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 includes three levels of awareness: conscious, subconscious and superconscious.
The conscious mind is the reasoning mind. It is also where decision-making occurs, and it is the seat of willpower. Coming from the subconscious mind, it constantly receives an interpretation of the inputs of the five senses with attached beliefs and emotions.
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 our beliefs, emotions, and behaviors.
The superconscious mind is the spiritual center and the problem-solving resource. In the superconscious are love, intuition, creativity, soul and wholeness.
How the subconscious mind works
As the latest scientific researches explain, the subconscious is the part of the mind that manages the main part of our life: our beliefs, emotions, and behavior; our health and needs. It also controls our body systems such as our breathing, our heart beating, our digestion, our reproductive capacities, our endocrine balance et everything else. It also creates the sensations such as pain, hunger, thirst.
The subconscious mind functions according to different processes. One of them includes the internal clocks and their roles in programing the activity of our systems and cells. Another one involves the schemes that interpret the world and determine our emotions and behaviors.
In the subconscious mind there is a multitude of schemes or blueprints which variables are set up mainly during our childhood. Every input from outside via our five senses is compared and completed by these schemes and tinted with the emotions and behaviors associated to the schemes. Then this picture of our reality arrives to the conscious part of our mind. For example, we see somebody that we absolutely do not know, and we are (or not) attracted to them according to our schemes designed from our stereotypes and previous experiences. Another example: we are looking outside in our garden and see something among the leaves that we guess is a bird, based on our previous experiences.
When the information arrives to our conscious mind, we accept it for the truth and act accordingly.
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.
If the next inputs from outside valid what has arrived in our conscious mind, our schemes are completed and reinforced. At the opposite, the next inputs from outside can negate the interpretation: for example: the person we meet behaves nicely when we thought they would be mean, or the bird is a simple leave. In that case, our existing schemes can adapt and complete themselves to better reflected reality and keep us safe.
Learning is the process that creates new schemes in the subconscious mind that will direct our behavior without the involvement of our conscious mind. For example, riding a bike, driving a car, walking, reading… We can also learn to fear or like something.
Subconscious Programing Stability
As an adult the modification of our existing schemes is not easy. It is a good thing because it assures a stability of our beliefs, emotions, and behaviors. It would be difficult to like the color blue today and hate it tomorrow; same thing with the people we interact with every day at work.
However, when the schemes are obsolete and hindered our life this stability becomes a problem. In that case we would like to update them, so they fit with our current reality. For example, we are claustrophobic because of an incident in our childhood. The incident created the belief/scheme that says “close spaces are dangerous”, but it is outdated now and we would like to remove or modify this scheme.
Reprograming of the subconscious
There are different ways to modify the schemes of our subconscious mind to change our beliefs, emotions and behaviors. A very popular one is repetition largely used by advertisers: if a message is repeated one thousand times, you ended believing it. Another way is the use of an authority figure or a group of pair to imprint the message. They represent safety for our subconscious which therefore accept what they say. Also, using a high emotion linked to a message allows it to influence the subconscious programing. Last, the hypnotic state gives access to the subconscious and its schemes, and it is why hypnotherapy works while clients are in hypnosis.
In hypnosis, with the tools of the hypnotherapy, it is possible to remove old limiting emotions and beliefs associated to previous events and replace them with positive emotions and beliefs.
The positive emotions come from the memories of the client and are lavished on the old negative situations. The new beliefs are decided by the client and redacted by the hypnotherapist using the syntax understood by the subconscious mind.
Hypnotherapy is alternative or complementary to healing services licensed by the state.
Marie is not a licensed physician and her services are not licensed by the state.
She doesn’t diagnose, prescribe or treat any medical condition.