Last post we looked at the Why. The reason you make bad decisions and choose self-destructive behavior. I told you it was because of the mind viruses your subconscious mind is infected with. Now let’s explore the How. How do these mind viruses cause you to act in the ways you do?
For my money, the most insightful observation Freud ever made was that until you make the unconscious, conscious, you’ll call it fate. (Or luck, circumstance or random happenstance.) We all have a “command center” (subconscious mind) that governs our behavior. Either you control the command center, or you leave it on autopilot, and it controls your behavior based on whatever mind viruses it has been programmed with.
If you have many of the subconscious memes that most people do – money is evil, rich people are corrupt, you’re born a sorry sinner requiring penance, etc. – your command center runs your life and causes you to self-sabotage your success. When you bring those subconscious mind viruses and limiting beliefs into the light – you develop self-awareness – and those mind viruses lose their power over you and then you run the command center.
When you possess self-awareness, you’re not easily manipulated because you’re always in that dual role of participant and observer. (Running the command center.) When you hear something that creates cognitive dissonance with a core belief you have, you pause, question the premise, do some critical thinking, and reach a conclusion. You may change your belief, you may keep your belief, but at least you have exposed that belief to subjective questioning.
When you make the jump to participant/observer, you’re woke. And when you’re woke, you’re free. You’re up at 30,000 feet, able to objectively watch the tug-of-war between your conscious and subconscious mind. Now you are “the thinker of the thought” as opposed to “the puppet unconsciously reacting to manipulated thoughts.”
More in the next post. Until then, please check in below with your thoughts.