Many people in their effort and search for a system of effective conscious creation or internal growth, have tried some system or technique that seemed to suit them and indeed they initially had some results that pleased them, feeling like they had overcame their old limitations and blockages once and for all.
And while the whole process is absolutely positive and so it has to be, the trainees will have noticed that when the initial wave of enthusiasm and the first very strong feeling passes, things slowly begin to slack and the trainee seems to return gradually to his former condition. When we say former condition, we don’t mean that he recreates the blocking, neither cancels the job done, but he looks like returning in a status of doubt.
He begins to have thoughts like “probably what has happened won’t last for long and he will return to his former condition”, “that he is a type of man that can’t make it”, “that it is too good to be true” etc. It looks like the window of “releasing” that has been achieved through exercise, begins slowly to blur.
But why is this happening? The answer is that it begins to take back the rein, which it usually has during the biggest part of our everyday life. Its name is Inner Critic.
The Inner Critic, apart from the psychological hell that it is able to create at personal level, it is also perhaps the most important personal internal factor influencing the process of conscious creation (of course there are also the external factors beyond the individuality of the reality’s aspiring creator. For your better understanding see the key text “why what you have been told about the Law of Attraction is not enough”).
Thus, it is crucial to the art of conscious creation to understand better the way the Inner Critic works (there are many effective practices in Morphogenesis system for the treatment and the alteration of the Inner Critic. This, along with the skillful guidance given, can help the trainee to transform his Inner Critic into a friendly force valuable in achieving goals and objectives).
The subconscious is the loyal servant who effectuates any request of the conscious mind. Certainly we know that not every conscious thought is carried into effect, but it seems like a choice is being made, and only the thoughts deemed as important and believable are promoted to be carried into effect.
Who makes this choice? As you may already have guessed, it is the Inner Critic, whose main job is to control the movement towards and from the subconscious. Which are the criteria to do this job? It is the system of values-beliefs that has created in all his life.
Thus, according to its upbringing, its influences from its family, society, religion, political and economical system etc, it has created a value system, an inner “Legislation” based on which it is decided what will be allowed to enter the subconscious and what not, as well as what the subconscious will allow to come to the surface of awareness of the conscious mind.
Based on the hierarchy of the inner legislation, the most important beliefs are usually the oldest. Those beliefs are automatically and almost permanently attached to the subconscious, because of our thorough familiarity with them. That is why many times there is the misunderstanding that the subconscious is responsible for them, e.g. we say “your subconscious beliefs”. This not quite right· it just highlights that the Inner Critic recognizes them as so important that puts them permanently in the subconscious so to be carried into effect, namely those beliefs that the untrained person always manifests in her life.
The subconscious alone is by nature neutral and doesn’t choose any belief.
The Inner Critic is it which runs off the whole control. This is the reason why hypnosis, the subconscious messages, the subconscious suggestions and the rest of the methods that mainly try to put the conscious mind “to sleep”, (namely to get round the Inner Critic and directly program the subconscious) don’t’ have any success, at least of great stability and permanence. It is not that they fail to get into the subconscious and apply the program there. The problem lies somewhere else. All these methods of relaxing with slow music, soothing narratives that carry you in another state, etc, manage with great success to put the Inner Critic temporarily in sleep and thus apply the program they desire.
The problem however is that the subconscious, soon afterwards, will do what is being asked to do by the new programming or the subconscious suggestions, the positive affirmations etc, that is to bring the new message to the surface. But then comes the Inner Critic and takes action since we live and act in our inner world through the coordination offered by the conscious mind (the inner critic is a very important aspect of it). The conscious mind checks the new message, adjudge if it is compatible or not with the “Legislation” and decides whether allow his influence to continue or completely reject it or leave it simply to exist, however reducing significantly its power and in fact inactivating it.
To use an example, imagine you use some method and temporarily get round the Inner Critic (always temporarily, because its nature is to control, unless if someone can permanently be in a state of altered consciousness, something extremely difficult for an ordinary man) and give a suggestion to yourself. For instance, “I am rich, I live my life in a sense of wealth and abundance and I am absolutely sure and confident that I will always have plenty of money” or something like that.
At the end of the exercise you have a sense of lifting and you really feel the truth of the new state. You are in a state of altered consciousness where you feel rich. Thus, with this sense you go to buy something you wanted for yourself for sometime now, but you were hesitating because you didn’t think your financial state could allow you to do this. Then the Inner Critic will take action and tell you “what are you doing, we don’t have enough money to afford this” or “you mustn’t buy this” for x reasons.
If you are in the altered consciousness state, where the Inner Critic is half-asleep and can’t fully take over his tasks, you will be able to make the purchase. But if it has time to “recover” he will stop you. Or if it recovers after the purchase, he will create remorse and guilt (the famous buyer’ s remorse) we all have experienced after enthusiastic purchases). That is why the advertisers are trying through advertisements to affect you directly and strongly, in order to artificially create a state of enthusiasm about the product (through enthusiasm they put the consumer in an altered consciousness state and thus temporarily inhibit the Inner Critic).
We all have experienced the mood generated e.g. in shopping malls during Christmas with all the festive music and decoration. In fact, what is happening is an organized effort to put you in a mood of joy and enthusiasm (namely of altered consciousness), in order not so much to make the consumers happy, but more in order to inhibit the function of the Inner Critic and thus to open the wallets more easily.
Also, the advertisers know that the Inner Critic’s inhibition is only temporary and by one way or another he will control the affect of the advertising or accept another influence and will be detached. This is the reason why the advertisement is constantly repeated and huge amounts of money are invested to it.
And while for the advertisers even one temporarily period of inhibition of the Inner Critic is enough to achieve the sale of the products promoted, it is not enough at all for the inner change which will have a permanent character.
If just one suggestion could be preserved in the subconscious with just one effort, the advertisers wouldn’t have any reason to repeat and renew their advertisements and spent so much money.
This is the truth and the explanation of what happens to many people who attend e.g. a seminar of conscious creation or wealth, etc. They feel inspired and maybe put some things into implementation while the influence of the seminar is still intense but soon they can not keep at the same pace and return to their normal state. They feel “from within” (strange though it may seem) that the application of the new information from the seminar are way furthest from their “real identity”. And while they reasonably want to remain in the new state of change experienced even briefly, ultimately this isn’t happening for a long time as they “reasonably” wish and thus they return to their usual “identity”.
The reason for this is the function of the Inner Critic as it was explained above. This is the same reason that all methods leading to a personal change based on inhibiting the Inner Critic, can’t finally bring permanent changes, but only changes already close to what the Inner Critic considered as real.
For example, if you already believe that you are a sedulous and active person with skills, if you put yourself in the belief that you deserve to be the manager in your job, is something that the Inner Critic won’t argue (he can, for instance, distinguish some objective difficulties in terms of conditions prevailing at that time in your job and thus retain some doubts, though in fact he will accept your suggestion and will promote it to the subconscious in order to realize it). The problem is when you want to make a change far from what the “Legislation” of the Inner Critic considers as real.
Something else happens as well, which functions falsely in several people and the detection of which demands an experience on the personal change and development issue. All methods referred above, which in fact aim to inhibit the Inner Critic, usually succeed in matters of fear (e.g. arachnophobia, other animal phobias, water-phobia, fear of heights etc.) which at first sight seem very difficult and intense and their cure impresses the other people. However, psychologically, they are simple and not complicated at all.
I’ll explain what simply means. Arachnophobia is usually an irrational result of a natural fear someone acquired at young age, but it is not usually psychologically related to other aspects of human life. Usually, to get such a phobia, an initial trauma, a single traumatic event is enough. But the man who has arachnophobia for example, can easily feel lovable and fully accepted by other people and that his business success is easy and his future will be bright. His phobia doesn’t prevent him of feeling that way for himself, it doesn’t undermine his self-esteem. In contrary, when someone for example is afraid and feels embarrassed to approach people of the opposite sex and enter into sexual relationships with them, his problem is psychologically complex though it doesn’t seem intense on the surface.
It is a matter related to his self-esteem, to the fear that he won’t receive love or of being rejected, something that will have further effects upon his confidence and self-esteem. It is generally a high risked matter and “dangerous” for the person’s identity and psychological existence. Those kinds of problems aren’t usually generated because of one and only traumatic experience, but are gradually created over time and covered under many layers which one has to “peel” to get rid of them.
Let me note here that the majority of addictions belong to this category of psychologically complex cases. That is why most times they seem unbeatable. The problem of addiction is not in fact a symptom that unfortunately and because of ignorance the addicted people focus themselves on. It is a complex psychological part behind it that preserves the addiction and makes it an important source of psychological satisfaction (subconscious and self-destructive) in various levels of the human personality. The addictions’ issue will be a special case to be presented in the line of the 2nd level’s applications which will be provided and there we’ll be able to discuss more.
So in the first case, once the Inner Critic examines a suggestion that spiders are harmless for an adult, it will be easily convinced, since this matter is simple and isn’t related to something else. He easily accepts that the spider is not big enough to harm him. In a different case however, a suggestion for example “I easily approach people of the opposite sex” is not so simple and has a great risk (psychologically). That is why the Inner Critic needs much more evidence in order to be convinced that it is not in danger and that it can allow the change to happen and forgo its control, because the consequences are much greater for the self from a psychological standpoint.
Unfortunately, for most people the most important issues they have belong to the group of the psychologically complex ones. Those are the issues they want to change in their lives, and that is why the change has to be done both at cognitive and conscious level, in order for the Inner Critic to forgo its stranglehold control. Those of you who have attempted to intervene only at a subconscious level, you may have first-hand experienced the difficulty of it as well as the limited effectiveness of your intervention.
You now understand why also in the issue of conscious creation the changing of beliefs (although it is of crucial importance) is not something simple but is a complicated issue. No belief is itself self-existent and independent, but is part of a network of other beliefs that support the “identity” of the individual as created by the environment (family and social) in which he grew up and lives. And while we all reasonably understand that it is preferable to have a belief like “I am lovable and I deserve abundance”, unfortunately, such a belief is not alone and independent but is part of the psychologically complicated situations where, apart from economic issues, there are also interwoven issues of acceptance, love, sense of belonging to a group, psychological safety, etc. and a possible change on the issue of the economic perception is not only of economic nature, but also puts at “alteration” risk the whole psychological structure and the stability of how the individual understands the reality overall.
For the instinct, the stability in the perception of reality is essential for survival, because the stability of reality means that one knows what dangers has to face and how to avoid them. So the instinct whose main purpose is safety and survival, does not agree so readily with changes that can transform the perception of reality from a solid one to a more fluid (even if this “solid reality” is not much desirable by our logical mind). Indeed, to make things worse, the instinct most of the times, interprets these “alteration efforts” as aggressive and hostile and thus reacts accordingly.
All this scenery makes up an extremely complicated situation in our psychological world that puts the untrained person permanently in a state of internal conflict in relation to what he reasonably wishes and what the Inner Critic allows him to effectuate. In essence, the Inner Critic is somehow the voice of the instinct, and this is why it has such a great emotional power (which derives from the vital force of the instinct) in its effect upon us.
If there wasn’t so much complexity in those beliefs and in the real purposes that serve this aspect of survival, it would be much more easier for all of us to adopt a set of desired beliefs and be well without any need to resort to methods and techniques of beliefs’ alteration. But sadly the truth is that this is not the case.
The conclusion is that to develop one's ability in the art of conscious creation and to promote personal development, the Inner Critic is an issue that must be handled either we like it or not. The reluctance of most people to deal with the issue (though they understand its criticality) comes from the fact that they do not know how, they don’t have someone to guide them masterfully, or someone who knows and has the experience of it as he has come through this process too.
But when the aspiring reality creators finally manage to successfully handle the issue of the Inner Critic, their creative power is undoubtedly multiplied.
As the years of experience of successfully using the Morphogenesis system indicate, the best way is to make your Inner Critic fully conscious and cooperative, and then to upgrade it in quality (the way to do this, is fully explained in the bonus lesson of the second level of Morphogenesis training) and by this way to incorporate him fully and consciously in your goals instead of trying to bypass it by various methods or attack it due to ignorance.
This tactic, apart from anti-productive (as the reason was explained above), can also be destructive, depending on the size of the expected and certain reaction of the Inner Critic (in co-operation with the instinct) to an “attack” against it (this may also cause a serious disease).
Hostility and oppression are not needed; all you need is proper Knowledge!