Paraliminals and Subliminal Affirmations

By Val Silver

Paraliminals and subliminal affirmations are becoming very 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 are sleeping. 

Subliminal suggestions are embedded in music or ambient sounds. You are not able to hear them. You are conscious of the music or white noise, but not the actual messages themselves. The idea is that you listen to them every day for a month or two for your subconscious to accept and act on the suggestions.

Similar technology is used in videos. For years, advertisers have been flashing messages during TV and movie commercials, and using images during shows that you may not consciously notice.

Like subliminal recordings, paraliminals also use music and affirming words. But that is where the similarity ends. Paraliminals are designed differently. Once the music fades, you listen to two messages, one coming into each ear. For the left side of the brain you receive logical statements. The right brain receives metaphorical statements.  After a few moments it becomes purposely difficult for you to process  both statements consciously 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, your subconscious mind receives the entire message.

Do Paraliminal and Subliminal Affirmations Work?

The jury is still out about whether or not paraliminal and subliminal suggestions are beneficial. Research results and anecdotal evidence are limited and inconsistent. 

However, if you know what the affirmations are, then perhaps playing the recording will serve as a reminder to you of your goal if you believe this helps you. This may be a form of the placebo effect.  Just hearing the music and seeing the title of the CD cues you into your health goals. If your subconscious is actually receiving the subliminal messages, so much the better.

If you choose to use subliminal affirmations, I highly suggest you only use audios that have an accompanying list of included affirmations from a source you trust. If any suggestions are questionable, such as, "If you keep up this behavior, this negative thing will happen" choose another audio. You do not want your subconscious to act on negative suggestions.

When visual or auditory messages are actually seen and heard, even if you do not consciously notice them, they do impact and influence you. Your brain takes it in whether you realize it or not. You can use this to your advantage. Put some of images showing what you want and cards with your affirming words where you notice them in passing.

You may also want to play paraliminals softly in the background as you go about your day. You may temporarily listen in at times, which is nice, but will often not consciously attend to them.  Because paraliminal audios are designed with messages for each ear and  also have tones that entrain your brainwaves, you will still have to listen to them with headphones for the full effect. These tones are included because when you relax and your brainwaves get slower, your subconscious mind is more likely to accept and act on the message. 

If you want to experiment with this kind of technology, choose a few that support your goals from a reputable source and follow the directions. Use alone or in conjunction with other visualization and affirmation techniques to positively influence your conscious and subconscious mind to help you achieve your life and health goals.

 Subliminal Affirmations to the Mind Body Connection

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