Following is story from the book The Power of the Subconscious Mind by Dr Joseph Murphy which clearly illustrates how, by harnessing the power of the subconscious mind, we can achieve great things:
Once Enrico Caruso, the great operatic tenor, was struck with stage fright. Spasms caused by intense fear constricted the muscles of his throat. His vocal chords felt paralysed, useless. He stood back- stage, already in costume, while perspiration poured down his face. In just moments he was supposed to go out on stage and sing before an eager audience of thousands.
Trembling, he said, “ I can’t sing. They will all laugh at me. My career is finished.”
He turned to go back to his dressing room. Then suddenly he stopped and shouted. “The Little Me is trying to strangle the Big Me within!”
He turned toward the stage again and stood taller. “ Get out of here,” he commanded, addressing the Little Me. “ The Big Me wants to sing through me.”
By the Big Me, Caruso meant the limitless power and wisdom of his subconscious mind. He began to shout, “Get out, get out, the Big Me is going to sing!”
His subconscious mind responded by releasing the vital forces within him. When the call came, he walked out on stage and sang gloriously and majestically. The audience was enthralled.
Caruso understood the two levels of mind – the conscious or rational, and the subconscious or irrational level. Your subconscious mind is reactive. It responds to the nature of your thoughts. When your conscious mind (Caruso’s Little Me) is full of fear, worry and anxiety, the negative emotions these create in your subconscious mind (the Big Me) are released. They flood the conscious mind with a sense of panic, foreboding, and despair. When this happens to you, you can follow the example of the great Caruso. You can speak affirmatively and with a deep sense of authority to the irrational emotions generated in the deeper mind. You can say, “Be still. Be quiet. I am in control. You must obey me. You are subject to my command. You cannot intrude where you don’t belong.”
You will be fascinated to see what happens when you speak authoritatively and with conviction to the irrational movement of your deeper self. Your mind will be flooded with harmony and with peace. The subconscious is subject to the conscious mind. That is why it is called subconscious or subjective.
Here at their private practice, Setanta Hypnotherapy Clinic, in Peel, Isle of Man Xavier and Mary Nathan teach people how to harness the power of their subconscious minds to achieve their goals.
To investigate how much control you really have over your choice of the thoughts you think try the following mind experiment. Focus your mind on a particular thought. You could choose to think of an image, a sound, a smell, a taste or even a sensation. It doesn’t matter the kind of thought you choose to think, just try focussing on that single thought for no more than a period of 3 minutes. It might seem like very simple exercise to perform but for most people thinking one thought for more than even one minute is simply not possible.
Don’t take my word for it. Before you continue reading this article, you try it! Sit comfortably in a chair with feet on the ground, back straight and eyes closed. Before you close your eyes take a peek at the clock. Now focus your attention on the air entering and leaving your nose. Focus your mind on the feel of the air entering and leaving the nose and say the word “in” when the air is entering and “out” as it leaves your nose. Whenever you find that your mind has strayed from the task open your eyes and see for yourself how long it took for you to lose control of your attention to your thought.
This is precisely what the wise men of old noticed and they believed that if they could not control their thoughts then the mind was free to reek havoc in their lives. They understood that the thoughts we persistently dwell upon affect how we feel which in turn creates the life we experience. Our feelings attract the people and the experiences in our lives and for this reason they felt it essential to find a way to get the mind to dwell upon thoughts that would create the life they wanted so that they were no longer victims of random thought forms chosen for them by their subconscious. This led to a practice we now know as meditation.
Meditation is a practice that develops our ability to focus the mind on the thoughts that will create the life we want. It does this by training the mind to obey us. If you liken the mind to a monkey that noisily chatters and jumps from branch to branch then training the monkey to serve you is one of the objects of meditation.
With the monkey mind under our control we are then in a position to take the reins, as it were, and create the life we desire.
Rescue from Chaos
In this day and age we nurture chaos by feeding our minds with the kind of stimulation and distraction that is now readily available to all of us. We even pander to the monkey minds of our children in giving them free rein to wander where they will. Rather than teaching our children how to gain control of their minds we encourage them be become victims of their minds which ceaselessly require activity and stimulation. How many times do we hear children say they are bored when not provided with the external stimulation that their minds have grown used to? The mind is a bottomless pit that will eventually devour the people who have never learned to tame it. You need only look around at how dissatisfied people are with their lives to see the evidence of this all about us. The key to our freedom and happiness is in placing a ceiling on our desires, appreciating what we have and dwelling on the thoughts that create inner peace and happiness. Meditation is one a step in the right direction.
Our conscious mind acts like a ‘bouncer’ at a night club! One of its most important functions is to protect the subconscious mind from suggestions that might undermine what we believe to be true about ourselves and the world. It is that critical part of the mind which tells us what is right and what is wrong, what is good for us and what is bad for us according to our own beliefs about reality.
Our subconscious mind, on the other hand, accepts everything thrown at it depending on our individual subconscious belief system. All of us have our own fears, beliefs and opinions and these govern our lives. For example, if somebody was to suggest to Mark Cavendish that he’d be unstable every time he got up on a bike, he would just laugh and set off to win another cycling title! His subconscious belief just would not accept that as true and he would scoff at the very idea. The same suggestion given to another person could easily be accepted and that person would never ride a bike confidently again.
A suggestion like any string of words put together has no power in itself; its power comes from the individual who accepts it. For a suggestion to be accepted by the subconscious you must first find a way to circumvent the critical factor, the ‘bouncer’ that guards its entrance. In hypnosis your critical faculty is not in play to the same degree that it is when you are fully aware. Suggestions given to a person who is deeply relaxed as in hypnosis are more likely to be accepted by the subconscious. Suggestions accepted by the subconscious are like seeds that eventually grow and bear fruit. This is how suggestion has the power to influence perception and affect changes we desire.
Who among us does not hear the voice telling us how stupid we are when we make a mistake or how fat we look in some clothes or how inadequate we are in certain situations?
Following are examples of the kind of ‘autosuggestions’, suggestions we regularly give ourselves:
Do any of the following sound familiar?
I can’t do it
I’m too old
My memory is going
I’m too fat
I’m not fit enough
I’d look stupid
I can’t afford
I don’t have enough … and so on.
The simple truth is that the more you think these thoughts the more you experience the lack that they are designed to create! Your subconscious mind will do its best to give you what you ask it for. So if you keep telling yourself that you are no good then that is what you get!
Logic v Emotion
Wouldn’t it then, make more sense to focus on more positive thoughts and suggestions? Logically, yes, it would make more sense but logic is not the driving force behind the thoughts we automatically dwell upon. The real power behind our thoughts and feelings is the subconscious which is inaccessible to the logical conscious mind unless we can distract the critical factor for long enough.
With the ‘bouncer’ distracted we could give ourselves the following suggestions:
I can achieve anything I want
I remember everything I need to remember; everyday my memory is getting better and better!
I’m young, fit and healthy
I have more than enough for all my needs
I love my life
As adults we think we are in control of our own thoughts, even though all of us know that our minds are regularly hijacked by a voice that tells us the opposite to what we consciously say we want. Of course, there is nobody else in my head forcing me to think negatively about myself or others. The voice is my own and I have taught myself to think the way I do by the suggestions I and others have given me from the time of my birth. In order to change what I say to myself to be more positive and see love and joy in everyone and everything I need to enlist the power behind my life…my subconscious!
Heterosuggestions are those suggestions which are passed on to us as children. The beliefs our parents hold are passed down to us, the role education plays has the effect of controlling young people from the age of four by rules and expectations. Some of the suggestions are wonderful and some are very negative. Unfortunately as children we are unable to filter these suggestions we are bombarded with from birth so we take some on board and rebel against others; the good, the bad, and the downright crazy! That is why you will have such a diverse variety of characters that have taken on board some traits of their parents and rejected others.
The Power of Choice through Hypnosis
As adults, though, it is so empowering to know that we are the masters of our own minds. We actually have a choice. By reconditioning our subconscious minds using positive autosuggestions we can be the people we were truly meant to be. Free from negative conditioning imposed in childhood. Constructive autosuggestions can change your life!
At Setanta Hypnotherapy Clinic we have guided many clients to change their beliefs about themselves and the world they live in to become happier, freer and more joyous people.
Following is a video we made to describe the power of choice through Hypnotherapy
So many people of all ages, male and female, feel unattractive and lack confidence about their looks. What they fail to realise is that this affects all areas of their lives. The truth is, how you feel about yourself comes across in all your communications, personal and public. When you feel attractive you communicate this verbally and in your body language and everyone you come into contact with picks this up and they are attracted to YOU. Unfortunately the opposite happens all too often and this leads to unhappiness and the inability to reach one’s full potential.
There is such a false sense of beauty out there that teenagers are bombarded by such images from morning to night. With such easy access to the internet photos and videos of their favorite models, actors and pop singers these images are in their faces twenty four seven! Reality TV, too, has such a huge impact on these vulnerable kids with programmes such as America’s Next Top Model and X Factor to name but two. Being stick thin, plucked eyebrowless, dyed and covered in inches of foundation gives the message that this is how they should look, that this is how beauty is achieved. Children are starving themselves to look like models who have died while still working! Ana Carolina Reston Macan and Isabelle Caro being two of the most famous models/actors who died from the pressures of trying to achieve so called physical perfection!!!.
The following videos describe what our children often aspire to.
We are all born with natural self esteem
We are all born with confidence; we cry when we are hungry and when we need our nappies changed. We are all born feeling happy with our bodies and our faces, we all have memories of those times we dressed up as children. How as little girls or little boys we looked into a mirror feeling so happy to be the princess we saw in our reflection or Superman with his flowing cape. So what went wrong? The casual frown on a parent’s face, the inappropriate remark about a physical feature or waist size or shape of teeth, name calling such as ‘Spotty or Four Eyes’ all send messages of lack of beauty deep into the subconscious minds of children. Children take these ‘subtle’ messages on board where they are then planted like seeds in the subconscious and are there with them forever unless rooted out and replaced with images of self beauty and self love.
Hypnotherapy lends itself very well to accessing the subconscious mind to the rooting out of negative thoughts and feelings you may have about your body. You are not your body, this is a suit you wear and you can choose to see and feel about this suit either positively or negatively. The choice is ultimately yours and yours alone. We have all met people who walk into a room and fill that room with positivity and confidence … not all are beautiful in the classical sense but what they possess is much more worth aspiring to. It is inner beauty which comes from loving yourself just the way you are.
As Hypnotherapists in Private Practice here at Setanta Hypnotherapy Clinic in Peel, Isle of Man my wife Mary and I have treated many people who have come to us for a very wide variety of problems. Anxiety, Depression and Insomnia being by far the most common conditions we have been asked to treat.
Last port of call
We found that very often the three conditions are linked in that someone who finds it difficult to sleep at night often exhibits symptoms of anxiety and/or depression. Most people who come to us have tried everything and we are usually their last hope. We see this as a positive because by the time they arrive to us they have tried everything that focusses on the symptoms so when we suggest that it is time to treat the person they are more open to this.
We often use the analogy of people wanting to turn off a smoke alarm because they can’t bear the noise and we suggest that just turning off the alarm does not put out the fire. We explain that every symptom has an emotional root cause in the subconscious. If a person can’t sleep then there must a very good reason but the problem is that the reason is not available to the conscious mind. We guide people to access the subconscious to bring the underlying root cause of their problem to their conscious awareness so that they can then address the problem and in effect put out the fire. Once the fire is out the alarm goes off.
The cause of each person’s condition is unique
Every person who suffers from insomnia will unearth a different root cause for the condition. In all the years I have treated people suffering from insomnia no two have ever shared the same subconscious reason for the condition. Once the cause is discovered there is usually an emotional release called an abreaction. Someone inexperienced in dealing with abreactions could panic when it happens and this can cause further complications. That is why it is very important to seek the help of an experienced and fully qualified therapist when choosing to embark on this course of therapy.
Video Explanation of Hypnotherapy by Xavier and Mary
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