3 Ways to Positively Influence Your Subconscious Mind
By: Gaia Staff | July 8, 2017
Our subconscious has been programmed and influenced since birth, but most of it might be overwhelmingly negative
The way our brains function is incredibly complex, with many aspects still not fully understood. The number of operations per second that the brain is responsible for, when translated into computing terms, reaches into thousands of trillions. While that number is impossible to conceptualize, to put it into perspective, one of the world’s fastest supercomputers was made to mimic one second of one percent of human brain operation by using 83,000 processors – it took the computer 40 minutes to complete the task.
Like a computer, our brains can be programmed in different ways. Our brains are conditioned from a young age, through many avenues of society. Some of this conditioning is overt and accepted willingly, but there is also a subliminal aspect of learning that occurs surreptitiously. Unfortunately, a lot of that programming can be subversive and self-defeating. Advertising is thought to be one of the bigger culprits of this, often making us feel that we’re not good enough in society’s superficial scope. But is it possible to recondition and reprogram your subconscious mind to become absorbed in positivity? What kind of effects could this have on our life if we could defeat that negative internal dialogue that we might not even realize exists?
Eldon Taylor has developed a method, called InnerTalk, that is designed to positively affect subliminal information processing. While it is possible to consciously input positive dialogue in our day-to-day lives, Taylor says he believes we are so heavily inundated with subliminal negativity that it doesn’t make enough of a difference. These negative thoughts often come from past failures or bad experiences that build up, to protect us from future defeat or rejection. Unfortunately, this can hold us back and prevent us from reaching our full potential.
One of the focuses of Taylor’s InnerTalk is that it conditions both sides of the brain based on its appropriate functions. The left hemisphere of the brain focuses on literal meaning, while the right side focuses more on overall conceptual or associative meaning. Taylor’s InnerTalk targets both the left hemisphere by using meaningfully spoken, forward-masked, permissive affirmations. The right side is targeted with directive voices recorded in metacontrast. Basically, the recordings are played so that they are just below the threshold of awareness. This means that they are not always heard or understood by the listener, but the subconscious mind picks them up. This method differs from hypnosis in that it bypasses certain mechanisms that hypnosis presents. Under hypnosis there can be defense mechanisms that are still present.
Taylor’s subliminal method bypasses conscious awareness by working on our peripheral perception. Similar to sight, peripheral perception is the level at which something is pushed to a fringe where there is a 50 percent chance of hearing or not hearing the message being delivered. At this threshold the message does not need to be fully understood because it is still processed by the conscious mind.
Similar in nature to the science of how we locate the direction of a sound, binaural beats are low-frequency sounds played dichotically, or differing in each ear. These beats are played below 1000 Hz and are the result of two different impulses in each ear. The frequency level for human hearing is in the range of 20-20,000Hz, so often the frequencies of binaural beats are not necessarily heard. The difference between these impulses creates a third frequency in a part of the brain called the superior olivary nucleus, where it is thought to have subliminal effects and can lead to altered states of consciousness. The process is referred to as brainwave entrainment.
Although there is some contention as to whether binaural beats have a positive effect on brain waves, some studies have found that they mirror the effects that meditation has on the brain, promoting states of relaxation. This is thought to be caused by an increase in Alpha and Theta brainwaves which correspond with relaxation and meditation. This is where the brain can be trained and reprogrammed with lasting positive thoughts.
The Alpha frequency of our brain exists between 7-14 Hz. This is found in states of deep relaxation and light meditation where you can start to influence the subconscious. In this state, memory and learning can be influenced. Theta wave frequency, between 4-7.5 Hz, is the most intriguing in that it occurs during light sleep and deep meditation and is where the subconscious mind is accessed. During Theta frequency, it is thought that a multitude of characteristics can be tapped into and affected, ranging from creativity and problem solving, to intuition and even physical healing.
Using binaural sound and subliminal messaging seems like an easy way to influence one’s subconscious mind, but the desired effects typically mirror or are compared to the effects of meditation. While one could likely pair these methods with meditation to increase the likelihood of achieving positive results, meditation in itself is probably the most reliable approach. It has been proven, using electroencephalogram or EEG monitoring, that Alpha and Theta wave activity is most pronounced during meditation. This is where the subliminal stimuli of subconscious messaging and beats aim to influence. But meditation of course requires discipline, patience and practice.