Prayer and the Subconscious Mind

By Jennifer Christy

The power of the subconscious mind is incredible. It is an amazing machine that not only records everything that you have ever experienced in your life, from life events, to sounds, smells, feelings, visuals, etc, it also manages your day-to-day needs in keeping you alive – heartbeat, digestion and more. It also plays an important role in your belief system and how you live your life.

Essentially, where your conscious mind commands, your subconscious obeys.

Throughout your life, you have established a set of beliefs based on your experiences. Your conscious mind then commands your subconscious to follow those beliefs. Your subconscious, devoid of the ability to reason or think independently, simply carries out those commands and keeps you on track with your beliefs.

When you encounter something that challenges your beliefs, your subconscious will react and try to keep you in within the comfort of your established belief parameters. Your subconscious will make you feel uncomfortable if you try to change those ingrained belief patterns.

For instance, when it comes to adopting a healthy lifestyle, many people struggle to overcome their unhealthy habits due to a strong subconscious effort to maintain their established belief patterns. Their unhealthy habits, in their minds, is a sense of comfort for them and the subconscious mind’s job is to keep things organized and running smoothly as the conscious mind directs.

Having that caffeinated soda first thing in the morning as opposed to a balanced nutritious meal, is a comfort for a lot of people. Even though they “know” or “believe” they should eat a healthy breakfast, they haven’t convinced their subconscious to accept this belief.

In order to change the programing of the subconscious mind, one must pray.

Huh? You might say.

I’m not kidding here.

You don’t need to be religious or even that spiritual. The prayer I’m talking about is along the lines of what Christ taught.

Is your subconscious acting up after reading these words?

Put another way, a prayer to God is being overheard by your subconscious. Your subconscious eavesdrops on your prayers as you kneel in supplication to the Almighty/Divine Source/Universe. Your conscious mind and subconscious minds are the closest when you are in a prayerful state. As you get yourself into a meditative state to communicate with God, your subconscious tunes into what is being said. So what you say to God is very important. As your subconscious picks up what is being said, it will go into action to do its part to help bring about what you are praying for.

For instance, as I’m dealing with challenges regarding my ex-husband, I have decided to include him in the context of my prayers as follows:

“I am the creator of my thoughts and am responsible for what I think about him. I refuse to give power to any person, place, or thing to annoy me or disturb me. I wish health, success, peace of mind and happiness for my ex-husband. I sincerely wish him well and I know he is divinely guided in all his ways.”

By praying thus, I am following Christ’s Golden Rule, to do unto others as I would have them do unto me. The Golden Rule does not merely cover actions, it includes thoughts and feelings towards others. You can not follow this rule, if you “act” like a friend to someone and then behind their back, have feelings of animosity or ill will towards them. It will come back to you, because your subconscious mind is listening in. If it detects that you are creating ill-will towards another, it will respond by making sure ill-will is what you get back by establishing a belief system to insure it of happening.

So, do yourself a favor and give good will to all. Your subconscious mind is listening and will respond accordingly to what you program it to do. Your subconscious mind does not differentiate between others and yourself. It only knows what thoughts you are creating.

As an experiment on this concept, send a positive messages to your friends, a message describing an attribute of theirs that you admire, over the next 30 to 60 days. Expect nothing in return. Instead, be observant of how your life begins to change for the better because of this simple activity. I repeat, do not expect anything in return from the people you message. Instead, observe the ripple effects in your own life.

Is your subconscious acting up? All the more reason to do it.

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