Five changes and Your Unconscious mind
People used to ask us, “What are the Five Changes?” and we’d make up different answers .. all of them true in their own way.. But we thought it was time to come up with something that had some more weight to it. The five principles of permanent change are the broad framework that now supports the work we do with our clients. Here is what it has to do with your unconscious mind.
Your Unconscious Mind is Speaking to you .. listen!
Subconscious, Unconscious, Storehouse Consciousness (if you’re Buddhist) – the word you use is not important.
You may have heard that your unconscious mind makes up a certain percentage of your mind, and that your conscious mind makes up the rest. But you can’t divide the mind into segments. It works as a whole.
Your unconscious mind consists of everything you’re not aware of in this moment – everything you’re forgotten, everything that drives your habits, and all the triggers for all the emotions you experience. It makers itself known in everything you do .. in your dreams, in the choices you make, in what you love, and in what you fear.
It’s what keeps your heart beating, and your lungs breathing. It enables the 100 billion+ cells of your body to co-create the living system through which you experience your life as a human being.
There are two things must do in order to develop rapport with your unconscious mind. In other words, there are two things you must do in order to be truly healthy:
- It’s essential that you develop the awareness and mindfulness so that you can respond rather than just react to impulses from old unconscious impulses, and keep going round and round, never making the changes, or getting the results, that you want.
- It’s equally important that you learn to trust your intuition and imagination, and understand that everything is not always what it seems, that everything you experience has a purpose. By doing so you will discover the solutions that already exist inside you.
Trusting your unconscious mind is like developing a deep friendship with yourself .. until you discover, it’s actually more like developing a deep friendship with the universe.
Once someone came for hypnotherapy and said, “Please help me with my confidence. I have to give a presentation at the end of every month to the entire staff where I work, and I dread it. I’m so anxious it makes me sick.”
I said, “You’re lying. There’s nothing wrong with your confidence. You just told me you’re confident that you’re going to feel sick with anxiety every month before your presentation. There’s nothing wrong with your confidence. The problem is that you’re confident about the wrong thing.”
It didn’t take long to help him change. After half an hour he felt pretty good about giving those presentations, and a month or two later, he told me that he had started looking forward to them.
We forget how powerful the unconscious mind is. It didn’t matter that years before, he had been forced to stand at the front of the classroom, and made to feel like a fool. The reasons why he had learned to feel nervous weren’t important. What was important was that he could now learn to trust his unconscious mind, and respect the energetic dynamic involved in speaking to a hundred people, and to respond with excitement, good-humor, and affection, rather than regurgitate anxieties from years before.
The Power of the Unconscious Mind
There’s no way he could have made that jump in thirty minute by analysis, or reason, or willpower alone. But by harnessing the power inherent in his unconscious mind, he could easily make that change. In order to do so he had to experience another reality stronger than the reality of anxiety, and to sidetrack his ability to go back to the old reality.
He learned that he was doing anxiety. Anxiety wasn’t something that was happening to him. That realization became even more powerful when he learned new strategies to help him learn to actually take pleasure in making those presentations.
Through the work we do with our clients, they learn to make that one important distinction:
What we assume is happening to us is often something we choose to do; and that when we truly trust, and harness, the full power of our unconscious mind, we make different choices so that change is no longer involves fighting with ourselves.
Instead it can be effortless, fast, and permanent. The old paradigm of no pain, no gain, does not apply to the deepest kinds of transformation when we are fully aligned with our unconscious.
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