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The Conscious and Subconscious Mind

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 colour red.” As soon as I do that you can not help but thing of the colour 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.

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Brain Waves and the connection to Meditation

There is no such thing as proper meditation. So instead of wondering how to properly meditate, you should be asking yourself how to meditate successfully?

To find out how meditation works and what happens to your head and body during meditation, you must first look at the concept of brain waves.

In order to use meditation correctly, you must understand which brain wave stands for which state of mind.

If, for example, you want to overcome your fears, discover your creative part or work on your sleep problems, you will have to apply different forms of meditation in each scenario. This is because for each scenario you have to address a different brain wave.

Accordingly, the first step in meditation 101 is to understand brain waves and the respective brain states in order to consciously produce the desired results.

Depending on your state of mind, your brain acts at different brain frequencies. Every state of mind, such as happiness, stress or relaxation has a dominant brainwave frequency that defines it.

A good meditation for beginners is to concentrate on your own breath. It’s basically the easiest way to move from the Alpha or Beta state to the Theta state. The breath and mind work in tandem, so when the breath rhythm becomes longer, the brain waves will slow down along with it.

Alpha Waves

Alpha waves run in the frequency range between 8 and 13 Hertz. They are the “the power of now” and result in relaxation and calmness. When you practice mindfulness or meditation, your brain typically runs on alpha waves.

These brain waves support well-being, calmness, mindfulness, interaction of mind and body and learning.

Beta Waves

Beta waves move in a frequency range between 13 and 38 Hertz and represent your normal waking state. They occur when you focus your attention on mentally challenging tasks.

Depression and anxiety are also associated with beta waves.

Theta Waves

Theta waves run between 4 to 7 Hertz and occur during sleep and are associated with deep relaxation and visualization.

Theta brain waves occur most often when you sleep but also when you make it into a very deep meditation. The theta state is a state of semi-consciousness that you normally experience only fleetingly when you wake up or about to fall asleep.

In Theta you are in a dream. You see living images and have a vivid imagination beyond your normal consciousness.

Delta Waves

Delta waves run below 4 Hertz, are similar to theta waves and occur during your sleep cycle.

This type of brain wave is slow and moves in a very low-frequency range. They appear in deep meditation and sleep. Healing and regeneration are stimulated in this state. That is why deep and restful sleep is so important for the healing process.

Gamma Waves

Gamma waves are largely unexplored brain waves that move in a frequency range between 39 and 100 Hertz. They are mainly present during higher mental activities and higher states of conscious perception.

Does this mean that certain types of brain waves are better than others? The answer is no. Each brain wave has a different function. During the day, depending on time and activity, you may want to produce a certain brain wave more often. This requires a certain amount of control, flexibility, and resilience.

Science & Meditation: Meditation for Skeptics

Meditation has already established itself in science in many ways. There are countless studies that scientifically prove the effectiveness and advantages of meditation.

Science has proven that meditation has many positive effects on the body and mental health. Stress reduction, relaxation, less pain, and memory improvement are just a few examples of the many benefits that meditation has to offer.

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