Unconscious Mind

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The Unconscious Mind Holds the Keys

If you are reading this now, you have stumbled upon one of the most powerful truths of NLP, which is that your unconscious mind holds the keys to permanent and lasting change. You cannot produce lasting change just by thinking about it consciously. New behaviors can only be integrated and habituated when they are mixed with unconsciously held meaning and emotions, and when there are no other unconscious programs that would override or preempt running the new behavior.

What Goes On Down There?

For every calculation you perform in your conscious mind, there are millions of calculations happening below your level of present awareness. Just to stay alive, your unconscious mind scans the environment for changes from moment to moment, using all of the 5 senses. Your unconscious thresholds are constantly set and reset, based on prior experience, leading up to and including the previous moment, and anything under threshold is left out unaware to you, while anything over threshold calls for your attention.

What Else is Down There?

Your unconscious mind also holds all of your beliefs, your memories, your coding of events in and through time, your values, your emotions, and through these structures your present moment sensory inputs are processed.

Though you cannot see your unconscious mental constructs directly, contrastive analysis provides the evidence that they exist. They leave a mark. For example, why is it that some people can say something and be totally believable, and others can say exactly the same thing, and be utterly distrusted? Well, the output suggests that something other than the words being said activated an unconscious filter, leading to a different response. It could have been the way the words were spoken, or something else in the environment going on when the words were spoken.

How to Work with the Unconscious Mind

Using NLP language patterns, we can probe your unconscious mind indirectly, via the language processing centers, and thus reveal the underlying mental constructs. We use precise language patterns to drill down to specific details held in your unconscious, or vague language to conjure up symbolic meanings and feelings harbored in your unconscious mind.

In the latter case, NLP uses trance induction, or hypnosis to confuse, occupy, relax, or otherwise bypass the conscious mind, in order to have a shorter and more direct path to your unconscious.

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