Your mind is a powerful force and operates both consciously and unconsciously. At the conscious level exist your thoughts, cognitions and memories that you acknowledge. At a much deeper level exists the unconscious mind, which, at the highest level, serves and protects you and consists of the vast sum of operations that happen below your conscious awareness.

For many, the concept of the unconscious mind is foreign. However, if you take the time to learn about this powerful aspect of self, you can position yourself for positive, powerful change and transformation.

Below are 20 prime directives of the unconscious mind.

1. Stores memories. These memories may be temporal, in relationship to time, or atemporal, not in relationship to time.

2. Organizes all your memories. These are organized for your recollection and can be organized temporally, in your Time Line or by subject, via the Gestalt.

3. Is the domain of the emotions. You may consciously be aware of your emotions, however they’re generated and maintained by the unconscious mind.

4. Represses memories with unresolved negative emotion. When not yet dealt with, the body will trap the emotions in the body and create a resistance or blockage in internal communication throughout the body and mind. If you are not equipped to emotionally deal with the memory, your unconscious mind is doing it’s best to protect you.

5. Presents repressed memories for resolution. When you are emotionally equipped to deal with memories, your unconscious mind will present memories to you so that you can make sense of it, obtain required learnings and release emotions. They may be through dreams, flashes, words, symbols or even visually.

6. May keep the repressed emotions repressed for protection. This is a short-term function and long-term, emotions should be release for the long-term interest of your body.

7. Runs the body. Your unconscious mind has a blueprint of your body now and also of perfect health. Your body runs many processes all day long from breathing, blinking, pumping blood throughout your body and more without guidance from us. These blueprints are held in the unconscious mind.

8. Preserves the body. The unconscious mind heals infection and damage, warns you of danger and creates instant responses accordingly so that it may maintain the integrity of the body. At times it can feel like being on auto pilot.

9. Is a highly moral being. You have beliefs, value and morals you were taught to accept. When you operate against your moral code, your unconscious mind reminds you. It may replay memories or even create feelings of dis-harmony until you can make amends.

10. Enjoys serving, needs clear orders to follow. Just like you must direct a young child, your unconscious mind must also have clear, specific and focused directions to follow from the conscious mind. The conscious mind is referred to as the goal setter and the unconscious as the goal getter. If you do NOT attain your goals, chances are you have not taken the time to create clear instructions for your unconscious mind to follow.

11. Controls and maintains all perceptions. Every day you are bombarded with up to 12 million bits of information per second and your unconscious mind is responsible to filter this data and make it manageable for your conscious mind to make sense of it. It does so in chunk sizes of 7 plus or minus 2.

12. Generates, stores, distributes, and transmits “energy” throughout the body. Your body knows when it requires relaxation and boosts of adrenaline and will assist your body in distributing this energy accordingly.

13. Maintains instincts and generate habits. From the moment of birth, some instincts are built in, like fight or flight response. Habits are cultivated over time and in order to change them, you must work at the unconscious level.  

14. Needs repetition until a habit is installed. Repetition is required to train and be embedded in the neurological system.

15. Is programmed to continually seek more and more. If you’ve ever wanted to be more, do more or have more, it’s because your unconscious mind is hard wired for it. Feel free to keep asking yourself “what’s next?” as there is always more to discover.

16. Functions best as a whole integrated unit. The unconscious mind operates better as a whole and functions best with a minimum of parts. These “parts: can be goals, ideas and beliefs that are, at times, in conflict with one another. So the fewer parts, the better.  

17. Is symbolic. The unconscious mind uses and responds to symbols. Symbols can have significant meaning and they can be interpreted by your unconscious mind in meaningful ways. The interpretation of the metaphor behind the symbol will vary from person to person.

18. Takes everything personally. Your unconscious mind sees only fact and has no concept of make belief. It’s important you pay attention to what your unconscious mind perceives as real. Also, the good you see in others is a reflection of the good you see in yourself. This also applies to what you dislike about others, as it’s a reflection of what you dislike about yourself. This is the basis of perception is projection. When working with people, it’s important you are aware of this and deliberately focus on the good so you attract more of it for self and optimize your relations with others.

19. Works on the principle of least effort. Your unconscious mind wants to do as little as possible to preserve your energy. It takes the path of least resistance.

20. Does not process negatives. If you “do NOT think of a blue tree”, what will happen? You think of a blue tree. It’s imperative you say things the way you want them, not what you don’t want, because your unconscious mind will automatically go there.