What is The Un-Conscious Mind?
Isn’t’ it nice to know, that you have not one, but two minds?
Your conscious mind, and your unconscious mind!
What is the conscious and
Simple answer: the conscious is
everything you are aware of, in
the moment, and the
unconscious is everything else,
outside of your awareness.
The number of activities your unconscious mind carries out for you is
astounding and humbling. Whenever the situation cal s for a
memory, or skil , it appears magical y out of nowhere. You reach out
and catch a tossed object without giving it a thought. You scratch an
itch or straighten your hair without consciously knowing it. Names,
dates, concepts and insights appear in your awareness (al this from
the unconscious mind)
Emotional reactions bubble up from nowhere. Without realizing it
you rely on your unconscious mind for complex activities everyday;
walking, talking, driving a car, suddenly remembering something
important, breathing, digesting.
Your unconscious stores tons of information and memories; it knows
where you were yesterday, who you saw, what you did last year, and
what your plans are for tomorrow, and next week.
Your unconscious mind is also in charge of many thoughts, feelings
and behaviors, that are out of your conscious awareness.
From the time you were born until about 5 or 6 years old your brain
was in a hypnogogic trance (basical y, you were in hypnosis!) This is
no accident. Nature intended this trance state so your brain could be
‘download’ programs for learning how to make sense of the world.
Those first 5 years al owed your brain to be ‘in trance’ so that your
unconscious mind could be programmed and get you ready for life!
Unfortunately, some of the programming that got downloaded those
first five years may not have been useful. Ideas such as: not being
good enough, not being worthy, life being hard, and the world as a
dark and dangerous place. And al of this programming happened
‘outside’ of your conscious awareness.
So today, no matter how old you are,
be it 20, 40, 60 years old, that old
programming is still in there, running
your life! Until you do something to
Ironically, people walk around
thinking they are ‘consciously’ making
decisions, running their life, and living
by choice. The fact is, your
unconscious mind runs 95% of the
show! And this is the programming of
a five-year-old child!
Now imagine: this can be “extremely” useful, IF those programs are
in your best interest, and empower you, motivating you towards your
dreams and desires. But if you have unconscious programming that
is dis-empowering, and in conflict with your conscious goals and
desires, the unconscious mind wil work to sabotage your goals. And
the unconscious mind always wins!
For you to achieve your goals-
your conscious and unconscious must be in alignment.
How do you know what is in there, in that unconscious mind? An
easy way to find out is simply to look at your life. What is working,
and what is not? If you have a goal, a dream, you have worked
towards and real y given it effort, and yet it has not come into being,
that is where you wil find unconscious limiting beliefs, and self
sabotage. Those limiting beliefs come from unconscious programs
that are in conflict with your ‘conscious’ goals, and they are stopping
you, sabotaging your conscious efforts.
The good news, and YES, there IS good news: The good news is we
do not have to go diving into the cause, and stir up myriad details
around this unconscious programming. We already know the
programming is there; we simply need to change it.
As stated earlier, most unconscious beliefs and programs were
instal ed before the age of 5, when your brain was in the hypnogogic
state. Who instal ed these programs? Parents, friends, siblings,
neighbors. It does not take a malicious person to instal negative
programming. A simple offhanded comment meant in a positive way
can instal un-useful programming. For example, your mother says
“Eat everything on your plate” and now as an adult you cannot seem
to stop eating when you are ful . Or your father anxiously yel ed,
“Get down from there, you wil fal and hurt yourself!!” and now you
have a fearful belief that the world is a dangerous place.
In both instances your parent’s intentions were good, but your
unconscious mind, which takes every word literal y, understood these
statements and wrote a program in your unconscious mind in a self-
Imagine a recording device, such as a tape recorder or an ipod, a
device on which you can record songs and voices. Your unconscious
mind is like having a recording device ful of recordings. These
recordings are programs, and they run al by themselves, outside of
your awareness, everyday, al day long, 95% of the time!!!
Now imagine you final y begin to notice one of them, perhaps a
behavior you would like to change. So you decide to change it. You
‘decide’ consciously that you wil not act that way anymore! But this
is an unconscious program, and you cannot directly talk to the
unconscious. That would be like walking over to the recorder
because you did not like what was playing and then yel ing at the
recorder to change: “Come on change, no real y, stop doing that. I
want you to stop playing that program. Come on, change!!”
The recorder is just a machine. You put in a program and it runs
that recording perfectly wel . You cannot just ‘tel it’ to change. You
have to change the recording. Similarly you cannot just tel your
unconscious mind to stop making you act like a fool with this foolish
behavior you want to change. You have to change the programming.
Now imagine walking over to the recorder and pushing the record
button!! NOW you can record a new program! And it works. And
the next time the recorder plays, it plays a NEW program!
Hypnosis is like pushing the record button. Hypnosis al ows us to
record a new program, and then simply let it play!
This is so exciting!! Do you real y get how exciting this is? Because
not only can you go in there and erase those old limiting beliefs, and
self-sabotaging programs that have been running wild al your life,
but you can also add in NEW programs to super-motivate you
towards dreams and goals you once thought impossible!
Imagine! Al you have to do is instal a program, and then let it run!
How much easier life would be. It’s as if you don’t have to do
anything; you can let your unconscious mind do the work for you.
You can perform new
without effort, because the
programming is in your
unconscious mind, which
runs you 95% of the time!!
Hypnosis and NLP allow
you to install new
programs, and erase those
old programs that do not
Imagine an iceberg…
As you approach this
mountain of ice in the
sea, it appears rather
impressive. But you
know what is really
impressive? The fact
that the tip above the
water, which appears
rather huge, it is only
10% of the total mass.
Below the surface,
under the water, that
iceberg spreads out in
all directions. In fact,
90% of the mass is
hidden beneath the
Your unconscious mind works the same way. Your conscious mind is
only the ‘tip of the iceberg’. The mass of your power lies hidden
beneath the surface.
When you get close enough to see below the surface, you can access
that power and al ow it to work for you. Imagine the possibility!
BUT WHAT IS BENEATH THE SURFACE?!
Some people are afraid to go beneath the surface. You may feel the
unconscious is a dark, scary place where unpleasant things lurk
The fact is, your unconscious is your friend. Do you have any idea
how much this ‘second mind’ of yours is doing on your behalf, for
your benefit, every single day??
Your unconscious mind has the ability to get you to your goals.
Your unconscious mind has ability to stop you as wel . It is much
more powerful than your conscious mind, it always wins, and it has
more resources. Hypnosis al ows you to control this power.
Your unconscious includes much you are not aware of. For instance,
a moment ago, you may not have been aware of your weight being
supported by the chair, or the images in your peripheral vision, or the
sounds around you, or the rate of your breath. Yet your unconscious
mind is aware, and stores al of this information for you. If you focus
on your breathing consciously, you can make it speed up or slow
down, but every minute, hour, day, year, if you do not consciously
think about your breath, your unconscious takes care of that for you.
Your unconscious also handles many internal functions such as
digestion, heartbeat, and when your cel s divide. You can count on
your unconscious mind to do these tasks for you without even
thinking about them.
Your unconscious makes decisions for you, such as when you are
dreaming. You do not plan what you wil dream or how the dream
wil unfold, but your unconscious mind takes care of that.
Your unconscious mind has learned many
behaviors which happen outside of your
awareness, such as walking, talking, driving.
When you first learned to drive, you had to
think about each step, but then you learned
it so well that your unconscious mind took
over, and now you can drive and listen to
music and carry on a conversation and
watch the scenery without consciously
thinking about your driving.
Your unconscious mind is also in charge of a variety of behaviors,
emotions, decisions and beliefs. Some of them not so useful. Have
you ever ‘come to’ and suddenly found yourself in front of the frig
with the door open looking for food, after you had ‘consciously’
decided to eat less? Or had a ‘knee jerk’ reaction and yel ed at a
friend and then wondered ‘where did THAT come from’? It came
from your unconscious mind.
There are also times when you are
deeply involved in a task in which
you truly excel.
You can FEEL your POWER
You are in the flow, everything is
happening perfectly. Perhaps
time seems to stand still, or move
in slow motion.
People experience this in sports, athletic competition, dance,
construction work, creative arts, business interactions, and al types
of settings. This is the power of your unconscious mind, pul ing
together al its resources, and moving you smoothly and easily
towards your goal.
It is truly beneficial to have these ‘two minds’, but ironical y, most
people rely on the conscious mind to support and direct them, when
the unconscious mind has a wealth of power and resources available
at your disposal.
It would be wise to get in touch with your unconscious mind,
and to direct that mind to re-learn any un-useful learnings
that might be stored from the past, and to add in new,
Your conscious mind is not aware of your unconscious. There is a
“critical factor” that stands in the way. The critical factor is like a
guard at the gate of the castle to your unconscious mind. With
hypnosis, we are able to distract the guard and deliver truckloads of
useful suggestions and learnings.
Imagine the programming inside of you is
like a bunch of little records on a
jukebox. Each program is another record.
A record pops up and plays, and runs that
program and then another and another.
You may begin to notice, and find you do
not like some of these records.
Records such as “you are a failure” or
“you can’t do that” or “you’re no good”.
You may decide you don’t like that record and you want to change it.
You could walk over to the jukebox, and yel at it, or kick it, and
shake it, but that would do no good. But what you CAN do is to take
a NEW record, and instal it in the jukebox. A new recording that you
And now this new recording plays without you having to do
anything, because a new record has been installed.
This is how hypnosis works.