Last week as I was reading an article from Simon Alexander Ong one comment really struck a chord with me. Simon said: "Go for a real life vision board over one made of cut-out pictures. Test-drive a sports car, rent designer clothing or book a viewing at that beautiful 7-bedroom house in the country. Not only will this show you what's possible, but it will provide inspiration and focus for your subconscious."
The focus for the subconscious is not to be underestimated. It is scientifically proven that the subconscious accounts for 95% of the mind's capacity, which means that 95 – 99% of our life comes from the programming in our subconscious mind. This is a hugely fascinating subject with tons of information easily found on the Internet, but suffice to say that what we put into our subconscious minds is hugely important. Working with the subconscious is something I started as a young child, although I didn't know what I was doing at the time, and I can verify that what Simon says is true. It does work.
Ever since I can remember, I've wanted to travel. As a child my family wasn't able to take me on any holidays. So, during the long six-week summer break, whilst my friends were off somewhere foreign and sunny, I would get brochures from the travel agent and plan the trip I would have taken if I could have. I'd cut out the hotels I'd stay at and the places I'd visit and stick them in a scrapbook. This activity kept me entertained for hours and now in hindsight I can see how doing this influenced my subconscious and helped me develop my visualization, manifestation and planning skills.
I didn't rely solely on 'wishful thinking'. I also made sure I was taking practical steps that would take me closer to realizing my dream of travel. I figured that knowing languages would increase my chances of being able to travel and so I became meticulous about studying languages, knowing and trusting that one day, somehow, I'd be able to put them into practice. And sure enough the opportunities began to appear. At the age of 14 I got to go to France for a week and at the age of 18 I went to Spain for a week, then my 'big break' came when I left school at 18 and went to teach English in a Lycée in Châtres, not far from Paris, for a year.
Then at university, I took it to the stage that Simon suggests. Now, rather than cut out pictures of where I'd go, I'd actually go into the Students' Union travel agents and book trips that I couldn't pay for and then cancel them a few days later before I had to come up with the deposit. At the time I never thought too much about why I did this, but I knew that one day I'd be able to pay for it all and later I understood it was my way of working with my subconscious.
I became intrigued by the power, influence and sheer scope of subconscious mind and learned to work with it on a deeper level. Scientists claim that most people only access between three and 10% of their subconscious mind. That's a tiny amount of the 95% capacity. I wanted to access more, so I learned, via different meditation techniques, how to do so.
Our mind's frequency goes from beta (normal everyday activity) to alpha (daydreaming or light meditation) to theta (deep meditation, spiritual insights) to delta (sleep). You can learn how to enter the alpha and theta states quite easily, all it takes is practice and patience. A great way to change the mind's frequency is via a specific rhythm. A drumbeat works particularly well, between four to seven beats per second to enter theta. This has become my preferred method of working with my subconscious. After years of patience and practice it becomes easy to slip in and out of the alpha state in particular, just by relaxing and focusing on the breath.
To further influence my subconscious mind during my beta times I've installed a program called MindMaster on my computer that flashes up subliminal messages and images that I've chosen to receive on my screen as I'm working. Apparently I don't even have to be fully conscious of reading the messages or looking at the images. Without my focus my subconscious mind will pick up the messages and images. It's early days, but I like it so far.
Whichever method you choose for working with your subconscious just be sure that the messages and images you send are ones that you actually want to manifest, so when it comes to 'wishful thinking', be careful what you wish for, be sure to make it something positive for your life and enjoy exploring the power of the subconscious mind.
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