Week Two: Subconscious Mind
The layer of mind beneath the surface of the conscious mind is the subconscious mind with which you work subjectively. Considered the unaware mind, this permanent memory bank quietly records external information primarily from the last trimester of pregnancy through the first six to seven years of life. Your subconscious is the generator of your behaviors and the non-physical realms of human experience, as well as the manufacturer of human perception (belief-system) through stimulus-response programs.
Due to the complexity of the subconscious mind, it has been very difficult to utilize or even explain the magnitude of its capacity and operational dimensions. Bruce Lipton, developmental biologist and former researcher at Stanford University’s School of Medicine, explains the layer of subconscious mind this way:
Unfortunately, the downloaded programs comprising the subconscious data base are derived from recording the behavior of others (parents, siblings and community). … [And] psychology reveals up to 70% of these "learned" behaviors are disempowering, self-sabotaging and limiting. As importantly, these programmed behaviors are expressed as "energy" vibrations that are not contained in your head. The brain's activity can be read using magnetoencephalograph (MEG) technology, similar to EEG except the probe for MEG readings is outside of the head. Simply your thoughts are not contained in your head but are broadcast into the field.4
Therefore, your subconscious mind is both the foundation and the association component of your perception and worldview. Through the subconscious mind, you form and define your self-image (ego and superego), establish a relationship with the world around you, and build a direct or indirect connection with a higher power (Supreme Consciousness, The Divine). As mentioned before, this book is not trying to manipulate your current physical or mental state of being, but rather re-fine your human experience as a multidimensional being to allow you to understand how you are already being affected on every level. The goal is to polish our existing worldview, clearing the mind and body from destructive elements that influence our view and generate a false perception (illusion) of reality. In this practice of mental detoxification, we explore interrelated methods to access both the subconscious mind and the conscious mind.
This week we will expand upon the RAIN exercise used in the seventh week of Chapter One. RAIN is a great practice to directly work with the objective mind and subjective mind. It allows you to expand your ability to focus on collecting information in an accurate pattern, analyze the thoughts, and decide how to “close the window of an open task” in the mental screening process so that you don’t overthink or drain yourself mentally.
Caution: The following practice is designed to help you explore the operations of your conscious and subconscious mind for 20 to 30 minutes daily. Expanding the time and period of this practice without an expert guidance is not recommended and could create addictive overthinking behavior or mental traps.
Observation and Action:
Start by finding yourself a comfortable place to sit and relax. Begin by observing your thoughts. If eyes are closed during this practice, the mind usually increases its speed to generate even more thoughts. This is the nature of human mind, to collect information and develop an analysis process. Therefore, when eyes are closed, the human mind slowly disconnects from the world outside and reconnects to the world within. To begin, imagine your conscious mind as a calm and quiet ocean. As you allow your mind to naturally generate thoughts, recognize the thoughts as shorter or longer waves arising on the surface of this ocean. Observe the emotions, thoughts, feelings, sounds, and sensations; then begin to identify and categorize the thoughts.
Thought, emotion, and feeling can normally be categorized as follows:
1. Judgment of present moment, feelings, or sensations
2. Reflection/memory of the past or dream state (can contain happiness, joy, fear, regret, anger, judgment, etc.)
3. Projection of future (can contain expectations, anxiety, fear, excitement, etc.)
4. Timeless imagination or wandering
5. Observation or analysis of current thought flow
Once you have recognized and identified the current thought allow the wave to pass through your mind without fighting against it or welcoming further expansion. Begin to detach yourself from that thought and redirect your awareness to the clear ocean of your calm mind. In this practice, your mind desires to hold on to each thought, so getting your awareness fully involved is completely normal. Remember that you are neither the conscious nor the subconscious mind alone. The responsibility of these layers of the mind is to collect information from the world outside to be calibrated by the operator. Remind yourself that you are both observer and operator.
In summary, this exercise involves observing thoughts from the subconscious layer, letting them come to the conscious surface, collecting and categorizing them, and finally detaching yourself from each thought and moving on.
Note: While practicing RAIN for mental cleansing, you might experience a mental purge. You may be exposed to the pain or pleasure of your own suppressed memories as well as harsh feelings, flashbacks, delusion, fantasy, and both comfortable and uncomfortable mental images. You could become aware of an existing obsession with mental debates or addictive behavior. If you are practicing RAIN properly, then with practice your skills of non-attachment and non-judgment will protect you from the dangers of delusion (identifying yourself with these toxins).
Continue your practice to successfully re-connect the programming and communication pathways between the conscious and subconscious minds. Bruce Lipton elaborates on this process below:
The two minds learn differently. The conscious mind is called creative and can learn by reading a self-help book or going to a lecture, watching a video, or reading an article. It is creative, it goes, ‘ah, I have an idea, now I change my mind.’ The subconscious mind is a habit mind. And the most important thing about a habit mind is that you don’t want it to change very quickly because otherwise, habits fall apart. So it is resistant to change. That is the first thing we have to realize. It is not as easy to change like the creative mind. So how do I change my subconscious mind? How does it learn?
Number one: The first seven years the mind is operating in a low vibrational frequency like hypnosis. So that is one way of changing the program.
Number two: After you are seven you form habits by repeating something over and over and over again. Practicing, repeating, and practicing.
An example: If you read a self-help book the conscious mind understood it, but the subconscious mind learned nothing from it, because you only read it once and this is not how it learns. If you repeat the message of the book over and over and over again and behave that way, then the subconscious mind will learn a new behavior. So it is about habituation, where you make a practice out of something, every day repeat it over and over again.5
Duration and Frequency:
Practice for at least 20 minutes, but no longer than 30 minutes every day. Practicing longer without expert guidance risks creating additional addictive overthinking patterns.
Practice every day for at least one week and no longer than two weeks.