Subconscious Mind 101
Most people have heard or even spoken the word, “Subconscious” but do they really know what subconscious is?
The meaning of “sub” means below or under and when it is read together with the word conscious, it literally means below or under consciousness. So subconscious is the mind that operates below the level of your normal consciousness. Unconscious is sometimes used to substitute the word subconscious.
First and foremost, human minds are made up of two virtual parts: the conscious and the subconscious. As the word ‘virtual’ means, there’s really no way that we could separate the two minds and locate them in different parts of our bodies. It’s not possible because the mind and the body are really two different entities. Please also bear in mind that your brain is not your mind. The brain like your liver and heart is just an organ that performs numerous vital activities in sustaining your life.
The subconscious is powerful but please take note that it is not in the sense that the subconscious is better or greater than the conscious. Subconscious and conscious are both great tools only when we know how to use them wisely and correctly. Both subconscious and conscious play different roles in sustaining our lives and which also mean they both compliment each other. The subconscious can never substitute the conscious and vice-versa. For that, we could not prefer one than the other; they are just two different kind of minds that possess different strengths and usage.
The conscious mind is the part or level of your mind which are reading this article; the state where you have your full awareness. Conscious is the mind that does all the thinking and it guides you in making decision. It thinks in a logical way and thus, it possesses the ability of reasoning and very often, the solutions that come up by the conscious mind are always to serve to our best, at least in its own perception.
On the other hand, the subconscious is the part of your mind that does not possess the ability of reasoning because it could never think. Some people even refer the subconscious as the dumb mind. It makes no decision and it depends entirely on the conscious mind to feed it information. Whatever the conscious mind impress on it will be taken seriously whether it is right or wrong, good or bad. They just make no difference to the subconscious; everything looks the same and it is its job to execute them.
However, everything has its pro and con. Although the subconscious does not have the ability to think and reason, it inevitably plays an important role in maintaining human’s vitality. Subconscious is the mind that controls the blood circulating system, the digestion system, the breathing mechanism, cells rejuvenation, liver functions and every other life sustaining system that you can name. It is strong in the sense that it could control everything simultaneously without the interference from the conscious mind. Even the conscious mind can’t do that.
Besides, the subconscious is the storehouse of memory. Everything that you have seen, heard, touched, smelt or even experienced are stored in the subconscious (with an unlimited of storage capacity). And most importantly, it never fails to recall whatever that has been stored in it.
If it is any, it is the fault of the way that we organize things in our memory that make this system inefficient. That’s why educator such as Tony Buzan has come out with the Mind Mapping Tool. Knowing how to use this tool is great because it could really boast up your memory and speed up your learning process. However, you still could trace back your old memory even if you haven’t employed this magnificent tool if you know how (we shall go into that later on).
As mentioned earlier, one of the most important facts about the subconscious is its inability to differentiate between the good and bad, truth and false. Whatever you have impressed upon your subconscious will have a corresponding effect later on in your life. Thoughts and beliefs are held in the subconscious (as the role of memory storehouse) and these things are what you made of; they become the master guide for your subconscious to follow. In other word, they become the blueprint of your life.
For that, it is very important that you always watch out for your thoughts because if you don’t, negativity that offered by the mass or media will easily gain access to your mind. It is even bad if those negativities are offered by you especially during the time when you are not consciously aware of your own thinking. At this moment, every thought that you produce will bypass the conscious and access into your subconscious easily. Charles Haanel, the author of the famous “The Master Key System” once accredited the conscious mind as the “Guard at the Gates” and which he said, “Whenever the conscious drifts away, negativity slips in.”
Negativity is constant and it is your job to stand guard at the magical door of your mind because if you don’t, they will creep in and sabotage you and which you then call it fate. Learn to supercharge your subconscious mind power here.