Understanding Where the Problem is Held – The Unconscious Mind
We all have an unconscious mind and and conscious mind that are unique to us. You’re unique. We all are. The conscious mind is a judger, a thinker and can suspend between 5 and 9 pieces of information at any one moment in time. Whereas the unconscious can store millions of bits of information. It is said that 12 million bits of information are available to our nervous system every second! That’s lot to sift through. Our unconscious mind that stores all our memories, emotions and strategies.
If you drive a car, can you remember your first driving lesson? If you were anything like me, it wasn’t a successful driving experience! I suddenly saw three pedals, a gear stick that made little sense, more mirrors that I thought I needed and was required to look behind me whilst driving ahead. Slowly over the course of a few lessons I began to learn till I was talking to the instructor and managing all the driving manoeuvres. My unconscious mind had learnt the process and stored the strategies so my conscious mind could think and direct and now I drive on ‘auto-pilot’.
Our conscious minds are like the captain of a ship. The captain with a torch that can shine it on averaging 7 things at any one moment in time. The captain of the ship is the goal setter, seeing where to go and looking ahead. The unconscious mind is like the crew of a ship. The crew hold all the strategies, all the maps, all the history of travel and know how to work the ship. The captain wants to charge straight ahead to a destination but notices a large mirage that looks like an island in the way which brings the ship to a halt. The crew don’t have a map around the island. My job is to help the crew and the captain to find ways to create a new map to get you to where you want to get to. In fact, the island is a mirage and may not really exist and the captain and crew may need to learn new ways to see through it for what it really is.