When we talk about working with the subconscious as a method for problem-solving or as a way for us to identify, develop and enhance desired qualities in the form of actions, behaviors and responses, it is not uncommon for it to be met with some level of skepticism.
Culturally for generations, we have championed ‘thinking’ in the form of critical thinking and logic as the ultimate form of intelligence and are quick to dismiss emotions as a failure of the logical mind in regulating our more ‘undeveloped’ emotional side in its ability to modulate its response.
We value and celebrate leaders and decision-makers who are able to make ‘sound decisions’ based on their heads rather than their hearts and making decisions based on your intuition or ‘gut feeling’ is often an act that may come at great personal professional risk.
We have schools and modules that are designed with the intent of helping students develop critical thinking but there is no mainstream curriculum that exists to help hone one’s intuition and to make decisions based on what we perceive to be an imprecise method.
Our collective understanding of the subconscious mind is growing but still limited because it is no easy feat trying to understand the subconscious mind through the lens of our conscious mind.
As such, it is not uncommon for many of us to have doubts as to whether working with the subconscious can bring about any of its purported benefits or change because we may not be able to comprehend how the change may be effected with our conscious minds, and therefore may be suspicious as to whether it really works.
Imagine trying to describe what an apple looks like if you were to look at it through a pair of blue-tinted glasses or trying to explain in words, every detail of a famous artwork to someone who has never seen it.
In the first instance, you are likely to get the shape of the apple correct, but may struggle to ascertain what is the color of the.
In the latter, you may be able to capture the general composition of the artwork and its colors but may not be able to communicate every detail about every brushstroke.
In some instance, as a layperson looking at a great piece of artwork, we may even lack the aptitude or vocabulary to describe the mastery of each stroke and how it overlays with each other to create a specific shade or gradient that makes this artwork a masterpiece.
Like a person trying to accurately describe what an apple looks like through tinted glasses or a person trying to describe what a masterpiece looks like whilst lacking the requisite knowledge and vocabulary to do so, it is little wonder why someone may be skeptical that a purple colored apple may be nutritious for you or that the masterpiece you have just described is worthy of the price of admission to the museum within which it is housed in.
What we know about the subconscious
When it comes to the subconscious, what we do know about the subconscious in general, can be broadly summarized into the following key points:
- It is always ‘on’
- It is responsible for bodily functions
- It ensures your survival and well-being
- It thinks in images
- It communicates via emotions
- It cannot process negative words
- Every image is real to the subconscious
- It is responsible for habits & shortcuts
Knowing that the subconscious thinks in images, that it does not process negative words and that it communicates to us via emotions is important because it gives us a method for establishing contact with the subconscious.
Your subconscious may be powerful, but it is far from perfect
While we know that our subconscious is always working to the best of its ability for our survival and well-being, we also understand that it is far from perfect and can be guilty of operating on autopilot and defaulting to heuristics and past patterns of behavior as the most convenient behavior and actions in response certain scenarios.
This is why sometimes we find that our default behaviors and responses seem to cause us more hurt or stress. This can be due to a number of reasons such as:
- Your subconscious is acting in a certain way in order to preserve or protect what it perceives to be a fragile part of ourselves (usually the ego)
- Your subconscious defaults to the last known behavior / action in response to a similar scenario in the past which may have been traumatic
- Your subconscious have not had the opportunity to evaluate and identify alternate sets of actions and behaviors that are better suited for enhancing your well-being.
When we know that the subconscious is powerful yet imperfect, it gives us an opening from which we can develop a method for working alongside with it to help the subconscious access and integrate what we consciously understand and deem to be desirable qualities and behaviors that may be better suited for our long-term survival and well-being.
Unlock the potential of your subconscious with the right prompt
Sometimes all you need to do is to give your subconscious the right prompt in order to give it the impetus it needs to commence the search for an alternative set of behaviors and actions in response to certain specific scenarios and triggers that you have identified as problem areas in your life.
If you find yourself being short tempered and highly irritable in stressful situations, know that you are doing the best that you can based on what you think you know in that moment.
While you may know that such a behavior is undesirable on a conscious level, it is hard for us to change this pattern of behavior simply by thinking about the issue from a logical, conscious point of view.
Sometimes it is much easier to address these patterns of behaviors by communicating directly with the subconscious and by giving it the right prompt for it to elicit an alternate set of behaviors and actions that may be more aligned towards helping you enhance your overall well-being.
Your Conscious Mind as a Torchlight
When you think about the conscious and the subconscious as tools available to you for the purposes of helping you become a better person and a lead a better life, it makes sense for you to make use of both these tools as opposed to only using one while ignoring the other.
In this instance, you can think of the conscious mind as a torchlight and your subconscious as a powerful search engine.
A torchlight is useful for illuminating the behavior you wish to correct. You may make use of the torchlight to bring forth details about what you think is undesirable or sub-optimal about your current actions and behaviors in response to certain scenarios and situations.
While the conscious mind can give you the clarity you need, continuing to shine the light at the problem may not help in finding a solution for it. In some instances, over-emphasizing what is wrong can lead to the possibility of cultivating the wrong type of behavior and response because what we give our attention to, grows.
Your Subconscious as a Search Engine
Like a search engine, we may not know how exactly it works (unless we work in Google). However, we do know enough about how to use it. In order for us to be effective in finding the results we want, we need to use the right search terms in order to set the right parameters for the results we want to emerge.
Like a search engine, our subconscious mind can access a wealth of resources but it can only give us the results we want based on the search terms we put in.
When we face different situations and scenarios in the course of our day to day life, our subconscious mind goes on autopilot and accesses the behaviors and actions based on the default search terms it is familiar with.
By learning how to communicate directly with our subconscious, we alter the default search terms and help our subconscious access newer and better alternative behaviors and actions that can be better suited for the enhancement of our overall well-being.
Do you use a Search Engine?
Choosing to ignore your subconscious is akin to forgoing the use of a search engine for the purposes of searching for information on the internet.
We may not know how a search engine really works, but we know enough about how to use it to access the resources we need.
Until we suspend our prejudices by removing our tinted glasses, we may not see an apple for what it really is and may be skeptical of tasting it and therefore, will not be able to enjoy the benefits it may bring to us.
Until we try working with our subconscious, we will never be able to access its benefits.
For some people, this may require us to temporarily set aside any pre-existing skepticism we may have and adopt an open mindset of experimentation to see if the application of hypnotherapy and NLP techniques can bring about subtle but practical changes in the way we act and behave by default in response to certain scenarios or situations.
While others may tell you about the kind of impact and change they have experienced as a result of learning how to work with their subconscious, it is like a painting that you have to experience for yourself and the value you take away from it is personal to you.
Therefore, learning to work with your subconscious is not a miracle cure, but a practical one because it gives us access to a tool that can bring about tangible benefits in our everyday life.
If you use a search engine, is keen to know what an apple tastes like and will like to experience a masterpiece for yourself, request for an initial consultation with us and learn how you can tap onto your subconscious!