Time Line Therapy® and Your Unconscious Mind

Time Line Therapy® and Your Unconscious Mind

In the context of Time Line Therapy ®, the “unconscious mind” is representative of everything that you are not consciously aware of right now. In fact your unconscious mind is a very important facet of who you are because it’s your unconscious mind that’s in charge of running your body. It keeps you heart beating, your food to be digested, hormones to be released and regulated, you eyes to blink, for you to continue to breath. It performs SO many tasks because it would be impossible for you to do them all consciously.

In this first article about your unconscious mind we are going to take a look at how it is the source of all learning, all behaviour and all change.

LEARNING: It’s not your conscious mind that is the part of you that learns, it is your unconscious mind. It’s not immediately obvious and you may have thought that you learned consciously in the past. It’s true that your learning has to go through your conscious mind……it’s your unconscious mind that remembers everything. Everything have you have learned is in your unconscious mind.

Think about all the things you have ever learned. Can you remember the things that you learned in school? For example, how many degrees are in a right angle?  That’s right, the answer is 90 degrees. Now until that was mentioned you probably were not consciously remembering “90 degrees, 90 degrees….there are 90 degrees in a right angle”. You probably were not doing that! When you were asked the question the answer came from your unconscious mind. Consider if you had to remember all the phone numbers you know consciously, there wouldn’t be enough room for anything else, would there? So all learning takes place at the unconscious level. For example, you know your home phone number, don’t you? Say it to yourself now……… Now before you were thinking of your home phone number, where was it? It’s stored somewhere that you are not conscious of, it’s stored in your unconscious mind. The part of your mind that you are not conscious of, right now. Everything that you have ever learned resides in your unconscious mind.

BEHAVIOUR: Our behaviour is unconscious. For example moving your arm is an unconscious process. Did you know that there are 159 muscles between the tip of your fingers and your shoulder blade? You couldn’t control all them consciously. You may have a conscious thought to pick up a glass of water from the desk but the process of controlling the movement of the muscles in your arm to achieve that desired outcome is done unconsciously. You just do it.

How about this, the last time you drove to work, how conscious of it were you? Do you remember the whole journey or just parts of it or none of it at all?

All of our behaviour gets relegated to the unconscious. The way we respond to people, the way we create things or don’t create things and the way we interfere in the process called life….and that process is all behaviour and all behaviour is unconscious.

CHANGE: Think about a bad habit you wanted to change in the past. Was it easy? Probably not. For most people they find it hard to change a bad habit. For them it’s something that takes time to achieve. I remember a time in the past when I thought I’m going to give up eating biscuits and one day I said right, I’m not going to eat biscuits anymore. Within about 10 minutes I was eating them again!

In the real world, change isn’t always that easy. Lots of people go on doing the same old things over and over again, year after year, repeating the same cycle and they complain about it. If change isn’t that easy for us, it simply means that we are out of rapport with our unconscious mind. In the real world people are frequently out of rapport with the unconscious mind, and that is the reason that change isn’t that easy for them.

Your unconscious mind wants rapport and it looks up to your conscious mind like a 5 or 6 or 7 year old niece or nephew might look up to you. Your unconscious mind would really like to be in rapport with your conscious mind.  It wants your direction and support, and it would like to do what you asked if it only knew how. If you are not feeling like there is rapport between your unconscious and conscious mind, it might be that you are giving confusing and conflicting messages to your conscious mind.

Let’s take a look at this concept a bit further. Did you know that your unconscious mind cannot process a negatives? In fact, this is also true for the conscious mind too. Don’t think about a blue tree. What are you thinking about? Unless you were semantically trained, you are probably thinking about a blue tree, even though I said don’t think about a blue tree. You can’t think about what you don’t want to think about, without thinking about it. Think about that!!!

So most people go through life and maybe they get into a new relationship and they say something like, “Oh, I hope she doesn’t leave me” or “I hope I don’t get hurt again.” Or maybe they go to work and they say, “I hope the boss doesn’t yell at me.” or how about the sales consultant who starts the day by saying “I hope I don’t miss my target today.” ??

So what is likely to happen? Are they going to do that? If that becomes the reality of the situation, it’s probably becuase they are sending the wrong signal to their unconscious mind. If it is the wrong signal, it is because the unconscious mind cannot process a negative within it. Remember you can’t think about what you don’t want to think about, without thinking about it.

In the next part of Time Line Therapy® and Your Unconscious Mind we are going to take a look more at how to facilitate communication between the conscious and the unconscious minds.

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