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Weight Loss Through Transformation of the Subconscious Mind - The Power of Your Voice

Sep 14, 2008
In the previous "Transforming the Subconscious Mind" article, we started to look at how "visualization" and an assertive program of affirmations read daily can be a very powerful tool to overcome mental patterns that lead to binging and compulsive overeating.

Each moment that you procrastinate or allow apathy and hopelessness to keep you from taking action, then that is another moment that you are delaying the amazing benefits that fasting and cleansing can provide. So don't get discouraged. Put to practice what is discussed here. Believe me, it all comes full circle as part of a very powerful and life-changing puzzle.

Having said that, let us know talk about making positive and assertive changes in the way we view and related to food and eating. Do not minimize the importance of what we are talking about here. It took me years of misery, obesity and toxicity (and skepticism) to adopt these principles. Today, having seen the drastic changes they have produced, I wish I would have been receptive much, much sooner!

Self-Talk Part II

Many persons we talk to lose huge amounts of weight through juice and water fasting, yet end up gaining it all back because they have not addressed the "psychological" aspect of fitness, weight loss and health. That is why, after so much trial and failure, I have concluded that changing my "thinking" is by far one of the most important elements to successful and permanent weight loss.

Why? Because a person can complete a long juice or water fast and lose dramatic amounts of weight. But if there has not been "an internal change in the way he or she thinks and behaves," then guess what will happen? Yep, that is right; sooner or later the "comfort eating" and binging will resurface and, more than likely, lead the person back to the dark spiral of overeating and obesity.

So, once you have started daily affirmations via flashcards with target statements as described in the previous article, you are now ready to unleash another powerful weapon to transform your subconscious mind - and that is "recording the affirmations in your own voice and listening to them as often as you possibly can."

This may sound corny and silly, but I will tell you again that it is neither! This method is a huge bomb that gives your mind clear-cut directives that will force it to re-program itself and begin to support the changes you want to make in your life.

Getting Started

If you have a cassette recorder, purchase new batteries and buy a pack of 90-minute cassettes. You can buy them cheap at any pharmacy. Or, if you have the hardware on your computer to record audio and own a CD player, then purchase some blank rewritable CD's with at least 700 megabytes of storage space. These, too, can be purchased at any pharmacy for about $10.

Select a time in which you can be on your own and not be disturbed. Turn off your cell phone and television. If you do not live alone, let others know that you do not wish to be interrupted for at least one hour.

By the way, you DO NOT have to explain in detail to anybody what you are doing. In fact, I would recommend that, apart from a very select few, you do not trumpet to everyone what you intend to do.

Many persons simply will not understand and are likely to criticize or even ridicule your efforts. This can even happen with members of your own family. So be careful. You do not need any more negativity. Lord knows, we sure have enough in our own minds, right?

Now, find some type of soothing music that you can play in the background. I would recommend instrumental music. You don't want your mind distracted by lyrics of any type. Mellow, mediation music is best, but use any type of music that inspires you. Inspirational music can open your subconscious mind to receive the message, and also produce positive emotional reactions that can be associated with the new messages you are giving your mind. Sit down and get ready to start recording. Make sure you find a comfortable chair.

Making The Recording

You are now ready to start recording. If you are using a cassette player, do some test recordings to see which distance from the microphone produces the best sound. Do the same if you are recording on the computer. Make sure there is no echo or static that affects the clarity of the recording. You want each command to be heard clearly and up front. The music should be in the background, also. When all looks good and you are ready, press record and begin.

Each affirmation you use will be recorded in both the "I" and "You" tenses. I'll explain why in a minute. To make it easier for you, below is the list of affirmations that I recorded for myself.

1- It is now easy for ME to control MY appetite at all times. (Say your first name) It is now easy for YOU to control YOUR appetite at all times. 2- It is now always easy for ME to say no to _____. (fill it in with your specific trigger foods). (Say your first name)It is now easy for YOU to say no to ______.

3- I now lose weight easily and effortlessly at all times. (Say your first name)YOU now lose weight easily and effortlessly at all times. 4- I now always have supernatural will power to achieve all of MY goals at all times. (Say your first name)YOU now always have supernatural will power to achieve all of YOUR goals at all times.

Evaluate the different areas of your life that you wish to change, and record affirmations directly related to them. These can include self-esteem, spirituality, lifestyle ... etc. For example:

5- I now and always feel great about who I am and am constantly filled with intoxicating passion for life at all times. (Say your first name) YOU now and always feel great about who YOU are and are constantly filled with intoxicating passion for life at all times (Self-Esteem). 6- I always receive powerful spiritual guidance and discernment to overcome all problems at all times. (Say your first name) You always receive powerful spiritual guidance and discernment to overcome all problems at all times(Spiritual).

7-I always am filled with energy and motivation to live and love to be outdoors and active at all times. (Say your first name) YOU always are filled with energy and motivation to live and YOU love to be outdoors and active at all times. 8- It is now easy for ME to talk to others and I always feel great about MYSELF in every situation. (Say your first name) It is now easy for YOU to talk to others and YOU always feel great about YOURSELF in every situation.

I strongly recommend you take your time and draft your own. Believe me, the more you do it, the more affirmations you will suddenly come up with to address other thinking patterns you will want to change. Once you have finished recording, stop and review what you have done. But there is more.

The Power of Your Own Voice

Now, why all this about I and then YOU? Well, when we talk to ourselves most of us use both of these tenses, so doing affirmations in both I and You hit both sides of the equation and maximize the impact of these powerful statements. When you first start to hear your own voice on the recording talking to yourself, you may feel silly, stupid or even spooked. All of this is perfectly normal.

You may even get angry and feel that you are wasting your time. It is very possible that your mind may present manifold arguments as to why you should not do this, and why all of this "affirmation" stuff is garbage and useless. I went through a heck of a mental battle when I first began.

But, little by little, you will become more and more receptive to the messages and start to welcome them. New visions of yourself will start to open up and, over a period of weeks, you will notice subtle changes in your mood and attitude. Specifically as it relates to binging and overeating, the biggest impact comes when the "voracity" to eat the wrong type of foods starts to diminish.

The bottom line is this: your mind knows who you are. It recognizes your own voice and sees it as the ultimate authority. Sort of like the child who immediately reacts when he or she hears the voice of a parent.

So, begin to parent your own mind. Give it the specific directions of what you want it to do and how you want it to function. The mind can be like a wild horse that, if left unchecked, will buck violently and throw you to the ground. But, once you assume the authority that is rightfully yours, you will notice that it will obey and actually be glad that some "adult" with sense has finally shown up!

One more thing: When you record, use an assertive, forceful voice. Not violent, but rather firm and to-the-point. This is no time to whisper or speak meekly. Let your mind know that you mean business, and do not be afraid to use strong voice tones. Put all of your passion and emotion into each statement.

I got into it so passionately that, when I finished, I was drenched in sweat and actually felt a little hoarse. When you are finished, you should have a minimum of 30 minutes worth of I and You statements directly linked to the changes you wish to make in your life.

How to Use the Recording

My suggestion is that, if possible, you take the CD or Cassette with you and listen to it while you are driving. When you have a break - like when having lunch, for example - put on some headphones and listen to the recording. Observe your reactions and journal them. What answer does the mind give you?

In my case, the angry reaction was usually: "Baloney!" Also, gauge your emotions. How do you feel? Even better yet, if you are able to, put on the recording when you go to sleep and let it loop over an over all night long.

Make a commitment with yourself to both read the flashcards we talked about on the previous "Transforming the Subconscious Mind" article, AND listen to the audio recording. Make it a priority to assault your mind with these statements for a full year and do not let anything or anyone detour you from this path.To be sure, you will be in for some very profound changes in your outlook and behavior.

A Final Word

Everything we have been discussing in these articles comes down to one thing: Personal Responsibility. Life waits for nobody, and time continues to pass for us all. You can either let your mind and circumstances victimize you and lead you further and further away from your dreams and goals, or you can take action and do whatever is at your disposal to improve the quality of your life.

Indeed, it is never easy to get started.

Especially when one is obese and has been so for a long period of time. So, while at first it may seem like an uphill battle, I tell you that you are worth it and that eventually it will become easier. Considering the option of doing nothing and getting worse, whatever price of discomfort and frustration you pay now is little in comparison.

So, as I always like to say: Easy Does it - But Do It! Seize the challenge, walk through it, and allow it to transform you into a stronger and healthier person. You can do it!
About the Author
Robert Dave Johnston is editor and webmaster of Fitness Through Fasting.com - where you will find a growing number of fasting-related articles and topics to assist you achieve your weight loss, detoxification and health-improvement goals through juice and water fasting.
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