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Unconscious Mind

You are probably already aware that most of what we do is unconscious.

Have you ever made a conscious decision that you were going to change a behaviour/response/feeling only to find yourself doing it again? That’s because in most cases our conscious mind alone is practically helpless to permanently change behaviours/feelings/responses that are automatic and unconscious. In order to start changing those unwanted behaviours the first step is to access the part of ourselves that does run those behaviours. Your unconscious keeps track of memories.For example, when you want to, you can easily think back to something that you did or someone you saw yesterday. What about those memories from way back,the first doll you had or the first bike.even the first kiss.All of these examples possibly have made a significant experience for you at that time.

Your unconscious is also in charge of bodily processes that you consider automatic. Other processes like digestion, heartbeat and even when your cells divide, are directed by unconscious processes. Your unconscious also processes information and makes decisions outside of your awareness. When we are asleep we normally spend some of the time dreaming. We don’t consciously decide what we are going to dream about or exactly how the dream will unfold. Those decisions occur at an unconscious level. Most behaviours that are run unconsciously are desirable and appropriate. Our unconscious takes care of many things for us that would be over-whelming to do consciously. When unconscious behaviour is self-defeating or unuseful, this is when you may consider using NLP or Hypnosis. Being aware of wanting to make those changes is the first step towards self-development. I believe that anything is achievable within reason.like the first time the 4 minute mile was run. On the 6th of May 1954 Sir Roger Bannister made history but within a few weeks John Landy broke the world record and held it for 3 years.

In 'The Wisdom of Milton H.Erickson: The Complete Volume' ,by Ronald A.Havens,he makes the importance of the unconscious very clear on page 42 when he states "It is important at the outset to recognize that when Erickson referred to the unconscious mind he was referring to a very real, observable, demonstrable, phenomenon." He was not merely using the term as a metaphor or a construct. He meant that people actually have an unconscious mind or unconscious levels of awareness in the same sense that they have an arm or leg. " The unconscious ,in Erickson’s view, is a necessary, observable, and very real component of every human personality." Dr Carl Jung perceived the unconscious mind as, " the ghost in the machine". Freud was credited with recognizing that the unconscious was a significant idea and went ahead with popularising it with a fanatical enthusiasm, according to Frank Tallis in his fascinating book ‘Hidden Minds :A History of the Unconscious Mind'. St. Augustine wrote, " I cannot grasp all that I am ".

Dr.Milton Erickson believed that the unconscious mind is a warehouse of resources and I have to agree because of the changes I have seen in many of my clients, as well as myself. I like to think of the unconscious mind as a higher intelligence or, as Frank Tallis puts it, "hidden auxiliary intelligence ". Think of your unconscious mind like this... when you click on to Google,Yahoo,MSN,AOL(search engines) they start searching for what you are looking for . Your conscious mind is the computer, keyboard, screen and mouse.Without memory(Random Access Memory) it won't even start to search for the information. The system is stored within the hard drive, for example, Windows, Linux and OS for Macs. This is also where all the programs are. As new programs have been developed for the system to run more efficiently, the old programs have automatically been deleted.This is not the case with most people. What happens when these programs don’t get upgraded? They start to interfere with the performance of the whole system.

"hidden auxiliary intelligence ". Think of your unconscious mind like this... when you click on to Google,Yahoo,MSN,AOL(search engines) they start searching for what you are looking for. Your conscious mind is the computer, keyboard, screen and mouse.Without memory(Random Access Memory) it won't even start to search for the information. The system is stored within the hard drive,(an other form memory) for example, Windows, Linux and OS for Macs. This is also where all the programs are. As new systems have been developed to run more efficiently, the old programs have automatically been deleted.This is not the case with most people. What happens when these programs don’t get upgraded? They start to interfere with the performance of the whole system.