Your Unconscious Mind’s
role in Awakening
Your unconscious mind takes care of all memories, behaviours, motivation, habits, feeling, emotions and body processes such as breathing. Your ability to remember “Am I Present?” is an unconscious process. The frequency of this is a real evidence based measure of your Awakening stability. This is discussed extensively throughout the Laws of Grace course. A simple understanding of how this works can change your life and dramatically speed up your Enlightenment. (video coming soon)
Unconscious mind defined
To simplify, as a human being we are made up of two types of mind: The conscious and unconscious mind.
The conscious mind: This is what we are aware of when we are not asleep, ie: awake. To use metaphor the conscious mind is the pilot of a passenger aeroplane. The pilot decides when and how the plane takes off and where it goes. The pilot communicates with the passengers, staff and control tower.
If you are reading this then you are conscious of these words. Your conscious mind is where you choose and act from when you are in a resourceful state and preferably Presence. This is where you choose to have an apple or a banana. This is where you think and converse with others, or talk to yourself in you mind.
The unconscious mind: This operates below our conscious awareness. The unconscious takes care of all our memories, emotions, behaviours and body processes. You do not tell you body to breathe in and out twenty fours hours a day do you? With regards to learning if you use techniques and processes that work with your unconscious mind then learning is fast, easy and the memory lasts much longer. You will feel confident and be more motivated if you work with your unconscious mind, rather than against how it works. It is easier to walk down a hill through using whole brain learning techniques than walking up a hill using half brain techniques. To extend the plane metaphor the unconscious mind is the electronics of the plane that monitor and make the plane work so it flies. The pilot is the captain of the plane. Unawake humans tend to be on auto-pilot. Being Present is you as the pilot making the plane land, it requires your attention.
Furthermore, you unconscious mind takes care of all those things that make you feel good or bad, how motivated you are or not and what resources you have available for a task.
The unconscious mind will run you when you are in the red traffic light. You will still be awake and conscious but your behaviours will be running you like a robot. People who are very angry or traumatised are usually acting unconsciously. This is related to our survival instinct. As animals don’t have a conscious mind they operate from this place all the time, they don’t have much of a choosing capacity compared to humans. To use the metaphor above the aeroplane pilot has fallen asleep and the plane is on auto-pilot while flying.
To learn the basic life skills of knowing how to use your unconscious mind and relate to it is extremely important. To work with and nurture your unconscious mind to do the right things easily for you will lead to better learning, motivation and success. What is even better than that is you will relate to friends, family and others in a way they will get along better with you. This is because your emotional intelligence will increase as you can monitor your state and change it. You will learn to choose how you feel and behave. Life becomes much more fun and enjoyable.
These simple skills will transform not only your ability to enter Presence and it will impact your whole life in a good way.
Humans are habit machines: the role of unconscious mind
A simple way to understand human behaviour and performance is to know the importance that habits play. The unconscious mind always takes the path of least resistance. That path of least resistance is usually the strongest habit that has been repeated many times. Which habit is used depends on a number of factors by the unconscious mind. The unconscious mind runs under a set of rules called the prime directives. Based on these it will choose a behaviour. The prime directives are discussed below.
Typically the strongest habit will be repeated in a similar circumstance or context. Factors such as the emotional state and old unprocessed trauma (emotional baggage) can take over a useful habit that would operate under normal circumstances and replace it with a bad habit. The colloquial term for that is push their buttons, where an expected unconscious reaction will happen. The person who acts out this knee jerk reaction typically has no control over their behaviour. Hence the phrase knee jerk reaction as it is not done by conscious choice.
To change habits takes conscious effort, hence the importance of state awareness and entry into Presence. If the automatic operation can be changed to a conscious choice then a better habit or action can be chosen. If repeated enough this can become the default habit, if that default habit is Presence then that is Abiding Awakening.
How do you develop this habit of default Presence? This is what the Laws of Grace online course is all about as it gives the correct presence steps and we practice that as we cover all the necessary topics so you are defined and able to embed this practice with measurable evidence! This course is truly ground breaking, simple, exact and the spiritual myths and distractions can be removed for fast progress out of human suffering.
Unconscious mind conflicts: the source of ALL trouble
When issues, conflict or motivational problems arise it is usually an outcome of one or more of the below prime directives being in conflict or out of alignment. When you understand these prime directives and how your unconscious mind operates you can literally go in and rewire how you operate. It’s like upgrading your phone’s operating system from version 1.0 to 9.0.
The result is you are faster, smarter and more motivated. There are more resources to face the same situation again. You may still have fear or some other emotion happening if it was a negative situation (red or yellow traffic light), but these emotions will hopefully be reduced. If the situation was a ‘yellow traffic light state’ then next time you may notice you will be more peaceful or even happy!
If the situation was a red traffic light for you it may then shift to a yellow traffic light, then with practice it will shift to a green. Often red traffic light triggers are more complex, sometimes they take expert help by myself or other professionals and your family. Repeated work by yourself on these may resolve it.
Persistence, practice and feedback is the formula to taking any issue to the green traffic light in your life. You will learn here the skills to do this yourself and that means using your success journal every day to track the progress on the big issues that take you to red. The other option is we work one-on-one to make this process faster. You can live predominantly in the green traffic light state, even better the state of Presence.
Once you know how to correctly enter Presence, as described in the online courses, it is then a matter of practice to form the habit [directives 18 to 21]. After this core skill have been learned it will deepen and develop if applied per the multipliers discussed in the main course. Eventually it becomes the natural default behaviour [directives 18 to 20 with directive 21 being the hopeful outcome]. For those that want more support beyond self study then check out the Mastery Club to be part of a supportive community of people mastering this process to proper Abiding Awakening. Specific feedback with coaching is also available.
Prime Directives of the Unconscious Mind
The prime directives of the unconscious mind are the rule book of how you operate, behave, think and feel. Understanding these gives you the opportunity to understand how, why and who you are. Observe this for yourself and you will see people are literally habit machines and these prime directives are literally the rules for how the software of our behaviours, emotions, memory and body functions work. The unconscious mind is the operating software of you. Your neurology (brain and body) is the hardware.
Below the 21 prime directives of the unconscious mind listed with short explanations as to why they apply to study. This list is not complete but if interested it is a good study to understand these and see how they apply in your life. These do not need to be known as I have summarised all these by repeatedly saying and demonstrating it in the many animal videos that the unconscious mind is like a 5 year old. Further down I explained how each of the prime directives influence learning and academic performance.
To get along with the greater you, which is your unconscious mind hopefully you treat him/her like a 5 year old. Treat him or her like your best friend [directives 12, 13 and 14, and avoid directives 8, 9 and 10] that you care for deeply. There is then a greater chance it will respond the ways you consciously want [directive 13]. When you learn and understand these processes and you treat your unconsciously nicely and in accordance with these prime directives you get more of the outcomes that you consciously want. Life can become very enjoyable, and when it gets tough the below can indicate where to look.
If you are keen for a better life then pick one prime directive for a week and put your daily insights into how this applies into your success journal. Or another home study method would be to allocate 21 pages, and add insights as they happen. To carry out this task is in alignment with a number of the prime directives. Your unconscious mind will certainly get the message it is no longer alone and that it is about working as a team for your life to be better and more enjoyable.
This is why in many videos I can play with wild animals in a way that overrides their natural survival instincts. By being kind, talking to them like a 5 year old best friend, giving them what they want I can get close or even hold them and they remain relaxed and peaceful. Add that I am in Presence, and very observant I can act accordingly. The unconscious mind prime directives for animals would be very similar to our own, but more simplified. Animals don’t have much of a conscious mind, their thinking processes are very minimal.
These processes and rules in the Laws of Grace course operate in accordance with the below prime directives of the unconscious mind. Once you understand your how your neurology (the physical processes) and the unconscious mind (the software processes in the neurology) works to maximize your Presence practice it means these skills are transferred into any area of your life.
These core life skills have a life wide application, not just Awakening, so that is why they are included. Too many spiritual seekers and teachers ignore the vast bulk of our ‘consciousness’. If you master your Presence practice (law of success 10) you are also learning how to master your entire life.
The 21 Prime Directives of the Unconscious Mind
There are about 21 prime directives below they have been split into three main categories. Each will be briefly explained in relation to the study and the learning process.
A: Basic Organism Functions
Your unconscious mind is responsible for all functions to keep you alive from breathing, digesting food to how cells reproduce and your survival instinct. Your unconscious mind is responsible also for your emotions and some of the basic filters with how you perceive things. All these have an impact on some aspects of learning and study.
1 Preserve the body (ie: Keep you safe!).
The uppermost concern of your unconscious mind is for you to be safe. This is the core aspect of our survival instinct. If we feel threatened it’s very difficult to be Present. Having a safe environment is important. Presence practice and most life activities are a long way down the list of priorities when safety is the primary concern. But as you embed this new habit your Presence can be maintained during high stress situations.
Remembering to enter Presence and changing your emotional and state awareness traffic light state from Red to Green is critical for many life activities. The red emotional traffic light is not enjoyable to experience or live in.
This is why in the red state bad behaviours that are destructive can be acted out. The unconscious mind sees these behaviours as the best option to keep you safe. The unconscious mind is confused, and typically occurs when an aspect of in inner psychology has split off and its operating independently from the whole of the psychology. This is called a ‘part’, or a gestalt, in therapeutic and counseling methodologies.
To metaphorically illustrate: As a baby the psychology is born whole. This whole psychology can be represented as a birthday cake. Trauma acts like a knife and cuts a piece of the cake out to help keep you safe. These bits of cake can act independently of the rest of the cake. This piece of cake has limited behaviours, unlike the whole cake. Thus the behaviour may be a bad habit, but the unconscious piece (part or gestalt) only intends to do its best for you. It wants to keep you safe or give you the best.
2 Runs the body.
The unconscious mind runs the body according to DNA and the blue print of health. When there are no conflicts the body will maintain good health and equilibrium.
3 Generates, stores, distributes and transmits “energy”.
In regards to learning if you use whole brain learning techniques with the learning state that means the energies are directed correctly and proper neurological function is maximized.
4 Control, maintain perceptions and transmit them to consciousness.
Our perceptions are how we see and experience the world. This affects how we behave and function. The saying ‘seeing the world through Rose tinted glasses’ illustrate how our perceptions and filters can make a false representation of reality. Techniques and skills used in the Laws of Grace assist this include goal setting (hence the Laws of Success videos), success journal. The state awareness traffic lights also tune oneself to be sensitive to how one is perceiving.
If this perception doesn’t seem pleasant (ie: yellow traffic light may result) and it can be caught in conscious awareness it means it can be changed. The habit of perceiving things in a different and empowered way can then be undertaken.
5 Is the domain of the emotions.
This one is very important. Your unconscious mind is the domain of your emotions so if your emotions are not in the green traffic light state then neurological function, motivation and performance is decreased. This is why emotional intelligence is included as a life skill.As your Presence practice deepens and becomes more durable you will master all emotional states. You can hold deep Presence and have emotions run. Only people who don’t live correctly in Presence will say otherwise. This is why we use the Rules of Evidence in the Laws of Grace. You will experience this for yourself as true if you follow what is in the course.
The animal videos demonstrate how an animal operates. It can be seen how it flicks its reaction and emotions from say caution (yellow) to being settled (green) instantaneously.
The animal videos demonstrate how an animal operates. It can be seen how it flicks its reaction and emotions from say caution (yellow) to being settled (green) instantaneously. This happens as animals have no conscious mind and a simplified unconscious so they behave more instinctually than humans. They tend not to hold onto past events. The exception to this is a traumatised animal, which means that they can hold onto events especially if it was highly traumatic/unsafe ie: Directive No 1 operates to keep them safe. This is to be expected as it helps the survival instinct to be improved.
Yet the human unconscious mind is like a 5 year old it is still quite simplistic in some respects. It responds to being treated well and spoken to in a language it understands. It cannot rationalize like adults, hence it takes everything personally and all events are it’s fault [see directive 14]. So if we feel good that means we relax which helps us enter Presence more easily and maintain it in life.
B: Memory & recall
This category has a direct impact on all areas of life because it is related to your memory being formed, processed and recalled.
6 Stores memories.
Storing memories is critical for functional human life. Using the unconscious mind they way it is designed to work helps memory storage. With the addition of techniques that assist the body’s biology and neurology will further boost the memory and processing capacity to use the knowledge. Presence, when done correctly via the body is naturally whole brain activating, neuroscience shows this.
7 Organizes all your memories.
The whole brain learning techniques in combination with state awareness helps the memories to be stored appropriately. Using the correct context Presence is the same as the learning state and synesthesias (use of symbols, colours, music and mindmaps etc) the memories can be recalled and used when appropriate. It’s worth noting again that all memory and learning is state-dependent. By implication if you master your state you then go a long way to mastering your memory.The classic example to illustrate the point is that of a song. If a new song is learnt and loved at a particular period in one’s life a decade later when that song plays we recall those times with clarity. Personally, I often buy a new album before a big holiday, and listen to it when away. Years later that album will reactivate the memories and give a chance to reflect on the changes in my life.
8 Represses memories with unresolved negative emotion.
This function does not really impact learning unless the memories that are repressed are so destructive that is scrambles the memory processes inside the brain. Severe trauma can do this. I have worked with some students that have had this issue. Their unconscious mind scrambled the memory storage system so they would not remember the traumatic events. Luckily due to directives 12, 13 19 and 20 a solution was found to restore the memory system, and help keep that person safe [directive No 1].
9 Presents repressed memories for resolution.
Our unconscious mind really does want us to have a good life [directives 1, 12, 13, 20 and 21]. So the things that are repressed will surface so they can be processed and released. The reason for this is to relieve stress in the mental, emotional and physical body. Therefore directive No 1 to be safe, which is the most important directive to ensure survival, is the reason for this directive.
This can be why cycles of good and hard happen in our lives. This is why we go from good motivation to bad. There may be something repressed that is ready for review and release and life may trigger it to be remembered. This is mentioned here for the sake of completeness, because when issues arise they change the emotional state (thus the awareness traffic light). If something big crops up then the specific assistance can be given with a coaching session.
10 May keep the repressed emotions repressed for protection.
This is a subset of the above No 9 and helps the most important prime directive No 1 of keeping you safe and functional. If you are pro-actively working on a behaviour pattern and it does not shift, this may be why. Habits and behaviours will not shift just because they are not wanted. All habits result for a reason. The unconscious mind and its protection mechanisms are truly amazing, even if some are in conflict with what we consciously say we want. To bust these psychological mechanisms by force may result in insanity. The key is to improve in a way that the unconscious keeps its balance. It will present only what you are capable of dealing with, your unconscious really is you most loyal and loving friend and guardian angel.
C: Style of Operation
This category gives insights as to how we behave the way we do. It explains our core drivers, motivation and usually our ethical guidelines of being a human (unless traumatised).
12 Is a highly moral being.
Yes, our humanity is naturally one of good morals. To be a good person and to be treated nicely is natural. If a behaviour or personality aspects are not highly moral it’s because there is something that has caused a disruption.
The animal videos demonstrate this fact over and over. The animals that operate unconsciously are finely tuned at sensing danger. When they are close to me they sense this high morality and my learning state. The animals feel safe. Then when I stroke or even hold them their survival instincts usually never trigger. They may struggle a little bit at times, but they are only in the yellow traffic light state (or they would bite me hard!). Hence in many videos when the birds will eat while being held. If they escape my grasp they usually compose themselves (go back to green) before they fly away, or they stay on me.
In a few special videos you can actually observe the animals like Koalas and birds being quite confused at being stroked. This is way outside their normal reality. You can sense their brains being confused, their eyes roll in the heads. Their behaviour says I like this, but I should run away (survival instinct).
Even fish can sense this. When snorkelling without a spear gun, the bigger wiser fish of any species will often approach closely. When I have a speargun, the same big fish will stay out of firing range, only the young and small fish will be curious and approach.
13 Enjoys serving, needs clear orders to follow.
This prime directive is really important. Our unconscious mind wants to help us and others therefore it needs to be given clear directions in a way it understands. Then the unconscious can carry the instructions out. Goal setting, planning, success journal and other techniques are used to help direct your attention, focus and outcomes. These techniques are an integral part of our human life is we want to do well. The 10 Laws of Success videos are here in this website for that reason – they translate how human stuff is also part of our core wholeness.
Hence in the animal videos I speak to the birds or animals as though they are a 5 year old best friend. I explain, I talk and use gestures and tonality to communicate to them. Note my tonality and actions if the bird bites me for example. I tell it off and then I come back to being a nice person I tell them what I want. In my mind I picture what I want them to do, and as I am usually in the learning state they can sense it. The big Sulphur Crested Cockatoo videos exemplify this beautifully as they are smarter and live longer. The cockatoo will always walk away, as if embarrassed, then turn around and come back in the green state for more food.
As you watch the animal videos notice how the bird often respond to what I say, and these are 100% wild birds. Sometimes when I say something to a bird and it acts on it almost instantly. The ‘Evidence your Awakening‘ video on the Laws of Grace page gives numerous examples, they are so amazing I could not edit the video to make it shorter.
A metaphor for this directive is: When using navigation apps to get from point A to point B if you don’t tell it where you want to go it’s simply can’t help you get to the destination.
14 Takes everything personally. ‘It’s my fault‘.
Have you noticed you take everything personally, until your adult conscious mind overrides it with the sense of ‘me’? With the unconscious mind truly being like a five year old it doesn’t have a individualised sense of identity. Therefore everything is related it is my fault. Hence in the videos I say talk to it like she or he a 5yrs old friend. The correct Presence practice here in this website and the online courses activates this principle to help outcomes being achieved.
15 Is symbolic, uses and works with symbols and pictures.
The unconscious mind and neurology operates in pictures and symbols. Hence the saying a picture is worth a thousand words. This is why the traffic light system is used in this page as it conveys meaning. The use of the traffic light to monitor yourself gives you an instantaneous readout and sense of what to do. Many of the whole brain learning techniques taught at my studentsuccesstutor.com website revolve around the use of pictures and symbols. The use of mindmaps (Tony Buzan is the acknowledged inventor of these) is a unique picture / symbol. Mindmaps are a very effective whole brain study technique.
This is why wrote learning (the main method used to teach subjects) is a very ineffective method of learning it only uses a small part of the brain (left neocortex). Wrote learning does not trigger the learning state, it triggers the Beta brainwave state (yellow and red traffic lights for learning effectiveness). The right side of the brain is a lot more holistic and is based in symbols, pictures and music. Hence whole brain learning techniques are a requirement for effective learning.
16 Does not process negatives.
Don’t think of a pink elephant! What did you see when you read that sentence? The unconscious mind can only see what is represented therefore cannot process a negative. This has implications in terms of goal setting and seeing the correct outcomes. It can also improve how you speak to yourself and others if you keep the imagery positive. For example saying “Don’t fall over” conveys the picture of falling over. The unconscious may follow that command [directive 13] and fall over as it runs on symbols and pictures [directive 15]. If the picture is to fall over, it may well act it out – ouch!
17 Maintains instincts and generate habits.
Instincts are hard wired and are difficult to change. However, habits can override instinct with practice. A strong habit can override what is natural [directives 19 and 21]. For example a soldier is trained to be fully functional in a deadly fire fight, rather than go into (red traffic light state) survival mode or go into trauma (dysfunctional extreme red).
This is demonstrated in the animal videos where I hold the wild birds. They do not go into their survival instincts and remain at peace.
This directive also means that bad habits can be formed and may become predominant, especially in yellow and red traffic light states. The aim of the website, the Laws of Grace online course and Mastery Club is to help install good Presence practice for learning, state control, success as well as having a life in Abiding Presence (in a timely fashion).
18 Needs repetition until a habit is installed.
Learning the practice of correct Presence practice shared here requires new habits to be formed. The old and inefficient habits of un-awake unconsciousness need to be undone. The old habits that tend to run in the yellow and red traffic light states need to be changed. These are switched to the new habits, that support the green light state, for maximum resourcefulness and neurological function.
The online course, Mastery Club and coaching teaches these skills but helps them be applied so they become the natural habit. Because these skills are designed to work with your unconscious mind and neurology they do become the preferred habit because they are easy for your system to run them [directive 21]. This then sets up a life that is a lot more successful in all areas because the over riding habit of Presence has been installed that match how the unconscious mind and neurology work. True Awakening includes all of you, hence this is included here when most other spiritual teachers and methodologies miss it out.
19 Functions best as a whole integrated unit.
To be whole and functional is the ideal outcome. This is represented in this website by being Present where you are in the green state awareness traffic light. The unconscious mind due to the above prime directives means that psychologically separated parts can override the entire system. This tends to happen more when in to the red traffic light. This is easily observable when people are in extreme emotional states (or drunk) by how they will act out. They will lost in behaviour patterns that are not desirable. They are literally not in control of their consciousness. They are literally being run by an unconscious pattern that is not integrated with the wholeness of there being.
20 Is programmed to continually seek more and more.
This explains why motivation should naturally be high. Notice three to five year old children are always keen to learn more and help, unless they have been traumatized to stay safe thus try to keep a low profile [directive No 1].
If motivation is not naturally good then there is a conflict happening somewhere within the unconscious. This directive also explains why we want to grow as a person and why we always want more security, more money etc. Success is a natural drive, if missing then conflicts are present in the unconscious mind. Presence naturally feels good, it offers peace to any situation. Correct Presence practice, as described in the methods here and most specifically in the Laws of Grace course activates all your neurology so you can deal consciously to any situation.
This is the secret to the spiral of improvement. The positive feedback loop is started. As more positive improvements and experiences happen the tough stuff is tackled with a different attitude. Learning is taken from the tough and negative stuff to further make improvements. This is the key aim with the online courses, Mastery Club and coaching.
21 Works on the principle of least effort.
Yes, we are inherently lazy and will take the easiest option. The easiest option is typically the strongest habit and those neurological pathways backed with experience and repetition [directive 18]. The question to ask is this habit one that was installed unconsciously or a habit you have chosen and worked on so it’s been mastered by conscious choice?
Learning new habits take effort and it can also mean feeling uncomfortable until one has mastered these things so they are easy. Once they are easy and the benefits are known from experience they then can take predominance as the natural behaviour pattern. To fully master the Presence habit can be done within a few short years to full Abiding Presence, as defined in this website. This is the key reason for the Laws of Grace online course as exactness and evidence based steps are used so you can experience this for yourself. The outcome then becomes mathematical. It took me 5 year to enter Abiding Awakening, if I had access to this Laws of Grace online course it would have been less than 3 years. Mind based Presence practice caused a 2 year delay. The vast majority of seekers are lost in mind practice, hence so few truly enter proper Abiding Presence. These individuals just think they have, but it does not meet the Rues of Evidence that is is real.
This is explained in the emergency response and pain page (pages here soon). This is where I explain how even in emergency situations my natural instinct now is to go more deeply into Presence. My system has learnt that it can be fully functional via Presence. This helps me the most in any situation. This is because Abiding Presence means all my resources are available. In my case it does literally mean it is now the path of least effort. My system has also learnt that Presence is in accordance with prime directive No 1, of keeping me safe because more resourcefulness equals I am safer.
Self Responsibility means real Awakening
The unconscious mind is undoubtedly the most important aspect of being human. It does everything for us like a faithful servant so we can live life. It wants us to have a good and easy life. This topic is extremely complex but having a simple understanding of how it works and a couple of basic skills can result in a significant shifts in education, social interactions, moods, life achievements and having a life that has a lot more joy and happiness.
The contents of this page has some simple concepts that will help a anyone start to build a relationship with themselves. To talk to one’s own unconscious mind in a way that it listens and will help is truly one of the most important skills a person can ever learn in their lifetime. Again, go watch the animal videos as I discuss all these topics. That’s the evidence as they react and let me whisper them.
The simple concepts and skills are:
1. State awareness and Presence pratcice. Using the state awareness traffic lights.
2. Entering the Presence, never assume you ‘are there’. Take it deeper consciously and into the lower body. Always do the steps and notice the nuances.
3. To talk to your unconscious mind like it is a 5 year old best friend, sister or brother that you deeply care for.
4. To use the feedback process to show it is important so it develops as a habit. This can be done by yourself (success journal), with the shorter Correct Presence Practice course or the full Laws of Grace online, Mastery Club and of course specific to you for maximum clarity coaching.
The prime directives are the 21 operational rules of the unconscious mind. In the summary above it was briefly mentioned how each one of these applies to your Awakening so it fits with all your life. These Prime Directives cannot be ignored, they operate unconsciously. At the core of proper Presence practice is the foundation of how we operate as a human being. Enlightenment includes all of you, or its just not real and this will be indicated by a lack of real life easily measurable evidence.