Change Your Mind, Change Your Life

Whatever idea we put in our mind, never mind what that idea may be, becomes true for us, even if it be actually untrue. The same occurrence seen by ten different persons is seen from ten different points of view.

—Emile Coué

“Change your mind, change your life” is a term which often pops up in contemporary society. This term and other facsimiles appear to be a part of “New Age” language; however, there is nothing new about this concept. Certainly this sort of thinking was put forth in the early 1900s by Wallace Wattles (The Science of Getting Rich), Napoleon Hill (Think and Grow Rich), and others; and more recently in the movie “The Secret.” Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Louisa May Alcott, Emily Dickinson… poets, authors, and others—including members of the ground-breaking Transcendentalists—advocated this thinking in the 19th century; and it can be traced further back for centuries. If your thoughts are “I’m sick, miserable and broke,” this is likely what you are currently experiencing in your life; however, if your thoughts are “I’m healthy, wealthy and happy,” you are likely attracting this into your world instead.

In my own life I have found “change your mind, change your life” to be perfectly true. I came from a very negative, dysfunctional background, and had I not pursued methods of personal growth I likely would have continued down that same negative road. As part of my personal growth journey I became involved in the Silva Method in the early 1970s—that program was very much about positive thinking, and making positive changes in our lives through our own thoughts and imagery. I am here to personally attest that changing the way we think has an unparalleled effect on who we become, what we accomplish; basically who we are. When I look at who I am today and the direction that my life has taken, there is a total disconnect between now and the programing I received growing up. That is to say that who I am now and who I was predestined to be have nothing whatsoever in common. I credit hypnosis techniques that I initially learned with the Silva Method—and have refined over the 40+ years since—for helping me to change the direction that my life was otherwise headed.

As hypnotists we are very aware of the effects of habit, and the workings of the subconscious mind. Once a pattern (habit) becomes ingrained in the subconscious we find ourselves doing the same thing over and over again, without regard, whether that pattern is working for or against us. We can change (heal) these patterns by changing our own thoughts, self-talk, and internal imagery. This may be done with affirmations, thought-stopping tactics, and guided imagery—or, rapidly and efficiently—by seeing our local hypnotist and addressing the root cause.

A common pitfall in the proper use of positive affirmations is to allow the consistent use of these affirmations to fall by the wayside once everything seems to be going well. The problem with this is that by the time we realize that things have slipped, or are no longer going so well, we have lost our initial momentum. It is essential—even when things are great—that we keep using the positive affirmations as a sort of preventive maintenance. As I have taught countless times over the years, you must infuse your affirmations with emotion in order to most effectively impact the subconscious mind. Emotion is the language of the subconscious mind—without it, you have nothing but empty words. I have a saying you might keep in mind along your journey: “Whether you love it or whether you hate it, you create it.”

~Drake Eastburn