The subconscious mind is our guardian, it is there to protect us, it governs all of the bodily functions we take for granted. For example, we've all heard the expression 'as white as a sheet' when we talk about being scared or frightened haven't we? But did you know that it is your subconscious mind that causes this by preparing our body for either fight or flight? Well it does and it does this automatically by sending electrical impulses through our nerves to our adrenal glands, which in turn produce adrenaline and send it through our bloodstream, this causes our breathing to become more rapid (getting extra oxygen into our system), blood drains away from our skin as there are greater requirements for it, at that moment, than keeping our skin looking vibrant (Giving rise to the expression ‘You look like you've seen a ghost’ or 'You're as white as a sheet', when scared as the blood drains away from the skin...) also the blood drains away from our stomach (when we're nervous we get a funny tummy), our sensitivity to pain is decreased, our heart rate increases (circulating the blood to the vital organs in preparation for the necessary action). All of this is done automatically by our subconscious mind in preparation to react to the stimulus by either staying to fight or running away (flight) and whether we stay to fight or run away is also controlled by our subconscious, as it controls our muscles!!
Now, you might be thinking "I decide when I move my arm!" and yes you would be correct, but you cannot directly operate a single muscle consciously by your conscious mind! If you consciously decide to pick up a cup, do you know how many muscles are being used? Muscles in your shoulder, in your upper arm, your forearm, let alone the positioning of your wrist the distance your fingers, are required to open sufficiently for the cup to fit between them and not discounting how tightly the fingers need to grip the cup to lift it or if it is a vending machine cup how lightly, so as not to crush the cup; this all happens without us having to give a thought to it. That's because it is controlled by the automatic part of your mind, the subconscious.
The subconscious mind is non-analytical, it works logically without common sense, based on the information it receives.
It has been calculated that our brain consists of around 50,000,000,000 (fifty thousand million) brain cells (neurons), each cell (neuron) contains in excess of 1,000 (some contain 60,000) synapses; a synapse is a connection between one neuron and another. So, if you live to be 80 years of age, you will have lived for 2,522,880,000 seconds of time. If we round that down to 2,500,000,000 seconds and your brain has 50,000,000,000 cells that means that you have 20 brain cells for every second of your life. So if we assume that each cell recorded one piece of information, that means you have remembered everything that you've ever heard, saw, felt, tasted, sensed and experienced and it has all been locked into your subconscious mind, including every perception whether right or wrong; a wrong perception is the Root Cause of your symptom.
* figures taken from a speech by Dr. Bruce H Lipton
"We Have Two Minds, Our Conscious Mind And Our Subconscious Mind."
Every function that is performed by our body is controlled by our mind. For example, there is no obvious connection between our eyes and our mouth, but we salivate (produce saliva) or, as we say, 'our mouth waters' when we see especially tasty food. This is because our brain recognises what our eyes see and switches on our salivary glands to produce saliva, which contains digestive enzymes necessary to start the digestion of food, it also acts as a lubricant, easing the passage of the chewed food into
The conscious mind is responsible for logical reasoning and objective decision making; it also communicates with the outside world and inner self through speech, pictures, writing, physical movement, and thought. It is the analytical part off your mind, the part of your mind that you are using now reading this. It's your thinking mind, the part of your mind that you will question and rationalise with, it is what most people associate with who you are and is what you do business with. The conscious mind also discriminates between right and wrong, wise and foolish, It can plan ahead and get things done as it planned or it can drift along haphazardly, a creature of impulse or events. Though it is only through your conscious mind can you reach the subconscious. The conscious (objective) mind does not hold memories for long, but it has reasoning capability and is responsible for objective decision making. However, as previously mentioned, it is by no means where all the action takes place, as it is considered that 95% of our behaviour is subconscious!
our stomach, where, without any conscious thought or effort, further digestive enzymes are produced to continuing breaking down the food and enabling the absorption of the sustenance needed to keep us functioning.
Despite that, for some reason, the common belief is our conscious mind runs the show, this is what I want in my life, these are my desires (the things that I want), is perceived to be controlled by our conscious mind. However, it has now been acknowledged by neuroscientists that this is in fact incorrect, our conscious mind only operates about 5% of the day at the most and generally about 1% of the time*, meaning that our lives are being driven by our subconscious mind.
We acquire the primary programs in our subconscious from other people, this is exactly how the Root Cause of our symptom is implanted in your subconscious, further repeated instances of subconscious affirmation brings about the belief of the cause. A reason is triggered (the subconscious pressing the play button on the playback device) it has now become habituated, believed and now necessary. To avoid us experiencing this programmed belief the subconscious develops a symptom (ailment, affliction) so we do not re-experience a causative situation.
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