Last weekend, I attended one of the Hay House I CAN DO IT! WEEKEND CONFERENCES! in Washington, DC, a three-day series of workshops packed with such metaphysical speakers as Wayne Dyer, Doreen Virtue and Carolyn Myss. If you get a chance to go to one of these conferences, don’t pass up the opportunity.
The last speaker of the weekend was Bruce Lipton, who is known for his ability to explain the connection between science and spirituality.
During the course of his presentation he made a case for the importance of staying present.
He talked about the subconscious mind and conscious mind, and how everyone uses both. The conscious mind is the part of our brain that we use when we’re in the moment. As I’m writing this blog post, I’m using my conscious mind. The subconscious mind is that part of our brain that houses things that we’re not even aware of. For example, our habits, our fears, our self-defeating stories that we’ve had since childhood are all housed somewhere deep inside of the subconscious mind.
For students of self-help and metaphysics, this is not a new concept. In fact, a common piece of advice is to train your subconscious to believe what you want it to believe. For example, if you believe subconsciously that you’ll never have enough money, chances are you won’t until you can re-train your subconscious to think otherwise.
If you’ve ever tried to retrain your subconscious mind, you know it’s pretty hard to do so. So Dr. Lipton offered an alternative solution. Use your conscious mind, instead. The conscious mind, he explained, houses all of the thoughts about what you currently want in your life. For example, this is where you might be thinking that you want to have an abundance of money and you are ready to stop struggling financially. The more time you spend using your conscious mind, the more likely you’ll be focusing on what you want rather than on the fears and doubts that are in your subconscious mind. The problem is, Dr. Lipton explained, we use our subconscious minds far more than we use our conscious minds. In fact, he estimated that we use our subconscious minds 95 percent of the time and our conscious minds only a mere 5 percent of the time.
So instead of trying to retrain the subconscious mind, why not spend more time using the conscious mind? We’re using our conscious mind when we remain present. When we’re noticing the sounds, smells, and sights that are in front of us. When we start wondering about the future, ruminating about the past or worrying about how to make things happen, we shift into subconscious mode and all of the scripts and patterns that we’re trying to change strengthen their grip on us once again.
So how can you spend more time in the present?
Instead of trying to do three and four things at a time, which will send you into subconscious mode with a vengeance, do one thing at a time and focus on that task as you do it.
Notice your senses.
What do your surroundings smell like? How do they feel? What is before your eyes at this very moment? When you’re aware of what your senses are experiencing, you’re in the present.