This is building up! Today I want to share with you what I know about the conscious and subconscious minds. I am really excited about this because I know that once you find out how big a part the subconscious mind has to play in your life, you will understand why you must heal your Inner Child.
Here we go, buckle up!
I want you to imagine an iceberg: a small portion is found above the water while the massive rest is hidden below the water surface. This image will give you the scale of how the conscious mind (above the water) and the subconscious mind (below the water surface) relate to each other and the power they have in shaping your inner life.
The CONSCIOUS MIND represents about %15 of the total mind’s capacity and can only process a limited amount of information at a time and therefore it can only hold one single thought at a time. This is your thinking mind; it knows how to think in abstract terms, set goals, judge results and compare information. This part of your mind is what you are using right now to focus on reading this post. The conscious mind does not store memories, it is only concerned with what is happening right now, with planning and dealing with the ‘here and now’ situations.
The SUBCONSCIOUS MIND represents 85% of your brain’s capacity. Think about it as being a massive computer system that controls and monitors body operations, such as heart beat, breathing, metabolism, hormone productions and so on; this means that it can deal with thousands of events at a time. These are all things beyond your conscious thinking capacity.
This powerful computer is also in charge of long-term memories and past experiences, attitudes, values and beliefs as well as all the information regarding how you feel. The subconscious mind thinks literally, therefore it has no reasoning power and cannot reject anything that it is told. Read that last sentence again:
The subconscious mind thinks literally, therefore it has no reasoning power and cannot reject anything that it is told.
Emotions are controlled by the subconscious mind. When you feel afraid or anxious you do not consciously want to experience such a feeling. Trying to think yourself out of it consciously is not very effective.
Most of the subconscious programming was done when you were very young, before you reached the age of seven, before the filter between the subconscious mind and the conscious mind developed in your psyche, before you had ample reasoning and judging power. As an adult you posses such a filter and you do not believe everything you are told. Before this barrier was developed in your mind, you took in without judgment or real understanding everything you experienced, got exposed to and was told with respect to yourself, other people and life in general.
When you were a child you created a set of beliefs and values with the understanding you had at the time. The powerful, subconscious part of your mind was programmed by what you heard, saw and experienced when you were too young to understand the meaning of the things you were exposed to. You were too young to form any real opinions of your own so you took in as truth whatever you were presented with. Your young mind interpreted them as it could and the opinions and beliefs of those around you reinforced what you came up with. So, all the things you accepted as truth at that early age, remained embedded in your subconscious mind. Your responses, reactions and decision-making as an adult are affected and influenced by them, unless you heal the wounds of the past.
Wow! This is a lot and there is more in store for you tomorrow. This will allow you to connect with your Inner Child in a powerful way so I am grateful that I get to share it with you. Thank you.