An excellent way to get acquainted with the two functions of your mind is to look upon your own mind as a garden. You are a gardener, and you are planting seeds (thoughts) in your subconscious mind all day long, based on your habitual thinking. As you sow in your subconscious mind, so shall you reap in your body and environment.
When you begin to be more aware of your thought process, you can apply the powers of your subconscious to any problem or issue. In other words, you will actually be consciously co-operating with the infinite power and omnipotent law which governs all things.
A knowledge of the interaction of your conscious and subconscious minds will enable you to transform your whole life. In order to change external conditions, you must change the cause. Most people try to change conditions and circumstances by working with conditions and circumstances, however, in order to remove discord, confusion, lack, and limitation, you must remove the cause, and the cause is the way you are using your conscious mind. In other words, the way you are thinking and picturing in your mind.
It is interesting and fascinating to observe how you can speak authoritatively and with conviction to your deeper self. The subconscious is subject to the conscious mind, and that is why it is called subconscious.
A very powerful metaphor
Our conscious mind is like the captain on a ship giving commands to the crew, or subconscious mind. In this metaphor, the crew (subconscious) simply carry out the orders given by the captain (conscious) impartially. Unlike the captain who observes, analyzes and makes all the decisions, the crew (subconscious) are completely nonjudgmental. It doesn’t question the captain (orders from the conscious mind) or make alternative suggestions, it carries out the orders (instructions) precisely. Our subconscious is a servo-mechanism whose purpose is to be of service to the conscious mind. Therefore, if we constantly tell our self, and others, ‘I can never remember names,’ for example, the subconscious mind responds similarly, and as you are scanning your memory bank to recall a specific name you want to remember, your subconscious will deliberately block out that name so you can’t remember it, because those are the instructions it has received repeatedly from the conscious mind, i.e., ‘I can never remember names.’ Replace your negative commands with positive and productive ones, in this case, ‘I always remember people’s names and faces.‘ Which is in fact the truth, because your subconscious mind is like a huge memory bank. Its capacity is virtually unlimited, and permanently stores everything that ever happens to you.
The subconscious is such a powerful tool and as we learn more fully how to deliberately engage it, we can consciously direct it to serve us consistently to achieve the quality of life we truly desire. Your subconscious mind works 24/7 and makes provisions for your benefit, pouring all the fruit of your habitual thinking into your lap.
Self talk is that little voice in your head that is talking all the time. If you are asking, ‘What little voice?’ That is the one we are talking about. As you are reading these words you are simultaneously talking to yourself. You may be agreeing or disagreeing with what you are reading, you may be thinking about an email you need to respond to, or what you are having for dinner. That little voice asks questions and the same little voice answers the question. It’s all rather bizarre and at times it gets quite busy in there.
But, it is our conscious mind that is doing all this chattering and it is important to become aware that such chatter is also providing input and instruction to the subconscious. As we become more knowing, more consciously aware that our present thoughts determine our future, we may choose to more carefully monitor the quality of our thoughts and begin to eliminate or change those thoughts that no longer serve us well. The good news is that since we can only focus on one thought at a time, we can control our thoughts, with powerful techniques such as affirmation and visualization.
(To be Continued…)