Changing Subconscious Beliefs
Discovering your positive learning
Step 1: Select your limiting belief (in our example, it is that coffee tastes better with a cigarette).
Step 2: Ask your unconscious what was the root cause of that limiting belief and when the limiting decision started.
Step 3: Write down the time of the root cause event. What age were you or at what time in your past did you make the decision?
Step 4: Imagine you are floating over and above this event and the decision to accept the belief.
Step 5: Now ask yourself what is the positive learning that will allow the old belief to disappear. Continue asking until you have a positive learning. All the answers are within you. Trust your unconscious to give you a positive learning that will allow the old belief to disappear. It may take anywhere from instantly to several minutes to get a positive learning. You may atso choose to write down the positive learning.
Step 6: Take the positive learning and float higher up and further back into the part before that event or any of the events that led to it. From this position above and before the event, turn back and look towards the event and ask yourself, 'Where is the old belief now?' You may have noticed it has just disappeared.
Step 7: Float back to the present. Next, recall a specific time in the past when you may have had that old belief. Go back to that time and ask yourself: 'Where is that old belief now?' It should have disappeared.
Step 8: Imagine an unspecified time in the future which might previously have triggered the old limiting belief. Ask yourself: 'Where is the old belief now? What is there now?' You may discover with some delight that the old belief has been transformed into a new, empowering, positive belief.
Method 2: New belief affirmations
An affirmation is a declaration of sorts. This is more of a conscious exercise, and you may even use many of your learnings from the previous method with your timeline. The positive thought will still likely come from your unconscious, but the idea of an affirmation is that you repeat it over and over like a mantra.
With this exercise, you will first write down a series of limiting beliefs and then come up with your own empowering beliefs that contradict them. List the limiting beliefs on the left-hand side. Then physically cross out the limiting belief and write down the positive belief on the right-hand side of the page. Here are a few examples:
Limiting Belief Positive Belief
I am a smoker I am happy and smoke-free
I can't stop smoking I easily stop smoking
I can't handle the cravings I crush the cravings with enthusiasm
Now write down your own positive beliefs alongside these common limiting beliefs.
Method 3: Self-hypnosis for disconnecting past connections
Congratulations on making the choice to be smoke-free, to be a non-smoker. You know you have made the right choice.
The following self-hypnosis session is to be read in the evening after you have had your last cigarette and before going to sleep. You may like to play some calming instrumental music while reading through the following session. Take on board all the suggestions that are right for you, and allow the positive suggestions to embed themselves in the deepest part of your unconscious.
I will be asking you to make some pictures in your mind. As you know, some people make pictures easily, some feel things more intensely, and others may hear things inside their head and hear the voices of others, so whatever works for you is OK. Maybe you will get a feeling, maybe an idea or an image.
Sit down and find a comfortable upright position. Let go of any worries and tensions, let any problems drift away. If any music is playing, take a few moments to listen to it, breathing deeply in and out; double your relaxation with every out breath.
Imagine you are standing at the top of a flight of ten steps. As you go down each of the ten steps, you will become more deeply relaxed. Count down from ten to one, becoming more relaxed with each step. Count backwards from ten now. When you descend the last step, you find you are in a room. An old-fashioned switchboard is on the opposite wall with plugs and black cords everywhere and an old-fashioned seat in front of it. Make your way over to the switchboard and sit down on the seat. As you sit there looking at all the black cords and plugs, your desire for success sweeps over you. You realise you are willing to do whatever it takes to achieve your goal.
At the top of the switchboard, you see a sign that reads: A SMOKE-FREE LIFE. And you know this is what you desire deep within you – a smoke-free life.
Then you realise that you are in the control room of your unconscious mind, the part deep within you that heals your body, controls your thoughts and knows exactly what you want, deep inside.
The more you think about what you desire, the more you realise it is time to lead a smoke-free life. You want this more than anything, you are hungry for it. You have to be hungry to achieve your goal. You are ready to live a smoke-free life.
As you look at all the black cords and plugs, you notice that above each one is a little sign. Each of these signs begins with the word smoking. The first one you look at reads: Smoking the first cigarette of the day. Now you realize that, because you are a non-smoker, you need to disconnect that plug.
You reach up and take hold of the black rubber cord. You pull the plug out at one end, disconnecting it, and then you pull it out at the other end. You hold the unplugged cord in your hand for a moment, then throw it into the rubbish bin beside you. In your mind you hear yourself say: 'I will never have that first cigarette of the day again', and you feel a sense of relief. You also realise that if there is no first cigarette of the day, you are now smoke-free.
What happens next? Find out with our next post. At mean time, you can find easier way to quit smoking by checking out Changing Subconscious Beliefs.