Do Subliminal Self-Help Programs Work? (7) - Analogy


An analogy for how subliminal self-help programs work

In the many lectures I have presented in the United States and Europe there has always been a nagging need to find an analogy that could accurately describe what occurs with the users of InnerTalk audio programs. I have worked with the construct of peripheral perception to describe the manner in which voices speaking positive affirmations to the subconscious can, and do indeed, impress the listener even though they are unaware consciously of the process.

Peripheral perception is normally thought of as that aspect of sight that borders on the fringes of how far out to one’s right or left side one can see. The fringe always has clarity problems. That is, one may report the ability to see an object to their side, and even slightly behind them, but the further the object moves toward the limit of vision the less clear the object becomes. This is a substantially similar process to how audio perception occurs with InnerTalk.

The fringe is known as threshold, and the audio threshold is established by determining the point at which the conscious mind can hear a particular sound 50% of the time. A threshold is that place where sometimes one hears the signal and other times they do not. With InnerTalk, this threshold is relative to the primary carrier, music or nature sounds. Thus, the messages are sometimes audible and sometimes not. The entire message may not be understood but the voices are acknowledged by the conscious mind. Thus, from time to time one hears the message even if they do not understand every word of it. Similar to the limit of our peripheral sight where we see an object but without the clarity that comes from looking directly at it, InnerTalk audio messages are sometimes heard but without the clarity that the conscious mind is accustomed to requiring in order for it to repeat the message. Shadowing the messages, as described earlier, facilitates this.

Change . . . from the inside out.

The comparison of peripheral sight to the audio perception of an InnerTalk stimulus continues to be a model that serves the purpose of communicating. The analogy of what happens to the user of the audio subliminal program as they use it was much more difficult for me until a friend and I sat down to discuss just that. As we talked over our personal experiences with InnerTalk it became very obvious that our benefit had been gradual and from the inside out, almost intuitive in its inner direction. Often, only when the affirmations contained on the program were re-read did we have one of those “aha’s” that acknowledged consciously why certain aspects of our drives and emotions and therefore behavior had changed. Intuitive perception is just what seems to take place when you work with a well-designed program. One day you act differently because you are thinking differently. Gentle nudges from the inner mind, just like those that are intuitive begin to guide one’s choices. In my friend’s instance, Dr. William Guillory, creativity became natural. New ideas, concepts and the like just seemed to flow through him. Later he experienced successes with different programs but they were in process substantially the same as with the first audio program: I Am Creative. My experiences have been all akin to his. At first there seems to be little noticeable change but after a few days things just seem to have a different arrangement. One day I was afraid of public speaking to the point that I would do almost anything, invent almost any excuse, just to avoid it. Then it was like the next day public speaking was tolerable, and the following day I was excited about the opportunity to share with others. Today lectures, workshops, radio and television stuff is just something I do like any other activity I engage in.

What one believes defines what they can experience.

What we believe in our subconscious is who and what we are! The conscious mind can only guess at what is in the subconscious while the subconscious has every thought the conscious will ever have long before the conscious thinks it. In order to change, we need to change the way we think. Speaking directly to the subconscious are messages that do just that. One day there just seems to be more positive than negative information in the subconscious, and as that wonderful biocomputer changes old inner beliefs about ourselves and the world around us, almost magically those goals, ideals and ambitions become ours! Without doubt! Without fear! 

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