Written By Matt Morris -
Your Subconscious Mind
Crazy title, I know. So why should you lie to your subconscious mind?
Personally, this topic hits close to my heart as a parent, husband and a son. So much of what we say to one another, and to ourself, gets captured in our subconscious mind unknown to us.
I could write an entire book on how my BIGGEST challenge in becoming successful had to do with programming my subconscious mind. I’ll save the details for another blog but we’ll just say I had a LOT of “re-wiring” to do.
In a recent blog on the Top 20 Self Help Books of All Time, I recommend the book, “What to Say When You Talk to Your Self”, by Shad Helmstetter. I’m actually re-reading the book for the third time along with a mastermind group I meet with every week. I’ve read a ton of books on this topic and this book seems to be the most concise, and precise, writing on the science of how your subconscious mind affects your life.
In addition, a new perspective of why we are the way we are has been introduced by some cutting edge molecular biologists like Dr Bruce Lipton. Bear with me here since this sounds kind of heavy at first…
The findings are very insightful! He says that your genes are controlled and manipulated by how your subconscious mind sees and interprets your environment. These new findings are great news because it means that you can change many things about the way you are, including your health, by changing how you interpret events and situations which happen to you.
For example Dr Lipton shows that if you interpret things via your subconscious mind in a positive way, you start living a healthier and better quality life, regardless of the genetic makeup you started with. A new attitude, positive or negative, sends new messages to the cells in your body and can actually reprogram their health and behavior. It can even change cellular structure, turning diseased cells into healthy cells.
I love this because “old science” would say the mind and body exist separately where this new science tells us that the mind can, in fact, influence the health of the body. So this can be good or bad news, right? It all depends on what your subconscious mind is feeding your body.
Are you a glass is half full or half empty kind of person? If you’re one of the half empty types, then you could actually be damaging your cells and making them susceptible to disease. However, for those of you who are half full types, this is great news… You’re subconscious mind is affecting your health positively.
So Why Should You Lie to Your Subconscious Mind?
Your subconscious mind cannot move outside its fixed programs – it automatically reacts to situations with it’s stored responses. AND (here’s the rub), your subconscious mind works without the knowledge or control of the conscious mind. This is why you are usually unaware of your behavior.
And it seems your subconscious mind is running us on its automatic pilot mode, 95% of the time!
The scientists show that most of your decisions, actions, emotions and behavior depend on the brain activity that is beyond your conscious awareness, which means that 95 – 99% of your life comes from the programming in your subconscious mind.
THIS IS HUGE!
You’re making decisions based on things/events/experiences from your past that are stored in your subconscious mind… and you don’t even know it!
So, your life reflects your subconscious programming. This is because the job of the subconscious is to make sense out of it’s program by turning it into “reality”. Therefore, if you have negative programming in your subconscious, Dr Lipton says 95% of the time you will recreate those negative experiences in your life. And sadly, most of the programs our subconscious mind runs are based in negativity – for example fear of what other people are thinking about us, fear of not being loved and respected as we are, etc…
But this can change with some concentrated effort, especially now that you are aware of the power your subconscious mind has on how you live your life and make daily decisions, right?
How do you change your subconscious programming?
Lipton suggests meditation, hypnotherapy or other reprogramming approaches. Personally, I’m not much of a “meditation” kind of guy (maybe one day) and most hypnotherapists need to be re-programmed a thousand times more than most of their clients. No offense, of course, if you’re a hypnotherapist.
Here’s my advice… you change your subconscious programming by LYING to it.
You see, every mental thought and spoken word programs your subconscious mind. When you tell yourself “I’m such an idiot!”, that literally programs your subconscious to make you even MORE of an idiot.
If every word and thought programs your subconscious, as the science seems to prove, don’t you think it’s important to start programming yourself with positive statements about yourself?
I’m not a fan of the “fake it till you make it” mentality. I don’t advise you telling anyone else anything that is not 100% true. But I DO advise you to tell yourself lies about who you want to become as if they already are true.
Becoming a millionaire was really not all that hard. The biggest challenge was believing it could happen to me.
Thankfully I started studying subconscious programming at age 21 and began to understand the power of your subconscious mind and how it creates your success or failure. And because of that understanding, I began repeating what I wanted to become true about myself as it were, in fact, already true.
I told myself I was a millionaire thousands of times before I ever produced the results!
Here’s my homework for you to begin re-programming your subconscious mind:
1. Read What to Say When You Talk to Your Self by Shad Helmstetter
2. Start becoming consciously aware of when you say or think negative thoughts about yourself. When you do, reverse that thought or words to something positive.
3. Begin creating a list of affirmations and read them aloud to yourself every day. (Ex: “I’m a multi-millionaire”, “I’m a genius and I apply my knowledge”, “I have an amazing ability to remember names”)
Keep your eyes out for a new blog on daily affirmations. I know a lot of people talk about the power of affirmations but very few do them correctly. I’ll give you some tips that will help you re-program your subconscious mind.
Until then, make life an adventure!
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