CONSCIOUS MIND AND SUBCONSCIOUS MIND
You are approximately 12% of “you”. Your conscious mind is the thinker, the decision maker, the portion of your mind responsible for awareness, logic and reasoning. It is also responsible for voluntary actions. Whenever you are mindful of the things you’re doing, you are doing it using your conscious mind.
The big boss behind the scenes (88% of “you”) is known as subconscious mind. The subconscious mind is the part of your mind responsible for all of your emotions, beliefs, memories, involuntary actions (such as breathing) and primal instincts. Simply speaking, your subconscious mind is a giant storage dump of all things that we have been exposed in life (memories, beliefs, everything we hear, see and experience since birth).
The subconscious mind is not based on logic. It simply associates events/memories with beliefs and emotions. Because we are so susceptible to suggestions early in life (especially from birth to the age of 6), pretty much everything we see, hear, and experience (whether you remember it or not), including the beliefs and behaviors of the people around us, becomes rooted in our subconscious mind. As we increase our exposure to certain events, our subconscious mind strengthens any beliefs and conditioning previously related to that situation, and also intensifies any emotions related to that situation. This process creates strong neural pathways in our brain, causing these patterns of thought to become subconscious. Technically speaking, the subconscious is the “neural pathways” that have been established in your brain as result of your past beliefs and conditioning.
Because our belief system shapes our reality, our life is the direct result of what we have programmed inside us (imagine a web of neural pathways, interwoven through our though patters and beliefs). Our neural pathways are constantly reinforced by our current reality, because our present reality is by itself the manifestation of those neural pathways. Therefore, any attempt to change anything is perceived as a threat by the subconscious mind. Change means creating new neural pathways, or weakening old ones. If YOU (12%) decide to quit smoking, for example, you will be messing with an entire web of neural pathways created and maintained by Mr. 88% over there. Even if you KNOW that smoking is bad for you, even if you have all the knowledge in the universe, it won't stand a chance against your subconscious mind. 88% of you is NOT logical, and therefore, every attempt to modify a subconscious behavior with conscious methods (logic and reasoning) is most likely to fail miserably.
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