Week 4: The Subconscious Mind
Not too many people are aware that I have a Master Certification in Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) and Clinic Hypnosis awarded by The International NLP Trainers Association (INLPTA).
During my certification program, I learned some fascinating facts about the subconscious mind:
- Subconscious mind doesn’t recognize the difference between what is truth or what is fantasy. That is the reason you are now salivating when I tell you to imagine a bid green lime, that I just cu
t it, put it in my mouth and started to squeeze it. That is the reason we get scared when we go to the cinema and watch a horror movie. That is also the reason we fear so many things that are just not real…
- Subconscious mind doesn’t understand the timeline. In other words, subconscious mind doesn’t recognize the difference between what happened in the past, what is happening in the present, or what would happen in the future. (This is subject for our post for the week #5)
- Subconscious mind doesn’t understand the meaning of the word “NO”. This is extremely powerful! If we now how to use it to our advantage. Lest just say for now: keep your sentences in positive voice of the verb.(This is subject for our post for the week #6)
- Subconscious mind doesn’t recognize the difference between up, down, backward, forward. That is the reason we enjoy so much doing word-search puzzles.
Let’s return to the first point. (Are you still salivating with the green lime? Because I am…)
Being the subconscious mind unable to recognize the difference between reality and fantasy, could be good, very good if we now how to use it in our advantage. The problem is, we generally don’t know how to use it in a positive way through visualization, and we ended up with fear.
Fear, by definition is: “an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous [for us], likely to cause [us] pain, or a threat”.
We should pay special attention to the words in bold letters: emotion and belief. That is precisely the main point of the present post. If we don’t pay special attention to our subconscious mind, we ended up believing that that something (that doesn’t exist) is dangerous [for us], [and is] likely to cause [us] pain, or a threat.
Paraphrasing the words said by Rev. David Yonggi Cho, the senior pastor of Yoido Full Gospel Church, in his book “The Fourth Dimension”: Don’t fear because fear is faith in negative.
“Don’t fear because fear is faith in negative”.
When we fear that something bad is going to happen, what we are really doing is having faith that something bad is going to happen.
And the ironic thing is that, by definition, this “something bad” only happens in our mind. It’s not a real threat.
As Franklin Delano Roosevelt once said after taking the oath of office as the 32nd President of the United States, on Saturday, March 4, 1933 in his 1,883-word, 20 minute-long inaugural address:
“So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that
the only thing we have to fear is…fear itself —
nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes
needed efforts to convert retreat into advance”.
But is the subconscious mind a bad thing?
Not at all! We only need to understand how it works and use it in our advantage.
Since the subconscious mind doesn’t recognize the difference between what is truth or what is fantasy, we throughout the use of visualization can create a “new better reality” that only exists in our mind. And, since the subconscious mind doesn’t recognize the difference, it will work diligently to harmonize the two “realities” the one we are actually living, and the one that exists only in our mind.
Visualization is indeed a roadmap to our new and better life.