How unconscious memories of smell and color are part of your current inhibiting beliefs.Have you already done mountains of inner work? And do you always experience that something is sabotaging you at the crucial moment to take the step you so desperately wanted to take? Then there is a good chance that you still suffer from an unconscious inhibiting belief.These kinds of beliefs arise from decisions you have made or conclusions you have drawn during ultimate crisis moments in this life (and/or parallel lives). You don’t even recognize these conclusions or decisions anymore because your behavior as a result is, as it were, automated.As soon as you find yourself in a similar situation to the original – now no longer conscious – event, the survival mechanism switches on through the corresponding coping behavior. This behavior can be mainly mental or physical.
For example, you say something to yourself in your mind to get through the situation: “Make yourself invisible; don’t say anything, don’t make a sound, don’t look at it, then it will pass”. You hold your breath or start moving your legs to dampen the experienced discomfort. You get a headache, you get a stomachache… these are very real and present and can help you get out of the situation.
If this has worked for you in that particular situation, your subconscious will immediately embrace it and ensure that this response is immediately triggered again the moment you find yourself in a similar situation. This creates beliefs that help you initially, but may inhibit you later in life, because then it is difficult for you to react differently.
Precisely because you no longer know anything about the original situation and the associated decision (“I make myself invisible”), it is very difficult to break through this way of reacting .
More often, triggers that activate your beliefs just pop up without you even realizing it and then you can only react automatically…
You have probably experienced it: you are somewhere, alone or with others, and for no apparent reason your mood, your sense of security or your self-confidence completely changes with an acceleration speed of 0-100 in two seconds.
You may blame it on having poor sleep, lack of fresh air, the building or the people in it. You may even think you ate something wrong because your stomach suddenly reacts so cramped. You apologize and go home. Have a nice evening!
Incentive processing in ‘codes’
A little more technical. Our brain continuously and unobtrusively processes the stimuli of our senses. A large part of the processing takes place unconsciously. The subconscious works a million times faster than the conscious. You already have a complete ‘file’ stored in your subconscious and conscious the moment you look at an object.
Normally, every sensory input is given an analytical code and an emotional code in conscious processing. For example: you see a vase, it is made of glass, partly transparent, round and organically shaped, has a color gradient from light to dark blue from top to bottom.
The vase is wider at the top than at the bottom and the edge at the top is wavy serrated. Flowers are made of red glass on the belly of the vase. This inventory is part of the analytical code.
On the edge of the vase are white and black specks that feel unpleasantly rough and you think it is disgusting: this is the emotional code. In this way, everything we experience through the senses is analyzed, valued and stored by our brain.
The stimuli are already much stronger for HSPs and if you have had an extremely penetrating or traumatic experience, for example, it is certainly possible that you do not even have a conscious memory of it.
Visual stimuli are most prominent in the memories of almost everyone, but sound and smell are also stored in your (all-conscious) database in every experience. These more often play an important role as a trigger than you think. All the more so because your sense of smell, like your hearing, is operational 24 hours a day; you cannot physically turn it off like you can close your eyes.
Smell and color as a turn signal
Through smell we can easily retrieve emotions and memories, whereby the limbic system (also called the mammalian brain) works as the highway to the memories.
For example, you smell a specific scent and in a fraction of a second you are imaginatively back in that specific situation with your first love; for example the kindergarten teacher. We call this the Proust effect.
Marcel Proust described in his novel ‘A la recherche du temps perdu’ his memory of his grandmother and the environment there, down to the smallest detail. He was suddenly able to fully remember this after he dipped his madeleine cake in his chamomile tea, just like he used to do at his grandmother’s kitchen table. Its smell and taste brought old memories back to life with high speed.
Yet there is something hidden in our response to smell, color and sound, which is often not conscious.
The special thing about this is that in everyday life we find certain colors or scents extremely beautiful or delicious, without being able to indicate in any way directly and clearly why that is exactly the case.
One thinks the red chair in the photo is beautiful, the other horrible. The third person only sees the yellow flower in the vase or the candle next to it and the fourth person mainly sees the bookcase or the cushion in the chair first.
Stressful situations where the conscious input inventory has not been possible harbor the highest emotional codes by default! Because the information was not processed correctly or completely analytically, conscious memory of this is usually not present.
How many memories do you have of your (early) childhood? Are there many or do you only have a few fragments? Personally, I only had some ‘photo book moments’ from some periods.
During my coaching training in the USA, when looking up my own triggers, penny after penny fell and my awareness was able to grow with seven-mile boots. This quickly filled my ‘photo book’.
All material elements from intense experiences and the present colour, sound, smell and taste, or tangible experience, are encoded in your brain with the highest emotional charge. The highest emotional charge, because it has to do with survival (reptile brain). To survive you do something or nothing, and you make a decision, you make a choice or you make an assumption.
Because your ‘system’ was in such a crisis, was terrified or in great panic, your conscious (child) brain (neo cortex) was no longer able to make a clear analytical code of this. So you can’t just recall this later in your memory.
When you come into contact with one of these colors or scents at a later time, the unconscious stored information is only partially activated, and the full load is not yet known. This makes the experience very pleasant. The highest emotional charge is then experienced as positive.
When enough of the same elements of the crisis experience are touched, your physiology responds immediately! Your body can do no other because this has to do with survival. All high-quality emotional codes then turn on simultaneously, which makes it really no longer pleasant. This built-in mechanism ensures that you must have that purple dress, this type of upholstery in your car or that yellow painting above your couch, even if you don’t know exactly why.
This is why you absolutely must and will have that one perfume while it still makes you nervous without noticing it. Doesn’t it smell nice? Unconsciously and unnoticed you fill your living space with triggers of scent and color that continue to feed your inhibiting beliefs, for example the need to be invisible.
Conscious Level Recoding
Now that you know how it works, you can look at it again: why you had to have that painting above your couch or, in my case, the carpet in my apartment at the time, which was wine-red from the ground floor to the top floor. …
That red carpet was a kind of megaphone for activating my unconscious trauma at the time. The conclusion I had drawn and the response to prevent this from happening again at all times subconsciously guided my way of reacting for years and made me a real pleaser and chameleon.
Once you know at which first original experience you made your decision or conclusion, you can finally break the pattern of repetition and consciously reconsider the emotional charge. This allows you to transform the inhibiting energy into constructive constructive energy because it is then finally released from the form that has sometimes been locked in for years.
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