is divided in two parts conscious and subconscious mind.
The conscious mind is the part of your mind that is responsible for
logic and reasoning. When I ask you about the sum of three and four,
it's your conscious mind that you use to get the addition done. When
you decide to take any voluntary action like moving your hand or leg,
it is done by the conscious mind. So, whenever you are aware of the
thing you're doing or want to do, it's done with your conscious mind;
whenever there's logic or reasoning to be done, you use your conscious
Subconscious Mind :
The subconscious mind is the part of your mind responsible for all of
your involuntary actions like emotions, your heart beat or your breathing
rate. Your subconscious mind is also the storage room of all your beliefs
and memories. That’s why changing beliefs and unwanted emotions
can be done through hypnosis; sending suggestions to the subconscious
The subconscious mind exists outside of the conscious mind but can be
controlled by conscious decisions.
The subconscious mind is formed very early in life, basically from the
time you were an infant. A large part of your subconscious was shaped
with what you heard, what you saw and what you experienced as a young
child. As a child your emotions are much more fragile then as an adults,
therefore this is where most of the subconscious part of your mind is
shaped and formed.
There is no right or wrong or true and false for the subconscious mind.
This is a fundamental thing to understand about the subconscious mind
in order to be able to use it for you own benefit.
of the subconscious mind as the storage room of everything that is currently
not in your conscious mind; it stores all your previous life experiences,
your belief system, your memories, your skills, all situations you've
been through, and all images you've ever seen. The best way to understand
the subconscious mind is through the example of someone who's just started
to learn how to drive. At the beginning, he wouldn't be able to hold
a conversation with anyone while driving as he would be focusing on
the different moves involved; that's because he's still using his conscious
mind to drive.
A few weeks later, the driving process comes to him automatically, without
having to do any thinking; he'd even start using his cell phone or talk
to his friends as he drives. This on account of the fact that the driving
information or process has been transferred to his subconscious mind
and so the conscious mind is free to function on something else, like
talking or using his cell phone.
Why do we say everything is true for the subconscious mind? Because
the conscious mind can define between something that is so or not, but
the subconscious part of you cannot. Let me give you a perfect illustration
of that effect. When you are watching a movie, you, that is “the
conscious mind of you” knows that everything happening in the
movie is false. The actors are not who they pretend to be, the dead
are not dead… nothing is real, yet, if the story is sad you, that
is “the subconscious mind of you” cries. At that point even
if you are aware “consciously” that it is just a movie that
you are watching, you “subconsciously” believe that is true.
This phenomenon is due to the fact that our subconscious more than our
conscious is directly related to our emotions, and in turn our emotions
are the vehicle of our subconscious mind. Our emotions being so strong
as a child it shapes our subconscious very strongly as well.
The problem with this is that many of the things that our subconscious
learns when we are just a young child, is false. Here is an example
of that. If you have a parent or a teacher that has told you that you
were not smart. Regardless of being true or false your subconscious
believed it. If you didn’t do anything to change your subconscious
mind about this matter, you would “subconsciously” ALWAYS
believe it even if “consciously” you knew that it wasn’t
the truth. The only way to remedy to this problem is the CHANGE the
belief that is deeply engraved in your subconscious mind.
There is a simple exercise that you can do in order to make the difference
between the conscious and unconscious mind clear. Change your breathing
rate to either faster or slower, what you are doing now is using your
conscious mind to breath. Now stop controlling your breath and let it
flow naturally. When you forget about this exercise, you will notice
how your subconscious mind returns your breathing rate back to normal,
contrary to when you had your conscious mind control the process.
Using your conscious and subconscious mind together :
As you can see, the conscious and the subconscious parts of the mind
form a team. The first handles some tasks then assigns them to the second,
the second after that sends feedback and messages about the task done
in the form of emotions to the first. Emotions are no more than messages
sent by your subconscious mind in order to alert you of something. By
learning how to make the best use of the cooperation between your conscious
and subconscious mind, your life skills will improve and you will have
much more control over your emotions.
Ego defense mechanisms :
Just like your body has got its defenses against physical wounds and
injuries, your subconscious mind has got its defenses against emotional
shocks and wounds. These are called ego defense mechanisms or unconscious
defense mechanisms. The ego defense mechanisms' main function is to
protect your well-being and to help you overcome emotional shocks.