How to Use Your Subconscious Mind to Remove Fear
One of our followers was invited to speak at a banquet. He was panic-stricken at the thought of speaking before a thousand people. He overcame his fear with a combination of mental preparation and self-hypnosis.
For several nights he sat down in an armchair for about five minutes and said to himself slowly, quietly, and positively, “I am going to master this fear. I am overcoming it now. I speak with poise and confidence. I am relaxed and at ease.”
After the five minute self-talk he then listened to the self-hypnosis session, “Public Speaking Confidence“. By using self talk and hypnosis he was using a law of the mind to overcome his fear.When the time came for his talk he spoke with the poise and confidence that he came to believe in his mind.
Why this technique works to overcome any fear
The subconscious mind is always open to suggestion and can be purposely controlled by those suggestions. Self When you quiet your mind and relax, the thoughts of your conscious mind sink down into the subconscious. Then, while your subconscious mind is receptive to ideas, your self-hypnosis session can have a powerful impact on your thought patterns and beliefs. As these positive seeds (your thoughts) sink into the subconscious area of your mind, they grow and multiply, and you become poised, serene, and calm.
Man’s greatest enemy is fear
It is said that fear is man’s greatest enemy. Fear is behind failure, sickness, and poor
human relations. Millions of people are afraid of the past, the future, old age, insanity,
and death. Fear is just a thought that occurs in your mind. So really, when you’re afraid, you are afraid of your own thoughts.
A little boy can be paralyzed with fear when he is told there is a monster under his bed
that is going to take him away. When his father turns on the light and shows him there is
no monster, he is freed from fear. The fear in the mind of the boy was just as real as if
there really was a boogie man there. He was then relieved of a false belief (a thought) in his mind. The
thing he feared did not exist. Likewise, most of your fears have no bases in reality. They are
merely a conglomeration of sinister, overblown shadows and shadows have no reality.
If fear is thought, it follows that if you can simply control your thoughts then you can control your fear. Actually, that’s exactly how you can overcome fear and anxiety. And that’s exactly why listening to self hypnosis sessions regarding your specific fears are so effective.
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A Story of banishing stage fright
A young lady was invited to an audition. She had been looking forward to the interview.
However, on three previous occasions, she had failed miserably due to stage fright.
She possessed a very good voice, but she was certain that when the time came for her to
sing, she would be seized with stage fright. The subconscious mind takes your fears as a
request, proceeds to manifest them, and brings them into your experience. On three
previous auditions she sang wrong notes, and she finally broke down and cried. The
cause, as previously outlined, was an involuntary autosuggestion, i.e., a silent fear
thought emotionalized and subjectified.
She overcame it by the following technique: Three times a day she isolated herself in a
room. She sat down comfortably in an armchair, relaxed her body, and closed her eyes.
She stilled her mind and body to the best of her ability. Physical inertia favors passivity
and renders the mind more receptive to suggestion. She counteracted the fear suggestion
by its converse, saying to herself, “I sing beautifully. I am poised, serene, confident, and calm.” Then she would listen to the self-hypnosis session, Overcoming Fear and Anxiety. Her stage fright gradually diminished.
Fear of failure
Occasionally we’ll hear from students who often seem to suffer from suggestive amnesia at examinations. The complaint is always the same: “I know the answers after the examination is over, but I can’t remember the answers during the examination.”
The idea, which realizes itself, is the one to which we invariably give concentrated
attention. I find that each one is obsessed with the idea of failure. Fear is behind the
temporary amnesia, and it is the cause of the whole experience.
One young medical student was the most brilliant person in his class, yet he found himself failing to answer simple questions at the time of written or oral examinations. The reason was he had been worrying and was fearful for several days previous to the examination.
These negative thoughts became charged with fear. Thoughts enveloped in the powerful
emotion of fear are realized in the subconscious mind. In other words, this young man
was requesting his subconscious mind to see to it that he failed, and that is exactly what it
did. On the day of the examination he found himself stricken with what is called, in
psychological circles, suggestive amnesia.
How he overcame the fear
He learned that his subconscious mind was the storehouse of memory, and that it had a
perfect record of all he had heard and read during his medical training. Moreover, he
learned that the subconscious mind was responsive and reciprocal. The way to be en
rapport with it was to be relaxed, peaceful, and confident. Every night and morning he
began to imagine his mother congratulating him on his wonderful record. He would hold
an imaginary letter from her in his hand. As he began to contemplate the happy result, he
called forth a corresponding or reciprocal response or reaction in himself.
He would then listen to the session, Overcome Fear of Failure. In this way the negative and fearful thoughts were once and for all removed from his mind.
The all wise and omnipotent power of the subconscious took over, dictated, and directed his conscious mind accordingly. He imagined and saw the end, thereby willing the means to the realization of the end. Following this procedure, he had no trouble passing subsequent examinations. In other words, the subjective wisdom took over, compelling him to give an excellent account of himself.
Fear of water, mountains, closed places, etc.
There are many people who are afraid to go into an elevator, climb mountains, or even
swim in the water. It may well be that the individual had unpleasant experiences in the
water in his youth, such as having been thrown forcibly into the water without being able
to swim. He might have been forcibly detained in an elevator, which failed to function
properly, causing resultant fear of closed places.
One man had an experience at about ten years of age. He had accidentally fell into a pool and went down three times. As he told the story it was clear that he could still remember the dark water engulfing his head, and the gasping for air until another boy pulled him out at the last moment. This experience sank into his subconscious mind, and for years he feared the water.
An elderly psychologist said to him, “Go down to the swimming pool, look at the water,
and say out loud in strong tones, ‘I am going to master you. I can dominate you.’ Then go
into the water, take lessons, and overcome it.” The psychologist recommended the hypnosis session Overcome Fears and Phobias.
He followed the advice, and he mastered the water. Do not permit the water of life’s fears to master you. Remember, you are the master of the water. You are master of your life. If you assume a new attitude of mind, the omnipotent power of the subconscious will respond, giving you strength, faith, and confidence, and enabling you to overcome your fears.
Master technique for overcoming any particular fear
The following is a process and technique for overcoming fear, which has been taught for many years. It works like a charm. Try it!
Suppose you are afraid of the water, a mountain, an interview, an audition, or you fear closed places. If you are afraid of swimming, begin now to sit still for five or ten minutes three or four times a day, and imagine you are swimming. Actually, you are swimming in your mind. It is a subjective experience. Mentally you have projected yourself into the water.
You feel the chill of the water and the movement of your arms and legs. It is all real,vivid, and a joyous activity of the mind. It is not idle daydreaming, for you know that what you are experiencing in your imagination will be developed in your subconscious mind. Then you will be compelled to express the image and likeness of the picture you impressed on your deeper mind. This is the law of the subconscious.
You could apply the same technique if you are afraid of mountains or high places. Imagine you are climbing the mountain, feel the reality of it all, enjoy the scenery, knowing that as you continue to do this mentally, you will do it physically with ease and comfort.
The technique above might be called visualization or even light hypnosis. It will work well but for many people they need to be guided by a professional. That’s why special hypnosis sessions have been developed to overcome Specific Fears.
He blessed the elevator
There was an executive of a large corporation who was terrified to ride in an elevator. He
would walk up five flights of stairs to his office every morning. He said that he began to bless the elevator every night and several times a day as he listened to a session to overcome fears and phobias. He did finally overcame his fear.
This was how he blessed the elevator:
“The elevator in our building is a wonderful idea. It
came out of the universal mind. It is a boon and a blessing to all our employees. It gives
wonderful service. It operates in divine order. I ride in it in peace and joy. I remain silent
now while the currents of life, love, and understanding flow through the patterns of my
thought. In my imagination I am now in the elevator, and I step out into my office. The
elevator is full of our employees. I talk to them, and they are friendly, joyous, and free. It
is a wonderful experience of freedom, faith, and confidence. I give thanks.”
He continued this prayer for about ten days, and on the eleventh day, he walked into the
elevator with other members of the organization and felt completely free.
Normal and abnormal fear
Man is born only with two fears, the fear of falling and the fear of noise. These are an
alarm system given you by nature as a means of self-preservation. Normal fear is good.
You hear an automobile coming down the road, and you step aside to survive. The
momentary fear of being run over is overcome by your action. All other fears were given
to you by parents, relatives, teachers, and all those who influenced your early years.
Abnormal fear takes place when man lets his imagination run riot. I knew a woman who
was invited to go on a trip around the world by plane. She began to cut out of the
newspapers all reports of airplane catastrophes. She pictured herself going down in the
ocean, being drowned, etc. This is abnormal fear. Had she persisted in this, she would
undoubtedly have attracted what she feared most.
Another example of abnormal fear is that of a businessman in New York, who was very
prosperous and successful. He had his own private mental motion picture of which he
was the director. He would run this mental movie of failure, bankruptcy, empty shelves,
and no bank balance until he sank into a deep depression. He refused to stop this morbid
imagery and kept reminding his wife that “this can’t last,” “there will be a recession,”
“I feel sure we will go bankrupt,” etc.
His wife told me that he finally did go into bankruptcy, and all the things he imagined
and feared came to pass. The things he feared did not exist, but he brought them to pass by constantly fearing, believing, and expecting financial disaster. The story of Job from the Bible, tells us that he said, the thing I feared has come upon me.
The fear of poverty is very common these days. We saw massive unemployment and financial losses during the housing crises and the slowing economy. Don’t let your worst fears create the very reality you hope to avoid. The fear of poverty can become an obsession and affect many facets of your life including your relationships with family members and friends. Consider redirecting your thoughts toward prosperity and listening to the self-hypnosis session, Overcome The Fear of Poverty . Fear of poverty doesn’t sometimes overwhelm you because you are stupid, or ignorant. You know what’s going on. You are aware of the economic situation …
There are people who are afraid that something terrible will happen to their children, and that some dread catastrophe will befall them. When they read about an epidemic or rare disease, they live in fear that they will catch it, and some imagine they have the disease already. All this is abnormal fear.
The answer to abnormal fear
Move mentally to the opposite. To stay at the extreme of fear is stagnation plus mental
and physical deterioration. When fear arises, there immediately comes with it a desire for
something opposite to the thing feared. Place your attention on the thing immediately
desired. Get absorbed and engrossed in your desire, knowing that the subjective always
overturns the objective. This attitude will give you confidence and lift your spirits. The
infinite power of your subconscious mind is moving on your behalf, and it cannot fail.
Therefore, peace and assurance are yours.
Examine your fears
The president of a large organization told me that when he was a salesman he used to
walk around the block five or six times before he called on a customer. The sales
manager came along one day and said to him “Don’t be afraid of the boogie man behind
the door. There is no boogieman. It is a false belief.”
The manager told him that whenever he looked at his own fears he stared them in the face
and stood up to them, looking them straight in the eye. Then they faded and shrank into
He landed in the jungle
A chaplain told me of his experiences in the Second World War. He had to parachute
from a damaged plane and land in the jungle. He said he was frightened, but he knew
there were two kinds of fear, normal and abnormal, which we have previously pointed
out. He decided to do something about the fear immediately. and began to talk to himself
saying, “John, you can’t surrender to your fear. Your fear is a desire for safety and
security, and a way out.” He began to claim; “Infinite intelligence which guides the
planets in their courses is now leading and guiding me out of this jungle.”
He kept saying this out loud to himself for ten minutes or more. “Then,” he added,
“Something began to stir inside me. A mood of confidence began to seize me, and I
began to walk. After a few days, I miraculously came out of the jungle, and was picked
up by a rescue plane.” His changed mental attitude saved him. His confidence and trust hi
the subjective wisdom and power within him was the solution to his problem.
He said, “Had I begun to bemoan my fate and indulge my fears, I would have succumbed
to the monster fear, and probably would have died of fear and starvation.”
He dismissed himself
The general manager of an organization told me that for three years he feared he would
lose his position. He was always imagining failure. The thing he feared did not exist, save
as a morbid anxious thought in his own mind. His vivid imagination dramatized the loss
of his job until he became nervous and neurotic. Finally he was asked to resign. Actually,
he dismissed himself. His constant negative imagery and fear suggestions to his
subconscious mind caused the latter to respond and react accordingly. It caused him to
make mistakes and foolish decisions, which resulted in his failure as a general manager.
His dismissal would never have happened,. if he had immediately moved to the opposite
in his mind.
They plotted against him
During a recent world lecture tour, I had a two-hour conversation with a prominent
government official. He had a deep sense of inner peace and serenity. He said that all the
abuse he receives politically from newspapers and the opposition party never disturb him.
His practice is to sit still for fifteen minutes in the morning and realize that in the center
of him is a deep still ocean of peace. Meditating in this way, he generates tremendous
power, which overcomes all manner of difficulties and fears.
Some time previously, a colleague called him at midnight and told him a group of people
was plotting against him. This is what he said to his colleague, “I am going to sleep now
in perfect peace. You can discuss it with me at 10:00 A.M. tomorrow.”
He said to me, “I know that no negative thought can ever manifest except I emotionalize
the thought and accept it mentally. I refuse to entertain their suggestion of fear.
Therefore, no harm can come to me.” Notice how calm he was, how cool, how peaceful!
He did not start getting excited, tearing his hair, or wringing his hands. At his center he
found the still water, an inner peace, and there was a great calm.
Deliver yourself from all your fears
Use this perfect formula for casting out fear. I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and
delivered me from all my fears. PSALM 34:4. The Lord is an ancient word meaning
law—the power of your subconscious mind. Learn the wonders of your subconscious,
and how it works and functions. Master the techniques given to you in this chapter. Put
them into practice now, today! Your subconscious will respond, and you will be free of
all fears. I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.
Step this way to freedom from fear
1. Do the thing you are afraid to do, and the death of fear is certain. Say to yourself and
mean it, “I am going to master this fear,” and you will.
2. Fear is a negative thought in your mind. Supplant it with a constructive thought. Fear
has killed millions. Confidence is greater than fear. Nothing is more powerful than faith
in God and the good.
3. Fear is man’s greatest enemy. It is behind failure, sickness, and bad human relations.
Love casts out fear. Love is an emotional attachment to the good things of life. Fall in
love with honesty, integrity, justice, good will, and success. Live in the joyous
expectancy of the best, and invariably the best will come to you.
4. Counteract the fear suggestions with the opposite, such as “I sing beautifully; I am
poised, serene, and calm.” It will pay fabulous dividends.
5. Fear is behind amnesia at oral and written examination time. You can overcome this by
affirming frequently, “I have a perfect memory for everything I need to know,” or you
can imagine a friend congratulating you on your brilliant success on the examination.
Persevere and you will win.
6. If you are afraid to cross water, swim. In your imagination swim freely, joyously.
Project yourself into the water mentally. Feel the chill and thrill of swimming across the
pool. Make it vivid. As you do this subjectively, you will be compelled to go into the
water and conquer it. This is the law of your mind.
7. If you are afraid of closed places, such as elevators, lecture halls, etc., mentally ride in
an elevator blessing all its parts and functions. You will be amazed how quickly the fear
will be dissipated.
8. You were born with only two fears, the fear of falling and the fear of noise. All your
other fears were acquired. Get rid of them.
9. Normal fear is good. Abnormal fear is very bad and destructive. To constantly indulge
in fear thoughts results in abnormal fear, obsessions, and complexes. To fear something
persistently causes a sense of panic and terror.
10. You can overcome abnormal fear when you know the power of your subconscious
mind can change conditions and bring to pass the cherished desires of your heart. Give
your immediate attention and devotion to your desire which is the opposite of your fear.
This is the love that casts out fear.
11. If you are afraid of failure, give attention to success. If you are afraid of sickness,
dwell on your perfect health. If you are afraid of an accident, dwell on the guidance and
protection of God. If you are afraid of death, dwell on Eternal Life. God is Life, and that
is your life now.
12. The great law of substitution is the answer to fear. Whatever you fear has its solution
in the form of your desire. If you are sick, you desire health. If you are in the prison of
fear, you desire freedom. Expect the good. Mentally concentrate on the good, and know
that your subconscious mind answers you always. It never fails.
13. The things you fear do not really exist except as thoughts in your mind. Thoughts are
creative. This is why Job said; the thing I feared has come upon me. Think good and
14. Look at your fears; hold them up to the light of reason. Learn to laugh at your fears.
That is the best medicine.
15. Nothing can disturb you but your own thought. The suggestions, statements, or
threats of other persons have no power. The power is within you, and when your thoughts
are focused on that which is good, then God’s power is with your thoughts of good. There
is only one Creative Power, and It moves as harmony. There are no divisions of quarrels in
it. Its source is Love. This is why God’s power is with your thoughts of good.
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