We all dream of being smarter, more charming, more perceptive, more... It's in our DNA to want to improve and become better than what we already are. With the advent of the TV, computer, and most assuredly the internet (yep, I'm talking to you) let's face it, most of us have gotten a little... lazy?
One route that you might take to advance your skills, personality and mental acuity would be through affirmations, or subliminal messaging. Many scientific studies have proven that our subconscious is always willing to learn when our conscious isn't. In fact, organizations like the FCC even have active bans in place to prevent companies from using this to their advantage in advertisement and marketing.
So, if they can (well, they can't now) use subliminal messaging to their advantage on you, why can't you use it to your advantage on yourself?
If this sounds appealing to you, here are a few suggestions on putting together your own affirmations and subliminal messages so that you can make yourself into the person you've always dreamed of...while washing dishes, playing video games, and watching television. Could it get any easier?
Step 1 - Be Positive
If you're going to make a subliminal message loop for yourself, or even an affirmation that can play in the background whilst you play Parcheesi, make sure it's positive. Many scientific studies have proven that the subconscious mind does not play well with dont's, and similar commands telling yourself to stop something. For example:
- “I don't like to stay up late at night eating donuts.”
Instead, use an affirmative statement like:
- “I go to bed around 9:30 PM and my stomach is completely satisfied till the morning.”
Step 2 - Music or Ambience?
Should you choose to make a subliminal message loop for yourself, consider these suggestions for foreground audio. Ambient sound like rain drops, waterfalls, and ocean waves serve a dual purpose. First, they make you relax in whatever state you are in. Secondly, when you are relaxed, your subconscious is much more receptive.
If you do choose to embed an entire playlist of your favorite songs with subliminal messages, make sure that they are uplifting songs. You don't want those old, sad, depressing tracks getting mixed with positive statements, right?
If you decide to go with ambience, make sure to experiment with loop points in your audio program, so that you can set up a nice environmental loop on your iPod, etc.
Step 3 - Set Up the Loop
In an audio editor like Logic Pro or GarageBand, record single statements, positive statements like the one listed above. Avoid using words like shouldn't, can't, don't, etc. Your subconscious won't process them. After you've recorded the statements you feel will work for you, copy each statement in triplicate. Here's what I mean:
If I have a command like: I love swimming. Copy the statement back to back three times so it says: “I love swimming, I love swimming, I love swimming.”
Your voice should be recorded somewhat monotone—apparently our subconscious processes this better. Also, leave space between each repetition. The Option-drag trick is great for this, as it makes creating copies of audio regions very easy.
So, the way it will work is if you have 5 commands or affirmations, they will repeat 3 times each, for a total of 15.
Once recorded, drop the volume of your affirmation subliminal track to around -17 dB, or lower. It needs to be barely audible in comparison with your foreground audio. If you're doing affirmations, make sure that they are audible, so that you can hear them clearly and repeat them to yourself.
Step 4 - The Playback Device
So, what would you use to play these loops on? iPads, iPods, and iPhones all have repeat commands on them! Set up a playlist with just the ambient/subliminal recording you make, and place your iOS device on repeat. It can go all day long while you go about your daily business. That's a sure fire way to become more relaxed and improve an area of your life in the process!
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