3 Ways To Access Your Subconscious To Make Your Life Easier
There are many misconceptions about the conscious and subconscious mind out there. In this article I want to explain some of the differences between the two, and why it's so important to engage the subconscious mind.
The conscious mind is the mind that is in control through most of the waking hours. Consciousness literally translates into awareness, our conscious mind is the level of the mind that is aware of our physical surroundings.
The subconscious mind is the level of the mind that we are not conscious of, literally translating into "below awareness". It is the level of mind that is most active during the sleeping hours, though sometimes it is active during our waking hours, and it's the level of the mind that holds all of our programming.
Because we are not usually aware of our conscious mind, we need to find the right tool to communicate with it. Hypnosis is an amazing way to communicate directly with your subconscious mind. It allows the conscious mind to go to sleep so that your subconscious mind can come forward and tell us exactly what is going on.
Often it's the first time that the subconscious has been allowed to have a voice and share it's beliefs.
When you allow your conscious mind to have a voice, you might be very surprised to hear what it has to say, but first, let’s understand the difference between The Conscious Mind And The Subconscious Mind.
The Conscious Mind
The Conscious Mind is the critical mind. This is the level of mind that says “No! That’s not possible.” It is analytical, and it is discerning. It is the logical mind, that deals with logical reasoning, and it's job is to keep you save.
A famous example of how the conscious mind discerns what is possible and what is not can be found in history. Back in 1954, Roger Bannister was the first man to beat the four-minute-mile (i.e. running 1 mile in under 4 minutes). Before this no one thought it was possible.
Bannister beat it in Oxford, England, in 1954, during a training session, and then again two months later at the Commonwealth Game, this time both he and his opponent, John Landy, ran the 1 mile race in under 4 minutes. It was mind boggling at the time.
But what's interesting now is that the record has been beaten more than 1,500 times since that first time.
How is it possible that something that was so unbelievable 70 years ago is now common for athletes? The answer lies in the conscious mind.
For athletes prior to the record beating run, the conscious mind firmly believed that it was not possible. As a result, our subconscios programming said "Well ok then, we'll make sure it doesn't happen."
The first time someone proved that it was indeed possible, it caused a shift in the minds of others. All of a sudden they saw that maybe it was possible for them. After all, didn't many of these athletes train just as hard as Roger Bannister? And more than that, his competitor also beat the record in the same race.
Of course there was resistance at first, but eventually more and more people started beating that 4 minute mile record until it became impossible to believe that it wasn't possible.
Conscious beliefs you might have
Ok so maybe you're not an athlete, and maybe you're not trying to run a mile in under 4 minutes, but does that mean you don't have conscous beliefs that are holding you back? Of course not.
Here are some common beliefs that my clients have had, how many can you relate to:
I don’t deserve that promotion
I can’t survive off less than 8 hours of sleep
I can’t earn that much money
I can’t get myself out of debt
I can’t get rid of the smoking “habit”
These are all common beliefs, but they are actually quite easy to challenge. All you need to do is prove to your mind that it's not true for everyone, therefore it doesn't need to be true for you.
A simple way to do this is to find someone (or a bunch of people) on social media who fit this specific criteria:
They are where you want to be right now, AND
They came from a place similar to where you came from (socioeconomically)
The Subconscious Mind
The subconscious mind is almost the exact opposite. Rather than dealing with logic, and being analytical, the subconscious mind is the emotional mind. It deals in feelings and communicates in symbols rather than logical sentences (our language comes from our analytical faculties).
It is the waking mind, because it never sleeps. Even when you are alseep your subconscious mind is awake and taking in information from your environment. This is why you tend to have a light, distracted sleep in an environment you're not familiar with, because your subconscious mind is on overdrive keeping you safe.
Your subconscious mind remembers everything, every memory that you have ever had, everything that has ever happened to you, every belief that you have ever created, is stored in your subconscious mind.
Let me give you an example.
When you were in school, you learnt how to do long division, but because you don't need to do long division everyday, your conscious mind doesn't need to remember it.
Your conscious mind is focussed on what it can perceive with the 5 physical senses.
When you then have a maths lesson, where you have a problem that needs to be solved using long division, your conscious mind says "Ok subconscious, I need that memory of how to do long division".
Your subconscious mind brings that memory forward, you solve the problem, then you store the memory back in the subconscious vault for later use.
Accessing Your Subconscious Mind
Because your subconscious mind holds all of your memories, it also holds all of your beliefs.
Every belief that you have ever created are stored in your subconscious mind and show up in your life as programs that need to follow a specific neural pathway. Once you have created a belief, your subconscious mind will hold onto it until that belief has been replaced.
Let me give you an example of a client of mine who suffered from IBS related to anxiety.
When she was about 4 years old, her grandmother had passed away. Her family were holding the wake at her grandmothers house when she needed to use the bathroom.
The main bathroom was being used so she used the ensuite in her grandmothers bedroom, but the bedroom door locked itself.
As a 4 year old, she wasn't able to open the door herself.
During this traumatic day, she was locked in a bedroom with no way out, and to the mind of a child whatever situation is happening is something that will happen forever, they have no sense of future because they live in the now, so she was trapped by herself and she believed she would never get out.
The belief that she created was that it wasn't safe for her to use a bathroom that she's not familiar with, and as an adult she struggled to go anywhere without getting stomach cramps and needing to rush to a bathroom.
Although she didn't consciously remember the event, her subconscious mind had stored it, and the belief along with it. When we had our session and this memory came up, she of course remembered that this had happened to her, but it wasn't a memory that was consciously on her mind, nor did she know it was the root cause of her IBS.
It was only through hypnosis that we were able to access her subconscious so it could tell us exactly what was going on.
Hypnosis is not the only way to access your subconscious, but it is definitely one of the easiest.
Putting The Conscious mind To Sleep In Hypnosis
It is not possible for both the conscious mind and the subconscious mind to be active at the same time. In a person’s normal waking state, the conscious mind is the one that is usually active.
When we go into hypnosis, we are allowing the subconscious mind to go to sleep so that the subconscious mind is given more control, and can communicate with us directly.
In this state, the subconscious mind tells us exactly what memories we have that have caused us to create beliefs that no longer work in our favour, and it allows us to replace those beliefs with newer, more beneficial beliefs.
If you are not in hypnosis, if you are trying to understand your subconscious beliefs from the conscious state, it can take years to understand the programming that is held by the subconscious mind.
This is the reason people can be seeing a psychologist for years without being able to reverse their subconscious programming, because they aren’t able to directly communicate with their subconscious mind.
Fact – every time there is a battle between the emotional and the logical, the emotional will always win the battle. This is the reason that the subconscious mind holds our programming because our emotions are stronger than logic.
Three Ways To Make Your Day Easier
So now that you understand how your subconscious mind runs your programs that determine your actions, here are three things you can easily do help your subconscious mind improve your day to day life:
Taking deep breaths down into your belly helps shift your nervous system from the sympathetic (fight / flight / freeze) to the parasympathetic (rest / digest / relax).
This is useful for teaching the subconscious that you are in a safe environment (such as leaving the house without needing to rush to a bathroom)
Meditating has been proven to change your brain chemistry and to increase your brains natural neuroplacticity - the brains ability to create new neural pathways that lead hold new beliefs that work FOR you instead of SABOTAGING you.
3. Eat Fruits and Vegetables
Eating more nutrient rich foods such as fruits and vegetables will increase your mood.
Your gut is your second brain, and having an unhealthy gut biome is directly related to anxiety and depression
If you have any subconscious programming or beliefs that you want to reframe, or you're looking or some direction and next steps on your mental health journey, feel free to schedule a call with me.
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