Paraliminal and subliminal affirmations are popular ways of listening to affirming words that specifically support health and life goals.
When using subliminal programs, you simply play an audio in the background while going about your daily business. Sometimes these audios are played while you sleep.
The word “subliminal” means 'below threshold'. It cannot be detected consciously even if we listen or look for it.
Subliminal suggestions are embedded in music or ambient sounds. You are conscious of the music or white noise, but you may not be able to hear the actual messages. It is suggested that you play the audio daily for a month or two so that your subconscious mind will accept the affirmations and act on them.
Similar technology is used in videos and commercials. For years, advertisers have been flashing messages and images during TV and movie commercials that you may not consciously notice. All you notice is the urge to get up and have a certain snack.
The word "paraliminal" means 'beyond the threshold of conscious awareness'.
Like subliminal recordings, paraliminals use music and affirming words. But that is where the similarity ends.
Paraliminals are designed differently. Once the music fades, you listen to one message coming into the right ear and a different message coming into the left ear. The right ear receives logical statements that appeal to the left hemisphere of the brain. The right brain receives metaphorical statements.
After a few moments, the messages overlap. It purposely becomes difficult for you to consciously process both statements at the same time. You can tune into one or the other if you like, or just relax and release the need to focus on the messages. Either way, you can no longer filter or understand what is being said. So the subconscious mind relaxes more and just accepts the entire message.
The creator of this technology, Paul Scheele, uses Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and whole brain learning to bring about change.
In addition to the messages, Holosync audio tones, which sound like a hum, are embedded in the recording to increase your ability to benefit and learn from each session.
The jury is still out about whether or not paraliminal and subliminal suggestions are beneficial. Research results and anecdotal evidence are limited and inconsistent.
Subliminal messaging may have a short-term effect if the suggestion is something you want to follow through on. For example, if you are thirsty and like the beverage being flashed at you, you might get up and get one.
Users of paraliminal recordings report improved focus on goals, relaxation, and enhanced feelings of well-being.
However, if you know what the affirmations are, then listening to the recording will remind you of your goal. If you believe they help you, they probably will. This may be a form of the placebo effect. Just hearing the music and seeing the title of the CD cues you into your goals. If your subconscious receives the subliminal or paraliminal messages, so much the better. The more you listen, the stronger the effect.
Source:How Paraliminals Work
Paraliminal and Subliminal Affirmations page updated 01/2021