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Meditation and Repetition to Peace
Meditation & Repetition:
The Conscious and the Subconscious
The conscious and the subconscious are two factions of the mind that work together to create your overall experience of reality. The conscious mind contains whatever you are aware of at any given moment. It is your goal setting mechanism, the seat of logic and reasoning. The conscious mind comes to conclusions by thinking in linear terms of cause and effect.
This part or your mind is very important; however, it can only attend to a small amount of information at any given time. Think of trying to remember a phone number by repeating it, only to forget the moment another idea grabs your attention.
The subconscious or unconscious mind handles every internal process outside of your immediate awareness or control. If your conscious faculties were the tip of an iceberg, your subconscious would be the giant frozen mass hovering below the water’s surface. Your subconscious is the storehouse of your memories, emotions, reflexes, intuition and automatic responses. It can associate numerous pieces of information simultaneously and comes to conclusions instantly based on what “feels” right.
Your subconscious mind also has the responsibility of learning and internalising complex patterns. When you were first learning to walk, it seemed like a very difficult task. You had to fall over and over again until; somehow, you just got it right. Actually your subconscious was recording the smallest details of every movement. It measured how much tension was needed in each muscle for balance and motion. It took note of the changes that each step placed on your equilibrium. Eventually, it came to understand the pattern called “walking” and internalised it. Now, you don’t even have to think of how to place one foot in front of the other or how to control your muscles. You simply intend to go in a direction and your subconscious takes care of “walking” for you.
The same thing happens when someone learns to drive a car. When you first try to drive, there are an overwhelming number of things to keep in mind. You have to watch your speed, your gauges, the position of other drivers, your position, and a host of other things, all while operating the steering wheel and various foot pedals. After a while, your subconscious learns and takes care of performing that task for you. Now, you may be able to eat, talk to a passenger, and remember not to answer the phone, or plan the day ahead while your unconscious faculties continue to run the pattern of “driving.”
Now, the subconscious mind is vastly more powerful that the conscious mind, functioning 10 times faster than we can think. However, it does not think logically, but is designed to simply carry out instructions. Once you have performed an activity long enough, it is engrained as a pattern and becomes a habit. The behaviour or emotional response then begins to occur “automatically”.
Just like a computer, your subconscious will continue to run its current programming until new instructions are put in place. It will use everything at its disposal to keep things just as they are. It will give you the feelings, emotions, memories, images and sensations that push someone to stress, become anxious, depress or argue, again-and-again. Trying to stop stress, anxiety, depression or argument through willpower alone fails so often because willpower is activated through conscious intention. It is only when the reflex automatic responses of calmness, peace, love, connection, and constructive communication are learnt and internalised into the unconscious that we are able to experience life to the full with absolute joy!
Remember that meditation and repetition is a process through which we communicate with the subconscious mind. We actually go into where the faulty programming is stored and replace it with instructions that are more beneficial. By using meditation and repetition, we can put incentives for arguing aside and affect powerful change in a single session.
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