Wouldn’t you like your subconscious mind power to bring you all the benefits you hear about in the tape sets you buy?
And it’s easy to make progress, but easy to slide back at the same time, isn’t it?
Here are 5 techniques – very simple and very practical – that will double the effectiveness of your mind power practices.
1. Put yourself in a true alpha state when you do your visualization.
The alpha state, or when your brain is running at about 7 to 14 cycles per second, is your bridge between your conscious and subconscious mind. It’s when you’re in this state that your suggestions will most readily be accepted by your subconscious.
Yes, you can simply close your eyes and imagine. And stimulating your visual cortex with your eyes closed will likely put you in an alpha state temporarily. But to really access alpha on a sustained basis use a meditation technique like Jose Silva’s mind control or a brainwave entrainment CD.
2. Now that you’re in alpha – do full sensory visualizations.
Visualization is a bit of a misnomer. You’re visualizing but you’re also feeling the sensations and the emotions. You’re literally training your brain how best to respond in life situations.
Remember that visualization techniques came out of work in training athletes. Cyclists, for example would run through their next event in the minds. And they would perform better in the race.
But they didn’t just close their eyes and repeat affirmations. They were seated on stationary bikes, imagining the circuit and honing their responses while cranking away on the pedals. They were rehearsing as realistically as possible. That’s what you need to do.
3. Use your outward vision as well.
40% of your brain is given over to handling visual stimulus. Use note cards that have explicit descriptions of what you want.
4. Be positive and detailed.
Your subconscious mind alerts you to possibilities and warns you when you’re off track. But it’s only as good as the instructions you give. Let me give you an example out of my own life.
Before I bought my first house I visualized what I wanted and wrote it down in detail. At the time, I didn’t like the look of stereo equipment, it was cold and black and had wires everywhere. So I wrote down that I wanted some place to put my stereo equipment out of the way. I committed the list to my subconscious and put the paper away.
A year later, when I was in my new home, I found the paper (I had totally forgotten it). I laughed because my new house had shelving on a pulley system, it dropped down into the floor to reveal…my stereo equipment in a hidden cupboard.
I had totally forgotten I wanted that. And I’ve never seen another house that had it.
Say what you want, and be detailed, and your subconscious will be on the lookout for it.