A lot of times, we become prisoners of our own thoughts. Some thoughts, beliefs, and ideas draw such a vicious cycle in our minds that the harder we try not to think about them, like suppressing a spring; the stronger they bounce back. I too was caught up in one such thought cycle recently where I struggled NOT to think of a particular thing, but the more I focused on NOT thinking the thought, it only grew stronger in my subconscious.
Now, that’s the thing about our subconscious – once a thought or pattern forms roots into it, it is almost impossible to uproot it with ease. Also, to program the subconscious mind, you need to be able to access your subconscious thoughts. Sounds like a never-ending cycle, right?
One trick/technique I have discovered and practiced recently to gain access to the subconscious thoughts is meditation. While in meditation, our brain waves reach the Theta state, where our mind is calm and still. In the silence and serenity of the moment, we can reprogram and reaffirm the new thoughts and beliefs we wish to. When I sit on my meditation pillow, I do NOT try to control my thoughts or emotions. I let myself the freedom to wander around what comes naturally to my instincts. When I encounter the thoughts I wish to reprogram, I gently nudge the divine light in my heart to accept the thought at the moment and think of an alternate, happier thought.
For instance, I am thinking of a fear-based belief or a thought focused on lack, I first accept the thought at its face value and then give my mind the freedom to explore options to accept the thought from a place of love and abundance. It is a highly intuitive and iterative process. At times, I get my answers in the second meditation session and at other times; it is a lengthy process to find an alternative thought I can accept from a place of love and abundance.
One very interesting phenomenon of planting new positive and loving thoughts is the process of visualization and feeling emotions. Once my mind is able to come up with an alternate positive thought, I allow my creative senses to take over and form images/ a visual picture with real colors, feelings, and emotions to it. This process of creative visualization plants the seeds of the new thought deep into my subconscious and the emotions I let myself feel through my meditation reflecting on my new thought waters the seed to form deep roots into my subconscious.
Try to take it as a fun exercise rather than a chore and you will enjoy the miracles that it brings to your life.