In this guide, we will be looking at how to access the subconscious mind. And we’ll do 5 of the best subconscious mind exercises, techniques and visualisations.
With these techniques, you will be able to access your subconscious mind.
Evidence 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 about those success stories of people who used exercises to unlock their subconscious mind. They went from failure to success.
That’s why, if you want to be successful in life, you should probably start doing some subconscious mind training.
What Are “Subconscious Mind Power Techniques”?
For success, you need to develop the success mindset.
One of the essential parts of a successful mindset is unlocking the subconscious mind.
We’ve known about this part of the mind since the 1800s when French psychologist Pierre Janet penned the term “subconscious”. (2)
Since then, millions of people have looked for ways how to enter the subconscious mind, which is also called the “pre-conscious”. This has given rise to all sorts of techniques for the subconscious mind: visualisations, meditations, affirmations and more.
These people suspected then what we now know: your number one strength is your unconscious mind power IF you use it correctly.
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.
To be specific:
- 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, 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 its existence, (4), there is no proof.
So if you cannot even prove that it even exists, how can you enter the subconscious mind?!
Why it’s hard to enter the subconscious mind
Let me level with you: 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.
Training the subconscious mind, however, is much harder 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 it. 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 what it’s like.
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 it correctly. Otherwise, you might unlock brain power but use it the wrong way–a way that inadvertently does more harm than good.
To be successful, you need to understand this part of the human psyche. So let’s take a look at how to communicate with the subconscious mind. We will use visualisations, language and other techniques.
But first a recap:
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.
We can all see just how strong the power of the subconscious mind is. Techniques can help us unlock that power.
How to train your subconscious mind – Exercises And Techniques
If you want to know how to communicate with this part of your psyche, start with some exercises for positive thinking. This will help you to start being more goal-oriented and forward-thinking.
But a caveat:
- It is essential that when you access your subconscious mind that you communicate with it very accurately.
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. Here’s how:
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.
So, in this step, we are going to continue from the previous step. Now we are going to use a subconscious mind visualisation.
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
Focusing 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.
Examples of training the subconscious mind
As a meditation teacher, I have seen firsthand the results of training the subconscious mind, with various of my students.
Two of these people have particularly fantastic success stories.
Tom, one of my meditation students, was a 27-year-old man who lived a secluded life, spending around 25% of his time on Facebook and Twitter. Tom suffered from depression and felt incredibly lonely.
When I was training Tom to meditate, I had two intentions in mind:
1) To show Tom how to train his subconscious mind
2) To improve Tom’s social life, something he desperately wanted to do.
I taught Tom three particular techniques.
#1: Visualization For A Great Social Life
You were born for success.
Trouble is you might not see it.
That’s where this exercise comes in. It’s a powerful subconscious mind visualisation technique.
Visualising is something we all do day in and day out. Whether or not we intentionally use visualisation techniques or not is irrelevant. We all visualise things in our mind.
The primary way we visualise is with daydreams. Your daydreams pass information to your subconscious, and thereby influence your reality.
But you’re not in control of your daydreams. The information that is being passed to your unconscious mind– the information that is controlling your life-is out of your control.
You need to take control of the unconscious mind by controlling the information you pass to it.
With Tom, I wanted to know what he was already visualising.
I led Tom through a meditation session and asked him to let me know what was going on in his mind with regards to his social life.
Within five minutes of meditating, it was apparent what was going on in Tom’s mind: He saw Facebook and Twitter as the basic foundation of his social life. When he thought of talking to people, he saw himself chatting on Facebook and Twitter.
The point here is that Tom wasn’t talking to people he was talking to Facebook and Twitter.
This might seem like a minor point, the fact that he was talking via Facebook and Twitter rather than directly to people. To his subconscious mind, however, it was vital.
The subconscious mind is a bit of a lawyer.
What I mean by that is that it is picky. If you continually see yourself communicating via Facebook or Twitter, that is the reality your subconscious mind will create. You won’t be meeting people in person because you’re telling your brain to use Facebook and Twitter.
The solution to this is painfully apparent: Tom needed to visualise himself talking directly to people.
I got Tom to do a visualisation meditation for 20 minutes a day, imagining he was talking directly to people.
Tom’s next meditation training session was a week later. I was not surprised when he told me he had already started talking to people in person a lot more.
Example 2: Story from a corporate exec
Let me share another story with you.
It’s the story of Sam, a 36-year-old corporate executive and friend. Sam is a corporate executive working for an international company. She is extremely successful both in her personal and professional life. I once asked her how she did it. “It’s about management,” she said.
“You mean your company management?” I asked.
“No, I mean my brain management. I’ve always known one thing: my brain can be my best friend or my worst enemy.”
“Yours is your best friend,” I stated with certainty.
“Yes, but having a best friend also means being a best friend. I’m always amazed by people who say to me ‘Your lucky you have such a good brain.’ They tell me how they wish their brain were more positive, that they were more supportive of themselves. I always respond with one question: How good a friend are you to your brain?”
“Being a best friend to your brain means taking time to listen to yourself, it means giving yourself a break—”
“And knowing how to use your subconscious mind,” I said.
“Yes, that too. That’s most important. You have to adopt the mentality that your brain is an asset, and you need to adopt some asset management strategies.”
Sam goes on to state that there are three critical subconscious mind training techniques that she uses in her asset management.
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 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 you need a break 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.
2: 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”.
“It’s incredible; people think they can fill their minds with all this rubbish—Twitter, Facebook, TV, games—they believe it doesn’t affect their 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?”
“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: stop taking in too much information.
3: 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 techniques,” 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.
“This is a huge problem.
“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 unlock brain power truly. I recommend doing some of the techniques above. As you’ve seen from the success stories above, it can make a huge difference!