A good metaphor is that the human mind is like a computer program. It takes input from a variety of sources and generates output. But we are not really aware of all that we are taking in subconsciously. Most of our activity is actually governed by the subconscious as opposed to the conscious mind.
The Subconscious Mind
Our subconscious rules our behavior. This is a scientific fact as well as a phenomenon documented by psychologists Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud. It has also been mentioned in ancient texts such as the Vedas and by spiritual scholars throughout the ages. We need to create strategies to reprogram our subconscious in ways that are more beneficial to our wellbeing. Our subconscious minds have picked up various tendencies from birth that are still with us today. We are also under attack (literally) with advertising that bombards our senses nearly 24/7. This includes online, where we are spending most of our lives, as well as in the physical environment, where we see billboards and items for sale in shops. We need to be very careful about what we ingest mentally, physically, and emotionally. One of the best ways to reprogram our subconscious is by using affirmations.
Affirmations are an effective tool to program ourselves for personal and business success. Remember when affirming to use the present tense. “I am talented” or “I am rich” is better than “I will be talented” or “I am going to be rich”. Another point to keep in mind is that affirmations work best when the mind is in a receptive state. So affirmations should really be used first thing in the morning or late at night. Another time to repeat your affirmations is during meditation when they can really sink in without resistance.
Affirmations work but they have to be repeated over and over to really so our subconscious can really get the message loud and clear. For maximum results, they need to be stated (internally or out loud) during meditation or in the waking or nighttime hours. It should also be borne in mind that some people have incredibly deep convictions with regard to love, money, or sexuality. At a fundamental level, an individual might not believe that they are unworthy of love or affection. In such instances, affirmations may not work and diet, self-examination, yoga, and meditation might all be needed to really shake up the person’s mindset into a positive state.
There have been cases where therapists hypnotized patients into a positive belief (with their consent). After a while, the underlying negative belief reemerged. This suggests that the belief is either well-rooted or that it comes from somewhere deeper than the subconscious mind. Either way, combine affirmations with meditation for best results, as they do work to a large degree. If you can make your affirmations into a poem that rhymes then your subconscious will repeat it consistently, much like how a song gets stuck in your head. This is the best procedure you can do if you have identified a limiting belief and want to get rid of it. Where possible, try to feel the affirmation as a positive emotion. This will supercharge it with energy and help it to manifest.
You might want to take an online test to see where you have limiting beliefs. They may be around self-love, relationships, money, abundance, or happiness. In this instance, you can try to create several affirmations using different terms and tenses to navigate around this sticky belief more rapidly. For example:
● “I am rich”
● “I have always been rich”
● “Riches are waiting for me”
● “I love being so financially abundant”
● “People see me as very affluent”
● “I have so many sources of income”
● “I always have enough money”
● “Money is a mental abstraction and I can just think more of it”
● “Because money is so common it is easy to collect some”
● “I love thinking about and making money”
● “Money was always easy for me to attract”
● “Poverty and abundance are just states of mind”
With affirmations, it is better in general to use the present tense and to avoid negating statements such as “I am not in poverty”. Just like the brain cannot distinguish between real and imaginary, it also does not understand negation. All it hears is “poverty”.
Self Programming Strategies
There are other strategies you can use to program your mind. Remember that the time you are just waking and the time that you are settling down to sleep are the best times for self-programming. Meditation is another key time. But you still need to utilize the rest of the day as much as possible to put yourself into a positive state of mind. If you have a desk job, then you are stuck on a computer for 8 hours a day. You might as well make the most of it. Listen to classical music for a couple of hours a day. Binaural beats and theta brainwave entrainment tracks are available on Youtube and on other sites.
Alternatively, record yourself saying empowering affirmations and listen to it for an hour. Subconsciously, the statements “I am rich”, “I am attractive”, “I am intelligent” are going to sink in and start to manifest in your everyday life. You could also consider lucid dreaming or seeing a therapist as a means of accessing the subconscious. There are a large number of self-programming strategies available. Just pick one or two and stick with them for a consistent length of time.
Remember, self-programming consists of two parts. The first is what you program yourself with. The second is what you are able to block out. You might be telling yourself how attractive you are, but other people and the world might like to tell you otherwise. Create a clean work and personal environment and get rid of people who drain your energy. Also, limit time spent on social media and time spent exposed to advertisements of all kinds.