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The Subconscious Mind and How it Works

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1) The subconscious mind is in charge of maintaining and preserving the body. This means, other things being equal, that if you walk out to the street in front of a bus, your subconscious mind will jump you back out of the way automatically, and you will be safe. In times of extreme danger, many people notice that the subconscious mind takes over, the conscious mind being completely uninvolved at that moment.

2) The subconscious mind provides the structure for storing memories. Research in 1957 (the Penfield Study) indicated that everything that happens to a person is recorded faithfully and stored as memory. In this research project, a woman's brain was probed with an electrode, and she remembered everything that happened during a birthday party when she was a very young child. She remembered the feel of her dress, the taste and smell of her birthday cake, how her mother and her friends looked, etc., as if she were there. As a result of this study, neuro-physicists postulated that everything that happens to us is stored in the brain in full detail. In 1960, Nobel Prize winner, Carl Pribram postulated that memories are stored holographically in the nervous system throughout the entire body, not just within the brain. It is the subconscious mind that is responsible for the co-ordination of the storage of, and for access to, these memories.

3) The subconscious mind organises all the memories which are stored in the body's nervous system. The way it does this is to organise memories, encoding them in a way that allows access to them as and when necessary. Memories can thus be stored as a gestalt or as a Life-path.

4) The subconscious mind is the domain of the emotions. Even though they are often felt consciously, emotions are not the domain of the conscious mind. They are generated, maintained, and are the responsibility of the subconscious mind.

5) The subconscious mind is charged with the responsibility of repressing memories with unresolved negative emotion. The emphasis being on "unresolved." The memory will be repressed with the emotion intact until it can be resolved. The unresolved negative emotion can cause some repression of the content of the memory to the extent of the intensity of the emotion and to the degree to which it is unresolved. (These repressed memories are sometimes visible in the Life-path as dark or missing areas.) The repressed negative emotions are trapped in the body, and in many cases can cause blockages to the flow of communication through the neural network pathways of the body.

6) The subconscious mind has the option of keeping the memories repressed. In some cases this is what the subconscious mind does. This is a short term function however, because in the long run the subconscious mind will attempt to present the memories so that they can be released. (repressed emotions are just not good for the body)

7) Memories which have been repressed are presented to conscious awareness in an effort to release the trapped negative emotions. If the conscious mind can, at the time of presentation of the memory, release the emotions by rationalising (making rationalisations and preserving the learnings) the memory can be cleared of the negative emotions. In some instances the subconscious mind will stop automatically presenting the memories for release and keep them repressed.

8) The subconscious mind is often called the body-mind or the mind of the body, and in performing this function it provides awareness and direction for the functioning of the body. It maintains a blueprint of the body as it is now and of the body in perfect health.

9) The subconscious mind maintains a person's moral code, according to his/her personal values and beliefs. If the subconscious mind thinks that you have offended that moral code, then it naturally follows that it will think that you will have to be punished.

10) In considering what is morally correct and what is not, we are talking about any kind of morality which the unconscious mind has learned from your personal experience of life.

11) The subconscious mind likes to have direction from a conscious mind with which it is in rapport. If there is no rapport, the subconscious mind will not follow conscious orders or directions. With rapport, the subconscious mind will follow just about any directions or instructions.This conscious-unconscious rapport is important, because the subconscious mind is in charge of our physical and many of our mental processes.

12) The subconscious mind receives and transmits regular and/or telepathic messages to and from the conscious mind. As sensory information enters the neurology from outside the body, it passes through the subconscious mind before becoming available as perceptions. The subconscious mind is in charge of filtering the vast amount of data being made available through our senses, and reducing it to manageable proportions. One estimate is that we have approximately 2,000,000 bits of information coming in through our senses at any moment in time. The subconscious mind filters these down to a manageable seven, plus or minus two.

13) As the "manager" of the body, the subconscious mind is in charge of the body's energy. It generates, stores, distributes & transmits "energy" as required. Most of this energy within the body is generated by the interaction of glucose with oxygen. Since the subconscious mind is in charge of the energy, it can be asked to increase the energy in the body for various purposes including weight loss and healing.

14) To respond with instinct and habit some instincts are built-in at birth, such as survival and the fight or flight response. Habits are developed and installed over a period of time. The subconscious mind is responsible for both generating and maintaining instincts and habits.When consciously developing a habit it is necessary to keep repeating the process until it is taken over by the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind is really in an on-going "now", so in building a habit repetition is essential.

15) To continually seek more and more the unconscious mind is directed to continually seek more and more, to do new things, to learn new knowledge, and to have new experiences. This explains why, after a period of having something you really looked forward to having, you find yourself looking around for something else to strive for.

16) The most perfect functioning occurs when the subconscious mind is operating as a fully integrated unit. The fewer the parts the better it functions, since more parts means more possibility of inner conflict, and since each part cannot be expected to have the intention of the whole as its highest intention.

17) The subconscious mind is symbolic. It is, in many instances pre-literate, so it creates, uses, and responds to symbols and patterns. Much of what the subconscious mind transmits to conscious awareness is symbolic in nature. These symbols have significant meaning, and can be interpreted.

18) The subconscious mind works on the principle of least effort, and that means it will do as little as it can get away with. This principle serves the subconscious mind well in energy conservation, but not necessarily for personal wellbeing. For example, if you are asking the subconscious mind to clear up certain symptoms, you must ask it when it will start and when it will finish the process, or you may discover many months later that the process is incomplete. When asked, "why?" the unconscious mind may simply say, "I haven't started yet."

19) Because the subconscious mind takes everything personally, the good news is that what you like about your friends, is you. The bad news is that what you dislike about your friends is also you. The saying in psychology is, "Perception is projection." What you see is who you are. So think the best about everybody you meet. If you believe that people can do anything, then they will. If you see people as magnificent they will be magnificent. The more good you see in others the more they will actualize that good for you, and for themselves. The more you do that, the more your own subconscious mind will feel good about you, and prosper. Honor and respect the subconscious mind. Love your subconscious mind. You and it are going to be together for a long, long time, so you might as well get along well together. If you can be aware of your magnificence you will be magnificent!

20) The subconscious mind cannot process a negative, so when talking to the subconscious mind always talk in positive terms. Make sure you are telling it what to do, think, and be, as opposed to telling it what not to do, think, or be.

*Disclaimer: We cannot guarantee specific results. Results can vary from person to person.