Where did the content of our Inner Voice come from?
This critical voice, which is a reflection of your subconscious programming, was formed by your childhood environment and experiences. Before the age of 7 your subconscious mind was like a sponge, absorbing and downloading all the sensory data from your world.
The problem here is that under the age of 7 we are emotionally immature and our understanding of the world and peoples’ behaviour is undeveloped. What we interpret as ‘bad’ or threatening when we are 7, may not have been. Our paradigms about people and the world, however misinterpreted or misconstrued, is locked into place in our young mind and this is how beliefs and opinions are formed. Even at 50 years of age, we can be running our lives based on the program our 6 yr old self decided about the world, based on what we saw, felt, heard, smelt and tasted.
If we locked in limiting thoughts, then our adult lives remain limited by this childish thinking.
Isn’t that inner voice telling us the truth?
The internal, negative voice has been talking at us for so many years, that some people are unaware of it’s existence or consider it an intrinsic part of themselves and accept the suggestions made by the voice as a legitimate source of advice. This is fine when our inner voice is encouraging (“I can do this”), but what about when the voice is saying “I’m never going to get it, so why bother trying” or even harsher, hurtful criticism. “The first step toward change is awareness” – Nathaniel Branden.
Now that I’m aware of the voice, why is it so hard to change its negativity?
Once we become aware of the little voice and its negative influence, why is it so difficult to change it? Because we are trying to make changes on a conscious level of thinking. But the thoughts you are aware of (conscious) are just the tip of your mental and emotional iceberg. Beneath these thoughts you are aware of is a huge filing system of patterns and beliefs and emotional responses held in your subconscious mind.
Around the age of 8, access to the imprinted downloads became closed off. Your subconscious mind locked those beliefs in as facts and it is not partial to changing easily. Your subconscious mind runs 90% of your day and drives your habits, beliefs, behaviours, desires, fears, and creates your mental or emotional obstacles. Unless you are vigilantly aware of your behaviours and thinking, you are a slave to your subconscious beliefs. This is why it is so beneficial to ‘clean up’ any negativity stored in the subconscious.
Why does my subconscious mind treat me like this?
Unbelievable as it may seem, your subconscious really is on your side; it wants you to be spectacular. It holds on to limiting beliefs because it thinks this is the best information to feed you to keep you safe. All it cares about is your survival and it does not actually know that the cruel comments are unproductive. These beliefs were locked into place when your understanding of what is/isn’t a threat to your survival was undeveloped. For example, if you were criticised as a child, your subconscious will steer you away from ever feeling the pain of humiliation and embarrassment by avoiding any similar situation.