Have you ever heard that as human beings we usually spend (at best) only 5% of our time in our conscious mind, and the other 95% in our subconscious mind?

The subconscious controls our nervous system. Either you’re controlling your consciousness, or it’s on autopilot (the subconscious). Here’s how it can play out: suppose you were close to a friend, and you know your friend’s behavior; and you also happen to know your friend’s parent. At some point you recognize that your friend shares some of the same behavior as their parent. Then you say something simple like, ‘Hey, you know Bill; you’re just like your Dad.’ But then you have to back away from Bill because he goes ballistic: “How can you compare me to my Dad?!”

So, just as much as Bill says “How can you compare me to my Father?” (When you obviously see that Bill is behaving exactly like his Father), we have to recognize that there is no difference for us. We are doing exactly the same thing. And just like Bill, we don’t see it, either. This is what is at play 95% of the time (subconscious on autopilot).

When your life doesn’t necessarily work out the way you wanted it to and you don’t see that you are participating in that problem; you perceive yourself as a victim. If everybody considers themselves victims and looks at the outside world as the source of the problem, then we end up with the world we have right now. If you don’t see that you are sabotaging yourself, then you cannot get out of the loop you keep playing. Since people are totally unaware that they are causal (creating the situation they are participating in), they have no idea that they had anything to do with what happened to them. In similar cases to Bill’s, the behavior that they are choosing to engage in, sabotages them and comes from the subconscious, below the conscious level. And this is the biggest problem in the world because everyone walks around like Bill saying “The Universe is against me!”— and, no it isn’t!

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11 thoughts on “Have you ever heard that as human beings we usually spend (at best) only 5% of our time in our conscious mind, and the other 95% in our subconscious mind?

  1. Reblogged this on Joyful Living and commented:
    Favorite line? ” And this is the biggest problem in the world because “Everyone walks around like Bill saying ‘The Universe is against me!’— and, no it isn’t!” AND. No! It. Isn’t. !!!

  2. Thank you Bruce for reminding all of us of this universal reality. I learned this 23 years ago and it totally changed my prospective and my life. Our Victim mindset is very rigget, and resurfaces in situations were we feel powerless and down. It takes a strong mind and a bold character, or lots of positive expiriences to believe in your own powers to change the game at any time.
    Thanks to your amazing research it is possible to explain people the universal reality – Thanks again for all you do.
    Markus Schramm
    Life-Coach & Holistic Natural Healer

  3. It is so hard to “know” yourself, to recognise patterns of behaviour, knee-jerk reactions, self-sabotage. And I totally understand that much of our behaviour is the result of conditioning from our parents. However, I still do it even though I know it! But I have also learned that I am responsible for my life, for the outcomes from my decisions, and I am not a victim of “The Universe” – quite the opposite, “The Universe” is there to help me, and I have to be open and willing to receive to this help, which may come in totally unexpected ways.

  4. The Universe is always working with us… never against us. When things don’t go the way we want, it is a message from the Universe saying “Wake up”!… time to try something different!

  5. History of mankind is cyclical for this very reason. Until time is spent understanding who we are and how we came to who we are, little progress can be made to become better persons.

  6. Dear Dr. Bruce Lipton,

    Thank you so much for the great knowledge you share with us:)

    With Metta,

    Malathie

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