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An interview with Rob Williams
Is your subconcious running your life... without your permission?
Melodie Chrislock

Ever wonder what your subconscious believes? Does it support your goals and ideals? Rob Williams, the originator of PSYCH-K, has a way to find out…and he claims we can change the subconscious beliefs that direct our lives.

Imagine a shy young woman, terrified of public speaking, coaxed onto the stage in front of 100 people. After a simple 10-minute process facilitated by Williams, she takes the mic, turns to the audience, and begins speaking with the confidence of a natural. This is the scene that author and scientist Bruce Lipton witnessed in his first encounter with Williams. He recounts the story in his best seller, The Biology of Belief. As if by magic, Rob Williams used his PSYCH-K process with this phobic woman to erase a lifelong fear.

Does PSYCH-K have the power to change lives? Bruce Lipton, a Monterey Bay resident, thinks it does. He writes: “I use PSYCH-K in my own life. It has helped me undo my self-limiting beliefs, including one about not being able to finish my book [The Biology of Belief ].”

Psychology has long preached that our problems run deep in our subconscious, but now science may be telling us the same thing. Recent neuroscience studies indicate that as much as 95 percent of our consciousness is actually subconscious.

As a practicing psychotherapist, Williams found the accepted counseling philosophy of the day lacking in effectiveness. Out of his studies in the latest mind-body research, came a series of paradigm-shifting insights known today as PSYCH-K, short for psychological-kinesiology. Williams claims that PSYCH-K is a simple way to change self-limiting subconscious beliefs without hypnosis.

One of William’s top instructors, Karen Johnson, will be in Monterey on September 24, 25 & 26 to teach a two-day PSYCH-K workshop. She will also give an evening lecture and demonstration on Wednesday, Septmeber 22 in Monterey. For more information, click here.

From Barack Obama to “The Secret”, we are bombarded with people calling on us to change . . . but just how do we recreate our selves and our world? What is it in us that can sabotage our best intentions and efforts? Rob Williams has some unorthodox answers.

He spoke with us from his home in Crestone, Colorado.

MC: Many of us have a deep understanding of the personal issues we face. Doesn’t that give us the insight we need to change our lives?

RW: PSYCH-K really came out of my frustrations with traditional psychotherapy and psychology. Psychology asks, “How did you get to be the way you are?” The theory is that becoming consciously aware of your history, would free you from your past. Somehow the sheer power of insight, that “aha” moment, would change your life.

Mainstream psychotherapy is making a huge assumption. It’s a great theory, but in 15 years of practice, I found that it didn’t work very well or very often. Studies showed that no matter what form of insight-based mainstream psychotherapy you used, the actual result was 20 to 25 percent of the people got better. That was revelatory because it happened to match my own clinical experience.

But what about the others? Insight wasn’t sufficient for them to change. They seemed to be trapped in a connection to their past that actually drove their future.

MC: Is the subconscious mind the villain in our lives?

RW: The subconscious mind has been seen as self-sabotaging and destructive. But over the years, my experience of that characterization has changed. The subconscious wasn’t trying to make our lives miserable; it just had some out- dated software, some old beliefs that hadn’t been changed.

MC: Outdated software? Are you comparing the subconscious to a computer?

RW: It’s a good analogy. The subconscious mind is very much like a computer. It processes information about your environment, stores it and then simply repeats the stored information. The conclusions you draw from your experience, which we call beliefs, are stored in the subconscious. That’s its main job. It’s a storage unit for your attitudes and beliefs.

It’s incredibly fast and efficient in doing its job. The latest neuroscience shows us that the average processing capacity of the subconscious mind is 40 million bits of information per second. In contrast, our conscious mind can only process an average of 40 bits of information per second. The problem is the subconscious is powerful, but it’s not wise.

MC: So the subconscious is programmable?

RW: Profoundly so, especially in early childhood; learning occurs in an almost trance-like state. You don’t have discernment yet. Most of our basic “programs” are established before we are about six or seven years old. Those programs run automatically at the subconscious level for the rest of our adult lives.

MC: Can that childhood programming ever really be changed?
RW: Absolutely, that’s the magic part of this to me. It still astounds me, even though I understand more of the mechanics now. My jaw drops when people change a belief or behavior they’ve had for 40 years in a few minutes with the PSYCH-K protocols.

MC: With all the fear and change people are facing right now, how could PSYCH-K help?
RW: The most terrifying things for us are the things we can’t control. People have a lot of fear about their lives coming unraveled these days. What you can control, in the final analysis, is your perception. You can shift your perception and free yourself from fear.

To ride out the white waters of change, I think being able to manage your own mind is going to be much more important than managing money. Knowing that you can move through this and that there are better times ahead can only happen if your subconscious mind really believes that you are going to be OK.

In the PSYCH-K workshops that are offered around the world we deal with seven different categories of change: prosperity, self-esteem, health, grief or loss, personal power, relationships and spirituality. In the workshops while you’re learning the process of making subconscious changes, you chose what to change.

MC: What do you make of “The Secret.” Can visualization or affirmations work in changing subconscious beliefs?

RW: It works just fine for some people, but the vast majority of people will need a lot more than that. The law of attraction has been around for 2000 years in my opinion. If it worked that well, our world wouldn’t look like it does right now.

The beauty of PSYCH-K is that you can go immediately to feeling confident and loved and powerful at the subconscious level. The irony is that all the things you wanted, in order to feel loved and powerful, are likely to be available to you then because you have the feeling…and that’s the law of attraction.

MC: Is psychology meeting spirituality in PSYCH-K?

RW: You could characterize PSYCH-K as a spiritual process with psychological benefits or a psychological process to aid you spiritually. However people choose to use it, it’s a very effective psychological tool. I think the spiritual component is so important, and it’s unfortunate that it is often dismissed by mainstream psychology.

Over the past twenty years, working with PSYCH-K has changed me. I’ve gone from thinking we are human beings trying to become spiritual, to the realization that we are spiritual beings, first and foremost, having a human experience.

(First Published in the Monterey Herald May 21, 2010)