The Power of Subconscious Mind

By Val Silver

The power of subconscious mind is becoming more evident as researchers learn more about the brain. Experts claim that your life reads like a printout of your subconscious belief programs. Even though it is consciousness that we are aware of, it is the nonconscious mind operating below our level of awareness that really runs the show.

People over six years old operate on 'auto-pilot' from unconscious levels of mind at least 95% of the time. Younger children rarely use conscious processes at all even though it may seem like they do. Their brain wave patterns are primarily associated with hypnosis and pre-sleep, making them very suggestible to programming based on what they are taught and what they observe. Unless consciously noticed and changed, these programs control our beliefs and most of our actions for the rest of our lives.

How the Unconscious Mind Works

Much of what is known about the workings of the unconscious mind have been learned in recent years. Research shows that it makes up over 90% of the brain and it is on the job 24/7. It has two main concerns: keeping you safe and seeking pleasure.  All your automatic body processes and learned behaviors come under the power of subconscious mind. The region above the brain stem controls many of these processes.

Research suggests that the power of your subconscious mind is faster and more unlimited than the power of the conscious mind. Based on sensory input studies, it is estimated that the brain receives 11 bits of information per second  from the outside world, mostly through the retinas in the eyes. Much of this information is filtered by the non-conscious mind so you may not be aware of most of it. Otherwise, you would be overwhelmed by stimuli that is not relevant to you. A smaller percentage is received by the conscious mind. 

Incoming information from the outside world and the conscious mind is filtered through region in the brain associated with stored patterns of past experiences and  programmed beliefs. One important filtering region is the amygdala.

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The amygdala, sometimes called the gatekeeper, is always on the look out for  external threats. It alerts you to potential danger by making you feel fear. Fright is part of your innate physical reaction to stress.

This vigilance is also the reason we humans tend to focus on the negative, have so much trouble forgetting bad things, and why sometimes what is feared strongly enough becomes reality.

Your unconscious mind is so astute that it knows when something is going to happen a half-second before your conscious mind makes you aware of it.

The power of your subconscious is not usually under the control of the conscious mind. Once thoughts and behaviors become automated, this bio-super computer operates without conscious awareness and has different jobs. These parts of your brain may work together or they can be at odds with each other.

Your subconscious mind runs programs and projects your beliefs.

Your subconscious mind runs programs much like a computer. The powers of subconscious mind do not include thinking or making moral judgments. It does what it has been taught and holds beliefs you have about yourself and the world to be true. It directs your thoughts and actions according to its programming as a means of keeping you safe and happy. This holds true even if you consciously realize something you choose to think or do is not for your immediate or ultimate good.

This mind does not argue or think. It has no logic. It takes the information you give it, and once received, accepts it as truth whether it is real or imagined. It acts like an obedient servant. It focuses on what you pay attention to, filtering out irrelevant sensory input. 

Your subconscious mind projects your beliefs. Because it reasons from the specific to the general, the non-conscious parts of the brain work to make what you think and focus on a reality for you. For example, if you believe yourself to be kind, it will make you aware of opportunities to practice kindness. When you drive a gray car, you notice more gray cars than when you drove a red one. They seem to be everywhere!

Through the power of subconscious mind, your beliefs are projected into the quantum field as electromagnetic thought waves. Thought is energy, just like everything else. As the Law of Attraction says, the energy of your thoughts and beliefs draws to you circumstances and people matching their vibrational qualities. And so it is true that like attracts like. If you want to change what you are attracting, you have the power to retrain your brain and use techniques to change your programming.

Learned material, behaviors, and habits

Learned material, patterns and habits are stored in long-term memory and acted upon by the subconscious. The more you practice a skill or behavior, the stronger the neural networks supporting them become and the more automatic they become.

Especially in your earliest years, your conscious mind instructed your subconscious mind in what it should believe in word and practice so often that it no longer became necessary to think through certain processes or make decisions about certain things. You have a story and you are sticking to it. 

Your unconscious mind has an enormous capacity for storage. I remember having a dream in which I smelled a distinct odor I had not smelled for over 20 years. I was impressed because the scent was exactly the same as it was back then, even though I had forgotten about it and cannot recollect it now.

What is a little scary is that every time you call up a memory, it changes just a little when it goes back into storage. Sometimes you even create false memories. 

Behaviors are also memorized learned patterns. When you yell at someone before you can stop yourself, you default to learned patterns of behavior. The same is true when your mouth waters at the sight of your favorite ice cream.

You learn how to walk and eat and talk with your conscious mind. Once behaviors are automatic, they come under the power of subconscious mind, unless you choose to control them consciously. When you daydream while driving a familiar route, your unconscious mind is doing the driving.   Isn't it amazing how you stay on the road heading in the right direction with no recollection of how you got there?

Because the process of learning is linked with safety and survival, your subconscious rewards it with a dose of pleasurable chemicals so you repeat the behavior. Indulging in life's pleasures, especially when related to survival, such as eating and sex, are also rewarded biochemically. This is often a double-edged sword -  you are trying to change undesirable programming by installing new habit programs, but your non-conscious mind rewards you with a hit of feel good chemicals for repeating the old behavior, even if it isn't good for you. 

To an extent, emotional responses are also learned. are under the power of subconscious mind whether you react with tears, laughter, anger or fear. It takes you through a whole range of emotions and feelings based on your thoughts and what is triggering you in the moment.

As part of the unconscious mind, the amygdala is in charge of processing emotionally charged experiences and where and how to store them as memories.

The power of subconscious mind for healing.

Our bodies are self-healing entities. In reality, your brain continually directs body processes responsible for repair and regeneration so long as you keep stress at bay. Wounds are healed, cells are renewed, infections are resolved without a thought.

Much to the bane of pharmaceutical researchers, the power of subconscious mind to spontaneously heal an illness or injury has been proven over and over in clinical studies, even with seemingly incurable conditions.

Of the three levels of mind, learning to tap into subconscious mind powers with the help of techniques such as visualization, affirmations, and hypnosis shows great promise in helping us heal emotionally and physically, manifest our dreams, and transform our lives.

How the powerful subconscious mind interacts with the outside world and with the body to influence every aspect of our lives illustrates the innate connection of mind, body, and spirit.

Power of Subconscious Mind page updated 03/2020

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