By Charles Wm. Skillas, PhD, DD, BCH, CI, FNGH,
expert by rehearsing under hypnosis, and keep your feet
is an aspect of the subconscious mind that makes hypnosis
of unprallel utility in increasing performance in all
endeavors requiring practice to perfect. This aspect
is the subconsciouss inability to distinguish real from
imaginary. This derives from the subconscious minds
need to protect us from any danger, real or imaginary,
since it cannot discern the difference.
subconscious operates on programs put into it. An imbedded
program creates a habit, which is an automatic response
to sensory inputs. Programs are consciously created,
and with repetition are imbedded into the subconscious.
Think of the subconscious as a computer. A habit is
a program that has become imbedded into the subconscious
computers hard drive. The summation of programs on the
hard drive determines our behavior and response to life.
If the habit (imbedded program) makes the golf ball
fly onto the green in one stroke, it is because the
conscious mind got out of the way and let the imbedded
program operate unencumbered.
our mothers taught us to tie our shoelaces, we had to
consciously do it very carefully at first slowly moving
our fingers in the proper motion to accomplish the correct
knot. As we continued to tie our shoelaces repeatedly,
the program (habit) became imbedded in our subconscious.
In time, we did not have to think about tying our shoelaces,
it just happened as we activate the imbedded habit and
the subconscious tied the knot. Actually, if we consciously
try to tie our shoelaces, once the habit is embedded,
we will probably make a mistake because the conscious
mind gets into the way of the perfect automatic subconscious
golf, for instance. We can consciously create a single
stroke program in the subconscious by visualizing the
ball coming off the clubface, flying through the air
and going into the cup on the green. The conscious visualization
actuates the subconscious to create the necessary coordinated
body motion program to accomplish the conscious imagery.
If we do this many times, the programmed action becomes
imbedded into the subconscious mind. This then becomes
a program on the subconscious hard drive. When the golfer
meets that visualized situation on the golf course,
the real life sensory inputs line up with the visualized
sensory inputs and the subconscious executes the perfectly
coordinated body motion to accomplish the feat, provided
the conscious mind is out of the way. The conscious
mind can be by-passed by putting oneself into self-hypnosis.
The same technique can be applied to any sport or artistic
endeavor where repetition is required for excellence.
By consciously visualizing the desired result, the subconscious
continuously rehearses the performance and hones the
bodys movements to perfection. The efficacy of this
technique is demonstrated by the fact that most great
artists and sports people use it.