15 Jun Theory of Mind
In a way, like computers, man has two basic constituents – hardware and software. Hardware is the physical matter of which his body is built; the software is the bundle of thoughts, emotions, feelings, and complexes. The hardware is more or less the same for everybody, but the software is dependent on his background, life history and experience. Since no two people can have exactly the same experiences and surroundings in life, no two softwares are ever equal. It means that every man basically has the same constitution physically, but is mentally different from the other.
Mind can be divided into conscious mind and unconscious mind.
Conscious mind works on logic, analyses and takes decisions. When we sleep, our conscious also goes to sleep.
Unconscious mind stores information and emotions. However emotions are felt at conscious level. Unconscious is working 24 by 7 but its power is not felt when conscious is awake. Unconscious is creative and imaginative. It controls all involuntary movements. Habits are stored in unconscious. Unconscious is responsible for our survival.
Unconscious cannot differentiate between reality and imagination. He is like a fertile soil. He doesn’t argue and accepts the idea as it is. Dreams come from our unconscious mind.
Unconscious is lot more powerful and resourceful compared to conscious.
Conscious is like passenger sitting in the car (life) and unconscious is like a driver who has all the resources like brake, accelerator, navigation system etc to drive the car.
Let us take an example of most common fear that is of public speaking. There are people who are comfortable speaking in public. They look forward to it. On the other hand, there are people who are scared of public speaking. In both the cases there is a programming in unconscious.
In first case, the person sees the audience in his mind, clapping and appreciating him. In the second case, he sees the audience laughing at him, criticizing him or throwing tomatoes at him.
He may acquired this fear may be from environment or from past experience or during his upbringing. If we are able to change those pictures connected to public speaking and audiences’ reaction, the person who fears public speaking will be able to speak lot more confidently.
We need to establish connection with the unconscious and change the programming. In my experience, as a Hypnotherapist, I have noticed that these self limiting beliefs prevents people from utilizing their full potential. Same is true for myself.
Hypnotherapy has very powerful tools and techniques to help people utilize their full potential. You can control the thoughts that go into your unconscious, reprogram the beliefs you have, with more desirable ones for fulfilling your dreams.
People live in a comfort zone. Whether it is good or bad, they live in a zone that they are familiar with. What may seem to us as pain is pleasure to them. If this description fits you, the only way to turn your life around is to be convinced that your pain is not pleasure but pain. This will force you to want change. This can be done with subconscious programming. But the initial stage has to be set and that begins with you. You are the one who has to decide to change. No one else can make that decision for you. It really depends on how badly you want change. If you are tired of living in your pain but want to live in peace, joy, pleasure, and have a good life, you need to alter your thoughts and those altered thoughts will in turn lead you to change which will in the end change your feelings. Your life will actually take on a new meaning and you’ll be grateful you took the step forward.
So if you are ready to take the plunge and begin the life-long process of change, you need to take that first step and that involves your mindset. But before we get into that you must understand the mind itself before you can learn about thoughts and how the mind uses and stores thoughts.