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What Is Subconscious Mind – And Why You Should Listen To It


What is subconscious mind?

We have two minds: Physical mind and Subconscious mind.

Physical mind is concerned with logic and reasoning. All the conscious activities are controlled and directed by it. In simpler terms, anything which you learn by training whether its mathematical calculations, driving or tying shoe laces our physical mind plays a predominant role.

Whereas, our subconscious mind is concerned with natural thoughts, instincts, feelings, and emotions. All the involuntary actions are controlled by it and all the past experiences ( even the past life ) are stored in it.

For example, we breathe continuously without being aware of our action because it is controlled by our subconscious mind but if I ask you now to take a minute out and concentrate on your breathing. Now when you get aware of the activity, sound, movement of breath is because of your physical mind.

Where is subconscious mind located in Brain?

The Cerebrum, the largest portion of the brain, is the seat of memory, intelligence, and learning. Both our conscious and the subconscious minds are located in it.

How does Subconscious mind work?

  •  Have you ever noticed the first voice of advice before taking any decision? It could be as small as whether I should go to a particular place OR as crucial as which treatment method should I opt to cure my disease.
  • Have you ever felt something is amiss though the day seems to be going fine?
  • You meet someone and you have a strong feeling that the person is not right even though he is in his best behavior?
  • Or it’s just the opposite that you instantly feel connected to someone.

In each circumstance, the first feeling, which we generally call the gut feeling, is prompted by our subconscious mind. It gives us signs, warning, and suggestions through its own unique ways of communication.

Generally, it’s the breathing rate which gets imbalanced or sometimes the feeble sound in you which gives you your required answer but you get confused whether it was your gut feeling or just a random wave of thought, because of the dominance of the physical mind.

How do we react to it?

Generally, we neglect that thought and start thinking rationally. That means our physical mind has taken over and started suggesting all types of reasoning and logic.
And most of the times you observe later that the first popped-up feeling inside was actually the best advice for you.

The dominance of conscious over the subconscious

It is said that a person’s subconscious mind is totally awakened at the infant stage. As we grow and start communicating verbally, with more and more outside interaction, our Physical mind evolves and many past experiences get covered up by more recent conscious actions.

In the above-mentioned examples of calculations, driving and tying shoelaces, by continuous practice and training, you will reach a point when you can tie shoelaces even without knowing whether you put the left lace over the right loop or vice versa. Similarly, you are cycling fearlessly without being conscious about using hands for the brakes. It comes naturally. It is because the physical mind directs the subconscious mind to store it so that we can use it naturally.

That happens with our thoughts too. When our physical mind starts dominating, whatever we are thinking, whether positive or negative, consciously over and over, gets impressed upon the inner mind. For example, if you keep thinking that you are not able to do something, or that you are a failure, it gets so impressed upon the subconscious mind that we start believing in it.

The Result?


Our distancing from the subconscious mind pushes it more and more towards dormancy leading to confusions and doubts, wrong decisions which slowly gives vent to the accumulation of clutter in our mind.

Don’t underestimate the power of your subconscious mind

Let me put it this way. Our subconscious mind is our inner self, our real advisor. It is God’s voice or our angel’s voice. We listen to it too, but once we start responding to our Physical mind – which is actually not a bad sign if we don’t ignore the inner voice completely – our subconscious mind goes to the dormant zone.

Don’t ever cut yourself off from it. It is your real friend and guiding light.

Our subconscious mind’s power can easily be understood by a simple fact that if it captures any thought or idea, it directly affects our emotions. That is why it is always advised to make positive affirmations and to visualize repeatedly that you have achieved what you want because once our subconscious mind starts believing in it, it starts emitting the vibes to the universal powers and to our utter surprise, it gives our desired results.

How to train ourselves to listen to our subconscious mind?

We are the masters of our own mind.
The mind should be under our control. Mind is a human slave, not a master.
Remember, these phrases are meant for our physical mind. It also means that there are ways to train ourselves to think what we should think and act the way we should.

Here are a few recommendations which can help you tap the power of your subconscious mind:

1. Meditation


If you would ask me to suggest only one way which is the best and most effective to control our thoughts, I would always recommend Meditation.

  • Meditation channelizes our energies in the right direction.
  •    It enhances focus and concentration.
  • It Cleanses our thoughts.
  • It helps to de-clutter the mind.

I am closely associated with a few people who meditate regularly and have reached a point of clarity where their intuitive power has significantly increased.

2. Keeping ME time for Introspection :

Keep a certain time of your day to spend a quality and peaceful time with yourself. Whenever you are free or stressed or alone, just relax, introspect and talk to yourself about your fears, your goals, aspirations, your anxiety, annoyance.

In a nutshell, everything which keeps going through your mind all the time- like a reel – should be paused, viewed and reviewed with oneself. Think when did you feel good and what made you go wrong. Nobody knows us better than our own real self. Then why not make it our best friend.

Once you establish this as a regular habit, you will start doing it every moment. Then you don’t need to assign a particular time of the day for this.

3. Do not indulge in Unproductive work

Stay away from everything which drains you mentally and pulls you towards negativity. Though it is not completely possible to stay away from negative people and negative talks, ignoring sometimes is the best method to adopt. The golden rule to this – Be there but not there.(got it?)

Signs that you have started following your inner-self

By following the above-mentioned ways you will observe that

  •  While talking with yourself you have found out the cause of your problem and can bring out the solution easily.
  • The solutions, sometimes are impressed on your mind and you will feel that you have just got a brilliant idea to solve the problem.
  • Meditation will open up all the obstructions and clutter inside.
  • Your intuitions are getting stronger and stronger.
  • And most importantly, your decisions will be quick. You will not be in doubt.

To conclude,

the best thing is the balance between our conscious and subconscious mind. The moment both our minds start interpreting and thinking unanimously, there would be no clash, no bouts of doubts. Our decision and perception towards life, people and every minute thing in this plane would be correct.

Have you ever faced such clashes between your two minds? Can you listen to your subconscious mind distinctly? Do let me know in the comments.
Share the article with your friends if you liked this article. Help the fellow beings to tap the benefits from the subconscious mind.

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11 thoughts on “What Is Subconscious Mind – And Why You Should Listen To It”

  1. Waahh..kya likha h..kai baar aisa hua h subcoscious mind kucch kahta h ..nd me ignore kar deti hu..to wo kaam mera wrong ho hi jata h..bahut baar realize kar chuki hu…tumne bahut bahut accha likha h..me to ab puri koshish karungi ki subconscious mind ki hi sunu…Priyanka..Great..proud of you beta

  2. Wonderful . In What a simple & easy way Priyanka has quite been successful in making everyone knowledgeable about ins & outs of our two minds.
    I think to control one’s both minds, one should practice meditation–means DHYAN
    — ONE’s OWN. Aap Kabhi Kabhi appna bhi DHYAN rakhen,genuinely–sirf 15–20 munutes a day ,to start with —yehi h meditation.

  3. Subconscious Mind –
    I had only a vague concept of the term which is now crystal clear. Seems that most of us are more dependent on the physical mind and the growing trend for the same in my opinion is due to our mechanised life style and commercialsation of almost all the things we come across.
    Priyanka has laid down in very simple manner what it consists of, say, natural thoughts and instincts etc. By going through its functions one can be immensely benefitted to know that what we should do instead of what we usually do.
    Further, “How do we react” is very well illustrated apart from emphasising that we shouldn’t underestimate the power of the subconscious mind.
    How to train it – is a very useful tip to the readers. The statement that ,” We are the masters of our own mind” gives a boost to the layman as well.
    Recommendation – meditation – I have realised that the same works a long way. However, beg to differ that in today’s life the word meditation is loosely used to indicate concentration, which is very high state of mind, occurring just before self – realisation, as found in our vedic philosophy. Rest of the methods suggested are also very useful.

    Priyanka I congratulate you for illustrating the concept in simple as well useful manner. Wonderful composition, keep it up my dear.

    • Thanks for analysing almost every part of my post. That shows your keen interest in the topic too.
      You have pointed out a very valid point i.e. usage and understanding of the term ‘meditation’ in today’s world. It has become more like a monetizing rather than energizing procedure.
      I would like to write about it sometime .

  4. Very interesting! Thank you for sharing this. I was particularly drawn to the part about meditation, which I am going to try to incorporate into my life more.


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