The subconscious mind is the most phenomenal powerhouse on Earth. The problem is that the subconscious is somewhat illusive. It’s our driving force, but where is the steering wheel?
It’s only by learning to harness the power of your subconscious mind that you can ever achieve your maximum potential. As self help guru Earl Nightingale famously said, “Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality.”
It is within our subconscious mind that the power lies to change ourselves and our lives. , “Within the subconscious realm reality shifts and expands, creating a matrix that is far more elastic and multi-dimensional than is perceived by the conscious mind,” says Abigail Brennar, M.D.
The subconscious mind gives us the power to mold and shape our world as we like.But to access the power of your subconscious mind you first need to understand how the subconscious mind works.
While inspirational speaker Orison Swett Marden famously said, “”It is psychological law that whatever we desire to accomplish we must impress upon the subjective or subconscious mind,” the truth of the matter is that the subconscious mind is not the most open listener.
You’ve heard the story about the genie who granted wishes. One man asked the genie for heaps of money. The genie granted the wish and created such a colossal weight of money that when the cash fell from the sky it crushed the man to death.
That’s the subconscious mind. It doesn’t use logic. It interprets what you say precisely as you say it.
It’s worth understanding precisely how your subconscious mind works. So bear in mind the following…
Facts about the subconscious mind:
- It is always alert and awake.
- It has no verbal language.
- It speaks to you in dreams.
- It is unable to process negative words.
- It takes everything literally.
- It is not bound by time and space.
- It has the cognitive level of a young child–by which I mean it is immensely creative but often lacks reason.
- It runs 95% of your daily life.
For these reasons it’s very important that when you communicate with the subconscious mind you communicate very clearly.
For instance, let’s say that you’re currently trying to lose weight and you would love to find the motivation to get to the gym. Normally in this scenario you might think to yourself, ‘I have to go to the gym, but it’s going to hurt.’ This sentence is what we may consider realistic – because let’s face it, our muscles may well hurt as we exercise, so the statement is true. The problem is that if we tell our subconscious mind “Going to the gym will hurt” the subconscious mind will react by making it hurt when we go to the gym.
That’s right. The subconscious mind is basically that really annoying kid from your high school debate team who took everything far too literally. That’s your subconscious mind. If you wish to communicate with your subconscious, you have to do so very carefully, using the right technique.
A better way to express our aim would be to say to ourselves, ‘I am having fun at the gym and am pleased I am still fit.’ To some, this statement might seem unrealistic – fun… at the gym…? But just say it, realistic or not. When you sat it, you make your subconscious mind create the reality implied by your message. In other words, by telling yourself that the gym will be fun, your subconscious mind will start to make the gym fun.
So, step 1 of this subconscious mind power technique is to state your aim very clearly.
2. Think Positively
You’re now stating your objective clearly. Next you need to translate your goal into a language the subconscious mind can understand, a language of images and senses. ” The subconscious utilizes symbolism and imagery to express itself. The devaluing of the image in favor of the word may have done more damage to the way we think as a collective humanity,” says Brenner.
Take your message–‘I am having fun at the gym and am pleased that I am still fit’–and translate that message into images, sounds and feelings. Allow yourself to imagine many positive images, sounds, feelings and self talk that will produce the sensation of having fun at the gym. This will get your subconscious mind working towards your conscious goal (to enjoy working out).
3. Meditate to access your subconscious mind
This bit is optional, but by meditating we can silence the conscious mind, thereby allowing the subconscious mind to come forward. You can meditate wherever and whenever is convenient for you, and the basic meditation of closing your eyes focussing on your breath is perfectly adequate for this exercise.
4. Harness the power of your imagination
Now we need to bring the images, sounds and feelings from Part 2 to mind. The aim here is to make all stimuli as large, vibrant and realistic as possible. Really imagine all those positive images. See yourself at the gym, and make the mental image large, bright, and clear.
5. Chill: You got this
Once you feel that the process has taken effect – it will be evident – simply open your eyes and immediately think of something different. Remember, our conscious thoughts can stir our subconscious. By focussing our conscious mind entirely on something different, we allow our internal representation of the gym to take place in our subconscious, where it will change form towards the desire we expressed.
6. Achieving Your Goal
The above process has a million applications. Try it on various stimuli to which you would like a different response. Want to not feel tempted by junk food? Create mental images of yourself being repulsed by all those burgers and biscuits. Want to feel confident at work, or comfortable in social situations? Whatever it is you would like to achieve, tell your subconscious mind via its own language, the language of images and senses. Then your subconscious mind will manifest your desire.
In conclusion, your subconscious mind is your inner warrior. Its the engine that creates momentum in your life. Whatever you believe to be true, your subconscious will make true for you. Fill your mind with positive beliefs. Then the subconscious will carry you in positive directions.