Last week, I wrote about The Power of Thought, and today I'm writing about The Power of the Subconscious Mind, you will see that while they share many elements, they can also be different on many levels. The power of our minds, especially our SUBCONSCIOUS minds, can take us to levels we didn't know were possible.
Tammy and I were talking the other day about what was it like to have a number of different "characters" in a story talking to me at any given time. I think she was referencing the novel I'm working on, Seduction At Daybreak. I said, "I don't know. I guess my subconscious is working out the details while I'm asleep." She also knows I "work out details" while I walk Dexter during either our morning or afternoon walks.
This got me thinking about what goes on when I'm not "consciously working things out," whether that's my creative side, or my analytical side. Furthermore, I began examining what and how thoughts got developed, both during the day and the night.
More importantly, and given I'm such a "positive mindset" kind of guy, I began examining what and how I was crafting my present and future with the power of my thoughts. That was when todays blog began bubbling to the top.
Here is the research I began uncovering, while investigating The Power of the Subconscious Mind.
Dr. Joseph Murphy in The Power of Your Subconscious Mind, is quoted as saying...
What is impressed in the subconscious is expressed.
Murphy spent years of research studying the world's major religions, during which he became convinced some great Power lay behind all spiritual life, and that this power is within each of us. His belief was in order to form a new habit, you must be convinced it's desirable. When your desire to give up the bad habit is greater than your desire to continue, you're 51% healed!
He is also one of the first believers of The Law of Attraction. In fact, he says:
The Law of Attraction attracts to you everything you need, according to the nature of your thought life. Your environment and financial condition are the perfect reflection of your habitual thinking. -Dr. Joseph Murphy
THOUGHTS RULE THE WORLD
With an academic background in Eastern Religion, he spent years in India, was an Andhra Research Fellow (University of India), and a scholar of the I-Ching, an ancient divination text that inspired worlds of religion, psychoanalysis, business, literature and art. He understood the power of the subconscious mind. He knew the power of thought. And he lived his message.
All of us have our own inner fears, beliefs and opinions. These inner assumptions rule and govern our lives. A suggestion has no power in and of itself; it's power arises from the fact you accept it mentally.
Ernest Holmes, in The Open Mind, said,
"We know things are not always what they seem. The earth and the sky do not meet; the horizon is simply the limitation of our vision, but not a thing of itself. We know a two-dimensional mind looking at a cube would not see the cube; to it, the cube would look flat.
He put [the power of positive thinking] into practice to his practitioners by sharing the following:
Emmet Fox, in his book THE MENTAL EQUIVALENT, wrote:
The key to life is to build in the mental equivalents of what you want and to expunge the equivalents of what you do not want. How you do it is to build in the mental equivalents by thinking quietly, constantly, and persistently of the kind of thing you want.
Fox continues by saying:
Whatever enters into your life is but the material expression of some belief in your own mind. The kind of body you have, the kind of home you have, the kind of work you do, the kind of people you meet, are all conditioned by and correspond to the MENTAL CONCEPTS you hold.
One of my favorite speakers, and one of the thought-leaders in what I refer to as the "positive mind connection," especially as it relates to the Power of Attraction, is Bob Proctor. I first discovered him when I saw the film, The Secret; a powerful "documentary" about the mind.
Proctor has been instrumental in opening my eyes to the power of our mind, particularly the Subconscious Mind. One of my favorite quotes, and one he is famous for saying is:
Dr. Proctor's latest focus is about PARADIGM SHIFTS. In fact, he will be in Los Angeles in May to present for several days. I hope to attend. Many of us agree that he's one of the pioneers of the Prosperity & Success movement. We also agree that his message is one everyone can integrate into their everyday thinking. Watch this trailer for his upcoming event.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention a personal hero, and one of the people responsible for my journey of enlightenment. The late Dr. Wayne Dyer is a true gem, as many of you know, either from his books, or from the many PBS specials on which he appeared. For those of you who are not familiar with him, watch this video on Mastering the Art of Manifesting.
I have been fixated upon the power of the subconscious mind for years; mainly, because I believe we could have ... and would have ... so much more, if we simply Got Out Of Our Own Way!
If we took an extra 15 minutes. Wait, make that 5 minutes. No, make that 60 seconds! If we would take 60 seconds and change that inner voice from "If I could only..." to "I choose to only..." we would have so much more of what we are meant to have. We could DO so much MORE of what we WANT to do. We could BE SO MUCH MORE of what we saw ourselves BEING; that is, IF we would simply allow the Power Of The Subconscious to be More Conscious.
Try something on for size. The practice has been suggested by oodles of practitioners from a wide variety of practices from scientific and religious, to therapeutic and analytic. Dr. Wayne Dyer talks about it in THIS VIDEO about The 5 minutes before you sleep.
It will test (and prove) the Mighty Power of what your mind can achieve when you CLEARLY and CONCISELY choose to FOCUS and QUANTIFY exactly what you DESIRE.
Your subconscious mind is more comfortable when you are in a sleep state. As we all know, when we are awake, our minds are busy at work. But when we are asleep, we're in a state of repair, relaxation & rejuvenation. Our bodies are repairing that which we wore out during the day. Our mind & bodies are relaxing; allowing the stress and harm of the day to dissipate. And our mind & body is being rejuvenated during sleep, so that upon awaking, we will be refreshed.
Tonight, before you go to sleep, spend JUST 5 MINUTES doing this SIMPLE EXERCISE:
- Get into bed, take 3 deep & relaxing breaths,
- Quiet your mind, without focusing on anything except all that is GOOD, and
- Focus on the things you WANT - not the things you don't want,
- Focus on what makes you FEEL GOOD - not what makes you feel bad.
Take those 5 minutes to prepare your mind to "marinate" on the tasty dreams, achievements, goals, and even material things that you WANT in your life; ONLY those things which are GOOD. Given your mind will be marinating for the next 7 or 8 hours on ideas & dreams, you want your mind to be working on a result that is tasty & positive, upon waking.
Our powerful subconscious minds are impersonal, and can't tell the difference between what is good or bad; therefore, it will only choose to align with what you are focusing upon.
Need some suggestions? Tell your subconscious mind a short list of Dr. Dyer's "I AM's,":
I AM well,
I AM smart,
I AM healthy,
I AM wealthy,
I AM powerful,
I AM content,
I AM grateful.
Remember: Go into that pre-sleep state with these thoughts, even if your senses are saying it isn't true. Let go of all of that "reality." Now, when you awake, you will FEEL the difference. You will BE the difference you wish for.
I leave you with another favorite quote from Bob Proctor.