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Is your unconscious mind running your life? PART 2

Mind, Body & Soul Fitness - Tuesday, April 04, 2017

 How to stop your unconscious mind from running your life... 

In my previous blog post I explored the fact that a high majority of our decisions, actions , emotions and behaviour are derived from the programming in our subconscious mind.  

So why does your life reflect your unconscious programming?  This is because the job of the subconscious is to create reality out of its program, i.e. to prove the program is true.  So if you have negative programming in your unconscious,  Dr. Bruce Lipton says 95% of the time you will recreate those negative experiences in your life.  For those of us who have ever taken time to check out our unconscious thoughts know, most of the programs our unconscious mind runs are based on negativity - for example fear of what other people are thinking of us, fear of not being liked or respected as we are, etc, etc. This is mostly due to the fact that our subconscious mind is home to pre-programmed beliefs, emotions, habits, values and protective reactions.



So...how do we get out of this endless cycle of old programs and start to be more in the conscious mind ?  Because of the power of the unconscious mind (one million times more powerful than the conscious mind), and the amount of time it is running us (95-99%), Lipton says it takes a lot more than positive  thinking to get out of it.  Because as soon as you forget to be conscious, the unconscious is back in charge again.  Sound familiar?  He suggests meditation or other reprogramming techniques such as practicing 'mindfulness' to create a state of 'higher consciousness.'  

WHAT IS CONSCIOUSNESS?

Consciousness is the basis of all our reality.  In the real world everything you see, feel and perceive.  All of your behaviours and interactions with people, your environment and nature are governed by your consciousness.  This creates your reality.  Your reality is different to mine and anyone else as we all have have differing levels of consciousness. 



When you are living at lower levels of consciousness you are closer to relying solely on animal instinct. You can only experience life through your five physical senses.  You judge and you evaluate in accordance with what you see, smell, hear, taste and touch.  It also means you are a servant to your emotions and the emotions of other people.  You are easily influenced and this can have a massive negative impact on your life.

WHAT IT MEANS TO HAVE A HIGHER LEVEL OF CONSCIOUSNESS?

A higher state of consciousness is likely to occur when your internal reference points shift from your ego, mind & body to the 'observer' of these three aspects.  This is a state of awareness over your physical self and can be cultivated by some simple breathing exercises, meditation or periods of stillness.  You identify with an aspect of self which is beyond merely thinking and feeling, creating a higher level of consciousness in the present mind. 

A simple breathing technique that I use to increase consciousness is as follows:

Inhale (slowly breathe in through the nose) and exhale (slowly breathe out through the mouth whilst whispering the word 'EASY').  This will help to produce a state of relaxation and allow you to focus your mind on the present.  Thoughts about the past and future may still present, but just let them drift in and out without consequence.  This simple technique performed for a few minutes can be a great way to release stress and anxiety and produce an enhanced state of 'living in the moment.'  

My favourite place to decompress is at the beach or near the river; as the water brings a calmness of its own.  However, you can effectively practice this method of meditation at your work desk or at home before going to bed. As the saying goes 'EASY does it...'


References:

Life Trainings- Personal Development Programmes

http://www.lifetrainings.com/Your-unconscious-mind-is-running-you-life.html

Cosgrove, Fiona , (Wellness Coaching Australia): 'Coach Yourself to Wellness.' 

Brett Smith, Wellness Coach (Mind Body & Soul Fitness Studio).