What is it that allows some people to experience the kind of relationships they dream about? Or to accumulate all the money they could wish for? How is it that some patients survive seemingly incurable illness? How do some people find jobs that make them truly happy? What is the secret of these people who are successful in every area of their lives, while others desperately struggle despite their best efforts?
As a workplace conflict resolution practitioner for 15 years, I have often wondered why one person might complain about Management or their co-workers, or their job, while another in exactly the same position at exactly the same workplace would have no issues with job or coworkers. Mediating disputes, I work with many negative clients and frequently find myself trying to figure out how they could have arrived at such unpleasant (and often wildly unrealistic) worldviews.
After completing hundreds of hours of training on the subconscious belief system, and reading many books on what “positive thinkers” were saying about the power of subconscious conditioning, I decided to explore more on the connections I was seeing. I wondered if there was some truth to what authors like Joe Murphy (The Power of Your Subconscious Mind), Norman Vincent Peale (The Power of Positive Thinking), Napoleon Hill (Think and Grow Rich) and Wayne Dyer (You’ll See it When you Believe It) were talking about in their books. Moreover, could the concepts they were describing be applied in the context of conflict resolution?
I worked through many of my own personal issues—relationships, career, finances, and personal growth – with considerable success by applying the principles and concepts I had learned from these authors.
Amazingly, I was accepted into a Master’s program in business without having completed an undergraduate degree. I went from having no job to acquiring a position with an annual income of more than $80,000. I overcame my own negative thoughts and emotions and greatly improved the quality of my relationships. I attracted positive people into my life.
Slowly, over time, I began sharing what I had learned with my clients, who also reported noticeable changes, and more importantly, much more joy and happiness in their lives. I was fascinated by the realization that, like me, my clients had been totally unaware of the subconscious thoughts, beliefs and emotions that had blocked them from achieving what they wanted.
So what is the Difference between the Conscious and Subconscious.
Listen to what Bruce Lipton – an expert on the subject of epi-genetics.
The outermost part of your mind is the CONSCIOUS mind. This part handles your emotions, and is also known as the “intellectual mind.” This is the part of your mind you use when you perform regular conscious activities, or when you are concentrating on learning or understanding something new. As you gain a deep understanding of an idea, or practice a skill over and over, it gradually becomes part of your subconscious mind – what we think of as learning something “by heart.”
For example, remember the first time you rode a bike? Remember focusing straight ahead on the pavement in front of you and constantly turning the handle bars as the bike wobbled back and forth down the road? Now, when you go cycling, you may drive through unfamiliar territory and not have a single conscious thought about how to ride your bike. In fact, at times you may even ride without holding on to the handlebars. An activity that used to be conscious is now almost entirely performed automatically, and without even thinking about it.
On the other hand, if you had trouble learning how to ride that bike and your teacher called you “stupid,” “uncoordinated,” or “clumsy,” or made other discouraging remarks about your abilities, those memories would have also stuck with you. This conditioning may still be impacting your life in ways of which you are not even aware.
Your SUBCONSCIOUS is the innermost part of your mind, also known as your “heart mind.” The subconscious mind records your experiences for future reference, and acts as a database of sorts. Anything that has ever happened to you is stored in your subconscious mind, even if your conscious mind doesn’t remember it.
As well, one of the many miracles of the subconscious mind is that it keeps the physical body properly coordinated – adjusting hormone levels, respiration and heartbeat, digestion, and so forth. Your subconscious mind may know more about how to keep your body going than all the doctors in the world put together!
The subconscious mind is very literal and responds only to pictures, words or sounds. Whatever you place your attention on, whether it is a desire or a fear, will be created as an experience for you in your subconscious mind.
The subconscious mind does not have any conscious prejudices about pleasant and unpleasant experiences. It just gives you what you ask for – it assumes you are asking for something when you think about and focus on it. Remember, thoughts are things!
To create the experiences you desire, you need to learn to make clear mental pictures in your conscious imagination. Each picture serves as a kind of computer program for the subconscious mind. The stronger and clearer the picture, the more accurate your results will be.
The following diagram will help you remember the characteristics of the conscious and subconscious minds.
As you can see from the chart above, the subconscious mind has a much greater processing capacity than the conscious mind. When something is stored in the subconscious, there is no requirement to relearn the task or procedure – your response or reaction will be automatic.
However, when your conscious desires do not line up with your subconscious thought patterns, we say there is a conflict or incongruence between the two minds. Because of its higher operating capacity, the subconscious mind easily overrides our conscious desires. After all, your life is a reflection of your subconscious thought patterns and beliefs – whether you like it or not.
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