Four ways to recognize poisonous subconscious beliefs
Suppose your daily source of water was a well, and someone were to put a low concentration of poison into the well.
The poison won’t kill you immediately, but slowly over time eats away at your organs and over the course of a few years will sicken and kill you.
Even in low dosages, would you still drink that water?
Seems obvious that you would either purify it or dig a new well, right?
Unfortunately, it’s not so obvious when the well is a metaphor.
According to cognitive neuroscientists, as much as 95 to 99 percent of our thoughts, emotions, and learning occur at a subconscious level.
Which means that our daily choices are influenced — and often sabotaged — by deeply-embedded emotions and perceptions of which we are completely unaware.
The only way to make more conscious choices is to dig into our subconscious mind — a classic Catch-22.
How is it even possible for the conscious mind to enter our subconscious thoughts, beliefs, perceptions, and feelings?
The answer is revealed in an old Southern proverb:
“Whatever is down in your well will eventually come up in your bucket.”
Your subconscious mind is a deep, dark, mysterious, and oftentimes dangerous well out of which flows the water of your life and your choices.
Every one of us has poison in our well that makes us mentally and emotionally sick and weak.
But how can you purify your well when you don’t know what’s down there? By paying close attention to the water that comes up in your bucket.
Your “bucket water” is manifest in four critical ways:
1. Your circumstances
Examine your life carefully: your career, your income, your home, your marriage, how you spend your time and your money.
Everything about your external life is a reflection of internal beliefs. Your income is not based on your work ethic, but on your beliefs about yourself; you can only earn what you believe you’re worth.
If you don’t like something about your life, the place to start isn’t with the bucket, but rather with the well.
Whatever bothers you is simply a manifestation of poison in your well. You can try to purify each bucket of water as it comes — in other words, change your life circumstances through temporary quick fixes — or you can purify the water at the source by going inside yourself.
2. Your words
Christ taught that “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” In other words, your words are a manifestation of what is in your heart.
Thoughtless, hurtful words evidence selfishness. Vulgar words evidence vulgarity of soul.
The issue isn’t the words themselves, but rather the source of those words. Words alone don’t degrade or limit you, but the beliefs that create them do.
3. Your emotional triggers
Kris Krohn and I explain in our book, The Conscious Creator:
“There is a powerful way to handle negative emotions that arise from the actions of others. That is to first recognize the people to whom you’ve given your power — anyone who pushes your buttons or frustrates, upsets, or offends you in any way.
“Then accept those people as your teachers. Understand that the buttons they’ve pushed are your buttons. You, not the other person, are the one who is upset. Ask yourself what higher law you have to learn.
“More often than not, when we’re hurt by what other people say about us, it’s because there’s some truth in their words…As Carl Jung said, ‘Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.'”
Every offense taken reveals poison in your well, a lesson to be learned, an opportunity to purify your well. Offenses taken reveal less about the offender than they do about the person who takes offense.
As Stephen R. Covey says,
“Any time you think the problem is out there, that very thought is the problem.”
Of course, this one falls in the category of much easier said than done — and I’m no better at this than anyone — but it is incredibly powerful to realize and practice.
4. Your failures
Have you ever lost money in an investment because you were deceived, as I have been? Listen carefully to what James Allen says:
“Penetration belongs to the sincere. All shams are unveiled in their presence. All simulators are transparent to the searching eye of the sincere man.
“With one clear glance he sees through all their flimsy pretences. Tricksters wither under his strong gaze, and want to get away from it. He who has rid his heart of all falseness, and entertains only that which is true, has gained the power to distinguish the false from the true in others.
“He is not deceived who is not self-deceived.”
My investment failures revealed the poison of greediness deep down in my subconscious well. I can list dozens of other poisons revealed by other failures.
Underneath the rubble of failure can be discovered vast treasures of invaluable self-insight.
This is why I’m a huge proponent of failure — it reveals things about ourselves that couldn’t be revealed in any other way.
Your subconscious mind is the source of your heaviest burdens and most harmful poisons. It also holds the keys to unlocking your greatest genius.
The water in your subconscious well is either poisoning or nourishing you. The only way to find out which is to examine the water coming up in your bucket.