This is part one of a two-part series.
Your Conscious Mind, Your Subconscious Mind, and… the Critical Factor
The conscious mind is pretty simple to understand. It is your thinking mind. It is the part of your mind that you are using to read this right now. It is analytical, logical, and intelligent. It is essentially the captain of your ship, taking in information, making decisions, and delivering commands.
Sounds like the conscious mind has a pretty big and powerful job, being captain of the ship and all, right?
Well, don’t let the title fool you. The captain may give the orders, but whether or not the those orders will be followed depends on a number of factors.
You see… in order for these commands that the captain issues to take place, they first have to get through to your crew (your subconscious mind).
And, as things sometimes go, there is this little hitch here… the commands that the captain (conscious mind) issues must be congruent with what your crew (subconscious mind) already knows and understands to be true… or the commands will be kicked right back out as if they never occurred. The crew will never even recieve them!
You see, there is a barrier between your captain (conscious mind) and your crew (subconscious mind) known as the critical factor (some call this the gatekeeper), and this critical factor will not allow anything to pass through to the crew that doesn’t match up with what the crew (subconscious mind) already has filed away as truth.
So now, a little more about this amazing part of your mind that is actually the crew that is running the show…
Your Subconscious Mind
Your subconscious mind is, perhaps, the greatest computer ever designed. Besides controlling and regulating your entire autonomic nervous system, that would be your heartbeat, your breathing, your organs, and your entire bodily systems; your subconscious mind has filed away all of your beliefs, values, habits, thoughts, ideas, and feelings.
Everything you’ve ever seen, heard, thought, or felt is filed away in your subconscious mind – even if your perception of what you’d seen, heard, thought, or felt… was incorrect.
You see, unlike your conscious mind, your subconscious mind isn’t an intelligent mind, as in analytical, logical, and investigative… therefore, your subconscious mind doesn’t understand humor, nor does it question anything that it’s given… it simply takes everything in as the absolute truth… and these absolute truths become filed away as your unique belief system.
Your Subconscious Mind and Your Belief System
Now, in a perfect world, your belief system would be filled with only those things that contribute to your highest and best interests.
But… you see, many of the beliefs you have filed away were formed at a very immature age, from birth through about the age of seven, and once those beliefs were formed, you began confirming and reconfirming them through the various choices you made, based on your belief system, throughout your life, thus, creating even stronger and more powerful beliefs.
But, are you beginning to see a bit of a problem here? This wonderful part of your mind, that is actually running the show and really wants to help you achieve everything you desire, received much of its programming back at a time when you were too young to know the real meaning of many things you were taking in and too young to form any real opinions of your own, and it was left to default to whatever interpretation your young mind came up with, as well as the opinions and beliefs of those around you.
Fortunately, none of us are stuck with our default programming and there are a number of tools available to help reprogram our belief systems, which I share in my five part series on Beliefs.
The subconscious mind is fascinating and so powerful, and it will always work for us and for what it considers to be our best interests… it’s just up to us to make sure that we have our subconscious minds programmed to support our highest and grandest visions that we would consciously choose of and for ourselves.
If you’d like to learn more about your subconscious mind and the very unique way it interprets pleasure vs pain, continue on to Your Amazing Mind – Part Two: The Pleasure/Pain Principle of the Subconscious Mind.
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