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.
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