Before we delve into understanding the prime directives of the unconscious mind, some major points need to be mentioned. Firstly, it is important to note that, all changes, behaviours and learnings takes place in the unconscious mind. Secondly, our unconscious mind is like a person inside us who we can actually communicate with. This communication is based on the kind of changes we want to apply to our behaviours, feelings and emotions. Thirdly, the unconscious mind is order oriented, in other words it is absolutely humble to orders so long as such orders are accurate and un-conflicting. For example, if today you are passionate about learning calculus, the next day you should not start developing doubts on your ability to learn calculus. You are unconsciously putting your unconscious mind in state of dilemma. In general, the unconscious mind runs our lives, and we are not conscious of it.
Prime directives are orders or missions which represents the overriding control over a course of action. Since the unconscious mind needs accurate and precise orders as stated in the third point above, we can use prime directives to our advantage.
Prime directives of the unconscious mind
- It stores our memories
Our unconscious mind stores our long term memory. It does this in two ways, that is, in relationship to time (temporal) and not in relationship to time (atemporal). In a sense that, it is the responsibility of our unconscious mind to create relationships at the unconscious level with or without respect to our time line.
- It organises our memories
Our unconscious mind makes it possible for us to recollect our memories, it does this in two forms;
- By subject-Gestalt
- Temporally-In your time line
You can recall about an event in the past in two ways. Either by date/process of event or by subject matter this is achieved by your unconscious mind. Sometimes our memories are organised according to emotions such as happiness, sorrow etc.
- It makes association
The unconscious mind makes it possible for us to learn and access information quickly. To do this it links similar or different things, and ideas. This makes it possible for us to access information quickly.
- It preserves the body
The unconscious mind preserves and maintains the integrity of our body. It heals infection and damages; it also warns us of danger. It is responsible for all unconscious activities such as breathing, and blinking. Let’s imagine for instance the act of breathing in and out, if you had to control every breath you take in or out with your conscious mind, you would probably sit all day trying to keep yourself alive without thinking about anything else.
- It follows orders
The unconscious mind follows accurate, precise and consistent orders from the unconscious mind. The reason why many people do not influence their unconscious mind, and achieve their outcome is because they always fail to give it consistent, and executable instructions.
- It maintains and control all perceptions
The unconscious mind filters the millions of pieces of information we receive per second from our environment and within us, in order to enable us process and respond instantly to the desired information.
- It takes everything personally
According to Carl Jung, if we like an aspect about ourselves, we will equally like those same aspects in another person, but if we do not like a particular aspect about ourselves we won’t like such in another person. The unconscious mind only sees fact. The fact is, for instance, if you are a teacher and you believe a particular student is capable, you will treat him that way and he will learn faster than when you think otherwise. Same applies to you and your unconscious mind. Make sure you see the best in yourself to enable it respond likewise.
Your unconscious mind is the master controller of all perspectives. With a good knowledge of how to control your unconscious mind you have ultimate control of your emotions and your life in general.