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, also known as the subliminal mind, that makes it such a powerful creative force in our lives? How can we reprogram the subconscious mind to work for us, instead of against us as it sometimes does? How can we take hold of this power to create the inspired life changes we're after?
Some people know they're creative; while others believe they don't have a creative bone in their body. However, looking around, and/or within if you feel so inclined, it's amazing to see how pervasive the human creative instinct really is...
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 ways they think and experiments they carry out.
Every moment of every day we're either wittingly, or unwittingly, engaged in creating and shaping our lives. Who among us doesn't want to create a better life and future for ourselves, loved ones and perhaps even the world at large.
Using the power of the subconscious mind is instinctual to us. Our creativity finds expression in everything we say and do, whether we think about it or not; whether we're aware of it or not.
It isn't our creativity that's in question. As long as we're living, we're creating. We have no choice but to be creators. What are you going to create? How are you going to create what you want? Those are the real questions. The power of the subconscious mind is ours. What we do with this power and how we use it is a matter of awareness and choice.
The subconscious mind is constantly 'imaging' - creating images in the mind. It does this day in and day out - at night time too - without the slightest effort. Imagination or 'imaging' is the first, and primary, creative power of the subconscious mind.
The subconscious mind is full of impressions - it's 'impressed' with the stuff of life. All our experiences are stored there - as 'living images' if you will - which in turn shape our 'worldview' and how we 'see thing'. All conscious thinking is influenced by this foundation - our fountain head of stored experience.
Moreover, the subconscious mind holds our self-image - how we see ourselves - and images of others too. It also contains 'blueprints', 'impressions' and 'living images' of how to do things - forming a foundation for our skills, habits and ways of operating in the world.
These 'living images' are stored in our subconscious mind, ready to manifest in our lives as instinctive expression when the right circumstances present themselves.
It was Einstein who told us that, "Imagination is more important than knowledge." He was alerting us to the living power of the subconscious mind, which operates beyond (or before) conscious thought and knowledge come into play.
Having all the knowledge in the world can't help you live your life - in real time - unless it has been integrated as part of the instinctual apparatus that is the subconscious mind. You can see this clearly when first learning to drive a car...
At the beginning, your knowledge is conscious. You consciously learn the ways of the road and the ways of the car you're driving. Yet, your driving at this stage is very hesitant - since you have so many things to consciously think about. The bulk of your attention is absorbed in thought, which leaves less of it to actually pay attention to all the happening on the road - ahead, beside and behind you.
On the bright side, as your conscious knowledge of what you're learning begins to seep deep into the subconscious mind - that's when you start to become skillful at driving. That's when you gain the ability to really drive. Once handed over to the power of the subconscious mind your knowledge has become living knowledge - which is another way of saying useful knowledge - instead of mere intellectual, book knowledge.
Conscious thought is good for learning; the power of the subconscious mind is where mastery takes place.
Focus, or 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 shape the landscape of our experiences.
Focus, or concentration, is a pathway into the subconscious mind. What we focus on - what we concentrate on - sinks in and becomes integrated into our subconscious mind. Once in the subconscious mind, it's part of who we are. We can now instinctively express it.
Imagination is the primary creative power of the subconscious mind. The second creative power is focus, or concentration. To pay attention to something is to give it life - your life. Attention is a conduit for energy and therefore a conduit to creation. The power of intention allows us to channel creative energies consciously and effectively.
Imagination is a creative process that begins in the mind. What we choose to imagine - or image-in - will find expression as thoughts and eventually external reality and circumstance.
Yet, what of the impressions and images that are currently swirling around in our subconscious mind? What if we behold images that we don't want to create from? Don't these images give us cause to fear our very own mind when we know that what we image-in is destined to be expressed out?
The good news about the power of the subconscious mind is this...
Once an image, thought pattern, skill, sensation or bodily emotion finds it's way into the depths of the subconscious mind - it becomes highly impervious to conscious intervention. It becomes free of the constraints and limitations of deliberation and conscious thought.
We saw how powerful and beneficial this can be when acquiring real skills - as in the driving example. The subconscious mind allows us to become skilled drivers only after it has taken the whole affair out of the hands of conscious thought.
Once things find their way into the subconscious mind - they're performed smoothly, effortlessly, automatically. This is good news when the power of the subconscious mind is working for us. Beneficial habits and helpful skills are all there for us - effortless and automatic.
This, of course, spells bad news too - if we find our subconscious mind for some reason working against us. Bad habits and detrimental ways of operating in the world are all there for us - effortless and automatic.
The effortless and automatic feature of the subconscious mind can be a great asset, or an equally great liability, depending on what has been impressed upon it over the years.
Fortunately, there's another piece of good news that tips the scales in your favor. You have the power to adapt and change whatever occupies your subconscious mind. You have the power to reprogram the subconscious mind.
Remember, you are a human being - a creator par excellence. You've been recreating your experience for years by now and you can choose to recreate it anew.
Knowing what you know now about the power of the subconscious mind, you can start applying this knowledge right away to change your life for the better. With fresh imagination and focus you can successfully reprogram your subconscious mind.
As you become increasingly skillful at working with the power of the subconscious mind you'll discover new levels of well-being, self-development and personal growth. You'll be climbing your evolutionary pathways with increasing self-mastery.