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Conscious Mind. The conscious mind is the part of you that thinks and reasons ... it's the part of your mind that you use to make everyday decisions. Your free will lies here, and with your conscious mind, you can decide just what you want to create in your life. With this part of your mind you can accept or reject any idea. No person or circumstance can force you to think consciously about thoughts or ideas you do not choose. The thoughts you do choose, of course, will eventually determine the course of your life. With practice, and a little bit of disciplined effort, you can learn to direct your thoughts to only those that will support the manifestation of your chosen dreams and goals. Your conscious mind is powerful, but it is the more limited part of your mind.

The conscious mind has:

Limited processing capacity
Short term memory
The ability to manage one to three events at a tome
Impulses that travel at 120 to 140 mph
The ability to process an average of 2,000 bits of information per second?

Subconscious Mind. The subconscious mind has:

Expanded processing capacity
Long term memory (past experiences, attitudes, values, and beliefs)
The ability to manage thousands of events at a time
Impulses that travel at over 100,000 mph
The ability to process an average of 4,000,000,000 bits of information per second.

As you can see, the subconscious mind is far more powerful than the conscious mind. Think of your mind as an iceberg. The part of the iceberg you see, the part above water, is your conscious mind. It represents only about one sixth of your actual mental capacity, and the part below water, the other five sixths, is your subconscious mind. When we operate primarily from the conscious mind, as we typically do, we are only using a fraction of our true potential. The conscious mind is a much slower and more cumbersome vehicle than the conscious mind.

So, the goal here is to learn to tap into the vast power of our subconscious mind in order to use it to our advantage. We must create room in each day to "check in" with our subconscious spiritual mind. Daily time spent quietly without any external distractions will strengthen our connection to who we really are. We can connect with our subconscious mind through the use of several techniques. They include: affirmations, visualization, prayer, contemplation and meditation, gratitude and appreciation, and the use of positive focus techniques.

Our subconscious mind can take us where we want to go and help us reach our goals in life much faster and more easily than our conscious mind ever could. So, by connecting with and utilizing the amazing speed, power, and agility of our subconscious minds, we can begin to use more effectively attract and create the results we desire in life.


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06/14/2010
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Comment Such a powerful article...!! Nice one????

Anchal tyagi
06/18/2017 16:07 PM

Comment Thanks very much Mr. Stimson for sharing your views on this important topic.

drchopra
06/23/2010 23:26 PM

Comment Dr. Chetan Chopra valuable and insightful article neglected to mention dreams as a means of becoming acquainted with the wisdom, truth, and spiritual depth of the unconscious mind.  Dreams are a powerful and effective method.  I have written about this elsewhere, so won't elaborate here (see links below).

http://www.billstimson.com/writing/Time_Release_Dreams.II.htm

http://www.billstimson.com/writing/working_with_a_dream_fragment.htm

http://www.billstimson.com/writing/Reflective.htm

What I find most special, though, is the various methods Dr. Chopra does mention for "checking in" with the unconscious are all spiritual techniques used in the religions.  And this makes such a terribly important point, that can't be stressed too much in these days of idiot fundamentalism, terrorism, and violence.  The part of us that connects most directly with the divine is not our conscious mind at all.  Our differing ideas of religion are all essentially wrong and must necessarily fall short.  What is at the core of every religion, though, does not fall short and is not wrong.  It's when we conceptualize it and reduce it to something easy to understand that we turn it into something that is not true.   True religion is beyond what we can know or express consciously.   We can't know it but we are it.  It is our very nature to be compassionate, merciful, and humble.  

I've worked with dreams some thirty years now, in the West and in the East.  I've found that deep within each and every person lies an unconscious core that is not just beautiful, uncorrupted, and pure – but that is sacred.  We should not be killing each other – especially not in the name of God.  We should not be hating each other – especially not in the name of religion.  We should not be trying to convince each other that we are right and they are wrong.   In truth we are like the many leaves on a single tree.  The tree is unconscious to the leaf.  But that doesn't mean the tree doesn't exist.  If you pluck the leaf from the tree, the leaf dies.  It's the same with us.  What connects us all is real (and unconscious).  What would pluck us away one from the other and set us against each other is false (and conscious).



William R. Stimson
06/23/2010 22:38 PM




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