In all probability, you are reading this right now because you sincerely want to change your life in some way. You might want to eliminate an unwanted habit, like a dependency of some kind. Or you may want better relationships, or to be better off financially. It’s also possible that you just want to be happier and more at peace, both with yourself and with others. Before you start the process of improving your life, you might want to explore the territory. Let’s talk about the underlying principle of significant change, how to reprogram your subconscious mind.
What you are about to read is Part I of an eight-part series. There is so much to cover about Happiness and Your Subconscious Mind, I knew I would need to present the information over several posts.
Your Subconscious Mind
Your subconscious mind is like a huge memory bank. It permanently stores everything that ever happens to you with unlimited capacity.
We would like to think we can easily program our subconscious for all the positive outcomes we seek, but it’s not that simple.
Have you ever wondered why it is so difficult to change? I’m talking now about really important changes, like losing weight, or stopping a bad habit like smoking or getting out of a disastrous relationship, something you know that you really want to do. Why can it be so difficult to do this? Why can’t you simply tell yourself to take the necessary actions and then proceed?
Maybe it’s because you are not totally in charge! Maybe there are other forces at work, powerful forces that are inside of you yet totally outside your awareness. Let’s call this your subconscious mind.
Now this is a huge subject. Here it is in brief. There will be much more detail in upcoming posts in this series.
Your brain is immense and extremely complex, far more complicated than you could ever understand or even imagine. Here are some of the things it does for you without your conscious awareness:
- Semi-autonomous functions like walking and running. How would you like to tell yourself how to walk, step-by-step? Try it some time for laughs. It must be automatic to work. You tell your brain where you want to go and it takes over.
- Autonomous functions like breathing and digestion. Would you like the task of directing each of your individual glands, function by function? Sound like fun?
- Input filtering. You are continuously bombarded with sensory inputs…sounds, sights, odors, tactile sensations…way too many to take in. Your brain automatically selects a small portion of these inputs to present for your conscious attention.
- Response generation. Within any minute of your time you may respond to dozens of situations requiring some kind of action. It may be smiling in response to a question, or a raised eyebrow, or an angry response…you have an incredibly rich reservoir of responses. Your brain automatically chooses what seems most appropriate, usually without your conscious awareness. Sometimes you are able to modify this response, but it takes skill.
Now that’s four activities that your brain is performing right now, as you read this. All of them without much conscious awareness on your part. I’m sure there are many others. The point is that this is going on right now. It goes on all the time. In essence, you are operating on automatic pilot in almost all of your mental and physical activities, and you are not aware of it. You think that you are in charge!
In this series of posts, we will be dealing mainly with two subconscious functions; input filtering and response generation. Why? Because these are the two functions that control a large part of your life, especially your happiness, and that’s the subject of these posts.
Life is Random
A lot of life is random. Both positive and negative things come to you, mostly outside your control. Your mind filters your awareness of them, so only a fraction of these occurrences are ever known to you. Your bias (the operating rules for your subconscious) determine which inputs get through to you and which don’t.
Even though your subconscious mind is outside your awareness and outside your control, it can be trained. It takes time and effort, but it can be done. That’s how you can change your life.
To help with reconditioning your subconscious mind, I have created several audio recordings. You can access them in my book, The Happiness Handbook. The recordings are free. You can listen to them anytime and anywhere.
These recordings increase your sensitivity. You become more aware on a conscious level of bad stuff coming your way, so you can duck. More important, you become aware of the good stuff that comes your way, so you can quickly take advantage of it. You learn quickly to grab the brass ring that swings into your range every millennium or so. That’s one secret of a good life. You may not be able to control whether or not opportunities come to you, but odds are that some good stuff will come your way, sooner or later. You can learn to recognize the good stuff when it comes floating your way and grab it.
How do you feel about wealth? Are you aware that you can easily improve your financial situation with just a few minor changes in you thinking? Just like losing weight. You can lose weight with a few simple changes.
Maybe you want to let go of smoking. Again, simple changes in your subconscious mind make huge change in your life.
The first place to start is to get The Happiness Handbook. Not only will you gain lots of great insights in the book itself, you will have access to audio files you can listen to over and over to retrain your subconscious and take control of your life.
But you have to be willing to do this, both consciously and subconsciously.
Are you willing? Are you ready? Are you able?
Be watching for the next post in this series.
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