“There will arise a new science, followed by a new mode of reasoning, which will teach man that to be wise is to unlearn his errors.” – Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
The human brain has often been compared to a computer, but it is far more complex and capable of acting on its own in many ways that even the most advanced technology cannot. It processes information on several levels at the same time and does not need to hear or see a complete picture, whether verbal or visual, to assess it. You don’t need to consciously perceive something; you subconscious will do the rest of the work. As you go through your day, you may read, hear or see something and think nothing of it at that moment. But later in the day, what you read, heard or saw might influence your current situation. For example, you saw something in the news about sinkholes happening in Florida and Tennessee. Now you’re preparing to buy a new home and you’re having nightmares about living in your new home and it falling into a sinkhole while you’re asleep in your bed. The TV show primed you or pre-loaded information that created certain feelings or responses – in this case fear, disaster, and danger. But it could be something as simple as eating off paper plates. They’re cheap and disposable and often don’t support the food you put on them. In this case, the priming effect is cheap, ineffective, unimpressive, lack, and need. Maybe you fell into the habit of wearing sweats all day because they’re comfortable. Now you go out to dinner in them, shop in them, and sleep in them. The priming effect is lazy, poor personal image, fade into the background, or no competition to anyone. The point is that every subtle influence you create in your subconscious mind effects the whole of your life. You want to improve your life and you’ve got to start priming your brain for success in the same way you primed it for lack.
Start doing little things for yourself that plant seeds of success. Use your best china, buy gourmet meats, repair or replace old clothing. Something that works particularly well is getting rid of things you don’t use but have been holding onto ‘just in case’. Holding onto these things primes your subconscious to believe that there will always be lack so you need to keep this stuff. Getting rid of it says ‘I deserve new and better stuff’, ‘I can afford new things’, and ‘I will always have more than I need’. The object of improvement priming is to make things better, not to make them perfect. Most of the successful people in the world are no smarter than you are. Their intelligence and common sense may not be keener nor is their knowledge obtained from books and education greater. What they do possess is the right kind of experiences and a knowledge of how the Universe works. They are able to achieve a higher vibrational state or frequency. That’s why, to the uninitiated, it seems as though there are the lucky few who achieve success time and time again. What they’ve learned, based on their prior experiences, is that the methods they’ve employed have yielded results. It might have been a reaction to a relationship outcome or a social endeavor, or simply a plan or strategy and their ability to function well under duress and challenges. The way they internalized their experiences and the emotion or importance they attached to them made the difference between personal success and personal disappointment. They’d be foolish to stray from a system that works so they repeat it for more successes. More specifically, what stands between you and your future successes is what you believe to be true about yourself and the world in which you live. We all “become” the laws and notions we believe. We become victims of our own internal dialog and the choices we make determine what we sow as much as what we reap. Once you have recognized that you have the capacity to attach importance to any experience or detach from it, you’ll see positive and negative energy everywhere and each individual experience can be both, depending on your view. You’ll know how to use your objectivity to protect yourself against negative energy and you’ll know how to draw beneficial energy to you. What’s even more astounding, you’ll actually be able to create positive energy in the same way you can create negative energy or emotion, and you’ll be able to turn seemingly negative events into positive imprints on your brain. It’s in these moments that you will shape your destiny. You were not born to mistrust and hate others or devalue yourself. Up to now, the only context you know is the one you’ve experienced and it’s holding you back from the abundance you desire and deserve.
Think of it this way: At one time the world was flat. Or at least that was the prevailing belief. The context from which everyone lived was that if they went to the edge of the world, they would fall off into an abyss. We now know that Earth is not flat. In fact, quantum theory tells us that there are many ways to look at the physical universe. Once you understand how assumption and perspective can change thinking, you’ll begin to see that what you think – the thoughts you have – are all created by you, not the outside world. Start becoming familiar with the concepts of awareness, listening to your inner voice, intuition, focus, receptivity, and pursuit as they relate to your everyday life. Decide how you want your day to go. Do you want to be happy? Tell yourself this as you look in the morning mirror. Prime you mind to be happy regardless of what the day brings. Use your imagination and direct your awareness so the thoughts you have are bent to your will, not necessarily influenced by what you see and hear. You can assign any meaning to your thoughts and in this way your world becomes a conscious manifestation of your own making rather than a world created by a lack of input on your part. The subconscious mind does not know the difference between what’s real and what’s virtual. It doesn’t know whether you have actually experienced something or whether you just thought about it vividly and in detail. So every time you replay an event in your mind, it’s reinforced as a deeper reality. The Law of Substitution states that if you believe something strongly enough (attach passion or emotion to it) and replay it in your mind as a recurring thought, your subconscious will believe it actually happened. The subconscious can replace any imprint that is becoming weaker because of lack of attention with another imprint that is receiving all the energy. In a ground-breaking study, researchers at the International Space Station (NASA) used computerized virtual reality scenarios designed to gather information about how perception affects us. “Using advanced virtual reality devices, subjects were “transformed” into an animation of Sigmund Freud’s body and were asked to give themselves psychological advice. “When they listened to Freud’s recorded response—which, of course, was their own response with a slightly modified voice, they had a more positive response to their own advice than when they were “themselves”.
The study, published in Nature Scientific Reports, found that the feeling of embodying someone we see as authoritative affects the way we feel and think about ourselves.
Researchers specifically chose Freud for their study because of his fame and image recognition. “Freud was not only found to be very authoritative and well-known, but his image proved also to be highly recognizable and prototypical. The idea that simply “feeling like Freud” can affect our self-perception is powerful.” The study demonstrates that the vibrational energy we need to retrain our subconscious mind must be based in belief. The subjects “believed” Freud would have the answers they needed because he was an authority. What you believe becomes your reality because you make that belief real in your mind.