The mind (not to be confused with the brain) is made up of both the conscious (10%) and the subconscious mind (90%). It is the part of us that allows us to think, feel, reason, understand and remember; it allows us to be aware of the world around us and our experiences in it.
The subconscious mind is like a huge memory bank, it stores and receives data, perfectly remembering everything that ever happened including our thinking and behaviour patterns. It is however at the control of the conscious mind which plants the seeds (flowers or weeds) within the subconscious mind (garden) where they germinate and grow.
The subconscious mind is the unquestioning servant working endlessly to make our behaviour fit a pattern consistent with our emotionalised thoughts, hope and desires keeping us thinking, behaving and perceiving life in a consistent manner than in the past.
The subconscious mind is unconsciously programmed by our various life experiences and how our conscious mind perceived them.
As a result, the subconscious mind has memorised all our comfort zones making change extremely difficult by causing both physical and emotional discomfort every time we try and do something new. It is however possible to consciously reprogram the subconscious mind to change our emotions, beliefs and habits using Neuro Linguistic Programming.
The subconscious mind clouds our judgment leading us to perceive the world through our past experiences rather than through the present reality. NLP is a psychological approach designed to help people separate their perception from reality and establish what is actually true by altering their thinking and behavioural patterns, emotional state and aspirations. NLP helps to find and strengthen the skills that best serve us and develop new mental strategies to replace unproductive ones holding us back from living the life of our dreams.
We use the term mind over matter as the subconscious mind is actively responsible for the healthy functioning of the body through homeostatic impulse. It maintains the body temperature at 37°C, keeps us breathing regularly, keeps our heart beating at a certain rate, and maintains a balance among the hundreds of chemicals in our billions of cells needed to allow the body to function in complete harmony.
The body is the vessel that houses our soul, it is the temple that allows our light to come alive and move through this world of physical form, yet our body is completely under the control of our subconscious mind and as a result stores every memory we have ever experienced.
Our physical, mental and emotional bodies can only safely handle a certain amount of stress, trauma results whenever an experience exceeds our abilities to handle and cope with its consequences. The energy of the trauma keeps us locked in a physical, emotional, behavioural or mental habit and remains stored within our bodies’ tissues (primarily muscles and fascia) leading to pain and progressively eroding the body’s health until it can be released.
When trauma occurs, the nervous system overloads, stopping the trauma from processing, halting the body in its instinctive fight or flight response, causing the traumatic energy to be stored in the surrounding muscles, organs and connective tissue. Whenever we store trauma in our tissue, our brain disconnects from that part of the body to block the experience, preventing the recall of the traumatic memory. Any area of our body that our brain is disconnected from won’t be able stay healthy or heal itself, ultimately leading to degeneration and dis-ease.
In order to return to a state of mental, emotional and physical health, trauma must be successfully released from the body requiring the following elements:
Developing healthy mental strategies and emotional intelligence to cope with our traumatic experiences.
Creating space for the traumatic energy to go when released through guided relaxation,acupressure massage and conscious breathing. Tension and stress does not allow space for stored trauma to move into.
Reconnecting the brain with the area of the body where the trauma is stored through mindfulness & meditation.
The soul is the light that is sparked within each of us at the time of our birth. It is the light that lives on well past the death of our physical body. It is that small voice that guides us forward in our darkest moments. It is the higher version of us we are destined to become in this lifetime.
We are governed by spirit, a divine driving force, larger than any one of us, guiding us all (human, animal and plant life) forward. Today’s overly materialistic and faced paced world has conditioned us to sever our connection with spirit and forget how truly powerful we are.
We have become overly identified with our story believing us to simply be a composition of our name, nationality, values, beliefs, life ambitions, likes and dislikes, and all other personality characteristics resulting from our environmental experiences and genetics.
Many of us have become lost as we have forgotten that we are soul/light beings here to experience life on the material plane and awaken to our true purpose. We are here to live a life of joy, love and infinite abundance yet we have gotten caught in our traumas and those of the collective deeply impacting our planet today.
Ancient spiritual tools such as Astrology, Numerology & Tarot used alongside modern self-development tools such as mindfulness and journaling are useful in helping us gain a better understanding of who we are at the soul level and discover our true life purpose.
Our mind, body and soul are deeply connected - first comes the soul as it never dies and lives on throughout existence, then comes the conscious mind as it is what sparks our awareness of our journey as a physical being, next comes the subconscious mind which allows us to awaken to information and memories stored from our soul’s past lives and experiences, and finally comes the body which enables us to live as our higher selves in physical form.
Releasing stored trauma from the mental, emotional and physical body while pursuing a spiritual practice to gain a better understanding of who we truly are, will help to restore a balanced connection between the mind, body and soul, bringing the whole being back into an optimal state of health and wellness.