The Power of Your Subconscious Mind
Did you know God hasn’t called you to only salvation but transformation? Yes He has. We are told in the Bible that this can only be accomplished by the renewing of your mind.
Romans 12:2 says, "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." This verse is a call to Christians to renew their minds and transform their thinking.
The Subconscious Mind
One way you can do this is to use the power of your subconscious mind. I’ll discuss five steps to using the subconscious mind to renew your mind based on Romans 12:2.
You have two aspects of your mind; the conscious mind and the subconscious mind. The conscious mind is where you make decisions you are aware, like where to eat, what to wear, etc.… Studies have shown that up to 95% of our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors are generated by our subconscious mind. In other words, the subconscious mind operates below the surface.
So the subconscious mind plays a key part in transformation resulting from mind renewal.
There are five steps you can take to renew your mind.
Step 1: Understand the Power of the Subconscious Mind
The subconscious mind is the part of the mind that operates below the level of conscious awareness. It is responsible for storing memories, emotions, and beliefs that shape our thoughts and actions. The subconscious mind is incredibly powerful, and it can help us achieve our goals and transform our lives.
To tap into the power of the subconscious mind, it is essential to understand how it works. The subconscious mind operates on the principle of repetition. When we repeat a thought or behavior over and over again, it becomes ingrained in our subconscious mind, and we begin to act on it automatically. This is why it is so important to be intentional about the thoughts and behaviors we repeat.
This is also why it’s so very important to read the Word of God, meditate on it and memorize it. As you do those things what God says about you will be ingrained in your subconscious mind and your spirit.
Step 2: Identify Negative Beliefs
Identify negative beliefs that are holding you back. Negative beliefs are thoughts or ideas that limit your potential and prevent you from achieving your goals.
These beliefs can be conscious or subconscious, but they all have one thing in common: they are not serving you.
To identify negative beliefs, pay attention to the thoughts and feelings that arise when you think about your goals or dreams. Do you feel a sense of doubt or fear? Do you tell yourself that you are not good enough or smart enough to achieve what you want? These thoughts are examples of negative beliefs that are holding you back.
Step 3: Replace Negative Beliefs with Positive Declarations
Once you have identified negative beliefs, the next step is to replace them with positive declarations. Positive declarations are declarations from the Word of God that describe who you are in Christ, what you’re capable of doing through Christ and your standing before God.
These declarations describe the reality of what God says about you. Make these declarations so that in partnership with the Holy Spirit, you can make what God says about you a reality in your life. They’re powerful tools for reprogramming your subconscious mind and changing your beliefs.
Start by writing down your negative beliefs. Then, flip them around and declare a statement from God’s word that reflects the opposite. For example, if your negative belief is "I am not good enough," your positive declaration could be “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” from Philippians 4:13.
Once you have created your positive declarations, repeat them to yourself every day. You can say them out loud, write them down, or visualize them in your mind. The key is to repeat them consistently so that they become ingrained in your subconscious mind.
Step 4: Use Visualization
Visualization is a powerful technique for harnessing the power of the subconscious mind.
God used visualization with Abraham. He had Abraham look at the stars and try to count them. He told Abraham that as numerous as the stars in the sky are, God would make Abraham’s descendants and make them into a great nation.
Many athletes use visualization to achieve success.
It involves imagining yourself in a specific situation or achieving a particular goal. Visualization is effective because the subconscious mind does not differentiate between what is real and what is imagined.
By visualizing yourself achieving your goals, or seeing yourself as God sees you, a powerful message is sent to your subconscious mind that this is what you want to create.
To use visualization, start by creating a mental image of what you want to achieve or who you want to be. See yourself in the situation, or as the person you want to be, feeling the emotions associated with success. Visualize every detail, including the sights, sounds, and smells of the environment. The more vivid your visualization, the more powerful it will be.
Repeat your visualization every day, ideally first thing in the morning and last thing at night. The more you visualize, the more your subconscious mind will begin to believe that this is your reality.
Step 5: Involve the Holy Spirit.
This is listed last but is actually the most important step. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you see yourself as He stated in the scriptures.
Next, you need to combine all these steps with faith. Hebrews 4:2 tells us “For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened.”
Ask the Holy Spirit to help you overcome your negative beliefs, as negative beliefs lead to unbelief relating to the things of God.
Then take action on what the Word of God says about you or your situation. Act “as if” you already are what God says about you. Before long, you’ll notice a difference in how you think as your mind is more and more renewed by the Word of God.
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