Before the imprint—An idea evaded the conscious mind. Part 3

Part 2 discussed how physical or emotional shock can so fully command the conscious mind’s attention that it gives up guarding the portal to the subconscious. In this installment the effects of anesthesia and sedation on the conscious mind are considered before moving on to the self-hypnotist’s preferred method of bypassing the conscious mind, relaxation.

 Medical professionals are increasingly mindful to always maintain an upbeat and optimistic decorum around anesthetized or sedated patients in hospital operating and recovery rooms.  They learned that the subconscious mind may be aware of its surroundings even when the conscious mind has been rendered unconscious by anesthesia. They also know that patients are susceptible to suggestion while sedated. There is even evidence to suggest that some people in coma are similarly aware.

 Surgery patients have reported overhearing operating room conversations while under general anesthesia. Many of those conversations were later confirmed by the professionals in attendance. There have been instances of patients in coma reacting appropriately to words from their loved ones, much to the surprise and amazement of the attending physician whose prognosis was for total absence of response.

Protect yourself against negative imprints by using self hypnosis to build a protective bubble around yourself to deflect negative imprints. Those who master the art of self hypnosis do that easily.


The self hypnosis process creates an inner environment that is conducive for the conscious mind to relax its guardianship over the subconscious mind. It is desirable for the environment to persist for as long as needed to deliver ideas to the subconscious mind. It would be an added benefit were the process pleasant, reliably reproducible and without potential medicinal side effects. Luckily there is a gentle way to allow ideas to bypass the conscious mind.

Edmund Jacobson MD, considered to be the originator of relaxation techniques, studied the mind-motor system relationship and discovered that deep, complete relaxation of the body resulted in the conscious mind becoming quiet and calm. Of course, this was a “scientific” discovery. Many ancient cultures demonstrated perfect knowledge and understanding of this phenomenon long before his discovery.

Relaxing the body can be done actively by purposefully releasing and letting go of all muscle tension, and then following up by calming and quieting the mind. This is one of the techniques of the self hypnosis process. It is easily learned and takes a little practice but it is a perfectly practical way of getting the conscious mind to step aside.

A passive approach also works. In the moments just before sleep, or immediately after awakening before physical activity returns, the conscious mind is in a calm and quiet state which is favorable for delivering ideas directly to the subconscious. These moments are perfect for reciting bedtime autosuggestions.

Of course there are other ways for ideas to bypass the conscious mind but these are the big four—three that wiggle their way in and one that is consciously intentional.

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