The Truth About How the Subconscious Mind Works

Odille Remmert
Apr 28, 2018 · 4 min read

Who’s pushing your buttons?

The truth is, we’re not driving. We think we’re driving, in the same way a small child, sitting on his parent’s lap, with his hands on the steering wheel thinks he’s driving.

The good news is: We do have the option to graduate from child-on-parent’s-lap to pilot.

Think of the subconscious as an airplane. The airplane is on autopilot, constantly. The conscious mind, as the pilot of the plane, has no power to determine the direction of the plane by pushing it, repeating the instructions in the form of affirmations, or reasoning with it.

The only way to change the direction in which the aircraft is travelling is to change the coordinates in the autopilot. And that, we can do.

How is the Subconscious Mind Programmed?

There’s nothing mystical or complicated about it. The subconscious is programmed through experience.

From birth, every experience is interpreted by the subconscious, and then the meaning filed for future reference. This is how we learn who we are, and how the world works.

Every new experience is filtered through the “facts” and “proof” accumulated from previous experiences.

Who’s Running the Show?

In every moment, the subconscious is referring to the “evidence” it holds from life experience to date, and then prompting the brain to trigger the organs, to produce chemicals.

These chemicals create emotions, sensations, feelings, and impulses in the body; and those are interpreted and given meaning by the conscious mind.

The conscious mind then forms perception, makes decisions, and takes action — based on those responses.

In other words, the subconscious controls the conscious mind, through the body.

The Role of the Subconscious

The primary responsibility of the subconscious is to keep us alive.

That means keeping us in alignment with the information it holds as “proof” of who we are and how the world works.

An important consideration in staying alive, evolutionarily, is to ensure the security and safety of acceptance of the tribe.

As humans, we weren’t designed to thrive alone — and we certainly have no ability to survive from infants and children, alone.

We learn coping skills and survival techniques to remain in alignment with the tribe, while staying alive.

An Example

If you were raised in a family that struggled, financially, depending on what other “proof” your subconscious holds from your childhood experiences, you may find that, regardless of what actions and decisions you make, you always end up with financial challenges.

What’s happening behind the scenes could be: Your subconscious is constantly referring to the “fact” that it’s dangerous to have more money because you will no longer fit in with your “tribe”.

And not fitting in with the tribe, evolutionarily, means death.

Your conscious mind then makes decisions, takes action (or fails to take action), based on those.

For instance: You feel nervous and anxious when you consider asking for a raise or increasing the amount you charge for your services; you forget to include certain major business expenses on your tax return; you feel lazy or unmotivated when you know you need to get certain tasks done in order to move forward financially.

How to Reprogram the Subconscious Mind

Since the subconscious is referring to information from childhood memories, and controlling the conscious mind based on that data, the most effective way to reprogram the subconscious mind is to change that information.

Changing the information held in the subconscious results in it prompting the brain to trigger the organs to produce different chemicals — which create different emotions, feelings, sensations, and impulses. And those result in different perspective, perception, decisions and actions taken by the conscious mind — automatically.

Using the example above: Changing the information in the subconscious from financial struggle to financial abundance would result in different feelings, emotions and impulses regarding financial decisions and opportunities.

The great news is that changing that information is possible, and you can do it yourself. For more information on the science behind changing childhood memories, read:

Watch this fun 8-Minute Video to find out How the Subconscious is Controlling Your Emotions:

Odille Remmert

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Ex-struggler, empowerment coach, writer, brain enthusiast, and effervescent cheerleader of those who choose to find ways to improve themselves and their lives.