Your powerful subconscious mind

The role of the subconscious mind for mental resilience and emotional wellbeing

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Our marvellous subconscious minds

Our subconscious is amazing.  Its primary purpose is to keep us safe. It’s the part of the mind that does all the things that we don’t think about, like our automatic physical functions (breathing or pumping blood round our bodies) or the actions that initially felt complicated but begin to feel instinctive as we learn, lay down neural pathways and store information, (like tying shoelaces or driving a car). Our subconscious is collecting information all the time, gathering thoughts about ourselves and the world around us, particularly as we develop through childhood.

The mind is consistently bombarded with information.  Once something is learnt, it’s stored. After all, it’s helpful to remember that the top of the oven is hot without having to burn our hands every time!  It’s the same for our emotions: if we’ve been laughed at as a child for getting an answer wrong in class, the mind might tell us “It’s not safe to speak out” and stop us from speaking up later because we remember how painful it felt before. If we were brought up in a home where food was used as a comfort blanket to nurture, we may have soaked up the learning that “food helps me feel better”.  So, after a stressful day, we find ourselves eating food because our subconscious mind is trying to soothe us. This can be unhelpful if the food we eat is unhealthy or means we are eating too much. At the level of the conscious mind, we might be determined to get healthy, but our subconscious mind is pulling in a different direction and we eat as automatic response.

Making the most of the subconscious

The skills being taught in the Bounce Forward lessons are helping children to learn how to lay down healthy neural pathways, and to understand the link between thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. We want to help you go further by working at the subconscious level. 

Papalona has teamed up with Bounce Forward

………..and made available some recordings that are now included within the teaching resources. 

The subconscious is different to the conscious mind: we can’t talk to it in normal waking state, our minds must be relaxed and receptive.  Papalona’s recordings are designed to take advantage of the listeners’ natural brainwave cycles to access the subconscious and support good mental health and emotional wellbeing.  When Papalona’s recordings are played into the classroom, the listener relaxes to nature sounds and without even knowing about it, their subconscious mind absorbs positive affirmations cleverly contained in the specially crafted recordings. One of the wonderful things about the recordings is that because they are designed to talk directly to the subconscious mind, there is no need to actively sit and listen: they can be played in the background and the affirmations are absorbed without effort – something that’s vital with fidgety children or resistant teens.  

Interested in more?

You can find out more about Papalona and sign up for a 7-day free trial yourself at  

And they’re not just for kids.  So why not give them a go and see how good you feel!

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