Paraliminal and Subliminal Affirmations

By Val Silver

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. 

What are Subliminal Affirmations

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. 

What are Paraliminals

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.

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.

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. 

How to Choose and Use Paraliminal and Subliminal Audios

  • Follow the directions that accompany your audios. 
  • When visual or auditory messages are actually seen and heard, they influence you even if you do not consciously notice them. Your brain takes it in whether you realize it or not. You can use this ability to your advantage. Put images and affirming words that match what is on the audios where you notice them in passing. 
  • If you choose to use subliminal affirmations, 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.
  • You can play paraliminals softly in the background as you go about your day. 
  • Because paraliminal audios also have tones that entrain your brainwaves, listen to them with headphones for the full effect. These tones help put you in a receptive brain state so that your subconscious mind is more likely to accept and act on the message. This won't work without the headphones.
  • If you want to experiment with this kind of technology, choose a few audios that support your goals. Purchase 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.

Source:How Paraliminals Work

Paraliminal and Subliminal Affirmations page updated 01/2021

For Educational Purposes Only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or medical condition. Please consult with your health provider before using natural remedies and/or complementary therapies if you are pregnant, nursing, or you are being treated for a medical condition. Be aware that certain herbs and supplements interact with medications.

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