In part 1 of this article, I covered the first 10 prime directives of the unconscious mind. This defines what the unconscious mind is and how it works.
Here are the remaining 11 prime directives of the unconscious mind:
11. Enjoys serving, needs clear orders to follow
The unconscious mind is like a younger sibling, or a child, that always wants to do things to make you happy. If you tell it to do something, it will do it – and it will do it with complete satisfaction, not half-heartedly.
However, for it to follow an instruction successfully, a high level of clarity needs to be provided – ie you have to say what you mean, and say it exactly as you want it to happen – otherwise you’ll get exactly what you request. Just like that old adage “be careful what you wish for – you may just get it”, the unconscious mind works in the same way. Be specific in what you want, and the unconscious mind will deliver it with joy.
- 12. Controls and maintain all perceptions
Whatever you perceive, is going to be processed according to what your unconscious mind knows. Once processed, this information will then be transmitted to the conscious mind, and as a result, you will act and behave according to your perceptions.
The way to change your behaviour, always boils down to the need to change the way you perceive a person, place, thing or situation.
In the meantime, everything that is perceived with your senses and your intuition, is reflected against what you have previously perceived.
13. Generates, stores, distributes and transmits energy
The unconscious mind is in charge of the energy in the body, and will organise to distribute energy to where you need it the most. For those who are working with their unconscious minds, they will be able to direct their energy according to their wishes, and stimulate healing, recovery and the speed of release of the energy.
- 14. Maintains instincts and generate habits
The unconscious mind uses instincts and habits to ensure your personal survival and success. The fight or flight mechanism that comes with an adrenaline rush is an example of an instinct.
Habits take time to adopt, install and be learnt, but once learnt, they are the domain of the unconscious mind. Not all habits are good, but remember, the unconscious mind works with what it has, and does the best it can with it.
- 15. Needs repetition until a habit is installed
The best way to acquire a new habit at the unconscious level is through repetition. In hypnosis and NLP, this is called an installation. Repetition installs a habit into your neurology, and as a result, the habit becomes second nature. Installation of a habit is not necessarily the same as learning. Learning also happens at the unconscious level, but the difference is that learning happens unconsciously and is communicated consciously. Habits take place unconsciously, and are performed unconsciously.
- 16. Is programmed to continually seek more and more
The unconscious mind is always seeking answers. If you’ve ever asked yourself a question, even a rhetorical question – your unconscious mind will automatically look for an answer.
If you express a genuine desire to acquire something, the unconscious mind will find a way to get you what you want – it’s very nature is to seek more and more – which is innately human nature.
17. Functions best as a whole integrated unit
There are no “parts” to the unconscious mind – in fact “parts” create conflict due to incongruence. If in life you have incongruence, then it is because of the presence of these “parts” at the unconscious level.
It is in the best interest of the unconscious mind and as a result, your best interests, not to have parts.
- 18. Is symbolic
The unconscious mind works symbolically. Think about the time you saw something and it reminded you of something completely different. A conscious process has triggered an unconscious response.
In the same way, you may remember that you’ve had some bizzarre dreams! Well the unconscious mind is communicating to the conscious mind – and it always uses symbols, because that is the language of the unconscious mind.
19. Takes everything personally
The unconscious mind doesn’t differentiate between you and anyone else. Anytime you address someone else, the unconscious mind interprets it as though you are addressing it personally. So the next time you get angry at someone and call them stupid, you’re unconscious mind will think you’re calling it stupid, and because it likes to obey your requests, it will start doing stupid things.
Likewise, if you see the divinity in everything, and address everything as though it is divine, the unconscious mind will take it as though you’re treating it as divine, and will respond by being and doing divine things.
In short, what you perceive is exactly what will happen, so you can consciously change your perception, and change your results.
20. Works on the principle of least effort
The unconscious mind doesn’t like to belabour things. It will always find the quickest easiest way to obtain what you requires. It follows the path of least resistance, and will deliver you the results with speed and ease.
21. Does not process negatives
The unconscious mind doesn’t understand negatives – the words “no” and “not” do not exist in the vocabulary of the unconscious mind.
This is why a lot of modern self-help systems ask you to focus on what you do want, not on what you do not want. If you say for example “I do not want to be overweight” the unconscious mind will process it as “I do want to be overweight”.
To counter this, when giving your unconscious mind instructions, tell it what you want, not what you don’t want. If you don’t want to be broke, tell the unconscious mind that you want to be financially abundant. If you don’t want to be fat, tell your mind you want to be fit, healthy and vital.
I think you get what I’m saying.
The unconscious mind is a wonderful part of our minds, and I personally feel that we need to pay more attention to it, and this month in covering both hypnosis and the unconscious mind, we’ll explore another way to access the unconscious mind, which will help you with your health, prosperity, relationships and spirituality.