Is Your Subconscious Mind Working Against You?

Learn How to Reprogram Limiting Belief Patterns One Breath at a Time

Have you ever heard of the curse of winning the lottery? 70% of lottery winners end up broke or declare bankruptcy within the first 5 years! What on earth is happening here?

The answer could be buried in your subconscious. 

Your subconscious mind holds all your beliefs, and just because something changes in your exterior world doesn’t mean it lines up with what you believe is true for you. 

Your subconscious mind needs to also change, so if you don’t believe you’re worthy of the wealth, the relationship, the job, then it doesn’t matter if you attain it because you will keep losing it. That is, until your subconscious aligns with your beliefs. 

How can you do this? How is it possible to change when you aren’t even aware of your subconscious limiting beliefs?

You do this by laying a solid foundation of new healthier beliefs that are in line with how you want your life to be. You practice them until they become true for you and then, and only then, can you hold on to anything. When you feel worthy of the things in your life they will stay. 

We all have limiting beliefs that hold us back, often from things we truly want and deserve. 

Taking it One Breath at a Time

One powerful tool I have found that helps me decipher limiting beliefs is breathwork. 

By making time to sit down and breathe daily, even if it’s only for five minutes, you open gateways in your thought patterns for new information to come through. Information that can help you identify the root of your limiting beliefs.

In my own journey towards inner enlightenment, nothing has served me better than connecting to my breath. It’s a form of meditation that allows your mind to take a break from all the chatter and clear space to do some real soul searching. I have personally been able to identify and start to rewire my brain for healthier outcomes. This has worked for me, for the numerous students I work with, and it can work for you too. 

If you keep coming up against the same challenges over and over and can’t pinpoint why then keep reading. 

How Can I Rewire My Subconscious?

If you have some work in this area that you are ready to examine it begins with taking a look at your limiting beliefs–beliefs so buried that you probably have no idea where they came from. It’s just how you’ve always thought about the world and about yourself. 

The function of the subconscious mind is to store and retrieve data. It does not think or reason; it merely obeys the commands it receives from you. It diligently stores everything you do and say into your memory system. So if you are constantly telling yourself and the world that you are ugly, stupid, and unworthy then your subconscious is going to connect you with experiences that prove you are correct. 

This is why things like inspirational movies and quotes are so powerful and important. They shift your thinking. It’s also why we all root for the underdog. This is how you begin to rewire those negative patterns you’ve been feeding yourself, by shifting to more positive input. 

“We see the world, not as it is, but as we are──or, as we are conditioned to see it.” 

– Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

Diving into limiting beliefs takes courage and, usually, it requires you to step outside your comfort zone. You will know you are ready for change when you agree with all these statements.…

  • You are ready to rewire your subconscious to allow abundance into your life.
  • You are interested in a quick and easy solution that fits into your busy schedule.
  • You are ready to prioritize yourself so you can take your life to the next level.

Leaving Your Comfort Zone

Your subconscious mind has memorized all of your comfort zones based on habits and behaviors learned throughout your life. This is why new things feel uncomfortable and why we often fall back into negative feedback loops in our lives. Because living outside our comfort zone takes practice and feels weird. By practicing small acts of exploration outside your comfort zone you can begin to productively focus your mind on designing a life that you’ve always dreamed of. 

By design, your brain is always working to protect you. Whenever you try anything new your subconscious mind causes you to feel physically and emotionally uncomfortable. This is why it is important to establish new connections in your subconscious that includes positive reinforcement for what you’d like to see in your life. Otherwise, the feeling of discomfort will always work to protect you by keeping you a slave to your comfort zone. 

Creating New Habits

One of the reasons we tend to commit to a new habit and then break it is because we are only looking at the outcome of this new pattern without thinking about what old programming is already actively working against us in our subconscious mind. 

This is where breathwork comes in.

When you purposefully decide on a new way of being you must also purposefully include this way of being into your comfort zone. 

When you practice simple breathwork, like five minutes of inhaling for 4 seconds and exhaling for 4 seconds, you’re sending signals to your autonomic nervous system that everything is under control. 

Your subconscious mind will adapt to how you respond to stress, so when an old pattern is challenged from a place of calmness, powerful shifts begin to take place within your subconscious mind and in the world around you. 

Like any new habit, you will feel an occasional pull from your subconscious trying to lure you back to the warm cozy bed of your old familiar ways. Sometimes just thinking about doing something new or challenging a limiting belief is enough for your whole body to get tense. This is why it’s important to consciously breathe every day.  

Creating new pathways in your brain and breaking from old patterns is challenging. Your breath can guide you through each of those challenging moments by calming the tension and anxiety when it comes up. This signals your nervous system that you are still in control. 

By sticking with a daily breath practice you are reprogramming your subconscious to work in your favor.

Being Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

The more you have the ability to stretch yourself outside of your comfort zone in a mindful way the more you are growing. And,–bonus!–the more you stretch outside your comfort zone the easier it gets. This helps you to navigate through life’s ups and downs with more ease.

All growth happens outside of your comfort zone. 

  • You have to be willing to be uncomfortable.
  • You have to be okay not knowing all the answers.
  • You have to be prepared to do things poorly until you get it right.
  • You have to be open to criticism for trying something new.
  • You have to be ready for change.

All of these things, as awkward and weird as they may feel at first, ultimately will help you develop as a conscious human who is living on purpose. You will no longer wander around saying, why does this always happen to me? Because you are expanding and it begins with a choice. A choice to grow and face the exposing feeling of being seen, or to stay safe and completely at mercy to your subconscious programming. 

Focusing on a daily breath practice will reprogram your subconscious mind. If 70% of lottery winners knew this then they could reprogram their perpetual thoughts of unworthiness that end up leaving them high and dry. They could train their brain to be on a frequency of their true desires and winning the lottery would not only be a goal that they attained, but a lifestyle they could uphold. 

Five Minutes A Day

You already breathe all day, every day, so why not take five minutes to train your mind to do it consciously? Five minutes, that’s all. In time you may find yourself looking to spend more time with your breath. 

The more in tune you become with your breath, the closer you will be to breaking your subconscious code. 

As you boost your confidence, you will find yourself taking more action in line with your beliefs and doubt will be left in the dust along with your comfort zone. 

Want to learn more about breathwork? Check out 4×4 Breathing on my YouTube page and sign up for Breath Mindset, a 4-week online course to help lay the tracks for healthy breathing practice.