“The history of the U.S. Constitution we weren’t taught in school”, first published here in 2012, has turned out to be one of my most popular posts. I thought a repeat this holiday week would be appropriate.
Only the title of the post has changed:
If you’re like me, I learned in grade school that the U.S. Constitution was based on ancient Greek democracy. Which was a creative stretch of the truth, since ancient Greece was not a democracy.
My research as to what children are taught today about the origin of our government is also disappointing, although there are some states that have updated the teachings to include Native American influence.
Apparently the Founding Fathers simply created it out of thin air, or were influenced by European governments even though there was no democracy anywhere in Europe at that time.
The True History of the U.S. Constitution
The truth is that the U.S. Constitution is modeled in both principle and form on the Great Law of Peace of the Native American tribe known as the Iroquois.
“When it comes to sheer neurological processing abilities, the subconscious mind is millions of times more powerful than the conscious mind. If the desires of the conscious mind conflict with the programs in the subconscious mind, which “mind” do you think will win out?”
Last week’s post was about the superpower of the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind uses 95% of our brain power, as opposed to the 5% used by our conscious mind.
So the subconscious rules, and in working with affirmations, you must use statements your subconscious mind can accept.
For affirmations to work they must be reasonable, believable and acceptable to both the conscious and subconscious minds. Otherwise they could be dismissed by the conscious and sub-conscious mind as wishful thinking.
For example, a man in a hospital bed in a full body cast saying “I feel great” won’t work, because it’s obvious to everyone, including his subconscious mind, that he doesn’t feel great.
By making the affirmation a process, such as, “every day my body is healing itself” it will be believable to the subconscious mind.
7 steps to powerful affirmations
1. Use affirmations as a process. If you have zero $, saying “I am wealthy” won’t work because your subconscious knows it’s not true.
Rather than a bold statement, change it into a process by saying, “every day in every way, I feel myself attracting prosperity.”
“Each day in every way my body is healing itself.”
“I am so happy that money comes to me in increasing quantities in multiple ways.”
If you’re bad at math, don’t say, “I’m good at math” because you’ll know it isn’t true. Shift it into a process: “Each day I am improving at math.”
“Each day in every way, I’m feeling a little better.”
“Each day my neck is improving.”
2. Experience it in your body: For an affirmation to work, you also need an experience of it in your body. That’s why it’s good to say it out loud three times. You’ll then have the physical sensation of saying it as well as hearing it.
“My body knows how to heal itself.”
3. Read it off a card and you’ll also see it. Post your affirmation around the house. When you see it, say it out loud.
4. Where: According to Louise Hay, people who do affirmations in front of a mirror make much quicker progress than people who don’t.
“Each day in every way, I’m open to receiving love.”
“More and more…..”
5. Use present tense: Continually make positive statements about how you want life to be. Always make your statement in the present tense such as “I am” or “I have.” If you make it in the future – I want, or I will have – that is where it will stay: in the future.
“I am open to receiving love in my life.”
6. When: Say your affirmations first thing in the morning and last thing at night, 3 times out loud in front of the mirror, to help reprogram your subconscious mind.
7. For how long: work with an affirmation for at least 21 days. That’s the minimum amount of time it takes to implant a new habit.
For inspiration, check out this short video as an example of a good way to start your day!
Did you know you have a superpower? One that can lift your life from the mundane to the extraordinary?
It’s your subconscious mind, which you can communicate with and use to bring about remarkable changes in your life.
The superpower of your subconscious mind
Have you ever experienced driving down the road and realizing you have no recollection of the past 10 miles? And it makes you wonder how you didn’t have an accident?
You didn’t have an accident because your subconscious mind was doing the driving for you.
My subconscious mind is the reason I can daydream while I mow the lawn with my electric mower and not run over the cord.
Those things we do on automatic are often done by our subconscious mind, so why not learn to use it to our advantage?
A brain lesson
Our conscious mind uses only 5% of our brain capacity and interprets just 40 environmental stimuli per second.
That sounds like a lot until you realize that the subconscious mind can process 20,000,000 environmental stimuli per second and uses up to 95% of our brains. It’s the part that can drive the car when we’re daydreaming.
The subconscious mind is the reason that affirmations may not work unless we’re working with the subconscious and not against it.
[Some experts, such as Bruce Lipton, Ph.D. use the terms unconscious and subconscious interchangeably. Freud would say the unconscious is where repressed emotions are buried and the subconscious is right beneath the surface, ready to bring us information we need, such as a telephone number stored in our brains. For our purposes, the distinction isn’t really important].
The energy of words
“The best advice I can give anyone at any time is to never complete a negative thought or statement,because if you think or say it, it’s going into the computer in your head and can come true.” Bear Heart in The Wind Is My Mother
Words carry energy. This has been demonstrated by the work of scientist Masaru Emoto, which I’ve written about in a previous post.
High energy words vibrate higher and faster, causing us to feel good. Low energy words such as sadness and guilt resonate at a lower frequency.
A University of Wisconsin study demonstrated that low energy thoughts lower the immune system and make people more illness prone.
So it’s very important to choose your words carefully, be it daily conversation, self-talk or working with affirmations because they’re going into the computer in your head – the subconscious.
It’s also important to understand that our subconscious mind does not process what is “not.” It simply responds to the key words you give it.
Children under seven are inclined to respond like the subconscious mind. “Don’t hit your sister” is received as “hit your sister”.
Say to a child, “Don’t touch that” and what do they do? They touch it.
Since our subconscious doesn’t hear “not” this may explain much of the behavior in the western world. The Ten Commandments becomes: Thou shalt murder, commit adultery, steal, bear false witness against your neighbor, covet your neighbor’s wife, etc.
This is like learning a new language. Initially you work to translate low energy words and phrases to high energy until it becomes automatic.
It took me years to develop the habit of using positive thoughts and language– but I stuck with it and it changed my life. It can change anyone’s life. There’s nothing special about me I assure you.
Our genes do not determine our destiny; we do
It used to be believed that our genes determined our destinies but that’s old news. How many times have we heard or said, “my father died of a heart attack in his 40s so I probably will, too” or “my mother and grandmother were overweight; it’s in my genes so I can’t fight it.”
Our health and lives are not predetermined by our genes. Epigenetics recognizes that our perceptions of the environment, including our consciousness, actively control our genes. Through epigenetic mechanisms, “applied consciousness” can be used to shape our biology and make us masters of our own lives.
Antidepressants are one of today’s most frequently prescribed medications. This fact, alone, may indicate that people are abdicating their self-empowerment.
Imagine the possibilities if people were asking: “How can I apply my consciousness, and change my perceptions of my environment, to reshape my biology and behavior?”
Affirmations are one way of using applied consciousness. Next week I’ll write about how to do them in the most effective way.
Meanwhile, just for this week, focus on keeping your language as positive as you can. No, “poor me” thoughts allowed. Focus on what works, as well as on gratitude, and see what happens.