Spongebob is the perfect segue into the topic “I Write the Program!” He demonstrates for us each and every episode the power of the imagination. And, he is the poster child for ignoring reality and rewriting it in a way that makes him feel good. As a result, he exudes unlimited optimistic cheer!
Spongebob writes the program for his life which causes him to perceive the outcome of numerous endeavors and the personalities of those around him as happier and sunnier than they often actually are; for instance he believes that Squidward enjoys his company in spite of the fact that he clearly finds him annoying.
One very effective way we can write the program for our lives is autosuggestion. Autosuggestion is a term which applies to all suggestions and all self-administered stimuli which reach one’s mind through the five senses. Stated in another way, auto-suggestion is self-suggestion. Through the aid of the imagination, man communicates with his subconscious mind.
This is a psychological technique that was developed by apothecary Émile Coué at the beginning of the 20th century. Coué in the book Autosuggestion My Method says that when it comes to the will vs. imagination. By far the imagination trumphs the will. He gives the following example in his book: Imagine you are sucking a juicy, sour lemon, and your mouth will inevitably and instantaneously begin to water. What has happened? Simply this: under the influence of the idea the glands have gone to work and secreted an abundant quantity of saliva-almost as much, in fact, as if you had actually taken a bite of a real lemon.”
He also gives and example of when a wooden plank is placed on the ground that most anyone could walk across it. But take that same plank and place them across two buildings and most if not all would suddenly lose their confidence of walking across the plank. Why? Because they imagine the possibility of falling.
Another example given, was a cook prepared meals for his guests. And, in the middle of their meals he announces that he mistakenly added a toxic ingredient to the meal. Immediately several of the guests started showing symptoms of poisoning. Several minutes later the cook re-emerges and says he was mistaken. And, the symptoms subsided as quickly as they had appeared.
After reading this, I was reminded of the phrase from Franklin Covey’s 7 Habits training for Habit 2. The anchor statement during training for Habit 2 – Begin with the end in mind was “I write the program!” I agree with Covey living by default is an ineffective while living by design is very effective. Covey along with many scholars echo the deeply held belief that mental creation precedes physical creation and that highly effective people clearly see the outcome they want in every area of life before they act.
The deliberate use of the subconscious mind via autosuggestion is an exciting possibility for us, and the benefits are virtually unlimited. Here are six easy steps that Zig Ziglar recommends in his book See You At The Top for us to deliberately use our subconscious minds on a daily basis:
- Everything you’ve ever encountered with your five senses or thought about has been recorded in your subconscious mind. This mysterious part of our brain can take isolated information collected over numerous years and weave them together in a brilliant manner. You can have solutions to problems and answers to questions that will astound you, especially the first few times it happens.
- The subconscious mind responds to a gentleman’s approach not a brute. You can’t demand an answer by a specific time. It simply doesn’t work that way. It responds to stimuli, not pressure. However you can stimulate the subconscious mind by listening to recorded educational and motivational material. The more new material you add, the more the information already stored is used.
- We should remember we can fool or mislead the subconscious mind. If we put the wrong thoughts or information in, the subconscious mind will respond. If we put negative stuff in, we get negative feedback. Basically the general rule…junk in …junk out applies here.
- The old advice “Don’t take your problems to bed with you” is erroneous because that’s the place to solve many of your problems. Not to be confused with taking your worrying to bed with you. Basically, for those who believe in God this step could easily be summed up as “Lord, I cast the burden of this problem upon you. Now that it’s in Your hands, I’ll patiently wait for Your solution.” This type of tranquility yields unimaginable creativity.
- Expect positive answers and benefits to any requests put forward. Once you have planted good, powerful thoughts into your subconscious mind, tell it that you are going to trust that it will provide the answers in due time and you will wait with complete confidence and patience.
- Keep a pen and pad or recorder at your bedside. Often times the subconscious mind works swiftly and you may find yourself waking up in the middle of the night brimming with ideas and/or solutions. By having the pen and pad or recorder handy, you won’t risk the chance of losing this invaluable information instantly available to you.
Silva also has a three scene technique that achieves the same result, if you’re interested in something more guided. Coué, Neville Goddard, Napoleon Hill, Joseph Murphy and several other thought leaders believe you can also use autosuggestion to program the subconscious mind toward helping you to achieve a desired end. For instance, Coué recommends stating over and over again until you drift off to sleep…“Every day, in every way, I’m getting better and better” to program the subconscious mind to influence the body to restore itself to healing.
Autosuggestion is really fascinating and is much more vast than I can condensed into this one blog. I invite you to learn more about it and incorporate the practice of autosuggestion into your daily practice of manifesting. I would love to hear your feedback. If you already use, autosuggestion on a regular basis, I would love to hear your experiences.