Monday, 21 November 2011

Finding the Power of Your Subconscious

The brain is an amazing organ. Some people claim we only utilise 10% of our brain power. But, in reality, we use 100% of our brain for various functions. Whether all of our mind resides within our brain is something that is still under debate by scientists.

People who study the human mind believe that it is divided into two parts; a conscious part and a subconscious part. The conscious mind is the one that we are aware of. It is the thought patterns that you have and are able to deliberately change at will. Yet to use the subconscious part of your mind is also possible. It just takes some extra effort through techniques such as meditation or self-hypnosis. Actually effort is not quite right because to access this part of your mind requires you to relax and go beyond all the chatter and noise of the conscious mind.

There are some people who scoff at the idea that self-hypnosis can improve the effectiveness of our subconscious minds. Basically it works like this. The subconscious mind often creates mistaken ideas that lead us to repeating the same mistakes over and over again. But through self-hypnosis you can reprogram your subconscious mind to be a help rather than hindrance.

Let's look at a specific example.

Imagine that you were a child who struggled with a subject at school, it could be any subject, but we will select art. One of your parents may have started the thought that you were no good at art by jokingly telling you that you can't draw a straight line. If this happens repeatedly as a child, when you are older a voice will be programmed in your subconscious telling you that you are hopeless at art and can't do it. Every time you are presented with an opportunity to paint or sculpt, that nagging voice, which you will not be aware of, will be telling you that you are no good at art so don't bother trying.

Yet this is not the case, you are creative and artistic as anyone else. And we can use self-hypnosis techniques to connect to that little voice, that inner thought process, and change it.

The usual way of entering a self induced state of hypnosis is through progressive relaxation. Here you lie on your back or sit in a comfortable chair. Then imagine each part of your body, starting with the toes and working to the head. Focus on relaxing the individual muscles and body parts and make them go limp. Do the same with your legs, hips, belly, up the back, chest and shoulders and arms to the neck and face.

When you are completely relaxed, imagine that you are walking slowly down a staircase, counting the steps backwards as you go down. When you reach zero, or the bottom step you should be in a deeply relaxed state.

In this state, tell your subconscious mind the message you want in your life. In our example it could be "I am a creative individual who enjoys creating unique pieces of art." Some people have overcome many fears and bad habits such as over eating, public speaking, or shyness by tapping into the power of their subconscious mind. It may take daily practice to overcome the message of the past, yet with time your new message will become stronger. Why don't you think of something that might be holding you back from success and give it a go to change the message.
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