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Week 2: some insights (part 2)

So if you remember we were talking about the subconscious (or “subby”) and how it’s like if a four year old had the mind of a supercomputer. Innocent, trusting, lightning fast brainpower, and totally dedicated to being helpful, your subby looks to you for guidance as to what to do and takes you absolutely LITERALLY.

Say to subby “why do I always do that?” and subby will not only provide all the reasons you do that (because, after all, you asked), but will also make sure you continue to do that, because you said you always did that!

See how what you say and think might be important?

But it goes deeper than this. Subby also doesn’t understand sarcasm or negatives (don’t smoke = smoke), and can’t reason the way the conscious mind does. When presented with two thoughts that we would think are contradictory (my liver is shot, but I love to drink), it can’t make the leap to understand that the liver is shot because of the drinking. You love to drink so subby helps you drink!

This is why people make decisions that we think are so obviously stupid — they may think they want one thing (consciously) but what they have communicated to their subby is just the opposite.

The things you and the rest of the world from the time you were born have told the subby (which accepts everything as true) are all there for subby to access. This is your “blueprint” which subby uses to keep you alive. If all your mom ever said to you when you were a kid was “rich people are stupid and greedy” then no matter how hard you work you’ll never get rich, because not only does subby think that becoming rich will make you stupid and greedy, but subby doesn’t want to disappoint your mom!

(This, by the way, is why extremely hard-working people blow their money the minute they get any, or why most lottery winners end up worse off and unhappier than they were before they won. Their blueprints simply won’t allow them to become rich.)

Since subby is who makes your decisions, which leads to your thoughts, which directs your actions, which makes your environment, you could make the case that subby is who created all the stuff (good and bad) that’s going on for you right now.

I understand that some people have a HUGE problem with that idea. It’s okay. Don’t get sidetracked by the thought that me or Haanel or anyone else is blaming you for stuff other people did to you. This is not what that means. My take on that is that bad things are a combination of your subby and someone else’s subby colliding, and that yours got the raw end of the deal.

There is good news, though — the good news is that you can rewrite the blueprint that subby is working from! That is what this course seems to be about so far — helping us to create great positive blueprints that will get us what we really want instead of the crap blueprints we were programmed with growing up.

But here’s where it really gets wild.

I haven’t quite wrapped my head around this yet. It sounds crazy even to me.

The Master Keys says that there is one Universal Mind. There seem to be a lot of synonyms for this:

  • Infinite Wisdom
  • Infinite Power
  • Infinite Supply
  • Universal Fountain

According to this, each person’s subby is a part of this Mind, but “lesser in degree”. If you know anything about fractals, this is sort of how I picture it — each part is the same as the big picture, just smaller.

This Universal Mind — according to Haanel — is the “life principle” of all the atoms in the universe, and describes it as “plastic mind substance” which is “seeking purpose(!)”, just waiting to be formed into what the conscious mind directs it to be formed into.

This is the “Law of Attraction” — that thought creates reality. Because since subby will do anything to please you, if you tell subby to, it will literally move mountains for you by tapping into the Universal Mind.

I feel as if I’m training to become a Jedi. 🙂

Week 2: some insights (part 1)

This week has been for me the continuation of learning about my patterns, but more importantly about my mind and body and how little control I actually have had of it. (which is slowly improving with our daily “sits”)

A bit of background: during the past two weeks, we’ve been studying the conscious, the subconscious, and the connection between the two, and (being by trade and heritage a teacher) I thought I might share with you what I’ve been learning.

I have this diagram which so far has taken up a whole legal size sheet of paper, but it might be more helpful to first talk about the specifics.

So, we pretty much all can relate to our conscious mind, right? We think thoughts in the brain, which sends messages to the central nervous system so we can speak and move around and do things. In return, our sensory organs tell us what’s going on around us.

We figure out things with our conscious mind like change for a five, or how to get to a new store, or whether to swat that fly that keeps bothering you with your hand or the fly swatter.

But did you know that your conscious mind is actually only a small part of your overall thinking (and more importantly, decision-making) process? This is why you do things and say things that you have no idea where that came from, or you can’t seem to kick that habit that you KNOW you should stop doing.

What’s really in control of things is your subconscious mind. Don’t believe me? There have been studies (which, actually, my son told me about before I even knew about this class) where they scanned people’s brains as they were making decisions, looking at where in the brain decisions were coming from, and they learned that decisions are made before the person knew with their conscious mind that they had decided!

One thing we learned in this course also is that there are about 2000 connections a second made by the conscious mind, whereas there are over 4 BILLION connections a second made by the subconscious mind. About as close to instantaneous thought as you’re going to get.

So the subconscious mind (or “subby” as we call it) seems pretty darn important.

What all does subby do? Pretty much everything —

  • it runs our bodies (so, for example, our hearts don’t stop beating when the conscious mind falls asleep) by way of the sympathetic nervous system
  • its main job is your survival
  • it does all the things we do automatically (such as driving the car when we’re having an argument with our spouse on the freeway, or running on the treadmill while watching a really great TV show) — in other words, your habits
  • it holds our memories and provides them when needed
  • it also holds all humanity’s best desires: altruism, protection of the young and helpless, inspiration, imagination, and spirituality

If you think of a four year old autistic savant, you are pretty close to the truth. If you’re not sure what a savant is, watch the movie Rain Man. Dustin Hoffman is amazing in that role.

If you’ve never been around little children, go find a friend with some to hang out with. Children believe that everything is for them and about them. They take everything you say literally. They are amazingly helpful and they WANT to learn as much as they can.

That is what your subby is like.

This “inner child”, with its almost instantaneous computational capacity, makes us who we really are.

The reason I keep referring to subby as a child is so you will understand the real role of the conscious mind: the “watchman at the gate”. Subby, like a little child, believes everything it sees and hears, including what you think, and not only takes those things literally but as COMMANDS and INSTRUCTIONS as to what to do!

If you keep telling yourself that you’re a loser, subby will make you into a loser. If you listen to bad news all day, subby will be fearfully trying to figure out how to get you to survive this — even when this situation is ten thousand miles away!

A panicked, enraged, or otherwise out of control subconscious mind is one of the most dangerous things in the universe, in my view, and leads to things such as people getting trampled, mob violence, genocide, and the like.

I am extremely grateful for finding this course so I can get the practical help to be able to control my conscious mind so I can give the proper direction to my subconscious.

But the situation is much bigger than just my or your own personal life, and this is where your mind will be well and truly blown. More on that later. 😉