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Hacking Your Lizard Brain


Hacking the lizard brain, or the subconscious mind, requires understanding how to influence it. By doing so, we can achieve our goals with less effort. Learning to communicate effectively with the subconscious is crucial because our lack of understanding creates internal conflict that hinders our development. The saying “we are our own worst enemy” stems from the battle between the conscious and subconscious mind.

Think of your subconscious as soil and your thoughts as seeds. If most of your thoughts revolve around scarcity, worry, and hatred, you will harvest more of the same. This is because your attention and energy are focused on those thoughts.

Why do you experience excessive worry, anxiety, and scarcity? It’s because at some point in your life, you witnessed someone going through these experiences and felt afraid. Fear left an impression on your subconscious. The problem is that we often accept these experiences as truth without questioning why we feel that way or allowing room for interpretation.

As mentioned in my previous post on “7 Steps to Cleansing the Mind,” the subconscious mind controls everything. So, how do we communicate with it and undo past conditioning? Start by questioning your feelings when they arise in a situation. Ask yourself what is causing these emotions. Then, bring your attention to your five senses—touch something, identify a smell, look at an object, and listen to the sounds around you. Once you are relaxed, you can begin suggesting different thoughts.

One effective method to access the subconscious is through hypnosis. Hypnosis induces a trance-like state that heightens focus and awareness, making you more receptive to suggestions. If you’ve ever wondered what it feels like to be hypnotized, imagine being completely immersed in a captivating television show, losing focus of your surroundings.

I recommend using hypnosis shortly after waking up and just before bed when our bodies and minds are less resistant due to fatigue. Begin with positive affirmations, then focus on specific areas you want to improve, such as weight loss, concentration, self-confidence, memory retention, or anxiety.

We are creatures of habit. Changing our habits changes our lives. Instead of eliminating things, which often leads to sadness and resistance, start by adding a new habit to your routine. This approach is a successful way to build discipline.

Keeping an open mind allows for the development of new ideas, enabling us to adapt to different circumstances in life.

“The mind is like a parachute; it works best when it’s open.” – Frank Zappa

Our internal communication determines our state of mind. We first interact with ourselves and then with others. How we treat ourselves is crucial for developing a healthy thought pattern. The path to self-understanding requires diligence but is also the most rewarding.

The mind is like a parachute it works best when it’s open.

Frank Zappa

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