Most people are unaware of the power of the subconscious. When you are awake, you are aware of most things that you do, but in reality, the conscious mind is very limited. You can only multitask a few things like reading, talking and watching TV but there are many other important functions that are continuously taking place in our body, and we don’t even realize the role the subconscious mind plays in managing those functions.

Think about it. Who is taking care of your heartbeat? Your breathing? Your sensations? Your feelings? Your mood? Your metabolic processes?  The answer is that all these things are being managed and controlled by our subconscious.

The subconscious is even more active while you sleep. It controls every facet of your body. It makes you dream; it allows you to breathe, it maintains your heart rate and blood pressure, and it plays a vital role in updating your memory. The subconscious is the powerhouse of the brain. It is under involuntary control which means that you have no direct control over it. However, you can learn to modulate the subconscious to your benefit.

We now know that the subconscious can also cause pain. There are many people who have neck, back, and muscle pain but no cause is ever found. These people go to many healthcare providers and undergo various tests. Many times, doctors find nothing and send them off with a prescription for a painkiller.

What these doctors fail to see is the role of the subconscious mind. Our subconscious converts our negative moods and emotions into pain. Instead of letting us feel angry and irritable, the subconscious mind distracts us by making us feel pain. This pain can happen in any part of the body. Why the subconscious convert this negative behavior into pain is not fully understood. But evidence shows that when one can control the subconscious and control the output of negative behavior or thoughts, the pain slowly eases and goes away.

How Does One Control The Subconscious?

There are several ways to control the subconscious. You can retrain your brain to focus on the positive and avoid the negative. You can retrain your mind to identify the cause of your emotional upheaval and deal with those emotions. Activities like yoga, spiritualism, meditation, etc., can also help you improve your mental state. Changing your lifestyle and adopting healthy habits can also help. Don’t smoke; abstain from alcohol and try to maintain a healthy weight. Educate yourself about pain.  Learn how pain occurs and what triggers it.

Start journaling as this is a way to get a deeper understanding of your pain. At the same time, discontinue intense exercises, stop taking painkillers unnecessarily. Join a support group. You may need to undergo psychological therapy or distraction therapy to help you refocus and get control of the subconscious. The work of John Sarno shows that if you undertake these steps, you can help control the pain. You will need commitment, and you will need to adopt this as part of your life. But if you are able to do it, you can be more in control of your mind – both the conscious and subconscious mind. You will need to find the source of your pain, and you will need to address that source so that you can lead your life normally. You want to make sure that you tell your brain that you have the strength and power to deal with difficult situations; that your brain does not need to distract you with pain. Facing your fears head-on is much better than living your life in pain.

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