The Difference Between Conscious and Subconscious Mind – Which One is More Powerful?
The mind has two parts – conscious and subconscious. They are two parts of one mind, but they do not learn in the same way. There is the difference between conscious and subconscious mind described below.
“The mind is the greatest power in all of creation.” ~ Dr. J. B. Rhine
What Does Your Mind Look Like?
If I asked you to imagine your mind, you would probably picture your brain. That is because we think in pictures. However, your mind is not your brain. The brain is an electrochemical organ that can be seen and photographed. The mind is an activity and cannot be seen nor can it be photographed.
1934. Dr. Thurman Fleet, a chiropractic healer, and teacher of metaphysics created an image to help us form a mental picture of our mind.
“The mind is an activity, not a thing. No one has ever seen the mind. In order to gain clarity and eliminate confusion, I will create an image we can work with.” – Dr. Thurman Fleet
- is thinking, educated mind (it can learn by reading a book)
- is a creative mind (our goals, wishes, and desires come from it)
- is open to new things
- initiates all voluntary actions
- has an ability to choose and to accept or reject
- thinks abstractly
- has short-term memory (about 20 seconds)
- is time-oriented (it thinks in the past or future)
- has limited capacity (it can do 1-3 events at a time)
- process about 40 environmental stimuli per second
- operates less than 5% of the day
We are only controlling our neurobiology and cognitive behavior 5% of the time with our wishes and desires. 95% of the day conscious mind is thinking. While the conscious mind is thinking, we play an automatic subconscious programs, but we cannot see our subconscious programming and behavior because while we are thinking we are not paying attention.
- is habitual mind (learns by repetition)
- is emotional mind (once we get emotionally attached to our thoughts, vibration causes us to take action which produces results)
- is designed to protect us and keep us safe
- controls processes related to the maintenance and sustaining of the physical body (circulation of the blood, breathing, digestion, regulation of body temperature)
- likes familiar things
- thinks literally, specific
- must accept, does not have the ability to reject
- has long-term memory (our whole life)
- has the very high capacity – it can do 1000’s events at a time (when we enter the room, in order to keep us safe, the subconscious mind is monitoring the environment, and when we feel stressed, and we do not even know why, that is the subconscious mind, checking things out for us before we are consciously aware of that)
- processes about 20,000,000 environmental stimuli per second
- operates in the present time only, everything is happening right now (you might feel stress in your body just by thinking about stressful memory)
- operates 95% of the day or more
- cannot differentiate between what you imagine and what is real
“Your subconscious mind does not know the difference between an actual experience that produces an emotion and an emotion that you fabricate by thought alone.”
~ Dr. Joe Dispenza
The subconscious mind learns two ways:
1. The first 7 years of life, it learns primarily through hypnosis low EEG vibration frequency called theta. This frequency range is normally between 5 and 8 cycles a second.
When we were born, we did not have conscious faculty developed yet. We had just subconscious mind, which was exposed to everything that went on around it (people, radio, TV). We were observing our parents, siblings, and other people around us, and downloading programs.
We were programmed to speak the language we speak, to like the food we like, and to do things a certain way. Our basic programs are not coming from our wishes and desires; they come from our family and other people around us.
“The first six years of a child’s life, it is like a tape recorder is on. Everything it sees, smells, touches, experiences in any way, whatever it hears, is being downloaded into the brain before the consciousness of the child is even made apparent.” ~Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D.
When we developed conscious faculties, we were already programmed and we started to think thoughts that were in harmony with our programs.
Dr. Bruce Lipton says that Jesuits know that the best because for 400 years they have told people: “Give me a child until he is 7 and I will show you the man”. That is a programmable period and whoever programs your mind, can control your outcome because 95% of your life after your age 7 is a program.
2. After 7 years of life, it learns by habituation/repetition
Our beliefs and habits are formed through the repetition of information. We create our habits by thinking the same thoughts, having the same feelings, and following the same routines every day.
Once we learn how to walk, it is a habit and we do not need to learn it again. Without a subconscious mind, we would have to relearn it every day again.
When we started to learn a new skill such as driving a car, we were doing it consciously and it took us some time before a new habit was programmed into our mind.
Today, we are driving and having a discussion with the passenger sitting next to us at the same time. While we are engaged in the conversation, our subconscious mind is driving the car.
Our subconscious mind is a database of downloaded programs derived from recording behaviors of others. It is formed from the last trimester of pregnancy through the first seven years of our life. Psychology reveals that up to 70% of these “recordings” are disempowering and limiting.
The function of our subconscious mind is to store and retrieve data. We store our memories, habits, beliefs, and self-image there. It has to ensure that we respond exactly the way we are programmed.
Our subconscious mind is designed to protect us. It observes both our surroundings and the body’s internal awareness, reads the environmental signals, and immediately engages previously learned behaviors, without awareness of the conscious mind.
For an instance, if a ball comes near your eye, the subconscious mind, which processes about 20,000,000 environmental stimuli per second, will cause the eye to blink, while the conscious mind, which processes about 40 environmental stimuli per second, may not even be aware of the threatening object.
The subconscious mind causes us to feel emotionally and physically uncomfortable whenever we try to do anything new or different or to change any of our established forms of behavior. The sense of fear and discomfort are psychological signs that our subconscious mind has been activated.
How Do We Choose Our Thoughts?
We have 100% control of our thinking. We can choose any thought that we want. When emotionalized, these thoughts impress themselves into the subconscious mind. Our feelings determine the state of vibration of our bodies. The state of vibration of our body makes us act in a certain way, which produces our results.
The conscious mind can think in the past, and it can think in the future, and it can solve problems, and most of the time it is thinking about something and when it is thinking, it is not paying attention, and then the subconscious mind runs the show.
If you can stay conscious and stop the negative thoughts, and as you repeat that more frequently, the subconscious begin to learn this as a habit.
When we want something consciously, the subconscious has data about that. If the subconscious does not agree with the conscious mind, we have disharmony.
If we have a goal or desire to do something, and our subconscious mind is working against us, the slower conscious mind does not have much chance. That is why we often find ourselves procrastinating, sabotaging, and not moving forward with our goals. It is because we have limiting belief at the subconscious level of mind, which is holding us or even pushing us back.
To live the life we desire, we need to get our conscious and subconscious mind work together as a team because desire (consciousness) is what gets you started and habit (subconsciousness) is what keeps you going.
You can find out how to discover limiting beliefs here.