In another micro-story here on The Adventures of Bloggard, I described my “Twenty-Second Tune-Up” method whereby you can feel good in twenty seconds. Quite a few people have responded, and asked: “Why does this work so well?”
Gather round. I’ll try to keep the explaino brief.
Normal Affirmations Sometimes Don’t Work
When you do an affirmation, and remembering that the unconscious mind works only by association, it becomes clear why the unconscious mind raises those (past or habitual) thoughts that are actually in direct contradiction to what you were just affirming.
For example, you say, “I have a million dollars,” but the little voice inside your head pipes up and says, “Oh, yeah, SURE you do.”
And that’s because …
The Unconscious Mind Works Only by Association
Your unconscious has associations with both positive and negative thoughts from the past. And supposing this to be true, then it would explain why affirmations seem to work sometimes, and other times not so much. And why some people have great results and other people not so much, with Affirmations.
Feelings Automatically Follow Your Thoughts
And of course, as you think, your body and mind automatically experiences the feelings that are associated with those thoughts.
- Think a happy thought about something you really like and you FEEL happy.
- Think a sad thought about something you dislike and you FEEL unhappy.
And so we discover that saying affirmations on a given day, depending on what thoughts are triggered, could make you feel worried instead of happy, for example.
And Now for Something Completely Different
But what if you could “re-configure” an affirmation in such a way that it did not automatically trigger (by association) it’s counter-thoughts?
And that’s what we are doing with each sentence in the Twenty-Second Tune-Up.
How the Mind Processes Questions
The way the mind words, in our language construction, is that when you ask a question about [something], your mind must actually CONSTRUCT the [something] in order for the question to make sense.
You can prove this for yourself right now. Ask yourself the following question: “Why is it that I Feel Awful?” Note the feeling. Now ask yourself: “Why is it that I Feel so Good?” Note the feeling.
Notice that the feelings floods into your awareness about 1-2 seconds immediately following the last word of the question.
How We Can Use This Automatic Function of the Languaging Mind
Now that we see we have access to a built-in mechanism in the language-processing method of the mind, and further that the mind will automatically construct the [something], we can test it by simply observing that this approach doesn’t much trigger the associated and automatic negative thoughts.
Example — “My income is increasing every week.” This can trigger the counter-thoughts, and for some of us, frequently does. Say this one and notice the feeling that comes.
Modified Example — “Why is it that my income is increasing every week?” Say this one and notice the feeling that comes.
It’s a different feeling.
The Feeling is What Creates Our Reality
This is my understanding of why/how it works.
Now much as I would like to take credit for this discovery, somebody else found it. The method is described in a very small and wonderful book (available on Amazon) called “Afformations.” The author does not advance this explanation given here, that’s my own. And the seven questions of the Twenty-Second Tune-Up are of my own devising.
If you try it, I think you’ll like it. And if you like it, hopefully you will write the questions on a little card, and use it often, every day. And if you do, your life will improve for the better, and I’d love to hear if you have that experience.
And then, if you are finding it useful, or if you are feeling grateful, or if you would like to share this little “feel good trick,” then please share the Twenty-Second Tune-Up page on Bloggard with your friends, on Facebook, GooglePlus, LinkedIn, Twitter … everywhere!
We could start a Twenty-Second Revolution!