The Automatic Self
The Subconscious Mind is that part of your mind which you cannot control directly. You cannot alter the subconscious directly. It is that part of us that acts automatically to the situations in our lives.
The only way to change the beliefs you hold in your subconscious is by using your conscious mind purposefully and in a way that is beneficial to you. That means that you ask for what you want and not what you don’t want.
By creating goals, targets and a meaning to your life you give yourself direction, rather than drifting along the highway of life, taking any and every turn that comes along, not knowing where it will take you or what direction it’s taking you in.
You have to always remember that the mind is a goal-seeking-mechanism – it goes after what you direct it to go towards.
Once you emotionalise that target that you have, your ideal life, then the subconscious will take it on. In the same way, your subconscious will accept any ideal that you emotionalise and believe in. In other words, your subconscious will accept what you believe to be true.
What are the characteristics of the subconscious?
Borrowing from Neville1, the subconscious is
- Impersonal and non-selective – it is objective to your thoughts and ideas;
- Receives ideas from the conscious – those ideas that are emotionalised and believed to be true;
- Realm of Cause – the reason why you behave the way you do and live your life.
The subconscious itself responds and accepts only ideas which the conscious mind believes to be true. That means that you could tell yourself that you are healthy, but unless you truly believe that you are healthy and feel healthy, the subconscious will not accept it.
Look at the subconscious as a part of you that you have to sell an idea to. You have to make it believe that it’s a good idea, that you are passionate about it and that it not only will happen, but it’s as good as happened. In the same way you have to feel and believe in the same way. That is what it means when we say that it is true.
By using your imagination and feeling that something is already in your present reality, that it’s already in your life, you are showing belief and faith. The subconscious will then take it on as if it is real, that it is already present.
You see, the subconscious does not differentiate between fantasy and reality. It’s like when you wake up from a nightmare, it felt real to you. You can wake up with a sweat on, your heartbeat racing and your senses are fully awake. And even though you consciously know that it was just a dream, it still felt real. This is because you felt the fear, emotionally and physically, in your dream to be real – you believed it. And so the subconscious accepted it as true.
Whether you are asleep or awake your subconscious never sleeps and it does not know when you are asleep or awake.
The vault of our beliefs
In addition to this, the subconscious holds all that which we believe to be true. All our beliefs, including fears and hopes, about people, our environment and ourselves, our self image, are all part of the subconscious mind. This is why unless we alter our beliefs, through conscious effort, we will always get the same results.
It is the reason why you are, where you are, in your life right now; why some things, even though you don’t want them to, seem to repeat in your life again and again and again. It’s because of the beliefs you hold in your subconscious mind.
Until you alter the beliefs you hold about yourself and your environment, to a way which is to your benefit, your subconscious will truly be the “enemy within”.
Begin by deciding what kind of a life you want. Decide what kind of a person you want to be – your character, the beliefs you want to have about yourself and others, what you are capable of. Take time and write all of these things down, and read them daily. If something feels unnatural for you, change it to something that feels better. If it is something that you want but doesn’t feel natural, leave it there; as you read it daily you will find that slowly you begin to accept it – you are continuously reaffirming to yourself what you want.
Do these affirmations twice daily, at least, but, always when you first wake up and the last five minutes before you go to sleep. At these times the subconscious is susceptible to impression. By doing this before you go to sleep, you are giving you mind something to work with whilst you sleep, and sleep is the realm of the subconscious mind.
With knowledge comes understanding. With understanding comes belief. And with belief comes faith. And with faith we begin to change our mindset and our lives.
The conscious generates ideas and impresses these ideas on the subconscious; the subconscious receives ideas and gives form and expression to them.
But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.