How to think more consciously

If you think that you are always acting consciously, think again. Just 5 per cent to 10 per cent of the time, we operate from our conscious minds – which means that 90 per cent to 95 per cent, it is our subconscious minds that are at work, according to Bruce Lipton, a well-known U.S. cell biologist and the author of The Biology of Belief.

So what’s the problem with that? Our subconscious minds are filled with learned memories and patterns from childhood experiences, parenting influences and other moments in our younger lives. And they’re not always good ones:

Psychological studies have found that about 70 per cent of our thoughts are negative and redundant or recurring, according to Dr. Lipton, author of The Biology of Belief.

That’s an awful lot of negative thinking that we carry with us and are not taught how to process. So, most of us have a lot of work to do to change our thought patterns – and the way they affect our health.

It is our conscious minds that create goals and visions; if we can imagine and see them, we are more likely able to achieve them. However, our conscious minds are so often over-ridden by our subconscious minds that our conscious minds don’t get enough of a chance to rule.

Our subconscious minds are programmed between the ages of two and six, according to Dr. Lipton. As adults, when we experience stresses, we react more from our subconscious thinking than from our conscious minds. Therefore, to change our grown-up perceptions and interpretations, we must reprogram our minds.

It’s all a matter of retraining our subconscious minds so that positive thoughts overtake negative ones, and we become rewired, so to speak, to think morepositively.

Awareness of the way our conscious and subconscious minds work is a big step toward that retraining. If we act with awareness, we can make some conscious choices to decide what we believe and how we want to interpret events and the environment around us.

We have to change our habitual thinking. We have to retrain the subconscious mind, learning to repeat new desired thoughts consciously, and repeat them until they become subconscious.