Power of Manifestation – Part 1

We are hardly aware that nearly every experience we have in life is a product of our own manifestation. Unless we look back at the recurring patterns in our lives, we cannot really see the truth or be aware of the immense power we have at our disposal. Click on the title to read more…

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Every thought of ours has a ripple effect!

Nearly everything that happens to us is our creation. On the outside we may believe circumstances or people around us are responsible for certain experiences we go through in life. Looking at a situation in isolation certainly portrays it so. However, if you just take a step back and look at the whole picture called ‘life’ the truth becomes apparent.

How is it that we continually become victims in certain situations? Some of us repeatedly find ourselves in financial crunches. Some of us inevitably become the scapegoat of office politics. Some of us are regular victims of bullying. Some of us end up in only bad relationships. Some of us always get caught in the traffic.

Isn’t it uncanny that nature, fate, or people around always know to pick on you? When you look at an isolated situation of your boss bypassing you for a promotion it certainly looks like he’s been playing politics. But when you look at the pattern of similar events in your life where you never received what you deserved in your career, isn’t that too much of a coincidence? What is the common factor in all of these events? You!

Our subconscious has the ability to manifest into reality what it believes to be true. A person who believes that tragedy follows every happy situation in life, his subconscious makes it true. How does it exactly achieve such feats may be explained by rationality alone. It is true that, through our body language, facial reactions, and our general interactions with the world around we communicate our beliefs and personality.

For instance, a person who suffers from low self-esteem and believes she will never get approval from her family will always put forward a body behaviour which invites disapproval. She manages to get herself into situations where she will be disapproved for her actions. She attracts relationships that will prove her beliefs right.

In the next post, let us examine how to use this power of manifestation to our advantage and learn to manifest what we want in life.

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How We Manifest Our Own Troubles

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Be Aware of Your Semi Conscious Thoughts

This is one of the most powerful practises to accelarate progress and self development: Learning to become aware of your, of what I call, semi conscious thoughts. Our mind is a constant chatter of thoughts – but amids those seemingly simultaneous stream of thoughts, there is a steady undercurrent thought stream that is minute but certainly discernable. I call them ‘semi conscious’ thoughts for they aren’t loud for you to be easily conscious of them nor are they so sub conscious that you need to be in an altered state of mind to perceive them. It is easy to be aware of them if you put just enough awareness on it. In fact, most of the time we indeed ‘hear’ these semi conscious thoughts, but we had trained ourselves to ignore or suppress these thoughts. Now it is time to untrain that suppression and acutely become aware of these thoughts.

So what is so important about these thougths that we should be aware of them?

Simply put it is our conscience and it speaks the truth. It is for this very reason we trained ourselves to suppress these thoughts and it is precisely for this very reason that I ask you to become aware of them.

One of the biggest problems that people, unknowingly, face is not knowing their root problems. We seem to think lack of sleep, stress, diabetes, fear, anger or other such surface issues are our problems. But in fact they are mere symptoms of root issues within.

Becoming aware of our semi conscious thoughts helps us get to the root cause easily. Many times even the semi-conscious thought stream is not aware of our root causes but they are definitely aware of causes just below the layer of external symptoms. By simply training yourself to observe these thoughts will enable you to easily identify the root cause within no time.

To give you an example, I used to have the habit of becoming very angry whenever my dog (he’s a lab) dragged me along by its leash during the walks. I got used to pulling him back rudely and sometimes even slapping him after we reached home. I had always assumed I got angry because the dog was not obeying my commands. As I trained myself to become aware of my semi conscious thoughts, I came to realize the actual reason for being angry. I was afraid passers-by would laugh at me for being ridiculously pulled by a dog – I did not want to be laughed at. This simple awareness helped me to work on my core issue – fear of being laughed at (instead of assuming lack of obedience from my dog).

Also these semi-conscious thoughts aid an early diagnosis of an issue. We get to stop a habit or belief from easily becoming a major issue in near future. An example of this is I found that my anger issue was increasing at one point by the simple process of anticipating situations for me to get angry and it only a matter of time before I would be provoked simply because I was ready to be. Becoming aware of these thoughts, I soon curbed anticipation. That took me a long way in my anger management.

The third benefit of training yourself to monitor semi-conscious thoughts is its ability to point out the truth at the right time. Imagine a situation where you are discussing an opinion with someone. Without your knowledge the discussion is soon turning into an argument. By being aware of your semi-conscious thoughts you would be readily able to steer the course of discussion away from it turning into an argument for there will be a time when your semi-conscious mind goes ‘Whoa there! Watch where your conversation is leading to!’

The fourth and most powerful attribute of the semi-conscious mind is its ability to manifest its beliefs into reality and to affect thought transference. What do I mean by this? After training myself to be aware of this undercurrent thought stream, I soon became aware of the most silent thoughts among this stream. They were so swift and silent that it took me a while to even find out they were there. These are the thoughts that form and cement beliefs, manifest our reality for us, and even seem to have the ability to reach out to others. It seems to come from that part of the mind that is beyond established conventional science. But that is for another article because it is a very advanced practice.

In the next article, I would touch upon few simple techniques to easily train your conscious mind to become aware of your semi conscious thoughts. I will also share tips and tricks to harness the power of these thoughts for your benefits and not let it become your worst enemy.

How we manifest our own troubles!

There are failures or obstacles in our lives that are situational and again there are failures in our lives that are our own doing. And we are responsible for more failures and issues in our lives than we realize. We create our own failures and issues in life without being consciously aware we are doing it. So how do we do it? We do it through the power of manifestation.

When our subconscious believes something it puts all its power to use to make that belief true. For example if your subconscious believes you are forgetful, it makes it true and we become forgetful. Similarly, if our subconscious believes your boss hates you and assigns you extra workload just out of spite, our subconscious will manifest it. It will make your boss hate you and give you more assignments.

But how can your mind influence your boss’s mind?

Let me show you by an example:

You are entering your office and you are passing by your boss’s cubicle. There is a glass partition and your boss is talking on the phone. As soon as you are moving past the cubicle, he happens to catch you out of the corner of his eye. He immediately summons you and assigns more work. How are YOU manifesting this?

Well, if your subconscious believes that your boss gives your work whenever he sees you then whenever you are passing by your boss’s cubicle you will be giving yourself autosuggestions that your boss will turn anytime and assign you more work (with or without you consciously knowing). Your body language automatically turns stealthy like a thief trying to escape. You try not to look at your boss but you watch his movements out of the corner of your eye.

Naturally, your boss’s mind will also notice a passing figure out of the corner of his eye. And when that figure appears to be moving with a thief’s body language, the subconscious becomes alert and your boss turns around. He calls you inside and immediately your body language becomes different. With all the autosuggestions you have given yourself, your shoulders will slump and your head tilts down slightly as if in surrender. Since the subconscious of your boss is telling you were slinking away like a guilty party, he will naturally feel inclined to give you more work thinking you were bunking some assignment.

When similar situations happen over time your boss will start manifesting the situation and it becomes a two-way feeding mechanism. When you are not slinking away, your boss’s subconscious is on lookout for you.

Another example could be our negotiations with Auto drivers, especially in cities like Hyderabad and Chennai. At times we become so frustrated with the cheating auto drivers that when we are hailing an auto, we are mentally prepared to get into an argument. So our subconscious mind tries to choose a guy who looks like a cheater. And after telling the driver our destination, we pause slightly waiting for him to give a price. This invitation is enough for the auto driver to start demanding more money and we have got our change to fight with him. Instead of simply going to our destination we spend our time getting upset and angry!

More serious issues are usually manifestations among family members. Wife subconsciously encouraging her husband to suspect her loyalty just because she believes his disapproval is a sign of his deep affection for her. Similarly, a mother waiting for her young daughter to sit very close to the television so she could admonish her. Manifestations between daughter-in-law and mother-in-law. And the list can go on…

In the next post I shall write about how these manifestations can be changed and how you can even create positive manifestations.

Case Study #3: Fear of Bike Riding

Having fallen from a bicycle instills a fear of riding bikes in a girl! She felt she could never handle any vehicle that’s heavier than her bicycle!

I had this girl who was afraid of riding a bike. She was quite comfortable with riding her bicycle but she wouldn’t touch even a moped. Her father complained that she was terrified of even trying it despite his assurances that he would be sitting behind and guide her. But she never showed any signs of fear or anxiety while riding pillion and would gladly do it.

I had a doubt she may have witnessed an accident or she may have developed a subconscious fear while riding pillion. But I was wrong. When I did an age regression I found that she was very comfortable riding pillion and had not witnessed any motorcycle accident. Since she had never ridden a bike or moped in her life there was no way she had bad experience riding. Similarly, since she was comfortable riding a bicycle I could not find any reason to regress to her cycle riding days. Finally I decided to use ‘emotional regression’ method. It is just like the ‘Stems Technique’. In this method, the therapist recreates the emotions similar to those the client experiences when confronted with their issue. So I used guided imagery to make her imagine herself back in her home standing before her dad’s moped. I found the anxiety and the fear creeping back into her expression. She became acutely uneasy when I asked her to sit on the moped. Seizing the chance, I directed her to go back to the first time she felt this dread of riding.

She regressed back to an event in her bicycle riding days when she had to brake suddenly at a junction and fell off her vehicle. Incidentally she had braked for a rash moped rider. This triggered in her a fear of that traffic junctions and a fear of riding. I moved her forward to next events and found she had similarly fallen off her cycle during heavy traffics. She was careful in her riding later but events instilled a new belief in her. She subconsciously believed if she had been on a moped or a bike instead of her cycle, she may not have escaped through those accidents with just minor scratches. Her mind decided she cannot handle heavier two wheelers.

I helped her neutralize this old lesson in her subconscious and also helped remove her fear of junctions. Finally I did a future progression to instill confidence to ride a bike. A few weeks later I heard from her dad. He told me that he had gifted his daughter a brand new scooter and that she had completely lost her fear of riding!

Are Past Lives true?

Whether a client is really experiencing a past life or not, when you deal with the events that the client is narrating the problem of the client in the current lifetime vanishes!

Let me explain how I view the concept of past lives. There are times in our practice of hypnotherapy when we regress (taking a client back into their past memories) a client, she starts reliving a memory that does not belong to her current lifetime. The client begins to talk of a time, place and events that seem to have occurred way back in the past. It may really be a past life of the client or the subconscious mind may be reeling out a metaphoric dream in place of an actual event.

But the trauma and the intensity of emotions and the body sensations that the client is experiencing at the moment are all too real. As a Hypnotherapist, my job is not to verify the existence of past lives at that moment but to treat the events as real and guide the client to deal with the issues.

And the truth is that once we deal with the event that the client is undergoing, the problem in her current life vanishes.

However, an interesting phenomenon is that sometimes the client recalls the events of another lifetime complete with the names, places and dates – which makes the recall verifiable. And personally, I have seen such lifetimes verified and proven true! These were details that a client had never come across in her lifetime and were instantly recalled under hypnosis.

Whether it is a past life or not, the client’s issue is instantly healed and her life changes for the better! Also many times, recall of such events often provide a client with so much insight and strength to deal with her current lifetime.

Hypnosis Myth #4: Everyone cannot be Hypnotized

A good hypnotist can successfully hypnotize any person who is of normal intelligence and is willing to be hypnotized. Fear is a major factor that prevents people from being hypnotized – so it is of utmost importance that you clear all your doubts and misconceptions about hypnosis with your hypnotist or therapist before you proceed with an actual session.

Consent of the person is a prerequisite for any successful hypnosis session.

Hypnosis Myth #3: People get stuck under hypnosis

If getting ‘stuck’ under hypnosis was a choice, any person who had ever been hypnotized would prefer it gladly – for that is the level of peace and relaxation experienced under hypnosis. But unfortunately ‘getting stuck’ in hypnosis is not an option that we have. Any person in hypnosis is in full control of her faculties and she can come out of hypnosis anytime by simply opening her eyes.

Hypnosis Myth #2: People can reveal secrets under Hypnosis

A client is fully under control during hypnosis and has the power to choose what he says during hypnosis. Any event the client may regress to during hypnosis will be told to the hypnotist only if the client wishes to. In fact the client can even lie under hypnosis – though as therapists we advise against it because lies simply make healing unnecessarily diffult. The subconscious mind is about 6000 times more powerful than the conscious mind and it can spin lies in fractions of seconds. The client is always under control during hypnosis and can choose hide any memories that he does not feel like sharing with the therapist.

Hypnosis Myth #1: A Hypnotist can control your mind!

Hypnosis is no black magic or a zombie like state! I said earlier that the critical mind (the guardian part of the mind) has to bypassed but the bypass happens temporarily – hardly longer than a couple of seconds. Then it once more bounces back to its role of a guardian albeit less active as compared to conscious state of mind. And as long as the critical mind is active, the Client has full control over her faculties and can come out of hypnosis if she wishes. The only reason the critical mind allows the suggestions of the hypnotherapist pass through to the subconscious is because the client has willingly and voluntarily given consent to be treated for that particular issue. This also means that if any unscrupulous Hypnotherapist deceitfully tries to pass suggestions that could harm the Client, the client would simply snap out of Hypnosis and walk out of the clinic. The Hypnotist can have no power over a client’s mind and cannot do anything against the client’s wishes.

How do you remove problems using Hypnotherapy?

As I said earlier, through hypnosis we access the client’s subconscious mind. The subconscious mind is the most powerful part of our entire mind. It contains within it all the memories of all events of the person’s life and also the memories of that person’s past lives. And each such memory carries a lesson that the critical mind (security guard of the mind) has taught the subconscious mind. And even though the goal of the human mind is survival, sometimes these lessons can be wrong and harmful to the person. The subconscious mind has no capacity to judge between right and wrong. It simply makes true whatever belief is put into it. It is the critical mind that acts as the judge of the mind. And even the most complex and powerful computer called the human mind could also make mistakes at times.

Let me give you an example of how a human mind can take a wrong lesson out of an event.

If a child is insulted before others for slapping a pet dog, the child’s mind may experience trauma and can associate it with the dog. Later, whenever the child is near the dog the child’s mind may expect something ‘bad’ to happen. What the mind expects it delivers. Subsequently, the child may experience ‘bad events’ whenever it is near a dog. If this repeats itself consistently, the child’s mind – in order to protect the child from such painful experiences – may create a fear of the dog. The logic of the child’s mind is simple – “If I avoid being near a dog, then there is no chance of experiencing bad.”

Over time this subconscious fear may, through sheer repetition, may extend into fear of all dogs and finally manifest as a phobia of dogs by the time this child grows into an adult. Now this adult person may not even consciously remember the very first event that started all of this. But under hypnosis, the person not only can vividly recall the memory but will also tend to relive the experience emotionally.

Once we have the root of the cause, it is easy to remove the issue. Mind you, the memory of any event can never be erased but the lessons taken by these events can be corrected easily through various hypnotic modalities.

And with the negative lessons gone, the subconscious is now given positive suggestions for desired results.

What is Hypnotism?

Technically, Hypnosis is the bypass of the critical mind and establishment of acceptable selective thinking.

In simple terms, hypnosis is the process of relaxing a part of the human mind called the critical mind, which is the security guard of the mind, and being able to access the other part of the human mind called the Subconscious mind.

But why should we access the subconscious mind? Well, the subconscious mind holds within it all the memories of all events of the person’s life and also the memories of that person’s past lives.

Now, every issue has a root – a starting point. And this starting point is stored as an event in the subconscious mind. Once we find the root of the cause, it is easy to resolve it. So to find that root, we need to access the memories stored in the subconscious and hence the use of hypnotism.

So the process of bypassing the critical mind and accessing subconscious mind is called Hypnotism.

What is Hypnotherapy?

Simply put, Hypnotherapy is a therapeutic process using hypnotism as the major tool. Hypnotherapy majorly deals with the problems of the mind – like fears, phobias, addictions, habits, negative thinking, etc. But it is also effective in treating or managing various other issues like education and sports performance, relationship issues, emotional management, physical issues like obesity, blood pressure, diabetes, etc.

See Applications of Hypnotherapy to know more.