concept of time. If something happened at five years of age it feels the same as though it is happening now, and with the same intensity as it did them.
The conscious mind draws upon the stored memories within the subconscious mind. If it senses we are thirsty, it obtains from past experience, stored in memory, just what it must do to quench the thirst. These processes of manipulating information obtained through the sense organs, of exploring probable future actions and consequences through use of imagination, and making decisions, and passing judgments, all come under the general heading of thinking.
Everything we learn has been done by suggestion through the senses. These suggestions are absorbed through the sense of touch, taste, hearing, sight, smell and thoughts.
Reprogramming the subconscious mind is also a process of understanding what data is stored within those subconscious files, reviewing it, analyzing it and then either keeping it or changing it. How the client sees things will be determined by how the subconscious mind has been programmed, by the general conditioning that has gone on. Behavior cannot be altered without alteration first in the subconscious mind. Old suggestions must be suppressed and new suggestions placed firmly and reinforced in the subconscious mind.
It can be said that you do what you do because of what you are. You are what you are because of the programming and conditioning of your subconscious mind. You are what you think and your thinking is governed or directed by your mental conditioning. If you think evil you will be evil and do evil things.
Thoughts, feelings and attitudes control the way people act. In hypnosis, which is an altered state of consciousness we are able to manifest heightened suggestibility, and selective thought, bypassing the critical evaluating facilities of the conscious mind and able to penetrate the subconscious.