Working with Your Subconscious Mind to enhance your life

Updated: Mar 29

Ever felt like there's something that drives your behavior even without your conscious reasoning? I noticed this when I was on a date once and wanted to understand what was going on better. Turns out there's a whole book that's been written on it! I chanced upon the Power of your subconscious mind by Joseph Murphy and I must say there is plenty written about the power of the subconscious mind in the book without much evidence or backing. There's also plenty of portions where it begins to feel like a religious sermon. Yet, there's some useful tips that I thought would be helpful to try out. I am not very religious myself, but I find it fascinating how the author breaks down a prayer. What is a prayer really? It consists of stating your wants, perhaps visualizing yourself in this fulfilled state, making an earnest request and then working towards stated goal with panache and confidence, because you trust that a certain entity is on your side, that the universe is on your side and will assist you in bringing to fruition your aspirations. Well, this process is easy if you're religious. If not, you could still incorporate aspects of this in your life to get the results you want. I have described below few approaches but let's get to the basics first. The subconscious mind really and it's relationship with the conscious mind

The subconscious mind controls all those functions which we aren't consciously thinking about, be it breathing, digestion etc. It is also the storehouse of all information from our life experiences and is a seat for our habits and beliefs. If there is something you believe to be true, your subconscious mind will bring this to fruition. The conscious mind is the captain of your life and the subconscious mind works to bring to fruition your thoughts and beliefs. Approaches to making your subconscious mind your biggest ally 1. Visualization

Visualize your actualized self. What is it that you want to achieve? Imagine yourself in your actualized reality, living it, doing all the things you will be doing in your actualized state. Once you envision this end goal, it becomes easier to get there, because you know where you have to get to. 2. Habitual thinking

Your subconscious mind works to bring to fruition and manifest your thoughts. The author likens this to action and reaction-- your thought being the action and the workings of your subconscious mind the reaction. Hence it is important to maintain awareness, be aware of any negative self talk, have positive thoughts and beliefs that you are hoping to manifest. 3. Affirmations

Affirmations help put you in a positive state of mind. Some examples of affirmations mentioned in the book include "wealth--success" and saying this to yourself a few times a day if you are working towards wealth creation. You can also craft your own positive affirmations making sure they do not produce any internal conflict, which would need to be resolved if they do. All these approaches are to put you in the right frame of mind to achieve your goals and should obviously be followed by action, discipline etc to crush your goals. 3. Mental hygiene practices

Since a major focus of this is thoughts from your conscious mind, it is essential to make sure that you have routine for mental hygiene practices including journaling, self-awareness, meditation, gratitude journaling and other self care practices. I personally have been using Tim Ferris's 5 minute gratitude journal for a while now and it's convenient and helpful. 4. Overcoming Resistance/Internal conflict

I also love the steps outlined by Dr. Catherine Collautt, manifestation expert. She talks of how the subconscious mind is a source of wisdom and how it is important to identify the resistance that exists within the subconscious mind to achieving our desired outcomes, with curiosity, to make peace with it and feed your subconscious mind with examples that show alignment between the desires of the conscious mind. The above steps outlined are add-ons to your existing self-care practices as you work towards making progress on your path towards self-actualization. Your subconscious mind is your biggest ally and bringing it on your side can help you achieve your goals, dreams and desired outcomes (:

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