Subconscious reprogramming is something that everyone can do to improve their lives. You don’t need to be a wizard to do it either! Programming your mind is something you are already doing. To change any outcome, you first must measure it. But how can you measure your subconscious? Perhaps from the results you are achieving in your life?
Napoleon Hill described the subconscious mind as a “fertile garden spot“, “in which weeds will grow in abundance, if the seeds of more desirable crops are not sown therein”. “An individual may voluntarily feed his subconscious mind on thoughts of a creative nature, or, by neglect, permit thoughts of a destructive nature to find their way into this rich garden of the mind”. – Think and Grow Rich Napoleon Hill.
So, one way to measure your unconscious, is by looking at what you feed your subconscious mind. Start noticing and paying attention to your thoughts and words. In the chapter on autosuggestion in Napoleon Hill’s book Think and Grow Rich, Hill states that:
“Man has absolute control over the material which enters his subconscious mind, through the five senses.” He goes on to say that mostly we don’t exercise this control, even though we can. Particularly in today’s society, with all our sensory input through television and social media; we bombard our minds with multiple sources of information overload, to the detriment of our senses and our unconscious minds.
So how can we reclaim our power? How can we put better programming into our minds and create better outcomes in our lives?
- Thoughts – we have millions of thoughts every day. It’s impossible to control all of your thoughts. However, there are ways of gaining more control over your thoughts and choosing thoughts which are more pleasing to you. Through meditation we can learn to slow down our thinking processes and watch our thoughts so we become less controlled by them and more in charge of them. Initially we will just become more aware of our thoughts. Over time we we become more conscious creators.
- Words – “And the word became flesh and dwelt among us” John 1:14. Words have power. Often we don’t realise how powerful our words are. Our words create and reinforce our future life by defining what we believe is important and what we believe about ourselves.
Self Image – What We Believe About Ourselves
Our self image is a self sustaining internal ‘map’ of who we think we are. Much of our inner and outer dialogue is a conversation about ourselves which becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. Look at your ten closest friends. There’s a saying “birds of a feather, flock together”.
Like minded people are drawn to each other by virtue of the way they think. If you divide the income of your closest 10 friends by 10 (the average), you’re likely to find your income. That’s because like minded thinkers are comfortable in each others company. Your self image is a controlling aspect of your subconscious mind. The people in your life have been drawn to you, and you to them, by like minded thinking and circumstances.
Subconscious reprogramming can also happen by changing your circle of influence. This is what Napoleon Hill called a “master mind” group. If you wish to change some aspect of yourself or your life, you will find it much more difficult if you continue to talk in the same ways, think the same way and spend time with the same people who reinforce your current self image.
Checkout Maxwell Maltz’s Psycho-cybernetics book on this.
Subconscious Reprogramming – Aligning All Parts Of Your Mind
Have you ever started out towards achieving something, only to find you run up against an invisible “force field” which stops you from quite getting there? Chances are good that this “force field” is a part of yourself which isn’t in alignment with your goals, ambitions or dreams.
If your unconscious, self defeating habit patterns get in the way, no amount of desire, hard work, struggle and strife will get you to where you want to be. You will be secretly undermining all the ‘outside’ efforts that you are striving for. You’ll be working against yourself unconsciously if you haven’t aligned all parts of yourself towards your desired outcome.
Your unconscious mind might even be protecting you from some outcome which you haven’t thought about. Or, you may have conflicting desires and secretly want to fail for some other reason. Our unconscious habit patterns can be so strong as to over-ride even the most sincere wishes and goals. We must get clear on our goals first and remove any obstacles to their fruition. Otherwise, we can easily halt our own progress with conflicting intentions and hidden, unconscious agendas.
Subconscious Reprogramming – Stuart Lichtman
“WARNING: Unless you can persuade all four parts of the brain to pursue your goal, you probably won’t achieve it! And whenever you fail to achieve your goal, you establish and reinforce a pattern. It’s called trying and failing, a familiar experience for most people.” – Stuart Lichtman
In Stuart Lichtman’s book, he explains techniques and exercises to align all four parts of the brain, and to find the most desirable goals which are in most alignment with all your values. If you choose a goal which has a conflict within your mind, you’ll most likely sabotage it.
This can be for a number of reasons. By starting with your goal, and working on it to align with your best intentions and your values, you’re more likely to choose a goal which is right for you. Haphazardly choosing a goal will often result in a negative outcome because of your own conflicting ideas and intentions.