What’s the Difference Between the Conscious and Subconscious Minds?

The focus of this blog post is to maximize human potential by teaching simple skills to better utilize the amazing powerhouse that is the human mind. First though, we need to understand exactly what is the conscious and subconscious mind. And this is not a simple question to answer!

The conscious and the subconscious minds are merely two separate spheres of activity within your brain. Your conscious mind is the
rational or logical mind, whereas your subconscious mind is the ‘automatic’ part of the brain than operates below the level of your conscious awareness. Without any conscious effort on your part, your heart keeps pumping blood, your blood vessels expand and contract as your blood pressure changes according to the activities the body is engaged in and the emotions you experience. These are just two examples of the multitude of functions that may seem as if they ‘just happen’, but are actually the result of your subconscious mental processes, hard at work. Most people are not aware that they even have a subconscious mind, although they access it multiple times each day just to survive.

Your subconscious mind is very powerful and makes up a great percentage of your mental processes, even though you are unaware of it. Your subconscious mind is easily impressed upon by the thoughts and mental focus of the conscious mind. Your subconscious does not reason—it simply reacts to and follows the instructions and guidance of the conscious mind. Your subconscious can be described as a bed of soil that accepts any kind of seed, whether good or bad. Your mental thoughts are active; they are seeds in the garden of your subconscious mind. Negative, destructive thoughts that may be the result of long term anxiety or depression, continue to work negatively in your subconscious. Sooner or later, these thoughts surface to take shape as an outer experience that corresponds with or mirrors their content. Therefore the old saying, “Be careful what you wish for”, actually has some firm foundation in modern psychology.

Stay tuned for my next post tomorrow to take another step into this complex topic…

This is an excerpt from Estelle’s new book,
“Unleash The Power Of Your Mind ~ Reach Your True Potential”
available soon online and at all good bookstores through Balboa Press


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