There is no single definition that can really exhaust the meaning of the subconscious mind. We can only try to uncover some of the vast dimensions through which this part of the mind operates and hopefully develop a better understanding.
To paint a better picture, the subconscious mind can be seen as the warehouse that stores each and every single piece of information on our daily activities and experiences. This information helps us effectively navigate through our daily endeavors and also governs how we perceive reality through emotional response.
Everything we do, see, experience, learn, as well as the judgments we adopt about certain situations during our lifetime are all accumulated and recorded within this vast part of the mind. This data is collected in such a manner that it can be retrieved automatically and in a very organized form. In simple words, the subconscious mind is what is behind each of our reactions and how we interact with the world around us.
Some people may argue that we as humans are under the control of every decision and judgment that we make. This may hold true, but only to a very limited extent. There is a conscious mind that we use to make rational observations before taking calculated action – this is where our awareness is harnessed.
But most of the time these observations and decisions are already being produced in the background of the mind; we are only experiencing the final calculation through our awareness which creates the illusion that we are the ones in control of the entire process.
What about the things that we cannot explain such as forming an opinion about people we have never met before or even passing judgments on matters we have little or no information? Such things can only be explained by accepting and understanding the workings of the subconscious mind.
How the subconscious mind works
Knowledge of the existence of the subconscious mind is not enough. We have to take the next step and ask ourselves how the subconscious mind works. The experts believe the subconscious mind to be a servant of the conscious mind. It obeys every decision and judgment passed on by the conscious mind, which is observed through the pre-frontal cortex of the brain.
The judgments and decision patterns of an individual are stored in the subconscious mind and firmly connected over time. These neural connections are reinforced through repetition, which is where we begin to develop our regular behavior and emotional responses to situations.
With time, this database grows and so do the mappings of the subconscious mind. Activities learned while in the conscious state are also programmed into the subconscious mind. It is this information that is contained and stored over time that makes an individual act or think in a consistent pattern. This means that what you do or how you act in the present is a mirror of what you have been exposed to in the past.
These connections between the subconscious mind and our conscious experience explain why we are able to carry out some activities such as driving, eating, walking, and quickly navigating through conversation. Through practice, these activities are impressed onto the subconscious mind over time.
After several impressions, the individual’s subconscious mind takes over and what may have seemed to be a daunting task becomes natural. That is why driving, at first, maybe very engaging and tiring but after a few driving lessons, it gets easier and less strenuous.
This can be a good indication that whatever we wish to achieve can be learned and intentionally accomplished – the possibilities are endless!
The subconscious mind as a tool for behavior and lifestyle modification!
Understanding how the subconscious mind works can go a long way in helping you lead a happy and healthy lifestyle. You can modify your behavior and lifestyle by understanding and training your subconscious mind towards the desired results. Understanding that the sky really is the limit when it comes to what you are able to accomplish within your lifetime can be a very inspiring idea.
Hypnotherapy involves engaging the subconscious mind in order to harness a state where we are open to suggestions. This technique is often used to produce a positive change to the mindset by re-training the subconscious mind. Through hypnosis, an individual impacts strong suggestions on the unconscious mind that helps in developing a positive attitude towards life or the release of addictive behaviors. Hypnotherapists believe that everything is rooted in the mind.
By understanding the workings of the subconscious mind, an individual can modify their behavior. Bad habits such as smoking can be dropped by re-training how we are wired to react under certain circumstances or stimuli. Other bad behavior can also be modified by changing our thinking patterns.
Most people fail to change their bad habits and behaviors because they do not address the root problem, which is the state of mind. Social problems such as weight loss can also be addressed by altering the subconscious mind with the intention to alter personal beliefs and relationships to the external environment.
There is no one culture or religion that can claim the authenticity of prayer. This universal concept refers to the communication or deep interaction with a higher realm of being, sometimes referred to as an absolute power. The practice of prayer carries different meanings throughout the world and among human culture, but the essence remains the same.
One aspect that is often overlooked when trying to understand the actual process of this profound interaction, and communication through higher consciousness, is the very important and often mysterious role that the subconscious mind brings into the equation.
Because the subconscious mind is harnessed by a vast majority of the brain but resides underneath our conscious awareness, the communication that we receive from this vast realm can sometimes be very inexplicable and obscure. When we intentionally tap into this part of the mind, we are impressing our desires and intentions through meditation or prayer. Through the practice of prayer, once you tell your subconscious mind what you want, there is an unwavering faith that must be maintained in order for manifestation to take place. This faith requires us to not give any weight to any thought or evidence that lives in opposition to the desired result we want.
Your subconscious mind does not have the ability to argue or dispute what it is told. If you give wrong information, it will accept it as true. It will then work to make that information correct.The habitual thinking of your conscious mind establishes deep grooves in your subconscious mind. If your habitual thoughts are harmonious, peaceful, and constructive, your subconscious mind will respond by creating harmony, peace, and constructive conditions.