Updated: Oct 20, 2019
Are you ready dive deep into your subconscious? Your subconscious mind is an incredibly powerful part of who you are. It is the space of your intuition, deepest desires, fears, and more. Your subconscious has more authority over what happens in your life than you realize. When you are not in control of it. It can influence harmful behavior and hold you back from a more meaningful life-path.
Building a healthy relationship with your subconscious can be the answer to living the life you want to live. In this article, we’ll discuss how to control your subconscious mind in ways that maximize your well-being. If your interested, continue reading.
It’s difficult to precisely define the space of the subconscious. But in general, your conscious mind can be thought of in terms of common brain functions. These functions are responsible for daily choices, actions, and any other thoughts whereby you are actively aware of thinking. Your unconscious mind, on the other hand, is larger and more expansive. This is where all of the thought you’re unaware of, like desires and actions, lay. The subconscious is a space where rational goes out the window. A place of deep intuition, or at the very least a place where the most organic part of “self” resides.
It’s important to deepen your awareness of your subconscious mind in order to access key information about who you are. A heightened awareness of your unconscious can also encourage the development of healthy behaviors and thoughts. This is because once you develop an awareness, which is the first step to controlling the subconscious mind, you’ll notice its negative influences.
The practice of meditation encourages deeper engagement with the subconscious mind. But meditation doesn’t have to be what you think. While classic medication certainly works in this way. It is just as effective to practice active mindfulness throughout the day. Sure, it’s a challenging practice that emphasizes emptying the mind, becoming free of thought and settling deeply into your own self. You can ease into it and develop the mindfulness muscle one common instance at a time. For example: you may start by taking deep breaths when you wait in long lines. While waiting redirect your thoughts back to just “being” and away from concerns about wasted time or incompetent staff. You can also try this in the shower, redirect the mind to just being -let the motion of scrubbing and sensation of the soap hypnotize you into a state of simply being while you redirect thoughts away from all the things you have to do today or anything else for that matter. If you prefer a more organized approach, note that there are many local groups or yoga studios that host community meditations. Eventually, you can also start on your own, if you wish. Additionally, there are several apps and Youtube pages designed to aid in meditation practices.
As your mindfulness muscle strengthens, you’ll be able to slip in and out of a state of being present (meditation) almost at will. At this point you can start beginning sessions with an intention. Set the intention to tap into your subconscious mind and engage with it fully. This engagement can give you valuable information about yourself. It’s likely to open a window into the potentially negative language or influence your subconscious mind has over your consciousness.
Hold on to any images, language, or other insightful information for the next few steps.
Now that you’ve identified a rough idea of how your subconscious may be operating, it’s time to learn how to control your subconscious mind. To re-route any negative thoughts or images, use positive visualization. Visualization is similar to meditation, in that it requires a calm engagement with the unconscious. But it also means rewriting negative images as positive. At the very least, it means envisioning positive outcomes to actions, or positive representations of relevant things. Over time, positive visualization can teach your subconscious mind how you wish to view yourself and the world around you.
Change Your Self-Language
Our subconscious mind has a voice. Many times, it is responsible for self-talk. By recognizing that voice you can begin to slowly change your self-language into something you approve of. You may notice, for example, thoughts surfacing at work when the boss reviews your work performance.
After acknowledging the presence of these thoughts. Don’t argue with them, instead of rewrite what’s been said entirely. If possible, say it out loud and emphasize your choice in how you feel. Here’s an example: I feel proud and confident in my work performance thus far.
So far in this discussion there’s been an emphasis on positive thoughts and sensations. In a similar vein, embracing feelings of gratitude can be powerful in coaxing your subconscious into a more positive pattern. Start each day with a gratitude practice. Go for a walk and identify things in your environment that you feel appreciation for, you can walk around you house with morning coffee and do the same.
Be Choosy With Your Thoughts
Whenever you have a thought, your conscious mind will process it in some fashion and then send it to your subconscious mind via an emotional tie. The good news here is that you can choose how you want to process a certain thought and control how it’s sent to your subconscious. This type of thought selection gives you power over how you want to react to a certain event, action, or choice and trains your subconscious to speak in ways you approve of.
For example, let’s say that you have a thought about your brother’s life choices. You can choose to have a positive rather than a negative thought. Then, imbue that positive thought with an emotion, image, or powerful feeling. Your subconscious mind will receive this thought and process it in a positive light.
Your subconscious is an entire world, and an essential part of who you are. Learning how to control your subconscious mind can help you take control of your life. Be the driver and not the passenger. At the end of the day, the best way to control your subconscious is to commit to change.
For more insight on what your subconscious want you to know read, How to: Dream Interpretation.
Also, Check out a free workbook to exercise your subconscious.