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Jul
27

Book Review by Shenai G. – Montreal, Canada

I could not agree more with the comment on amazon.com that IT IS THE LAST BOOK YOU WILL NEED ON THIS TOPIC! Over the last 12 months, I have read countless material about the power of the subconscious mind and no doubt this book is my last!

Other material I have read about the subconscious showed and taught me about the power of the subconscious mind and I am grateful for those. But it just kind of stopped there. I knew I had this gigantic power as we all do, but did not really know what to do with it exactly and clearly. Actually it kind of gets frustrating that you know you have got this power but don’t know what to do with it… And, yet this book made me “believe” in this power in a true sense, internalize it, and understand completely and clearly what to do with it.

As I finished this book, a button got literally turned on inside me that I felt as strong as the entire universe. It got me into action in an area of my life where I knew I could do something well yet everything needed because I am created with that power and I SO wanted that… but somehow deep inside something was stopping me… and this has been so for a long, long time… I think most of us can relate to this kind of a story… But here is what happened: the day I read this book, the locked gate was open… with clarity, enthusiasm and action flowing.. now it is like a waterfall… as I read this book a switch got literally turned on inside me and in came the light…

In fact, after seeing the dramatic change in me, my husband and my 11 year old son got curious to hear what in the world got me into action the way I did. When I told them about the book they were thrilled. Now my 11 year old son is reading the book along with me (as I am reading it again and my husband will wait for his turn) because I am a walking proof of something so powerful in front of their eyes.

I am simply grateful! God bless you Harry! That is the best way I can summarize the value your book has had on me… Thank-you for your contribution to our lives.

 
 
Aug
1

Writer’s Block Is Only In The Mind—Duh!

Wow! That’s impressive,” I said to my wife. We were at the annual fair in Del Mar, California watching a stage hypnotist. He had eighteen volunteers on stage and was making them do things they would not normally want to, nor could do. One of the volunteers was a young man named Bill. The hypnotist suggested that Bill had just returned from a trip to the planet Xenon. Would he tell the audience about his trip? Without hesitation, Bill started to describe his trip and the Xenonians that he met. He told the story as if he had actually been there. The hypnotist had to stop him or he would have gone on all night.

Most of us would find it hard to stand in front of 500 people and make up a story about something we knew nothing about. And, moreover, tell this made-up story as if we experienced it, when we knew it was fantasy. I don’t know Bill, but I would bet my house he could not have made up that story spontaneously and told it so vividly and fluidly if he was not hypnotized.

When you sit down at your desk or kitchen table to write, do you start writing immediately? Do you create a story or a scene and write it down in detail without hesitating and agonizing? If you do, then you never have “writer’s block.” Lucky you! But if you have occasions when nothing comes to mind and you can’t get started on the story, then you’ve had writer’s block.

Is there much difference between Bill’s experience and when you have writer’s block? The difference is huge. When you have writer’s block, you are limiting yourself by only using your conscious mind, and at that, only a tiny portion of it. Bill, on the other hand, used over 90 percent of his mind. He used his subconscious mind—his fertile, imaginative, creative mind.

Your conscious mind is critical, judgmental, and carping. That’s the part of you that interrupts your writing and says, “This stinks,” “I can’t write about that,” “I just can’t think of a thing to write today,” on and on.

Your mind also inhibits you with false beliefs. In your early, formative years, you were told thousands of times things like, “No, you can’t do that,” “No, don’t do that,” “No, that’s too hard,” “No, no ,no, don’t you ever learn?” These responses are suggestions (just as if they came from a hypnotist) that go into your subconscious mind. Thus, you are hypnotized to believe you are limited and, worse, you are unconscious of these negative beliefs.

The epitome of a false belief is the story of Roger Banister. Runners, coaches, and trainers were hypnotized to believe running a mile under 4 minutes was not humanly possible. Race times asymptotically approached 4 minutes but no runner could break through this mental barrier. Not until Roger, who “knew” he could do it, did it. Within months other runners broke the barrier. Those runners could not break 4 minutes until someone showed them that their belief in limitation was false.

When your writing is blocked, do you “try” harder? Do you find that the harder you try, the more blocked you become? Trying harder is fighting against an absolute law of the mind. You can’t win.

So, how do you beat writer’s block? Instead of writing with your conscious mind, open up and tap into your subconscious mind. Your subconscious mind is the part of you that is imaginative and creative.

How do you tap into your subconscious mind? This may sound too easy, but it works. Just relax and talk to yourself. Affirm that you have the ability to write and that the story or poem is already written. Too simple? That’s Mother Nature’s way: the best way, is almost always the simplest way.

When relaxed, you slip into an altered state of mind. That’s the key to being creative—going into the alpha or, much better, the theta state. Dali, the abstract painter of weird landscapes, used to go into theta before starting a new canvas. That is how he got his visions of melting time and distorted figures, concepts foreign to the logical, linear-thinking conscious mind. It is simple to learn to go into these states. And it is invaluable if you want to be creative and write from the heart.

If you want more detail and more powerful methods of using your subconscious mind, get a copy of a book that many readers say is the best book written on the subject (Some of these reviews are posted on www.Amazon.com, and www.thegeniewithin.net) The book is, The Genie Within: Your Subconscious Mind—How It Works and How to Use It, by Harry W Carpenter. Oh! That’s me. How shameless to brag about my book. I couldn’t help it. It came from my subconscious.

 
 
Jun
19

Tuned Out TV Ads

Many TV commercials are infantile and foolish. So you don’t watch them, right? You tune them out. To quote John Wayne in an old western movie, “Not hardly.”

As long as you can hear the TV or see the screen out of the corner of your eye, they are not tuned out. Interestingly, TV ads can be more effective when you think they are tuned out.

Tuning out is just fine with advertisers. When your conscious awareness of the ad is turned off, the door to your subconscious is left unguarded. Without a guardian, suggestions from ads go directly into your subconscious.

The conscious mind is a good guardian because it is logical and critical. Conversely, the subconscious mind is illogical and accepts everything as true, even silly TV ads. So, without conscious awareness, those dumb ads go directly into your subconscious mind.

In a previous blog I explained why TV ads are so effective. Now let’s look at why so many ads are child-like. The crux of a prior blog was that a large part of your decisions—decisions on what you buy, in this case—come from the subconscious mind. Because the subconscious mind is illogical, immature, and undiscriminating, decisions made by your subconscious mind are often not for your best interest.

And one big problem is that you do not know what is in your subconscious mind.

Your conscious mind and subconscious mind are different as Guinness ale and water. No, they are even more different than that. You are, I trust, familiar with your conscious mind, but are you familiar with your subconscious mind? Of course not; it is unconscious.

Your subconscious mind evolved 10′s of millions of years ago, and it evolved to meet the needs of that time. Whereas, your conscious mind is a baby by comparison. And it evolved under different conditions. Unfortunately for us, they do not talk to each other very well, but that’s the subject of another blog.

In brief, here are a few of theses differences and how they are exploited to sell products in TV ads.

Emotion. Emotions come from your limbic system and that system is located in your subconscious mind. Thus, ads appeal to your emotions and, emotions are not logical. Fear, a powerful emotion, is often used: fear of not protecting your family with the sponsor’s road gripping tires; or fear of missing out on something—”If you do not use this product, you will miss out on good times, having friends, etc.”

Visualization and Imagination. Your subconscious mind communicates with images. Images, like a strong, healthy, jolly green giant eating a certain brand of frozen vegetables imply you and your family will also grow big, strong, and healthy by eating their brand. (This is rare. This ad is suggesting something healthy.) Actors in Coke-a-Cola ads are young, active, and having fun within a group of friends. Drink Coke and you too will be popular and enjoy life.

Repetition. Ad nausea. Same ads run twice during the same commercial break. This is not a mistake. If you want to impress something into your subconscious mind you need to repeat it over and over. And it does not have to be grammatically correct, mature, or logical.

Symbolism. Symbols appeal to a deep level in your mind and they can be subtle. For example, actors might wear a badge, distinctive hat, or costume to connote authority. Logos are special symbols because they represent the company. Thus, companies spend a lot to make their logo well-known. Logos are often linked to famous people, notably athletes. Athletes connote strength, agility, endurance, and a health.

Conditioned Reflex Substitution. Using conditioned reflex substitution does not make an ad silly or foolish—it just makes it evil. These ads suggest symptoms that can only be healed by the sponsor’s product. “It’s flu season, when you feel tired or achy, you better have our product on hand.” Or, “It’s time for Excedrin headache No. 9.” The next time you hear an announcer say, “It’s flu season” or “It’s time for a headache,” picture a huge neon sign flashing, “CANCEL – CANCEL – CANCEL.”

TV ads are the perfect venue for imbedding suggestions in your unconscious mind when you are most venerable. And the producers don’t care whether the ads are foolish or irritating. In fact, these factors can work to their benefit.

For more information on TV advertising, see pages 138-145 in The Genie Within: Your Subconscious Mind—How It Works and How to Use It.

 
 
May
19

Writer’s Block Is Only in The Mind—Duh!

Wow! That’s impressive,” I said to my wife. We were at the annual fair in Del Mar, California watching a stage hypnotist. He had eighteen volunteers on stage and was making them do things they would not normally want to, nor could do. One of the volunteers was a young man named Bill. The hypnotist suggested that Bill had just returned from a trip to the planet Xenon. Would he tell the audience about his trip? Without hesitation, Bill started to describe his trip and the Xenonians that he met. He told the story as if he had actually been there. The hypnotist had to stop him or he would have gone on all night.

Most of us would find it hard to stand in front of 500 people and make up a story about something we knew nothing about. And, moreover, tell this made-up story as if we experienced it, when we knew it was fantasy. I don’t know Bill, but I would bet my house he could not have made up that story spontaneously and told it so vividly and fluidly if he was not hypnotized.

When you sit down at your desk or kitchen table to write, do you start writing immediately? Do you create a story or a scene and write it down in detail without hesitating and agonizing? If you do, then you never have “writer’s block.” Lucky you! But if you have occasions when nothing comes to mind and you can’t get started on the story, then you’ve had writer’s block.

Is there much difference between Bill’s experience and when you have writer’s block? The difference is huge. When you have writer’s block, you are limiting yourself by only using your conscious mind, and at that, only a tiny portion of it. Bill, on the other hand, used over 90 percent of his mind. He used his subconscious mind—his fertile, imaginative, creative mind.

Your conscious mind is critical, judgmental, and carping. That’s the part of you that interrupts your writing and says, “This stinks,” “I can’t write about that,” “I just can’t think of a thing to write today,” on and on.

Your mind also inhibits you with false beliefs. In your early, formative years, you were told thousands of times things like, “No, you can’t do that,” “No, don’t do that,” “No, that’s too hard,” “No, no ,no, don’t you ever learn?” These responses are suggestions (just as if they came from a hypnotist) that go into your subconscious mind. Thus, you are hypnotized to believe you are limited and, worse, you are unconscious of these negative beliefs.

The epitome of a false belief is the story of Roger Banister. Runners, coaches, and trainers were hypnotized to believe running a mile under 4 minutes was not humanly possible. Race times asymptotically approached 4 minutes but no runner could break through this mental barrier. Not until Roger, who “knew” he could do it, did it. Within months other runners broke the barrier. Those runners could not break 4 minutes until someone showed them that their belief in limitation was false.

When your writing is blocked, do you “try” harder? Do you find that the harder you try, the more blocked you become? Trying harder is fighting against an absolute law of the mind. You can’t win.

So, how do you beat writer’s block? Instead of writing with your conscious mind, open up and tap into your subconscious mind. Your subconscious mind is the part of you that is imaginative and creative.

How do you tap into your subconscious mind? This may sound too easy, but it works. Just relax and talk to yourself. Affirm that you have the ability to write and that the story or poem is already written. Too simple? That’s Mother Nature’s way: the best way, is almost always the simplest way.

When relaxed, you slip into an altered state of mind. That’s the key to being creative—going into the alpha or, much better, the theta state. Dali, the abstract painter of weird landscapes, used to go into theta before starting a new canvas. That is how he got his visions of melting time and distorted figures, concepts foreign to the logical, linear-thinking conscious mind. It is simple to learn to go into these states. And it is invaluable if you want to be creative and write from the heart.

If you want more detail and more powerful methods of using your subconscious mind, get a copy of a book that many readers say is the best book written on the subject (Some of these reviews are posted on www.Amazon.com, andwww.thegeniewithin.net) The book is, The Genie Within: Your Subconscious Mind—How It Works and How to Use It, by Harry W Carpenter. Oh! That’s me. How shameless to brag about my book. I couldn’t help it. It came from my subconscious.

 
 
May
19

The Metronome Sound

I get emails now and then asking about the sounds on the metronome recording. The most frequent question is this: if the frequency of the theta sound is 5 cycles per second, how can I hear it? Five cycles per second is below the sensitivity of the average human ear.

First of all, let’s back up a bit, the metronome sounds are a recording sold on The Genie Within website. The metronome recording includes a theta sound and an alphasound. The theta metronome sound beats at 5 cycles per second and the alpha metronome sound at 10 cycles per second.

These sounds are invaluable because they take your mind into the altered state. An altered state, either alpha or theta, is the doorway to your subconscious mind, and you have to be in an altered state to program your subconscious mind. You can order the metronome CD and MP3 here: http://www.thegeniewithin.com/affirmation-cds

These theta and alpha sounds on the recording were manufactured in a sound studio. The key is that the frequency of the sound itself is not 5 or 10 cycles per second. If it was, the above comment would be true, you would not hear it.

The theta metronome sound is at a frequency in the audible range (I don’t know what the frequency is.) This audible sound is “chopped” up into segments that you hear at a beat of 5 cycles per second.

If you tap a finger on the table at 5 cycles per second (which is just as fast as I can tap my finger) the frequency of the sound that the tapping generates is not 5 cycles per second. It has to be the frequency generated by the thud your finger makes hitting the table. But the beat, or rhythm, of the tapping is 5 cycles per second.

To put it another way, imagine the conductor of an orchestra is moving his baton up and down 60 times per minute, which is 1 beat per second. (The conductor would have to have a strong arm to keep this up.) And suppose a tuba and violin in the orchestra are playing the melody at one note per second. The frequency of the sounds coming from the two instruments would not be 1 cycle per second. If it were, both instruments would sound the same—if you could hear them. The tuba and violin would both be playing the melody at a beat of 1 cycle per second.

So, get into a comfortable chair, sit back, close your eyes, play the Metronome recording, and take an imaginary trip. The sound will take you into an altered state of mind. Picture the trigger (also called symbol or icon) to one of your affirmations or, better, picture all of your triggers, and let go. Enjoy deep relaxation and condition your subconscious mind at the same time. Bon voyage.

 
 
May
19

TV Advertising

TV advertising is amazingly effective. Madison Avenue, on its own, could not have come up with a better delivery mechanism than TV for selling a product. It’s so effective that businesses spend billions of dollars on TV ads. Half a minute during a Super Bowl game alone costs millions. Companies wouldn’t spend this much money if advertising on TV was not profitable.

What makes it so profitable? It’s the lucky combination of several factors.

First, let’s look at how to get a person to buy a product. There are basically three legal ways and Reward is one or them. Giving a reward for buying your product is effective to a point. Coupons, rebates, and a mile bonus toward an air line ticket for every dollar charged on their credit card are rewards. But rewards are not used on primetime TV.

And, there is logic. You would think logic would be the best way. Logic is how you or I would convince a friend or family member to do something. But can you recall even one ad on primetime TV that is based on logic? I doubt it. Logic is not high on the ad man’s list. I wonder if they even consider it.

So what other way is there? Suggestion. TV ads use the power of suggestion. But how can a mere suggestion impel someone to buy one brand of shampoo when there are literally 600 hundred brands that essentially do the same thing? or to buy a particular brand of aspirin when the chemical composition of aspirin is exactly the same as in other brands?

The reason suggestion is so effective is a twofold.

Mavens in the field claim that as much as 95 percent of your decisions and behavior stem from the subconscious mind—not from the conscious mind. If you want to get someone to buy your product, you have to plant the suggestion in their subconscious mind.

What is the best way to plant your message directed into the subconscious mind? Ask any hypnotist. He or she will tell you that the person you want to influence has to be in an altered state of mind—one where they are highly receptive to suggestions. When in an altered state, your logical, critical, conscious mind is out of the way. It is not there to discriminate good form bad, or logical from illogical.

A hypnotist could use any of several methods of putting a subject in an altered state. The basic idea is to distract the conscious mind or lull the conscious mind to sleep (Not really “sleep,” but there just is not a better word in the English language.) Then, when the conscious mind is not policing input, suggestions go directly into the subconscious.

Some methods of distracting the conscious mind include:

  • Boring the conscious mind so it turns its attention elsewhere.
  • Playing a monotonous rhythmic sound in the background, such as a metronome or drum beat.
  • Swinging a pendulum in front of the person. This is used in the movies but not any place else
  • Reciting a relaxation routine that brings the subconscious mind to the forefront and lulls the conscious mind to “sleep.”
  • Watching an emotional movie or reading an absorbing book.

Or, the easiest and surest way, is to turn on the TV set. Studies have shown that individuals watching TV went into an altered state of mind within a minute. And, the type of TV program (quiz show, drama, sports, for example) made no difference. Plus, it did not make a difference whether the subject liked the program or didn’t like it.

So now the TV program has you in an altered state, what tricks are used to fill your subconscious mind with suggestions? The same proven ways to plant good suggestions in your subconscious mind that are described in The Genie Within: Your Subconscious Mind. But that is the subject of a future blog.

In sum:

  • The best way to get you to buy a product is to put a suggestion in your subconscious mind;
  • The most effective way to put a suggestion in your subconscious is when you are in an altered state of mind, and;
  • Television is a super effective way to put you into an altered state. And how convenient for the ad men because there is one or more TV in every home.
 
 
May
19

The Bottle

When he was just a boy, the old man heard a story of a woman who found a corked bottle on the beach.

When she pulled the cork from the bottle, she imagined a genie came out. The genie granted the woman all her wishes. The old man spent his life searching for his own bottle with a genie in it. He combed the beaches of every continent. Because of his obsession, he never made lasting relationships or held a job for long. He was an unhappy man.

One day on a beach near his home, he found the bottle he had been looking for. For a reason unknown to him, he felt there was a genie inside. Corks in other bottles were hard to pull out, but this one slipped out easily. Out of nowhere a genie appeared. The genie said to the old man, “I am here to grant you whatever you want.” “Whatever I want?” replied the old man. “Well,” said the genie, “almost anything. Since you are old and have never been in politics, it’s unlikely that you can become President of the United States, nor do I think it wise to wish for a spot on the Olympic basketball team. And I do not think you want anything taken at someone else’s expense. So, no, not everything. Still, more than you have dreamed of. Certainly enough to make you happy and peaceful.” The old man was ecstatic but then he became angry. “Why has it taken me so long to find you? I could have accomplished so much had I found you when I was young.” “Ah, master,” said the genie, “but I have been with you all along. I was not in that bottle. I have been with you and granting your wishes all of your life. Remember when you were six and you wished your father would pay more attention to you? You cut your finger. That was no accident. Your father washed the cut and held you.

Remember? There was the time you took the CPA exam. You kept telling me you were not smart enough to be a CPA and that you were not worthy to make as much money as a CPA. Remember how you froze during the exam? You got your wish.” “Because you were not aware I was granting wishes,” continued his genie, “your wishes often hurt you. Sometimes the wishes were not even yours. They came from parents, teachers, friends, and, yes, often from TV ads.” “I am glad you found me. Now you will make wishes that are thoughtful and good. Now we can work together. Together we can stay healthy, find peace, and enjoy the richness of life. But first, I must give you this book. Read it carefully. If you follow these instructions, I will grant you peace, prosperity, and happiness.”

 
 
May
19

Do You Have a Clue What’s in Your Subconscious Mind?

Go ahead, tell me, “What’s in your subconscious mind? What concepts does your subconscious mind hold to be true? What programs, acquired at a very early age, dictate your behavior? Why is your personality the way it is?” Stumped? Never thought about it? Why should you? The stuff in your subconscious mind is out of your conscious awareness, right? Thus, it is not important. You can’t do anything about it anyway, right?

If you believe this, you are among the majority. Most people don’t think about their subconscious mind: they don’t care. After all, what a person doesn’t know about her or his subconscious mind won’t hurt, right? As long as they are sane, what’s in their subconscious mind is not important. Their, sane, rational, conscious mind is in control!

WRONG! Your conscious mind is NOT in control, well, not always. Scientists who study the mind tell us that as much as 95 percent of our behavior and the decisions we make stem from the subconscious mind, not the conscious mind.

Yeah, I know what you are (consciously) thinking. I thought the same thing until I learned better. You’re thinking, “But I am consciously aware of what I decide and my behavior is what I consciously want it to be. I am conscious of these processes.”

You are thinking that thought with your conscious mind. So, yeah, that’s the 5 percent. But the truth is that the other 95 percent is in control. The strong emotional mind, which comprises around 90 percent of your total brain, not the puny 10 percent that you are conscious of, is in control.

Your subconscious mind is a goal-seeking computer. (For an explanation, see pp. 62-72, The Genie Within: Your Subconscious Mind.) Your subconscious mind seeks to achieve the goals that it is given.

Are you in control of these goals? Did you consciously make up all of your goals and concepts? Are you making sure that your subconscious mind is seeking new goals that are your choice? Goals that are beneficial to you? Or, is your subconscious mind seeking goals that were picked up from others, and are still being picked from others–parents (living or deceased), teachers, relatives, friends, strangers and, yes, especially, TV (see pp. 138-145, The Genie Within: Your Subconscious Mind.)

To quote someone who knew a thing or two about the subconscious mind, Sigmund Freud said, “We learn as children how we react emotionally and this is carried into adulthood. When we are children, we do not have the faculties that we do in adulthood. We do not know what we are going to need in adulthood to cope. Therefore, as adults, we (often) react as children.” In other words, programs we learned as children were imbedded in our subconscious mind and are still in control.

Do you ever lose your temper? Are you sometimes impatient? Do you shun a certain food for no (conscious) reason? If so, maybe you are reacting from a program that was imbedded in your subconscious mind years ago.

If you are having trouble attaining a goal, such as losing weight, or advancing in your profession, it is likely that you have a counterproductive goal in your subconscious mind—one that is sabotaging your progress–and that you are totally unaware of.

In this case, you are double-minded. That is, you have willed one goal in your conscious mind but your subconscious mind has an opposite goal. And guess which one always wins? The 95 percenter wins.

This is the law: WHEN THE CONSCIOUS MIND AND THE SUBCONSCIOUS MIND ARE IN CONFLICT, THE SUBCONSCIOUS MIND ALWAYS WINS. The subconscious mind is eleven times bigger and it has the power, emotional power, which includes electrical and chemical elements. Your subconscious mind can be a big, bad-for-you bully.

The conscious mind may have will, but the subconscious mind has the power. Power trumps will. Thus, when you are double-minded, you do not have willpower.

If you want to succeed—in anything–you must become single–minded. You must change the goal, or concept, in your subconscious mind to be in concert with the desired one in your conscious mind. You need to make your subconscious mind your genie.

How to override old, counterproductive goals and concepts, in other words, how to make your subconscious mind your personal genie is fully explained in simple language in the book, The Genie Within: Your Subconscious Mind—How It Works and How to Use It.

Harry Carpenter, author of The Genie Within: Your Subconscious Mind—How It Works and How to Use It.