I was standing on the 7th tee looking down the fairway. There is a dogleg to the right at about 200 yards with a trap on the right side. I addressed the ball and the club came back and swung through the ball. The ball landed at about 220 yards down the right just past the trap. So who swung the club? Physically, I did… but it was my subconscious mind that directed the swing. I have swung a golf club so many times that it is just automatic. Now, if I can only get the swing to look like Tiger Woods I’ll really have something.
If you have ever studied a language, you will remember how you struggled with vocabulary and grammar. If you continued with your studies you became more proficient and all of a sudden you realized one day you’d mastered a second language. Where is that language stored? Right again, in the memory bank of your subconscious mind.
If you want to solve a problem, make a difficult decision, or simply need and idea, take a moment to give the task to your subconscious, then forget it. It will work on the problem until it has an answer. Simple problem might only take minutes. More complex ones will take a bit longer, but you can be assured that your mind will continue to work on it until it figures it out or you find the answer another way or your tell it to stop (don’t be surprised if it won’t stop). When it has the answer it will pop into your head just like the proverbial light bulb being turned on.
Your subconscious mind controls more than 85% of your mind. All of your life experiences – past conditioning, good or bad experiences, and beliefs – have already been accepted as “truth” by the subconscious, mostly without your permission. These beliefs, whether you like them or not, and whether you are consciously aware of them or not, constitute the patterns and behavior that you operate by. For the most part, they run your life.
This is potentially bad news. If you had an abusive parent or were picked on by your peers or siblings when you were young much of that “junk” is stored in your subconscious mind and what is worse is that you believe it. This is NOT an excuse for you to blame any failures on others. I repeat… This is NOT an excuse!!!
So you may ask, what do I do about it? I was hoping you would ask. There are two well known ways to reprogram the subconscious mind. The first is hypnotism and the second is meditation. I have used both.
About 23 years ago I decided to quit smoking so I found a hypnotist in my area and made an appointment. When I left my session and was driving down the road toward home I pulled a cigarette out of the pack in my pocket and lit it up. After about 4 puffs, I threw the cigarettes out the window and haven’t smoked since. I think that’s pretty powerful stuff!
How about meditation? I have been meditating off and on for about 10 years and daily for the last month. I found out about binaural beat recordings and I’m really excited about the results I’ve achieved. I think the most positive is that I now find myself responding to situations where I used to react. When the recording includes silent subliminal positive affirmations you are able to achieve results in months that otherwise could take years.
Other techniques I’ve been studying lately include Neuro-Linguistic Programing (NLP) and Emotional Freedon Techniques (EFT). In the article I read about EFT, it told of amazing success treating Vietnam War veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. With only 15 minutes of EFT treatment many reduced their symptoms significantly. That’s a pretty powerful claim!
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