“What are the wounds in your mind around which your thoughts revolve? The thoughts to which your mind constantly returns will be your basic weakness.” ~ Osho
Studies from as far back as the seventies show that our brains begin to prepare for action just over a third of a second before we consciously decide to act. In other words, even when we ‘think’ we are conscious, it is our unconscious mind which is actually making our decisions for us.
And it seems the unconscious mind is running us on its automatic pilot mode, 95% of the time!
Neuroscientists have shown that the conscious mind provides 5% or less of our cognitive (conscious) activity during the day – and 5% they say is for the more aware people, many people operate at just 1% consciousness. Dr. Bruce Lipton [developmental biologist] also says that the unconscious mind operates at 40 million bits of data per second, whereas the conscious mind processes at only 40 bits per second. So the unconscious mind is MUCH more powerful than the conscious mind, and it is the unconscious mind which shapes how we live our life.
Science shows that most of our decisions, actions, emotions and behavior depend on the 95% of brain activity that is beyond our conscious awareness, which means that 95 – 99% of our life comes from the programming in our subconscious mind. . .
So, our life reflects our unconscious programming. This is because the job of the subconscious is to create reality out of its program, ie to prove the program is true. So if you have negative programming in your unconscious, Dr Lipton says 95% of the time you will recreate those negative experiences in your life. And as those of us who have ever taken the time to check out our unconscious thoughts know, most of the programs our unconscious mind runs are based in negativity. For example: fear of what other people are thinking about us, fear of not being loved and respected as we are, etc, etc.
So. . . how to get out of this endless cycle of old programs and start to be more in the conscious mind? Because of the power of the unconscious mind (one million times more powerful than the conscious mind), and the amount of time it’s running us (95 – 99%), Lipton says it takes a lot more than positive thinking to get out of it. Because as soon as you forget to be conscious, the unconscious is back in charge again.
Sound familiar? He suggests meditation, hypnotherapy or other reprogramming approaches.
And in fact, in the parallel field of neuroscience, a number of experiments with Buddhist meditators have shown that people can actually change their brain structure (regardless of their age) by creating new neural pathways just by conscious thinking. The same research also shows, by the way, that people who meditate regularly have higher immunity and lower blood pressure, among other health benefits.
So, what are you waiting for?
Source: This is an excerpt from a longer article “It’s Now a Proven Fact – Your Unconscious Mind is Running Your Life” from lifetrainings.com, a website focused on the meditations and transformative techniques of the late mystic, Osho. If you are interested in reading the full article you can do so here. The ideas presented are based on the research of developmental biologist Dr. Bruce Lipton.