You may not like to hear this, but your subconscious mind is the boss! When you set a goal and make a conscious decision to go after something that’s important to you, it’s your subconscious mind that determines whether you will take the consistent action necessary to get it, or fall over at the first hurdle.
One of the biggest purposes of your subconscious mind is to protect you. However, when this protection is guided by mental programming that is no longer useful, this can cause you to fall short of what you want.
The great news is that once you truly understand how your subconscious works, you can be in touch with yourself on a much deeper and profound level. You will then have the keys to living an abundant, fulfilling and rewarding life. All you need to do is unlock that door to your subconscious mind.
What is the Subconscious Mind?
Your mind is similar to an iceberg. The conscious mind is like the part of the iceberg that is above the water. But the bulk of your mind – the subconscious – is below the water where you can’t see it.
Inside your mind, there are certain thoughts and processes that happen without your conscious awareness. These include your beliefs, instincts, habits, memories and even your sense of identity. Everything that you have ever seen or heard is sitting somewhere in your subconscious, affecting your current thoughts, feelings, decisions, and actions.
Communicating with the subconscious mind is a popular topic in the realms of self-help, psychotherapy and hypnotherapy and quite rightly so. This is because getting to the core of your beliefs by tapping into the subconscious is the fastest way to make powerful changes in your life.
The Power of Beliefs
Your subconscious mind contains a huge amount of information. It’s far more than your conscious mind could ever handle. The conscious mind can only handle around 5 to 8 pieces of information at once. Your subconscious mind handles everything else. This is a good thing as it allows us to do routine tasks such as driving with little conscious thought.
You may have a “feeling” about something and then find out that the “feeling” was right on target. In many cases, it’s your subconscious mind that sends you such signals. The same goes when you have an intuitive thought or hunch.
You’ve probably heard this famous quote from Napolean Hill – “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” This quote has stood the test of time because of the great power of belief within the subconscious mind. A belief can light the fire in your belly and enable you to do things that you never consciously thought were possible.
This is why just believing in the power of the subconscious mind can allow you to better communicate with it.
Believing in the power of your subconscious is the first step to living the life you desire. When you do, you can make greater progress with your self-help and personal development activities. I’m sure you have talents you would like to further develop, positive qualities you would like to enhance, and challenges you would like to overcome. You can do all these things and more by tapping into the power of your subconscious.
You can even use your communications with the subconscious mind to tackle larger issues such as deep routed fears or to eliminate negative habits, like smoking or emotional eating. When you get to the core of an issue in your subconscious, you can change it.
How Do You Communicate With Your Subconscious Mind?
There are a number of techniques you can use to effectively communicate with your subconscious mind and enable the changes you desire.
A popular method is hypnosis. You can see a hypnotherapist or counsellor trained in hypnosis or use self-hypnosis techniques. You can even find downloadable MP3s and videos that will guide you completely through a hypnosis session.
When in hypnosis, rather than being asleep, you’re in a state of heightened awareness. Many of the inhibitions of your conscious mind will subside while the subconscious comes to the forefront. When you’re in this state, you’re much more open to suggestions. If you give yourself positive suggestions, you’ll make positive progress.
When you try to give yourself these suggestions in a normal waking state, you may notice that a part of your brain (known as the Critical Faculty) will tend to question the suggestions. However, when in hypnosis, the critical faculty tends to go to sleep and let the positive suggestions embed themselves into your being.
Hypnosis can also be used to let go of emotional events from the past that are influencing your behaviour in the present.
You can also communicate with the subconscious by consistently reading or listening to recordings of positive mantras, and by repeating affirmations. Use these positive statements to affirm and bring out the best in you. Over time, they will replace your negative habitual thinking and doubt with positive images and beliefs.
The key with affirmations is to do them consistently and really imagine what you see, hear and feel as you say them. The more senses you can get involved, the better.
Finally, as you become more aware of your innermost thoughts you will be better able to keep in touch with your subconscious. It is important to be truthful with yourself, follow your heart, and most important of all, have a firm belief in yourself!
To your success