The superpower you may not know you have
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.”
In The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter, & Miracles, biologist Bruce Lipton talks about the new field of epigenetics, which translates as control above the genes. The science of epigenetics has determined that genes only account for 48% of our intelligence; the remaining 52% are determined by environmental factors.
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.
Molly Larkin is the co-author of the international best-seller “The Wind Is My Mother; The Life and Teachings of a Native American Shaman” and other books on health. She is passionate about helping people live life to their fullest potential through her classes, healing practice and blog at www.MollyLarkin.com