Friday, May 06, 2016

The Twilight Zone

Now as you read the title of this month’s blog how many of you can hear in your mind that spooky music that accompanied the TV series of that name countless years ago?   At least those of my age group (!), or science fiction fans of any age group may find those unearthly echoes of sound rising into consciousness.

But my blog this month is nothing to do with science fiction, psychological thrillers or horror scenarios.  It is, however, to do with the “rising into consciousness”.

I’m going to give you a really useful way to work with your mind in the “Twilight Zone” between waking and sleeping - that dreamy, groggy state when we’re neither one nor the other, but “rising into consciousness”.

As we drift from wakefulness into sleep, and from sleep to full awareness, we naturally pass through a hypnotic state where the subconscious mind is open and active.  As we sleep, it is alert to anything that might require us being pulled back to full consciousness, such as an unusual noise, or an odd smell, or just a sense that something is wrong.   And while our conscious mind sleeps, the subconscious remains alert and aware like a guardian angel watching over us.

As we teeter on the threshold of sleep, we pass through a ‘hypnagogic’ state of ‘natural trance’, a time of lucid dreaming, hallucinations (ever thought you heard loud noises or voices that turned out to be imaginary?), strange sensations (spinning bed?) - and often, on waking, a sudden idea or insight into a problem.

These transition windows of awareness are linked to heightened suggestibility and are perfect opportunities to work with the subconscious mind to imprint suggestions for change.  It may be more difficult to do this in the morning ‘hypnagogic’ state because the effort of remembering to do it brings you back to full conscious awareness, but it is fairly easy to get into this routine at night.

Unfortunately, many of us already engage in the wrong kind of ‘self-suggestion’ as we drift into sleep!  Think about the times you’ve gone to sleep worrying about what may go wrong the next day, anticipating problems or failures.  Your ever-obedient subconscious will do its best to give you what you expect!

So wouldn’t it be a good idea to make a habit of positive statements and useful suggestions as you drift off to dreamland?   You may have something specific you want to target such as a successful project or meeting the next day, letting go of something that’s been bothering you, changing a bad habit, reinforcing a weight loss or exercise program.....

All you have to do is construct a short suggestion which you can repeat to yourself over and over as you fall into sleep, just like a mantra (or make it rhyme like a spell, if you like!).  For example, a good suggestion to support a weight control program is:

From now on I only ever eat the right foods in the right quantities at the right times for the right reasons and I’m perfectly content and satisfied with that.

And if you’re getting over an illness or an injury:

My (arm, leg, shoulder, back, stomach, etc., or just body) heals quickly and comfortably.

It doesn’t mattter if you lose the words as you drift off, just holding the thought in your mind as you go to sleep will imprint the intention on the subconscious. 

And a good basic suggestion to cover everything is:

Every day in every way I am getting better and better.

- and leave it up to your subconscious to work on whatever is needed - physical, mental or emotional!

Something to think about......