Some therapies such as behaviorism work basically from and with the conscious or rational mind. Others, such as hypnosis or visualization, use the part of our mind that we control the least and that, on the contrary, has more power over the way we handle ourselves in the world: the subconscious mind.
Our opinion is that working from the subconscious mind is a much more powerful way to make deep and true changes. In this blog post we explain the differences, we talk about the immense power of the subconscious mind and we propose some work methods.
The conscious or rational mind:
The conscious or rational mind is one that deals with the things “we are aware of”. That is to say, with it we carry out our decisions, analyzes or reflections of everything that we perceive consciously or that is “visible” to our understanding. With this part of the mind we handle everyday matters such as having blue and brown pants and deciding that brown combines better with the beige shirt and therefore choosing it to dress me today. It is the one that detects that today I have a bad temper and for that reason I decide to speak a little so as not to create problems at work. Or the one that perceives the nonsense of continuing to smoke or eating badly when I know they are habits that harm me. It is also the part of the mind that stores the most recent memories.
The behaviorism, for example, is a therapy that works from and with the rational part, analyzing those aspects that are obvious to us and proposing behavioral patterns that improve our emotional life or conflicts. For example, in a behavior therapy I would learn to control my anger by counting up to 10. Obviously it is a very basic example; however it helps us to explain that the therapies that use the rational mind use very specific tools for very specific situations.
Undoubtedly, this type of work can be very effective in some areas of life and, especially, when dealing with specific and short-term conflicts.
The subconscious mind:
The subconscious mind, much more unknown, is the one that deals with everything that “we do not realize”. Stores the most primary memories of childhood or even genetically inherited memories (our cells contain genetic information that affects along with other factors, not only the physical but also the emotional part).
With the rational mind we do not understand why we keep smoking, eating badly or maintaining relationships that destroy us even though we know that all this hurts us. The subconscious mind is what gives us the answer. Within this unknown abyss are our first experiences, the learning of a lifetime, including the emotional characteristics that we have inherited and that, somewhere in that abyss, a self-destructive, absolutely subconscious pattern has been created. It may be that from small “we learn” that we are not worthy of love, or health, or happiness; perhaps we understood that any achievement required great efforts; Maybe they taught us (copying patterns from others) that should be a victim to attract attention … Who knows!
The point is that the information that really determines our behavior is in the subconscious. We can say or think many things, but what determines the truth of who we are is what we do. And the keys to what we do, are in the most remote depths of our subconscious mind .
Work the subconscious from the rational part:
Some therapies such as psychoanalysis work with special emphasis on the subconscious to provide the patient with a more complete view of their personality and behaviors. In a session of psychoanalysis, the patient speaks in what is known as free association (without restrictions, freely expressing their emotions or ideas even though they are apparently disconnected) and it is the therapist who makes an interpretation.
We could say that the patient exposes his puzzle through ideas, symbols, feelings or thoughts and is the therapist who orders it so that the patient can understand, from the rational part, what is hidden in that unknown well that marks the behavior.
Work the subconscious from the subconscious
However, other therapies such as hypnosis or work with visualization allow us to make changes in the subconscious without going through a rational process. In these types of therapies invented mental scenarios and symbols are used to create new positive neuronal connections and destroy old harmful structures. This work helps us to relate wellness with what we want in life and discomfort with what hurts us. For example, working daily with visualization would help us relate the fact of not smoking with freedom instead of relating it to stress. Or to relate strength and serenity with the confrontations of life, instead of relating them to fear.
All this work is always done through symbols and daydreams. Normally, a hypnosis session will begin with a phrase similar to this “imagine that you are in the garden of your dreams. Can you smell the flowers? Listen to the sound of the wind “… etc. In this invented scenario the patient, guided by the therapist’s narrative, will encounter experiences, objects and situations that, in an intuitive way, will help him establish new synapses (neural connections) in his mind. That is to say, one does not enter into an analysis of specific and concrete situations in our life, but instead works from an unreal but very powerful perspective.
Obviously it is necessary to talk with the therapist at some point, but the therapy itself tries to avoid, as much as possible, the rational process and focus, on the contrary, on the imagination, visualization, symbols and the subconscious part.
The subconscious and the power of symbols:
When we analyze with the rational mind specific aspects of our life, fear is one of the first characters to appear on the scene. Fear and the thousands of judgments and prejudices that we have inserted in our “mental software”. The rational mind offers us a rather biased view of reality. We have told so many stories throughout our lives that we have finished believing them all. Working from the rational part is easy enough to fall into excuses and fear, therefore, the rational mind does not provide reliable information with which to seek final solutions.
On the other hand, when we make visualization and use symbols, we de-identify ourselves and we are able to live a kind of “parallel reality” in which everything is possible. For example, instead of analyzing how we could be stronger, we would try to visualize strength (for example in the form of a warrior or warrior) and integrate it inside, allowing it to come out spontaneously and intuitively when necessary.
According to numerous therapists, feeling or experiencing a certain type of energy (love, abundance, freedom, etc.) is the first step to make things happen, that is, to generate a new reality from our thoughts.
The subconscious and the power of sound:
The mantras are also a good tool to work from the subconscious. Mantras are repeated vocal sounds that, according to Hinduist tradition, have the power to elevate the states of consciousness. The famous “Om” is one of them. There are different types of mantras that are used for different purposes to integrate different aspects of personal development into the subconscious (courage, detachment, nature, acceptance, prosperity, etc.). On the internet you can find thousands of them.
If you are one of those people who would like to do meditation but you are not capable or get bored, and have still tried the mantras … we strongly advise you to try it. Mantras have extraordinary power when making changes in the subconscious, at least according to our experience. Doing a meditation by chanting a mantra and concentrating the mind on a single idea, energy or symbol is a fabulous tool to awaken in your mind aspects that you never thought you could have, in a simple and very comfortable way, without going into exhausting mental analyzes. Then, that energy appears at the appropriate moments “as if by magic”. Actually there is no magic (or yes, who knows), but the immense power of our inner voice when we decide to listen to it and provide the necessary tools.
Soon you will have on our website audios with visualizations and some of the mantras that we find most interesting to develop certain important aspects of personal development. As soon as they are ready we will let you know in the Newsletter.