The conscious portion of your mind consists of about 10% of our thinking ability and the subconscious portion of your mind consists of about 90%.
Your conscious mind commands and your subconscious mind obeys. Your subconscious mind is an unquestioning servant. It works day and night to make your behavior fits a pattern consistent with your emotionalized thoughts, hopes, and desires. Your subconscious mind grows either flowers or weeds in the garden of your life.
We have one mind, but there are two parts to our mind: conscious and subconscious. The conscious and subconscious parts of the mind could be compared to an iceberg. The portion of the iceberg above the surface of the water is the conscious portion and the ice beneath the water is the subconscious portion.
Our conscious mind consists of what is available to our conscious thinking process. It is the analytical, rational, logical, two plus two is four mind. Temporary memory and will power resides in the conscious mind. It is that part of the mind that says, “I should stop smoking.” “I should lose weight.” “I should not be afraid of elevators.”
The subconscious mind is not logical and it contains our permanent memory, emotions, habits, automatic responses, feelings, instincts and impressions. The subconscious part of the mind controls breathing, heart rate, blood pressure, temperature, and other natural functions of our body. The subconscious mind is concerned with bringing about our deepest wishes expectations and desires even if they are contrary to logic and our own well being.
In addition to our memories, habits, and impulses, the subconscious also contains that which we have inherited from our ancestors. We inherit through the subconscious our race knowledge, instincts, and impulses.
The subconscious never dozes, never sleeps and keep us going by directing our breathing, heartbeat, etc.. Once the subconscious mind accepts an idea, it begins to make the idea a reality. It works the same for good or bad ideas. When applied in a negative way, the subconscious can be the cause of failure, frustration, unhappiness, and even illness. Your subconscious mind is like the soil which accepts any kind of seeds – good or bad. It is the seat of your emotions and the storehouse of your memory.
The subconscious mind does not care if the body hurts, but rather that the deepest needs are met. If our greatest need is for affection and the only time we experience affection is when we are sick, we may get sick in order to receive the affection that we need. This occurs even though we don’t like being sick and the reason is unknown.
It is important to note that the subconscious can not tell the difference between a wish and a fear. If a fear becomes dominate in your thinking, the subconscious will interpret that fear as a wish and attempt to make it happen. I never tell a person not fear something or worry about something because that is like saying “Don’t think of the color red.” As soon as I do that you can not help but thing of the color red. I do suggest that when you fear something or began to worry about something that you replace that thought with something good because two thought of emotional content can not continue because one will take over. Make sure that the thought that takes over is a good thought.
What is the conscious mind?
In order to understand the subconscious, you must first understand the conscious. Visual representations of the subconscious mind often show an iceberg, and this is a very telling analogy. The small part above water is your conscious mind, this part is all you can see. It seems like this is how big the iceberg is.
The conscious describes our perception of our surface thoughts. The conscious mind encompasses your thoughts, habits, and emotions. The things that you feel and notice are your conscious mind at work; however, the reason behind why you are having these thoughts is attributed to the subconscious.
Following the iceberg analogy, the 90% that lies beneath the water, the mass holding up the 10% that can be seen represents the subconscious mind. Our conscious decisions and beliefs are what make us the person we are. The countless smells, sights, interactions, feelings, and sounds around us, whether we’ve noticed them or not are working behind the scenes to form who we consciously choose to be.
For example, if you decide you would like to become a better cook, your conscious mind has made this decision. Your subconscious mind has collected information that made you want this skill. You may have witnessed the warmth and appreciation for a person who cooked at a dinner party. You may have noticed a coworker bringing in home-cooked healthy meals, and noticed them getting in better shape. A friend may have started a side business selling baked sweets, and you’ve witnessed them becoming a happier person by working with their hands to create these treats that are bringing happiness to others. Your subconscious mind learned and recorded how you felt while having these experiences and used that information to give your conscious a positive association with cooking.
What is the subconscious mind?
Your perception of who you are has been created by the subconscious mind over time. The information your subconscious uses to form your expectations, desires, and beliefs are beyond our awareness, and control. This process is automatic.
The human brain processes about one thousand trillion logical operations per second. You don’t have to consciously will your heart to beat, or your stomach to digest food. All of these processes are controlled by our incredibly diverse brain systems. Our subconscious picks up on everything we notice and directly pay attention to, as well as the events in our periphery. This gathered information is used to form the type of partner we choose, the movies we enjoy, our decorating style, and the things that bring us satisfaction.
The subconscious is also responsible for creating comfort in our surroundings. Knowing your way around town, the ease of navigating your laptop, and anticipating the needs of your children can all be attributed to millions of moments that have been stored in your mind to be called upon when needed.
If you’ve driven down a difficult winding road multiple times, the muscle memory causing this task to become easier is provided by the subconscious. You don’t spend time thinking about this road when you aren’t on it, but your brain has saved massive amounts of information and provides that information to you when you return to the road time and again.
The law of attraction
The theory of attraction means different things to different people. This concept has been around for a very long time, and many books have been written on the subconscious mind’s ability to manifest what it is fed. The law of attraction first became mainstream when a book titled The Secret was featured on Oprah. The authors postulated that our brains have the ability to focus on anything, and receive it.
Material, emotional or abstract things are said to be at our grasp if we focus our powerful thoughts on what we hope to manifest. This popular book put the power of the subconscious mind into terms that can be easily understood by most people and set the stage for more of us to be mindful of our thought process.