You have been on a quest for self-improvement. You meditate and pay attention to self-care. You have managed to stop worrying about the future for the most part. You try to think positively about everything, and you are giving back wherever you can. You’re certainly a happier person than you were five years ago.
With all the effort you are putting into changing your life for the better, however, you wonder why your life hasn’t changed that much — you still struggle with money, you are still afraid of crowds, you are still postponing satisfaction and you are still more focused on trying than allowing.
You still find yourself chasing shiny objects. Self-proclaimed gurus bombard you with promises of miraculous solutions. Every day you are offered salvation through a new wonder pill or moneymaking course. But those you have bitten on have led to little more than your being poorer.
So why are you spinning your wheels? The problem comes down to the fact that all of your efforts, all of your positive thoughts and all of your expression is from your conscious mind. Make no mistake; the conscious mind is very powerful. It’s the creative mind and the source of your spiritual identity — but it has one millionth the power of your subconscious mind.
The conscious mind can run any aspect of your biology, temporarily, but as soon as you think about anything else, your subconscious mind takes over. In fact, any time you focus on something, your subconscious mind is running all other aspects of your life.
This imbalance between your subconscious and conscious minds is both a problem and a blessing. It may get in the way of your achieving the life you envision, but it also frees up your consciousness to be creative.
Think of your subconscious mind as a computer hard drive. It collects and stores huge amounts of data. It also stores and plays a great many programs, most of which you got from other people early in life. For the first six years or so of your life you were in a hypnotic-like state — you just took things in and stored them as truth. Over your lifetime of experience your subconscious has accumulated enough additional programs to allow it to run most aspects of your life on automatic.
You can’t direct your subconscious; it’s a hard drive. Being aware of the old programs doesn’t change them. No matter what your intention, and no matter how hard you try, your conscious mind is no match for the 24/7 power of your subconscious mind. You are left feeling like a devalued victim of your programming.
Is there a way you can bypass this power imbalance and change the programming in your subconscious? Is there a way to replace a limiting program with a supportive program? Is it possible to reprogram the subconscious to work in concert with conscious intent? These are the big questions.
What has been emerging in the last couple of decades is that energy psychology has allowed us to access and alter the programming. Energy psychology is a young science, although its origins lie in ancient healing arts. It is emerging that the body’s subtle energy systems provide avenues for getting at and altering the programming in the subconscious. But we are just beginning to understand how this works.
When the conscious mind and the subconscious mind become aligned, we get glimpses of the immense power of the whole mind to heal the effects of trauma, to conquer an addiction or to eliminate a cancerous tumor. I say “glimpses,” because with energy psychology, I believe we are just scratching the surface of what can be done in our individual quests for more conscious and fulfilling lives.
Dr. Neill Neill is a registered psychologist in Qualicum Beach. He helps capable people who feel stuck… trauma, relationships, addictions.