Distinction: most education is taught in what is called informational learning, that’s likely what you experienced when you went to school. This coaching program is transformational learning/education, in other words not designed to teach you, but to transform you.
If you remember back in the coaching session “law of insignificance” http://www.alexgoen.com/4-strategies-for-significance/ you discovered how real significance starts with insignificance, you should be using the three exercises every day Incorporated in all you do.
At this point also, you should have selected at least one WINsuit preferably three, though you still are uncertain whether or not you are correct with your selection, you should have a least one picked out.
Other than those “participatory” exercises all you’ve been asked to do thus far is read these emails. However while you’re reading these emails you are doing something else, it’s the something else that is of supreme importance. What is it that you’re doing? You are thinking, this what, seemingly appears to be an insignificant act has profound significance in this transformational process.
Before we go any further, it’s important to take a little time to understand how the brain functions a little bit better. I like to make the reference that your subconscious mind is similar to the hard drive on your computer in its capacity to store information and to use electrical impulses or electrons to communicate the information. However, the human mind is much more capable and complex than any computer or hard drive that can be found today. In addition to using electrons, our brains have receptor sites for chemical signaling. This chemical signaling plays a role in the programming of your subconscious, but it’s the electronic signaling that plays the majority of the role. With weight control, the chemical signaling plays a role in both the physiological and psychological challenges/solutions.
Our brains are composed of microscopic cells that cannot be seen by the eye without a microscope. A grain of sand could have millions in the same space. The types of cells that are in the brain that make up the conscious and subconscious mind are called “neurons”. Your brain contains an estimated 100 billion neurons that communicate with one another through electronic and chemical signaling, and the communication from neuron to neuron being that it’s both chemical and electrical, is called “electrochemical”.
Every thought triggers a magnificent array of electric and chemical impulses from neuron to neuron, an intricate chain reaction communicating electrochemically from neuron to neuron. Your brain simply and magnificently is the most complex computer circuit board ever created and likely never duplicated. It is made up of living cells and is constantly changing, mutating, and growing unlike any computer that man has ever created and likely will ever be able to create.
The ability for the human brain to change, improve, figure out, reprioritize, take orders, and accept commands is truly amazing and to imagine that we are so incredibly fortunate to have this magnificent factory, the greatest on earth, between our two ears. Even more magnificent, each and every one of these microscopic neurons has ever changing wires extending from them called “dendrites”. Dendrites connect these neurons to one another and in turn rapidly are able to change the pattern of messaging from one neuron to the other, simply by the most powerful force on earth, a thought, truly magnificent, and awe-inspiring. Plain and simple, you command this complex electrochemical processing, programming factory to communicate differently, and the dendrites do exactly as instructed at all times. Most of the rewiring is done, in what’s called the Delta state.
As instructed by you, the individual neurons create additional dendrites, or lengthen the connections, or change the connections, or create additional means of communication called “synapses”, which are used for a higher, more important means of communication. In addition, it’s hypothesized that neurons as needed work together to restructure one another, and that the network of dendrite connections and the inner-weaving of such respond to your very commands.
When you think about it in terms of what’s going on in your brain, every time that you “think” the gravitas of what’s taking place, it is truly extraordinary. The chain reaction that you create and control as a result of the thought becomes an extraordinary gift that comes with extraordinary responsibility. Every day it’s estimated that we have approximately 65,000 thoughts, 95% of them being the same as from the previous days. New thoughts that are born as insignificant, providing proper repetition, can stimulate and cause structural change or “dendrite cabling” when needed to improve the efficiency, messaging, cabling, and communications of your brain. Repeated thoughts typically will use the same set of neurons to efficiently carry out the tasks. The neural circuitries of the brain, and its capacity of extraordinary structural changes that take place every day, every moment of the day and especially during the Delta state, is a tool that we have available to us at all times.
With repeated thought (WINstructions, WINcourses), dendrites (wires) will string themselves from neuron to neuron and become locked in place to carry out a task repeatedly and efficiently. That’s why with repeated WINstructions, the dendrite cabling reinforces your belief/security structure/traits/attributes into who you “be”, or into your very being, into who you are, into who you is. As you repeat your WINstructions and you incorporate them into your self-talk, the old dendrites atrophy (die) and new dendrites are formed and replace the dying ones.
As time goes on and you continue to engineer you, the structure of the brain can change and is shaped by the process of repeated thought. WINcycles of WINstructions, WINcourses, and the neural networks in your brain increase in efficiency, complexity, dendrite cabling, to serve you better, to improve your efficiency, and to ground you into the “being” that you engineer for yourself.
Article by Alex Goen inventor of WINosp™, Institute of Hypnosis Research
Psychological weight related issues
It’s important to understand the psychological or subconscious programming issue related to weight for a number reasons. First and most important, it helps you recognize damaging patterns, programs, self-talk, and way of thinking. Second, this will give you an insight and understanding when you go into the reprogramming phase, and third so you don’t continue the pattern with your children, family and loved ones.
Also keep in mind that likely much of the reason that there is an obesity epidemic in this country and across the world is that in a relatively short period of time 50 years or so, we have gone away from being a very active society, where the necessity of expending high amounts of calories on a daily basis was required for survival. In addition, we did not have the vast availability of calorie rich, heavily processed, sweet, high fructose corn syrup, high-fat foods that we have today. The meat that we eat today has much more fat than the wild game we ate in past generations.
Many of the damaging programs in the subconscious mind were grounded in healthy beneficial programs of the previous generation that led to survival, health and longevity, likely passed down from generation to generation, and very possibly even passed down instinctively.
It very well may mean that you have within you the power to positively impact not only your life but the life of many generations to come, and you very possibly can dramatically improve the quality of life for your children and your grandchildren and many generations after that. When you think about it that way, the gravitas of impacting many generations of life and the quality of life very well may begin with some insignificant thoughts and turn into what likely will have significance in not just your life but many generations to come.
What is psychological weight control?
If you haven’t already noticed, the terminology used is a little different than in some of the previous coaching sessions. For example, instead of suggesting that psychological fullness is a result of a belief, it’s referred to it as psychological fullness.
I have done extensive work in the area of psychological and physiological weight control, starting well over 30 years ago working one on one, and then in small groups in the health club arena. Then in a private practice that led to A. Goen Seminars Institute becoming the largest weight loss seminar company in the country of its kind, which primarily focused on the psychological challenges with weight loss. As I worked with larger and larger groups, I realized that I needed some additional tools to deal with the physiological challenges with weight control as well. That’s what gave birth to a company called NUTRAMERICA, and then to a brand called TRIMSPA that eventually became the number one selling diet pill the country, outselling number two through five combined. This is not pointed out to brag, but to impress upon you the work I’ve done in this field.
One of the problems with weight control from the psychological/subconscious mind viewpoint was addressed earlier; you have to eat to sustain life. You wouldn’t want to create a program to get you to stop eating altogether, but for example, if you were a smoker you would want you to stop smoking altogether.
The other complexity with weight control is that the programming is so deeply embedded into the operating system of your life. This is important to explore with you so you have a deep understanding of the real root of the issue, and then you can address it and in turn have great success. In order to address the issue, keep in mind everything that you learned thus far about the subconscious mind. And now we are going to probe even deeper.
So far you remember that your subconscious mind dominates your behavior. That’s according to Sigmund Freud, who first made the reference to the subconscious mind, and that it’s 90% of your mind. The subconscious mind also is programmed through repetition, and its mission in life is to take you towards pleasure and to stay away from pain.
The subconscious mind also regulates many bodily functions, including heartbeat, breathing, digestion, and many others. When the subconscious mind regulates your heartbeat for example, can you get in on the conversation? In other words, when was the last time you listened to heartbeat self-talk or even instructed your heart to beat? Is there any self-talk at all taking place? Or is it all completely automatic? When a behavior or a bodily function is repeated over and over and over again enough times, the self-talk is more difficult to tune into or sometimes altogether disappears, however you can get it to reappear.
You can control your heartbeat if you train yourself properly. Let me give you another example. How often do you think about your breathing? Most of the time it’s automatic like your heartbeat, you don’t think about it, it just happens; you are not involved in the self-talk, in the reasoning, in the discussion. However you can join in any time you choose, for example you can say to yourself, take a deep breath, hold it for a moment, and exhale slowly, and now you have total control, you have joined the conversation, (you likely took a breath just reading this) you are now participating in the self-talk, you are now in control at least for a temporary period of time before it goes right back to automatic and the subconscious mind dominates once again.
If every day you spend some time controlling your breathing for a period of time, and understanding that pattern, after that you take some time and work on controlling your heartbeat, and in a relatively short period of time if not capable already, you will be able to control your heartbeat and join in on that conversation, becoming part of that self-talk. This logic can in turn be followed for many bodily functions and even behaviors that seem to be completely controlled by the subconscious mind and can’t be controlled or influenced by the conscious mind.
In a study by a knee surgeon wishing to figure out the best surgical procedure, he performed knee surgeries on three groups. With the first group the surgeon made two small incisions and simply cleaned out the debris in the knee. With the second group, the patients received the addition of some of the knee cartilage shaping. And with the third group (the placebo group), the surgeon made two small incisions and nothing else was done.
All three groups were awake during the procedure and were able to watch the procedure being done on a video above them. There was a blanket draped below their neck preventing them from looking directly at their knee. The first two groups watched their actual video of the procedure, however the third group that didn’t have a procedure other than two small cuts, watched a procedure from one of the first two groups.
Afterwards, incredibly all three groups experienced the same post surgery benefits. Of course the third group experienced only the placebo effect. Was that the conscious reasoning mind that created this or was it the subconscious mind? Did the conscious mind join the conversation? May the conversation have sounded something like this? “Wow, look at that video screen, that’s my knee that the doctor is cleaning out and fixing, I’ll be walking and running better than I have in a long time, I’m so excited about this, I can’t wait to be mobile again, hooray I can’t wait!”
What would you have said to yourself if you were lying there watching? Self-talk grounded in emotion and belief is profound and incredibly powerful and would you ever think that your self-talk could affect the way your knee functions or heals?
The reverse is true as well, and the reverse logic is especially helpful in developing highly tuned athletic abilities, and more about that later. For example, have you ever been driving a car using only your subconscious mind, when your conscious mind is basically asleep? Let’s explore this. Can you ever remember a time when you got into your car and time just about disappeared, and you got to a destination, but you didn’t really have much conscious recall of the trip?
You were driving on automatic, it was your subconscious mind doing the driving. Well how did it do? Likely very well, anything that you do with your subconscious mind typically is much better than with your conscious mind, providing there is a good set of instructions or as we call it WINstructions. What would you rather use, 10% of your mind to do something, or 90% of your mind to do something?
Think for a moment about driving again. As you drive down the road, how often do you join the conversation, participating in the self-talk, making sure that you stay between the white dotted lines? If you have only been driving for only a few months, you likely join the conversation often. In the beginning you are nonstop telling yourself to stay between those white lines, but as time goes on you hardly ever join the conversation, and your subconscious mind takes over and you’re perfectly happy and confident that you’re in good hands, that your subconscious mind is in control.
You may even get into deep thought about something completely different, or get into a deep conversation with someone, or listen to the tunes on your radio, or look at the beautiful scenery around you, and you don’t think for a moment about those white lines that your car has to stay between. At the same time, any time you so choose, you can interrupt what your subconscious mind is doing, and join the conversation, becoming part of the self-talk.
I would venture to say that your subconscious mind will drive your car much better alone than when you and your conscious mind join the conversation. For example, you’re driving down the road and in front of you is a construction site and in a moment you are going to have to drive between two concrete dividers for an extended period of time. Now your conscious mind takes over and tries real hard to stay between those dividers on both sides without hitting them. You are constantly nonstop correcting the steering wheel, you get nervous and you maybe even start to sweat a bit, and you’re not nearly as comfortable as you were only a few minutes earlier when your subconscious mind was in charge. Can you at least somewhat relate to or at least get the point?
What does all this have to do with weight, you may be asking? Or you may have already figured it out. Now, two primary considerations, first, the understanding of how to join the conversation, to participate in the self-talk and second, behaviors grounded with massive amount of repetition become so embedded into the subconscious mind that eventually it seems that you can lose control. The truth of the matter is that even with a bodily function such as heartbeat, with just a little bit of work you can intervene, you can participate, and you can take control and reprogram or instruct your subconscious.
I also want you to understand that ideally you want your subconscious mind to be in control, providing that you’ve programmed it according to the way that you want to be, and not engineered by your environment and making you powerless. Wouldn’t it be great if your subconscious mind was in alignment with your conscious mind’s desire to be fat-free and fabulously fit forever?
Wouldn’t you be excited if you were becoming full twice as fast on half the food? Would you enjoy life more if you were on a mission to find your normal body weight (the weight that you want to be), and your subconscious mind was in complete and total alignment with your conscious mind? Of course, the answer always is life is better when your conscious and subconscious minds are in alignment.
Article by Alex Goen inventor of WINosp™, Institute of Hypnosis Research
Whether weight is or isn’t an issue in your life, these principles will apply to your life. This coaching session is not solely about becoming the weight that you want to be, it’s also about your overall health and your families health as well. The more that I have worked with people and their issues with weight, the more passionate I become that your mind plays a critical if not the most important role in finally becoming the weight that you want to be.
Physiological Weight Control Fundamentals
There are basically two reasons that you possess the weight that you possess, one is physiological (physical) and the other is psychological (mind). There are numerous physiological reasons that some are thin and others are overweight. We have a part of our brain called the hypothalamus (weight regulating mechanism), and even though the hypothalamus is in your brain, it addresses the physiological aspects of weight control. This part of the brain signals you that you are physically full, but not psychologically full, and there’s a big difference.
This part of the brain determines physically what your proper healthy weight should be based upon physiological input. This input is called your set-point, defined as a predetermined weight that you hypothalamus considers to be safe, effective, normal and healthy for you. This is the part of the brain that controls metabolism, which is the optimal amount of calories that your body burns per day based on many contributing factors. Last, it’s believed that this part of your brain is responsible for perceiving feast or famine, whether to try to conserve energy or to burn it.
Psychological Weight control fundamentals
The psychological program in your subconscious mind relating to weight is your inner homing device or default program that controls your eating and exercise/activity behaviors. As they are repeated over and over, for the most part oblivious to the person struggling with weight, they keep your inner orientation on overeating, eating unhealthy foods, cleaning the plate, reward for overeating, overeating when worried, overeating when happy, associating junk food with happiness, associating food with having friends, associating food with romance, and on and on. Just like a compass needle always points north, you will always be pointed in the direction of the program that’s in your subconscious mind.
All your thoughts, decisions and actions related to weight control are so powerfully imbedded in your subconscious mind that it becomes difficult to tune in to the self-talk, and will move you towards your likely environmentally programmed destructive attitudes towards food, exercise and activity. If you choose not to focus on reprogramming this destructive damaging behavior, your actions will further become haphazard. You will function with your inner guidance system focused on the same unhealthy destructive behaviors, rendering you powerless to control your weight no matter what diet you’re on.
Weight control adds a complexity to what you discovered thus far about behavior and how to change it. For example, you don’t have to have a bad attitude in order to live, however you do have to eat to sustain life. You don’t have to be happy in order to live, however food is a requirement. In other words, if you change your bad attitude into a good attitude, or unhappiness into happiness, you will continue to live and of course a much more fruitful life. If you change from eating to not eating, temporarily you likely will be healthier, but of course eventually you will die. This adds to the complexity of psychological weight control.
The good news is that just as your gyroscope points you in the direction of weight gain, you can get your gyroscope to be your greatest weapon in the assault on finally becoming fat-free and fabulously fit forever. Just like you were programmed with a very powerful destructive operating system that guides your life regarding weight, that operating system can be reset, reprogrammed, readjusted and your inner homing device or default program that guides your thinking and your behavior to have the operating system of a thin and fit high-energy person.
In other words, if you are highly susceptible to the destructive programs (that cause weight gain, overeating, cravings), you are just as highly susceptible to the constructive programs. It won’t simply just happen, however it will happen justly.
It seems with most things we do, that we have this desire to find the one thing that will solve all our problems, when more accurately it’s likely a number of things that we require. For example, we solve our transportation needs by getting a car, however a car in the middle of the Yukon with no roads or no gas stations will not solve the problem of transportation. The problem is solved by a collective effort such as roads, gas stations, GPS, as is the case with most things in life.
When it comes to weight, most people go on some sort of “program”, whether it’s a diet and exercise plan, a way of eating, low-fat, low-carb, low glycemic index, a liquid diet, Hollywood diet, diet pill, meal plan, etc. Every one of these is physiological, in other words it deals with the physical problems/issues relating to weight. They’re all good and they’re all bad for various reasons, but they all address only the physical and completely ignore the psychological. Yet ultimately it’s your brain that tells you to eat or to exercise or to be more active.
When you consider all the other attitudinal concepts through reasoning, we instinctually know when we have a bad attitude (unless it’s so bad that we become blind to it, and only those around us know), and that we need to correct it. Also, when we are negative through reasoning, we instinctually recognize that we need to correct it, and that holds true with most of the ways of being that we’ve discussed thus far. However with weight, our reasoning ability on this concept is not instinctual like it is on all others. For various reasons the first one we discussed is, because we have to eat to survive. However with other beliefs, we don’t have to have them to survive, such as we don’t have to be negative to survive.
The concept of eating less to the subconscious mind is either difficult or impossible to understand unless you can clearly define what that is. So in other words, a WINstruction related to eating less is useless, for example: I eat less food. The concept of less food is understood by the reasoning conscious mind but not by the subconscious mind. However, the subconscious mind can understand being full when there’s no more food left on the plate, or being full when your stomach hurts, or being full when you clothing becomes tight, or being full when your body has nutritionally satisfied its needs for life, although the latter is a bit more complex.
The only way to achieve lifelong success with weight is an all-encompassing approach dealing with both the physiological and psychological. That means whatever you are physically doing for your weight, currently continue to use it as a tool for the physiological aspect of weight control until your program is so strong and powerful and your gyroscope or inner compass is so perfectly pointed and aligned in the direction of being fat-free and fabulously fit forever that the tool is rendered useless. Up until that point, I want you to work with that tool as you discover new psychological weapons.
You will also discover how to use additional physiological weapons to reprogram your hypothalamus to be a high-energy fat burning furnace. However, let’s start by more carefully examining the harmful destructive damaging existing programs that are psychologically negatively impacting your objectives.
Article by Alex Goen inventor of WINosp™, Institute of Hypnosis Research