Is it the Conscious or Unconscious Mind in Charge?
Is it the conscious mind? It has been estimated that the conscious mind can only think of a maximum of seven
things at the one time. Personally, all I can say is that this must have been a woman as I find two pretty
near impossible, as do most men. So surely, the conscious is not very powerful, perhaps the
unconscious is in charge?
Is it the unconscious mind? Which communicates with every cell of our body every second (an inconceivably large
number of actions). It runs our autonomous nervous system which in turn allows us to depend on the
basics without having to think about them (breathing, heart beating, temperature control etc). Without
these things we would most likely be dead, so, surely the unconscious must really be in charge?
Yes, all of these essential unconscious things maintain our mind and body, but these tasks are
automated in recognition of our need to be more than a mind and body. We have needs above and
beyond mere existence. It is our conscious minds which decide which needs we shall satisfy and in
which order and it is in these decisions that we not only satisfy our basic external needs for food, warmth
and shelter but also our more sophisticated needs to be challenged, to learn, to be part of
something larger than ourselves (family, church, village, nation) and many more. We consciously
determine the direction of our own development and unconsciously make it happen. So in reality, both
the conscious and the unconscious are vital to our wellbeing, but it is our conscious minds that make
us the person we become.
Consider a simple example. If we want to stand up, first we have a single conscious thought, then our
unconscious mind makes literally billions of individual co-ordinated micro-decisions at the cellular level
in order to achieve that one simple thought. The conscious mind directs the power of the unconscious
mind. Just think how powerful our mind is as a therapeutic tool, and we all have one. Human givens therapy allows you to tap
into this resource and use it to overcome your emotional distress.