Who Really Is in Charge?


By Phil Rosenbaum

   Most people believe that they are basically in charge of their lives. However, this is not entirely correct. Dr. Bruce Lipton, biologist, author, and pioneer in the field of epigenetics (the study of changes in organisms caused by modification of gene expression), gives an excellent explanation of what really goes on inside an individual. Although many people believe that they are calling the shots in terms of career choice, relationships, health, and success in life, they need to realize that most of their behavior is not consciously determined. It is actually the subconscious part of the mind that is running the show. 

   Dr. Lipton explains that during the first seven years of life, people are essentially in a state of hypnosis. The brain waves are the same as if one were in a hypnotic trance. As a result, individuals accept nearly all of what they hear and experience. This later becomes subconscious programming. We are operating on all the messages we have received in the first seven years of our lives. According to Dr. Lipton, 95% of our behavior comes from this programming. In other words, we are only consciously making decisions 5% of the time. 

   Why is this a problem? It is a problem because a large percentage of this programming may not be positive and may actually be detrimental to our success and happiness as adults. Several years ago, a study was done where researchers followed families around as parents took their children shopping. The researchers kept track of how many of the messages the children received were positive and how many were negative. They found that the majority of the statements parents said to their children were negative. 

   Dr. Lipton talks about a technique called “muscle testing,” where one can find out if the conscious mind and the subconscious mind are in agreement with each other. One way this works is to have people hold their arm out. You then ask them a question, and when they answer, you push down on their arm. As an example, if you ask people if they love themselves, and they say “yes,” if it is true, their arm will resist going down. However, if they say they love themselves, but they really do not, it will be relatively easy to push their arm down. By using this technique, it has been found that 90% of the individuals tested did not love themselves. Why is it that so few people love themselves? It basically comes down to the beliefs they carry in their subconscious programming. If children get the message that they are not good enough, or that they’ll never amount to anything, or no one will love them, these messages are accepted. They become part of the subconscious programming, which will greatly affect the individual’s life. Because this programming is subconscious, the individual is not even aware of the fact that it is running their life.

   This is why so many people have serious problems in their relationships, have jobs they don’t enjoy or are just not very happy. This negative programming determines the quality and success of the person’s life.

   There is good news, however. One can change the negative programming and replace it with much more positive messages. Two of the best ways of making these changes are using hypnosis and repetition with affirmations. Affirmations are positive statements one tells oneself. For example, if one continually says, “I am good enough,” the person will eventually come to believe this. The problem is that one must do this many times each day, and it will take time before it is actually accepted. The other method for changing the subconscious programming is with the use of hypnosis. Since we were in a hypnotic state when we received and accepted the negative messages, what better way to change them than with the use of hypnosis? By combining hypnosis with repetition, one can change the programming even faster. There is no need to allow messages that were accepted before age seven to run our lives. 

   If you would like to learn more about hypnosis or experience a hypnotherapy session, please call Phil Rosenbaum at 248-688-6469. Don’t let negative subconscious messages run your life.


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