What is the Subconscious Mind?


It is believed that the subconscious mind accounts for 90% of the mind and stores habits and beliefs, memory, personality, self image and such things. Picture an iceberg where only the very tip is shwing above the water line. Now imagine the rest of the huge bulk which lies below the water. That would represent the subconscious, ‘invisible’ part of our minds.
In fact with more than ten thousand external stimuli every day, imagine how difficult it would be if our mind had to deal with so many stimuli. For this reason the brain has evolved in such a way so as to protect the mind and to process many of these stimuli on auto pilot
In between the conscious and subconscious mind is a filter called the Reticular Activating System (R.A.S.). This particular filter has the job of scanning all the new stimuli from the outside world and decides the priority of each item. It is then sorted and some information is sent to the conscious mind and some to the subconscious mind.
The subconscious is responsible also for conducting basic functions like making your heart beat and putting one foot in front of the other. Without the power of the subconscious you would have to divert your attention to making the heart beat every second and would simply not be able to function effectively. Think what is was like last time you drove a car. Did you have to think about every manoeuver or were you somehow able to get from A to B with little or no conscious awareness of how you conducted such complex actions and maybe you still had your mind on a hundred and one different other thoughts. Your subconscious in effect drove for you based on the R.A.S. Anything we learn is processed and retained by the subconscious mind which is why we can use this to chnage many of our unwanted behaviours.
With access to your unconscious or subconscious mind you have the power to modify the internal neurological pathways which can sometimes be responsible for all kinds of unproductive behaviours and thoughts, from addictions to phobias. This internal framework relies on all kinds of multi-sensory process which sometimes become corrupted by years of patterned behaviours. Something we process subconsciously becomes a part of us like our names and cannot easily be modified without using a key to unlock the internal mechanism. The tool most commonly used is NLP or Neuro Lingustic Programming. At Cumbria Hypnosis we use NLP as one of the many ‘keys’ to accessing the subconscious mind so that these traits and feelings can be effectively changed for the better. Whether you are wanting to overcome a particualr phobia, like fear of flying or maybe you are just wanting more control over you nerves in meetings, or even have some desire to stop eating as much or outgrowing any number addictions, then NLP and in particular SCRT (Subconscious Code Reprogramming Therapy) may be the answer you have been looking for.
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David Faratian BA(hons) DcHp AEPT MPNLP