Salty Sam’s Fun Blog for Children

Number 463

The Subconscious


Hello Everyone

Who is in charge of you?


ls it your mum or dad or maybe sometimes it might be your grandparents or teacher?


And what is in charge of your body?


Well, yes, you’re right.  lt is your brain.


Your brain is in charge of your nervous system and controls your body’s functions.


But did you know that something like 88% of your brain’s functioning is your subconscious.


The subconscious makes sure your heart keeps beating and your lungs keep breathing even when you are asleep.  So it is very useful.


lt also keeps lots of memories and information that figures of authority have given you – especially when you are young.  Figures of authority means people like: parents, teachers and people from your church if you belong to one.


People telling you what is right is called social conditioning.


Some information is very useful like: have good manners, concentrate when you are in school and don’t do dangerous things like play on roads or railway lines.


Unfortunately, sometimes children are told things that are not useful like: you are stupid, useless and will never amount to anything.


lf they believe things like this, it is not at all useful – and very unlikely to be true!


Usually people say things like this out of spite. 


But if you believe this about yourself, you will play into the belief and make it become true – which is sad and very unnecessary.  This happens to so many people!


Please see my blog post about different kinds of intelligence. (Blog Post 432)


The thinking and reasoning part of the brain is called the conscious.


This part of the brain is like a door keeper for the subconscious.


The thoughts you believe in your conscious go through into your subconscious and become your belief system.


When someone is being hypnotized, the hypnotist shuts down the conscious part of the brain so that they can get straight to the subconscious part of the brain.  The subconscious is very suggestible and doesn’t reason and evaluate in the same way as the conscious.


This means the hypnotist can tell the person under hypnosis (for example) that they are a chicken – they actually believe it, and start behaving like a chicken!


This might look funny in a stage act, but can be very useful if someone wants a hypnotist to tell them not to stop worrying so much or getting stressed.


This is called hypnotherapy.


Some people are a better subject for hypnotism than others, and hypnotists often say that they can’t force people to do something that they really don’t want to do.


You can also hypnotise yourself in a way.


You can keep telling yourself something over and over and in the end you will believe it.  This is because repeating something will also have an effect on your subconscious.


The subconscious is the fertile soil into which any seed can be sown.


You have the capacity to feed it any thought you wish to send it, and of course you should choose that they should be constructive ones not destructive ones.


The subconscious does not argue back.


You can give yourself a pep talk – like a coach talking to a football team.


(Have a look at the Hobby Time section of Blog Post 450)


But you have to honestly believe what you are telling yourself, otherwise the conscious part of your brain will not accept it, and then it won’t feed the information into the subconscious.


So if you want to change your mindset, you may want to start with small things that are not great leaps of faith and gradually build yourself up to greater heights.


When you feed your subconscious it must be in a quiet, relaxed and gentle way – there is no point in trying to ram anything into it in by force – this will not work.


Top sports people will say that although they train with their coaches, practise their sport and build their muscles constantly – being successful will still be about 80% due to correct mental attitude!


lf you believe you can – then you can.


So what is a good example of how to do this?


Say you have to give a presentation at school and you are really nervous about it.


Keep saying to yourself that you can do it, and what is more, you will do it well.


Prepare your presentation, don’t make it to big and complicated and practise doing it.  Your family might help be your practice audience.


lmagine giving the presentation in your imagination.  This is called mental rehearsal.


And when you come to actually deliver your presentation, it won’t in a sense, be the first time you have stood in front of your audience giving that successful presentation.


When you start doing something for the first time it may feel strange.  But the more you practise doing it, the easier it becomes and then eventually it becomes a habit – like brushing your teeth before you go to bed.


Habits are what we call second nature.


lf you keep telling someone what you like about them and how grateful you are for what they do – they are very likely going to keep being the nice person your want them to be.  Praise makes people grow in spirit, whereas criticism makes their spirit shrink.  You are feeding their subconscious.


The third way the subconscious is influenced is by trauma.


When something bad happens, people feel that it is very likely to happen again, and this makes them feel very afraid.


This is useful if you touch a needle and it pricks you – so you know to be more careful when you handle a needle again, for example.


But sometimes people get unreasonably afraid; and that is not useful.


They think they are protecting themselves, but they are just making their own lives a misery.


Sometimes people need to talk about their trauma to feel better, but sometimes it makes them feel worse, so journaling is better because it accesses a different part of the brain.


Sometimes hypnotherapy is the way to go – and the misery and anguish in the brain can be pulled out at its dark roots.


So if you want to have a happy, healthy brain, feed it with uplifting messages, keep good company and talk to yourself in a positive way.



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And see you again next Fun Friday!


Love and kisses



Salty Sam





Bill and Bob’s Joke of the Weekjokejoke


Bill:  What did the brain cell say about his neighbour?


Bob:  l don’t know.  What did the brain cell say about his neighbour?


Bill:  l think l feel a connection!



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So did you get all the presents you wanted?

Father Christmas brought Emily a bullet journal that she especially wanted.

It is full of little phrases that are wise sayings and she will decorate it too just like she has done with the other bullet journals she has filled up.

She is looking at the blank pages as lots of exciting days to be filled up with interesting things.

Emily used to be a real scatter brain, but ever since she started organizing herself by using a bullet journal she has changed.

It is so much fun to use colour and patterns and pictures to decorate it.

She couldn’t wait to get started!

The phrases in the journal often tell you that if things are going badly, you must keep trying to put things right because things will get better for you.

There are lots of phrases like that that you encounter as you turn the pages as the days go by.

Having positive phrases in front of your eyes is good for your brain health.

Do you understand what these phrases mean?


  1. Every day is a new beginning
  2. You are what you eat
  3. There is a time and place for everything
  4. Many a mickle makes a muckle
  5. Everyone has unique gifts to bring to the world
  6. Always have the courage to do what you think is right
  7. Always be kind to yourself
  8. Find a quiet time for yourself every day
  9. The world is full of miracles if you take the time to see them
  10. Remember that you can’t please all of the people all of the time










Hobby Time


Do you love to doodle?

You may not think about what you are drawing when you doodle; you may just take your pen for a walk.



Do you draw different things each time you draw or do you tend to draw the same things?

Have you ever analyzed what you draw?

What you don’t pay much attention to might have quite a deep meaning.



Do you drawn long corridors with not doors?  This might mean you feel trapped in a situation.

Do you draw islands with palm trees on them? You might feel in need of a holiday.

Do you draw puppies?  You may want to get out and play more.

Do you draw free-flowing swirls that wander about all over the page?  You might be a person who likes exploring.

Are your pictures ordered or messy?

Are they real things or abstract patterns?



What do you think your drawings are expressing out of the depths of your mind?







lt’s the Weekend!




This bag is made in red yarn ready for a Christmas party.  You could knit the stocking stitch part in white and add a jingly bell to the cord to make it look more festive.

You could knit it in pink for a girl’s birthday party.

You could knit bags in different colours to let your guests select a colour as they leave.

If you knit them all the same colour, of course there won’t be any arguments.

The bags can be filled with sweets or small toys.  There are plenty of small toys to knit on these blog posts which can be used as party bag fillers.



Using 4mm knitting needles and red dk yarn cast on 22 stitches

Knit 28 rows of stocking stitch

Cast off



Using 4mm knitting needles and red dk yarn cast on 22 stitches

Knit 4 rows of garter stitch


Slip 1 (knit 2, purl 2) repeat last 4 stitches to last stitch purl 1

Slip 1 (knit 2, purl 2) repeat last 4 stitches to last stitch purl 1

Slip 1 (purl 2, knit 2) repeat last 4 stitches to last stitch knit 1

Slip 1 (purl 2, knit 2) repeat last 4 stitches to last stitch knit 1

Repeat the last 4 rows 4 times


Knit 18 rows of stocking stitch

Knit 4 rows of garter stitch

Cast off



  1. Using over-sew stitching and with right sides together sew the bottom of the sides panels to the base
  2. Then sew up the corners
  3. Turn the bag the right way out
  4. Crochet 100 chains into a length of red yarn and thread this cord around the channel at the top of the bag then tie the ends together (at the ends of the chains)



Please note that the material on this blog is for personal use and for use in classrooms only.

It is a copyright infringement and, therefore, illegal under international law to sell items made with these patterns.

Use of the toys and projects is at your own risk.

©Christina Sinclair Designs 2015sand



Explanations of the News Desk List


  1. Your food becomes your body
  2. Lots of small amounts become a large amount
  3. You can please some of the people some of the time, all of the people some of the time, some of the people all of the time, but you can never please all of the people all of the time.

(Said by Abraham Lincoln 16th President of the United States)

When you make political decisions not everyone will be pleased about them




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