A Powerful Self Help Technique
One memory I hold dear to my heart as I was growing up, is my father’s persistence
in my engaging in the practice of autosuggestion as a self-help technique.
At first, I thought this was a silly little thing and didn’t give it too much thought. However, every time he saw me getting stressed about upcoming school tests, he’d remind me of the power of autosuggestion, recommend an approach and encourage me to give it a try.
So one day I did, and –of course- nothing happened. But I decided to keep on trying
as he’d warned me that it would take time and practice for it to work. After all, I had nothing to lose, and if he was right, it would help me get rid of this annoying thing that I experienced every time I had a test at school.
You see, every time I was about to start writing answers to the questions posed on my test, my palms would start sweating profusely to the point that the pencil would become slippery and I could not write fast enough, let along legibly!
This was not only tremendously annoying, but it slowed me down and stressed me more. So I kept on practicing autosuggestion as instructed by my father, until the day I was able to notice the change that made me a believer.
As I felt less anxious and more confident, my palms stopped sweating. Not only that but the more I practiced, the better the results I got. Needless to say, I consider autosuggestion an invaluable technique that I practice to this day for a variety of things, from getting up early in the morning without an alarm clock (give it a try, it is fun and it'll make you a believer!), to more elaborated goals.
But what exactly is auto-suggestion and how it can help you?
Long before affirmations and the Law of Attraction became common talk, autosuggestion was used for many purposes, either consciously or unconsciously.
As you probably know, the subconscious mind receives all kinds of information from the conscious mind. These bits of information come through our five senses and are related to how we see and perceive the world around us. When these experiences are repeated continuously, they sink into the subconscious mind and become an intrinsic part of who we are, what we believe and how we behave.
Unfortunately, some of these experiences may not be working on our behalf; but fortunately, there is something that can be done about that. With this I mean that we can condition our subconscious mind to hold certain beliefs that enhance our living experience; thus, through repetition, they become the reality we experience on a regular basis.
The autosuggestion technique helps you precisely with this. It is a technique that when learned and applied correctly, has the power to influence the subconscious mind according to our instructions. In other words, autosuggestion helps the subconscious mind believe a specific affirmation with an intended goal.
An interesting fact is that autosuggestion goes one
step beyond positive affirmations.
This is because affirmations are broader in structure while the autosuggestion technique bypasses your thinking mind and awareness of your material body
and goes to affirm your unique human spirit identified
with the words: I AM. This fact alone makes it a more powerful statement directed precisely to the subconscious mind.
Here is an example for you to compare. The first statement is a positive affirmation; the second an autosuggestion:"I enjoy happiness and wealth"
"I AM happy and wealthy"
I invite you to read both statements out loud.
Did you feel the difference while stating out loud "I AM"?
These three steps will help you practice autosuggestion effectively in your life: