8 characteristics of the subconscious mind that you should be aware of because they are running your daily life. If you know how they work you can use them to your advantage and get more out of the game called Life.
1. Your subconscious mind is always “ON”.
It is always recording what you see, feel, and hear even when you are not focusing on it or aware of it. It records the sounds and feelings even when you are asleep. So be careful what you watch before you dive into the dream world while watching TV or listening to something. This is why subliminal programming works so well.
2. Subconscious mind has unlimited capacity.
It is like a hard drive with unlimited storage. It records all your life events and emotions. It doesn’t forget anything and that is why it is so hard to “let go” of the past.
3. “No or Not” does not exist in the subconscious mind’s vocabulary.
It just ignores them. It is like a computer, you cannot give a “negative” command to it. If you say: “I’m not eating junk food today” Your subconscious mind only reacts to “Eating junk food”. And you are going to eat junk food that day. You are just drawn to it and it seems like you cannot help it. It is because your focus is on “junk food”. Your subconscious mind will filter the things that you are focused on and will bring your attention to them when they emerge to your radar. Instead, you should say: “I’m eating healthy today.” Your focus is on “healthy food” and you will be drawn to that.
If you have a habit you don’t like, don’t focus on the habit and how you will get rid of it. Replace it with another habit which counteracts the previous habit and focus on that. You will see much, MUCH better result that way.
4. Subconscious mind knows only “now”
It cannot comprehend the future, it only knows the “now”. The present is the only tense that exists. If you have goals or dreams you want to achieve you should visualize those goals like you already have achieved them. And if you use affirmations, you should use “I am” instead of “I will”.
5. Subconscious mind cannot make the difference between your imagination and the actual event.
This point goes hand in hand with the previous point. If you have a dream, visualize it very clearly like you already have it. For example, if your dream is to have a new car. Visualize how it feels to sit inside it. How it feels to hold the wheel. Imagine how the new car would smell. Hear the sound it makes when you turn on the stereo or press the gas pedal. Visualize everything like it is happening now in the present moment. Your subconscious mind does not make a difference is this really happening or just an imagination. Visualizing this way will get your emotions and mood to another level as your body will excrete happiness hormones like endorphins, dopamine, and serotonin. Because of that, you will have much better motivation working towards your goal.
But be careful this characteristic is a double-edged sword. If you are constantly worried about the situations and the outcomes and you are afraid of “what if”, your subconscious mind does not make a difference is it happening now, or is it just a creation of your mind. Your body starts to excrete cortisol (a stress hormone) and will go to the so-called “Fight or flight” mode. This will slow down the recreations of your cells and natural healing ability and eventually, your body will get sick.
I like to make one specific example when I talk about how our mind controls our body. Think about the lemon, imagine how you are putting a piece of lemon into your mouth. What happens in your mouth? 🙂
6. Subconscious mind controls 95% of our lives.
The subconscious mind forms our habits. 95% of the things you said or thought today are also the things you said and thought yesterday. That means the conscious mind is in control of only 5% of the time. It also means that most of the time we react unconsciously to our surroundings according to the patterns of our subconscious mind. If we want to change our habits and the ways we react, we have to change our subconscious mind.
7. Our external world is a reflection of our subconscious mind.
More and more proofs (quantum physics) are showing that our mind has the power to change reality. And as the subconscious mind is in control 95% of the time and the conscious mind is in control of only 5% of the time, the subconscious mind has much more power over our surroundings.
That is why there is a saying: ”If you continue to do the same things and think the same thoughts, it would be very stupid to expect a different result”. If you want to see a different outcome you have to think and act differently.
To change the reflection in the mirror, you have to change yourself first. 🙂
8. Repetition creates new beliefs in the subconscious mind.
Luckily we have the power to reprogram our subconscious mind. Say or think anything long enough and eventually, you start to believe it, even if it’s completely false at the time. Usually, it takes 21 days to install a new habit or behavior in the subconscious mind.
Because our subconscious mind has the power to form our reality we need to watch out what we are consuming every day. Reading/watching the news, watching TV, listening to the radio, being bombarded with advertisements. Everything has an effect on our subconscious mind. We need to take control of the input and reprogram the subconscious mind the way we want.
The key to the life we desire resides in our subconscious mind. Reprogram it with positive beliefs and habits and soon you will see the reflection in the external world too. You have a very powerful tool in your hand, use it wisely and the future is yours to create.
If you liked this article, you might also like the following article on INLP Center https://inlpcenter.org/subconscious-mind/
They offer you also a free workbook there 🙂