The Truth About How the Subconscious Mind Works

Odille Remmert
4 min readApr 28, 2018

Who’s pushing your buttons?

The truth is, we’re not driving. We think we’re driving, in the same way a small child, sitting on his parent’s lap, with his hands on the steering wheel thinks he’s driving.

The good news is: We do have the option to graduate from child-on-parent’s-lap to pilot.

Think of the subconscious as an airplane. The airplane is on autopilot, constantly. The conscious mind, as the pilot of the plane, has no power to determine the direction of the plane by pushing it, repeating the instructions in the form of affirmations, or reasoning with it.

The only way to change the direction in which the aircraft is travelling is to change the coordinates in the autopilot. And that, we can do.

How is the Subconscious Mind Programmed?

There’s nothing mystical or complicated about it. The subconscious is programmed through experience.

From birth, every experience is interpreted by the subconscious, and then the meaning filed for future reference. This is how we learn who we are, and how the world works.

Rather than record experiences as they happen, the way a camera would, the job of the subconscious is to build an understanding of reality by using information gained from interpreting experiences.

Every new experience is filtered through the “facts” and “proof” accumulated from previous experiences.

Who’s Running the Show?

In every moment, the subconscious is referring to the “evidence” it holds from life experience to date, and then prompting the brain to trigger the organs, to produce chemicals.

These chemicals create emotions, sensations, feelings, and impulses in the body; and those are interpreted and given meaning by the conscious mind.

The conscious mind then forms perception, makes decisions, and takes action — based on those…

Odille Remmert

Author of: "Change What Happened to You: How to Use Neuroscience to Get the Life You Want by Changing Your Negative Childhood Memories"