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Week 30: The Subconscious Mind

The Subconscious Mind

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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).

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During my certification program, I learned some fascinating facts about the subconscious mind:

  1. The subconscious mind doesn’t recognize the difference between what is true or what is fantasy. That is the x30492913reason you are now salivating when I tell you to imagine a bid green lime, that I just cut 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…
  2. The subconscious mind doesn’t understand the timeline. In other words, the 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)
  3. The subconscious mind doesn’t understand the meaning of the word “NO”. This is extremely powerful! If we know how to use it to our advantage. Let’s just say for now: keep your sentences in the positive voice of the verb. (This is subject for our post for the week #6)
  4. The subconscious mind doesn’t recognize the difference between up, down, backward, forward. That is the reason we enjoy so much doing word-search puzzles.

download (7)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 know how to use it to 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 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 —

the 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 to our advantage.

Since the subconscious mind doesn’t recognize the difference between what is true 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.

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The subconscious mind doesn’t understand the timeline.

 

In other words, the 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.

Sdownloaderiously, it doesn’t recognize the difference between the past, the present, or the future.

What a powerful characteristic! (If we learn how to use it in our advantage).

The usual problem is we have a strong tendency of repeating the past in our minds. We project the film over and over again, even after several years have passed. And since our subconscious mind doesn’t understand the difference between the past, the present, or the future; for our subconscious mind, we are literally reliving the scene.

We feel bad for something that happened several years ago and we get stoked in that negative moment, like a quicksand trap.

images (15)We don’t realize that feeling sorry and depressed for something that happened several days, weeks, months, or even years ago is like pulling the fire alarm for a fire that happened 20 years ago. It just doesn’t make any sense!

The good thing is that we can use this exact same characteristic of the subconscious mind to “travel” to the future (the ideal future we want for us) and see in retrospect how to satisfice we are once we have achieved whatever we want to achieve.

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Since our subconscious mind doesn’t recognize the difference between the past, the present, or the future, and doesn’t recognize the difference between reality and fantasy, we are going to be living in our subconscious mind this new “reality” of ourselves.

This is tremendously powerful!

Because our subconscious mind is going to help us to be congruent once again. What it means, we are going to close the gap between our current reality and our “new reality” that only exists in our minds.

Visualizing ourselves achieving our goals and dreams, make it possible for us, make it achievable, and make it real.download (2)
As once Jenrry Ford said: “if you think you can or think you can’t, you are right!”

I strongly recommend reading the excellent post of my dear friend and mentor, Shelby Nolan: “Visualization vs Daydreaming”. This is the link to her blog: http://www.shelbynolan.com/visualization-vs-daydreaming/

In the meantime, keep dreaming, keep daring, and keep using correctly the enormous potential of our subconscious mind. Travel to your better future and visualize yourself achieving the life you deserve.

And remember, as our great president Abraham Lincoln once said: “the best way to predict the future is to create it!”

 

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