o your brain… The brain is a beautiful machine, responsible
for so many parts of our existence.
I have studied two of those parts for the past few years: the conscious and unconscious. What I have learned about our brains has helped me to transform my entire life. Learning about my brain has allowed me the opportunity to navigate through my life differently- better. It has been so life transforming that it has become my intent to help people of all ages- learn how their thoughts impact their life experience and that each individual has the tool to experience a better version of the life you are living.
YOUR CONSCIOUS MIND
Your conscious mind is very diligent. It awakes and sleeps when we do. Its job, while we are awake, is to
collect information for us. It has
been doing that since the moment we were first born (some would argue even
before that). How does it collect
information? Through our five senses. TASTE TOUCH SMELL SIGHT and SOUND. Remember learning those in grammar
school? Well, they started working
long before you knew about them.
You are gathering information every second. If the milk has expired and you didn’t see
the date, how do you know it’s spoiled? You taste
it. Very valuable, don’t you
agree? How often do you touch
the hot stove? The sense of touch will warn you that
perhaps it’s not a good idea. Have
you ever smelled
something burning or
maybe a gas leak? How about a baby’s
soiled diaper? Again, this is
pretty valuable information in my opinion. What do you see
that provides valuable information
for you? How about the red traffic
light? A rash on your skin? Important? What about the sound
of someone calling your name? Or
of a child calling for help,
or a person calling you stupid?
Your senses are working for you every second you are awake. We use them to navigate through the
So the conscious mind collects, interprets and then stores
information for us. It stores the
information based on what has been already stored. Let me explain.
Starting with the moment we are born, our journey is led by what feels
good and what doesn’t. We
determine that with our senses and then that information is gathered and
If a food makes you ill, you probably avoid that food
throughout your journey. If a
person makes you feel good, you probably plan being with them. Maybe certain material feels good on your skin so you prefer
wearing it. The perfume or cologne
you wear may reinforce how people respond to you which makes you want to wear
it more often. The smell of apple
juice is connected to the smell of diapers for me. It is not a favorite.
My sense of smell collected that input during a time in my life when I
was changing a lot of diapers and pouring a lot of apple juice. Not the greatest connection, but
nonetheless it was collected, interpreted, stored and has affected how I think
and feel about apple juice.
Many years ago I worked in an Aveda concept salon. There were many oils that could be used
for many different purposes. We
were taught that before you use oil on a client, a test needed to be done. We had to determine what smell was
appealing to the client and which was not so that their service would be
completely enjoyable. So I would
ask them to pick about five oils and then I would pick a few more. The interesting thing is that they would
report the ones they picked as smelling like a “time” or “memory”. Pine for example, would smell like
“Christmas” and cinnamon would smell like “fall”. I would even get responses to some of the oils like “grandma’s
house” and “the beach”.
the oils they would smell that they had no connection to would get a different
response. Thinking back it is so
fabulous to think of them starting a new connection. They would smell and smell again and think and smell again. They would try to associate it with one
that was familiar and finally that would dictate whether they liked it or not.
Your senses are always working for you. Pause autopilot for a moment and see
what they are telling you. How do
you feel right now? Do a check of
your senses if you haven’t already.
How does each of those things make you feel? Are you thirsty? Are you hungry? Are you comfortable? If the answer is yes, you will probably
continue reading, but if not, you may have to stop and take action in some
way. You may have to respond to
the information your senses have provided for you at this moment.
What adjustments can you make right now with this
awareness? (Get something to eat,
adjust the music, lower the sound on the TV, adjust the lighting, grab a
Our conscious mind works very hard for us. It is constantly giving us information
about our surroundings.
Congratulations on paying attention to it. I suggest you do it more often, but we will get more into
that a bit later. Much love.