Watercolour by Beverly Blanchard
The conscious mind is located just behind your forehead. It stores your personal identity, wishes, desires and beliefs. It is from this part of the brain that we think, learn, decide, imagine and analyze. It scans our outside world and bodies and provides us with information through our senses. When we choose to use our will to make something happen, take decisive action, or be on our best behavior, we are working at the conscious level of mind. The conscious mind is not time bound. For most people it operates about 5% of the time. When it is not paying attention, it is your subconscious mind which takes over.
Before the conscious mind evolved there is the rest of your brain which is called the subconscious mind. Your subconscious mind extends to all your automatic body responses and learned behaviors. It is habitual and operates in the present. Information coming in from the outside world and the conscious mind is filtered through subconscious mind processes. Here it is correlated to patterns of past experiences and the programmed beliefs stored within.
Most of your behaviours and beliefs were downloaded into your subconscious mind by the time you were six years old. You learned through observation and your parents, teachers and other role models feed you belief systems and programs. Throughout the course of your life these programs have become your operating system and in some instances you may not be aware of them. It is why there are times when you are talking or doing something that you all of sudden say, “OMG I sound just like my mother.” It was a program you pick up unwittingly.
Your subconscious mind does not know what is true or false. It does not make moral judgments. The subconscious mind does not argue or think. Once an idea is impressed on the subconscious mind it actively goes about working to achieve it. Through the power of subconscious mind, your beliefs are projected into the quantum field as electromagnetic thought waves. The energy of your thoughts and beliefs draws to you circumstances and people to match their vibrational qualities. Your life is essentially a printout of these programs.
In order to change the programming you have to become aware of the programs. The first way to do this is to listen to the inner dialogues of the mind. The brain has a tendency toward the negative. So you must conscious of what you are saying and stop yourself on a continual basis. It is only through active awareness that you can reprogram the circuits of your brain.
The second way is to trick the subconscious mind through imaginal activities. Since the subconscious does not know true from false, you have to start creating a word picture of what it is you want. Stop telling the old story and start telling the story of how you want things to be. In my post entitled Imagination Techniques you can find some methods which can help you do this.