The mind is divided into two aspects, the conscious and the subconscious mind. The conscious mind is made up of your surface thoughts, wishes, desires and aspirations. The subconscious mind is the realm of your automatic and habitual thought patterns and beliefs – the stuff you do when you do not even know you are doing it.
When you are fully present, focused on what you are doing in the moment, the conscious mind is driving the bus. But as soon as you start thinking about something other than this moment right here, your subconscious programs kick in to keep things moving and keep us safe.
Now here is the crazy part. Because of how much time you spend thinking about something other than the moment you are in, science suggests you are running your default programs about 95% of your waking life. While some of these programs are positive, empowered and helpful, psychologists believe that the majority of the default programs most people run are disempowering, self-sabotaging and limiting.
Most of your subconscious programming comes from the first seven years of your life. From the last trimester of pregnancy to age seven, you exist mostly in Theta brain wave space (hypnosis), which is the most receptive space for your subconscious mind. You are essentially a sponge.
Your model of the World is formed by how you experience your reality, and how you see your parents and other key influences respond to life. You learn subconsciously how to act when you are happy or angry, what it takes to make money, how best to express Love, when it is safe to laugh, to sing, to shine and when it is not. You take these messages in from your surrounding and they become your automatic, under-the-surface view of reality.
You will continue to form new subconscious patterns as you grow in age but the undercurrent of these patterns and beliefs are mostly set when you are young. The best way to identify what subconscious programs you are running is simply to look at your life, because it is made up of ‘the program’ 95% of the time. Your life is a printout of ‘the program’.
The things you have in your life that you love are because you have a program that allows you to accept those things into your life. Anything you work hard at, struggle over, have to put a lot of effort into and is difficult, is because your programs do not support that in your life. Your conscious mind is reaching for it, but something in your program is holding it. The effort and struggle you feel is in trying to override a program.
You are working hard because you want it, but the undercurrent of belief says, ‘It is not going to happen.’