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Our Subconscious Mind

So when I sit down to write my blog, I’d usually be sitting at my home desk, fighting the cat of the keyboard and watching the pīwakawaka dance around the trees outside. This month I decided to mix it up a little, so I packed up my laptop and headed into my favourite café in Otorohanga.

Whether we like to admit it or not, our lives are pretty much a routine, almost like the movie Groundhog Day. For example, my day would roughly look something like this:

Wake up; feed dog; take dog for walk on farm; meditate; pull oracle card; breakfast; head downstairs to work; mid-morning coffee with the Farmer; get annoyed with Farmer for leaving stool out from bench (see offending stool below); more work; lunch; more work; afternoon dog walk; dinner prep; dinner; tv/reading; bedtime; sleep; wake up and repeat.

Of course there are variations to the above but with our subconscious in the driving seat somewhere between 95- 97% of our day, any variation is still going to be something that our subconscious is going to be OK with.

So what is our subconscious mind?

When talking about our subconscious the most common analogy used is that it’s like the hard drive of a computer. It’s where all our programmes are stored. Our programmes being our beliefs, behaviours, habits and reactions - it's our behavioural guidance system. The programming of our subconscious starts the day we are born until roughly around the age of 7. During this time we’re like sponges, soaking up what is being said to us and what is going on around us. All of this is then stored and hard-wired into our subconscious.

Our subconscious also doesn't like to work too hard. Throw a problem or a situation at it and it will solve it in the quickest way it knows how. It will revert back to how it has solved a similar problem before and just use the same process. So the process you used to solve your 4 year old problems, your subconscious is still using the same method to solve the very adult problems you may be having at the moment. Is that just not a little bit mind blowing?

As mentioned above, our subconscious also likes the known, it doesn’t like it when we veer of course with our day. Recently I had to give a 6 minute presentation to my networking group. This is not something I do very often, in fact the last time I spoke to a group of people was probably when I competed in my form 3 speech competition. Hmmm this was an unknown situation to my subconscious… it didn’t like it…. cue the gumboot wearing butterflies dancing a jig in my stomach!

There is good news though people, we can change the hardwiring of our subconscious but it takes commitment and a bit of effort. You are asking your mind to unlearn reactions, behaviours and beliefs that it has held on to and relied on for a long, long time. The other thing about rewiring your subconscious is you cannot change what you’re not aware of. How do we become aware? I’ll save that for another blog 😊

“Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality”

Earl Nightingale

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