Many of you may be wondering how to use the subconscious mind to its full advantage and whether in fact it is even possible to try and gain power from a relatively unknown area in your brain. So what is the subconscious mind, as opposed to the conscious one? And then what about the unconscious one? What’s that all about?
The fact that there are three areas to our brain is nothing new and Sigmund Freud was probably one of the first people to bring the idea into the mainstream as we now know it. Although his theories are still widely contended in certain psychology circles, he was responsible for creating an extremely a useful mind model which he separated into 3 main areas – the conscious, the subconscious, and thirdly, the unconscious mind.
Your conscious mind is probably representative of only around 10% of your brain capacity, whereas the subconscious, (which Freud referred to as the preconscious mind), is far greater than the conscious, and accounts for around 50-60%, with the unconscious mind occupying the remainder. The unconscious is a dark, deep area which, in general, is largely inaccessible to your conscious mind.
Differences between conscious and subconscious mind
While the conscious mind is undoubtedly remarkable in its own right, the subconscious mind is capable of even more awe-inspiring actions. While your conscious mind is processing one choice or action, at the same time your subconscious mind is processing unconscious choices and actions. Once activated in your subconscious mind, goals and choices will remain there until you meet them. In general, research seems to indicate that it’s not possible to prime your subconscious to act in a particular way although there are some activities and exercises you can try which may allow you to gain access to, or expand the awareness you have of your subconscious.
Practice being positive with your self-talk
It’s too easy to be hard on yourself, constantly reinforcing prior, negative thoughts. You need to try and replace that negative self-talk by using affirmations. This ‘shift’ in your language has the power to alter your mind-set, overriding those negative actions and thoughts which are hidden away in your subconscious. Try replacing “I can’t do it!” with “I can do this!” Don’t tell yourself that you fail at everything – instead say “I will succeed, come what may!”
This will not become automatic to you overnight – it will take time but if you do happen to catch yourself slipping back into negative self-talk, then be sure to pause; stop what you were saying and take a deep breath. Ask yourself why you’re saying that you won’t succeed? Try to identify the triggers which cause you to think in a negative manner and then make a mental note to recommit to positivity and affirming yourself.
Now is the time to create positive mantras
A mantra is, quite simply, a statement or slogan which you need to repeat on a frequent basis. Mantras work better when they crafted by you, for you – someone else’s hopes and dreams, or their insecurities, will not necessarily mirror yours.
So when you feel anxious or stressed, it’s good to take a deep breath and attempt to quell those negative thoughts by repeating your own personally-crafted set of mantras. Consistent use of these will help to subdue and quash those negative thoughts and actions which have arisen from your subconscious.
Make sure to identify what your most commonly repeated negative thoughts are and accept within your heart that your own judgement on these matters is actually unfounded. When you go on to create your healing mantras, you can do so by identifying those things which are the polar opposite of your self-judgement. Work on creating two separate mantras which both express the same idea and then use them interchangeably, as often as you want to. There doesn’t have to be a set time, but first thing in the morning is a good one as these positive vibes can carry you through the day.
Select a spot in your body in which to focus the positivity which may be your heart or tummy and then lay your hands on that area, repeating the mantra as you focus on your breathing – allow your whole being to swell with confidence.
Examples of mantras can be seen here: [Place a hyperlink to mantras here]
Learn to practice visualization
Visualizing the achievement of your goals, and how you will feel at that time, is an excellent method to ‘train’ your subconscious mind. Start by visualising in a fairly simple manner – those things which only require for you to use one or two of your senses, such as ‘sight’ and ‘touch’.
Close your eyes and visualize every single detail of a photograph or familiar object which is close to your heart. As you get better at this, you can then work towards visualizing entire movie scenes or actual memories. Pay particular attention to sounds and smells – what color was this? What were the textures and tastes?
When you become able to focus clearly and are can accurately picture detail, then is the time to start visualizing yourself achieving your actual goals. Your visualizations need to as clear and realistic as possible. Make sure you refrain from dwelling on any negatives – you must visualize yourself achieving your goals.
Make sure that your goals are specific – focus on that which you want to achieve, not something which may or may not be feasible. Make sure also to identify where this will take place, when, and what the circumstances are surrounding your successes. Use as much detail as is possible and ensure that it is also believable – it would not make sense to envision yourself as suddenly being superhuman, instead, visualise yourself as you really are and how you want to be.