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The human brain is an incredible thing, the command center regulating every aspect of who we are and what we do. This one little organ, amounting to only 2% of our body weight, is responsible for our every thought, action, and reaction.

When we think of the human mind, we consider the powers of our conscious mind – our memory, cognitive function, and intelligence. However, experts advise that we are overlooking one huge powerful force, the part of the human mind with the ability to completely turn our lives around if we are willing and able to harness it and put it to work – The subconscious mind.

Here are 13 highly interesting facts about the subconscious mind:

#1 – Experts report that your subconscious mind is running your life.

We’ve all had that moment when we look back on life, suddenly aware that we had been operating on autopilot. This is due to the fact that your subconscious mind runs your life more often than not. In fact, experts report that your subconscious mind is calling the shots approximately 95% of the time.

#2 – There is no verbal language associated with your subconscious mind.

The way that the subconscious mind communicates defies conventional language as we understand it. Thoughts, ideas, and concepts are stored and communicated through symbols and associations.

#3 – Your ‘gut instinct’ is a product of your subconscious mind at work.

That gut feeling that warns us that we’re about to do something dangerous, or that we should avoid a specific person, is all a product of your subconscious at work. Don’t ignore this ‘odd’ feeling. Pay attention, it may be the secret to avoiding something serious.

#4 – Your habits are a direct result of your subconscious mind.

If you are looking to break free from a bad habit, look to your subconscious mind. Therefore, the key to breaking or rework a habit, the only way that can be done is through reworking the subconscious. Trying to alter your habits through the conscious mind will always fall short.

#5 – The subconscious mind takes everything literally.

Your ability to interpret or analyze information occurs in the conscious mind. Therefore, if your subconscious mind is calling the shots, understand that everything will be taken literally. You’re not going to pick up on hints or minute details.

#6 – The subconscious mind struggles to differentiate between what’s real and what’s imagined.

When you allow your imagination to take hold, it can actually fool the subconscious mind. This is due to the fact that, as we just discussed, the ability to analyze is found in the conscious mind. For this reason, the line between reality and imagination can become blurred. This is the underlying reason for the power of hypnosis.

#7 – Your subconscious mind is constantly taking record of everything you do and experience.

People often underestimate the power of the subconscious mind, but there is nothing that you do, say or experience that it doesn’t make a record of. This is why hypnosis is such a valuable tool when trying to recall information from the past, it taps into your subconscious memory. Even more impressive, these memories are permanent.

#8 – Don’t underestimate its power! Your subconscious mind is estimated to be one million times more powerful than your conscious mind.

We spend much of our time worrying about how to grow and develop our conscious mind, but experts report that we may be overlooking the bigger force. Experts estimate that the subconscious mind may be as much as one million times more powerful than the conscious mind.

#9 – Your subconscious mind is the source of your limitations and beliefs.

If there is one thing that can truly hold you back from happiness and success in life, it’s your own limiting beliefs. These beliefs are ‘facts’ that you hold to be true, however, they are not rooted in reality. Accepting them to be true, our subconscious mind holds onto them and enforces them in our daily lives, however, if we can open our eyes to the fact they are merely a creation of our imagination we can free ourselves from their hold.

#10 – The subconscious mind has a powerful ability when used in the present.

While we often find ourselves caught up in regrets from the past or anxiety about the future, harnessing the subconscious mind provides us with the power to influence the here and now. It focuses on the present moment, what you are currently experiencing, and how to respond.

#11 – Unlike your conscious mind, the subconscious mind is always awake.

Your subconscious mind is always alert, even if you aren’t. You may not realize it, but when you are sleeping your subconscious mind can still hear the radio playing in the background or conversations that are going on nearby.

#12 – The subconscious mind can be programmed through repetition.

Often when people consider the subconscious mind, they see it as some powerful force outside of our control. However, through the use of repetition, we can program our subconscious mind. Doing so empowers us to accomplish great things.

#13 – Your subconscious mind communicates through your dreams.

Most people see our dreams as nothing more than a fun topic of conversation, entertainment, the truth is that they are actually a form of communication used by our subconscious mind. The signs and symbols that they contain are used to convey specific messages. Paying attention to and interpreting your dreams can help you to better understand yourself on a deeper level.