As we look at the two phases of our mind it’s important to understand how information passes from one facet to the other and is recorded as “truth”. Between the conscious and the subconscious, there is something called the “critical factor.” The critical factor is the “gatekeeper” between the conscious and the subconscious mind.
The formation of our beliefs lies in the fact that this part of your mind accepts certain information and excludes others. This is one of the keys to understanding how your mind got programmed in the first place.
Most of us have a fully developed critical factor at around six years of age, but until that age we do not have a way to filter out the “truthfulness” of the information presented to us. The subconscious has recorded every feeling and sensation from the moment of conception, including everything your mother felt.
Until age six, you were basically a little learning machine, operating mainly in the alpha and theta brainwave frequencies. This means that, prior to your critical factor being developed, whatever information arrived at the doorway of your subconscious mind went in unfiltered without questioning or rejecting what didn’t make sense. It was all accepted as truth. That is where the formation of your belief system and mindset began.
Do you know people who had over-protective, “smother mothers”? The little kid starts crawling around and the mother says, “Be careful, you’re going to get hurt.” When he starts walking, she says, “You’re going to fall. Oh, you’re going to hit your head on that table! Be careful! Watch out!”
Think about it. Is that child going to be a confident child? I doubt it. Is that child going to be afraid to try things? Absolutely! That’s where fear of failure and trying new things begins.
As parents, we don’t realize all the stuff that we do to our kids. I have literally asked my children to forgive me for some of the dumb things I taught them, some of which I learned from my own parents. Though consciously we know better, we repeat the same patterns because of the power of our subconscious programs.
Think about this: From zero to six years old, most of our belief system was being formed. You didn’t even know how to talk during some of that time. You couldn’t really express yourself or process information in an eloquent, verbal manner.
This is very intense. You’ve got stuff in you that you can’t even verbalize because you couldn’t talk when it was programmed. You have certain beliefs that are locked in as pure feelings because you couldn’t describe them in words.
When we left Cuba, we lost everything and left with only had the clothes on our backs. As a result, I had a lot of deep-seated fears that were conditioned in my first four years of life. My parents displayed a fear of loss that had a very powerful effect on me as an impressionable child. Later in life this fear kept me repeating strong limiting behavior patterns. Add to that, living in lack for several years after getting to the U.S. and you have a recipe for feeling not good enough and unworthy big time.
So, what’s your story? There is usually a pattern or story that keeps repeating itself over and over. You’ve got to dig up those conditioned beliefs and programs that you didn’t choose and are limiting you. All of that is what’s buried deep down in your subconscious, and you aren’t even aware of it.
By the way, this is no one’s fault. Blaming makes us feel like victims, which only robs us of our power. Our parents did the best they could. They taught us what they knew to the best of their abilities. Remember, their parents and authority figures programmed them. So, no blame, no judgment, all we want is to get to the core of it so we can be free and create a life of blessings and riches.
Once I became aware of my early programming, I began working consciously on my beliefs in order to change my limiting programs. All of it was buried deep, beyond my conscious memory. It’s only within the past several years that I’ve been able to dig deep enough. Prior to that, I suppressed those early memories.
With my focus, drive and positive attitude I thought I could barrel through anything. I was wrong. I still had a lot of buried limiting fears, programs and beliefs to overcome.
What I’m teaching you in these articles and in my book are the powerful principles, strategies and techniques to figure out what beliefs and emotional blocks are buried deep so we can get rid of them and replace them with positive beliefs that will help you succeed!
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