Updated: Feb 4
Written by: Tetske van Dun
How much of your daily actions, thoughts and feelings are you really conscious of doing and how much of those are being produced by your subconscious? It’s a lot! Around 95% of our thoughts are born in our unconscious. In this article we talk about the importance of a healthy unconscious mind, the risk of invisible trauma and the healing we can give to it, so that we live a more healthy and balanced conscious life.
The subconscious mind is a powerful force that plays a significant role in shaping our thoughts, behaviors, and emotions. It is often referred to as the "unconscious" mind, as it operates outside of our conscious awareness. The subconscious mind is responsible for storing and processing information that we have not consciously chosen to pay attention to. This includes memories, emotions, and beliefs that we have formed throughout our lives. These experiences shape our perceptions and attitudes, often in ways that we are not aware of. (see image below)
Despite its importance, many individuals may not be aware of the potential negative effects that can occur when the subconscious mind is not properly healed. One such effect is the projection of unhealed trauma. It is clear that becoming conscious contributes to the workings of the unconscious mind. In this article, we particularly address ways in which unhealed trauma can manifest, the potential consequences of not addressing these issues and ways to heal the unconscious mind of these parts ‘eating away’ at it.
What Is Subconscious Trauma?
Subconscious trauma is trauma that is usually rooted in childhood and trauma that we are not consciously aware of carrying with us. Hidden but dangerously armed stowaways in our minds continuously pulling and pushing on our steering wheel of life. When the subconscious mind is not properly healed, unhealed trauma can manifest in a number of ways. If an individual has experienced a traumatic event, such as sexual abuse or physical violence, they may develop negative beliefs about themselves or others, which can lead to feelings of insecurity, mistrust, and fear. Adding to this, an individual may experience symptoms of anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
They may also struggle with addiction, self-harm, or other forms of self-destructive behaviour. Additionally, unhealed trauma can lead to patterns of unhealthy relationships, including those that are emotionally or physically abusive. So these negative beliefs and emotions can be unconsciously stored in the subconscious mind, and can continue to affect the individual's thoughts, behaviors, and emotions in the present.
Not addressing unhealed trauma can also lead to the projection of these negative emotions and beliefs onto others. For example, an individual may unconsciously blame others for their problems, or may become overly critical or controlling in their relationships. This projection can also manifest in the form of negative stereotypes, such as racism or sexism, which can perpetuate harmful cycles of discrimination and oppression.
How To Heal Subconscious Trauma?
“The way to get rid of darkness is with light; the way to overcome cold is with heat; the way to overcome the negative thought is to substitute the good thought. Affirm the good, and the bad will vanish."
― Joseph Murphy, The Power of Your Subconscious Mind
“As you sow in your subconscious mind, so shall you reap in your body and environment.”
― Joseph Murphy, The Power of Your Subconscious Mind -
After realizing you have these dangerous and harming stowaways in our very powerful subconscious minds, you are very wise to want to get rid of them, or at least learn how to live with them in a positive and balanced way so they can cause no more harm to yourself and your surroundings. But how can you do this? Where to start?
First it is important to note that healing the subconscious mind is not an easy or straightforward process. It requires a great deal of self-awareness, self-reflection, and the willingness to confront difficult emotions and experiences. However, it is essential to address these issues in order to overcome the negative effects of unhealed trauma.
When you have strong intention and courage to address your hidden trauma’s, you're ready to start. One effective method for healing the subconscious mind is through therapy. A therapist can help an individual to identify and process the underlying emotions and beliefs that are associated with their unhealed trauma. They can also provide tools and techniques for managing and coping with these emotions. For example, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is an effective form of therapy that can help individuals to challenge and change negative thought patterns and beliefs. Other forms of therapy, such as eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), can also be useful for treating symptoms of PTSD.
Other techniques, such as meditation, journaling, or practicing yoga, can also be helpful in healing the subconscious mind. These practices can help individuals to become more self-aware and to develop a greater understanding of their thoughts, emotions, and behavior's. Additionally, it is important to surround oneself with supportive people who will provide a safe and non-judgmental space for healing.
In healing the subconscious trauma, it is important to realize the presence and the power of these experiences in your life. They are a part of your past and cannot be erased, trying to erase them will put them even further into your subconscious and will make the negative effects even worse. But similarly, you do not have to face them and repeat them constantly to pull them into the light. There are many ways to face and heal trauma and as we are all different as people, different forms, therapies and activities are effective for us.
Simple steps you can do today to overcome the negative effects of subconscious trauma
It comes down to seeing and accepting yourself and your past, lovingly embracing your own power and your weak spots. (Click here)
Replace some negative thoughts with positive affirmations.(Click here)
Seek support from those around you, your surroundings, and/or a professional (Click here)
After these steps are done, you are already almost there. The actual long-term healing will take time, maybe even the rest of your life. But the most important part, bringing these parts to the light, lovingly accepting them and committing yourself to healing them, can be done with the right help.
Healing The Subconscious Mind
We have shown that the subconscious mind plays a significant role in shaping our thoughts, behaviors, and emotions. However, when the subconscious mind is infected with past unseen trauma and not properly healed, it can lead to the manifestation of negative emotions and beliefs, and even the projection of unhealed trauma onto others. Always try to remember that no matter how dark and strange your trauma seems to be, you are not the only one on this path of healing and there are many ways to heal and address these issues. We have mentioned a few in this article. If you want to know more about your specific subconscious trauma and ask a professional for some personalized advice you can contact us here.