A good metaphor for the subconscious and conscious mind is an iceberg. The conscious, aware, thinking part of the mind is the tip of the iceberg and the subconscious is what's hidden beneath the water - more massive and impactful that you can see or are aware of. The conscious mind is what you using to think with right now and is the part of you that analyses and evaluates the information you receive.
Your conscious mind can think freely and create new ideas. The subconscious mind, is a like super computer loaded with an operating system with programs for our behaviours and responses. The subconscious mind also controls your involuntary bodily functions, like your breathing, your heart beating, and your digestion just to name a few.
The subconscious mind does not move outside of its fixed programs. It reacts automatically to situations with its recorded behaviour responses and it works without the control or knowledge of the conscious mind. This is why we tend to behave without thinking and respond in ways we consciously don’t want to.
Your subconscious programs rarely change, and any new info you learn usually just sits on the surface of your mind without going deeper. This is why you usually forget all of the good advice you learn and instead stay reacting in your old programs. The subconscious controls your interpretations of people and events as well as your emotional responses.
Imagine if you hadn’t updated the software on your computer or phone since you bought it. They would be running some pretty outdated programs. We invest in updating our wardrobes, cars, furniture and homes, but not our minds... Take smoking, for example; people consciously know that cigarettes aren’t good for them, but they smoke them anyway. This is a classic example of a conflict between your conscious and subconscious mind. Your conscious mind is logical however the subconscious mind is running on automatic pilot, 95% of the time.
The conscious mind processes around 50 bits of information per second compared to the subconscious mind which processes 11 million bits of data per second. So, the unconscious mind is estimated to be 220,000 times more powerful than the conscious mind, and it’s the unconscious mind which determines how we live our life.
Our life, and how we live it, is a direct reflection of our unconscious programming. The job of the subconscious is to create reality out of its programs, to prove the program is true. We can have many blocking beliefs at a subconscious level that stop us from achieving our goals, even if consciously we really want to succeed in achieving them. For example, if your parents smoked – you would have a program in your unconscious mind that adults smoke. Or one that believes that if you quit smoking, you will gain weight, not be as fun or cool. Or one that states that it will be uncomfortable to go out socially and hang out with your friends that smoke.
A hypnotherapist or hypnosis recordings help you to enter that relaxed state at a deeper level by giving you suggestions to relax your body and quiet your mind. By doing this, your brainwaves slow down, your subconscious is opened, and it becomes easier to visualize the changes you want to make and the goals you would like to achieve. The subconscious thinks in pictures and processes things visually, for example your dreams. When you tell it not to do something like smoke or eat crap food, it doesn’t really get it. However, if you show it in pictures why you shouldn’t do those things, it suddenly understands.
Since your subconscious mind can’t tell the difference between truth and fiction, everything you tell yourself personally, your subconscious tries to make true. We all have beliefs we reaffirm to ourselves every day like “I will never be able to quit smoking,” “I will always be overweight,” “I am terrible at public speaking,” “I’m not good enough, smart enough, or will ever make enough money.”
Whatever you tell yourself, your subconscious mind believes and goes about helping you to create situations which reflect those beliefs. The quickest and most effective way to transform beliefs is through hypnosis, which changes them on the level which beliefs are held.