Rules of the Mind
Do you know how to tap into the power of your mind more easily?
Your subconscious level of awareness is continuously recording and storing. Therefore, everything in your environment is potentially programming your subconscious mind, and always has been. This can be limiting or it can be empowering. The following Rules of the Mind are helpful concepts in re-programming your own mind so that you can choose the quality of your life experience. They are an adaptation of a handout provided at The Hypnotherapy Academy of America located in Albuquerque, NM, and are credited to the original author and late hypnotherapist, Gil Boyne.
"Imagination is more powerful than knowledge when dealing with the mind." Imagination is the language of the subconscious mind. It is an innate ability to form new images and sensations in the mind, and it is fundamental to integrating experience and learning processes. Functional neuroimaging using MRI (fMRI) demonstrates increased brain activation during imagery processes. Imagination is all too often undervalued and misunderstood in our Western culture, which emphasizes the linear sequential processes of the left brain. A more "whole brained" approach will get your further.
"Opposite ideas cannot be held at the same time." Thinking both "I'll be successful" and "I don't deserve it" will cancel each other out. Counter-resonance cancels out manifestation. This is why it is so important to gain insights on underlying limiting beliefs, and then don't let yourself fall back into old thought patterns. Keep noticing and witnessing your own thoughts and re-programming your own mind.
"Every thought or idea causes a physical reaction." The subconscious mind drives the body (breathing, heart rate, blood pressure, etc.), and thoughts affect every function of the body.
"What is expected tends to be realized." The brain and nervous system respond to mental images. It does not matter if the image is self-induced or from the external world. The vividly imagined mental image becomes the blueprint and the subconscious mind uses every means at its disposal to carry out the plan. Olympic athletes successfully and routinely use visualization, specifically Visual Motor Rehearsal (VMR) as part of their training regimens.
"Once an idea or belief has been accepted by the subconscious mind, it remains until it can be replaced by another idea or belief (re-programmed)." The longer an idea has been held at the subconscious level of awareness, the greater the opposition to replace it because the subconscious mind has a need to be right. Saturate your mind with the new, desired idea by repeatedly focusing on what it is that you do want (as opposed to what you don’t want, or what you fear).
"An emotionally induced symptom tends to cause organic change if persisted in long enough." Be persistently positive.
"Each suggestion acted upon creates less and less opposition to each successive suggestion." If you want to feel more self-confident and meet more people, then standing slumped in the corner is not an action that is consistent with your goal. Carefully chosen actions which are in alignment with your goals significantly reinforce the new beliefs that you are endeavoring to instill. The reinforcing actions you do throughout each day, including your patterns of thought and emotions, are critical to your success and are vital to your experiencing a sustained therapeutic response with hypnotherapy.
I leave you with a quote by Albert Einstein:
"Imagination is more important than knowledge.
For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand,
while imagination embraces the entire world,
and all there will ever be to know and understand."