The Weakest Muscle in the Body is the Mind.

 

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A deeper look into the Creative Conscious and Habitual (Subconscious) Mind

The creative conscious mind is a part of the mind that makes endless decisions about how we look, what we eat, where and when to go. This part of the brain is hard to shut down as it thinks continuously.

The highest potential of the creative conscious mind is to be an instrument of giving and has nothing to do with the ego mind. Neuroscientists have determined that the creative conscious mind occupies 5 to 10% total workings of the brain and the subconscious mind occupies 90 to 95%.

The creative conscious and habitual subconscious minds act as co-pilots: the conscious mind is aware of its thoughts but is a minor player, while the subconscious takes care of virtually everything you need to think, say or do. Like a computer running a pre-downloaded program that will play throughout your life.

The habitual subconscious mind processes millions of environmental stimuli per second versus only the few dozen environmental stimuli per second of the creative conscious mind. The habitual subconscious mind operates on automatic pilot; in fact, much of what you believe about yourself, along with most all your daily actions are programmed into your subconscious mind.

Example; when a child learns to ride a bike for the first time, they are encouraged by their parent as they attempt to stay upright while balancing on 2 wheels staying upright while balancing on 2 wheels. The child has to really concentrate and focus all their attention on this task. All while the child is downloading the proper information to their subconscious mind like to a computer. The more they practice, the more information gets downloaded at the subconscious level. The child is literally training their mind and body to remember the key aspects to balancing on 2 wheels and riding a bike.

Even after the child grows up and stops riding their bike. 90 to 95% of those impressions they downloaded when first learning to ride are still there.

There are 3 stages to learning that I use with my client’s;

  1. Cognitive: This stage requires a lot of thought and conscious control. At this stage, things are best learned in a step by step process and it takes a lot of thought.
  2. Associative: This stage requires less memory and conscious control.
  3. Autonomous: At this stage the person needs minimal conscious effort and with improved anticipation and decision making. Your conscious mind sends impressions to your subconscious mind until you no longer need the conscious mind impressions.

Even our behaviors are a learned response depending on the stimuli whether it be good or bad. Unfortunately, we remember the bad over the good memories, based on the survival instincts.

Negative memories are more likely to be remembered over positive ones because negative events pose a chance of “danger”.  This makes the body more alert to negative thoughts because they are treated as a lesson to the person to help them prevent harm.

Especially between the ages of 1 and 7 when we set in our minds the perceptions that would later shape us to who we are as adults. This is a delicate time for the unconscious mind, as we are exposed to a series of emotional events in life that can sometimes be debilitating. If you have been exposed to negative experiences which get downloaded as negative impressions or what are also referred to as “trapped negative emotions”. These negative impressions can be triggered by events that occur at any time of our life.

Negative memories are more likely to be remembered over positive ones because negative events pose a chance of “danger”.  This makes the body more alert to negative thoughts because they are treated as a lesson to the person to help them prevent harm.

Example; if something traumatic happened to you as a child and you learned to shut down as a means of protection, later in life when something threatens you like it did when you were a child, this will trigger that past negative emotion and as a means of protection you will revert back to that learn response and shut down.

“Strong memories often have an emotional impact that can be more pervasive, even causing physical symptoms, especially when it comes to traumatic events,” explains Tanya Clausen, clinical social worker in Washington, D.C. “Unfortunately, some people re-experience the memories of traumatizing events for years after the fact. It’s common to experience a biological response when these memories play out, including heart palpitations and shortness of breath.”

Neuroscientist Dr. Candice Pert, as she explains the mind/body connection. Neurotransmitters called peptides carry emotional messages”. “This means,” says Pert, taking a huge theoretical leap, “that emotional memory is stored throughout the body.”

Our inner world is controlled by our mind. If the mind has been preprogramed with doubt, fear, limiting beliefs, anger and a host of other negative beliefs and emotions, that is what you will express to the outer world. As Wayne Dyer says, “if you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change”. It’s all about how we perceive what happens. Changing our perception takes mind training.

The possibilities of thought training are infinite, its consequences eternal, and yet few take the pains to direct their thinking into channels that will do them good, but instead leave all to chance”. Brice Marden

Take control of your mind by learning some form of meditation. The best place to start is with learning to sit quietly for 5 or so minutes and just enjoy the moment, when your mind either goes towards the future or back to the past, gently redirect it back to the present moment. After all this moment is all we have, there is no future and no past, there is only now.  

Namaste my Friends,

Brian L. Schwager