Power of the Subconscious Mind :
Your subconscious mind is far more powerful than your conscious one.
By learning how to train and use your subconscious mind, you will
be able to control your behavior, break bad habits, get rid of unwanted
emotions and fix your belief system. To use the power of your subconscious
mind you must first know how the subconscious mind works. The subconscious
mind has many governing rules.
Rules of the Subconscious Mind :
subconscious mind does not differentiate between visualizations and
real situations: Have you been to a horror movie lately? If you have,
then you must have noticed how your pulse raced in fear and horror
despite being in no real danger. In simpler words, because your subconscious
mind does not differentiate between real and imagery situations, it
assumes that you are facing a real threat rather than a merely imagery
one. Now, with such knowledge, you can start using it to your benefit.
Suppose you had to give a presentation. If you properly visualize
your presentation a couple of times before you actually have to present
it, your subconscious mind will more or less believe that you've performed
so well in your previous 'presentations' and is thus more likely to
keep up the same level of performance in the next one; the real one.
Your subconscious feels that time passes faster: Have you ever wondered
why time always seems to fly whenever you're doing something fun?
It's because you don't keep looking at your watch every few minutes,
something you would have probably done if you were in a situation
where you bored out of your mind. Consequently, you'd be experiencing
the passing of time 'unconsciously', and because the subconscious
mind doesn’t have a sharp sense of time, you'd feel like you've
hardly spent any time. The same would happen when you're asleep; when
you go to sleep, it is only your conscious mind that is in fact sleeping
while your subconscious one stays awake. That’s why you feel
like you've hardly had time to sleep when you wake up.
The longer the subconscious mind believes something, the harder it
will be to alter this belief in any way: If you have a longstanding
belief, it will definitely be more difficult to alter than a recently
Every thought causes a physical reaction: If you think that you are
going to do badly in a presentation, your pulse and breathing would
start to race as soon as you start talking. These physical changes
are caused by that one thing; the idea or thought.
What you expect tends to be realized: If you are sure that you are
going to fail an exam, you will indeed fail even if you have all it
takes to succeed. Your thoughts and expectations serve as the master
plan for your subconscious mind, so whenever you think of something,
your subconscious mind will do its best to make it come true.
Finding proofs to your held beliefs serves to strengthen them: If
you believe that you were not good-looking and someone makes a remark
confirming your suspicion, you would probably be convinced beyond
doubt that what you believe is true. That in turn would make altering
your belief much more difficult.
The subconscious mind always prevails in conflicts with the conscious
one: If you are afraid of the dark and you passed into a dark room,
you will definitely feel fear, apprehension and anxiety swell within
you, even while you try to convince yourself that there is nothing
to be afraid of. This is the result of the subconscious mind being
more powerful than the conscious one; it will dominate your thoughts
and basically "win" any conflict with your conscious mind.
An idea, once accepted, will remain firmly in place until it is replaced
by another: For example, up until the fifteenth century, people believed
that the earth was flat. When it was proved that the earth was a globe,
the people of that time simply accepted this new fact, replacing the
old belief with the new one.
The greater the conscious effort the lesser the subconscious response:
This can be best explained by the example of someone suffering from
insomnia (inability to sleep). Consciously trying to sleep will only
make this person even more awake. By avoiding conscious effort and
thinking of anything else instead, he/she would find that they will
eventually fall asleep.
Suggestions can be used to "program" the subconscious mind:
This is the main idea behind hypnosis, namely sending suggestions
to the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind accepts all suggestions
that are sent, providing the absence of the conscious mind's supervision.