Above all else, guard your heart,
for everything you do flows from it.
Subconsciousness… what is it really? For the sake of simplicity, let just say it’s the super computer in your brain that takes care of everything you are too busy to consciously do. Actually, it’s much more than that…
When you first learn to walk, you do so consciously. As you get used to it, you can walk while thinking about other things. You don’t have to focus on the act of walking anymore. Your subconscious mind is doing it for you. Same for millions other things. It takes care of most of the daily routines, leaving only a few things for your conscious mind to worry about.
Our habits and inner wiring are constantly being developed and reinforced. Through practices and other means of external inputs, information is installed into the subconscious, and later it will resurface as we need it.
Our subconscious mind has other functions as well. One of its big function is to make our imagination comes true. For example, if you focus on a direction when you drive, you tend to drift toward that direction. If you focus on not to imagine a big yellow chicken, you will form that image in your mind right now 😉 If it’s your favorite food, soon you will form a powerful desire to eat it.
The subconscious also guard our belief. Most people make true of what they love, rather than to love what is true. How do they do it? By blocking out any evidence that contradict with their belief. We all have met someone who put words into our mouth, who accused us of saying something we didn’t say, or ignored what we did say. In their reality, they are right, because their subconscious mind blocks out what they don’t want to see and hear, but create something they want to see and hear.
If we control our subconscious mind, we control our long term behavior, emotional circuits, and habits. We can even increase our IQ, improve creativity, and other skills. As a tutor, I see the most kids are extremely smart, but they are conditioned to get stuck at the current grade. When you believe you are stupid, you will subconsciously seek ways to dump yourself down. I see it happens a lot.
If you believe you will fail at something, you will subconsciously produce actions that sabotage yourself. This process is so sophisticated that most people who are doing it to themselves don’t notice it at all.
On the other hand, if you believe something is possible to achieve, your subconscious mind will nudge you toward people and resources that help your cause. It will constantly seek ways to enable you to achieve it. Again, the process is so subtle and sophisticated that you won’t notice it most of the time.
If our subconscious is carelessly guarded, it will absorb information we don’t want it to absorb. The power of suggestion is very strong, and everywhere we go, we are bombarded by messages that other people try to install into our minds. Our environment is collectively designed by many different interest groups to manipulate our consumption behaviors, our belief, our tax dollars, and the media we are exposed to is filled with embedded suggestions and commands.
Later in this post, I will talk about paranormal activities our minds can create.
How to Program Your Subconscious Mind
Don’t force it. Many times, our conscious mind and subconscious minds are at war, because we want new habits fast and we want them now, but our old habits are developed through years of conditioning. It doesn’t make sense if God designed conscious mind can simply override your God designed subconscious mind in a moment. The subconscious is designed to choose what it thinks would benefit you most of the time, and what is developed overtime seems to benefit you most.
What about willpower? The willpower cannot wipe out the programming of our subconscious. The subconscious mind always win.
There are probably thousands of mental techniques to help change the programming of our subconscious mind. As Christian, our daily meditation on the words of God, and other spiritual practices, can form powerful belief and imagery in our mind, and thus re-program our subconscious. Spiritual practices can create trance state and open our inner parts to God. For example, the subconscious mind is open to reprogramming if we are able to associate positive image and feeling with new behaviors and habits we try to develop in our mind, and associate bad image and feeling with old behaviors and habits we don’t want any longer.
Perhaps this is why the Bible has a lot of imagery, stories, and poetry.
Sport psychologists help athletes to improve sport performance by guiding them to visualize their ideal performance. Visualization is proven to improve sport ability, and even muscle strength. Simply visualize yourself doing weight training can strengthen your muscle!
Powerful Examples of Our Subconscious Mind
The mind is so powerful that it can create almost anything that it conceives (as long as it’s within our domain, as God entrusted the earth to men Genesis 1:28)
Sometimes if we are too focused things can go wrong. Here is an excerpt from The Mothman Prophecies
There is an old house on a tree-lined street in New York’s Greenwich Village which harbors a strange ghost. Hans Holzer and other ghost-chasers have included the house in their catalogs of haunted places. The phantom has been seen by several people in recent years. It is dressed hi, a long black cape and wears a wide-brimmed slouch hat pulled down over its eyes as it slinks from room to room. Self-styled parapsychologists have woven all kinds of fantasies around this apparition. Obviously a spy from the revolutionary war was caught and killed in the old house.
But wait. This ghost may not be a member of the restless dead at all. There were never any reports of hauntings there until about twenty years ago, after the house was vacated by a writer named Walter Gibson. He was, and is, an extraordinarily prolific author. For many years he churned out a full-length novel each month, and many of those novels were written in the house in Greenwich Village. All of them were centered around the spectacularly successful character Gibson created in the 1930s, that nemesis of evil known as The Shadow. If you have read any of The Shadow novels you know that he was fond of lurking in dark alleys dressed in a cape and broad-brimmed slouch hat.
Why would a Shadow-like apparition suddenly appear in an old house? Could it be some kind of residue from Walter Gibson’s very powerful mind?
In a Christian website, I found a testimony of a woman who used to have imaginary friends (who have their own minds and will). They turned out to be demons:
In this video, mentalist Derren Brown demonstrated how he planted ideas into minds of two artists that they created logo he wanted them to create.