wonder why you find yourself doing things you never intended,
yet are automatically compelled to do? The answer, quite often,
lies within your unconscious mind.
what exactly is your unconscious mind? The unconscious mind,
according to a study by American psychologist George Miller
in 1956, takes in about 25,000 bits of information per second
(now scientists have updated this to 4.1 million bits). The
conscious mind, on the other hand, takes in only about 7 bits
of information per second, plus or minus 2. Your conscious
mind is much like a horse that plods along, your unconscious
like Star Trek at Warp 9.
unconscious runs your body (all the myriad automatic functions),
stores all the memories of everything that has happened in
your life, and is the domain of your emotions, among other
things. This great reservoir that is you, is really your faithful
servant, doing the best job it can to keep you alive, functioning,
healthy and happy. And yet because of limiting decisions,
negative emotions and trying experiences from the past, it
acts to protect us and sometimes inadvertently perpetuates
syndromes that are limiting to us.
it is out of our awareness, we can sometimes become a slave
to these unconscious programs. By understanding the nature
of the unconscious, we are then able to better reprogram our
unconscious thinking and enable more empowering decisions
things in the positive is one of the most important things
you can do to help yourself because the unconscious does not
hear negatives. If you say, "Don't think of a green giraffe",
what do you do? You have to think of one in order to then
not. Although subtle, it has a profound effect. If you have
a flu and a friend says, "you'll probably have pain in your
stomach", your unconscious registers "pain in stomach". If,
however, your friend says, "your stomach will probably be
uncomfortable", your unconscious registers comfort, although
consciously you know it won't be totally comfortable. You
are being given more positive internal messages.
things in the positive is one step to making your cup half
full rather than half empty - and it is actually more than
that - it can help you fill the cup, because you will be thinking
about what you want, not what you don't want. Many people
go through life avoiding what they don't want. It's like driving
a car by looking at the rear view mirror. You aren't really
looking at where you are going and quite likely will go randomly
in a direction you didn't want.
focusing on what you want, rather than don't want, you are
letting the vast resources of your unconscious mind assist
you in attaining your goals.
study of the unconscious is a vast field and applying its
principles can have a profound and transformative effect.
Nygaard is a Certified Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)
Trainer, Time Line Therapy® Master Trainer and Hypnotherapy
Trainer. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org