“Man’s task is to become conscious of the contents that press upward from the unconscious.”
~ Carl Gustav Jung
Do you remember the times when you wondered, “Why did I do that?” or “What possessed me to behave that way?” Like some unseen powerful force is controlling your actions. Well, there is. It is your subconscious mind.
Check out this image of an iceberg. Think of that big chunk of ice below the water surface as the subconscious mind. Or it can be seen as a storage room or computer hard drive where all the data is stored. By data, we mean all your life’s experiences, beliefs, memories, sensory impressions, and such. And they become familiar and known to you, which, in turn, often drive and shape your thoughts, feelings, and actions.
To put it another way, your subconscious mind runs your life where it is automatic. No conscious analysis is involved. Like breathing, scratching an itch, brushing your teeth, or driving your car. Similarly, if any message is received repeatedly and without questioning, in time, it will be accepted and play a crucial part in one’s daily life. It becomes part of your natural habit.
Author Joseph Murphy explains the function of the subconscious mind this way: “When thoughts are conveyed to your subconscious mind, impressions are made in the brain cells. As soon as your subconscious accepts any idea, it proceeds to put it into effect immediately… it draws on the infinite power, energy and wisdom within you. It lines up all the laws of nature to get its way. Sometimes it seems to bring about an immediate solution to your difficulties, but at other times it may take days, weeks, or longer.”
As you can see, the subconscious mind is extremely powerful. Regardless of whether something is good or bad, beneficial or harmful, it serves what has become acceptable, comfortable, familiar, and true to oneself.
Then the question is: What should stay in the subconscious mind and what should be thrown out so that it serves you in your pursuit of a happy, healthy, and fulfilled life?