The subconscious mind
Today, we’re going to take a look at the subconscious part of us. I’ve discovered (through research and experience) that what our subconscious mind can do is both unsettling and astounding. The power of this hidden dynamic is enormous. Our subconscious mind holds a key which can unlock a trap door which keeps us stuck. Let’s take a look at what the subconscious is, why it’s important, and how it works.
What it is
The subconscious mind is the part of us which is not in our conscious awareness. Research shows that we humans are actually conscious only 5% of the time; 95% of the time we are functioning through our subconscious mind. And to think, most of us haven’t got a clue.
The subconscious mind is a subterranean operation, which lies deep within the recesses of our body/mind systems. It is constantly working behind the scenes, under the radar of our physical bodies.
The subconscious is a product of a hidden agenda that tells us what to do or not do, what to want or not want, what to feel or not feel.
The subconscious mind functions as an involuntary process. It is an entire structure which is filled with its own set of learned ideas, fears, and expectations of the world.
Why it’s important
Despite the fact we’re not aware of this operation, the subconscious is a controlling force in our lives. It is a determining factor in how we make our moment-to-moment decisions.
Our subconscious mind wants to keep us safe. It urges us to hang on to our old, limiting beliefs and behaviors. It keeps us locked in the past. In this way, we continue to live in our fixed, personally crafted, bubbles.
Understanding, and opening up, the subconscious can make the difference between experiencing life as heaven or hell.
The problem is that this reflective, fear-based process is all pervading, encompassing, and controlling, so it’s almost impossible to detect unless we know how it works.
How it Works
Our subconscious mind is baked into our DNA. It is designed to respond to present danger. However, because we humans have experienced fear for eons, our accumulated fear has turned into a maladaptive fear response. Many humans are now living in a constant state of anxiety. This keeps us on the alert long after the danger has passed. As Dr. Sue Morter (a master of bio-energetic medicine) explains:
Long after the bear is gone…the autonomic nervous system doesn’t flip back…the last message that got through was [interpreted as] emergency and then the door shut…emergencies can be gone for 5 minutes or 50 years…the body will continue to respond as if the emergency is here even when there is no actual threat…So, you can see how we can get stuck.
When we feel threatened in any way, consciously or unconsciously, our subconscious springs into action. It is a master of avoidance. It wants to steer us clear of anything that feels uncomfortable. It uses all the old, accumulated, information, the hidden agendas, to get us to deny, avoid, or bypass any discomfort as it comes up. And then it refuses to open the trap door, denying us the stockpile of personal material which we actually need if we are to process all this old junk. Like it or not, our behavior is subtly being maneuvered by our subconscious mind.
The good news is that we are not our subconscious; we simply have a subconscious. Behind the scenes rests our higher selves, our deeper Life Source Energy, which is always whispering to us, “We are waiting for you. Please come on board.”
For those of you who want to learn more about how to understand, deal with, and release the trap door, you may wish to follow the B.E.S.T. Release Practice that Dr. Sue Morter outlines in, Energy Codes: The 7-Step System to Awaken Your Spirit, Heal Your Body, and Live Your Best Life. This is what I did. (Note: this practice requires using muscle testing to find the belief and emotion that is stuck, assuming a yoga position, and simultaneously holding your breath—not the easiest practice in the world.)