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September 14, 2022

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Learn about the incredible power of your subconscious mind, and how to harness it in a positive way to create the life you want.

Did you know that human beings are the only species that possess the single most powerful resource on the planet? If you guessed the imagination then go ahead and give yourself a pat on the back…  because you’re RIGHT!

One of my favorite quotes from thought leader Bob Proctor goes like this “If you can see it in your mind you can hold it in your hands.” Meaning that anything we can conceive of in our wonderful imaginations we can bring into reality.

If you aren’t sure you buy this just consider for a moment people from the past who are incredible examples of this. People like Walt Disney, Henry Ford, the Wright brothers, Einstein, Leonardo DaVinci and so many more! Everything they created began in their imaginations and became reality.

And the bridge between your imagination and reality is your subconscious mind. 

Think of your subconscious mind as a super computer running all kinds of programs in the background during every moment of every day. And most of us never give it much thought or realize all of the ways that it serves us, especially when it comes to creating lasting change.

Are you using the power of your subconscious mind for self sabotage

Understanding The Power of Your Subconscious Mind

Here are just a few of the things that your subconscious mind does for you behind the scene of conscious awareness; 

  1. Runs and preserves the body. That’s right every breath you take, every move you make, it is responsible. As a matter of fact, the state of our body is a direct reflection of the state of our subconscious mind. (I know, I know, I have some work to do in this area myself, so no judgment here!)
  2. Stores our memories (and loves to replay them for us on demand, so be careful what you ask for). It is like a massive warehouse for every experience you have ever had over your entire life. And by the way, it can’t discern between what is a memory and what is reality. It experiences them both in the same way and I love to show people how they can use this to their ultimate advantage!
  3. Generates emotion (and takes everything personally by the way).
  4. Stores and retrieves data. One of its primary functions is to ensure that everything you say and do aligns with your self-concept. I like to refer to it as your “first mate ”. It’s always listening and always ready to serve. Your conscious mind gives the orders and your subconcious mind obeys and it ensures that every thought and action aligns with the way you see yourself. So be careful what you are bringing to awareness because your subconscious mind will bring you evidence of what you are thinking and speaking become your lived experience.
  5. Stores all of your habits and beliefs, it knows every one of your comfort zones and strives to keep you safely confined within them. It does this by generating uncomfortable emotions like fear, guilt, shame, anger, sadness, when it senses you are straying from your comfort zone so that you will return to your old patterns.

An impressive list isn’t it? And that’s just the tip of the iceberg for the power of your subconscious… Guess what else?

The subconscious mind is 1 MILLION times more powerful than your conscious mind! And the language of the subconscious mind is the imagination.

So in order to create lasting change in any area of your life (ie; health, finances, love, family etc) it is imperative that we get these two resources working for you instead of against you.  

How to Use Your Imagination to Create the Life You Want

In addition to everything I have shared so far I’m sure you will be interested to note that the word imagination comes from the root word “magic”. How cool is that?

This means, quite literally, that you have the power to create magic in your life whenever you choose. When we were children we were able to do this with ease. We spent the majority of our time day-dreaming, role-playing, creating stuff, and building stuff. In fact our imaginations, for a brief period of time, created most aspects of our lives. 

That is… until we got older.

This is because as we get older we become conditioned to suppress our imagination as we learn how the “real world” works and adapt to our environments and the expectations placed upon us by our families and society as a whole. 

Sadly, as we begin to focus on these other things we move away from using our imaginations and we forget how it feels to experience its magic. We don’t lose it but we do forget how to use it. Or worse yet… if we do use it, we use it against ourselves.

What do I mean by that?

Well far too often we use our powerful imaginations to create stories about worst case scenarios across any area of our lives. We tell ourselves things won’t work out, or things will go horribly wrong, or that we don’t have the resources to accomplish a goal, and in doing this guess what happens in our subconscious minds? 

Retrain your powerful imagination in order to hack your subconscious mind

That’s right… your subconscious mind, which is always listening and always ready to serve, call it your “first-mate”, goes to work right away to bring you evidence of all that you are conjuring up, such as; memories of past failures, examples of what can go wrong, beliefs about your self-worth etc… 

Remember that massive warehouse of memories and storehouse of information I mentioned earlier? Well it goes straight to “them” and sends you all kinds of evidence designed to keep you safe in your comfort zone and away from any IMAGINED dangers that may be lurking ahead, as well as reminding you of every related failure you ever had.

And then, it communicates all of this to you through your critical mind in your self-talk which lead to disempowering emotions and self-sabotaging behaviours.

These stories bring up some pretty powerful emotions in us that gather like storm clouds and create moods. You will stay stuck in those bad habits you know aren’t helping you because they are familiar and feel comfortable and safe.

So how can you shift your focus from worst case scenarios and self-sabotage to realizing your dreams and breaking free from those pesky bad habits that are holding you back?

It begins with learning how to retrain your imagination in order to “hack” the power of your subconscious mind, to use it to your advantage so you can replace those old bad habits with new more empowering ones to get the results you desire and deserve!

But how… you ask? 

Through the power of visualization.

And it’s as easy as breathing… 

Actually that’s a really great place to start. With breathing. Let’s do this together and I will guide you through a visualization that will remind you of what a superstar you truly are! 

(You may want to watch the video above for this part to gain the full benefit from this).

You will need a pen and paper for this activity.

Here we go…

Step 1. 

Sit up nice and straight in your chair, roll your shoulders back, make sure your feet, arms and hands are not crossed and you feel nice and comfortable with both feet on the floor.

Step 2.

Take in 3 deep rejuvenating breaths, breathing in through your nose and holding your breath until you feel some tension, then slowly release the breath through your lips, holding them in the shape of an “o” as if you are blowing out through a straw.

Step 3.

Now in your wonderful imagination, visualize yourself sitting in a movie theater with a giant screen directly in front of you. A movie begins to play and you see yourself on the screen. It’s a story called “My Best Self” and it’s about a time in your life when you were at your very best! Take a minute now and let the scene unfold. This is a time in your life when you really succeeded at something. 

Notice what you are doing in this scene, notice where you are, who is with you, what do you see, hear and feel? Make the image bigger and brighter, bring it closer to you, and now see yourself stepping into screen and becoming one with you in this moment.

Feel all of the feelings that come with this wonderful success story of yours. What do you see, hear, feel, taste, touch? Is anyone else with you? Are they benefitting from your success and in what way? How does that feel?

Now make the image fully panoramic, it’s all around you and re-experience all of the strengths you exhibited in this accomplishment. What strengths do you see in yourself, let them all come to mind and as they do imagine yourself reaching out and grabbing hold of each one of them and bringing them into your heart. Stack them there along with all of the wonderful feelings you are experiencing. Stack them one on top of the other. Bring them all in to your heart.

And now just let yourself feel all of these incredible emotions, knowing that you did this! And that you are capable of this and so much more. You are capable of doing anything you set your mind to!

Step 4. 

Now, when you are ready, wiggle your fingers and toes, flutter your eyes and let them open and bask in the knowing that you are amazing! And before you lose touch with this lovely feeling write down all of the strengths and feelings you witnessed in this incredible motion picture you directed in your imagination called “My Best Self”!

And keeping this in mind, you can follow a similar path to visualizing an outcome that you desire when you are making a change in your life. See yourself as if it is already done in your powerful imagination. Let yourself experience the emotions that come with visualizing your success in that particular context. Notice the strengths you tapped into to get yourself there, who supported you along the way, and who also benefitted from your success. 

Like anything, visualization is a skill that requires practice but the good news is, it’s so incredibly easy and pleasurable that you will find yourself looking forward to doing it once you add it to your daily routine. Seriously… your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to daydream regularly… you got this!

I recommend to my clients that they practice visualization every morning before they begin their day and every evening as they settle into bed. It’s especially powerful at night as your subconscious mind is wide open to suggestions while you sleep and will go to work supporting you in your goals without you having to do a thing!

It certainly beats willpower doesn’t it?

If you did the visualization congratulations on taking action! You have started to activate the power of your subconscious, and it’s truly one of the big steps towards transformation. I would love to hear your thoughts and feelings on all of this, so be sure to share in the comments below or on social media, or send me an email: hello@shelleyw.ca 💗

In my next blog I’m going to share some more powerful steps you can take to retrain your imagination to access the power of your subconscious mind, in order to break free from bad habits that are holding you back.  

And if you would like more information on how to boost your happiness and success I invite you to join my email list HERE and you will receive 3 easy activities that when implemented will help you to do just that!

About the Author

Shelley Wallace

I am a strengths based, solution focused life coach who has been practicing in the counselling/coaching field for more than 20 years. I have created and pioneered the 3-Step “Renew Your Vitality” Coaching System of live workshops, online courses, individual coaching sessions, and accountability groups which has created breakthrough results in the lives of my clients. I am an expert at empowering heart-centered individuals to transform their stress into greater focus, energy and happiness!

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