We often hear of the legendary power of the subconscious mind. When we first become aware of this power, we immediately want to know more about it. What is it about the subconscious mind that makes it such a powerful creative force? How can we tap into this power and harness it to improve our lives? How can we reprogram the subconscious mind?
Some people know they are creative. Others think they don't have a creative bone in their body. Yet, on taking a closer look, we find that, we all have a creative instinct.
Artists create drawings, paintings, sculptures, music. Craftsmen are creative in their crafts; tradesmen creative in their trades. Computer programmers create elaborate codes and algorithms. Scientists are very creative in the way they think and the experiments they carry out.
Every moment of every day we are engaged in shaping and creating our lives. Whether we are aware of it or not, we are constantly creating our moment-to-moment experience. We are always shaping and molding what the world brings to us using the power of the subconscious mind.
This immense power of creation is innate, but largely goes unnoticed. Yet it is present in everything we are and everything we do. It is an essential power of the human mind.
The subconscious mind is constantly creating images. It creates images all day and all night long, automatically and effortlessly. Imagination, or 'imaging' is the first, and primary, creative power of the subconscious mind.
Our subconscious mind holds or contains living images of how the world works, which determines our 'worldview' or how we 'see things'. Our subconscious contains living images of ourselves and others, which determines our self-image and the way we see the people we meet. Our subconscious contains living images of how to do things, which is the template for our skills, habits and behaviors.
These living images are stored in our subconscious mind ready to find expression in our daily lives. This imaging then becomes a powerful tool for creating art, poetry or for conducting science.
Einstein was alerting us to the living power of the subconscious mind when he said, "Imagination is more important than knowledge."
We can accumulate all the knowledge in the world, but it won't help us live our lives until this knowledge becomes part of the power of the subconscious mind. When we internalize the knowledge we have and transmute it into daily habits, then we are in possession of living knowledge as opposed to mere intellectual knowledge.
Concentration, also known as focus (or 'kime' in ancient japanese wisdom traditions) is the second creative power of the subconscious mind. It goes hand-in-hand with imagination, or imaging, to create the landscape of our reality.
Concentration is a pathway into the subconscious mind. What we focus on, what we concentrate on, sinks in and becomes part of the subconscious mind. It becomes part of our 'templates for living' upon which we draw in living out our lives.
Imagination is the primary power of the subconscious mind. The second power is concentration, or ability to pay attention. It is our ability to pay attention that creates a foundation for what we experience and create. Introducing the power of intention into the mix allows us to channel our creative energies effectively and beneficially.
What we create in our lives is determined by the two main powers of the mind combined with the power of conscious intent. By imagining something, we start creating it - first in the mind and later as circumstance. We should take care with the images that we allow ourselves to concentrate on.
When we first pay attention to something, or concentrate on something for the first time, we do so consciously. However, if we pay attention to something again and again, if we concentrate on something over and over, our concentration will become habitual. It will have moved into the realm of the subconscious mind. When this happens we no longer need to tell ourselves to concentrate on something. It just happens; we concentrate on it without thinking.
One of its indellible characteristics of the power of the subconscious mind is that it operates below the threshold of conscious awareness. This means that whatever finds it's way into the depths of the mind becomes unhindered by the limitations and constraints of deliberation and conscious intervention.
This is both good news and bad.
The good news is that anything which finds its way into our subconscious mind will become part of our behavior or attitude - smoothly, effortlessly and automatically. And so, good habits become a great boon.
The bad news is that anything which finds its way into our subconscious mind will become part of our behavior or attitude - smoothly, effortlessly and automatically. And so, bad habits become a liability.
Good habits become a great boon. Bad habits become a liability.
"Creative minds have been known to overcome even the worst programming."
Knowing what we know now about the power of the subconscious mind, we can start to apply this knowledge for personal change. Utilizing imagination and concentration we can set out to reprogram the subconscious mind. As we become more skilled at applying this knowledge, we increasingly become masters of our own well being, self improvement and motivation.
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