Heal Thy Soul:
Since this is the introductory post to this particular section, let us begin with my understanding of what we are before we go on to healing our-self.
All three are required. If you remove the soul: we are dead, remove the mind: we are comatose patient and remove the body: we are free floating spirit.
Let us compare each of these components to car, to understand them in brief.
Soul is divine in nature. It comes from a divine source and goes back to it. It is like the fuel of our car. Its only purpose is to keep you alive. Once the fuel gets over, the car stops.
Body is like the car itself. It is made of the basic elements and once you die, becomes one with the elements. If you take good care of it, it only needs routine maintenance. But does the car run by itself?
No, it needs fuel (Soul) and a driver.
So mind is that driver that directs the movements of the car. Everything that is happening in your life is at some level happening in your mind first.
“Life is nothing but a series of experiences that the mind collects, stores and reacts to in some form or the other.”
If I have the liberty to over-generalize, then:
“The story of our life is the story of our mind.”
1. The Conscious Mind (10-12 %):
So let us understand what is mind.
This mind is divided into:
So let us understand what is mind.
This mind is divided into:
- It is like the CPU of a computer with current rules of life
- Its functions include thinking, finding logic, feeling, analyzing, deciding, implementing decisions, controlling voluntary body movements
2. The Subconscious Mind (88-90 %):
- It can be compared to the hard disk of a computer
- Basic function includes storing information and controlling involuntary body functions
- Approx 9 times bigger & 6000 times more powerful then conscious mind.
- Divided in two parts:- Modern Memory (All current life experiences)
- Primitive Mind (All past human life experiences)
3. Critical factor:
As we start growing, we receive information from:
- Conscious Mind and
- Subconscious Mind
Based on this information a critical filter form which is partially in the conscious mind and partially in subconscious mind. It is unique & this is where duality comes into play for a child i.e. the child now see things in opposites: good-bad, right-wrong, like-dislike & so on. The critical filter can also be called our Belief System.
This area of the mind, developed from birth to approximately 8 years. This is where we analyze information based on socio, economic, education and religious conditioning. Before this Critical Area of Mind is developed, everything we experience just is. We accept it all as Truth.
So the critical filter once developed acts like a guard at the gate between the Conscious Mind and the Subconscious Mind. It has the power to accept or reject suggestions from entering the Subconscious Mind. It has very good intentions. Its job is to protect us. Because change is viewed as a threat to our nervous system, any suggestion that does not match the existing programming automatically gets rejected. That is how it accomplishes its goal of protecting us.
The Structure of mind:
- Conscious Mind
- Critical conscious mind
- Critical subconscious mind
- Modern Memory
- Primitive Mind
How the mind works?
Processing of Information
The Conscious Mind retains and remembers the information, events and feelings of only the last hour and a half – just 90 minute. Which is then transferred to the critical conscious mind. Awareness & the new rules created based on the awareness are a part of conscious mind.
The Critical Conscious Mind contains memories of approximately the last 24 hours or till we sleep, post which the information is transferred to critical subconscious mind. The Critical subconscious Mind first analyzes and then releases the information, or message units, into the Modern Memory Area of Mind. This occurs when sleep takes place or when consciousness is in abeyance, as in the hypnotic, meditative state. When you sleep, the accumulated message units are immediately dropped into the subconscious mind. The Modern Memory is a part of the subconscious mind. It holds memory from conception to the present. If the Critical Area of Mind accepts information, it becomes a “known” in the Modern Memory. A “known” is something that has been learned or experienced before; you understand it and are comfortable with it. An “unknown” is just the opposite. Because it is strange to you, it creates psychological and physiological reactions that are unfamiliar. These reactions threaten the body and the brain and the resulting fear brings pain. The “known” gives pleasure only because of the absence of pain. It will be accepted by the Subconscious Mind because it has been experienced before. A “known” can be a negative or a positive. It might not be a pleasurable experience but it represents pleasure because it is “known”. Motivation comes from “knowns” in Modern Memory. These positive and negative “known experiences” create your lifescript.
The Primitive Mind is a part of the subconscious mind. It includes all primitive memories, including past life experiences, genetic heritage and evolved learning and conditioning. It operates the survival mechanisms of life triggering the fight/flight reaction when needed. It also controls the autonomic nervous system which operates the automatic functions of the body such as heart beat, respiration, digestion, cell reproduction, growth and healing. Thus the subconscious mind contains the experiences of (current and past) life.
Rules and Experiences:
Rules and experiences are like the two wheels of bicycle of life. As long as there is co-ordination between the two, life is smooth and there is no problem. And all problems at some level are caused due to the conflict between the rules & experiences. As with awareness we are able to change our rules but not our experiences which are protected by the critical filter.
Whenever there is a need to make a decision, the conscious mind first looks at the rules and then compares the rules with the experiences. If the rules and experiences are leading to the same decision then the mind acts upon it but in case there is a conflict between the rules & experiences then the conscious mind first tries to stick to the rules but over a period of time generally the experiences win as they are stored in subconscious mind which is 6000 times more powerful then the conscious mind.
Rule is No Smoking and Experience is pleasurable. You want to quit smoking but the experiences stop you from quitting.
How Hypnotherapy helps?
Hypnosis is a state of consciousness one enters and leaves naturally all the time during your day-to day experiences. It feels very much like day dreaming i.e. the state between sleeping and waking. Hypnosis is a guided fantasy. Its a state of relaxation in which you are more open to suggestions. Under hypnosis your brain waves vibration rate slows down, giving you access to your Subconscious Mind. Under hypnosis the Conscious Mind is completely aware of what is going on the whole time & the subconscious mind is able to accept information given to it by the hypnotherapist. Thus with the help of hypnosis we bypass the critical filter and neutralize the experiences in the subconscious mind thereby removing the conflict between the rules and experiences which in turn helps the conscious mind to make a decision and stick to it.
Article by Nitin who blogs at Swayamsat