MODEL OF THE MIND
Conscious, Subconscious, and Superconscious
In the same way as the Veda Model and the Shamanic Model, the Integral Hypnotherapy Model of the Mind at the Hypnotherapy Academy of America includes three levels of awareness: conscious, unconscious and superconscious.
The conscious mind is the reasoning mind. It is also where decision-making occurs, and it is the seat of willpower. It receives inputs from the five senses and is influenced by beliefs and emotions from the subconscious.
The subconscious mind is the creative intelligence that runs the body. It directs the autonomic nervous system and stores our memories. It is the seat of emotions that drive people’s behavior. Its language is imagery and emotions, and it takes messages literally, making no differentiation between fact and fantasy.
The superconscious mind is the spiritual center and the problem-solving resource. In the superconscious are love, intuition, creativity, soul and wholeness.
Subconscious Programing Stability
The subconscious mind links any present situation with past events that are in some way similar. Then, it fires off emotions that are associated with these past events to communicate to us whether the present situation is good or bad, safe or dangerous, wanted or unwanted.
A key role of the conscious mind is to protect the constancy of the programing of the subconscious mind, so our reactions to present situations stay predictable. Our emotions and beliefs stay the same when the circumstances are similar. This function is essential for our everyday life but makes any evolution difficult.
Reprogramming of the subconscious
In hypnosis, the guardian of the subconscious mind is relaxed, and it is possible to work on the programing of the subconscious more easily. It is possible to remove old limiting emotions associated to previous events and replace them with positive emotions.
To be effective, the reprograming of the subconscious mind must use the language of the subconscious. If not, the result can be the opposite of what is wanted. For example, as the subconscious does not understand the negative syntax, a suggestion in the negative form brings the same results as the suggestion of the positive form. Therefore, the suggestion “I don’t smoke” has the same effect as the suggestion “I smoke”, and the person becomes more and more obsessed with smoking.