The subconscious is that part of the mind that is not in our current focus. We are not fully aware of it but it influences our thoughts and actions. In recent studies, it has been proved that the subconscious part of our minds is more active, independent, and purposeful compared to the other parts. Every action that we take has been considered by the subconscious before it even reaches our consciousness.
Sigmund Freud was the psychoanalyst whose work focused mainly on the subconscious. Here is an article about his work and theories that may interest you.
Freud proposed that every mind has three levels. The first level is the conscious mind. The conscious mind includes all the thoughts and actions that we are fully aware of. It is what we think of at the current moment. It also includes sensations like what we can smell or feel in the present. The second level is the subconscious. It includes all the actions, thoughts, and events we are not aware of in the present but can be made aware of if we think about them deeply. For example, if a person knows how to play the piano, the technicalities of how to play the piano are present in the person’s subconscious. They know how and what to play without constantly thinking about it. The third level is the unconscious mind which includes all our past memories, events, and incidents. They are inaccessible to us no matter how hard we try to remember. BetterHelp.com explains in detail how it works.
In this article, we will be focusing on the subconscious mind. The primary function of the subconscious mind is to store and retrieve information. Everything we do and say has a particular pattern that fits with our sense of self, our personality, and self-concept. This is because of the subconscious part of our mind. We hold a massive number of memories, learnings, and experiences in our subconscious, which helps us plan and shape our day-to-day activities. The subconscious holds a lot of power when it comes to our mindset and how we deal with our lives. We have the power to reprogram our thought patterns and mindset by repeating positive affirmations. This is the power of the subconscious. It holds our deepest thoughts, hopes, desires, and dreams. The most powerful tool we can have is learning how to properly communicate between our conscious and subconscious.
The subconscious mind controls most of the systems in our body. It holds all of our repressed beliefs and memories in order to maintain a balance with the conscious mind. If we do not access those memories and beliefs often, they will either remain repressed and cause problems or will find different ways to come to the surface of our minds, also causing problems. The subconscious is also in charge of our physical systems. It is aware of any changes or ailments that we experience. It dictates and decides how the body reacts to physical injuries, trauma, and accidents.
We process hundreds of bits of information from our surroundings at all periods of time. If we were to keep all of those bits of information in our conscious minds, we would explode. It is not possible to be thinking about hundreds of things at the same time. So, the subconscious processes all these bits of information and provides the conscious mind with only those pieces of information that are relevant at that moment in time. If we want to go back and access another piece of information, the subconscious will help us retrieve it.
The subconscious has also been termed as the ‘monkey mind’ because it is compared to a wild monkey. The same way wild monkeys can run wild the entire day and not tire, the subconscious also does not tire easily. It is always working, either retrieving old bits of information or working on things we are not thinking about at that current moment, like our dreams and aspirations. It will bring relevant information to the conscious mind, which will help us succeed.
All the thoughts and beliefs that are stored in our subconscious have some genuine emotion attached to them, whether it is positive or negative. When we allow our negative subconscious thoughts to have more power, it affects our mental health in ways we cannot diagnose or notice on our own. If we truly want to harness the power of our subconscious, we need to learn to control our negative thoughts and try to eliminate them at all costs. This includes negative self-talk or demeaning and degrading words. Our subconscious mind thrives on whatever information our conscious is feeding it. For example, if we tell ourselves we are ugly, the subconscious will register those words and believe that we are ugly. If we tell ourselves that we are beautiful, our subconscious will register the word ‘beautiful’ in relation to you. We must be very careful with our words and thoughts because that is what we are feeding our subconscious. When any negative thoughts start to enter our minds, we should make sure to delete them or counter them with the exact opposite positive thought.
As mentioned before, the subconscious mind holds your deepest desires. When you convey something with enough desire, your subconscious will do everything in its power to provide you with what you desire or make those dreams come true. It will start feeding your conscious mind different thoughts and ideas on how to fulfill your desire and become successful. You will start seeing many opportunities to fulfill that desire or dream of yours. If it is not conveyed with enough desire, your subconscious will not process that information, let alone store it. Then, you can start visualizing yourself in that position of success. You must make it as detailed and vivid as possible, but also make it realistic so that you can actually hope towards achieving it, and your subconscious can lead you in its direction.
The subconscious mind must be mastered and taken control of if we want to achieve our goals and be happy and successful in life.