There are many, many rabbit holes on the internet, and you don’t always know you’re about to go down one when you start your research. Kind of like Alice. I’m guessing she had no idea that following the white rabbit would lead her where it did.
I’ve seen some chatter recently on the power of positive thinking. On engaging the subconscious to make it work for you whether you’re sleeping, working, or watching reruns of Sherlock to catch-up. So, I decided to do a little digging.
It got creepy fast.
I was surprised how much was out there about it, and how little was from sources I’d consider reliable. No scientific papers. No news outlets. Nothing I recognized.
You know you’re down the rabbit hole when you’ve moved past the first page of Google and still don’t see what you’re researching.
So, I’m left with the bits and pieces I’ve been willing to read from various sources of dubious credibility. Which, frankly, wasn’t much. Partially because I’m not looking to contract a new computer virus, but mostly because I have enough crazy in my life.
Still, their general message was pretty much the same.
According to less-than-credible sources, your subconscious can’t tell the difference between the truth and a lie. If you lie to it, telling it something you want to be true but that isn’t, your subconscious will work to make it true. It’ll work on this all the time. The subconscious never really stops, so once you’ve engaged it, your subconscious will work to help you achieve your dreams even while you’re sleeping, commuting, doing whatever else your conscious mind needs to do.
Sounds too good to be true. So, it probably is.
The other general theme was that very little of our brain is actually focused on our consciousness. As shown by the graphic below:
But, I could find NO scientific evidence of this. And, of course, the sea of universal consciousness being referenced repeatedly made me narrow my eyes.
So, I looked up this sea on Wikipedia as I no longer trusted where Google would take me.
And this is what Wikipedia had to say:
Fringe theories, indeed.
Still, as wacky as a lot of my “research” was, I’ve decided to try a very watered down version of what’s out there. That watered down version says to write down what you want to have happen and let your subconscious take over and help you make it happen.
I wrote down:
I am a New York Time’s best-selling author
I am a USA Today best-selling author.
Okay subconscious, do your stuff.