The Best 11 Methods To Access Your Subconscious
Check In With Your Subconscious To Make Sure You Don't Store Unhealthy Programming
95% of our actions, thoughts and feelings happen without our conscious control. If you're prone to procrastination, self sabotage and negative thinking then you may wanna check what's going on in your psyche.
When you do that, you stop pinballing through life. You stop being triggered and stop reacting. Instead, you start making conscious choices. You start making decisions that are aligned with your goals and values. This will bring more clarity and direction to your life.
Here's a collection of 11 of the most popular and effective techniques you can use to access your subconscious mind. Choose the practices from the list below that inspire you most. You can mix them up and combine them of course for a stacked effect!
1 – Affirmations (Repetition Is Key)
Positive affirmations and mantras can replace old negative beliefs and thoughts with new ones. Repeat them with emotion to embed them into your subconscious. Writing these affirmations is an art form. Stay close to learn how to master this!
Affirmations remind you that ‘You Got This’. They reassure you that you're on the right path. And they make you feel great about (and focus you on) what you're achieving.
Remember your positive role models when repeating your affirmations. It will seal the deal for your subconscious. You tell yourself good things and you have collected proof that good things are possible! Read more about the positive role model technique here.
Keep repeating your affirmations throughout the day, especially when you’re
- falling asleep and waking up,
- catching yourself ruminating,
- feeling agitated or uncomfortable,
- feeling out of whack emotionally,
- want a burst of energy.
2 – Visualisation
Visualise your desired outcome as if it has already happened. See it, feel it. Experience your manifestation.
Your visualisations are more powerful if you switch on your senses and engage emotions. Science has it that the brain remembers more deeply if you feel an emotion while creating a memory.
- Close your eyes and visualise your ideal life as it is once you've achieved your big goal.
- Ramp up the emotions too, feel the positive emotions.
- Hold this for about 15 seconds.
- Go, do it before you read on. It gets easier with practice!
This exercise just changed your brain into a positive state: using your imagination, knowledge and experience, it activated rewarding networks of neurons. You’ve visualised an outcome. Putting this visual together and holding it creates an intention in your mind.
Revisit it often. Your subconscious will start pulling into that direction, because it will see this as true for you.
What if you tried visualising the dream goal you're working towards but you felt nothing but shame and fear, like an inner voice telling you: 'don't be daft, you're never gonna make it. Who do you think you are'. You want to eliminate negative thoughts and get in control of your inner critic. Read this to get into a more positive and kind frame of mind.
Why Is Visualisation So Effective?
The subconscious can't distinguish between an actual experience and the emotions an imagination can bring up. Whether it is in reality or in your mind, your subconscious takes the scene for real. Your visualisation can have an even deeper impact if it is done during hypnosis as you are in a very receptive and relaxed state.
3 – Hypnotherapy
Hypnosis is a shortcut in accessing your subconscious mind. How well hypnotherapy works depends on your attitude, expectations, and motivation. It brings about a mental state of focused attention and relaxation.
This receptive and relaxed state opens up your subconscious so that you can modify and improve thoughts, behaviours, and beliefs. It can teach you how to master your thoughts, emotions, and feelings.
Hypnosis is a simple process and you're always in control. People often ask me whether you can get stuck in hypnosis and this has never happened because a qualified hypnotherapist will screen you to see if it is a suitable technique for you.
It is a powerful form of therapy, so make sure you’re working with a trained and certified hypnotherapist. If you’d like to see how hypnosis can work for you and if it can help you reach your goals, click here.
4 – Meditation
Meditating regularly can help you connect with your subconscious on a deep level.
Observing thoughts and emotions without judgement can reveal subconscious patterns and beliefs when the conscious mind is quietened.
There's many ways to meditate and progress is definitely what we're aiming for here – not perfection.
The more you meditate, the faster you'll be able to access your subconscious. You can get started by simply sitting still for a minute and clear your mind.
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5 – Dream Analysis
Dreams can give you a glimpse into your subconscious mind.
Uncover underlying thoughts and feelings by keeping a dream journal. Make sure you have it on your bedside table and don't forget to have a pen handy!
Dreams fade quickly if you wake with a jolt but dream journaling can work great if you have the opportunity to wake up in leisure.
The more you pay attention to your dreams, the more they'll come to you. Observe patterns to see if there are any recurring symbols, archetypes, themes, and emotions.
6 – Rhythmic Beats (Not Binaural Beats)
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7 – Free Association
Let rip and spontaneously express thoughts, feelings, and memories (you can do this speaking, writing, even scribbling; whatever suits your style).
The speed helps you bypass censorship and judgement and will allow you to tap into their subconscious and reveal hidden associations and insights.
Free association allows thoughts and ideas to flow freely and often rapidly without censorship or judgement.
8 – Creative Expression
Taking free association a step further you could draw, paint, write, sing, play music, move, dance, walk.
You can tap into your subconscious mind with these activities, especially if you manage to lose yourself in them.
Losing yourself in an activity has been researched by modern psychology for five decades and author Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi calls it FLOW. Flow reduces activity in the prefrontal cortex, an area responsible for our conscious and explicit state of mind.
Flow can distort time, make you lose self-consciousness, and silences the inner critic.
Flow activities can let you express emotions, desires, and thoughts that may not be readily accessible through logical thinking.
Here’s a quick start:
- Draw something you see around you – using your non-dominant hand.
- Use a big sheet and draw very loosely.
- Switch off any inner running commentary, this is supposed to be a scribble.
- You’ll soon experience your brain shifting gears into a more meditative state.
- Stay in this activity for at least 5 minutes.
- Repeat and practice often
- Or if you hated this, go for the easiest possible way to get into flow: scribble. Just scribble for a few minutes and the monotonous movement will produce a state of automatic flow in you.
- You don’t need to choose drawing as an activity. Any monotonous type of movement works, even cleaning, chopping, gardening, etc.
9 – Awareness of Physical Sensations
- Tune into what your body is trying to tell you.
- Be mindful.
- Keep an eye out for any physical sensations, emotions and intuitive responses.
- This is a big one and most people I’ve worked with aren’t aware of their physical sensations.
- Ask yourself these types of questions:
- How do you feel when you sign up a client?
- Where do you feel the sensation?
- Do you have a physical sensation when you are about to procrastinate?
- Has a thought set off your inner critic?
- Where in the body do you feel the tirade?
Subconscious patterns and motivations can materialise and express through the body.
Sometimes people call this their gut feeling or instincts. Pay attention to them as it’s your subconscious sending a message. As with dreams, the more you listen to this, the more notices you’ll get.
10 – Embodiment
Got a new belief you want to live by? Embody it!
Your subconscious is habit-based, so take inspired action and create a habit.
A lot of our day is based on habits: getting up, brushing teeth, getting dressed, coffee, breakfast, work. We don’t think about any of these steps.
Habits all taken together are part of your identity. You can shape your identity by what you do.
‘Pay less attention to what [they] say. Just watch what they do.’ — Dale Carnegie
Embodiment motivates you to step into the rich version of yourself quickly. It lets you take the necessary steps that will bring you closer to your goal.
Remember, manifestation is not just about positive thinking. It’s about intention, belief, and taking inspired action towards your goals.
Pay attention to any intuitive guidance or opportunities that come your way and take action when it feels right.
11 – Patience and Trust
Trust the process and be patient with yourself. It's important that you take action, but also that you trust that good things are coming to you. There's no need to rush, no need to wish away the present. Just enjoy the moment, get in flow and do the job.
Here’s why it’s worth enjoying every moment: whatever stage you're at now isn't going to last.
Soon enough you may not have anonymity anymore if you're about to become a PR sensation. Soon enough you may have more financial responsibilities as you start employing more people into your growing company.
Enjoy each stage as it is and know that there’s always more around the corner.
Let’s get into action
Grab a notebook, and spend a couple of minutes listing which methods you’re going to use to get closer to your subconscious?
Then list out what you need and schedule it into your diary. That's it!
Simply start with one.
Never forget how brilliant you are. It’s amazing what you can do. You're a wise person. There’s so much more to you than your ego and conscious mind. Your wisdom and insight will make you a force, so dig into them.
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