Want more out of life? There are two parts of your mind that need to work together in order to bring you the life you want. It’s important to understand how they work together so that you can make the most out of them.
The Conscious Mind
You are probably aware of this part of your mind. It is the part that allows you to view and feel emotions about what you are seeing. It can help you fantasize about the life you want or make judgments about the life you don’t want. It is the part of your mind that brings about awareness in this moment.
The Subconscious Mind
This is not a part of the mind that many people give thought to. Most people believe that they take actions based on their conscious mind, but the truth is their subconscious mind is the main motivator behind the decisions they make.
The subconscious is where everything that has consciously or unconsciously happened to you has been stored. It holds the experiences – good and bad, which influence how you go through life. It holds the rules and regulations on how to get through your day automatically.
Driving to work is regulated mostly by your subconscious mind. It helps you drive the car, follow the route, and make it safely to work, even while you consciously listen to music or think about the day ahead.
You Can Affect Your Subconscious Mind Without Being Aware Of It
If you are not aware of your subconscious mind, the world around you can influence it and shape your beliefs.
For example, you may not be consciously aware of the billboard that you pass to work every day, but your subconscious might be. It can pick up messages much quicker than your conscious mind. In fact, it can process 500,000 times more than what the conscious mind can. [Source: http://spdrdng.com/posts/conscious-vs-subconscious-processing] So even a quick glance at the billboard could have resulted in the message being stored in your subconscious. And that message can influence later decisions that impact your life.
For instance, if the billboard says that a certain restaurant has the best drinks in town, you may suddenly decide to go to that restaurant for drinks, even though you do not consciously know why you made that decision.
You Can Consciously Affect Your Subconscious Mind Too
When you become aware of a habit or belief that is affecting your life negatively, you can consciously make the choice to change. To do this, you need to start adding messages to your subconscious that will help you develop the desired result.
Let’s take the desire to get over the fear of flying as an example. Maybe all your life you have been told that flying is scary. You’ve watched shows where passengers are terrified. And, you’ve heard stories from friends or family that have made you never want to get on a plane. All of these experiences have happened over your lifetime and solidified your fear like a nail pounding it into the ground. It’s going to take a lot of positive messages about flying to change the way you view it. In addition, it may even take a positive flying experience to help you change the way you view flying. You have to consciously add positive thoughts and experiences around flying into your subconscious in order to rewire your belief about it.
This can be applied to all areas of your life. For example:
– If you move to a new home, you have to consciously make right and left turns until your subconscious has stored the route and can automatically take you to work on its own.
– If you want to change your habits, you can consciously take in new ideas and thoughts and let them penetrate your subconscious mind until they become beliefs.
– If you want to change your relationships, you have to consciously start thinking differently about them in order to impact your beliefs around them.
In the end, you can make the conscious decisions to take a look at your deep rooted beliefs and change them. This is how the conscious mind and the subconscious mind work together to create the life you want.