There are so many different belief systems out in the world. As you get older, you start to wonder what you are truly conversant with and what really resonates with you, such as, your philosophy in life and/or religion.
The minds of children are very fragile; they are super absorbent information sponges. Why? Because the conscious critical faculty (CCF) in the brain has not yet been built to protect the subconscious part of the mind.
The subconscious is the sacred treasure you hold within your mind. This is your belief system (memories, emotions, etc.). It’s home – with furniture. That’s why your childhood memories are much more salient than your adulthood memories. And I can guarantee your childhood memories will trump your adulthood memories. Unless there has been some damage to the limbic system in the temporal lobe part of the brain.
The conscious critical faculty is the barrier between the conscious and subconscious part of your mind. It acts like a watchman, or security guard, to your subconscious mind. A perspective or idea you may encounter and easily comprehend with, as you are older, may be easily understood through the conscious part of your mind. However, if it doesn’t resonate with the conscious critical faculty, it won’t be granted access into the subconscious mind to become family with your belief system. This is why people get hypnotized.
Hypnosis brings down the critical faculty, or rather, slips the watchman a “sleeping pill”. This is the easiest way to hack into your subconscious mind. Another way, which is much harder, takes longer and what we are most accustomed to, is through conscious habit.
When I think of habits, I think in terms of beating down the watchman repetitively until it has no choice but to allow entrance. We are creatures of habit, after all, so if you do something repetitively for a long period of time, the conscious critical faculty will grant it access to the subconscious mind.
The subconscious mind is much more powerful than the conscious mind. What your subconscious mind believes doesn’t feel the need to get your conscious mind involved with much anymore, because it doesn’t have to.
You just do things without thinking about it. You don’t have to think about how to walk, how to tie your shoes, how to sing the alphabet or how to get to work. It became automatic. That’s the subconscious at work; habits = subconscious.
Your subconscious either takes over or it already had that ability when you were conceived, like the beating of your heart. It’s at work 24/7. The only way to change these beliefs (and also another way to hack into the subconscious mind) is if there’s something very powerful trying to enter the subconscious mind that contradicts with what you currently believe in.
For instance, let’s say you’re in a relationship with someone you love and you believe they love you. That is until you find out they gave into some act of betrayal. What does this do to your current belief about the person’s love towards you? It changes at the drop of a hat, right? Can you really just brush it off so easily as if it never happened? Probably not. It takes a toll on your subconscious to where it can actually affect your heart beat. “Died from a broken heart” didn’t just come out of nowhere.
Something powerful, that contradicts with a current belief you have stored in your subconscious, has barged it’s way past the conscious mind to come face to face with the watchman with its heavy sword. You have no choice but to grant access right? That’s how I feel about everything we start to believe in as a young child. We are vulnerable to what comes marching into our subconscious to make itself at home because the watchman is not fully developed enough to do its job. And this is why many abused children grow up to become abusers themselves.
As we grow older, we have the ability to change most of these beliefs to what is beneficial to us in the long run. So instead of allowing the act of betrayal to come marching into your subconscious to tear shit up and destroy, you have the ability to give it the boot. But as we all know, it’s never easy and ridiculously difficult for many. That’s because of what our belief system is comprised of.
This includes our emotions, the furniture in our subconscious mind. You can change the furniture around to whatever you want. You can even cover it but you can never get rid of it. Allow it to be protected or be destroyed. That’s your choice.
We always have a choice of what we want to believe in and what we don’t but it takes a shit ton of courage and open mindedness. And that’s where meditation plays it’s vital role. It allows you to feng shui the furniture in your mind in order to make sense of everything.
Sometimes when I meditate, I just ask questions. Have you ever noticed that when you ask someone else a question, you tend to answer them yourself in your head with ease? But when you are being asked, your mind gets all jumbled? Funny how that works.
If you choose to understand what you’ve allowed your belief system to be comprised of and where it came from, ask questions but don’t try to answer. They will come at some point. Usually when you aren’t thinking about it. Kind of like when you are trying to think of a word or trying to remember something and nothing shows up. That is, until later when it pops up while you are busy doing something else, like changing diapers or folding your underwear.
So ask, what is constructive and what is destructive? What is your philosophy in life? What makes sense to you? Does it really resonate, or is it just something that bulldozed into your subconscious mind that is creating havoc and you want to evict? And what do you prefer your belief system to be comprised of?
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