In this guide, we will be looking at the best subconscious mind exercises and techniques so you can access your subconscious mind. We are going to use an affirmation for the subconscious mind, along with meditation,
Research from John A. Bargh at Yale University suggests that the power of the unconscious mind is around 90% of your total brain power (1). That’s 90% of your brain that can be used either to make you a success or a failure. Imagine what’d happen if you knew how to unlock your subconscious mind power.
Spiritual leader Florence Scovel Shinn said: “You will be a failure until you impress the subconscious with the conviction that you are a success. ”
We’ve all heard success stories of people who used subconscious mind exercises to transform their lives from failure to success. And many gurus like Tony Robbins and Eckhart Tolle have spoken about the importance of the subconscious. Simply put, if you want to be successful in life you should probably start doing some subconscious mind training exercises. There are many ways to exercise the subconscious mind.
Some of the best subconscious mind exercises include:
- Stream of consciousness writing
- Guided imagery
- Accessing your intuition
But before we get into all those exercises we will first look at what is the subconscious mind.
In this article we will look at:
- What is the subconscious mind?
- How does the subconscious mind work?
- How much of your mind is subconscious?
- How to enter the subconscious mind
- Facts about the subconscious mind
- How do affirmations affect the subconscious mind?
- Controlling the subconscious mind (programming)
- How fast does the subconscious mind process information?
- Can you control your subconscious mind?
- How to communicate with the subconscious mind?
How Does The Subconscious Mind Work?
We’ve known about subconscious mind power since the 1800s when French psychologist Pierre Janet penned the term “subconscious”. (2) But we still don’t know exactly how the subconscious mind works.
Sigmund Freud said, “The conscious mind may be compared to a fountain playing in the sun and falling back into the great subterranean pool of subconscious from which it rises.” By which, he means that subconscious mind power is much greater than the power of the conscious mind.
How fast does the subconscious mind process information?
- The conscious mind is capable of processing 40 bits of information per second.
- The pre-conscious mind can process 20,000,000 bits per second.
Freud taught that there are three minds:
- The conscious mind, which is our awareness in the present moment.
- The subconscious, or Pre-conscious mind, which consists of hordes of information that you can access.
- And finally, the Unconscious mind, which relates to our most basic instincts like the need for sex and food.
But this theory cannot be proven. It is impossible to prove the existence of this hidden region of the human mind. And while there is some scientific evidence of its existence, such as research from Yale University (see previous link), there is no proof.
Yet we do know some things about how the subconscious mind works.
According to motivational speaker Brian Tracy, the subconscious mind works by retrieving pieces of information from memories and imagination that the brain then uses to make you behave in ways that are consistent with your beliefs, desires, and thoughts.
Your subconscious mind begins to develop the moment you are born. From then on, the subconscious is constantly scanning the world and storing information about ourselves and the world around us. It develops a huge archive or information, which it then sends to the conscious mind to influence our actions.
The subconscious can become a problem when it constantly stores negative information. This can lead to negative self beliefs that effect your behaviours, perhaps forever. This is why you might need to learn how to reprogram your subconscious mind. However, training the subconscious mind is not easy (although the techniques below will help). It’s not like brain training games or meditation. Those things are relatively straightforward.
Subconscious mind exercises are difficult because this region of ourselves is incredibly elusive. You can feel that it is there if you close your eyes for a moment, but it is not a tangible thing, so how can you possibly tap into it?
The question is how to access the subconscious mind. And the answer is: By speaking its language. Yes, there is a language involved here. There are ways how to communicate with the subconscious mind. But it’s not like simply saying “I want to be successful”. It is a challenge. And the reason why is this: This part of your mind is not a very good listener.
Have you heard the story about the genie who granted wishes? One man asked the genie for heaps of money. The genie granted the wish and created such an enormous weight of money that when the cash fell from the sky, it crushed the man to death. That’s how the subconscious mind works. It doesn’t use logic. It interprets what you say precisely as you say it.
That’s why you need to know how to communicate with the subconscious mind correctly. Indeed, subconscious mind exercises are mostly about communicating with your unconscious.
Facts about subconscious mind:
- It is always alert and awake.
- It has no verbal language.
- It speaks to you in dreams. Although you should be aware that dreams have symbolic meanings, for an example, read my article on what it means to dream of someone dying.
- It is unable to process negative words.
- It takes everything literally.
- It is not bound by time and space.
- It has the cognitive level of a young child–it is immensely creative but often lacks reason.
- It runs 95% of your daily life.
- It manifests reality (good or bad).
- It’s the silent influence in control of a great deal of your life.
Clearly, the unconscious is powerful. So how do you make use of it? Take a look at the subconscious mind exercises below.
Best Subconscious Mind Exercises – From Affirmation To Meditation
For this article you will need to create a subconscious affirmation. Read my guide to creating affirmations.
Essentially, what we want to do is send positive messages and affirmations to the subconscious. But we need to do so in an effective way. Let’s look at an example.
Let’s say that you’re currently trying to lose weight and you would love to find the motivation to get to the gym. You can definitely use your unconscious mind to lose weight. But you’ve got to play it smart. Normally in this scenario you might think to yourself, ‘I have to go to the gym, but it’s going to hurt.’ This sentence is what we may consider realistic – because let’s face it, our muscles may well hurt as we exercise, so the statement is true. The problem is that if we tell our unconscious mind “Going to the gym will hurt” it will react by making it hurt when we go to the gym.
That’s right. It is basically that really annoying kid from your high school debate team who took everything far too literally. That’s what this region of the psyche is like. If you wish to communicate with it, you have to do so very carefully, using the right subconscious mind power techniques.
A better way to express our aim would be to say to ourselves, ‘I am having fun at the gym and am pleased I am still fit.To some, this statement might seem unrealistic – fun… at the gym…? But just say it, realistic or not. In other words, by telling yourself that the gym will be fun, your precociousness mind will start to make the gym fun.
Follow this process
- Write down what you want to do (exercise, so you lose weight)
- Write down what you’re worried about / feeling cynical about (“I want to exercise, but my body will ache”)
- Turn the negative into a positive (“I want to exercise, and it will feel good.”)
- Restate it in the present tense (“I am at the gym exercising, and I feel great.”)
- Repeat this message 108 times.
One of the best methods is to use subconscious mind visualisations.
We are going to continue from the previous step.
We have already stated our objective positively and in the present tense, “I am at the gym exercising and feeling great.”
Next, you need to translate your goal into a language the unconscious mind can understand, a language of images and senses. This is where you’ll genuinely start to unlock brainpower.
Abigail Brennar M.D. says, “The unconscious utilises symbolism and imagery to express itself. The devaluing of the image in favour of the word may have done more damage to the way we think as a collective humanity.”
So, let’s continue from where we were.
- Take your positive message from the above (“I am at the gym exercising and feeling great”)
- We now have to translate the message into images.
- Visualise positive images, sounds, feelings and scents as though you were having fun at the gym.
- While visualising, repeat your positive message to yourself. This will get your subconscious working towards your conscious goal (to enjoy working out).
So far, we have chosen a positive message to communicate with the subconscious. And we have used a subconscious mind visualisation. Now we are going to meditation.
The subconscious mind is more effective after meditating because meditation makes you more relaxed and more focused. It allows you to communicate with yourself more clearly because you have a clearer mind.
To get the most out of your unconscious, you will want to be relaxed when doing your visualisation.
- Here’s what to do:
- Sit somewhere quiet and relaxing where you will not be disturbed
- Focus on breathing. Count to 27 breaths. You should now be rested.
- Now return to the visualisation we did above. Practise it slowly and make sure to visualise your scene truly.
4: Interpreting dreams
Dreams are the realm of the subconscious. Sigmund Freud theorised that the dreams hold hidden feelings, fears, and desires. The better you understand your dreams, the more you will learn how to communicate with the subconscious mind.
5: Putting it together
Follow these instructions, step by step, to reprogram your subconscious mind.
1: First you will need to choose an affirmation. Here’s a guide to how to create an affirmation.
2: For this subconscious mind exercise, we are going to start by meditating. Sit comfortably in a chair. Place your feet shoulder-width apart. Relax your sitting muscles. Roll your shoulders back then relax them. Move your head lightly from side to side then relax. Gently tuck your chin down to elongate your neck. Close your eyes.
3: Focus on your breathing. Watch as your breath moves through your body. Continue mindfully breathing for five minutes. This will stimulate your parasympathetic nervous system to help you to relax, and will focus your mind. Sit and breathe mindfully for as long as you like, before continuing on to the next step.
4: Begin to recite your subconscious affirmation. You can recite your affirmation quietly in your head, or you can say it out loud, whichever way you choose.
5: While you are reciting your affirmation, you may notice that certain thoughts and feelings come to mind. This is because you are communicating with your subconscious mind. Your subconscious will bring up thoughts and memories that relate to your affirmation. For instance, if your subconscious affirmation is, “I am feeling happy and positive today,” you might experience memories of times when you were happy and positive. This is good.
6: If a particularly positive memory comes to mind and you feel a shift in emotions so that you feel more positive, focus on the memory. This is when we begin to use visualization for the subconscious mind. When a potent memory (one that makes you experience a positive emotion) arises, focus on it. Recreate the memory. Remember the things you saw in the time of your memory. Remember how you felt. Remember who you were with. Remember all the details about the memory. This will make it more vivid in your mind and it will make it have more of an effect on you.
7: At certain moments you might feel inclined to do something and to take action. For instance, if your affirmation is about getting back into shape, your intuition might tell you to go for a walk or run. If that happens, and if your intuition tells you to do something positive, do it. You can always return to this meditation later. By taking one positive action now you will shift your mindset and start acting in more positive ways.
8: I recommend continuing this meditation for twenty minutes. When you are ready to finish, open your eyes. Say your subconscious affirmation once. Now go about your day.
One of my good friends, Sam, has been doing subconscious mind training for several years. I asked her for some tips on how to communicate with the subconscious mind. Here is what she said.
One of my good friends, Sam, has been doing subconscious mind exercises for year. Recently, Sam and I discussed the importance of listening to the mind and accessing your intuition.
This is a straightforward way to unlock brain power and access the power of the subconscious mind.
“This is so simple, but it’s also so very important,” says Sam. “You must listen to your brain. And you also must respond to it. Being a best friend to your brain means just that: being a best friend. What is the effect of your subconscious mind on you right now? What is it saying to you? Are you listening to it? Are you acting on it?”
So, how do you listen to it?
“It’s the little things,” says Sam. “You tell yourself you need a break, take a break. So many people say ‘Oh, but I don’t have time’ or ‘I haven’t done that much, I shouldn’t need a break already.’ If your brain tells you that you need a break, then you need a break, it’s that simple.
“Another example is when you’ve constantly got something on your mind. Let’s say you think you should call a friend (just for example). Your subconscious mind keeps telling you, “I should call her, I should call her. . . “—it goes on and on. Most people, however, will tell themselves, “But I don’t have time” or whatever. This is very ineffective. The most useful thing you can do is 1) Listen to your brain, 2) Act upon any requests. That way, you get the distractions out of your mind, and you’re able to focus.
7: Valuing Information
“You know the number one reason people fail to use their brains properly?” Sam asked me.
“Because they fill themselves with too much junk—junk information, I mean.”
“Right. It’s bad mental hygiene,” said Sam. “It’s incredible; people think they can fill their minds with all this rubbish—Twitter, Facebook, TV, games—they believe it doesn’t affect the brain; they believe they can take all this information in without it affecting them. Information is like water; it flows freely, you don’t get to say to yourself. This information is just junk, I’m not going to take it in.” All that information enters your mind, and it doesn’t leave until it’s flushed out. If you’re always on Twitter and Facebook, watching TV and so on, that’s what’s in your brain. Simple.”
“So how does that affect your subconscious mind exactly?” I asked.
“Think about it like this. You’re trying to get your brain to make more money. Your message to your brain is “Make more money.” This information is like water: it can be pure or it can be polluted. If you have a clear mind and you say to yourself, “Make money” the message is clear, you make more money. But if you take that same message, that same pure water “Make money” and then you chuck in a bunch of junk information from Twitter, Facebook, TV and so on, you pollute the message, it’s no longer clear, you just end up with this muddy slush.”
The advice here is simple: be selective in the things you choose to focus on. Value the information that is entering your mind.
8: Mind Cleaning
“You always seem to be relaxed,” I said to Sam. “Even when you’re working a high-pressure job, you’re still relaxed. How do you manage that?”
“That’s the third of my subconscious mind exercises,” said Sam, “which I call Just a Thought. The point of this subconscious mind power technique is to remove all negative thoughts by reminding yourself that they are just a thought.
The idea of labelling thoughts comes from Vipassana meditation, a powerful Buddhist technique that has been used for millennia to unlock brainpower.
“Let’s say, for instance, that a person is worried about their finances. They keep seeing a mental image of their bank account with a big fat’ 0′. Now, if I ask this person “What is in your mind” they will say “I see my bank account with no money in it.
“This is wrong. The person is not seeing their bank account with no money in it; they’re seeing a thought. That’s all.
“People tend to mistake thoughts for reality,” said.
Sam nodded. “99% of people live their lives in their minds because they mistake thoughts for reality. But thoughts aren’t realty; they’re just thoughts. You have to get out of your mind and connect your brain directly to reality. Remove all thoughts. Once you get rid of thoughts, you get rid of the most significant barrier in your life, and you live more in the moment, more positively, more effectively.
The power of the subconscious mind is incredible. When you access your subconscious mind, you gain self-mastery, and you learn to truly unlock the power of your mind. If you’d like to discuss this more, book an online meditation lesson with me today.