Sigmund Freud thought that the unconscious mind was a mind of its own that could not be grasped by the conscious mind. He thought that the unconscious mind is the place where we store ideas, desires and wishes that are unacceptable socially, but also our painful or traumatic memories.
According to Napoleon Hill, the subconscious is far more powerful then Freud seemed to believe. Mr. Hill believed, as many great people in history also had, that ideas come from “thin air”, as one of his exercises to unlock the power of the mind constituted of imagining you are talking to successful people. But, he found out that those people, called the imaginary counselors, became more real than he ever thought possible, and that they even took a life of their own. Hill said that these counselors gave him advice he could never come up with on his own.
Even Tesla reportedly got ideas for inventions in his dreams and was doing experiments in his mind. When what he conceived of ran perfectly in his imagination, he was able to execute it to work perfectly in our joint, physical world, form the first try!
Thomas Edison was quoted with a saying that seems to confirm Napoleon Hill’s thoughts on counselors. He said: “Ideas come from space. This may seem astonishing and impossible to believe, but it is true. Ideas come from out of space.”
The two parts of our mind
The subconscious is responsible for governing and processing our belief structure, our thoughts, our
We started developing the subconscious before the conscious mind. It is the part of our mind that soaks knowledge like a sponge. That is why we could learn pretty much anything at a very fast pace when we were young children.
But, the subconscious mind is, just like children, very gullible. It will believe just about anything and just about anyone that seems like an authority (for example, all adults looked like authority at that age).
That is why we also developed the conscious or critical mind. Its job is to assess should incoming information or stimulants be processed by the subconscious mind.
Unfortunately it is flawed, as often things we do not hold as true, do not get processed. So, imagine if you want to improve your low self esteem. If or somebody else tell you that you have a healthy sense of self, the critical mind will simply disregard this thought before it even has a chance of being processed in the subconscious mind. That means that the thought would never have the chance of becoming true for you.
We are able to influence our subconscious
There has been much research done on the ways we can impact our subconscious and seize its power to aid our goals and dreams.
All of these methods of influencing the subconscious are based on the same principles – we are indeed able to influence our subconscious mind by repetition and by what we focus on.
So, there is no reason you should not be harnessing the power of the subconscious mind to better your lives. Align what you consciously desire with what you believe subconsciously, and even the sky won’t be the limit.