control doesn’t come from controlling our feelings but from
feeling our feelings."
Have you ever tried to change a habit, or become more self-motivated,
only to find your subconscious mind resisting? There is a basic law
of the mind at work here: whenever your conscious and subconscious
are in conflict, your subconscious invariably wins. This is called
the law of conflict. It can also be stated another way, whenever imagination
and logic are in conflict, imagination usually wins.
People usually try to change their habits through will power and/or
self-discipline. While they may convince themselves what the logical
course of action is, they still imagine themselves doing what they
subconsciously desire to do. For example, smokers trying to quit still
imagine the taste or smell of cigarettes, or dieters imagine how good
junk food would taste –and then wonder why they backslide into
Logic works with the conscious mind, but often not with the subconscious.
Controlled meditation or subconscious programming helps the subconscious.
Controlled meditation, also known as dynamic meditation is a simple
procedure that doesn’t cost anything or take too much effort,
yet the result is compelling. It combines autosuggestion and creative
visualization in a very relaxed state of mind. What one needs to do
is simply to get relaxed and visualize the desired traits or conditions
as having been gained together with the contentment that goes along
with them. This is combined with affirmation or autosuggestion constructed
in present tense. Below are a few autosuggestions which have proved
useful to others. You can create more specific ones to deal directly
with your own problems:
I am free of fear and feel more confident.
Whatever happens, I do not lose my temper.
I value myself and behave with pride.
I am sticking to the diet and losing weight.
Smoking is for sick people. I quit.
I am master of my fate, captain of my soul.
All pain is going and soon will be gone.
To understand how this works, first you must understand the four states
of mind. We are in the beta state for most of our waking hours. Our
brain radiates these waves (13 cycles per second, often greatly higher)
when we are thinking, reasoning or engaging in problem solving. As
our brain waves slow to between 8 and 13 cycles per second, we enter
the alpha state of mind. The door between our conscious and subconscious
mind is opened, and it becomes easier to access the memories and storage
of new information. This is also often referred as the meditative
state, in which the mind and body become so relaxed. We are also more
suggestible in this state.
Below the two conscious states are theta (between 4 to 8 cycles per
second), the dream state, and delta (below four cycles per second),
which is deep sleep or total unconsciousness. We are actually familiar
with these states since we must pass through theta on the way to and
from delta. Likewise, we must pass through alpha on the way to and
from sleep. When we are just going to sleep but not quite there yet,
or just awakening but not yet awake, we are either in Alpha or theta.
At alpha and theta our words have enormously increased power. These
are the two areas controlled meditation is focused on.
There are six functions of the subconscious. 1st as a memory bank
(like a computer), 2nd to regulate involuntary functions (heart, thinking,
etc.), 3rd as the seat of emotions, 4th as the seat of imagination,
5th to control habit, and 6th as a dynamo directing energy that motivates
As mentioned above, imagination is the language of the subconscious,
and imagination always seems to win over will power. A person knowing
it is safe to fly still might not feel safe, and people who are afraid
of the dark could be reacting to something being imagined.
Why does controlled meditation work? There are many reasons
that are also categorized as the Rules of The Mind.
thought or idea causes a physical reaction. The mind can make you
sick or keep you well. Ideas that have strong emotional content
almost always reach the subconscious mind, because it is the feeling
mind. Once accepted, these ideas continue to produce the same body
reactions over and over again. In order to eliminate or change chronic
negative bodily reactions we must reach the subconscious and change
the idea responsible for the reaction.
What’s expected tends to be realized. The brain and the nervous
system respond only to mental images, either self-induced or from
the external world. The mental image formed becomes the blueprint,
and the subconscious mind uses every means at its disposal to carry
out the plan. That’s why it is important to always maintain
a positive state of mind because we become what we think about.
Imagination is more powerful than knowledge when dealing with the
mind. This is an important rule to remember in controlled meditation.
Any idea accompanied by a strong emotion such as anger, hatred,
love, or political and religious beliefs usually cannot be modified
through the use of reason. In using controlled meditation we can
form images in the subconscious mind and can remove, alter or amend
the old ideas. This is also called the law of conflict mentioned
Opposing ideas cannot be held at one and the same time. Many people
try to hold opposing ideas simultaneously. A man might believe in
honesty and expect his children to be honest, and all the while
be engaging daily in slightly dishonest business practices. He may
try to justify this; however he cannot escape the conflict and its
effect upon his nervous system.
Once an idea has been accepted by the subconscious mind, it remains
until it is replaced by another idea. The longer it is held, the
more it tends to become a fixed habit or thought pattern. This is
how habits of action are formed, both good and bad.
An emotionally induced symptom tends to cause organic change if
persisted in long enough. We are a mind in a body and the two cannot
be separated. Therefore, if you continue to fear ill health and
constantly talk about it, in time organic changes will occur.
Each suggestion acted upon creates less opposition to successive
suggestion. Minor victories lead to major victories. Small commitments
lead to large commitments. An object in motion tends to stay in
motion, whether it’s a speeding car, an emotion, a habit,
or a belief. This can also be called the rule of compound suggestion.
dealing with the subconscious mind and its functions, the greater
the conscious effort, the less the subconscious response. This proves
why “will-power” doesn’t really exist! If you
have insomnia you’ve learned “the harder you try to
go to sleep, the more wide awake you become.” The rule is
when dealing with the subconscious mind, TAKE IT EASY. This means
you must work to develop a positive mental expectancy that your
problem can be and will be solved.
The simple and safe procedures of controlled meditation consist of five
components: motivation, relaxation, concentration, imagination and autosuggestion.
Combined with belief, expectation, and conviction, this works well for
many people to get a better, healthier and more fulfilling life.
“We possess within us a force of incalculable power, which if
we direct in a wise manner, gives us mastery of ourselves. It permits
us not only to escape from physical and mental ills, but also to live
in relative happiness.”