Imagine for a moment one of your bigger manifestations, which you've been working on for a while. You've done all the techniques, released the resistance, and entered the feeling state, but still, the manifestation eludes you.
In fact, it might even seem that the more you work on this particular goal, the more elusive it becomes.
If you ask other LOA practitioners what the problem is, they might just tell you something like, “You still have resistance; keep working at it.” But, you know deep down that it just shouldn't have to take this long.
One of the most popular questions I receive is why someone hasn't received their manifestation yet. They've seemingly done all the right things, but still it hasn't happened.
Indeed, part of it may be resistance. But, there may also be a more insidious cause in the depths of your subconscious mind, which is keeping you from achieving your goals.
Your Subconscious Mind: The Goal Machine
We hear so much about the subconscious mind. However, you must realize that above all, your subconscious mind is a goal machine.
The subconscious mind takes the information you give it, and does its best to make sure that information remains true.
For instance, if you tell your subconscious mind, “I am poor,” it will do its utmost to make sure that piece of information is true, unless and until you replace that belief with another.
This is why I have emphasized the importance of holding a moment-by-moment awareness of your inner state. Only when you know what information you are feeding your subconscious mind, can you know the results you are going to get in life, and which beliefs are behind your unwanted manifestations.
Your subconscious mind is incredibly adept at making it easier to become its idea of who you should be. A smoker remains a smoker, for example, not only because of the addiction, but because of the subconscious mind's idea that they are a smoker. It becomes an identity, and so it continues to create that same reality.
I've written before that the subconscious mind comprises 88% of your total consciousness. That means, if your subconscious mind believes that you should be poor, it'll continue to create that, no matter what your conscious mind (the other 12%) says to the contrary.
Fortunately, it's really not all that difficult to change the beliefs held in your subconscious mind, as long as you follow through the process and don't get caught up in the resistance that it brings up to the surface.
These beliefs were meant to be changed. They are like the programs you have installed on your computer. Sure, some programs come with the OS by default, but then you get your pick of programs you'd like to install.
In this analogy, the default OS programs include the regulation of your body (breathing, digestion, heartbeat, etc), the ability to process sensory inputs, the ability to feel emotions, etc.
The rest of the programs, like your programs around money, relationships, health, and so forth, are all installed by you, or by your environment when you were a child. But, nonetheless, you have the right to uninstall those programs whenever you choose. Indeed, the subconscious mind makes it easy.
The Subconscious Mind Automates
All of the above you might know already. I've discussed the subconscious mind several times on this blog. However, it goes even deeper than this.
Not only is your subconscious mind a goal machine, it is an automator of behavior. It is the reason you're able to walk, without thinking about taking each individual step.
This might seem like just a form of the above, but you'll see soon how this plays a part in the law of attraction.
The difference is that a program is a more passive thing. It is a belief that just filters data and makes the world look a certain way to you, as well as acting as resistance when you attempt to manifest something that is in conflict with that belief.
An automated behavior, however, is when your subconscious mind actually makes it easier to perform some particular action or way of thinking. Each time you perform that behavior, the subconscious makes it that much easier to perform it again.
Allow me to illustrate. I mentioned before the belief “I am poor.” With this belief, the subconscious mind will show you ways that this is true, and will make it harder to manifest wealth, because such a manifestation would run up against this belief.
But now imagine that every time you pay a bill, you feel dread and anxiety. After so many times of reacting in the same way, your subconscious mind is going to actually make it easier for you to react in that way. Now, every time you pay a bill, you automatically feel dread and anxiety, even if there's no good reason to feel that way, such as if you have plenty of money to pay the bill. The subconscious mind doesn't care: it just performs the behavior you taught it to perform.
Do you see how this is subtly different from resistance? Yes, clearly there is resistance there, but there is also the act of training your subconscious mind to react in a certain way to particular stimuli. You've set up the association, paying bills = dread and anxiety, and your subconscious mind happily obliges.
How Automated Behaviors Affect the Law of Attraction
That's great, but what does this mean in practical terms?
Well, your emotional state is the seed of your future manifestations. So, if every time you pay a bill, you feel dread and anxiety, what do you think you will manifest?
Of course, you'll manifest more experiences in life that feel like dread and anxiety.
Now, if this is a rare occurrence, then it might not be a big deal. But if you come across this situation frequently, you are consistently putting those emotions out into the Universe, and attracting similar experiences to you.
Let me show you another way this can play out:
I asked you in the beginning of this post to imagine one of your biggest, most stubborn manifestations.
What's the immediate emotional reaction you have when you think of this goal? Go ahead, take a moment and check.
Is it on the positive end of the scale, or the negative?
If negative, how negative? Rate it from 0 to 10, where 0 is not negative at all, and 10 is the most negative you could imagine.
I'm guessing it's pretty negative, at least a 5 or above, and higher if you give yourself time to think about it.
Now, let's put this in perspective, in the terms we've learned today:
Obviously you have some subconscious programs that are blocking the way to this manifestation. You already knew that, though, and it really doesn't help.
But now imagine this: what do you think happens if, every time you think of your goal, you feel this negative state?
Perhaps you start to pair this negative state with your goal?
And if you pair it with your goal enough, what do you think your subconscious mind will do?
Of course, it'll automate it. Now, every time you think of your goal, you will immediately enter that negative state.
Yes, perhaps you work on clearing it and entering a more positive state when this happens, but your subconscious mind doesn't care much about that. It'll help to remove those old unwanted programs, but it won't do anything about this automated emotional state.
For example, let's say your goal is to make $1,000 more per month. You've been working on this goal for quite a while, and can't understand why it's giving you so much trouble.
But, every time you think of the goal, you feel doubt and frustration.
Pretty soon, your subconscious mind is associating “doubt and frustration” with “$1,000 more per month,” so that every time you think of the goal, you're sending out this “doubt and frustration” energy to the Universe.
Changing Your Automated Emotional States
Obviously, it is possible to change this.
I once compared the law of attraction to learning a song on the piano. This analogy will come in handy here once again.
When you're learning a song, sometimes you accidentally learn a mistake. Every time you repeat a part of the song, you make that mistake, so it becomes practiced.
That's sort of what you're doing. Every time you think of your goal, you practice the unwanted state.
But, it can be fixed. Once you learn a mistake in a song, you aren't stuck with it for the rest of your life. You can practice the right notes, and the old mistake will fall away with disuse.
How? Simply by making sure you practice the right notes every time you play that section of the song.
In other words, every time you think of the goal, make sure you're associating the wanted state with it.
Remember that every time you think about your goal and feel bad about it, you're practicing that mistake, and making it easier to access.
For that reason, you must be very mindful of how you think about your manifestation.
When you bring up the manifestation and feel negatively about it, don't beat up yourself for practicing the mistake. Just go back and associate a new state with the manifestation.
How do you do that?
- First, access the state you want to associate with your goal. Ask yourself, “What do I want this manifestation to feel like?” It can help if you bring up memories when you felt this way in the past.
- Then, as you're accessing this state, very lightly think of your goal. At first, the negative state might come along with it. That's okay. Just persistently return to the state you prefer, and let go of the unwanted state.
- Next, you want to do something we call in NLP a “break state”. That is, think about something totally different for a minute or two. This gives your subconscious mind a chance to absorb what you just did.
- Finally, repeat steps 1-3 until it is easy to keep your wanted state while thinking of the goal.
It might take several times, even 5 or more, before it really sets in. That is okay.
But, this is the way to retrain your subconscious mind to react to your goal in the way you want.
Putting It Together
Again those steps are:
- Access the wanted state
- Bring up your manifestation, and return to the wanted state as necessary
- Break state for a moment
- Repeat until the goal automatically triggers the wanted state
This practice should be paired with any other technique to release resistance in general. However, if done properly, it can really help to quickly manifest even the most stuck goals.
Again, be mindful throughout your day of how you are feeling. This technique can work for overall attitudes, not just manifestations. If you tend to be a negative person, you are also training your subconscious mind to be negative.
But especially pay attention to how you think about your important manifestations. If you start worrying about it, stop yourself, and bring in the wanted state instead. You have to teach your subconscious mind how you want to live. You have to create life as you want it to be.
How About You?
Now it's your turn. What kind of automated emotional states do you have? Has this technique worked for you? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.