Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Thoughts, Thinking Processes and What These Reveals About Beliefs Held In The Subconscious Mind

Thoughts reveal so much about what goes on in the subconscious mind. This is because thoughts are directed by the beliefs which are stored in this aspect of the mind. I have long been an advocate for the use of positive affirmations as a means of confirming visions and goals to the subconscious mind, that said, developing a positive mindset goes beyond saying a few positive sentences a couple of times a day. I would like to direct your attention the thoughts and thought processes which go on the rest of the time. I by no means undermine the effectiveness of affirmations, however if what you think about the rest of the time is contrary to your affirmations, the reality is that the other stuff is what you’ll attract more of. The idea behind repeating positive affirmations is to get them imprinted in your mind so that they become part of the daily thoughts which tick over without any effort from you. Thoughts already IN the subconscious mind have more influence than thoughts which constantly have to be PUT IN because they are replayed more often.

Not many of us appreciate just how powerful our thoughts are because we tend to think of them as isolated beliefs or opinions about certain issues. The reality however is that these beliefs are so deeply embedded in our thinking that they actually influence the way we think. An example which illustrates the conflict between the affirmation and the belief well is that of someone who affirms wealth and abundance but spends most of the time (outside of affirmation and visualisation time) thinking about things they need or want but can’t have because (here comes the belief) they don’t have enough money. In a weird and almost twisted way they believe their focus is on abundance when in really it’s on the lack thereof. As a result, in one way or another all their thoughts lead back to their dominant focus – lack of money. Affirming abundance and attracting wealth is a ‘solution’ to the problem of lack rather than an intrinsic pursuit which they are passionate about. Often people in this situation will complain of positive affirmations and visualisation being useless tools for bringing about more of what they want in their lives when in actuality they are attacking the wrong ‘enemy’!

It’s my belief that the development of a positive mindset requires both the putting in place of new empowering beliefs as well as the removal of negative, deep seated beliefs which have more influence over our thoughts and actions than we give them credit for. Make a commitment to delve deeper so you can identify and eliminate all beliefs and thought processes which may be stopping you from becoming the best version of yourself that you can be.

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