Do you wonder what the difference between the conscious and the subconscious mind is?
Conscious vs. Subconscious in very simple terms:
What you can keep in your thoughts belongs to your conscious mind, what you do on a routine without having to think about is your subconscious.
Depending on who you ask, you will get different answers to what the mind really is. It is not because someone wants you bad but because it is simply difficult to explain.
Why do you need to know the difference between the conscious mind and the subconscious?
Well because if you want to change your life in some way you need to know how things are connected, right?!
When you understand, it may be easier to make the change you need to know why.
The Mind – Two parts
The Mind. Perhaps you’re thinking that it’s the same thing as the brain, but it’s really much more than that.
Certainly, the brain can help you interpret much of what happens in the mind, but the mind itself is not the same as the brain.
The mind is divided into two parts – The subconscious vs conscious mind
Psychologists and psychiatrists use the term “unconscious” in traditional practices instead of the subconscious, but they are really the same.
Some say that there are two different things, but after some research to give you as accurate information as possible, I would say that it is different people who choose different words. I will use the word subconscious.
The Mind is where all your information is stored and also where you bring in new information.
The conscious mind
Here is imagination, memory, intuition, consciousness, perception, thinking, language, judgment. It is also your 5 senses. I will write about this further down.
One could say, very simplified, that what you can hold in your thought is in your conscious mind.
In your conscious mind, you can think of your memories and be fully aware of what is happening around you.
You can dream away by your imagination and then remember your thoughts.
If you have it in your thought it is in your conscious mind.
The subconscious mind
Did you know that about 95% is in the subconscious mind! This means only 5% (!!) is in your conscious mind.
Here is information stored that comes from the conscious mind. You impress from the conscious mind and information from your senses.
This information then goes into your subconscious mind that receives and builds a “truth” about this.
All you know is on “autopilot” in your subconscious. For example, if you always walk the same route to work, you do not actively think along the way, but you just walk. Sometimes you may even wonder how you got there.
Another example is things you just do on routine without even thinking that you are doing it.
As such, you may always eat the same breakfast, and you know exactly where all the ingredients are.
Suddenly you served your self breakfast without you barely noticing it happened.
Even your thoughts have patterns that subconsciously take the paths you have taught them to take.
All you think about yourself is in the subconscious mind.
Any decision you take will depend on the subconscious mind. Your everyday life is in the subconscious mind.
If you grow up in a messy family, the risk is great that you continue in this way without even being aware that it looks messy in the eyes of others.
Good news! If you have a difficult situation, you can through this knowledge change this! I have even written a whole article about it. Read here: The power of your subconscious mind!
The Body’s Five Senses – Not to Forget!
When I for real started to listen to my body, nearly all my problems where solved.
It gave me so many answers on why I did things and it also made me understand why I always was so sad or angry.
It was not very easy but it was worth it and I recommend you do the same. Our body has so much to teach us!
This is why I also want to write a little about our five senses. That is. Touch, hearing, sight, taste, and smell. Most people who write about the mind seems to forget these, but they are also an important part.
These five senses are located in both the conscious and the subconscious.
When you can think or feel it, it is in your conscious mind but the body constantly takes in information that you do not think about and then it is in your unconscious mind.
Through these senses, you get impressions that help you navigate your world. If you start listening to your body, you can get many answers to life’s mysteries.
These senses can really help you if you start to pay attention to them. You have learned the information as a small baby.
Think of a baby that is sleeping. You want to get something in the room and you do your best to be really quiet.
Even if the baby doesn´t see you or hear you it is very likely that he or she wakes up because he or she just felt the shift of the energy in the room.
If you have a baby, try this! You will be amazed how much your little darling just “knows” or “feel”.
Or think of your own family. Don’t you know things about you mammy or daddy without no one told you?
This is because you watch them since you were a little baby and you have been taking in all impressions and stored them in your subconscious mind and now you “just know it”. It is your truth.
As we grow up, we slowly begin to ignore our body’s signals and instead start trusting some sort of made up logic. If you feel confused in life, start listening to your body, it might have something useful to add.
I have also written a post about the body, mind, and spirit if you are seeking for some help to find inner peace. Please read.
The body takes in information through how people talk to you, what you are experiencing, things your body is exposed to, tastes, smells, etc.
This information is stored in you and if you receive the same information a lot of times, it will be a part of your subconscious mind.
Once in your subconscious, you will act on this information, on autopilot. All your habits and everyday patterns depend on your subconscious.
Hope you got a little more insight into the difference between the conscious and the subconscious mind! Please write a question or comment and I will return as soon as I can.
Wish you a fantastic conscious day!