Whether you realize it or not, you have probably been using auto suggestion techniques your whole life. If you have ever told yourself to wake up at a certain time, “relax,”,“sleep,” “concentrate,” “smile,” “breathe,” or whatever — you have used auto suggestion.
We do it naturally.
The problem is that most people use autosuggestion UNCONSCIOUSLY– and often in a way that holds them back from accomplishing what they want. For example, people talk about being “tired” of this or that. Then, they wonder why they feel low and lethargic. Or they bitch that their boss is a pain in the rear, and then they begin to have problems with their lower back.
Let’s emphasize this – Self-talk is a very powerful tool that can enhance your life or lead you into a spiral of negativity.
5 AUTO SUGGESTION TECHNIQUES FOR MIND PROGRAMMING
1. THE 30 DAY MENTAL DIET
Start paying attention to your self-talk. Whenever you catch yourself in
negative self–talk, especially internal dialogue that expresses fear, doubt
or self-loathing, DELETE or ERASE it. Then replace it with more encouraging positive words.
For example, you do something wrong and you catch yourself saying “I am so stupid”, I am worthless, I can’t do that, Immediately say “DELETE!” and then say something positive and encouraging that is appropriate to the situation, such as “I am getting better and better.” You can also give yourself a direct suggestion that will assist you such as “slow down,” focus,” or “relax.”
We would teach students to use the phrase “Cancel Cancel,” to cancel out negative thoughts and words. It doesn’t matter which words you use to cancel out negative programming as long as you do it!
2. USE AFFIRMATION
“Affirmation” means positive, present tense language stated in the first person. Apply the same rules to auto suggestion techniques as you would for affirmations.
3. USE REPETITION
If you go on the mental diet as recommended above, you will probably be surprised at the number of times you say negative and derogatory things to yourself.
Counter the negative programming with lots of repetition. It can be done silently, in the privacy of your mind, or out loud if you prefer, and the situation is appropriate. Use boring repetitive tasks as an opportunity for programming yourself with auto suggestion. A lot of people like to use affirmations as part of your DAILY ROUTINE, in the shower, while driving, at the bus stop, on a bus, plane or train.
4. USE VISUALIZATION
Visualization is the language of the subconscious mind. When you visualize yourself doing something the RIGHT way, while using auto suggestion, especially in an Alpha state, it makes a strong impression on the subconscious mind. The combination makes for a very powerful mind programming strategy.
5. USE THE ALPHA LEVEL
If you know self hypnosis or meditation techniques that put you in a deep comfortable state, use them.If not simply close your eyes and follow your breath going in and out for a few minutes while counting backward from 20 to one. Then use the auto suggestion techniques mentioned above.