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95% OF OUR DAILY LIFE RUNS IN AUTOPILOT MODE
The human mind is divided into two sub minds
The human mind is comprised of two sub-minds. One is the conscious mind, and the other is the subconscious mind. The ratio of control of these two minds is 5% is conscious, and 95% is subconscious. The main difference between the subconscious and the conscious mind is the subconscious is much more powerful, so it is able to steer thousands of activities simultaneously. The conscious mind is just able to do one thing at a time. The body is considered to be a large part of the 95% subconscious mind, which means that every nerve cell in our body has information stored about many of the automatic processes. Let’s look at one example when we lift our arms: Sub-activities such as a rise in blood pressure, distribution of oxygen, signals to the muscles, and other complex processes have to be managed. Our conscious mind is just not able to steer it all, which is why the brain distributes the execution among all the nerve cells in the body and automates their flow. We don’t have to consciously think about these things, it just happens. What an amazing system we have! Heads up, though! The same operation applies for our past experiences, our beliefs, and the stories that we keep telling ourselves. The brain will just apply the version it knows. But is that version always valid?
What happens during the 95% we are in autopilot
As previously mentioned, 95% of the human mind being used is subconscious – what does that mean? It means that like an iceberg, the biggest part of it, 95%, is hidden, and whatever information that’s stored in the 95% runs the show and steers our lives. The subconscious mind makes decisions based on beliefs, values, and past experiences by using that top-priority information to protect you. What is more remarkable is this all happens in an autopilot mode. We are often not aware of all of the aspects that lead to our behaviors, opinions, feelings, and responses. The brain basically does everything it can to avoid pain, and instead, to get comfort and confirmation. On a day-to-day basis, we do not even realize that our subconscious mind guides us because the process is so second-nature and normal to us. Our brains are programmed. Think about your daily commute to work and home. Do you ever arrive to work, park the car, and realize that you don’t even remember how you got there? You probably did everything that you intended, and you did it all correctly. It was your subconscious mind steering the car. Your conscious mind could relax. Another example where the 95% power is used is when we try to lose weight. Let’s say you decide to drop some weight and you start a diet. It works great, but after a few months you gain all the weight back, and even more. Why is that? It’s not your diet or you that are at fault. It’s your subconscious mind that perceives the weight loss as a threat to your health, so it starts to produce thoughts and chemicals (like a drop in sugar), that make you eat more than you should. It does whatever it takes to “protect” you from getting weak due the reduction of food. Your subconscious mind is very powerful, but you can reprogram it to support you and get aligned with your intentions and goals.
The pros and cons of automatic information processing and behavior
There are many advantages associated with the automation in our mind. Things that we have to do every day become easy and effortless, like driving a car, riding a bicycle and many more. This is a very efficient way of doing many things with the brain and body working together, and we should take a second to love and appreciate our brains for that. But the same thing happens for negative experiences, limiting stories, and beliefs that we have. The brain does not ask us if we still believe that past experiences are still dangerous or not, or if the beliefs we hold onto are still valid or not. Our brain just continues to execute its patterns. This goes back to the importance of positive self-talk. For instance, if we tell ourselves that we are not able to do something or we do not like something, we are going to repeat this statement and belief again and again and will apply this in other circumstances. The brain creates patterns, and it begins to rationalize the patterns for this belief to be confirmed. Then we apply the pattern and responses to other circumstances. Remember, the brain wants to save energy, so it makes things automatic. What does that mean for us? Hold on, are we really unable to do everything that we think about ourselves? Is what we believe, about us and the world, still the truth? Not necessarily, but the old patterns are conditioning us to believe it, and we tend to look for ways to confirm the beliefs. For us it looks like the truth because it is familiar to our brain. But in many cases, these patterns are a product of our past, like old files and records stored in our brains. And the patterns do not necessarily represent the current reality. We have to tell our brain that the current issue or the past experience is not a threat to us. We have to teach our subconscious mind about the real reality, and when we achieve this, we will gain massive power.
The job of our subconscious mind is to protect us
The main job of our brain is to protect us, not to make us happy. Whatever it thinks will cause pain will be avoided at all costs. Changing something in your life means you must navigate the unknown, which will feel uncomfortable. Because the brain wants to save energy, this could be difficult because it has to learn new ways of doing things, which takes a lot of conscious effort. The brain does not like the thought of that undertaking, so it will produce many disempowering thoughts around your attempt to change. The little voices in your head will start to raise a lot of reasons why you should not change. This is not you talking, it’s your pre-programmed brain, your Ego! The protection mechanism is there for a good purpose, but the reasoning around it is not always valid and true. So we need to make it our job to find out how to make our brain shift from pain to pleasure, and vice versa. Let’s take a part of our lives where we try to change something, but we can’t get it to work. In order to get the brain moving, it has to be provoked by adding a lot of pain to the current situation. You must teach your subconscious mind all the pains that will occur if you don’t make the changes and you don’t face your fears. And must teach it all the pleasures it will gain when the changes are made. Your brain will start moving and will do whatever it takes.
The subconscious programming from childhood to adulthood
In order to understand why our subconscious mind sometimes works against your goals, you need to understand how it evolved and what factors influenced its programming. From a child’s birth until the age of 7, the subconscious and conscious do not exist, yet there is only one mind. The brain is running in alpha brainwaves and is fully vulnerable, and almost everything gets stored in the subconscious directly. This means during that period, the basic neurological network is built reflecting the experiences and traumas the child had during this period. The brain is here to protect you, that is its nature. So think about this – a child has no protection except for the parents he/she develops relationships with. So a child loves its parents unconditionally, and we love our children also, there is no doubt about that. But what happens if we, as parents, are stressed, and we get angry at the child for no real reason? The child has trauma from our anger and saves the experience immediately in the subconscious mind in order to be more careful in the future. Of course, most parents do not get angry at their child on purpose, but whenever such an experience happens, the basic fear, shame and self-guilt patterns are formed and reinforced. There are Traumas with a big T and traumas with a small t, and both have devastating influences on a child’s mind because there is no “firewall” to block issues out. All goes in! After the age of 7, the brain changes to beta brainwaves and the child starts to form the conscious mind. Because of the existing “fear” pattern, it will experience more fear than others with less traumas, and it will reinforce the neurological connection until it is in adulthood.
Simple and easy techniques to reprogram the subconscious mind
There are several ways to reprogram your subconscious mind. The methods are easy to and fast to apply. As we know, the brain has some basic functions, and the most important one is to protect us. If we just live our life and let the mind decide what is best for us, we will fall more and more into anxiety, worry, and we will feel overwhelmed. Why? Because our brain will rate everything that could be threatening to us, real or unreal experiences, as an issue, and then release panic chemicals. You can change this, but you will have to take charge of your mind, tell it every day what you want, and make these changes your goal. Learn how to observe your mind, how to look at thoughts, how to change them, and how to manifest them in your life. Get clear on what you want in your life by identifying your biggest mental block and then defining your manifestation strategy. Implement daily routine to support your vision. Use practices like meditation to build space between you and your thoughts and to gain resilience. Use new tools like energy healing, subliminal and binaural beats, and techniques to access and reprogram with your subconscious mind. Look at your language pattern and how to you talk to yourself – are you empowering or disempowering yourself? Visualize your vision by becoming it, by seeing yourself living this new world, what are you wearing, and what you do on a daily basis. Feel it. And just keep in mind that it took decades to create your old self. Changing yourself is not a 5-minute job, but it is so worth it to make this a routine and a fixed part of your daily life.
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