The Battle of the Minds
There is a raging battle that is ongoing within our minds all of the time. The two primary elements of our mind that we are going to discuss in this post are the conscious mind and the subconscious mind. So the purpose of this post is to differentiate the two for better understanding as they are related to hypnosis
The Conscious Mind
This conscious mind is the part of your mind that has to figure things out with its limited abilities. It is about 5% of your total mind consciously, and even the genius Albert Einstein it is estimated used only about 6% of his mind, so you are not too far behind the great Einstein.
The conscious mind is the part of the mind that sometimes has a hard time chewing gum and walking at the same time.
The conscious mind is as I like to define it as “the here and now.” Our short-term memory, it’s logical, analyzes things, and is a creature of habit, it is, however, self-aware and the decision maker. It is the part of the mind that is “in charge”. It is the BOSS!
In order for us to make any positive changes in our lives and to become mentally fit you must be consciously aware of the need for change, you must be motivated to change, and you must believe that you can achieve the goal. For example, we know that getting our body into shape involves far more than merely thinking about going to the gym. We must make the trek to the gym and we must follow a workout routine. Well, our mental fitness calls for the same level of dedication. So, in order for us to make these positive changes, the process of hypnosis is often utilized to bypass the negative conscious mind and bring the suggestions of the desired results directly to the subconscious mind.
As I stated the conscious mind is the boss and it is in charge, it can often sabotage our efforts to change because of its desire to maintain the status quo. For example, we want to lose weight, and we start attempting to convince ourselves that we want to lose the weight, and the conscious mind starts reasoning that it is quite content the way it is and that we are attempting to starve ourselves.
Yes, that little old 5% is the Boss and it is in complete control, and in that case, it would, in fact, sabotage our wishes and our desire to lose the weight. But there is hope, and that is why I am writing this post.
The Subconscious Mind
Unlike the conscious mind, the subconscious mind comprises nearly 95% of our mind. But it is innocent and naive. Even though it is equated to the most powerful computer ever made. It is capable of running multiple tasks simultaneously, it does not judge us, criticize us, analyze or reject what we attempt to do. It acts quickly but often acts improperly. It is unfortunately unaware. It does not understand nor have a sense of humor and takes everything literally.
The purpose of the subconscious mind is to react immediately to the commands that are given to it from the conscious mind and rely on its decision-making capabilities completely. The subconscious mind is subject to the conscious mind hence the name sub-conscious or below the conscious.
The subconscious mind, however, wants to help us as much as possible and it tries to help in the best way it knows how. However being on the intelligence level of a four or five-year-old child many times does not help us the proper way as it simply is not aware of how to help, and needs to be directed. But fear not because there is help.
Once something becomes familiar to us, it becomes part of the subconscious mind. We do so many things subconsciously each day that we do not even realize. Here are some examples of things that we do subconsciously every day.
just to name a few, you see the subconscious is the storehouse of the brain, once you have experienced something it is forever retained in the subconscious mind.
For example I want to ask you a question.
Ready, here goes.
Have You Experienced Your First Kiss?
Now that may seem like a ridiculous question to some, but let me explain why this most basic question is so important to understanding the workings of the subconscious mind.
If you have indeed experienced your first kiss, when you read that question most likely an image appeared in your mind, an image of the other person with whom you shared that experience. Now that experience could have been last week, last month, last year, or twenty or thirty years ago. It does not matter, because when I asked the question it was worded in a way that was very specific. “Your First Kiss” of course you can have many first kisses in many different relationships, but you can only have one “First Kiss”.
The Subconscious Mind Sees, Hears, Smells, Tastes, and Feels Everything You Experience in Your Life
The subconscious mind. collects all of our life’s experiences, it always hears, and experiences everything that is passed through to it by our five major senses, more importantly, it always pays attention and is anxiously awaiting instructions on how to help us in the proper way. As I stated earlier on the subconscious is always desiring to help us. And we can program that subconscious mind by means of hypnosis.
As information is gathered into the subconscious mind it is classified and stored for later use, after all, you never know when someone is going to come along and ask you about your “first kiss” and being such a momentous event in your life you would never want to forget that now would you?
But we can program our subconscious mind so that we can accomplish just about anything we desire to accomplish in our lives. This is done with hypnotic suggestion whether delivered by a hypnotist during a hypnotherapy session or delivered through self-induced hypnosis. Either way, once that suggestion is planted into the subconscious mind it does not know the difference between reality and perception, so if we give it an assignment it simply goes to work to accomplish its objectives.
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