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How to Use Sleep Learning to Help Your Children
By:Janette Marie Freeman
I remember, when my children were little, I, as a single mother of three, would come home tired and ragged by the end of the long day. Too many times the first words out of my mouth were something about the kitchen being a mess or the chores not being done. Even in my more conscious times, it seemed as though there was little time for the high level of positive reinforcement my children needed as they are formulating their early beliefs about themselves. For my children, there was just too much time in front of the TV. I know the frustrations that we, as parents, feel and the guilt for doing less than we know we should. My motivation in making these types of positive tapes for my own children when they were small was, quite frankly, to offset my guilt. I felt good about playing positive, loving affirmations for them while they slept. I knew they would get eight hours of positive input, which felt very good to me as I tucked them in, with hugs and prayers, and turned on the tape machine.
Now, I don’t believe that sleep-learning will raise a child. Nor do I believe that parents can treat their child with disrespect or offer constant devaluing messages of unworthiness and expect these positive messages to have a great influence on the child. One’s daily example has the greatest impact on one’s children. However there are other factors, and sleep-learning can assist parents in offsetting the negative influences around their children and help them cope with the everyday stresses of parenting. Most children today face massive amounts of exposure to the negative influx and pressures of today’s world. As much as parents try to protect their children, television, movies, music, outdoor advertising and peer pressures are too much for them to combat. Combine that with the fact that most parents are experiencing a great deal of stress in their own lives, which cannot help but be passed on to their children.
When we understand that the early belief systems accepted by a child begin to attract the experiences in life that mirror his or her beliefs, we begin to see how important it is to help establish positive and empowering belief systems at an early age. Those early beliefs attract like unto it. One analogy that always helped me to understand this was to imagine that every time a thought was experienced, it made a small groove in the brain. When new information was experienced that matched that thought, it was attracted to that groove, making it a bit deeper. As that groove became more etched into our brains, it affected the very way we saw and experienced life, attracting to ourselves the very experiences that helped reinforce these grooves. Our entire perception of life is perceived depending upon which groove is the deepest. When we were young, did we believe that we were loved, supported and supplied for and that life was safe? If those were the deepest grooves, we began to attract experiences in life that mirrored those perceptions. If we were somehow taught that we were not supported or supplied for and that life was unsafe, we began to experience life from those eyes, and would continue to attract experiences that would mirror those early beliefs. The early-accepted beliefs attract like unto them, getting more and more established and, ultimately, becoming the law of life.
My own son is a perfect example of this. When he was born 21 years ago, I played for him tapes on the millionaire mindset. I played the tapes on auto reverse, and they played all night, every night, for at least a year. It was his first exposure in the world. As he grew up he was one of those kids that always had money: he attracted money all the time. Even as a very young boy of five or six years old he demonstrated this fact. When we would go to the grocery store, he would guess what the total amount would be and was always within a couple of dollars. He knew how much everything cost and would analyze everything in terms of financial value. As a twenty-one year old he is well on his way to being a multi-millionaire, as he owns two houses and runs his own business, and invests successfully in the stock market. His maturity around money is phenomenal and he understands true prosperity principles, which is demonstrated in the fact that he always tithes 10% to his church and manages and invests his money wisely.
How do you start to practice sleep-learning? Sleep-learning basically consists of playing some kind of audio device all night while you sleep. You can choose from a number of sleep-learning audio programs or create one that affirms the type of ideas or beliefs that you most want to program into your subconscious mind. The most common manner to approach this would be to have a CD player in your bedroom that you would use to play a CD all night while you sleep. Simply set the system to Repeat All. That’s it.
Article Source: http://www.redsofts.com/articles/
Dr. Janette Marie Freeman is the creator of Mind Prints and is the author of “Why Did This Happen to Me Again? Your Keys to Lasting Transformation." Listen to samples of Mind Prints.
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