Rewriting the Mind – We Are What We Think

“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.” ~ Buddha

In order to rewrite the mind positively we need to understand its composition. The mind is composed of three parts, the conscious, the subconscious and the superconscious.

The conscious mind is the part we are aware of – the part that does the thinking, worrying, planning and creating. It is a tiny part of the structure; it is the subconscious that is the looming bulwark, a massive entity with incredible powers and potentials. Its unique characteristic is that it can create anything that we command it to create, by virtue of the thoughts we think.

If you believe that you cannot achieve something, if you believe that you cannot have something, the subconscious will create conditions, so that your beliefs are proved. To transform your life, it is very important that you seek the help of the subconscious.

Thus the negative thoughts that create our negative conditioning, can be overthrown by affirming their opposite. The belief that we are lazy, can be overwritten by the affirmation that we are hard working and industrious.

To transform your life you must have a picture of yourself as you wish to be. The picture that we paint of ourselves is assimilated by our subconscious. The subconscious is there to obey you. It is a very obedient servant who takes orders from his master. Its decisions are to be made by you.

The Power of the Subconscious Mind

Awareness of the incredible power of the subconscious, conveyed by writers such as Joseph Murphy, author of The Power of Your Subconscious Mind, is behind the New Age deployment of affirmations to change oneself. Affirmations in this light cover the whole gamut of life, employed literally as a magic genie to create money, abundance, love, friendship, and even the acquisition of material objects such as a house, a car, etc.

Louise L. Hay, author of You Can Heal Your Life, one of the first books to shine a light on the spiritual and psychological causes of illness, uses affirmations extensively as a tool for creating better health.

She writes in her website,

Our thoughts are creative. This is the most important law of nature that we need to know…thoughts are like drops of water-they accumulate. As we continue to rethink the same thoughts over a period of time, they become puddles, ponds, lakes or oceans. If they’re positive, we can float on the oceans of life.

Affirmations have helped people, who live alone, cope with fears of getting a stroke in the middle of the night. The affirmation that I am healthy, I am young, I am powerful is one that can bring about immense positive thoughts, thereby helping us cope and face life’s challenges with new fervor.

I love the use of words like love and peace for affirmatory practice.

Louise Hay says,

I am more at peace. The tendency to assert myself is decreasing. I will not try to prove a point at the expense of making someone else feel bad. I no longer want to be always right. What a boring individual that would make me. In fact these days I say when I falter, “Yippee dippee, I am wrong!

How to Affirm or Rewrite the Mind

The subconscious is physically located at the back, where the base of the skull and the spine meet. The best way to harmonize the conscious, subconscious, and superconscious (the divine potential) is to combine affirmation with meditation.

The peace of meditation, filters not only into the conscious but also into the subconscious and the superconscious self. There can be little doubt that when affirmations are made in meditative stillness, they are more effective. Deepak Chopra, for instance, suggests that we release all intentions into the gap between thoughts, which is arrived at through meditation.

There are however, several guidelines to help us affirm more effectively, because the subconscious does not discriminate and takes what we say literally:

1. Construct your sentences positively. Choose ‘I am slim’ to ‘I am not fat’. The subconscious does not recognize negatives and would translate the latter sentence as ‘I am fat’.

2. Use the present tense.I am love, joy and compassion’ is preferable to ‘I will be…’ or ‘I want to be…’ The subconscious lives in the moment and does not recognize future tense. The phrase ‘I want’ reflects powerlessness and all you will get is the state of ‘want’ and not the actual state.

3. Believe in what you say. Know that it will happen or manifest for sure.

4. Put as much intensity as you can in your affirmations. You must develop the will to speak to it with magnetic determination.

5. Repeating an affirmation loudly three times, softly three times and in a whisper four times is most effective.

6. The times before you go to sleep or immediately on waking up, are when the subconscious is most receptive to commands.

7. If you can meditate, do so. When your conscious mind is peaceful and still, seeding the subconscious is a cinch.

When you start practicing positive affirmations in your daily life, you will instantly see the benefits coming to life. Start with one affirmation and pretty soon, you will have rewritten your mind to be more positive. The results WILL astound you!

You will Become what you think.

What are your thoughts on this? Have you used positive affirmations to reframe the way you were thinking? Share your thoughts in the comments. I would love to learn from you.

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9 thoughts on “Rewriting the Mind – We Are What We Think

  1. Lovely post, Zeenat. I love your use of quotes and lists — they make your information easy to read, accessible. (That’s always my goal with the self-help posts.) Can’t wait for the next one.

  2. All of your suggestions are rooted in science. Our self-talk creates our reality and, over time, our brain patterns. Affirmations are a powerful way to rewire your brain.

  3. livepurposefullynow

    Hi Zeenat, I love what you write about Louise Hay…who managed her life so amazingly well using the power of consciousness. I’m a believer and practitioner of the ideas in your article!

  4. Wonderful post and so much truth in your words. We are indeed what we think and our thoughts, either negative or positive, can absolutely transform our lives. Thanks Zeenat 🙏

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