Conscious Mind vs. Subconscious Mind: What's The Difference?
Did you know that 95% of your brain activity is subconscious and outside of your awareness?
Yep, that means that most of the time, we're all running around on autopilot, doing the same things and thinking the same things over and over.
Only 5% of the time are we conscious of our thoughts and actions when they occur.
Here's what else you need to know about the subconscious mind and the conscious mind:
The Conscious Mind
Your consciousness takes up only 5% of your mind (the tip of the iceberg). This is the part of your mind that is actively aware and responsive in any given moment, can actively process information, and can reprogram and influence your subconscious mind (the iceberg below the surface).
Most people continue to live almost entirely in autopilot because they aren’t consciously aware of the patterns of conditioning of the subconscious mind.
The only way to start reprogramming your subconscious using your consciousness is through becoming familiar with your own body and how you feel. When you learn to sit in the discomfort of your emotions and respond consciously, rather than react unconsciously, you weaken trauma response patterns, and teach the body to feel more presently.
Anytime you feel yourself reacting in moments during the day,
DO NOT FOCUS ON YOUR THOUGHTS.
Drop into your body and start to notice how you feel.
- What are you feeling and where do you feel it in your body?
- Is your nervous system heightened and do you feel on edge?
- What emotions are coming up for you?
- Is your breathing shallow?
Take gentle and slow/deep inhales, followed by gentle and slow exhales to slow your heart rate, bring your brain back into sync with your heartbeat, and get your nervous system back into a more regulated state.
The Subconscious Mind
Your subconscious mind runs automatically, like a computer program, taking up 95% of the available space in the human mind. It stores all of your memories + beliefs, and hardwires new software programs through the practice of repetition. This is so it can access information when you are not actively trying to do so, and influences your behaviours even though you don’t realize it.
Your subconscious mind cannot process a negative, or differentiate between what is real or imagined, therefore it accepts everything as absolute truth. Its primal objective is to keep you safe, therefore it believes by keeping a habit alive, it’s ensuring your survival.
During your formative years from the ages of 0-7, your subconscious mind absorbed information automatically because you were unable to process the information being received. You began to experience feelings and then emotions you weren’t yet fully able to understand.
Your subconscious mind may have been responding to how you felt, but it was really reacting to the external world, as it’s out of your control. You were at the mercy of societal + family conditioning because you couldn’t choose your upbringing and environment.
From the age of 8 onwards, you were already conditioned with the same subconscious beliefs, values, habits and behaviours of your parents/guardians. You then began to see the world through their familiar eyes. This impacted how you started to perceive yourself and others.
As long as you base your worth and identity on something outside of yourself, your subconscious mind will continue to REACT to the external world, and you will remain in a DIS-empowered state, therefore experience a lack of EASE in your body, keeping you in a familiar low vibrational cycle.
The good news is, when you bring awareness to subconscious patterns of conditioning, you can create new neural pathways in the brain through neuroplasticity, but you need to consistently do the work to create change.
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