As crucial as physical preparedness may be, the aspect of mental preparation is paramount and should NOT be neglected. We created the Survivor’s Mantra© as a mental exercise to keep your subconscious mind in shape, and prepared for what may come….
What is the Survivor's Mantra©?
“A mantra is a sound, syllable, word, or group of words that are considered capable of "creating transformation".
Mantras originated in the Vedic tradition of India, later becoming an essential part of the Hindu tradition and a customary practice within Buddhism, Sikhism, and Jainism. The use of mantras is now widespread throughout various spiritual movements which are based on, or off-shoots of, the practices in the earlier Eastern traditions and religions.” –Wikipedia
Developing a positive mindset is one of the most powerful survival tools we can possess. Using Autogenic Breathing, visualizations and mantras (affirmations), it is possible to achieve our goals and overcome weaknesses. These techniques are not just for “saffron-robed" monks in the Himalayas. Common people can use these powerful exercises to develop personal power, a positive mental attitude, or to gain a competitive edge in life or on the trail.
How Does the Survivor’s Mantra© Work?
Every thought we think, every word we speak, is an affirmation. All of our self-talk or inner dialogue is a “stream of affirmation”. We are continually affirming on a subconscious level using our words and thoughts, creating perception of reality and influencing our life experience. Our beliefs are learned thought patterns that have developed since birth; patterns that may be working in our favor or against us. Patterns with dysfunctional aspects may be sabotaging our efforts; others may prove to be the difference between overcoming a traumatic situation and giving us the edge to succeed. This inner dialogue is a reflection of our inner truth or vision. It is crucial for each of us to realize that many of these inner truths may actually not be based on reality, but instead on invalid or learned behaviors we experienced in our youth.
Our subconscious uses these learned behavior patterns to interpret and respond to events and interactions in our daily lives. These are essential to our survival. We require the ability to respond quickly to events around us which could potentially cause injury or be life threatening. Our learned responses and thought patterns enable us to automatically respond to circumstances quickly and easily. Problems arise when these responses are guided by false foundational beliefs which were formed from dysfunctional or negative behaviors.
Mantras or affirmations - which are short statements, can be used to combat and eradicate negative inner dialogue, and replace it with positive self-sustaining beliefs. In essence, the Survivor’s Mantra© is a form of self-hypnosis, in which you are in charge of guiding your self-talk, creating a life affirming internal environment and overcoming negative thought patterns.
Why Mantras Work
By choosing to think and verbalize positive mantras, the subconscious is forced into reacting one of two ways: avoidance or change. The larger the issue, the higher the “wall” or barrier between the positive mantra (affirmation) and the perceived (false) inner truth, and the more likely that you will experience resistance to the desired change.
By continually repeating positive mantras with conviction and belief, your psyche or subconscious will chip away at this “wall” creating an internal environment in which positive change is possible. Once the “wall” is broken or crumbling, your subconscious is able to start seeing things as they really are; re-examining your core beliefs and thought patterns. This effect can be earth-shattering. Your world-view can change very quickly and effortlessly as false beliefs are identified and overcome with new, positive inner truths.
Using the Survivor’s Mantra©
The construction and use of mantras is extremely important. It is crucial to remember that as mentioned above, everything we say and think is an affirmation or mantra. Using positive statements forces us to keep focused on our goals and reminds us to think consciously about our “self-talk”.
“As a man thinketh… so is he.” - Proverbs 23:7
Consider the following as an exercise to keep your subconscious in shape. The mind, much like muscle, loses its strength and abilities when not exercised. When it comes to prepping for a crisis situation, mental exercises are just as, if not more important than physical preparedness and skill building.
The Survivor’s Mantra© uses the following technique:
1. Choose or create a mantra which addresses a concern or weakness. Repeat in multiples of three. (*See sample mantras below.)
2. Commit this mantra to memory. Repeating the phrase until it becomes ingrained in your consciousness. This should only take a few minutes.
3. Continue to repeat your mantra throughout the day. Create reminders, e.g. challenge coins or specific times of the day. This will ingrain the mantra into your subconscious. Often when crisis occurs our cognitive ability is the first to suffer due to hormonal release. Positive reaction without thought is our end goal.
Sample Survivor’s Mantras ©:
I am a survivor. I Am A Survivor. I AM A SURVIVOR.
I will survive. I Will Survive. I WILL SURVIVE.
I will not fear. I Will Not Fear. I WILL NOT FEAR
I will be positive. I Will Be Positive. I WILL BE POSITIVE.
I will see my family. I Will See My Family. I WILL SEE MY FAMILY.
Use of this technique can directly and positively affect your life. The Survivor’s Mantra© has the capability to fundamentally transform your life in everyday circumstances or crisis situations, enabling you to develop the required mental skills of the survivor.