The Science Behind the Law of Attraction Magazine August Issue 2017 - Page 31

reality of knowing oneself is in knowing one?s inner motivations for why one does what one does in life and what initially formed those motivations. To know ourselves we are best served to know our mind. The mind has two parts, the conscious and the subconscious. The conscious mind is what we continuously access for the purpose of reasoning and solving problems on a daily basis. It is the part of our mind that we?re aware of. We even engage the conscious mind as we read so many self-help books in an attempt to solve our problems and heal ourselves. However, the single greatest factor in the formation of our consciousness is the subconscious mind. In fact, 95% of our lives are controlled and determined by the contents of our subconscious mind. For those who believe that they?ll make permanent changes just by reading a book, the reality is our lives don?t operate on the truth that we learn from books because that truth only goes into our conscious mind which only controls 5% of our lives. An easy way to picture the conscious and the subconscious mind is with the image of an iceberg. The part of the iceberg that we see above the water represents the conscious mind, or the part of the mind we?re aware of. The part of the iceberg that we can?t see below the water represents the subconscious mind. It?s the part that can often unknowingly sabotage our effort to reach our goals. More often than not, the fast pace of modern life does not allow us the time to process an emotional upset when it occurs. As a result, our solution in the moment is to ?stuff our feelings,? or suppress them in the moment to take care of them when we have the time. In addition, we also handle negative emotions as we learned from our parents, many of whom would draw on unhealthy ways to deal with such emotional upsets, such as drinking or spending money to feel better. However, we never get the opportunity to take care of the emotional upset because the negative emotions have been stuffed away in the subconscious mind where they are consciously forgotten. The subconscious mind is also the part of the mind that holds all of the unresolved emotions that have been encountered, starting in the womb and continuing through our first six or seven years. This happens without our consent because at this time in our lives we are like a sponge, taking everything in for future reference. When later in life we experience a Page 31- Au gu st , 2017