Sunday, June 21, 2009

Subconscious Mind

Using Your Subconscious Mind Deliberately

I first heard the term "subconscious mind" in 1982. Since that time a lot has been written on this subject and many ideas and theories put forward as to what is the subconscious mind and how we can work with it. I have proved the power to myself.

Although I have read widely on the subject, I have chosen in my teachings to work only with scientifically based and proven theories on how the subconscious mind works and operates in our lives.

Why Is The Subconscious Mind Important?

The subconscious mind contains all our memory, our habits and beliefs, personality and self image. Perhaps you want to change a habit, such as smoking, or always reacting angrily when someone 'pushes your buttons". Maybe you wish to have better recall in exams. Or you might be challenged by low self esteem. Whatever you want to change, it is essential to change it in the subconscious mind.

But were you taught how to do that when you were at school? Were you born with a manual on how to operate your subconscious? Do you know the laws and the language of the subconscious mind? In my experience, most people answer "No" to those questions!

What Is The Subconscious Mind?

When you buy a computer, you acquire the hardware which is the computer screen, keyboard, disk drive and all the other bits and pieces inside. However, when you plug the computer in, it will not work without an "operating system". The operating system is like a basic, predefined set of instructions which coordinates the use of the hardware. Once the operating system is installed, the computer comes to life and is able to perform fundamental tasks such as saving information, but more importantly, it is now able to accept further, more sophisticated programming. For instance, if you want your computer to type letters. A word processing program is required.

When you want to type a letter, you request the operating system to start this program. What then appears on the screen is a blank page, and as you type, the characters appear on the page. You may not be aware of all the billions of electronic signals which have been "programmed" by both the operating system and the word processing program to flow through the computer in a particular way so that you can type a letter. What you are consciously aware of is the image on the screen.

The human mind/body system operates in a very similar way.

The sub-conscious mind The conscious mind is our current awareness. It can be likened to a word processor. As we type, we make hundreds of decisions - what to write, whether we have written the letter correctly, how the letter should look, etc. The conscious mind is the decision maker. It requests the subconscious programs to perform certain tasks ("let"s go to the shops"), observes what the subconscious programs perform (moving the body to action), and then decides on what else needs to be done.

The subconscious mind is like the operating system, and contains all our memory, habits and beliefs, personality and self image. It also controls bodily functions. The subconscious is both the storehouse of information (the closest shops are in the shopping centre) and the performer of tasks (let's get this body moving by increasing the heart rate). It too contains a set of "predefined instructions" about how many heartbeats to complete, which way the blood will flow, what adjustments to make if the body is walking, as well as what kind of reaction to perform in specific situations (our habits). Note that you do not have to consciously think about any of these things.

The body is like the computer hardware, particularly the screen, set up to respond to the programming. It is the framework within which all this activity takes place. At any given time your body is responding to the programming that is held within the subconscious mind - automatically.

The Role Of The Subconscious Mind

Your mind therefore has two components, each with separate functions. The conscious mind is estimated to be only 12% of our mind, and the subconscious is the other 88%.

The subconscious mind is important because it has the ability to record and remember every incident that it experiences. This is called "conditioning". It forms part of the way we learn and it enables us to perform actions habitually (without thought). If you experience enthusiasm, happiness or love when meeting a person, this mechanism will record those feelings and associate them with that person.

Feelings of frustration and stress are associated in the same way. When you next see that person (or even just think about them!), the subconscious mind automatically recalls the previous feelings, and they are re-experienced. This is why thinking of happy memories can make you feel good, and how the mere thought of a person can make you feel angry.

This mechanism is a system designed to protect us by emotionally recalling the last experience (in Primary School everyone laughed at me when I drew an elephant). This is in anticipation of a subsequent similar situation (when I had to draw a seal in High School, I immediately felt fear, told myself "I can't draw", and traced the seal instead). However, it is also the reason we can continue to experience a lot of other complex emotional conditions such as depression, fear, anxiety, anger, procrastination, and lingering grief, which can express themselves in other forms such as weight gain, sleeplessness, smoking and general ill health. Recent major scientific discoveries enable us to understand and control this mechanism so we can change these conditions.

Your conscious mind can actually program the subconscious mind for new behaviours and habits, in order to react more appropriately to the different situations that we experience. This ability is built into us. Nobody taught us how to walk or how to talk. These miraculous feats of "self-education" were accomplished through an intuitive process of observation, imitation and repetition at a very early age. Unfortunately, as we grow older, many of us get stuck in old behaviours that no longer serve us, and our self-education ability appears to be forgotten.

One Mind To Overcome Many Different Challenges

On a day to day basis we face many challenges. Work pressure and stress, challenging relationships, change, frustration with career choice, questions of prosperity, difficulty in learning new things, fear of accepting new experiences, grief or ill health - most of these situations are viewed as problems.

Firstly, what are problems? Aren't "problems" really challenges which require you to learn, understand and then apply something new? Hasn"t every problem you"ve encountered in the past given you both new skills and valuable experience so that you can deal with future "problems" more effectively and efficiently? We only find problems difficult because we feel frustration in wanting to accomplish something and we don"t know how. Yet in many cases we need to come to this position because it is in this moment we ask for help, and become open to learning a new approach.

Secondly, from my experience, I find that all these situations are ultimately asking us to do just one thing - CHANGE! It is the process of change that we find difficult and frustrating. Why do we find change difficult? Essentially any decision to change is made in your conscious mind. This decision will in some way conflict with your existing habits and beliefs, and it is therefore the subconscious mind (the storehouse and performer of tasks) which must be changed. This means 12% of your mind wants to change the other 88%, and this is the source of all the frustration that we experience.

What needs to be changed is the programming in the subconscious mind so that the 88% is working with the conscious 12%. How do we do that? By using scientifically proven method in which the conscious mind can influence the subconscious mind so that they work together. This involves:
* Learning to access the subconscious mind easily and quickly.
* Understanding how the mind works with a complete scientific explanation.
* Utilising the Laws and the Language of the subconscious mind.
* Permanently imprinting goals into the subconscious.
* Proof - with biofeedback from an electroencephalograph.

Change is tough and no-one want's to do it! You can make it easy by deliberately using the subconscious mind.

36 comments:

  1. Beatrice DescampsJuly 5, 2009 at 3:54 PM

    Hi Sandy, thanks for all the great work you do. I really enjoyed your books and workshop. All the best.

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  2. Thanks for continuing to provide great insights into improving lives. Best Wishes.

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  3. Hi Sandy,
    I can understand why you are a leader. Must have been all that training you received at RMC.
    Your ideas and writings open many doors to allow a more fruitful life. I often wonder if these principles were taught to us as kids at primary school where as individuals, would we be now, and for that matter Australia?

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  4. Nice work Sandy - You are credible and honest

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  5. Hi Sandy - I have been receiving your e-news and Life Matters for years and enjoy them immensely. I did your 2 day Calm course approx 20years ago and still practice the techniques regularly. My husband did the course about 10 years ago. It's time for a refresher I think!You are a great inspiration to others - keep up the good work.

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  6. Many of us have proven that these methods work, in practice. The fascinating part for me is to see how neurologists are gradually showing HOW they work.

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  7. Dear Sandy,
    I think and find the work you do is invaluable and recommend everyone to take advantage of your very genuine and immensely beneficial skills.
    I find your newsletter a great source of information and inspiration.
    Many Thanks for the great contribution you make.

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  8. Hi Sandy,
    I'm one of those who has done your CHI course (Creating Happiness Intentionally) - greatly enjoyed it and learnt lots! Mostly that happiness is an internal, personal attitude and responsibility, that we are in control (but only if we want to be). Keep up the good work, teaching and inspiring others. Thanks, Sandy!

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  9. Hi Sandy
    I have attended one of your workshops and found it to be very beneficial in my life. I also enjoy reading your Mind Matters News. I think what you contribute in wonderful and wish you all the best.
    Glenda

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  10. Hi Sandy.

    I always enjoy getting your e-letter. I got to the same place by a rather different route, but I alomst always find myself agreeing with everything you say.

    Alan

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  11. Hi Sandy

    I must say that having attended one of your talks you are a very credible Australian and your story rings true with my own experiences in relation to the sub-conscious mind. I too was very cynical at first when I was first exposed to the concept of using the sub conscious mind some 20 years ago. I saw the parallel application in medicine and tested it with great success in both sport, personal endeavours and general peace of mind. I fully support your work and its practical applications . Keep up the good work. I fully intend to commit to further
    practice of your principles.

    Cheers
    Vince

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  12. Sandy

    Your video is an excellent snapshot of what you are trying to achieve.

    George

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  13. You are an inspiration. A great mind who continues to explore the modern world. I appreciate your regular articles. A fine contribution to humanity. Mike

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  14. Very interested in any future 1-2 day seminars in Melbourne Sandy. Thanks for developing the calm site... food for thought... Steve

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  15. Thankyou Sandy.Your contribution to society in general, & me personally, is something very real, & immensely valued.

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  16. Having started with a 2 day seminar in 1996 and have continued to develop ever since, I am grateful to have had the opportunity to experience the CALM techniques.

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  17. Thank you Sandy. Your thoughts, words, and deeds illustrate your deep compassion and desire to help others.
    Dita

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  18. Thanks Sandy. I always look forward to receiving your blogs and newsletters.
    Cheers, Lilli

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  19. Thanks Sandy, all the best.

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  20. Thank you Sandy,You really are a bit of a life-saver! Your book came at a time when I had been getting through cancer and I think it helped enormously in my complete recovery. I still use your meditation Cds and often slip into my "peaceful place" when life heats up a bit too much.
    Stephanie

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  21. Dear Sandy,
    It is my intention to participate in your Creating Happiness Course in the near future.
    Thank you for Being.
    Blessings,
    Blossom Philip Yin

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  22. Hi Sandy, my what a lovely surprise you rang me today regarding CHI seminars - as I said you're a celebrity to me! Next will be to meet you in person.... how exciting.

    Thanks for your fantastic contribution to the lives of so many.
    Michelle

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  23. Hi Sandy,

    Keep up the good work - you're an inspiration.

    Lorraine

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  24. Hi Sandy,

    What another great way to get your work throughout the world.
    The comments are fantastic!

    Keep up the great work

    Michael

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  25. Thanks sandy, this article helped me to know a lot about subconscious mind and its infinite potential. Keep up the good work

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  26. Hi Sandy, I attended your CHI seminar. Wow....I cant believe that the invaluable life skills, positive mind sets, goal setting and awareness of the subconcious mind and its power is not taught at school!!. You have a gift in both teaching the above and demonstrating with tools how to implement into an individuals personal life. Thanks for giving me the insights and inspirations to move on with my life....Kate.

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  27. Sandy,
    Your techniques are so simple and effective to use. Your books are easy to read and your seminars practical and inspirational. Your methods are a powerful way to achieve happiness and purpose in life.Good fortune to you in spreading your work.
    Kathy

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  28. Thankyou Sandy, great work and great info both for myself and for my clients
    kind regards

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  29. Hi Sandy, I enjoyed the CHI seminar that I did with you in May this year. It was great having the few days away from normal daily commitments and to learn how to use the sub-conscious mind to set goals. I feel more confident within myself and doing things with more ease. I am not beating myself up that often. Thanks again for sharing and for being so kind and approachable.
    Warmest regards, Ivy

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  30. Hi Sandy
    I have been following you for about 4 years now since seeing you live and love your work. I followed your suggestion to attend the webinair from No Limits Health recently that you were facilitating and got a lot of value from all the webinairs in the series. Please keep guiding us.

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  31. I love the new site. A good reminder when I do forget. Thank you for all you do
    Anne

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  32. An insightfull post. Will definitely help.

    Thanks,
    Karim - Positive thinking

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  33. Very thoughtfull post on mind .It should be very much helpfull.

    Thanks,
    Karim - Creating Power

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