The Subconscious Mind and The Law Of Attraction
- 1 “If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought.” Anonymous
- 2 How Does This ‘Old’ Programming Affect You Now?
- 3 The Programming Is Still Going On
- 4 How To Reprogram Your Subconscious Mind
- 5 Environmental Influences
- 6 Visualization
- 7 Affirmations
- 8 Brain Wave Entrainment – Highly Recommended!
- 9 Hypnosis
- 10 How To Know If Your Reprogramming Efforts Are Working
- 11 Consistent, Persistent Reinforcement
“If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought.” Anonymous
The subconscious mind is the most powerful driving force in all our life experiences. Believe it or not (and you should – it’s a fact), the subconscious mind plays a huge role in all aspects of our lives. From relationships to income level, from diet and fitness beliefs to your day to day reactions to what life brings you, the subconscious mind is the entity that shapes our lives through the Law of Attraction.
Every aspect of our lives is directed by the beliefs and experiences located firmly in the subconscious.
In simple terms, your subconscious mind is the equivalent of the auto-pilot on a jet plane. It’s preloaded to take you on a very specific route and that route will not alter unless you first change the directions that are already programed into it. Not easy to say and it can be extremely difficult to do unless you know how. Specifics on the actual methods later in this article.
What Is The Subconscious Mind?
Think of it as the storage vault of absolutely everything that is currently not in your conscious mind. The subconscious mind stores all of your previous life experiences, your beliefs, memories, skills, and all situations you’ve been through and all images you’ve ever seen. To put it mildly, it’s an important part of our lives
At this exact moment, it’s your conscious mind in use to read these words and take in their meaning. Just beneath that mental focus however, your subconscious mind is hard at work accepting or quite possibly rejecting the information based entirely on the preprogramed perception you have of your world.
That perception is based on events that began when you were an infant. Since then, every event and experience you’ve been through has imprinted on your subconscious. It soaks up all that information like a sponge and this becomes the guiding force in your life.
As an infant and then a young child, your subconscious had no prior programing to go by so it accepted everything as fact.
That’s a wonderful thing is your life is nothing but positive in every area but, as you can imagine, this might become a problem for the majority of us as you grow to adulthood.
It could be something extremely small. It could be more traumatic events but, each one left an impression that has an affect on your life right not. It’s difficult for some to believe, but every time someone called you lazy, useless, dumb or some other unkind label, your subconscious immediately stored that information away for reference later in life.
There’s a chance you may have also received unwanted programming about your life’s potential based on your gender, skin color, physical and mental abilities or your economic status. It’s not necessarily fair but, it happened to most of us.
When we reach the age of seven or eight, you now have a solid foundation of beliefs to base your life on. You didn’t ask for those beliefs but, they’re now yours and they will have a huge affect on the rest of your life.
How Does This ‘Old’ Programming Affect You Now?
Now that we’ve all reached adulthood, many of us (myself included) thought it would be a simple matter to delete the negative programming we received as we grew. Unfortunately, it can be considerably more challenging than we think. The subconscious is one stubborn customer that won’t give up it’s programming without a lot of work. The good new is, there are both ancient and newer science-based ways to change your hidden beliefs – if you know how. I’ll get to that shortly but first it’s important to understand how the subconscious mind works.
Keep in mind that all of that “data” is stored below your state of conscious awareness. It only comes to your attention when it limits your potential success at creating the kind of life you wish to live but just can’t seem to manifest. I know from personal experience exactly how frustrating that can be. You want badly to change certain parts of your life but no matter how hard you try, it just doesn’t seem to happen.
If you’ve ever set yourself a goal and tried so hard to reach it but, kept sabotaging yourself at critical moments you can likely relate. It can drive you to distraction.
The good news you need to know is that it doesn’t mean you’re stuck forever. You do have the ability to change your subconscious patterns. There are slow ways and one or two much quicker ways. They all require a bit of dedication but, it can be done.
There’s about a 100% chance the blocker that keeps you from achieving your goal or goals is old programming from earlier in your life. It sounds a bit counter intuitive but, that’s actually excellent news. It means you really can do what you want to do if you just put in the time to change your subconscious programming.
The Programming Is Still Going On
Just before we get into the specifics of how to literally “change your mind,” it’s just as important for you to realize the programming both “negative” and “positive” continues to this moment. It never stops!
Every life experience leads to you storing conclusions in your subconscious mind. Those imprints all have an influence on your future actions.
Take for example the kind of emotional message stored in your mind if you were suddenly rejected by a person your cared deeply for?
Your subconscious – the know it all in your life, would instantly go searching through your previously stored memories to find other examples of you being rejected. Possibly the time a good friend chooses to give you the slip to hang out with the “cooler” kids. It draws a conclusion for you that you’re somehow not worthy of affection and you deserved to be dumped.
That’s harsh but, it gets worse. If you have a life experience that goes against an already established subconscious belief, it will either reject it outright or reframe it to make it conform to your existing view of reality.
Here’s an example:
For argument’s sake, let’s say you have a subconscious belief that you’re unattractive to others but, despite that an “attractive” person shows an interest in getting to know you better.
It’s highly likely you’ll write his or her interest off as a joke or just a bad coincidence. You will refuse to believe that this person could possibly find you attractive as you already “know” you’re not.
On a subconscious level, your mind is shouting at you “Stop! This person is way out of your league. Something’s wrong here”.
What happens next is you will either reject the person before they can do the same to you or you will otherwise do or say something to put an end to what could have been a wonderful relationship for you both. Sounds hard to believe but, it’s the truth.
A similar thing happens when you fail to achieve your goals. After many futile attempts, your pattern becomes reinforced as one of failure and you subconsciously come to expect that even before you start and you get what you expect over and over. Rinse and repeat. Personally, I became a master of this until I finally took solid steps to change my programming.
No doubt you can think of other similar situations where your subconscious has sabotaged you and kept you from getting what you badly want. The brilliant news is, reprogramming your subconscious can be a rather easy thing to do – if you know how and you’re willing to put in the time!
How To Reprogram Your Subconscious Mind
Ok, enough of the background. Let’s get to the good stuff! Here are some of the best ways to rewrite the old frustrating or hurtful subconscious patterns that are limiting your growth.
While you could use all of the following at the same time, I highly recommend using a combination of just one or two at most to begin with. Trying to use more than that will undoubtedly result in not giving your full attention to any and your results will suffer leading to a further confirmation to your subconscious to continue the pattern of failure. Not good!
Choose what feels right for you now and give it your full attention. You can always add to your arsenal of techniques as you start to see positive results.
Have you ever stopped to consider how your environment affects your subconscious mind?
Remember that your subconscious is continually taking in information, drawing conclusions, and forming beliefs based on that information.
The subconscious hates change. Once a pattern was formed from events and circumstances earlier in your life, your subconscious has fought tooth and nail to keep your life consistent ever since. When your daily routine is a constant diet of negativity, drama and strife, you’re doing little but reaffirming the already entrenched subconscious beliefs and change comes hard.
With this in mind, your first course of action after reading this should be to make a consistent effort to limit the amount of negativity and drama you’re exposing yourself to.
A small but incredibly powerful thing you can do is stop watching the news. It’s 99.9% negative garbage you really don’t need to know to live your life. Once you get used to this, it will have a wonderfully calming effect on your mind and I promise you won’t miss it!
Another small but, not insignificant change to make is removing toxic people from your life. We all meet these individuals. They pop up like a dementor from a Harry Potter book to drain the life and soul out of us. I’m not saying it will be easy, especially if they’re a family member or a workmate but, you need to find a way to limit or preferably eliminate them from your life.
As an alternative, try to surround yourself with positive and inspiring people. It doesn’t have to be people you know. It can be via books, podcasts, online thought leaders in YouTube videos. Whatever works for you. Begin putting your attention on what these people are doing and saying and start to emulate them. Remember your subconscious can’t tell the difference between real and imaginary so filling yourself full of positive messages and emotions is key to changing your mind.
Over time, it will lead to huge positive changes in your life as the messages are absorbed and become your new “norm.”
The subconscious mind responds extremely well to pictures.
Using visualization is a fantastic way to reprogram your subconscious with pictures of positive and empowering images.
Get in the habit of daily visualizing of the things you want in your life. Let your mind wander to the good stuff and allow it to see you having everything you want without limit. It will likely take some practice but, it’s a vital skill to learn.
My personal favorite method is to do several short but vibrant visualization sessions throughout the day. I form a mental image of my particular goal and spend 15 to 30 seconds seeing it, feeling it, smelling it, tasting it. Whatever I need to do to “bring it to life.” Short and sweet. Once practiced and mastered it works so well.
Others prefer to sit for 15 minutes and focus fully on the things they want to attract. Whatever works for you.
Below are some examples of things you could spend time visualizing:
- Fulling relationships
- Passionate work
- A beautiful home
- Exotic vacations
- Anything else you wish to draw into your life
Consistent use of visualization leads to reprogramming your subconscious. It becomes wired towards the things you want. Not the old images from your past experiences, fears and doubts.
When you go into a visualization, be sure to generate as much positive emotion as possible. Get excited. Touch, sounds, smells, and tastes are all great ways to get your subconscious to pay attention. Take ownership of whatever you want and feel yourself in the middle of it.
When you allow feeling of gratitude, peace love and joy to take you over as you “see” yourself having whatever it is you desire, your subconscious soaks all that up as if it were actually real. Repetition and consistency are the keys.
Visualization gives your subconscious the power to override the old messages of limitation and lack and replace them with the positive images of your new goals. It’s a beautiful thing!
Affirmations are an excellent way to reprogram positive images and messages into your subconscious mind.
They’re most effective when you follow some simple guidelines:
- Always word them in positive terms and in the present tense. “I am super successful in business” is vastly superior to “I will be successful…” Focusing on a potential future happening doesn’t compute for your subconscious. It only recognizes right now. It also does not recognize a negative statement. For instance, If you repeat I am not a failure in business” your subconscious sees only “I am a failure.” Not good.
- Just like visualization, feeling intense positive emotions while saying your affirmations is key. Repeating “I am successful, wealthy, and happy” while feeling poor, miserable and a failure sends conflicting information to your subconscious leading to poor results. Get the words and the feelings to match and you’re well on your way.
- Repetition is King! Affirmations only work when you repeat them over and over. Saying them once or twice only is a waste of time. I use them everyday, but I cheat a little. I wrote down my list of several affirmations but then used the voice recorder on my cell phone to record me saying them in a happy, emotion-filled voice that I can now play back to myself as many times a day as I want. Easy and it works.
Brain Wave Entrainment – Highly Recommended!
Using sound recordings specifically designed to alter the frequency of your brainwaves is becoming increasingly popular. It’s by far my favorite daily reprograming method. For beginners, it’s a fantastic way to start overwriting your mind’s current script. The beauty of doing it this way is you get results even if you don’t understand how it works.
To the uninitiated, brain wave entrainment can sound like something from science fiction but, its methods are sound and the results can be spectacular.
Your brainwaves rotate into a variety of specific frequencies depend upon your activities.
- Gamma when you’re engaged in certain motor functions
- Beta when you’re fully conscious and actively concentrating
- Alpha when you’re relaxed
- Theta when you’re drowsy or lightly sleeping
- Delta when you’re in deep sleep
‘Brain wave entrainment is a fancy word for listening to audio tracks designed to shift your brain from one frequency to another.
If, for example, you’re feeling stressed and you want to move your brain to a more relaxed state, you could listen to a track that leads your brain to an Alpha state. It’s simple and highly effective way to manipulate your brain into being more receptive to what you want to attract into your life.
The audio tracks help to create a more receptive state for installing new positive messages.
New research has detailed how your subconscious mind is far more receptive to new information when you’re relaxed in either Alpha or Theta states.
My best method is to combine the use of visualization and/or affirmations with daily brainwave entrainment. The combination is truly powerful and works quickly to let down your subconscious defenses allowing new positive information to replace to old patterns. Why not take advantage of modern science to make your transition easier?
Simply slip on a pair on headphones and do your visualization with great emotion while listening. How easy is that?
When done correctly, hypnosis can be highly effective and can produce similar results to brain wave entrainment but, without the frequency altering sounds.
Instead of sounds, the hypnotist gently guides you into a very relaxed and receptive state and then suggest positive messages to your subconscious. Some people find it highly successful at overwriting old patterns.
Lot’s of people, myself included use self-hypnosis. You can listen to a pre-recorded hypnosis session to get you to a relaxed state where your subconscious is open to receiving new information. Once there, you can either repeat your affirmations or listen to that recording you’ve made of your own voice on your cell phone. Again, repetition is the key.
How To Know If Your Reprogramming Efforts Are Working
Unfortunately, you can’t open a safety hatch to peer inside your subconscious mind. What you will notice however as changes start to take place, is a strong feeling of self-awareness as you now notice and can change self-sabotaging behavior before it gets carried away. This is a huge step forward.
Here are some other notable signs of progress that you may recognize:
- You begin feeling stronger, more con?dent and happier.
- You ?nd yourself more willing to take risks and face challenges.
- Your dreams and goals don’t seem overwhelming anymore — just exciting.
- You feel a deeper sense of inner peace, as if inner con?icts are dissolving.
- You attract more opportunities to expand and grow in every area of your life.
In short, As the work you’re doing on your subconscious starts to show results, you’ll notice an intuitive feeling and a change in how you look and feel.
It’s a wonderful feeling and you cannot miss it.
Consistent, Persistent Reinforcement
I’ve mentioned it a couple of times already but, the absolute key to overwriting and changing your subconscious patterns of behavior is consistent repetition. Regardless of the method or methods you choose, doing the work as often as possible for as long as possible while filled with positive emotions toward what you want is the most important factor.
You must be willing and persistent long enough to give the reprogramming process time to work.
While immediate changes do happen occasionally, for most of us, it will take some time. Possibly a few months of consistent work. The results though, are worth all the work.
Your task is to make use of repetition with whatever method you chose. Keep driving home the positive messages and images. Change will come.
After a while, you’ll start to get that intuitive feeling that changes are taking hold. This will keep you motivated to continue. Until that starts to happen however, your number one task is consistent daily effort.
The reward of having your subconscious mind finally on board with everything you want in your life is worth every bit of the work you’re doing!