What does it take to realize each of our total potentials, and why do we sometimes succeed and at other times find only disappointing results?
Everyone I have ever met or interacted with, everyone I have ever read or listened to, in fact every single human being from my experience has, at one time or another, desired to change something about themselves and found it to be exceedingly difficult, if not sometimes impossible. Still, there are many who alter various aspects of their behavior and beliefs successfully. The questions seem obvious:
What does it take to realize each of our total potentials, and why do we sometimes succeed and at other times find only disappointing results? When it comes to personal development there are a variety of so called "experts," with as many solutions as there are problems. Nevertheless, all of these specialists suggest, if not state directly, that the real power in the human development schema is that of the subconscious mind. If this is so, why then can I not just instruct my subconscious mind to think differently and produce the results I desire?
The fact is that the subconscious mind is basically indiscriminate in the manner in which it accepts information. The problem then is twofold. First, there are already years of indiscriminate acceptance in my mind, and second, I act in reliance upon this information.
All the statements that have ever been accepted are present in our subconscious minds, and for most of us that is negative programming. Some behaviorists have used numbers that indicate that for every one input of positive messaging there are 100 bits of negative!
How many times have each of us said to ourselves things like, "I can't do it," or, "It never works for me" and so forth? How many times have each of us heard statements like, "You're not old enough," "That's stupid," "Money is the source of all evil," "Life is difficult and then you die," "Thank god it's Friday," "That will never work" and so on?
Just for fun I once started a list of statements that I had heard or said to myself that created negative expectations. I quit when I realized that to complete the list would take more time and paper than I was willing to dedicate to such a nonsensical task. Still, the message was, and is, loud and clear: the language programming many of my beliefs was essentially negative!
The consequence of this negative programming has been likened to that of a computer. The bio computer brain/mind has accepted negative input just like a calculator accepts negative numbers. Then you or I add a few positive numbers to the program total and some how expect change.
The fact that we act in reliance upon the information accepted indiscriminantly by our subconscious minds, is a more pervasive problem. This means that if negative messages have caused us pain or fear then we adapt our behavior, our beliefs, around avoiding those circumstances and/or outcomes.
With this adaptation comes choices. Most of our choices of this nature are deeply rooted in the subconscious. Our subliminal beliefs, those beliefs in the subconscious that arise from our desire to be accepted and to avoid pain, humiliation and rejection, determine our actions. All behavior is behavior of choice even if the choice is made at a subconscious level. Now what happens is that we build defense mechanisms in order to protect us from former bad experiences and possible future rejection.
These defense mechanisms often defeat our own best interest. It is true, for many of us, our worst enemy is often ourselves. Ignorant of these dynamics it is easy to see why well over 90% of the people who attend or participate in motivational gatherings or products are unsuccessful. The fact is, every time we tell ourselves something like "I am good!" The subconscious gives a thought to the conscious such as "Really! What about ------?"
Even when the behavior we desire is something as simple as success in our work place, these subliminal beliefs come into play. For example, when I ask a group of people how many of them would like to come up front and speak to the audience for five minutes on some topic I will assign them, rarely does anyone volunteer. A common fear is that somehow they will suffer deep embarrassment, humiliation and more. Now this same group of people will respond unanimously to the simple straight forward question: Do you want to be successful in business? Their answer is always yes!
In order to succeed in business one must learn to speak publicly. If there is a deep abiding fear of public speaking and a desire to be successful, there are contradictory drives present in the psyche. What usually happens is that a person reaches a certain level of success, and then for some inexplicable reason everything changes. What may be seen as outside circumstances changing, is in truth, more often than not, inner change. The closer one gets to that point where the opposite drive, in this instance the fear of public speaking, becomes imminent, the more powerful the exertion by subconscious processes to eliminate the impending threat.
Consequently these two factors or mechanics of our own psyche's often defeat our stated desires without our conscious awareness. The power of hypnosis exists largely in the direct communication with the subconscious. The conscious mind is essentially in abeyance during hypnosis although one's defense mechanisms can still play a significant role in the relative success of it's use. The advantage of subliminal communication is that it bypasses all conscious awareness. Unlike hypnosis, where attention and conscious assistance are often necessary, subliminal messages are not attended to by the conscious mind in any necessary manner whatsoever. (Still, there can be great power added to the subliminal stimuli from simply reading the messages once a week as one works with a program). The important point is that conscious attention is not only not required, but during usage, actually counter productive in many instances to the subliminal advantage.
The messages on an audio subliminal tape eventually overtake the negative information contained in the subconscious. When this happens the subliminal beliefs that formerly were self limiting begin to change. As they change---so do we!
Life is indeed a miracle and each of us is entitled to experience the highest qualities of our birthright. This is even more possible than in years past with today's modern technology, and with today's problems, it is even more appropriate than in any time in our planets history.
Good luck on your journey and enjoy exploring your full potential today!
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Acknowledgements | Forward | Introduction | The Controversy Understanding Subliminal | Subconscious Mind Power | History | Theoretical Models of Subliminal Perception | The Legal Status of Subliminal Communication in America | Remarks for the Revised Edition