Updated: Feb 22
Our subconscious minds are a powerful force to be reckoned with, a force that controls about 95% of our lives. In addition to storing memories and emotions, the subconscious mind handles everything your body needs to function properly. From feeling hungry to automatically breathing, digestion, to making memories, the subconscious mind plays a far more important role than we could ever imagine.
The conscious 5% of our minds contain all of our thoughts, memories, feelings, and wishes of which we are aware at any given moment. The subconscious mind believed to be 95% controls each and every physical movement, whether voluntary or involuntary, meaning that the majority of our decisions, actions, emotions, and behaviors lie beyond our conscious awareness. It can remember everything you have done, said, or witnessed. Unlike the conscious mind, the subconscious may hold repressed contents that are unacceptable or unpleasant, such as feelings of pain, anxiety, or conflict causing strain or self- sabotage. That said, it is important that the dialog within our subconscious minds be healthy, loving, and supporting our best interest.
“Your subconscious is like a computer—more complex a computer than men can build—and its main function is the integration of your ideas. Who programs it? Your conscious mind. If you default, if you don’t reach any firm convictions, your subconscious is programmed by chance—and you deliver yourself into the power of ideas you do not know you have accepted. But one way or the other, your computer gives you print-outs, daily and hourly, in the form of emotions—which are lightning-like estimates of the things around you, calculated according to your values. If you programmed your computer by conscious thinking, you know the nature of your values and emotions. If you didn’t, you don’t.”
- Ayn Reand
The subconscious mind takes everything literally. It does not differentiate between positive and negative. The subconscious mind is subjective. It doesn’t think or reason independently, it simply obeys the commands it receives from your conscious mind. Our subconscious mind is constantly focused on the present moment. This is why it’s so important to be mindful of your inner thoughts such as; “I am successful” rather than “I will be successful” So if you continually tell yourself that you’ll never succeed in a particular venture, it’s likely to turn out that way. *Inspirational quotes can have a positive impact on individuals committed to positive thinking. Focusing your thoughts on uplifting ideas or success-oriented recordings can help your subconscious mind to build positive patterns in your outlook on life and way of thinking, speaking, and responding.
Our subconscious minds are habit-based. As we go about our daily routine waking up in the morning, commuting to and from work, making eating choices, drinking choices, and going to sleep it all becomes second nature, we form habits. This is because we process information quickly without being aware, this is the unconscious mind at work. We often say that's just how I am. In truth, it is how we have practiced being. Building new positive subconscious habits take time and commitment, but offers extremely high returns on happiness and wellbeing.
Start with a simple mind diet. Try to to speak and think positively for a full day and then try it again the next day. This will bring awareness to your habitual ways and offer you an alternative choice.
Respond rather than react. This is a powerful tool for personal growth. When you feel yourself reacting, slow down by taking a deep cleansing breath and ask yourself how do I feel, why do I feel that way, what is a healthier way to respond?
In conclusion, we can either let our subconscious resonances continue to direct us or we can wake up and choose to practice being, saying, and doing from a place of healthy awareness. It is important to build a healthy self-concept and reinforce it daily until it becomes our natural response.