How do you gain access to your subconscious? It’s a question that has haunted the minds of many scientists for decades. The subconscious mind has been a mystery until recently, a supernatural phenomenon that was difficult even for science to comprehend.
What is the subconscious mind?
The subconscious is described as “the mental processes (thoughts and feelings) that are not directly accessible to the conscious mind and can influence a person’s behavior.” This means that there is a boundary between the conscious mind and the unconscious mind. Is this boundary comparable to a thin layer of ice separating the air from the water? No, it is nothing physical and therefore difficult to identify.
Access to the subconscious mind
The subconscious is more accessible in certain states than in others. Consider, for example, a long car journey, where you suddenly “startled awake”…. “Am I already here ??” During this brief period of “absence,” your mind had wandered into your subconscious. The driving was on autopilot, but your mind wandered, which put you in a light state of trance, and in such states, you have easy access to your subconscious.
When you have just woken up or just before going to sleep, you have better access to your subconscious mind. Under hypnosis, you have direct access to your subconscious, from which 95% of your behavior originates.
Since 95% is a big part of your daily behavior, it’s important to be able to access the subconscious, especially if you want to change something in your behavior.
And it’s not only the software programs for your behavior that rest there. Your subconscious is also the place where countless “irrelevant” memories are stored, all filtered out. It’s in a trance state where you can access these memories that you seemed to have forgotten.
Exercise: 4 steps to easily access the subconscious
Step 1. Relax your mind
Relaxation is essential to access the subconscious mind. For many, this is already challenging because our society requires constant alertness. Regularly give yourself a moment to relax by consciously closing off the input from the outside. By relaxing the mind, you can open the gateway to the subconscious mind.
Find a place where you can go through the steps of this exercise undisturbed. Sit or lie down, but choose a comfortable position that will keep you from falling asleep. If you like, you can support your knees with pillows or a rolled-up blanket.
A very important aspect of this exercise is to perform it with your eyes closed. This will cut you off from most of your perception and allow your mind to settle down. Don’t squeeze your eyes. Just relax them.
Step 2. Turn your attention inward
Listen to the sound of your breath. If your breath is fast and choppy, slow it down by breathing slowly. Don’t force your breath, but breathe in and relax until you need to breathe again. This will calm the mind.
Listen to the sound of your heart in sync with the natural rhythms of your body. The more you listen and focus on your breath, the more comfortable you will feel and the easier it will be to let go of your thoughts. If any thoughts pop up, it’s okay. Just let them float over like little puffy clouds.
Step 3. Guided meditation
The longer you focus on your breathing and you are aware of your body, the more your mind becomes relaxed. It’s the mind that needs to relax in order to make contact with your subconscious. As soon as you reach a feeling where you are completely relaxed, both mentally and physically, you can start directing your mind.
If you are struggling to relax this far, you can choose to use a guided meditation, which will guide you step by step to enter a state of trance. Especially for beginners, guided meditation can help visualization and achieve a deeper meditative state.
Guided meditations with which I myself have very good experiences are the CD of Dr. Joe Dispenza. An MP3 / file is also available. His voice is supported by brainwave music. This music stimulates the hemispheres of the brain to create brain waves in the alpha and theta frequencies. These are the states in which the brain is in a state of trance and hypnosis and where you gain access to your subconscious.
Step 4. Practice makes perfect
The more you practice these skills, the better. Just as you developed patterns in your behavior over the years, so can you with the steps above. The easiest way to integrate this pattern into your daily life is to schedule a set time for yourself. Find the time of day, preferably just before going to sleep or just after you wake up, as your brainwaves at those times provide the easiest access to the subconscious mind.
Conditioning your thinking patterns
Gaining access to your subconscious mind can help you change negative thought patterns, but even if you feel stressed, you can reprogram these patterns in your subconscious mind with a short daily meditation.
By practicing regularly, you will instill new experiences. You will find yourself calming down and gaining access to information – 95-99% of your memories are stored in your subconscious mind, asleep, waiting for these memories to ever be awakened – that you thought you had long since forgotten.
Alert, conscious state
Every day we are constantly in a vigilant, conscious state of mind. During this state, the brain produces beta waves. These are the brainwaves that keep us in an alert state, a situation in which we can focus.
The constant alertness that is expected of us in our daily life does not sufficiently “relax” our brains and often causes doubts, fears, compulsive thoughts, negative emotions, and brain fog.
You can find the answer to this in our subconscious mind, where the alpha, delta, and theta states offer us peace, deep relaxation, and dreamy states. The subconscious mind is the place where we can restore our balance. Here we can break through and reprogram our thought processes of doubt and fear.
Getting into a calm, relaxed state allows us to approach the subconscious directly, without the intervention of the conscious mind, which only gets in the way of our perceptual filters.
By applying NLP techniques during a meditation session, you can “program” new patterns in your subconscious mind in a very effective way. Consider, for example, techniques such as anchoring, where you link a positive experience or feeling to a sensory anchor.
The more you apply these techniques, the more they become patterns. So it’s simply a matter of conditioning.
How do you know that you have contact with the subconscious?
When you are in a deep state of relaxation, you feel calm, peaceful, and clear of mind. It’s that state in which your thoughts pass you by like clouds in the sky. You don’t have to make yourself think. Your thoughts just come and float away from you like clouds. Those clouds (thoughts) come straight from your subconscious mind.
Have you ever lost your keys and tried to remember where you left them? You almost certainly couldn’t think of it. However, when you started doing something else and sat dreaming away, you suddenly knew where you had left them. It was in a trance that this memory came to mind.
It takes some practice to teach yourself to connect with the subconscious, but once you understand how simple meditation can bring you so much value, it is well worth the time investment!