Have you ever made a decision to change a habit and discover that no matter how hard you try you just can’t manage to do it? Why is that? it is because it’s the conscious mind that makes the decision to change, but the subconscious that prevents you from doing it.
How Important Is the Subconscious Mind?
The subconscious mind is very important. It controls all the involuntary systems of your body which means you could not survive without it! However, without conscious intervention, it is possible that it can prevent you from living the life you desire to live.
Here is some scientific data that may help you understand how that happens:
A human’s brainwaves are categorized by frequency range or cycles per second. There are 5 different frequency ranges…
delta (0 Hz to 4 Hz) – state of deep, dreamless sleep
theta (4 Hz to 8 Hz) – restorative, REM state of sleep
alpha (8 Hz to 12 Hz) – state of relaxation, but awake
beta (12 Hz to 40 Hz) – fully awake state
gamma (40 Hz to 100 Hz) – a new discovery, not much info available
How Do Unwanted Beliefs Get Programmed Into The Subconscious?
Babies spend most of their days and nights in theta and delta ranges. Children, until the age of 8, spend most of their time in the alpha state when they aren’t asleep. The beta range kicks in around the age of 8 for most children.
The slower the brainwave frequency, the more programmable the mind becomes. That means that babies and children are in highly suggestible states of mind. Plus, they have no prior life experiences to evaluate and draw conclusions from.
For these reasons a child’s brain is like a sponge… it takes in and absorbs whatever it is told. Then it forms opinions about what happens to them which are difficult to change. And these opinions are frequently based on inaccuracies.
If a child is belittled or abused, they believe that what they have been told is true They believe that they were bad and deserved the abuse. This information and subsequent emotions get stored in the subconscious mind and can have a permanent detrimental effect on a person’s life.
But being belittled and abused are not the only conditions that can negatively affect a child. Being bullied by other children, or stress in the home environment or daycare facility could do it. And sometimes something might happen that we cannot see the logic in how it would negatively affect a child.
Of course, it doesn’t have to be true that the detrimental effect may last a lifetime. Those early beliefs and how they affect your life can be changed, but not without first becoming aware of the problem. Awareness that a change would be beneficial is the first step.
The next step is to identify solutions that others have used successfully, and that’s what we’ll cover next.
How to Change the Programs Running In Your Subconscious Mind
There are seven methods with which I have had personal experience and know that they work. Some take lots more time and effort than others, but I will cover all seven of them here.
The practice of visualizing a desired outcome for 15 to 20 minutes once or twice a day can help change your subconscious mind so that it cooperates with your conscious mind.
Jose Silva, founder and developer of The Silva Method which has been taught worldwide for decades began experimenting with having his children visualize improving their grades on tests in school and found that they had amazing success using it.
Sitting quietly with eyes closed, using visualization techniques, induces alpha brain waves. While in this range of brainwave frequencies the mind is somewhat open to receive whatever you feed it.
If you have the opinion that you cannot visualize, sit quietly and look at everything you can see around you… the walls, the windows, furniture, decorations, etc. Study what you see and then close your eyes and visualize what you saw with your eyes open. Yes, you can do it… it just takes practice.
There are lots of conflicting opinions regarding whether or not affirmations can help to change your subconscious mind. People who have tried but concluded they did not work for them have, without a doubt, left out the one crucial factor that can lead to success.
Simply writing or saying positive affirmations will have little effect on changing your subconscious mind. The missing piece is the need to change your feeling state to one of already having achieved what you are affirming is already true.
If you are currently very sick or in a lot of pain, but you are affirming you are well and have no pain can be difficult to do, but it is possible. Use your imagination to feel what it would be like if you were well and pain-free. It might be easier to do when you are in the least amount of pain, perhaps when you are in bed at night.
Another tip that will help to make them more powerful is to say them in front of a mirror and look yourself in the eyes.
But, the bottom line is that if you aren’t able to feel the feelings of already having/doing/being what you are affirming, affirmations alone will not work.
If you are not familiar with EFT, it stands for Emotional Freedom Technique, also known as the tapping technique. It was Gary Craig, a student of Roger Callahan, who took Callahan’s tapping methods and formalized them into what we now know as EFT. EFT does work but requires working with a trained practitioner.
Richard Bandler and John Grinder were the co-creators of Neuro-linguistic Programming, known as NLP. Tony Robbins has popularized this methodology used to understand and change human behavior patterns.
A very simple and incomplete explanation of NLP is that what we believe to be true is nothing more than a working hypothesis and that what we believe is true can be changed by “acting as if” something else (something we would prefer) is the real truth.
This method also works but requires working with a professional who is trained in NLP.
A form of hypnosis dates back to prehistoric times. The scientific history began with a German physician living in Vienna, Austria named Franz Mesmer in the latter part of the 18th century.
Hypnosis induces alpha brainwaves. Some people can dip down into theta brainwaves in hypnosis and stay awake while others cannot.
Hypnosis has been known to require multiple sessions to see progress. However, I have been reading about a hypnotherapist in the UK, Marissa Peer, who is having near-miraculous success with one single session.
Hypnosis requires working with a trained hypnotist or listening to prerecorded self-hypnosis recordings.
It is my personal opinion that everyone should engage in a daily meditation practice whether they have habits they want to change or not. Dr. Wayne Dyer said that prayer is our way of talking to God and meditation is opening the portal to allow God to talk to us.
Meditation gives you the opportunity to see things more clearly from a calm and relaxed state of mind. Clarity of mind can benefit you in ways you cannot even begin to imagine. If you make this a part of your daily routine, it will result in cumulative benefits that you will truly enjoy.
7. Brainwave Synchronization Recordings
There are several different types of recordings designed to synchronize your brain, meaning to have both right and left sides of the brain cooperating with the other.
Years ago there were many recordings of this type that did not use music and they were not pleasant to listen to. Today nearly all of these are recorded along with music.
How To Achieve Brainwave Synchronization for Subconscious Change?
Here are some of the most popular types of recordings that help both sides of your brain to work together:
Monaural Beats – This a clicking or pulsing sound and creates the convergence of two tones emanating from one speaker. The beats interfere with the music they are embedded in making the listening experience less than desirable. These recordings do not require headphones.
Binaural Beats – These recordings require headphones because a different tone is played in each ear. This causes your brainwaves to resonate at the difference between the two tones. This difference is kept below the normal range of hearing, thus the music is not interrupted by annoying clicks.
Isochronic Beats – These are frequently used in conjunction with either monaural or binaural beats. This is a tone that is being turned off and back on very rapidly. This creates a sharp and distinctive sound pulse which interferes with the enjoyment of the music. If isochronic beats are not combined with another tone or if they are combined with monaural beats, headphones are not required. If they are combined with binaural beats headphones are required.
Music Modulation – If music modulation is used without binaural beats no headphones are required. However, the effect may be better with their use. Music modulation used along with binaural beats (you won’t hear these beats) requires headphones, is very effective and provides the most pleasant listening experience.
15 Minutes a day using a powerful combination of nearly all these techniques can make a huge difference. Here is where you can find out how to get started.
Article written by Gwynne Curry and originally published at Medium.com.