The subconscious mind is a difficult concept to grasp for many, especially those who considered themselves learned and educated. We’re trained to perceive the world with our senses and based our judgment with logic and proof.
As we hold tightly into the notion of ‘seeing is believing’, the subconscious mind, and the power within becomes nothing but an ambiguous concept that is brushed aside.
For me, that has been the case for more than 30 years, as I was trained technically to be a professional engineer. I questioned every single idea that could not be proven by science, not knowing that science is still struggling to keep pace with the truth of nature.
The subconscious mind, or the unconscious mind as some would put it, is the vast section of your beliefs and thought creation process that governs your life. But that’s just a politically-safe definition for the skeptics.
Once you’ve experienced how you can tune in to your subconscious mind, even if only a tiny fraction, you’ll realize that its the energy gateway that connects you and the entire universe.
It’s a misconception to assume that the unconscious mind is limited to regulate the fundamental physiological functions of humans body, like breathing and heart function. Nor assume that the subconscious mind is a pale shadow of logic and intellect.
Scientists continue to be fascinated by the subconscious or unconscious mind. In a publication by researchers at Yale University, studies have pointed out that the unconscious mind is no less inferior to the conscious mind. If anything, the conscious mind may be the inferior of the two.
There may be moments where you’ve exerted your memory in studying for an exam, to the point of the inability to recall anything consciously. But like miracles, you found answer popping up on your brain as you glanced through the questions on the exam sheet.
Miracles or not, it is a sign that your subconscious remembers what your conscious mind can’t.
Like a sponge with infinite capacity, your subconscious mind picks up every single beliefs, advice, thoughts, and words that are shoved upon you as you grew.
Eventually, you’ll form habits, belief and thought systems that will eventually govern each of your words and actions.
If you’ve been told that ‘money is the root of all evil’ when you’re a child, that seed of thoughts grew into a pervasive dislike for money that all efforts to earn more for a comfortable life is always sabotaged in a way or another.
Blame in on bad luck, or ill-intentioned people. But in reality, you’re attracting realities for what you hold true in your subconscious mind.
The same applies to success, love, health, marriage and other aspects of your life. If you’re being told that you need to grind the 9-5 hours work-life to achieve success, that’s what you’ll be doing day-in and day-out.
But what’s worse is that the definition of ‘success’ is shaped by opinions from people who know no better than you.
While science struggles to grasp the full capability of the subconscious minds, therapists have been using hypnosis as an alternative therapy to address issues like addiction, anxiety, stress and other problems.
Hypnosis is a method used to access the subconscious mind by summoning it to the fore and delegating the conscious mind to the background. This results in altered brain-wave and the hypnotic trance.
In a hypnotic trance, your senses are enhanced and so is your learning ability. It’s the best state to inspect the subconscious beliefs that are holding you bad, neutralize them and set new habits in its place.
But hypnosis is only one of the method that allows you unhindered access to the subconscious minds. Some form of guided meditations can allow you to tap into your subconscious mind and release the block that is blocking your progress.
One such meditation is the 6 Phase Meditation by Vishen Lakhiani of Mindvalley. It elevates your energy, and help you to clear the negative charge that is blocking you emotionally. Also, it guides you into shaping your future and guiding your subconscious energy towards it.
Most people are trained to set goals when they wanted to achieve something in the future. Whether it’s a sports car, being a millionaire by 30, or owning a luxurious penthouse, you started by writing them down on paper.
But here’s the thing, most people either slack of or encountered obstacles that put them off in their direction. So, what goes wrong?
The conscious mind works with written goals. The subconscious mind works with emotion or feeling. You have to feel positive as if you’re already achieved your goals to get your subconscious mind working in alignment.
Psychologist Richard Wiseman recommends thinking about the good thing that will happen if you achieve your goal. That’s part of how you get your subconscious mind into the game with its conscious counterpart.
Often, we’re sabotaging our vision of the future without realizing it. In the tug of war between the conscious and subconscious mind, the latter always wins.
Beliefs and subconscious limitations are only a small part of the subconscious that has a powerful grip on our life. What’s interesting is that the soft whisper of your subconscious or intuition is a powerful tool that has been overpowered by the limitation of evidence-based logic and science.
Intuition or gut-feeling is an ability that all human being possess. It is the inert ability for us to sense ill-boding events and also a powerful tool that we can master to our advantage.
In daily life, intuition can take the form of a hunch where you have a nagging feeling to be at a certain place on a certain date. Or the unexplainable attraction to the first dress or shirt you laid your eyes upon.
Often, the reasons for such intuitive feeling reveal themselves when you’ve followed your gut. While it’s hard to scientifically measure intuition (yet), scientists have taken a great interest in it and accept it as a decision-making process that skips the part of analytical thinking.
And science is suggesting that your intuition is the better decision-maker.
The next time you have an unexplainable feeling that you need to ditch your work and head to do some grocery, do it. Because that’s how I got myself prepared for an unscheduled water disruption that affects millions of people in my city.
But what you need to be aware of is that there are tricks or methods where you can hack intuition and make it work for you.
You can remain skeptical on the workings of your subconscious mind because the subconscious functioned irrespective of what you think. Or you can start inspecting the beliefs that have been governing your life, and question if they are supportive of your growth?
What’s your thought on subconscious mind? Do you believe that you are the result of your subconscious thoughts? Or did you manage to leverage our subconscious mind to your advantage? Share your thoughts in the comment below.
I am an engineer-turned-writer who once struggle with social anxiety. After overcoming problems inflicted by low self-esteem and the fear of interaction, I realize the need for taking a holistic approach in developing our mind. I'm sharing my experience, remedies, and techniques that interest me in my quest to be a better self.