By Brandon Cook
“Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality.”
– Earl Nightingale
“The world is a great mirror. It reflects back to you what you are.”
The whole point of the First Pillar of Rapid Body Transformation is to develop the proper mindset (from the beginning) that will lead to success quickly and naturally. That way you can learn from other people’s mistakes and realize your goals that much faster.
Now, like many people (even myself in the past,) you may be tempted to skip over all of this mindset nonsense and get straight to the heavy lifting. “It’s all bull$#!! I tell you, hogwash, blah, blah, blah!”
Well I’ve got to tell you that it’s sad that many “average”, everyday people disregard or discredit the true power of the mind and the creative role it plays in the development of one’s life and reality.
I find it disappointing that so many people are closed-minded to the new discoveries that science is yielding in regards to the mind and brain. With the help of new advancements in technology and equipment, neuroscientists have been able to study and research the human brain like never before.
In fact, most of what scientists know about the brain and its potential is the result of new research studies conducted over the past fifteen years. We’ve only just begun to unlock the potential of the human mind.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, like many other successful people, realized the true power and potential of the mind years ago and no one can argue with what he’s achieved in his lifetime. Arnold said:
“The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100 percent.”
So if you want to continue to be “average”, then by all means pay no attention to this mind-stuff. This information is not for the average person. Not that there is anything wrong with being average, if that’s your thing… or should I say mindset.
Yet, for those of us who want to live “above the mean”, who want to experience the best that life has to offer… well then… understanding the subconscious mind and how it works is of the utmost importance… especially if you desire to transform your physique.
Why be average and live a mediocre life when you can simply shift your mindset and achieve something great? I mean why settle for something that you DON’T really want, when you could have exactly what you DO want?
Here’s a better question; Do you even know what you really want? Have you ever created an image in your mind of the ideal you… with your ideal body… living your ideal life experience?
Did you know that if you were only to hold on to that image or visualization in your mind, then you could dramatically increase the likelihood of it becoming your reality? It’s true!
If you simply ran through that scenario in your mind twice each day you would be programming your subconscious mind to achieve that vision in reality.
Honestly, I don’t see why some people find this so hard to believe. Do you think Arnold sat around complaining that life isn’t fair. “Aaaahhhh, lifting da veights is just too haaarrrddd! I giv up!”
Or is it more likely that he imagined himself becoming the top bodybuilder and winning the Mr. Olympia contest long before he stepped onto that stage and won it for the first time in 1970?
He was programming his subconscious mind to win because he knew all along that “the mind is the limit.” He knew that if he believed in himself strongly enough then nothing could stop him from achieving his goals. You can do this too! If… you understand how to harness the power of your subconscious mind.
So, by now I’m sure you’ve guessed it… In this three part series of articles we are going to explore the subconscious mind. What is it? How does it work? And most importantly how can we tap into it and harness its power to effectively transform our bodies and our lives?
Dawn of the Subconscious Mind
When we’re born into this world our mind is empty. It has no experiences, no knowledge, no beliefs, no values, and no understanding of the physical reality in which it has manifested.
It is a clear slate and like a dry sponge it immediately begins to absorb all of the liquid in which it is submerged. As babies we can’t even think… we don’t yet have a conscious mind. That develops later. All we can do is experience the world around us.
Think of the subconscious mind (or unconscious mind as it is also referred) as a video recorder or computer that records everything that your senses perceive. The sights, sounds, touch, smells, and tastes of the world. Everything is recorded, even the stuff your conscious mind doesn’t pick up on.
All of this is recorded within the database of the subconscious mind and used as a reference or interface for living and surviving in the world. In other words, the subconscious mind is the storehouse for everything that you’ve experienced in life and what’s stored in there influences your personality, beliefs, and behavior.
Think of your brain as the hardware that allows your subconscious mind to operate. Your subconscious mind acts as the software or program that your brain is using as an operating system.
As you continue to develop and gain more worldly experience, your subconscious mind is forming a program that ultimately becomes you. This program becomes your unique personality, beliefs, and perception of reality. Which is also known as your ego.
By the way, be careful… there’s lots of people running around out there with a faulty operating system. Just try to be nice to them and give them a break here and there.
It’s important to note that this is a self-evolving program. It changes over time… as you learn, grow, and gather more life experiences.
From this gathering of information and experience your brain is able to put together more complex patterns, develop more neural connections and form a deeper understanding of life and reality.
On the other hand if you fail to keep providing your mind with new stimuli and learning experiences your mind will stay at the same level of operation or even begin to decline.
In other words once you stop growing… you’re dying!
Biology of the Subconscious Mind
From a biological perspective, you also have to understand that trillions of things are happing within your body’s cells and organs each and every day… from your breathing, to your heart beat, to your cell replication, to hormone secretion, to the hypertrophy of new muscle cells, to the digestion of food, and on and on and on.
Biologists have understood for some time that trillions of chemical reactions are happening within your cells every day… just so you can be alive on this planet and do whatever it is you love to do.
Now you aren’t consciously controlling these things… they happen automatically and unconsciously. Some thing or some consciousness is making them happen and it isn’t you… thank God, or you’d probably be dead by now!
Could it be that the subconscious mind is controlling these processes? The answer is YES!
Now you smart guys and gals out there may argue that these things are controlled by the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) and you’d be correct. However, the subconscious mind is believed to be the part of the brain that directly influences the ANS.
According to neuroscientists (aka brain scientists):
- •The Subconscious Mind is the most powerful part of your brain and controls over 80% of your brains functions. So in other words, our conscious mind is only using 1/6th of our brains power.
- •Your Subconscious Mind is responsible for controlling all of the autonomic processes that take place within your body such as breathing, the beating of your heart, hormone secretion, and all other cellular activity.
- •Your subconscious mind is also responsible for your automatic behaviors, impulses, and thought processes. It is these conditioned behaviors that impact your natural reaction to people, situations, your environment and how you interact within it.
If that doesn’t have you intrigued to learn more about it… nothing will. Except if you just happen to realize that maybe this could be the key to your success or failure in anything you choose to do in life! Your mind is either working for you or against you! Ultimately you decide which it will be. Choose wisely.
Using the Conscious to Program the Unconscious
At this point you may be thinking: “Yeah, that’s great and all, but how do you get your mind working for you? So, what if I do have some negative or limiting beliefs, can I get rid of them? Is there a way to directly influence our subconscious minds so that we can develop the proper mindset that leads to success?”
To that I would say, man you sure ask a lot of questions! On the other hand though… asking questions is a very intelligent thing to do. The subconscious mind loves questions because one of its characteristics is of being an innate problem solver. When you ask a question with your conscious mind, the subconscious will reach deep within its reservoir of memories and experiences and even beyond to find the answer. Then typically when you least expect it the answer will pop into your consciousness.
Many scientists and successful inventors have reported this phenomenon when pondering on the answer to some important problem or question that would lead to a major breakthrough. The answers to these questions spontaneously came to them in a flash of sudden insight or sometimes even in a dream.
You may even have experienced it before yourself. Have you ever forgotten the name of a movie, or song and had trouble remembering the answer. Usually later after you’ve given up, the name will just come to you.
So, yes there are ways to access and influence the subconscious mind. Asking questions is one of those ways and yet there are several others which we will discuss as this series unfolds. The key to getting your mind on your side and working for you instead of against you lies in your beliefs.
My research has led me to believe that this is possible, but what I believe is of little importance to effectively alter your subconscious mind. What truly matters IS what you believe and IF you believe it is possible. Now I’m not asking you to believe on mere faith. If you want to, well that’s fine, but I would never ask such a thing.
I‘ve found that it is wise to keep an open mind about your beliefs. Yet I would strongly advise that before you believe anything anyone ever tells you that you always check it against your own internal understanding. If you feel your understanding may be incomplete then put in the time to do the necessary research to help you make more intelligent decisions.
You see, in order to change your reality (ie. transform your body and life), it is important to have an accurate and precise understanding of how your consciousness works. It is your beliefs and worldview that form your perception of reality and it is your subconscious mind that directly influences your perception. What you perceive directly influences your thoughts and feelings, which impacts the actions you take. Are you grasping this?
The ultimate question is whether your perception of reality is empowering or disempowering. In other words, is your worldview allowing you to create the life you want to live or is it keeping you from doing so? I would say that if you are completely content and happy with your life at the deepest core of your being… then you’re probably on the right track. If not your perception may be holding you back in some way.
The amazing thing to become conscious of here is this:
There is not just one reality in the world.
There is only our perception of reality.
So, there are over six billion human perceptions of reality amongst us humans alone. It gets too confusing to include the animals so we’ll just leave their perception out of it.
Your subconscious mind is the operating system for your perception of reality. Your life experiences are responsible for its development. Once you become conscious of this fact, then you are responsible for making sure you get the necessary life experiences. In a way, you become the programmer of your own reality. Just make sure it’s an empowering one. This is how you use the conscious to program the unconscious.
Birth is the dawn of the subconscious mind.
Through your eyes a world is seen anew.
Through your ears, a soft voice is heard for the first time.
Out of your thoughts, beliefs, and experiences…
a unique perception of reality is formed.
Creating the brief moment in time…
that you’ve come to know as your life.
….to be continued!
About the Author:
Brandon Cook is creator of The Awakened Warrior Blog, and co-creator of HardgainerMuscleBuilding.com, a website specifically designed to teach the ectomorph the laws and scientific principles for building a classic, muscular and functional physique.
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