As we have discussed previously, there are two levels of your mind – the conscious or analytical level, and the subconscious or impartial level. You think with your conscious mind, and whatever you habitually think sinks down into your subconscious mind, which creates according to the nature of your thoughts.
Your subconscious mind is the seat of your emotions and is the creative mind. If you think good, good will follow; if you think ill, ill will follow. This is the way your mind works. It is an interesting and subtle truth that the law of the subconscious mind works for good and bad ideas alike. This law, when applied in a negative way, is the cause of failure, frustration, and unhappiness. However, when your habitual thinking is harmonious and constructive, you experience perfect health, success, and prosperity.
Peace of mind and a healthy body are inevitable when you begin to think and feel in the right way. Whatever you claim mentally and feel as true, your subconscious mind will accept and bring forth into your experience. The only thing necessary for you to do is to get your subconscious mind to accept your idea, and the law of your own subconscious mind will bring forth the outcome that you desire. You give the command or decree, and your subconscious will faithfully reproduce the idea impressed upon it.
When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it. – Paulo Coelho
As soon as your subconscious accepts any idea, it proceeds to put it into effect immediately. It works by association of ideas and uses every bit of knowledge that you have gathered in your lifetime to bring about its purpose. It draws on the infinite power, energy, and wisdom within you, as well as it lines up all the laws of nature/universe to get its way. Sometimes it seems to bring about an immediate solution to your difficulties, and at other times it may take days, weeks, or longer.
You must remember that these are not two minds. They are merely two spheres of activity within one mind. Your conscious mind is the reasoning mind. It is that phase of mind which chooses. For example, you choose your books, your home, and your partner in life. You make all your decisions with your conscious mind. On the other hand, without any conscious choice on your part, your heart is kept functioning automatically, and the process of digestion, circulation, and breathing are carried on by your subconscious mind through processes independent of your conscious control.
Your subconscious mind accepts what is impressed upon it or what you consciously believe. It does not reason things out like your conscious mind, and it does not argue with you controversially. Your subconscious mind is like the soil which accepts any kind of seed, good or bad. Your thoughts are active and might be likened unto seeds.
What do you want to plant and grow in your soil?
Remember, your subconscious mind does not engage in proving whether your thoughts are good or bad, true or false, but it responds according to the nature of your thoughts or suggestions. For example, if you consciously assume something as true, even though it may be false, your subconscious mind will accept it as true and proceed to bring about results which must necessarily follow, because you consciously assumed it to be true.
The tremendous power of suggestion
You must realize by now that your conscious mind is the “watchman at the gate,” and its chief function is to protect your subconscious mind from false impressions. You are now aware of one of the basic laws of mind: Your subconscious mind is amenable to suggestion.
As you know, your subconscious mind does not make comparisons, or contrasts, neither does it reason and think things out for itself. It simply reacts to the impressions given to it by your conscious mind. It does not show a preference for one course of action over another.
Suggestion : The act or instance of putting something into one’s mind, the mental process by which the thought or idea suggested is entertained, accepted, or put into effect.
Heterosuggestion : Suggestions from another person. In all ages the power of suggestion has played a part in the life and thought of man in every period of time and in every country on earth. In many parts of the world it is the controlling power in religion.
Suggestion may be used to discipline and control ourselves, but it can also be used to take control and command over others who do not know the laws of mind. In its constructive form it is wonderful and magnificent. In its negative aspects it is one of the most destructive of all the response patterns of the mind, resulting in patterns of misery, failure, suffering, sickness, and disaster.
As a conscious human being you can use constructive autosuggestion, which is a reconditioning process that releases you from the mass of negative conditioning and limiting belief system.
Another word for autosuggestion is Affirmation. We define affirmation as: A statement of fact or belief that tends to lead you toward the end result you expect.
Two things are important here:
- The ‘statement of fact or belief’ may be completely true or completely false (but believed to be true). Your subconscious mind cannot argue controversially. Hence if you give it wrong suggestions, it will accept them as true and will proceed to bring them to pass as conditions, experiences, and events. All things that have happened to you are based on thoughts impressed on your subconscious mind through belief.
As Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D., writes in Spontaneous Evolution:
‘Our minds actively co-create the world we experience. Consequently, by changing our beliefs, we have an opportunity to affect world change. The fact that the mind of the observer influences the outcome of experiments is one of the most profound insights introduced by quantum mechanics. This new physics acknowledges that we are not merely passive observers of our world but, rather we are active participants in its unfolding. . . . Quantum physics has absolutely verified that information processed by our minds influences the shape of the world in which we live.‘
- The law of expectations. Seldom does an individual exceed his/her expectations. Remember, an affirmation is ‘a statement of fact or belief that tends to lead you toward the end result you expect.‘
It is not ‘the end result that you want.’ We don’t get what we want, we get what we expect. High-performance people develop high expectations which they hold firmly in their minds as though this picture (or goal) is already achieved.
You see and feel what you expect to see and feel. The world as you know it is a picture of your expectations. The world as the race of man knows it is the materialization en masse of your individual expectations. – Jane Roberts
If you want to enhance your performance or alter your behavior in any area of your life, you must simultaneously embrace the mental picture of that accomplishment and hold it tight to you as an imagined end result.
Don’t let lower expectations become the ceiling that holds you down and sabotages your efforts to achieve new goals. Check regularly on the negative suggestions that people make to you. You do not have to be influenced by destructive heterosuggestion.
The suggestions of others in themselves have absolutely no power over you except the power that you give them through your own thoughts. You have to give your mental consent; you have to entertain the thought. Then, it becomes your thought, and you do the thinking. Remember, you have the capacity to choose. Choose life! Choose love! Choose health! Choose prosperity!
(To be continued…)