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Sub-conscious mind and how to alter the mind patterns?

Updated on April 20, 2014

The subconscious mind is a huge memory bank which permanently stores any thing that had happened to us. The subconscious mind is virtually perfect but the conscious recall may not be perfect. The subconscious mind stores and retrieves the data. We respond exactly the way our subconscious mind is programmed. The subconscious mind is subjective. It does not think and reason independently but merely obeys the commands it receives from the conscious mind. It means that the conscious mind gives commands to the subconscious mind, which only obeys.

The sub-conscious mind occupies a major portion - about 88% - of the mind. Inspite of its large size, it can easily be influenced by the beliefs and views of others because it cannot differentiate between good and bad or positive and negative. The lack of reasoning capacity is a disadvantage for it. It is the conscious mind which has the reasoning capacity and, therefore, it can reason out before accepting anything and then passing on to the sub-conscious mind. The conscious mind can change a personality by changing the deep rooted habits of an individual. So, in spite of its small size, it has assumed more importance in the transformation of a personality.

We all experience many events in life, depending on which we develop the beliefs and conceptual constructs. We also follow the beliefs handed over to us by our parents, friends and relatives. Our beliefs are also influenced by our societal and religious cultures. The beliefs and conceptual constructs create mind patterns or mindsets, which are securely stored in the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind can recognize the mind patterns and mindsets when presented with data. Over a period of time, they become deeply embedded in the subconscious mind or in other words they become our deep rooted habits. When life events or situations present before us, we respond and react to them automatically in accordance with the mind patterns or mindsets.

No two persons have the same mind-patterns even though they have been brought up in the same family or belong to the same community and religion because they have different perceptions of the situations in their conscious mind. So, it appears that we can consciously alter the perceptions of situations or events and, therefore, form a different and new perspective about them. The conscious mind clearly plays a very significant role in creating mind-patterns or mindsets in the first place, which so enormously influence our life and it can alter those mind-patterns, thereby altering the old influence in the life. So, we conclude that we can break the old habits and create new ones, if we consciously make genuine efforts to do so.

How to alter the mind-patterns –

The subconscious is very open to influence while we relax, meditate or are asleep because during these states the conscious mind is more sensibly reason out. We can change our old mind-patterns in the following ways -

Be willing to change – First, we have to make a list of the mind-patterns that we want and need to change which have been negatively influencing us. Then we have to develop a determination to change them consciously.

Repeat the mind-pattern we want – The best way to change a mind-pattern is to feed it often to the mind. We can do so by consciously repeating or performing the new mind-pattern we want to adopt. So, with meticulous practice, a new pattern will replace the old one. Every time we feed a new positive pattern to the mind, the old negative one slowly becomes weaker and is ultimately replaced by the new one. We thus develop a new positive habit.

Do self-talk – Once we have committed to change an old negative pattern, we can do positive self-talk consistently which a good tool to focus our mind on what we want to do. This will greatly help us replacing the old negative pattern with anew positive one. The positive self-talk can activate the conscious mind to reason out more sensibly.

Co-create – Instead of allowing our subconscious mind to flounder, we should take charge consciously by directing our thoughts to show that we are in control. Such positive affirmation can definitely help change our old patterns. Use positive affirmations especially in the morning and shortly before going to sleep at night to install new beliefs

Do prayers – Praying to seek the help of a Higher Power will strengthen our commitment to changing a well established old mind pattern. It will encourage us to continue the process of change even in the face of slipping a couple of times.

Meditation – If an individual has been meditating regularly, he or she will find that it becomes easier to change old negative mind patterns. Regular meditation gives a unique quality to an individual to pause and think before reacting to a situation, to which there is a proactive response instead of automatic reaction. During meditation, we can beseech the Super-conscious Mind to help us in overcoming the old negative mind patterns.

Cherish the new min-pattern – Once we have developed a new positive mind-pattern, we should cherish it and proudly follow it. This will bring positivity in our life and those around us.

Summary –

The subconscious mind is a large storehouse of the memories of all that which has happed in our life. Those memories program the subconscious mind and we respond to life situations in accordance with the programming after retrieving the information from the subconscious mind. Therefore, the conscious mind gives commands to the sub-conscious mind which obeys them quite obediently. It can be concluded that the sub-conscious mind shapes our personality by forming the belief systems and mind patterns or mindsets. It is interesting to note that we can change our personality by changing the belief systems and mind-patterns. We can change our deep rooted habits if we so wish. We can re-program our sub-conscious mind by consciously repeating the mind-patterns we want to create, by positive self-talk, by positive affirmations and by prayer and meditation. It is well within the reach of everyone to bring about the positive transformational changes in our personality.

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