As you go about your day, everything you do and everything you say is directed by your brain. Your mind tells your body to move and it moves. The brain is the conductor and the processor of your entire reality. Your mind operates on two very distinct levels, 24 hours a day.
The conscious mind (CM) and the unconscious (UM) mind often influence each other, but they are very different. It is the conscious mind that keeps us aware of what’s going on around us. It is the unconscious mind that reacts to the positive and negative experiences and tells us how to feel.
Definition of The Conscious (CM)
The conscious mind (CM) is the packet of awareness, and the filter of our actions that we all walk around with. From the moment we wake up in the morning till our head hits the pillow at night, our CM is hard at work telling the body what to do and where to go. Even after we fall asleep, our unconscious minds take over to direct our dreams.
The CM makes all decisions based on available information (usually what it sees or hears). All logical, analytical, planning comes from the CM. What comes through our eyes and ears are the evidence that causes us to react.
Our conscious mind is like the software of a computer. It is through the conscious mind that we set goals, make plans and direct all our actions.
There are however three very real limitations to our conscious minds:
1. Limited Memory
There is a limit on what the conscious mind can retain and remain aware of. The unconscious mind is virtually unlimited, but the conscious mind has very limited memory. The unconscious mind knows everything, but it is difficult for the conscious mind to access that vast store of information.
2. Does Not Multi-Task
To operate efficiently and effectively our conscious mind is one-task oriented. The mind really is like the software of a computer, and this software has to focus on the immediate data that it is receiving. The constant input and information of sights, sounds, and everything that surrounds us must be constantly processed. The conscious mind is always reacting to stimuli and processing what it means.
3. Only Operates ½ the Time
From the moment we wake up in the morning till our head hits the pillow at night, our CM is hard at work telling the body what to do and where to go. When we are tired or distracted our conscious mind may be put on hold for periods of time. So when someone says they don’t know what they were “thinking” when they did that….they are probably telling the truth. And when you watch someone drift off when they are wide awake and they tell you that they were “daydreaming,” believe them.
After we fall asleep, our unconscious mind takes over and directs our dreams. And sometimes even in the daytime we may be operating in an unconscious state of mind. The unconscious is the realm of the emotional and the home of our deep seated beliefs.
Simply put the conscious mind has specific limitations and the unconscious mind has unlimited possibilities. It seems to me we need to be tapping on to the unconscious mind to achieve our dreams and change our beliefs.