You have two separate, but interconnected minds. The subconscious mind controls involuntary body functions such as heartbeat, digestion and cell growth. These functions occur at all times whether you are aware of them or not.
The conscious mind controls voluntary body functions, such as the movement of your arms and legs, speech and logical thinking. Unlike your heartbeat, which happens regardless of what you’re thinking, the movement of your hand is entirely dependent on your conscious mind. You must choose to contract the muscles in your fingers to pick up a pencil. You must exert your will.
The conscious mind has the ability to reason, so it defines your belief system. Employing logic and deductive reasoning, it decides whether a thought or concept is true or false, right or wrong, helpful or harmful. The subconscious mind on the other hand, does not have the ability to think logically. It believes and acts on anything it’s told.
The conscious mind is the gatekeeper. It protects the subconscious from thoughts that would hurt you. It only passes information to the subconscious that it has determined to be true.
This works great when the conscious mind actually has the chance to determine whether something is true, but what happens if it doesn’t? What happens if the reasoning doesn’t take place? What happens if the conscious mind passes information to the subconscious that is false, untrue or harmful?
Remember that the subconscious doesn’t have the ability to reason. It accept anything the conscious minds passes to it. It accepts it as true and acts on it, even if it’s false, untrue or harmful!
But how could false, untrue or harmful information ever get by the reasoning, logical conscious mind? Why would the gatekeeper allow the subconscious to act on this kind of information?
The best examples come from childhood. Have you ever been exposed to thoughts like these:
- “Money is the root of all evil.”
- “Money can’t buy happiness.”
- “It’s easier for a camel to walk through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to get into heaven.”
These types of thoughts were originally presented to you by someone in a position of authority. Parents, teachers, pastors, priests. Your conscious mind did not evaluate the truth of these statements, but simply passed them on to your subconscious. Then your subconscious, the ever dutiful servant, began to act on them immediately.
Without the ability to reason, your subconscious mind has been acting on them ever since!
Thoughts like these have become the basis for your belief system.
They Have Created Your Current Financial Situation
As you read this right now, ask yourself, “Do these thoughts make any sense?” Look past the religious associations for the moment, particularly with the third one. For the next thirty seconds, focus on the thoughts themselves and ask yourself, “Do they make sense?”
You have spent thousands of dollars on training and education so you can “get a good job.”Your ability to own a home, take care of your children. To get all that you want and everything you need to survive. Your ability to save for retirement. Your SENSE OF SECURITY. Is all based on ...
Your Ability To Make Money
Can you see there might be a conflict? Your underlying belief system is whispering to you each and every day.
Every time you make a financial decision. From shopping for toothpaste to applying for a job. From saving for the down payment on a house to deciding what birthday gift to get your child. From what stocks and mutual funds to put in your 401(k) to what brand of clothing you wear.
Every time you make one of these decisions, there’s a voice inside constantly reminding you that your fundamental belief systems says MONEY IS EVIL.