So let us see how do the thoughts, you don’t know you’re having run your life?
You are living in a story. Now while you are the central character in that story, you have problems because you are creating the story unconsciously. Your mind is creat your map of the world.
How does the mind work?
Sigmund Freud, the famous Austrian psychologist, created a useful model of the mind, which he separated into 3 sections;
the conscious mind or ego, the preconscious or superego, and the unconscious mind.
Most people associate with who they are with the conscious mind because that is where most people live day to day. It probably represents about 10% of your brain capacity.
The conscious mind has limited processing capabilities, compared to the unconscious mind. The conscious mind is dominated by the logic of natural language partitions represented in the narrative of a linguistic description. The conscious mind communicates to the outside world and the inner self through speech, pictures, writing, physical movement. The conscious mind, as the representation of the immediate map you have conscious access to. Your conscious mind expresses itself through your internal running commentary on the events you experience at any moment.
There are two most powerful functions your fully developed conscious mind can do that the other two can’t, like;
1. The ability to direct your focus.
2. The ability to imagine what is not real.
If all that you do is focus your conscious thoughts continually on negative things, then your subconscious will obediently deliver the feelings, emotions, and memories that you have associated with that type of thinking. And because those feelings will become your reality, you can then be caught up in a never-ending loop of negativity, fear, and anxiety, constantly looking for the bad in every situation.
Take, for example, when you are alone at home at night and hear some unusual sounds in another room. If you let your thoughts and imagination wander to all the horrible things that might happen, then your subconscious will throw up the feelings, emotions, and memories of past events that you’ve associated with those thoughts. It’s your subconscious’s way of protecting you and preparing you for fight or run in those situations.
On the other hand, if you consciously tell yourself and direct your focus to more rational, calming thoughts, then the feelings will subside or disappear.
Some people find it quite easy and natural to direct their thoughts towards a more positive outlook on life and every situation. It really depends on the type of programming your subconscious and unconscious has had since birth. For example – do you sway towards pessimism or optimism, negative thinking or positive thinking, happiness or anger, or somewhere in between? Identifying which way you sway is the start to improving it.
This ability of your conscious mind to direct your attention and awareness is one of the most important powers you have, and to create change in your life you must learn to control what you consciously focus on.
But how do you do that? The actual skill of directing your focus is quite simple … all it comes down to is making a choice. Deciding how you will think and what thoughts you will allow into your mind will determine your destiny. It can literally be used for good or evil, for constructive or destructive means. We alone can choose how we are going to respond to our experiences in life.
The other important ability of the conscious mind is the use of visualization. Your mind can literally imagine something that is totally new and unique – something you’ve never physically experienced before. By contrast, your subconscious can only offer versions of what memories it has stored of your past experiences.
But the really neat trick is that the subconscious can’t distinguish between that which the conscious mind imagines and that which is real, so whatever is brought up by conscious imagination and intently focused on, also brings up all the emotions and feelings that are associated with that image in your mind for you to experience.
For example, if you’ve ever daydreamed being with that someone special you love or in a place that you really love to be, then you would have felt the joy that those thoughts had conjured up in your head, even though you knew intellectually it wasn’t physically happening at that very moment. But your subconscious thought it was happening to you, and that’s why it offered those feelings and emotions is associated with those thoughts. It truly is a marvelous gift we have if you use it in a progressive way. Visualization can be used to create some amazing results.
Anatoly Sharansky, accused of being a spy, spent nine years in a Soviet prison, often stuck in solitary. To avoid going insane, he played mental chess, imagining moving both the white and black pieces, because he had very bizarre ideas about how to not lose his mind.
It sounds like a waste of time since the mental effort required to remember where each imaginary piece was would be too great to make the process productive. Also, when you’re playing against yourself, the competition is pretty consistent.
Sharansky proved otherwise, though. He was a good amateur, but he got so good that when Gary Kasparov—probably the best chess player of all time—played the prime minister of Israel and the entire cabinet, the only person he lost to was Sharansky, who had essentially rewired his brain
to turn himself into a chess machine.