The study of the subconscious has been at the forefront of human potential development for over one hundred years. Scientists and psychologists are continually researching for more effective ways to reach and understand the source of human behaviour. Since the early 1800's, when simple hypnosis was first highlighted, more and more people have become aware of the laboratory research which established that we can perceive auditory, visual and olfactory stimuli which are subliminal, i.e. below the level of our conscious awareness. When we break the word subliminal down, and examine it from a semantic point of view, where sub meaning below or under, and liminal (from limen) meaning the line between the threshold of objective (conscious) and subjective (subconscious) awareness are joined, this represents the threshold below conscious rational awareness. This definition in itself conveys a tremendous amount of meaning to the word subliminal. The understanding and technology of the computer has made colossal advances in recent decades. So also, has the understanding of the bio-computer -- and the world of the subconscious.
However, we must be careful in accepting purely semantic or dictionary definitions as representing the full meaning of a scientific discipline. The reason for this is that scientific disciplines are the end result of an initial thought or question carried through to its conclusion. Often times these simple thoughts result in absolutely astounding ramifications that prohibit one word labels conveying the total meaning. Therefore, to understand these disciplines and appreciate their full significance we look to the simple questions that were asked at the very beginning which led to the explosion of knowledge. A wonderful example of this is Albert Einstein. As a teenager, young Albert asked himself. "What would it be like to ride a beam of light?" The answer came many years later with his profound theory of relativity, an explosive answer to a very simple question.
Subliminal learning is in much the same situation. By beginning with the simple question, "how do we tap the unlimited power of our own potential?" a tremendous amount of knowledge resulted. Subliminal communication is as old a mankind and very important for our survival. Musicians have always been aware, at least intuitively, of the effects of subliminal stimuli. A military band is an excellent example of subliminal communication. History tells us that Napoleon said he "would leave two legions behind and take a good drummer boy into battle".
Our five senses recognise millions of bits of information every second, far more than our conscious awareness can register, but just because we cannot consciously register all this information does not mean it is gone forever; our subconscious awareness accepts the information instead, and stores it away in our data file, our library of values, memories, expectations, beliefs, skills, habits and patterns of behaviour. It is from this data file that our values, opinions, skills, personality and emotions are formed. And so the present us is the result of all the ideas, inputs and influences which we have stored since our conception.
Unfortunately, not all of the information we store is in our best interest. We have all been exposed to negative influences during our lifetime; in fact, researchers estimate that, as children, we receive twenty negative instructions for each positive, reassuring statement. Our subconscious is imbedded with self limiting information and it is the sum of all these influences and experiences, whether good or otherwise, which add up to what we are and how we see, think and feel about ourselves.
Negative conditioning, and positive conditioning, will stay with us for life, until we do something about it. When we lack the confidence to attempt to accomplish a worthwhile goal we now know that our frame of reference contains information damaging to our self-confidence, self-esteem and self-worth. This information could also rob us of the creativity, imagination and even the vitality required to tackle projects which another would find easy to accomplish. The negative conditioning needs to be replaced with positive, helpful information which agrees with our conscious choice.
In essence, this new concept is taking hold and we are discovering that by accepting a way to change our behaviour, and by taking responsibility for ourselves, we do enhance and enrich our lives. Much of this reasoning is largely due to the serious issues to which mental, physical, emotional and environmental stress have contributed. Consider the following: Increasing sophistication of technology -- techno-stress: Privatisation, mergers and takeovers: Increased working hours, restructuring and de-layering: Fear of redundancy. Add to these the stresses of: Family life: Relationships: Financial resources.
Subliminal learning takes advantage of a natural ability for learning. There are more than 800 published scientific studies that have unequivocally demonstrated the validity of our ability to perceive information through the use of subliminal stimulation and subliminal techniques are used in a variety of professions; musicians, film producers, therapists, athletes and advertisers are all benefiting from its use. Top athletes know that defeating the opponent within means moving the psychological barriers. They know they can be told, over and over again, how good they are, but until they accept the thought and create a new frame of reference of winning images, that fact will never influence their performance.
Subliminal learning works best in conjunction with our conscious commitment and requires our personal participation, patience and persistence. We need to stay focused on our desired goal. Once our subconscious has had sufficient exposure to the new information we will experience subtle changes in our behaviour.
Whether we agree with its use or not, subliminal communication is part of everyday life. The technology exists to provide subliminal learning to reinforce conventional instruction. By adding these techniques to the educational and training environment, learning can be accelerated. While teaching content on the surpa-liminal level, study habits, attitudes and enjoyment can be taught on the subliminal level. Appropriate and sensitive use of carefully selected and adequately presented subliminal stimuli will enhance instruction, improve memory and reinforce healthy motivational tendencies.
Subliminal technology is feasible, practical and readily implemented. It is time to explore the beneficial uses and from the results gathered in experimental projects it seems logical that these techniques can be used to obtain an educational advantage. Several colleges and universities and school systems have approved the use of subliminal programmes. More extensive is the use by students who receive them from their parents. It is estimated that well over a million school and college students in the US are now using programmes designed to improve attitudes and enhance school and athletic performance. Unlike hypnosis, subliminal techniques do not depend on a trance state, deep meditation or professional intervention. The most practical method is via audio cassette tapes or CDs which can be played in a car, office, home or Walkman type systems. They are efficient, unobtrusive, powerful and operate while one is engaged in regular work, study and leisure activities.
We live in a time when our knowledge base is doubling every year. We have to learn more, we have to learn faster and so we need to develop techniques that will help us to move closer and closer to our full potential. Subliminal Learning has a role to play; it is a tool, a very valuable tool. With the focus on learning and responsibility for self-management, a good tool-kit of realistic life-skills is a wise investment. The more diverse our capabilities the better prepared we will be, to move quickly and surely, as old opportunities fade and new ones arise. Finding your life's purpose is one of the most important requirements for happiness. However, before you can find your life's purpose, you need to do some preparatory work.