The Amazing Power of the Subconscious Mind
The greatest asset you own is the power of your mind. But to take full advantage of that great power, you need to understand how your mind works and how to align your conscious desires with your subconscious programs.
When your conscious desires are aligned with your subconscious patterns, you will be unstoppable.
To align the two, you will need to understand the infallible rules of the subconscious mind and how to use them to eliminate blocks that are limiting your successes.
If you have ever considered the many things humans have accomplished, you know the power of the conscious mind.
And if you have ever tried to conquer a fear, change a habit, or get more motivated to do something you want to do but haven’t been doing, only to find yourself up against a seemingly immovable wall, you know the power of the subconscious mind.
As powerful as the conscious mind is, the subconscious mind is estimated to be thousands of times more powerful. So much more powerful that whenever your conscious and subconscious are in conflict, your subconscious mind invariably wins. A fact you have no doubt experienced.
The conscious mind is logical where the subconscious is imaginal. The imaginal mind builds stories around images, sensations, and concepts rather than concrete facts. And the stories it creates don't need be factual, they just need to make sense conceptually.
The conscious mind actively seeks information and hands it off to the subconscious, which passively receives it and turns it into a complete, full-bodied story. And, like all stories, they live in the imaginal, conceptual world.
Subconscious stories all have a specific purpose and a specific trigger, which gets activated whenever the right stimulus is present.
Problems arise when the stories that are getting triggered conflict with conscious desires. And as you have likely discovered, whenever conscious logic or desire competes with subconscious imaginative concepts, the conceptual view always wins, and we find ourselves doing things we don’t consciously want to be doing, or not doing things we wish we were.
Trying to eliminate a fear or change an ingrained habit through will power or self-discipline (conscious will) doesn’t really work, though at times it appears that it does.
People who insist on using a logical course of action to make a change are often not aware that they must first imagine themselves doing what they want to be doing before they can determine to do it. Logic activates the conscious mind, but doesn’t affect the subconscious mind. Only when the desired change is a clear and present reality to the subconscious mind does a change actually occur.
For example, a smoker trying to quit must change the image he or she holds of cigarettes and of himself as a smoker before a change, or even a desire to change, can take place.
As long as the smoker imagines the act of smoking as a pleasant experience with some benefit, and cannot override that image with something unpleasant and undesirable, the smoking continues no matter external action what the individual may try.
The same is true of a dieter. Before overweight, out of shape people can get fit and trim, three things have to happen:
- They have to change their body image, that is, how they see themselves in their mind's eye.
- They have to love their entire self (body and all) enough to take care of themselves on every level, and of course, this won't happen as long as the body image they hold is not to their liking.
- They have to look at food differently. As long as they hold onto the pleasure of consuming big meals or high calorie foods, as opposed to seeing food as a means for nourishing and maintaining a fit, healthy body, the individual will continue to overeat and/or eat the wrong foods and will continue to struggle with their weight.
Notice that all of the changes noted above are imaginary concepts. People don't love what they see as undesirable or unappealing. But, resisting an undesirable or unappealing thing doesn’t change it. In fact, resistance generally just gives it more strength... kind of like adding weights to a workout routine. The greater the resistance, the stronger the muscles grow to compensate. The mind works in exactly the same way. To change our reality, we first have to change our view of it – we have to clearly envision and take ownership of the outcome we want.
The subconscious mind is like a homing device. It unfailingly follows whatever we focus on and take ownership of.
In the classic self-help book, Napoleon Hill's Think and Grow Rich, Hill, after thirty years of studying successful men, boiled all the things he had discovered down to one essential factor: successful people achieve great things because they are able to clearly visualize what they want and take ownership of it before they actually have it. This is not a “fake it till you make it” approach as many suggest. It’s more like knowing, without a doubt, that you have a hundred million dollars in a bank in Switzerland that you have to show up in person to claim. If you knew that, you would do whatever it took to get to that bank in Switzerland. You don’t have the money in your hands, but you know it’s yours once you arrive to claim it. That’s the kind of ownership to which Napoleon Hill was referring.
Clarity and ownership are the ultimate keys to success.
But, here's the rub: until you get all the old rubbish that now clutters your mind out of your way, you won't have any choice except to deal with it, and as long as you are dealing with it, you are stuck where you are.
Your subconscious mind is one of the most powerful forces you have available to you. Learn how it works and work with it, and you can have anything you want faster and easier than you might now imagine is possible.
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