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How to use the power of the subconscious mind?

If you're looking for a synopsis on the book "Power of your subconscious mind", this is not really what this article is about. However, you are looking for a way to understand how the subconscious mind works, then I can surely help you.

If you are here, I am sure you know that our brain is an extremely complicated machine and the subconscious mind is more powerful than what we have been believing so far. What you didn't know is that you have more control over the mechanism than what you think.

According to the popular theory by Sigmund Freud, there are 3 layers to a human mind- the conscious mind or ego, the subconscious, and the unconscious mind. The conscious mind consists of less than 10% of your brain capacity, while the rest is the subconscious and the unconscious mind. The subconscious mind accounts for around 50-60% of your brain capabilities.

Before we get into how to use the power of the subconscious mind, we first need to understand how it all works.

The conscious mind is what controls your day to day activities but it's in no way in charge of the situation.

Imagine your mind to be a huge factory where the factory manager is giving instruction to the workers and representing the place to outsiders. However, it's the factory laborers (the subconscious and the unconscious) that are working on the machines. The manager might be in charge of the factory but it's the workers that get the work done.

It's the conscious mind that is responsible for communicating with other human beings (factory managers) verbally, body language and thoughts.

While the subconscious mind takes care of our current memories and keeps in touch with the unconscious mind.

The unconscious mind is the data repository where all our memories are stored including the traumatic ones that have been repressed and those that are forgotten because they no longer serve any purpose. The behavior or "nature" of a human being including the things we believe in or don't believe in, our habits- all those are a by-product of our subconscious and unconscious memories.

Influence of the subconscious mind

At one point or another in life, we all have felt emotions that we can't really explain. For example, being afraid of the dark even though you know that you are safe, trusting or not trusting someone even though the proofs say otherwise. This feeling is usually accompanied by " I don't know, I just have a gut feeling".

That gut feeling is nothing but your subconscious telling you how to act. This feeling is because time and time again, you've have told your mind about what to be afraid of, who to trust and more. This can even be influenced by movies. Horror movies tell you that bad things happen in the dark- thus reinforcing the action of being afraid of the dark.

On the other hand, the subconscious and unconscious minds are viewed as a murky power that meddles with your conscious mind. People started using it as an excuse or scapegoat for every time they screwed up, failed or made mistakes. It wasn't until recently that people started mildly understanding the power of the subconscious mind.

The word affirmation came into power and then people who didn't understand it started bludgeoning their minds with affirmations kept wondering why it isn't working.

What people don't understand is that the subconscious mind doesn't work that way. You can communicate your thoughts, feelings, beliefs and more but can't control the outcome of the process. All you can do it send the right messages and lead your subconscious towards the direction you want.

There are various psychological treatments like NLP, Cognitive Behavior Therapy and healing treatments like Reiki that treat the subconscious with respect. They allow you to heal your subconscious and understands that the subconscious mind has a unique type of intelligence that can't be beaten into submission or ignored.

Here are a few basics of understanding and working the subconscious and unconscious mind I practice on myself and using them I have been able to help people I work with as well.

It’s difficult but not impossible, so here we go

It takes care of your body:

One of the most important functions of the subconscious and unconscious mind to keep your physical body out of danger. The fight or flight reaction is triggered anytime, your subconscious feels a threat to your survival. So if you want to change how you react to a certain situation, tell your subconscious mind how that situation/ your behavior is putting your body in danger. For example, if you want to quit smoking (which is easier said than done), you will have to show your subconscious the threats of smoking tobacco.

Takes things literally

The subconscious mind doesn't understand cues, gestures or sarcasm. It takes things literally and needs clear and direct instructions. So if you say, 'giving presentations at work is a pain in the neck', your subconscious will ensure that your neck is hurting while giving presentations at work. So even if there's no real stress on your neck, your neck will hurt only while giving presentations. For me it's driving, I keep saying that I hate driving and it gives me a headache. Even though my conscious mind has rejected that idea multiple times, every time I am driving, I have a headache.

Memory Database

We discussed before that the unconscious mind stores our memories. In the case of a traumatic event, the conscious mind hides away the strong negative memories until it feels that your conscious mind is strong enough to process them.

Even though the subconscious is a literal medium, it doesn't process negative words, including not, can't, won't, etc. For example, if you say, "I don't want to sleep", the statement that your subconscious emphasis on is "I want to sleep".

You can change the statement into something positive to tell your subconscious like "I want to stay awake and feel refreshed".

The Techniques of Controlling your Subconscious Mind

Now comes the main part of how to use the power of your subconscious mind aka exploring the techniques of controlling your subconscious mind. There are different ways to go about but it is advisable to start with one or two strategies only. Give those two your complete dedication rather than spreading yourself thin.

Replace the negative environment with a positive one

You might not have paid attention to the fact that the environment around you has a significant impact on your subconscious. This is because the subconscious mind constantly absorbs the information around you and constructs its belief system based on that. If the environment around is negative and conflicted, your subconscious mind keeps absorbing that dark negativity.

So, for you channel your subconscious, the first thing you need to do is cut the cord to negativity, that includes negative and toxic people around you. At the same time, seek positivism in the kind of content that you're exposed to like books, movies, music and make time to spend with positive like-minded people. This positivism will encourage you, it will be accepted by your subconscious mind and in time it will change the way you see yourself.

Visualize Positive Emotions

As the subconscious mind responds well to visual medium rather than sound, visualization is a great way to reinforce your mind. You can try spending as little time as 10 to 15 minutes a day by visualizing positive aspects of your life like satisfying relationships, a rewarding career, taking a vacation in places with a beautiful landscape and more.

This exercise will enable you to replace the negative images of self-doubt, jealousy, fear and other with strong and positive emotions. Imagine that you are having this experience and let the love, happiness, appreciation all flow through you. Your subconscious mind won't be able to differentiate if these feelings and images are real or not and will be filled with positivity.


Over the past few years, the affirmation technique of sending positivity to your subconscious has become common knowledge. Follow these rules if you wish the affirmations to work effectively.

  • Use positive statements in the present tense

The subconscious doesn't understand the past or the future, only the present. So your statements need to be like "I am smart, confident and thriving" instead of "I will be smart, confident and thriving". Additionally, we already discussed that subconscious takes things literally, so the statements like "I am not jealous" will be interpreted as "I am jealous".

  • Don't use contradictory statements

Saying "I am happy" while feeling angry will confuse your subconscious. Be genuine and truthful with what you are telling your subconscious and how you are feeling.

  • Try and try, until you succeed

Just saying your affirmative statements once or twice will not work. You've to keep saying them throughout the day. Make them part of your daily routine and keep telling it to yourself.

Use Brain waves or Sound waves

External stimuli like sound waves can also help you alter your subconscious. Different activities bring out specific brain waves which run at specific frequencies. Gamma waves are active when you are occupied in motor functions like walking, running, etc. Beta waves when you are consciously concentrating on something like reading. Alpha waves when you are relaxing, Theta when you are drowsy, and Delta waves are active while you are in deep sleep.

When two of these sound waves are played at different frequencies, it is known as 'Binaural Beats'. This phenomenon urges your mind to halt the current sound waves and follow a different pattern. So, if you want to go from a drowsy and relaxed state to an active state, you will need to listen to audio sound waves that trigger the Beta state.

You can use these sound waves to influence your subconscious to accept positive messages. As we are more likely to accept information deeply when we are relaxed you can listen to Alpha or Theta sound waves along with your affirmations or visualization exercise. This helps your subconscious mind to accept things that you want.

You’ll easily find different apps on PlayStore or Apple App Store that play Binaural Beats to help you channel your subconscious.


Hypnosis is not as scary as it sounds. As a matter of fact, it's not that different than using sound waves, except we don't use brainwave altering frequencies. During hypnosis, your physical body is put into a relaxed state, where your subconscious mind is more accepting of the positive messages and affirmations.

There you go!

That's my two cents on the power of the subconscious and unconscious mind and how to empower your life with it. Even after understanding all this, there's still so much we don't know about the functioning of the subconscious mind and I learn new abilities of the subconscious every day by reading, practicing and healing others.

I am on a mission to break stereotypes about organized religion and the fake information about the workings of the subconscious spread for capitalist gains. I constantly write about, speak about it and practice it in my daily life. I am to heal the subconscious of human beings and walk towards true peaceful living.

Join me in my mission to help heal the subconscious of mankind.

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