I bet right now you’re not aware of the feeling of your feet touching the floor, or the feeling of your back against the chair, until i mentioned it just now…While we are fully aware of what is going on in the conscious mind, we have no idea of what information is stored in the unconscious mind. (Only everything we’ve ever seen, heard, felt, touched etc…).
The conscious mind has limited processing capabilities, compared to the unconscious mind. The conscious mind is dominated by the logic of natural language partitions represented in the narrative of a linguistic description. George A Miller’s paper ‘The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two’ is often cited in NLP as a reference point for research into the limitations of our capacity for conscious awareness. Miller suggests conscious processing is limited to just seven plus or minus two bits of information. We refer to the conscious mind as the representation of the immediate map you have conscious access to.
Your conscious mind is the part of your mind that you are using to read and process these words. As you look at this page you are saying the words in your mind, and as you derive meaning from the text, you establish how the meaning relates to you. Your conscious mind is linear, sequential, and logical and likes everything to make sense. People seek to logically understand everything (a real paradox), wants a label and explanation for his experience, finds it difficult to be in the moment or go with the flow, does not switch off from internal dialogue, and is often less aware of sensory experience.
The unconscious mind is everything else in the mind body system that is not conscious in that moment. Research shows the unconscious mind absorbs millions of bits of sensory information through the nervous system in any one second. Given the name ‘unconscious mind’ you will not be aware of a lot of the processes that the unconscious mind engages in. Some people are more aware than others of the functioning of the unconscious mind. These people have what’s called good communication with their unconscious.
On the physical side, at this moment your unconscious is regulating the functioning in your body, pumping blood from your heart, digesting your food, cleansing the lymph cells healing any cuts, counteracting any antibodies that come into the system and so on. You don’t consciously have to think about making your heart beat; your eyes blink or your lungs fill with oxygen. All this happens unconsciously.
The components of your past experiences and what you have learned in life physically and mentally are within your unconscious. If I was to ask you to think of your first day at school, your first kiss, a representation may come to conscious attention. These representations of past events are located in the unconscious mind. The past representation came from the unconscious and was then brought to conscious attention.
If you have a phobia, every time you experience that phobia you are physically and mentally matching current stimuli (VAKOG) with an unconscious reconstruction of a past representation. The unconscious mind is habitual and learns easily when stimulated. In the case of the phobic it’s usually one experience that creates the learned behaviour of a phobia. It’s amazing how the unconscious mind remembers to activate a fight or flight response every time the phobic comes into contact with the phobia stimuli. Introduce the phobia stimuli and no matter what the phobic is doing, his conscious attention will be jammed with the fight or flight response. Even though intellectually the phobic understands the spider/mouse cannot hurt him, he cannot override the unconscious response with conscious will. The logic of the conscious mind does not work when dealing with problems.
The unconscious mind has within it enormous potential for change and is able to learn positive new responses easily as well. It’s a question of stimulating the unconscious mind through effective communication with it to create change.
With every experience, your unconscious mind soaks in information like a sponge. It rejected nothing while you were young because you didn’t have any pre-existing beliefs to contradict what it perceived. It simply accepted that all of the information you received during your early childhood was true.
You can probably see why this becomes a problem later in life. Every time someone called you stupid, worthless, lazy, or worse, your unconscious mind just stored the information away for reference. By the time you were 7 or 8 years old, you already had a solid foundation of belief based on all that programming from people in your life, television shows you watched, and other environmental inﬂuences.
Now that you’re an adult, you may think that you can simply discard the hurtful or untrue messages you absorbed during your early life, but it’s not quite that simple. Remember that all of this information is stored below your level of conscious awareness. The only time you become aware of it is when it limits your progress in creating a balanced, successful and productive life.
Have you ever tried to achieve a goal and kept sabotaging yourself at every turn? What’s happening here…. is you’ve got some old programmed messages that conﬂict with the new conditions you want to create. AND…the programming still continues to this day. With every experience you have, you draw certain conclusions and store the messages that will guide your future actions.
How To Reprogram Your unconscious Mind
If your daily environment is ﬁlled with negativity and strife, imagine what kinds of messages are being absorbed into your mind. Your ﬁrst action is to strictly limit the negativity you’re exposed to from this moment on. Avoid watching the news unless you absolutely must, and avoid spending too much time with ‘toxic’ people. Instead, seek out positive information to read and watch, and spend most of your time with positive, upbeat people.
Your unconscious mind responds well to pictures. Visualization is a great way to program your mind with positive, empowering images. Try spending 10–15 minutes a day visualizing positive scenes that feature you and your life experiences.
Here are some things you may want to visualize:
- Fulﬁlling relationships
- Passionate work
- A beautiful home
- Fun vacations
- You at your ideal Health, weight, shape and size
- Anything else you wish to draw into your life
As you do this consistently, you end up redrawing the negative pictures stored from your past experiences, fears, worries, and doubts. To boost the power of visualization even further, be sure to emit strong, positive emotions while you picture these wonderful things in your mind.
Your unconscious mind will absorb the messages as if they’re real! This is the true beauty of visualization — the power to bypass limiting messages and focus on pleasing images, all of which are being absorbed right into your unconscious to be replayed later.
Affirmations are another effective way to install positive messages into your unconscious.
They work best if you follow a few simple rules:
- Word them positively, and they have to be believable to your unconscious mind. Say “I am in the process of attracting and allowing my most conﬁdent and successful”self rather than “I am conﬁdent and successful” because if the unconscious mind doesn’t Believe it to be true right now, being in the process – it can believe this.
- Call up the corresponding feelings. Saying “I am wealthy” while feeling poor only sends conﬂicting messages to your unconscious. Whatever words you’re saying at the time, strive to feel the corresponding emotions because your unconscious will be more apt to believe it.
- Repeat, repeat, repeat. Affirmations don’t work if you say them just once or twice. Recite them many times throughout the day for the best results.
Brain Entrainment Binaural Beats
Another popular method is the use of audio recordings that deliberately alter the frequency of your brainwaves.
It may sound like something out of a science ﬁction movie, but reports from people who’ve tried these audio programs are overwhelmingly positive. Your brainwaves fall into a speciﬁc frequency depending on what you’re doing at any given time:
- Gamma when you’re engaged in certain motor functions
- Beta when you’re fully conscious and actively concentrating
- Alpha when you’re relaxed
- Theta when you’re drowsy or lightly sleeping
- Delta when you’re in deep sleep
“Binaural beats” result when two tones are played at differing frequencies, triggering your brainwaves to follow a different pattern. For example, if you wanted to shift from stressed to relaxed you would listen to an audio that triggers the alpha state.
Research has shown that your unconscious mind is more receptive to new information when you’re very relaxed, such as in the alpha or theta states.(states in hypnosis)
Hypnosis can be effective in much the same way as brain entrainment programs, except without the use of brainwave-altering frequencies. Instead, the hypnotist gradually talks you into a more relaxed and receptive state and delivers empowering, positive messages to your unconscious mind.
In short, you’ll know when changes are taking place in your unconscious mind because you’ll notice a shift in both your inner and outer being.
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