The Science of Emotions and Consciousness by Candace Pert, PH.D., with Nancy Marriott ( from the book Measuring the Immeasurable ).
Molecules along the sensory stopping points are storage sites for memory, but of what? Well, they're recollections of every perception that you've ever had, from your earliest consciousness of bliss at your mother's breast to the emotional upset you had after a fight with your boss the other day. They're all stored at the site of the receptors, which are most densely populated where information is coming in, not going out.
In other words your experience of so-called reality is filtered through your memories, giving your experience a spin, adding meaning, and even making part of each situation go or stay unconscious if the event is too painful to remember, as in the case of a core emotional trauma. We're constantly resonating with what we already know to be true. Everything that you feel is filtered along a gradient of past experience and memory that's stored in your receptors-there isn't any absolute or external reality! What you experience as reality is your story of what happened.
This has huge implications for healing traumas from the past. Even if you had a perfect childhood, I'm pretty sure that if you went to junior high school, you endured emotional pain. We tend to underestimate and even deny that we're all damaged in some way, just as we refuse to acknowledge that we all have multiple personalities. But experience in childhood and even adolescence leave scars that affect every aspect of our lives. It's interesting that the word trauma refers to both psychic and physical damage. When this anguish is fully processed. constant bliss is a possibility.
Revealing the Wizard Behind the Curtain by Bruce H. Lipton PH.D ( from the book Measuring the Immeasurable).
The most powerful and influential behavioral programs in the subconscious mind were acquired during the formative period between gestation and six years of age. Now here's the catch-these life-shaping subconscious programs are direct downloads derived from observing our primary teachers: our parents, siblings, and local community. Unfortunately, as psychologists are keenly aware, many of the perceptions acquired about ourselves in this formative period are expressed as limiting and self-sabotaging beliefs ( Lipton, 1998, 2001 ).
Unbeknownst to most parents, their words and actions are being continuously recorded by their children's minds. Since the role of the mind is to make coherence between its programs and real life, the brain generates appropriate behavioral responses to life's stimuli to assure the "truth" of the programmed perceptions.
Let's apply this understanding to real-life behavior: Consider that you were a five-year-old child throwing a tantrum in a department store over your desire to have a particular toy. In silencing your outburst, your father reprimands you with his often-repeated response, "You don't deserve things!" You are now an adult and in your self-conscious, thinking mind you are considering the idea that you have the qualities and power to assume a position of leadership at your job. Remember, while in the process of entertaining this positive thought in the self-conscious mind, programs in your more powerful subconscious mind are automatically managing all of your behaviors. Since your fundamental behavioral programs are those derived in your formative years, your father's rebuke that "you do not deserve things" may become the subconscious mind's automated directive. So while you are conjuring up wonderful thoughts of a positive future and not paying attention to the current moment, your subconscious mind automatically engages self-sabotaging behaviors to assure that your reality matches your program of "not deserving".
The subconscious mind: the invisible pilot
When the self-conscious mind is engaged in thought, it rarely observes the automatic behaviors generated by the subconscious mind. Consider the significance of this common reality: Lets say you have a friend Mary whom you've known since childhood. Being familiar with her and her family so long, you recognize that Mary's behavior closely resembles that of her mother. Then one day you casually remark, "You know, Mary, you're just like your mom". Mary backs away in shock, indignant that you could even suggest that she was like her mother! "How can you say something so ridiculous?" she demands.
The cosmic joke is that everyone else can see that Mary's behavior resembles her mom's except Mary. Why?. Simply because when Mary is engaging the subconscious behavioral programs she downloaded in her youth from observing her mom, her self-conscious mind is preoccupied in thought and she's not paying attention. At those moments, her automatic subconscious programs operate without observation; hence they are unconscious. Only rarely do we observe our unconscious behavior-and it is usually a shock when we do.
Consequently, most of our personal and cultural problems arise from the belief that we are running our lives with our conscious desires and aspirations. "This is what I want from life. I want to do all these wonderful things". Yet our lives usually don't match our intentions; as a result there is a tendency to think, "I can't get the things that I want.....the world is not providing them. The universe is against me!". Generally, the reason we fail to get what we desire is not because the Universe does not want us to succeed, but because we undermine our own efforts with "invisible" limiting behaviors. Unfortunately, our fundamental subconscious programs were acquired by observing the behavior of others (e.g.,parents, family, community, TV), people who may not share our personal goals and aspirations. While our conscious minds are trying to move us toward our dreams, unbeknownst to us, our subconscious programs may be simultaneously shooting ourselves in the foot and impeding our progress.
We have all been shackled with emotional chains wrought by dysfunctional behaviors programmed by the stories of the past. However, the next time you are talking to "yourself" with the hope of changing sabotaging subconscious programs, it is important to realize the following information. The subconscious mind is simply a "record-playback" mechanism that downloads experiences and programs them as "behavioral tapes". There is no thinking, conscious entity controlling subconscious programs; this autopilot mind is basically a stimulus-response mechanism. Using reason to communicate with your subconscious mind in an effort to change its behavior would essentially have the same influence as trying to change a program on a cassette tape by talking to the tape player. In neither case is there an entity in the mechanism that will respond to your dialogue.
Positive affirmations and positive thinking are not that effective in reprogramming limiting beliefs. Positive thoughts are generated by the conscious mind, a tiny processor that controls the system less than 5 percent of the time. If programs in the subconscious mind do not support the intentions of the conscious mind, which will win out? Positive thinking is a good idea, much better than negative thinking, yet while one is engaging the conscious mind to create positive thoughts, the subconscious mind with its limiting and self-sabotaging programs is running the show! Consequently, positive thinking does not necessarily improve the situation for most people,