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Your Unconscious Mind Is It Important?
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Your Unconscious Mind Is It Important?

How well do you know yourself? Really know yourself? Better than anyone else, right? In fact, there’s probably nothing you don’t know about yourself… or so you think consciously.

So here’s my question.

How well do you know your unconscious mind? I purposely call it that because there’s nothing ‘sub’ about it. Your unconscious mind is powerful, amazing and plays the hugest part in every part of your life.

It’s worth considering just what your unconscious mind does for you. With understanding comes a greater awareness, trust and even power to direct and control your life in positive ways.

Functions of the unconscious mind are called the Prime Directives. They’re the things your unconscious mind will prioritize on your behalf and for very good reasons.

Although there are many more than the few I’ll list here, the first one alone should convince you of your Unconscious minds importance.

Preserves the body.

Your unconscious mind wants to preserve the integrity of your body. Its influence is primarily geared to keeping you whole, complete and safe. Without a conscious thought people take immediate action to protect themselves. Your unconscious mind also “breathes” you (amongst many other things) when you’re asleep and awake. Amazing.

Stores Memories

Do you remember a birthday party when you were a child? Last Christmas and where you spent it? Your phone number?

Thank your unconscious mind. There is no way we could remember these things consciously.

Organizes All Your Memories

Your unconscious mind organizes and classifies your memories into experience types and emotional responses. It matches up similarities so that when you’re faced with similar experiences in the future it can pull on a past reference and evoke a suitable response in you.

Your memories are ordered, deleted, generalized and even distorted based on your internal representational system (sorry that’s a mouthful). Then, without thinking (consciously), you have an emotional response and therefore project certain behaviour out onto the world.

Represses Memories With Unresolved Emotions

Do you know what it is to have some memories that are just too hard to handle? You don’t like thinking about them and it’s hurtful or stressful to re-live?

Obligingly your unconscious mind will store them away often where you don’t have to think about it. Consciously you think this is a good coping mechanism so read on.

Presents Suppressed Memories For Resolution

Repressing emotions is one technique the unconscious mind may use to protect the body. Occasionally, however, your unconscious mind can, and will, bring negative memories to the surface. It can be triggered by a similar emotional event or because life is, in fact, going well.

Your unconscious mind knows it would be the best thing for the body if the trauma of the event was to be resolved and released. Negative things stored in the body are never good.

We either take the opportunity to deal with the issue or, feeling out of our depth to cope with it, suppress it back into the body. This is a bit like the old ‘ostrich in the sand’ syndrome.

Runs The Body

Beyond preserving the body your unconscious mind has the blueprint, or plan, of perfect health. Your unconscious mind existed as your body was created and knows exactly what it needs and how it functions at an optimal level.

In our modern society of dis-ease I think this is perhaps the greatest reason for tuning in to your unconscious mind. What are you doing, emotions are you storing, or internal programs are you running that prevents your unconscious mind functioning at it’s full potential?

I’m not suggesting for a moment it’s easy and simple to tune into your unconscious mind. I certainly would encourage you to expand your mind though and learn a little more about it in this day than you did in the last.


Street Talk

Thanks for the reminders about the unconscious mind! Good article.

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  about 3 years ago

Nice article Heather. I love your writing style.

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  about 7 years ago

What a nice start to my day to read your comment! Thank you! ;-)

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  about 7 years ago
AJ  

Okay, I'm officially fascinated by this series.Heather, can you also teach us some steps to take to release the emotions associated with these negative experiences so they stop "haunting" us during times of good. If I cannot permanently suppress these thoughts, I must then deal with them.

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  about 7 years ago

AJ, this very thought is 'haunting' me.... lol... yes, I know the best technique in the world. It's powerful, effective, immediate and releases the 5 most major emotions; anger, sadness, fear, guilt and hurt. It replaces them with the opposite emotion (for that person) e.g. anger/peace, sadness/happiness and provides a life learning to carry forth so the experience doesn't need to loop through our life as we try to make sense of it. But how to put that in an article? I have days of training in being a master practitioner in this and I'm torn by the ecology of sharing it and potentially handing people a half cocked gun! New article coming... it may not answer all the questions but this needs addressing. Thanks for your comments. Glad you've enjoyed the series.

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  about 7 years ago
AJ  

This sounds amazing. I agree with other posts, a cup of coffee and discussion about this would be wonderful. I look forward to the next article, thank you Heather.

  
  about 7 years ago

My Mom invented a game we played as kids. Exploring how we thought or felt about something before we had the first "hurtful" experience... and then imagining who we would be, how we would feel, Now, if we had not experienced the "issue"... She would then have us tell her about the lesson we learned from having the experience. Most of the time, when we were kids, we figured out what we did not want to "do or say or be" to other kids.

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  about 7 years ago

Your mom sounds a very switched on lady. I'm sure she was giving you valuable life tools without you kids realising! Thanks for sharing this Sherry!

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  about 7 years ago

Been trying to find that delete button for some of the unconscious memories of yesteryear, some of those not required memories. Have we not all got things we would like to forget, but can't? A example of this part of the mind, it reminds you not to do certain things again. Great article Heather.

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  about 7 years ago

I think keeping the memories is important, Rob. The only problem is holding onto a negative emotional charge that the memory gives you that doesn't serve you anymore. A delete button might be convenient but we'd become pretty uninteresting people maybe?!

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  about 7 years ago

Great article, full of good information and a lot to think about.

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  about 7 years ago

Thank you Daniel. Having caused someone to think is one of the greatest compliments a writer can have.

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  about 7 years ago

Great article Heather, this information reminds me of the studies I did about paradigms and how they are a group of habits from younger years of our lives that shape our lives today. Thank you

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  about 7 years ago

Yes, all these things are interconnected! Life's jigsaw puzzle perhaps! Glad you enjoyed.

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  about 7 years ago

I did enjoy it, thank you Heather

  
  about 7 years ago
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