The Coué Method
The Coué method centers on a routine repetition of this particular expression according to a specified ritual, in a given physical state, and in the absence of any sort of allied mental imagery, at the beginning and at the end of each day. Unlike a commonly held belief that a strong conscious constitutes the best path to success, Coué maintained that curing some of our troubles requires a change in our subconscious/unconscious thought, which can only be achieved by using our imagination. Although stressing that he was not primarily a healer but one who taught others to heal themselves, Coué claimed to have effected organic changes through autosuggestion.
Coué thus developed a method which relied on the belief that any idea exclusively occupying the mind turns into reality, although only to the extent that the idea is within the realms of possibility.
Coué observed that the main obstacle to autosuggestion was willpower. For the method to work, the patient must refrain from making any independent judgement, meaning that he must not let his will impose its own views on positive ideas. Everything must thus be done to ensure that the positive "autosuggestive" idea is consciously accepted by the patient, otherwise one may end up getting the opposite effect of what is desired.
Coué noted that young children always applied his method perfectly, as they lacked the willpower that remained present among adults. When he instructed a child by saying "clasp your hands and you can't the child would thus immediately follow.
Coué believed a patient's problems were likely to increase if his willpower and imagination (or mental ideas) opposed each other, something Coué would refer to as "self-conflict". As the conflict intensifies, so does the problem i.e., the more the patient tries to sleep, the more he becomes awake. The patient must thus abandon his willpower and instead put more focus on his imaginative power in order to fully succeed with his cure."
Due to a background mainstream culture of repression and cynicism; Aut0-suggestion is the principle method by which magick works, in modern practices. It is the foundation of Chaos Magickal theory. I will not be able to explain it better than has already been done, here:
Autosuggestion is a very powerful mental process. Everyone does it. Everyone does it all the time.
It is the term applied to all ideas, thoughts, proposals, or affirmations that are applied by yourself and that reach the mind through the five senses.
In the simplest language auto-suggestion is simply self suggestion or the process of making suggestions to yourself.
They are the most dominant of your thoughts - the ones you dwell on, the ones that stay in the foreground of your mind - that reach the subconscious mind and influence it.
Although most people are unaware of it, everyone has complete control over what messages get through to the subconscious mind. Even people who are aware of this principle seem to be unable to use it.
Elsewhere on this site the nature of the subconscious mind has been discussed. The truth is that you are going to think and the nature of your thoughts will determine your outcomes.
If you don't take control and plant healthy positive thoughts in your subconscious mind with autosuggestion, you can be sure that your subconscious mind will accept the suggestions coming from other sources.
Your mind is like a garden. If you tend it and plant good useful seeds, you will reap a harvest of positivity in your life.
If you ignore what is being planted in your garden and let anything grow there, you will have a nightmare of weed and garbage.
Your ability to use the principle of autosuggestion will depend, very largely, upon your capacity to concentrate upon a given desire until that desire becomes a burning obsession. - Napoleon Hill Note, however, that when you use self suggestion, ordinary, bland, uninspiring, insipid words will not reach your subconscious mind anymore than they reach your conscious mind.
Your subconscious mind loves to work on things that are mixed with strong emotion and feeling. This principle is so important that you will find it repeated on many of the pages of this site.
There is a price to pay for being able to influence your subconscious mind:
Persistence with autosuggestions
There is no point and nothing to gain by allowing yourself to become discouraged if your initial attempts at affirmation / self suggestion don't produce the results you desire.
The key is repetition and persistence combined with belief.
Here are some other constructive tips that may help you in your self-help program...
Remember that you need to have a definite goal in mind.
- I will lose 'X' pounds
- I will be tobacco free
- I will start a business
Preparation for Autosuggestion
Whatever your goal is, it must be clear and measurable. It must be definite. It must also be something you strongly desire. Hold that goal so firmly in your mind that you can actually see what it looks like.
You need to be able to visualize it. Get into a quiet spot where you will not be disturbed early in the morning or just before bed and relax yourself. Once you're relaxed - state your affirmation / autosuggestion out loud.
Picture yourself as if you had already attained that goal.
Repeat (there's that word again) this program daily (no weekends off) until you start to find yourself automatically taking the actions necessary to get to where you want to go.
Writing your autosuggestions out will also help to get them embedded into your subconscious.
While you do this remember that the purpose of the exercise is to give commands to your subconscious mind. You are not attempting to consciously change.. you must leave it up to your subconscious.
Cynicism and skepticism are far too commonplace these days. It is natural to doubt. It is natural to doubt that affirmations can be so powerful but they are.
As you continue on your path, your skepticism and cynicism will soon be replaced by belief and positive confidence when you realize that your goal is in sight and you've made no conscious effort to get there.
If you want to take your self help program to extreme levels, the method of choice is affirmations with brainwave entrainment.
With entrainment technology you will very quickly plant the seeds of your goals deep in the fertile soil of your subconscious mind.
Compare autosuggestion with affirmation."
See also; V is for Voodoo