You’re probably familiar with the phrase “mind over matter.” It’s often used when referring to something that might cause pain, right?
But what if I told you that you can use that sentiment every day? And what if I told you it can help you channel your energy and create better outcomes? It’s possible because of the way our brains work.
Two parts make a whole brain function
I’m not going to discuss the anatomy of the brain, because it’s a really complicated supercomputer. But let’s think about what we know about computers for a minute.
We know that we can use them for tasks in the moment, but there are also processes that are constantly running in the background. Some of them are supporting the task you happen to be working on while others are making sure the computer is running properly.
Your brain works in a similar manner
Your conscious mind is the one that is actively working. It contains everything (feelings, thoughts, etc.) that you are aware of at any given moment of the day. But you do have to be aware to access it. When you go to sleep, your conscious mind sleeps with you.
But you also have a subconscious. It never sleeps because it is processing everything that has happened while the conscious mind was awake. Your subconscious takes all those bits of information and makes connections, integrates recent events, ties them to past events…it’s always working.
How they go together
Summarizing that previous section, your conscious and subconscious minds work together to create detailed memories and thought processes. Your conscious mind makes the decisions; it’s the intellectual mind. The subconscious is where the emotions are; it’s the feeling mind.
Have you ever been in a situation where your heart is telling you one thing, but your brain is telling you something different?
That’s the subconscious and conscious minds at work with each other. Or in opposition to each other as the case may be. Because in that situation, you may feel like you’re being torn in two different directions, trying to decide between logic (intellectual thought) and emotion (feeling).
What if you could channel the two to work together, to help make better decisions, to raise your energy?
It could be as simple as giving them direction, much like giving a computer a command.
How does it work?
Consider the thousands of bits of information your conscious mind is taking in each day. While it is consuming all of that data, the subconscious is taking in and processing millions. Which one would you think is more powerful?
The subconscious, right? If it can process that much information, it has to have some control. And that’s where the simple power of suggestion comes in.
A conscious mind can select an idea, but it is just sitting there until the subconscious mind grabs it and magnifies it. THAT is when the energy starts to grow.
Maybe it would help to picture the top part of your head as the conscious mind. Energy comes in through the top of your head. The subconscious mind then generates a thought, picture, or emotion and sends it back to the conscious mind.
The energy is then ignited because it has more specifics that will enhance it.
How to apply it
If you want to raise your energy, you need to channel that subconscious in the proper direction. Neville Goddard has a great exercise to practice this.
When you’re getting ready for bed, take a look back at your day and find one really good thing. It can be big or small. Maybe you got a promotion, or maybe somebody gave you a compliment. Even better, maybe you gave someone a compliment and it completely changed their day.
Think of that moment. Then work backward to figure out the steps you took to get to that good moment. In doing so, you’re accessing the memories (conscious), but you’re doing so in the context of emotion (a good thing).
If you can capture those steps, you are putting your attention on what occurred prior to the good thing happening. And once you can see those positive steps, you can access them more readily and apply them more often.
It might sound like a lot to do before bed, especially if you’re tired and just want to sleep. But by channeling the subconscious, you can direct it to see what you did that day, what was good, and what you would like to be good the next day.
Have you noticed that your dreams often reflect your frame of mind? For example, if you’re watching the news before you fall asleep, it’s quite possible that your dreams may contain more conflict, or you may have trouble sleeping.
Conversely, if you think of something pleasant, or use a white noise app that clears your mind, your dreams and sleep may be much calmer.
If you take the latter example and put Goddard’s process into practice, you can harness the power of the subconscious to focus on bigger and better things, raising your energy to manifest those thoughts in the days and weeks that follow.
So, give it a try. One night at a time, think back on your day and find something good to focus on, no matter what it was. Then think about how you would like to repeat it or make it even better. As you learn to channel the subconscious, you can make great things happen for yourself.
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