You’ve got the power! Whether your subconscious wants you to believe it or not!

On a warm evening on October 19th of last year, I had the opportunity to take part in a wonderful event in Stillorgan, Dublin.

The key to healing the body is to heal the mind!

Dr. Bruce Lipton Ph.D., the stem cell biologist, epigenetic scientist, and bestselling author of “The Biology of Belief”, hosted the sold-out event alongside Steve Bhaerman, a fellow author and workshop leader. The event was titled “A World in Evolution”, and both speakers delivered fascinating lectures on the idea of global crises igniting evolution – from economic collapse to environmental decay, to social and political upheaval, to hunger, poverty, war, and even a global pandemic.

Dr. Lipton is the recipient of the prestigious Goi Peace award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the realisation of world peace, so I was super excited to listen to an incredibly knowledgeable and passionate expert speak about the issues that mean the most to him. It was easy to be captivated by his plain yet moving language, clear dedication, and optimistic outlook.

The mind and the body are not separate entities, they are part of one system!

The lecture that left the strongest impact on me was called “The Evolved World – Prospering Through Planetary Chaos”. I was particularly inspired by two themes that kept recurring throughout the talk, and I would like to share my reflections with you.

“The unseen power of the subconscious mind: reprogramming deeply entrenched patterns to live the life you want.”

Bruce talked about the fact that up until around the age of seven, we are programmed by our environment, meaning what physically surrounds us, from members of our family to what they are watching on TV. It is well known that infants and children soak up everything around them like a sponge. They are still incapable of distinguishing critically what is good or otherwise. They take everything in without a filter. But when we are this young and unable to understand a lot of things, where does everything we absorb get stored – in our conscious or subconscious mind? We are not mature enough at 6 months old to say to ourselves, “hmm, I’ll make a mental note of that before I forget”…

Things deeply entrenched in us that we will never be aware of because they are so hidden from sight and awareness

Consciousness is a basic mental state in which an individual is aware of internal phenomena, such as one’s own thought processes, and external phenomena, and is able to react to them, somatically or autonomously.

The subconscious, then, is the “part of the human psyche relating to thoughts and feelings that exist in the mind and influence your behaviour although you are not aware of them”. Or what is present beyond consciousness, and involuntary.

Imagine just how many events, actions, sights and sounds we have recorded subconsciously from the moment we were born. Things deeply entrenched in us that we will never be aware of because they are so hidden from sight and awareness. Think of all the programs, patterns, behaviours and beliefs we have collected, and how many of them we unquestioningly express on a daily basis. Who and where did they come from?

We don’t often stop and think about why we do what we do, or why we believe the things we believe, because often they are the result of the inexplicable workings of our subconscious mind. What we should consider every now and then is, however, whether or not a behaviour, belief, or thought we have serves us positively or not.

Beliefs are the operating system of the cell, and just like computer software, they can be changed to upgrade the system.

Try this exercise: think about a topic or situation that you feel passionate about, something that absorbs you fully. From the love you have for your pet to how you feel about your neighbour’s parking. What’s something you are passionate about; something that gets you going.

Notice, how does it make you feel? If you feel OK, calm, or generally positive about it, congratulations! You have entered a state of high-vibration energy. However, if you feel frustration, exhaustion, fear, or sadness, you are experiencing low-vibration energy. This is the kind of energy that drags down your mental, emotional and physical condition. It can cause stress (the release of cortisol) which lowers your immune system, a bad mood which can affect your relationship with yourself and others, and other physical ailments. But we have to remember that we have the power to modify this negative reaction!

Dr. Lipton specialised in the area of epigenetics, which is the study of how our behaviours and environment can cause changes that affect the way your genes work. Unlike genetic changes, epigenetic changes are reversible and do not change your DNA sequence, but they can change how your body reads a DNA sequence. From this, Dr. Lipton teaches that we have the power to alter ourselves biologically by switching up our behaviour and environment.
Let’s consider the placebo effect in medicine – the idea that your brain can convince your body a fake treatment is the real thing. In a study led by Professor Ted Kaptchuk, “one group of people took a migraine drug labelled with the drug’s name, another took a placebo labelled ‘placebo’.

The researchers discovered that the placebo was 50% as effective as the real drug in reducing pain after a migraine attack.” The researchers speculated that the participants’ simple act of taking a pill, even if they knew it wasn’t medicine, stimulated the brain into thinking the body was being healed.

This is science-backed evidence demonstrating that sometimes it really is a case of mind-over-matter. We do have the power to change our programming. 

Imagine you are living the life you want, not the life you think you should live!

So I invite you to again reflect inwards: do you know what unsupportive thoughts and beliefs you have? Do you know how your behaviour changes in the face of these challenging situations? Do you frequently inhabit any environments that you know to stress you out? Just by recognizing and stating these facts out loud you are creating an opportunity for change. The first part of changing your life is awareness, followed by acceptance. Once you know what is happening to you, you can decide on what you want to do and how you want to feel instead.


That brings us to the second point Dr. Lipton touched on…

How to become the master of your fate, not a “victim” of your programming

Dr. Lipton made it very clear that we are not victims of consequence because we have the power to change our circumstances. On hearing this, I was immediately reminded of many personal situations when I felt powerless and out of control.

I felt overwhelmed with life, that things had gotten out of control. I felt powerless to change, and simply told myself to ‘suck it up’, and put on my big girl pants. I blamed other people or my environment for my shortcomings, illnesses, and stressors.

Eventually, I realised that playing the role of a victim actively takes away any hope of autonomy, agency, or power we have to influence our life and our fate.


Sometimes it’s easier to play the role of the victim because somewhere subconsciously, our programming has taught us that inaction equates to safety.

We let others make important decisions for us. We may give up the reins and simply let fate take over. We believe that if we don’t rock the boat and instead remain passive, we cannot be held accountable for any failures we may encounter. We know what happens in the role of a passive victim, we know what the consequences will be and how much comfort comes with being able to anticipate situations. Change is scary. Humans are wired to fear the unknown. Playing the passive victim is a safe space that part of you does not want to stray away from.


Now, imagine you are living the life you want, not the life you think you should live.


How would you like to feel waking up every morning?

What would you like to spend your day doing?

Where would you be and where would you go?

What would you do for others, in harmony with yourself?


While we may not achieve the life of our wildest dreams, there are more granular changes we can begin making today.


To summarise then, we must first become aware of the subconscious programmes and patterns we have embedded deep within us. Secondly, we must realise that we have the power to shape our own lives. For better or for worse, our brains will believe what we tell them to. So start living more consciously, communicating more with yourself, and dare to dream to craft a life you know you deserve. Become aware of your thoughts and of your actions, your habits, and your reactions. Try to think more about what you are thinking and doing in the moment, instead of acting impulsively.


Living Consciously is also the way to spiritual awakening, but that is for another day…

I invite you to reach for your power from within and create positive change today!

With love and encouragement,