Functions of the Subconscious Mind
The subconscious mind performs many functions for us, most of which we're unaware of. The following is a list of many of those functions.
Caretaker--The subconscious mind takes care of our body. It helps heal us when we have an injury or contract a disease. If a bone is broken, it knits the bone back together again. If we've been cut, it reduces the flow of blood to the wound, plugs and coagulates the area to stop the bleeding, and then sends white blood cells to the area to destroy any germs that may have entered through the wound. Pretty amazing stuff.
Our subconscious also regulates our body's involuntary functions. It breathes us, circulates blood throughout our body, and is in charge of digestion and elimination.
It also protects us from traumatic memories when necessary. And brings back those memories when we're ready to be healed.
Our Emotional Center--Most life events and experiences come with emotional reactions or responses integrated within them. And our subconscious mind records and memorizes those emotional responses; it then encodes those responses into cellular memory. So whenever a similar life event or experience occurs, the feelings we experienced earlier in our life are expressed again through the cells of our body. And the same is true for the thoughts and beliefs we created in relationship to those events. We keep reexperiencing them whenever similar events occur. Our subconscious mind is like a bright young child who learns and memorizes things easily and recites them when needed. It learns and memorizes our reactions to life events and then recalls them for us when similar life events occur. Instantly and automatically.
And because the subconscious mind is our emotional center, it easily overrides our rational, conscious mind whenever a conflict arises. Here's how a conscious mind vs. subconscious mind conflict might play out.
Let's say there's a chore you really hate doing. Could be mowing the lawn, grocery shopping, laundry, cleaning the bathroom, doing the dishes, etc., etc., etc. Maybe when you were a kid, you had to do one or more of these chores every week. And you just didn't like doing them. You'd much rather have been out playing or doing something that's actually fun. Then let's say, you grow up and are on your own. You no longer have to do the chore (let's say it's doing the dishes) you've always hated doing. Maybe you do them for a while, but one day you choose to put off doing the dishes. After all, there are things you could be doing that are a lot more fun. You could go to a movie, eat out, go to a ballgame or a dance. While the rational part of you (conscious mind) knows you should be doing the dishes, the emotional part of you (subconscious mind) that hates doing them and would rather play and have fun wins out. And you let the dishes sit.
The more powerful subconscious mind has, as usual, won out. The dishes may sit till you've used them all or can no longer stand the sight of so many dirty dishes (another emotional subconscious reaction), and finally you get around to doing them. The emotional part of you will override the rational part of you almost every time. Essentially, it owns you. Runs you.
And if one day you want to change the habit you've developed of putting off doing the dishes (or other tedious chores), you're going to have to convince your subconscious mind that you no longer wish to put things off. And you'll have to figure out a way to overcome your emotional distaste for doing the dishes.
Home of Our Intuition and Imagination--Anything you can imagine can come into being. Your imagination is the seed of your genius. Every great artist, philosopher, and inventor learned to utilize their imagination through their subconscious mind. Your imagination can be used for creating wonderful things. But there's also a flip side. If we allow our imagination to be ruled by fear, negative results can occur--because our fearful imaginings can also become real. keep in mind, your subconscious mind doesn't discriminate. It does its best to create what we imagine in our minds. Your subconscious will work just as hard to create the negative imagery you present to it as well as the positive imagery you present. The good news is that our subconscious mind will follow whatever suggestions we give to it. And we can always change the ways in which we use our imagination.
Our subconscious also provides us with those "gut feelings" or intuitions that magically pop into our minds from time to time. Thoughts that seemingly come from nowhere. Our subconscious brings those thoughts into our conscious awareness.
Our Higher Self--The subconscious mind is also thought of as being the gateway to higher wisdom. Most religious and spiritual traditions believe there is a higher wisdom within us, reachable through prayer. This higher wisdom has many names (Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost, Higher Self, Soul, etc.) and is often thought of as an intermediary between a human being and God.
In order to communicate with this higher aspect of yourself, you must enter into a quiet state of mind--the same quiet state of mind that is required to communicate with your subconscious mind. Learning to still your mind and body is not only is a prerequisite for hypnosis, but also for accessing the higher wisdom within.
Our Own Personal Librarian--Our subconscious mind records everything we ever experience through our five senses. It records all of the events we wtiness as well as our thoughts, beliefs, and feelings about those events. Our subconscious mind organizes our belief systems for us and makes them available to us in relevant moments in our lives. It's as if our subconscious mind has written many books about us based on our life experiences, enough to fill a library. Everything is organized and neatly categorized for retrieval. And whenever we need information from our library, our subconscious mind brings it to us.
Director of Energy--We are a field of energy that reflects our conscious state in every moment. Our subconscious mind directs our energy, generating and directing energy relentlessly. In different moments in time, we can be happy, peaceful, angry, loving, creative, lazy, energetic, etc. If you have a positive thought, your subconscious mind will express the corresponding positive feelings through the cells of your body. Negative thoughts will create negative feelings. Your subconscious mind responds to your thoughts and creates the appropriate feelings for those thoughts. Energetic feelings are also magnetic in a sense. We draw people and events to us based on the positive or negative energy we are emitting, and this energy is reflected by our conscious state. If we're expressing positive energy, we're likely to attract people to us. After all, most of us like being around positive people. But if we come off as being negative, it's likely people will avoid us, except for those people who like being around negative people.
Automation Department--Our subconscious mind carries out our habits for us, and it does it automatically. We don’t even have to think about our posture or the way we choose to sit or stand. Again, it's all automated for us. We've trained our subconscious mind quite well. When you drive to work, you really don't have to think about where to turn or how to get there. You can be daydreaming the whole way and your subconscious mind will still get you there without any problem. Your subconscious will even drive your car for you while you daydream. Your subconscious mind directs your body to carry out the habituated behaviors you choose to teach it. In addition, it also learns and carries out emotional responses for us. These often occur in our daily interactions with the people in our lives.
Our reactions to the people in our lives, favorable or unfavorable, are most often an automated response. When we meet a friend or someone we love, the emotional reaction we experience is usually a good one, a positive feeling that arises automatically in the cells of our body. We may even produce a smile. Smiles are almost always automatic. You never have to think about smiling; you smile without the need of a consciously directed thought to smile. Now, whenever we run across someone who we've had difficulty with in the past or someone we dislike, the emotional response we have generally isn't a positive one.
Whatever our emotional response may be to a person or life event, it's important to understand that these feelings we experience are automatic. We don't have to think how to respond, our responses are automatic and usually instantaneous. Our subconscious mind carries out these habituated responses for us. Truth is, most of us go through life on auto pilot. Our subconscious mind is simply carrying out our programmed responses as life unfolds.
Because our subconscious mind learns and carries out our patterns of behavior (physically, emotionally, mentally), it's the perfect ally for helping us create change in our lives. And hypnosis is a perfect tool for working with the subconscious mind to create changes.
Creating Consciously--Because we go around on automatic pilot most of the time, most of our creations are unconscious. We keep having the same thoughts every day and keep following the same patterns of behavior. Again and again and again. If we want to make changes in our lives, then we have to create those changes consciously. In other words, we have to consciously direct our subconscious mind to help us with those changes. But first we have to understand how to facilitate change at the subconscious level. Deciding to make a change at the conscious level is pretty simple. But convincing our subconscious mind to go along with the proposed change requires some skill and knowledge. This next section will teach you different ways to create change at the subconscious level.
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