Fundamentals: How the Mind Works
There are two main aspects of the human mind:
Conscious (limited processing capability, wields logic and willpower) and Subconscious (the seat of emotion, imagination, dreams, instinct, and long-term memory). The Conscious Mind has the role of “accepting” or “deciding” what is true, before choices are then automated by the Subconscious according to these beliefs.
The purpose of Subconscious automation is to keep us safe, by freeing up limited analysis bandwidth of the Conscious Mind and allowing us to act instinctually. The mechanism of Subconscious automation is Emotion. Once an idea is accepted by the Subconscious as true, it is charged with negative or positive emotion, moving us ever-after towards pleasure and away from pain. Each time that suggestion is accepted anew, its emotional charge increases. Habits and unconscious responses are created and strengthened in this way, according to the experiences we have and to the associations we make.
The Conscious Mind gives us the unique opportunity to deviate from instinct, making our lives vivid, but also complex. In order to take advantage of this choice, Step #1 is to become aware of our own subconscious “programming”, or Belief Systems. This can happen when we relax the inner critic, stop analyzing, and listen in new ways. The skill is called hypnosis.