Subconscious Mind

  1. The subconscious serves as a memory bank or computer.

  2. The subconscious controls and regulates the involuntary functions of the body.

  3. The subconscious is the seat of our emotions.

  4. The subconscious is the seat of the imagination.

  5. The subconscious carries out our habitual conduct.

  6. The subconscious is the dynamo that directs our energy.

  • The subconscious is the feeling mind. The following excerpts on the subconscious mind have been taken from the book “Self Hypnosis and other mind-expanding techniques" by Charles Tebbetts, 1987.


  • “Although your conscious mind may seem to call the shots, it is ruled by the desires of the subconscious, which is the real you”.


  • “The subconscious consists of your desires, whims, and emotions and the energy that drives you to satisfy them”.


  • “We base our decisions on the strength of our desires. Subconscious desires always outweigh conscious ones”.


  • “Our source of energy is the subconscious mind. No amount of willpower exerted by the conscious mind can override it. It may allow the alcoholic to stay sober for one or two nights or the obese person to diet for a while. But unless the subconscious is changed, the habits will continue to dominate. Willpower can only dent the surface”.


  • “An alcoholic may consciously desire to quit drinking. He regrets seeing his partner’s love turn to disgust and his career go down the drain. Yet he will continue to drink inspite of his conscious desire to quit”. Alcohol abuse is a symptom of an unresolved or several unresolved thought-emotion processes.


  • “An obese person may consciously agree that he would be happier if he could control his eating to reduce his weight, yet he finds it impossible to do so”.


  • “The alcoholic and obese person, have accepted things consciously which they have been unable to accept in their inner or subconscious minds. Although our conscious mind has the ability to reason and to decide upon the most advantageous course of action, it cannot implement its decision unless the subconscious agrees and directs its energy toward that end”.

  • “Subconscious acts the way it has been programmed to act, exactly as a computer does and much of this programming occurs before we are old enough to discriminate between ideas helpful or detrimental to our welfare. For instance, if a young child is told by an irritated mother, “You never do anything right!” or “What’s the matter with you? Can’t you do anything” this child may be a failure as an adult. Since his conscious mind is not developed fully enough to censor this negative idea, his subconscious accepts it and establishes the belief that he can’t do things right”.


  • “The subconscious has no critical factor; it accepts as absolute truth any idea allowed to enter its computer like system. The idea then became an integral part of the child’s beliefs and consequent behaviour. An adult would consciously reject the idea that he never does anything right and would not allow it to enter his subconscious”.


  • “The subconscious accepts only what the conscious mind believes at the time the suggestion is offered. But if the conscious mind changes opinion after it has become entrenched in the subconscious, the subconscious will not change with it”.

  • The subconscious will remain dominant and continue to dictate our desires and subsequent behaviour in spite of our conscious opinion”.


  • “Since the subconscious mind is our driving force (seat of our emotions), we always do what our subconscious believes. Since it will believe anything it is told, we can re-program it if we bypass the conscious mind and substitute new, constructive ideas for existing negative ones. The new ideas must be reinforced daily until they become well-entrenched habits of thinking”.