Conscious and Subconscious
”Throughout this course, we will be referencing the mind. Most people believe their mind is located in their brain, but believe it or not your mind is actually inside every single cell of your body.”
Click here to check out an article by Psychology Today ”Your Mind Does Not Care What Your Brain Thinks”
According to neuroscientists, the mind is divided into different parts and we are going to look at two of those parts now – One is known as the conscious mind and the other is known as the subconscious mind.
Consciousness – the state of being aware of and responsive to one’s surroundings.
When you are thinking and focusing your attention, you are conscious and this is your conscious mind in control.
When your mind is wandering and your attention is elsewhere, you are unconscious and this is your subconscious mind in control.
Scientists suggest we are consciously thinking only around 5-10% of the time. This means that the other 90-95% of the time we are unconsciously being controlled by our subconscious mind.
As human beings, we are emotionally driven. This means that we take actions depending on how we are feeling more often that using logic.
Bob Proctor, a famous motivational speaker thinks the figures are even more eye opening than this. I once took one of Bob’s courses and a quote of his that always comes to my mind is.
” 2% of people actually think, 3% of people think they think and 95% of people would rather DIE than THINK ’’
Bob believes that only 2% of people use their thoughts in a productive manner consistently.
Becoming More Aware :-
- Thinking occurs in your Conscious Mind
- Your thoughts then trigger how you are feeling through your Subconscious Mind.
Understanding this, gives you the opportunity to become aware of your thoughts. Awareness enables you to make more educated choices towards how you may like to think and where you focus your attention. This in turn can help you to control how you are feeling as a result. Once you are in control of how you are feeling, then you can choose how you would like to act.
Your Conscious Mind: –
- This is your thinking or your educated mind.
- It can sometimes be referred to as the left brain.
- It’s the part of your mind that controls your senses.
- It controls sight, sound, smell, taste and touch – Also known as the V.A.K.G.O system in Mindfulness practice. (Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic, Gustatory and Olfactory)
- Your conscious mind is the creating mind, so it is the first level of your creativity.
- It is where you recall your short-term memory from.
- This part of your mind can only use logic and is always rationalising or trying to make things add up ‘’trying to put the puzzle together’’.
- When you are describing something, or if you are referring to your mind, then this is usually the part you are referring to.
‘’Your Conscious Mind is like a filter for your thoughts, before they reach your Subconscious Mind to start creating feelings.’’
Your Subconscious Mind: –
- This is your emotional or your feeling mind.
- It can sometimes be referred to as the right brain.
- It’s the part of your mind where you experience feelings and emotions.
- Imagination, intuition and another level of your creativity are located here.
- This part of your mind doesn’t know what is right or wrong, what is real, or what is fake.
- It is always listening, scanning and doing its best to keep you safe or ‘’in your comfort zone’’.
- This is where your long-term memory is located.
- Your subconscious mind has taken all of your past life experiences, added them to one big filing cabinet and based on the feelings you had during these life experiences, it then automatically runs mental programs and habits called ‘’paradigms’’ which are specifically running to keep you comfortable and safe.
- These habits can be inherited or developed and be both healthy and unhealthy for you.
‘’ Your Subconscious Mind doesn’t know what is right, wrong, real or imagined. It must accept whatever you give to it from your Conscious Mind. ’’
- If your conscious mind is filled with negative or non productive thoughts, your subconscious will create negative feelings to match.
- If your conscious mind is filled with positive or productive thoughts, your subconscious will create positive feelings to match.
‘’ If our Subconscious Mind is controlling you 90/95% of the time, then it’s safe to say you might like some of that control back. Mindography is the tool we provide for you for this. Its a practice that uses both parts of your mind in a more productive manner ’’
Mindography is a practice which uses both parts of our mind at the same time and it can enable us to develop better connections between different parts of your brain, empowering you to develop better brain power.
I love this short clip by Sentis. The tool you will be using, is Mindography for your Conscious & Subconscious Mind.
Mindography in your Subconscious Mind
Your conscious mind is taking centre stage when you are practicing. You are learning skills, you are holding, looking, listening and using your camera to create pictures, while also boosting awareness through your senses. The exciting thing about this type of practice is that it can easily allow you to use your subconscious mind. Instead of your subconscious being in control of you, you will be accessing your subconscious mind in a productive way throughout your practice.
- Having a Creative Pastime. Taking up a hobby that inspires you like Mindography, helps you tap into the productive parts of the Subconscious Mind more, because you will more frequently be using your Imagination and unlocking another level of your creativity which only lives in the Subconscious.
- Adding Feeling to Your Photography. When we look at a photograph that we like, then many will usually describe things with their conscious mind. The people, the location and what is actually in the photograph. The real reason you may like or be drawn to the particular photograph, is the feeling this photograph creates for you through your subconscious mind.
- Listening to Your Intuition. By listening to your intuitive thoughts and acting on them when and where the time is right, you are using the Subconscious Mind. Your intuition can be expanded with continued practice. This is just your Subconscious Mind sending messages directly to your Conscious Mind. ‘’Have you ever felt that something was right for you, without having any real explanation for this feeling?’’ That is your intuition sending you signals. Some people call this listening to their heart or a ‘’gut feeling’’. There is a famous saying that says ”logic proves, but intuition discovers”.
- Not Setting Time Limits. By not constantly setting time limits or deadlines in your life or practice, you are becoming more accepting, optimistic and open to allowing things to happen for you much more organically. By allowing these things to happen when the time is right, you are changing how your mind operates. This practice is your conscious mind removing time frames and your Subconscious Mind will then create calmer and more positive feelings for you.
- Positive Thinking. Your Subconscious Mind does not ask questions. It is not even slightly curious. Therefore, whatever your Conscious Mind says, your Subconscious Mind must believe. By repetitively having positive or productive thoughts, your Subconscious Mind will accept them, and then create the corresponding feelings for them.
- Positive Self Talk. Get into the habit of speaking positively about yourself. This is one of the most empowering things that you can do. Self-talk is a constant flow of thoughts going through your mind. This is where you question things, analyse if they are right or wrong and generally come up with your own conclusions. In Mindography there is no right or wrong. Feeding positive thoughts about yourself to the Subconscious Mind helps to cultivate things like optimism and confidence.
- Stopping Outside Influences. Spending time with yourself and your camera ‘’Ideally in nature’’ prevents you from absorbing ideas that you do not want or need. By switching off from things like the television, radio, phones and even the idle chatter of people around you, means you are not allowing these things to influence you. These can all enter your mind and affect you without you ever noticing.
- Repetition. A habit is something we do repeatedly and without any real effort. If we only had good habits, then everything would be great. This is usually not the case. To create good habits, we need to change our thought patterns repetitively. This is done in your practice by replacing unproductive and negative thoughts, with more productive and positive ones. This also increases your self-awareness by noting how your thoughts are affecting you.
- Self Expression. Photography is literally an expression of your subconscious mind. Whatever state of mind you are experiencing, will determine where you put your focus and you are then expressing yourself through the photographs you take. Because we are controlled by our subconscious mind 90-95% of the time, then work on becoming aware of the messages that your photographs are sending to you. These can often have a bigger meaning and be your subconscious mind trying to express itself and send you messages.
What is a state of mind?
The psychological state of a persons mind at a certain time. It is combination of a person’s thoughts and feelings, so it involves both your mind and body.
Practice awareness of how your thinking is effecting you. How is your thinking making you feel? Practice with your camera and in every day situations in your life.
Your Mindography practice is feeding your conscious mind with productive thoughts and positive experiences, so your subconscious mind has to accept these and start creating positive feelings as a result.