Subconscious mind questioning is one of the fastest and most reliable ways to make changes in yourself.

No matter what you have in mind, if it involves change, it can be done easier with information from subconscious mind questioning.

  • Weight control, dieting, slimming down
  • Quitting smoking, habit control, drug abuse control
  • Social relationships, personality improvement, communication skills
  • Career improvement, job related skills
  • Concentration and memory, mental focus, information retention
  • Overcoming shyness, being more assertive, expressing yourself
  • Public speaking, speaking up in groups, group participation

And so on. This is just a partial list of the kinds of topics and areas improved with the results of subconscious mind questioning.

Subconscious mind questioning is so important because the subconscious is the most important part of your mind. It controls just about everything you do. It is either closely allied with, or synonymous with, the autonomic nervous system. This is the part of you that controls breathing, heartbeat, and a whole bunch of other stuff that keeps you alive and conscious.

The autonomic nervous system, though, is more brain than mind. It is the subconscious mind — the subconscious part of your mind — that we are interested in here.

Your subconscious mind determines whether or not you can follow your consciously made plans. Same goes for wishes, desires, and wants.

Take losing weight, for example. You are overweight in the first place because of something you subconsciously want or get from being that way.

Here are just a few examples of some of the more common subconscious reasons for overeating and/or being overweight:

  • Food is associated with love so the act of eating is tantamount to getting love.
  • Being overweight reduces insecurity because social rejection comes from it, not from any rejection of the “real” person.
  • Eating is not logically connected to being overweight, so the reward of eating can go on and on (subconscious logic is different from conscious logic and seldom makes conscious sense).

For whatever the reason, if your subconscious mind wants you to be overweight, you will be. Subconscious mind questioning therefore takes on importance if changes in eating behavior are to be accomplished.

Want to quite smoking? Stop chewing your nails? Stop procrastinating? Have more friends? Make more money? Same answer. You are who and how you are because that is the way you subconsciously believe that is who and how you should be.

This is why it can be said, with some justification, that “people don’t change.”That’s because relatively few people know how to get at the real source of change: the subconscious mind.

One of the primary avenues of access to the subconscious mind is subconscious mind questioning. The answers to subconscious mind questioning provide the kind of information that makes it possible to make changes. Changes that are positive. Changes that are permanent.

Without subconscious mind questioning you can’t know what needs to be changed. Many people try, of course, making little more than a stab in the dark. It’s kind of like changing a perfectly good tire because the motor won’t start. Or like spending years in expensive psychoanalysis with only a dim chance of make substantive change.

Subconscious questioning can be done in a number of ways. One thing you should note, though. These are not methods for one person to peek into the subconscious mind of another. To do that, even poorly, requires years of training as a professional therapist. That is not what subconscious questioning is all about. The rule of thumb is to mind your own subconscious business. And see to it that others do the same. At least as far as you are concerned.

The Finger Method of Subconscious Mind Questioning

The finger method of subconscious questioning is simplicity itself. Sit at a table and let yourself get relaxed. Place your hands flat on the table in front of you in a relaxed position. As you look at your hands, think to yourself that you would like one of your fingers to move “on its own.”

That is, you want any of one of your fingers to move without you consciously making it move.

This does not work well for some people. If you happen to be one of them simply skip down to the Chevreul pendulum method. Everyone can do it.

The first time you attempt the finger method it might take several minutes for your finger to move. Just be patient and stay at it. Keep your eyes on your hands because you are not likely to feel the finger move.

When it does move you need not be startled by the movement. It is not spirit directed or some other superstitious hogwash. It is merely an illustration of what is called ideomotor behavior, or ideomotion.

Ideomotion is a bodily movement motivated by an idea. It might seem logical for any movement to be called ideomotion, but the term is usually reserved for movements that are not consciously directed.

Was the movement consciously or subconsciously controlled? That is an easy question for you to answer yourself. If you consciously made it move, it was not ideomotion. If your finger seemingly moved “on its own,” then it was ideomotion and therefore prompted by your subconscious mind.

Once you get a subconsciously prompted movement, you have consciously established rapport with your subconscious mind. The next step is to establish particular movements for specific answers. If you ask your subconscious a questions, you want to get an answer through finger movement.

The most obvious answers are “yes” and “no.” You can add other options like “maybe” or “don’t want to answer,” but let’s keep it simple and work with “yes” and “no.”

Once again watch your hands and think “yes.” “I want a finger movement that will indicate a ‘yes’ answer to a question.” When you have a movement that means “yes,” do the same thing for “no.” You want a finger movement that would indicate a “no” answer (but not the “yes” finger already selected by the subconscious).

After you have obtained your “yes” and “no” finger movements you can begin your subconscious mind questioning.

Obviously you are restricted to questions that can be answered with a “yes” or “no.” Do not ask questions about the future or about other people. Questions like, “Will I live to be a hundred?” or “Does my husband still love me?” are not appropriate questions.

All your questions should be “I” centered: “Do I [subconsciously] need to be overweight [or underweight or whatever bugs you about yourself]?” “Am I worth more than [current salary]?”

Remember that the answers you get to any questions are what is true for you subconsciously. The answers may not correspond to external reality at all. Subconscious mind questioning is just that: your subconscious mind being questioned by you.

Subconscious Mind Questioning with Automatic Writing

Automatic writing is another form of ideomotion used in subconscious mind questioning. It is similar to the finger response method but more sophisticated in output. The objective is to get your arm, wrist and hand to produce automatic writing — subconsciously motivated writing — with a pen or pencil.

Begin this form of subconscious mind questioning by sitting at a table with pencil or pen in your dominant hand (the one you normally write with). Be ready to write on a pad or piece of paper. Sit there and concentrate on the desire for your hand to start writing without conscious volition. This is the same as it was with the finger response movement, only this time you want a written product instead of simple finger movement.

Some people find it easier to get automatic writing started by looking at their hand. Others find it better to look away. Sometimes it takes a while for the writing to begin. For some people it takes too long and they lack the patience to wait for it.

People who become adept at automating — that’s what it is called when you are writing automatically — usually need someone to pick up the sheet of paper when the writing reaches the bottom and place a clean sheet for starting at the top.

Writing is usually connected and can be in reverse on alternate lines. That is, writing moves from left to right to the edge of the paper, moves down and writes from right to left to the left edge, does the same thing there and continues writing left to right, and so on.

I have never seen subconscious mind questioning with automatic writing produce results that were neat and easy to read. This form of subconscious mind questioning output typically looks like half gibberish. The other half forms letters and words.

I had one research subject who could automate like crazy. She could produce pages and pages of automated writing in a short session. She produced so much output she complained about how long it took to find meaningful snippets and messages.

The output of her subconscious mind questioning really was a mess. Sometimes there would be just isolated words seemingly without meaning. I jokingly suggested she should “autotype” instead to make deciphering her writing easier.

The next week she came back with a stack of typed pages composed of thousands of words she had autopyped! She had found she was actually able to do it. Unfortunately this only added to her consternation. Now the output of her subconscious mind questioning consisted of what was eventually hundreds of pages of densely spaced type. She had far more pages than she would ever have the patience to search through tens of thousands of words to find meaning.

She had virtually buried herself in her own subconscious mind questioning output.

Such problems don’t arise with our next form of subconscious mind questioning.

The Chevreul Pendulum, the Workhorse of Subconscious Mind Questioning

This third method of subconscious mind questioning also involves ideomotion. It has always been the workhorse of my research, therapy and teaching. It involves a pendulum which can easily magnify ideomotor movement. It is therefore much easier to get started than either the finger response method or automatic writing.

Make a pendulum from a ring, hardware washer, or anything small and light that can be tied to the end of a piece of thread or light string. Make it 10 or 12 inches long.

Now make a sheet of paper with a cross, an intersecting X, and two circular directions (clockwise and counterclockwise). It should look something like the diagram but without the directions written on it.

answer options diagram

Directions of swing for answers from the subconscious mind with the Chevreul pendulum.

Hold the pendulum over the center of the paper, where the X and the cross intersect, and think to yourself that you want the pendulum to swing in a direction that will indicate a “yes” answer. Don’t try to make the pendulum move, and don’t keep it from moving. Just hold it still over the paper and wait.

Chevreul pendulum in use.

Using the Chevreul pendulum.

You will very quickly get a direction of swing that will indicate “yes” when in response to a question. Don’t be surprised if the direction is vertical, which corresponds to the direction we in the Western world nod our heads to indicate “yes.”

Now do the same thing for “no.” That direction might well be horizontal. But you never know with the subconscious mind. Just let yourself subconsciously pick the answers and settle for what you get. You can also add other answer possibilities, like “maybe,” “don’t want to answer,” and “rephrase the question.” Always leave at least one of the six directions blank in case none of your choices is the correct answer to a question you have asked.

You can probably think of a lot of questions you want to ask in a subconscious mind questioning session. The questions can really add up when the answer to one question leads to several more questions that come to mind. It is often quite instructive to ask questions like, “Am I afraid of success?” “Do I want to be slender?” “Is it okay if I sleep soundly at night?” And so on.

Subconscious mind questioning is something that should be done in solitude and with no other distractions. Just as an autobiography is written by a person about herself, so too is subconscious mind questioning done by oneself, for oneself, and about oneself. As long as you stick to this you will be in no danger from subconscious mind questioning.

You will always be safe because your subconscious mind will not divulge anything that would create a problem for you. In fact, the subconscious mind generally tends to be over protective and errs on the side of being too conservative. You will not hurt yourself with subconscious mind questioning.

I’m not saying that you will never make yourself uncomfortable with subconscious mind questioning. That does sometimes happen. When it does, it’s not serious and it’s not permanent. But it can be disconcerting to learn that your subconscious mind believes that, say, you subconsciously require you to embarrass yourself in certain social situations. (Explains a lot, doesn’t it?)

I have histories of people who’s efforts at self-control or improvement were frustrated by years of failure. But with autoquestioning they were able to discover, and subsequently remove, their subconscious blockages and move forward. You may find the same thing to be true for yourself.

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