No, I am not suggesting that you are a zombie. But take another look. Your body is a bunch of cells (a few trillion) grouped into what we call organs. Each group has a different function. Liver cells perform different tasks than your skin cells.
Now, the body (or the groups of cells) knows exactly what to do without you telling it. It’s like it’s got a mind of its own. Don’t believe me? Then think about it – when you accidentally touch something hot, your hand quickly jerks away sometimes even before you register the pain. And that’s how it’s supposed to be. You would not want to wait for the thought “ouch! It’s hot!”, then the decision making process “what do I have to do?”, “aha, move my hand away!”
No, this would be very inefficient and would result in more serious injuries. Same goes for other automatic functions like heart beating, food assimilation, breathing etc. It would not be much fun having to consciously control each function – imagine having constantly to remember to inhale, then exhale, then inhale… and so on.
There are also other cells that may not really belong to your body but are essential to your well being and existence. I’m talking about the billions or trillions of bacteria in your guts, on your skin and so on. The gut bacteria helps you digest food and includes strains like acidophillus, e-coli etc. Take them out or kill them and you also die. The other bacteria on your skin, in your nose, throat or ears lives there and protects their ground from other opportunistic bacteria (think of it as animals in the wild that are territorial).
So now let me ask you a question – where do we draw a line and say what belongs to your body and what does not? Well the line is very shady to say the least.
Some people call all this subconscious mind, others call it instinct. It does not matter. The fact is that you don’t have a direct control over it. The “body” knows best and it does it to the best of its abilities and utilising all the available resources. The body, however, listens to you and does what you want, in a roundabout sort of way. But more importantly, it is you who has to listen to your body.
For example, if something you ate makes you uncomfortable, it may mean that the wrong bacteria are overgrowing in your guts and creating bloating. You can take some medications or antacids, but a better way is to accept the message and not do it again.