Human life is difficult. Eighty percent of human thoughts are negative. Ninety-five percent of our negative thoughts repeat the next day. For some of us, we have a childhood with healthy bonds. Yet even for those who have secure attachments and those who did not have adverse childhood experiences, life is challenging.
Our Subconscious Mind is a challenge. It is a million times more powerful than our Conscious Mind. The Subconscious Mind thinks like a five year old – simple, black and white, and timeless.
Our Subconscious Mind is vast. Our conscious mind “is like a boat in a sea of the subconscious,” wrote C. G. Jung.
This is good news, because there is much to be gained from changing the subconscious mind.
Our shadow is the parts of ourselves disowned early in life. Yet our shadow is 90 percent gold.
“We can actually change our brains and make new neural circuits,” says Joan Borysenko. ”The brain has an inherent negativity bias. It worries a lot; it ruminates. And bad things stick to it. Bad things stick around for a while. Good things you hardly notice.” That is about survival. “If you look around for what awful things could happen, you are more likely to notice them. . . . . We are then stressed out. We make poorer decisions because stress cuts off some of the activity in the prefrontal cortex (PFC). The PFC is where our decision making and executive functioning are located. If you freak out and you get in that the PFC goes off line.”