I was re-watching a fascinating video interview the other day with Bruce Lipton, (author of The Biology of Belief, The Honeymoon Effect, Spontaneous Evolution, and The Wisdom of Your Cells). Lipton is a highly respected cellular biologist who’s spent years studying how our thoughts affect us in every area of our lives, and in this video, he explains clearly and simply why the workings of the subconscious get in the way of our progress and development.

Like many things we’ve read, listened to and thought we’d learnt, the information he gives in this video is definitely worth a second hearing (!), and I’d like to use this Newsletter to share it with you as I think you’ll find that it helps you to see why things often haven’t gone the way your wanted them to in life.

You may not have noticed, but the doubts in your mind are usually prompted by that little voice inside your head which says “yes….but” to countless ideas, plans and resolutions. It has a very subtle influence on everything you think and do and it’s always there, murmuring hypnotically in the background of your mind. This voice is capable of undermining any changes you want to make and can cause you to fail in your endeavours and self-sabotage.

Gary Craig, who developed Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), coined a description for this mechanism of the subconscious which throws up hidden objections in the wake of trying to make changes. He called them “Tail Enders”.

Everyone has Tail Enders and you can detect them when you sense a “but” in any statement you make. E.g. I’d love to lose weight (but)……”; “I really want to make more money (but)…….” or even: “I should have been a millionaire by now (but)……”

These ‘buts’ come from the subconscious. They’re insidious and infinitely powerful. And here’s why:

Basically, we have a conscious mind and a subconscious mind. And although they work in tandem with each other, they are two completely different entities which work in very different ways.

The subconscious mind is rather like a tape recorder which records instructions and learned experiences as we go through life and then plays them back. Its mode is one of habit and it plays the same responses over and over again. Most of what we store in there is learnt from other people and their ideas, attitudes and beliefs which we ‘downloaded’ mainly between the ages of 0-6 years. This means it’s almost certainly playing ‘programmes’ which don’t support either who we are or what we want in life. The problem is, it‘s a million times more powerful than the conscious mind and it runs our biology approximately 95-99% of the time.

The conscious mind however, is all about creative and positive thought, personal identity and our spiritual selves. It’s also capable of running all our bodily functions, which is why highly conscious people like yogis, who have spent many hours developing this part of the brain, can do amazing things like walk on burning coals or control their breathing. But, compared to the huge power of the subconscious, it is in fact just a tiny processor which only operates around 5% of each day.

Because the conscious mind is so small, it needs the help of the subconscious to take over and keep our bodily functions running on automatic while it gets on with conscious thought. This is why our physical functions can still operate even when we are UN-conscious! In this way, the subconscious frees up the conscious mind so it can focus on things like, for example, creative thinking. This is how the two minds work in tandem.

However, this means that when your conscious mind is focussed on a task, (like deciding where you’re going for your winter holidays), the subconscious is running the show, and the conscious mind doesn’t even notice! So when life isn’t going well for us, when our health is suffering, or when our relationships aren’t working, we tend to think it’s outside forces which are causing the problem when all the time it’s the programming we have in our subconscious which is throwing a spanner in the works!

Simply understanding WHY you have limiting beliefs which are sabotaging you every step of the way isn’t enough to stop you from having them. And positive thought alone can’t change those negative thoughts either because you’re pitting the tiny processor of the conscious mind against the vast power of the subconscious.

“Self-sabotage is like a game of mental tug-of-war. It is the conscious mind versus the subconscious mind where the subconscious mind always eventually wins” – Bon Bennett

The good news is that once you start to become aware of what’s really happening, then you have a chance of ‘changing the tape in the tape recorder’ and learning to push the record button so you can record new systems and programmes and bring about real changes in your life. And there’s further good news:

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) engages your neurology in new learning through the tapping process and is a very effective way of re-programming the subconscious mind. This means that instead of disempowering and sabotaging ourselves and littering our lives with Tail Enders, we can actually start cleaning up our systems, simplifying our lives and begin rooting out some of those old programmes lurking in the subconscious.

Why let the subconscious win all the time, when you can do something to change it?

Tapping is simple and painless and, once learnt, can be used to help yourself through challenges, stress and managing major life changes. It can also help you to start eliminating all those Tail Enders!

To watch the Bruce Lipton video in full, go to:


About energyharmonix

Energy Therapist, Reiki Master/Practitioner, EFT Master Practitioner, Writer, Member of the UK Reiki Federation, Member of the Guild of Energists (GOE)
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