Subconscious Mind Training
Almost everyone is aware of the many self help books and seminars dealing with the power of the mind these days, but few of us realize the impact that our subconscious mind has on the outcome of our professional and personal lives.
Assume that our subconscious minds are like the software in computers, and our conscious minds are the hardware. The programming starts early in childhood and continues throughout our lives. We carry around a set of beliefs that affect the way we think and the decisions we make. Often we are unaware of what our subconscious actually believes.
Instead of changing our software, we repeatedly make the same poor choices that keep us from achieving what we want in our personal lives and careers. Like an instant replay, we repeat the same thoughts and actions with the same dismal results.
There are ways to changes these tapes and rewire our brains to work more efficiently. We can train our subconscious mind to think differently.
One of the most common subconscious mind training methods is visualization. While most of us occasionally imagine living in our dream home or traveling around the world, we do not repeat the thought often enough to change the way we think.
To practice visualization, it is best to be in a meditative state. Some people prefer to practice daily at a given time and place. Imagine walking down a sandy pathway to the beach or through a tropical garden to a quiet bench shaded by an old live oak. Then picture in your mind exactly what it is that you want. Using your positive emotions and your five senses, see it in your mind with all the little details: colors, textures, sounds, smells, taste, excitement, gratitude, or love. Feel what it would be like to actually have what it and then release it to the universe. Imagine that your dream is now floating through the sky in a colorful helium balloon, attracting the necessary things to make your wishes come true.
Now that you have let your intentions flow into the cosmos, watch for little signs in your daily life. You will find that help appears in the most unexpected and surprising places. The psychologist, Carl Jung, called these little events “synchronicities”. In the past, you may have thought of them as extremely lucky coincidences, or happenings just too good to be true. Just recognize them as confirmation that a bigger plan is unfolding, and don’t grasp them too tightly. Remember that the butterfly must emerge from the cocoon in its own time.
As you go about your day, notice that you have disengaged the old stories and negative thoughts in your mind. When an old belief that you are unworthy pops up, acknowledge it by writing it down on a piece of paper. Then tear it up and throw it in the trash, or burn it. Replace it with a new belief; then write it down and display it where you can see it throughout the day.
Now that you are living your days with deliberate intention, you will likely notice subtle feelings and events that affected your decisions in the past. As you recognize them and become aware that they are not serving your higher purpose, let them go. Replace the guilt and judgment with wisdom and love. Your thoughts and actions create your future. Choose them wisely.
Above all, be kind to yourself as you learn to choose inner peace rather than incessant thinking. Spiritual practices, such as meditation, prayer, martial arts, or yoga, help to quiet the mind. However, just becoming aware of the power that your subconscious has on your daily routine is likely to create powerful changes by itself.