The more I’ve learned about manifestation and the Law of Attraction, the more I’ve come to realize the importance that the subconscious mind plays in the equation.
After all, understanding your conscious mind is straightforward. It includes all the stuff you’re consciously deciding on, including your manifestation intentions: “I want to manifest $1000, a new boyfriend, etc”
It all seems so simple enough, right? I mean what could possibly be wrong with achieving those things?
However, your subconscious mind is the one who’s going to throw a wrench into your best-laid plans. As much as you desire the things you do, it probably does not see the world in the same way.
The first problem is that your subconscious brain will always interpret any of your new intentions and goals as scary things that it needs to protect you from. Its main job is to keep you alive but it does that by constantly scanning the world around you for potential “danger”. Unfortunately, it will always categorize anything new as potentially dangerous–and try to prevent you from actually doing it!
This is mostly stuff that happened to us when we were children but it can also old patterns from more recent events (especially if those events were intense or repeated).
These things include unhealed childhood traumas, limiting beliefs, societal programming and basically anything you created an unhealthy narrative around.
But while those things are definitely not your fault (because they were programmed into you) it is up to you to start shifting and changing them.
After all, no one can get inside your mind and do this work for you! You can’t outsource your yoga practice nor can you outsource your inner healing.
Now that you understand this process (and how important it is!) I’m sure you’re excited to get started with it! So today I’m sharing 5 tools to help you start reprogramming your subconscious mind for the life you actually want.
5 Tools For Subconscious Reprogramming
Subconscious Reprogramming Tool #1:
EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) is a simple and effective way to rewire your subconscious. But as a big bonus? It’s also free.
That means you can put down your phone right now and do an EFT session to start rewiring whatever it is that you want to heal and reprogram.
EFT simply involves you tapping on some key pressure points while working through a specific issue that you want to work through. (Go look it up on YouTube and follow a session there!) It’s one part affirmations and one part energy work (similar to acupressure). Tapping works by letting old feelings surface and replacing them with new ones.
I’ve been known to bust out some EFT while on walks around my hood so trust me when I say you can do it anywhere! This one’s key for your self-care toolbox simply for its ease and flexibility.
Subconscious Reprogramming Tool #2:
NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) is a powerful healing modality that lets you directly communicate with your subconscious mind. Basically, your subconscious brain works in a completely different way than your conscious mind. Instead of logic and words, it operates in pictures and feelings.
This disconnect is why it’s hard to gain control of your subconscious mind. While your conscious mind speaks one language, your subconscious literally speaks another. But when you can start communicating to it the right way, you suddenly have the ability to change its old programs.
Subconscious Reprogramming Tool #3:
Rest assured, hypnosis isn’t about making someone bark like a dog! It’s not about mind control (or humiliation). But it does offer another wonderful way for us to communicate with our subconscious mind.
Hypnosis works by taking your brainwaves from their (normal consciousness) Beta state down into our Theta (deep relaxation and meditation) state. This is the state of consciousness you naturally occupy just before falling asleep (the bridge between the conscious and unconscious sleep state).
From that deep brainwave state, we’re already naturally more receptive to make changes in the deep part of our subconscious mind. Personally, I love to use hypnosis in conjunction with NLP to truly anchor in the healing and reprogramming required.
Subconscious Reprogramming Tool #4:
Affirmations might sound a little Basic Spiritual B*tch. But there’s a wonderful reason for their perennial popularity: they work. (If you do them the right way that is!)
Affirmations work best with repetition and with emotional charge. That’s how everything gets into our subconscious mind in the first place. So we can also use affirmations to program what we actually want to believe.
The downside is that they take a while to work. Also, sometimes affirmations can actually get in the way if they end up creating cognitive dissonance. For example, if you’re trying to lose weight and you try using the affirmation “I’m so happy for my size ten body.” However, you’re not actually there yet and the more you think about it the more resentful you become of where you’re currently at. In that case, the negative emotions that you’re accidentally triggering will end up doing more harm than good.
To fix it, I’d suggest going to a neutral place first before jumping all the way to where you want to be. Affirmations really do work and if you’re looking for a long-term solution (or a modality that works with the others) this might be a great fit for you.
Subconscious Reprogramming Tool #5:
Journaling is another powerful healing modality, albeit that might also suffer from its Basic Spiritual B*tch reputation. ???? And honestly, in my past I’ve never been that enthusiastic journaling. I went through phases but I never made it a Must-Do part of my morning routine–until very recently.
These days journaling is one of my Must-Have’s both for my own mental clarity and happiness and also for my manifesting practice. That’s because writing out your desires is not only an incredibly spiritual practice. But the very act of writing them down over and over again is a wonderful way to rewire your subconscious with some brand new beliefs.
So tell me: which subconscious reprogramming tools and techniques have you tried out yourself? Which one do you want to start incorporating into your routine next?
Subconscious reprogramming might sound scary or intimidating at first! But all of these tools I shared today are really just mimicking the way your brain has already learned things. Just remember that if you’re feeling stuck or in a rut that the blocks are probably in your subconscious! With a little love and attention, you can heal and reprogram so that you can move forward into what you truly want in life.
PS Looking for more? You might also want to check out this post about subconscious manifestation blocks or this one about how to use your subconscious mind to manifest anything.
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