Think about everything you can control.
You can choose to direct your attention one way or another. You can focus on this sound or that thought. It’s up to you.
You can move your body within the normal ranges of its motion. Wriggling your toes is so natural and automatic, it’s hard to describe exactly how you do that. It’s almost as if you set an intention and it just… you know, happens.
You can do a few others things by choice, like move, speak, imagine and breathe.
As for your unconscious mind…
Your unconscious mind does everything else.
Think about it – in a given minute, how many things do you do without even being aware of it?
Your brain makes your heart beat, but you can’t choose to change its rhythm. It’s automatic and therefore unconscious.
Same with all the other major organs. Your liver and kidneys don’t do much without your brain telling them to, yet it’s not the conscious part of your mind that does that.
Your unconscious translates raw sensory data into meaningful information. When you look at a face, you don’t see what your eye sees, which is a blurry, vibrating mass of splotches. You see a friend or foe, happiness of sadness, threat or opportunity.
There are millions of sensory channels in your body. Your sense of touch monitors pain, pressure, temperature and texture simultaneously over every part of your skin. How much are you aware of that? Usually not at all – or maybe on a couple of points if you focus on them.
What about your thoughts? You can influence your emotions but you can’t control them, not like how you can control your fingers. Emotional maturity is about learning better ways to process emotions – you can’t simply choose to be happy all the time.
You can nurture creativity, motivation and focus but sometimes, despite your conscious intentions, they can elude you.
Where does a thought go when you stop thinking it?
And where did it come from before that?
It’s all your unconscious.
It’s a realm of base instincts and raw emotions, plus heightened wisdom and limitless creativity. There’s nothing about it that’s good or evil, virtuous or sinful – it simply is.
This is also the part of your mind that goes into trance.
That’s kind of what hypnosis is – it bypasses your conscious awareness for a moment to engage your unconscious.
The conscious mind is an amazing thing but it’s not the right tool for every job. Ever try to force something, like remembering someone’s name? The harder you try, the harder it gets – and that’s because it’s best left to your unconscious.
It’s the same with resolving emotional blocks and other issues. You can’t think your way out of insomnia, as anyone with it will tell you. All you can do is switch off your mind as best you can.
Either that or you engage your unconscious and release whatever is keeping you awake.
Whenever you want something – whether that’s to eat better, focus or sleep – and you don’t get it, the answer lies in your unconscious.
Speaking of insomnia…
If something is keeping you up at night, I recommend a Neural Reset. It teaches your brain to completely relax, which can help when it comes to your sleep.
Book a session and see for yourself: