Peripheral Perception Is Natural
by Eldon Taylor
Peripheral perception, shadowed or masked information—it’s all subliminal
technology, which is one of the most powerful techniques presently available. It
can rescript the preconscious mind, stripping away negative expectations and self-
doubt and replacing those destructive patterns with positive input, thereby eliciting
positive changes in an effortless and natural way from the inside out.
There’s nothing mysterious about all of this. Yet part of the difficulty in
understanding subliminal rests in the word itself. A subliminal message, at least in
the instance of an audio program, could be defined as a verbal stimulus perceived
below the threshold of awareness. Now, the key word here is perceive. A whisper
two blocks away is below the threshold of awareness, but it isn’t perceived. In order
for perception by an individual to occur, there must be sufficient stimuli to trigger a
neuron in the brain.
Neurons have no neutral state. They’re either off or on. Therefore, the
perception level that exists and is taking place with subliminals is, in fact, a neural
excitation. Without it, there exists no perception, with or without awareness.
What’s It Like?
In the many lectures I’ve presented in the United States, Asia, and Europe, there
has always been a nagging need to find an analogy that could accurately describe
what occurs for the users of InnerTalk audio programs. I’ve worked with the
construct of peripheral perception to describe the manner in which voices speaking
positive affirmations to the subconscious can—and indeed do—impress the listener
even though they’re unaware consciously of the process.
Peripheral perception is normally thought of as that aspect of sight that borders
on the fringes of how far out to the right or left side we can see. The fringe always
has clarity problems. That is, we may report the ability to see an object to the side,
and even slightly behind us; but the further the object moves toward the limit of
vision, the less clear it becomes. This is a substantially similar process to how audio
perception occurs with InnerTalksubliminal self-help programs.
The fringe is known as the “threshold,” and the audio threshold is established
by determining the point at which the conscious mind can hear a particular
sound 50 percent of the time. A threshold is that place where sometimes we hear
the signal and other times we don’t. With InnerTalk, this point is relative to the
primary carrier, music or nature sounds. Thus, the words are sometimes audible
and sometimes not. The entire message may not be understood, but the voices are
acknowledged by the conscious mind. Thus, from time to time we hear the message
even if we don’t understand every word of it.
Similar to the limit of peripheral vision, where we see an object but without
the sharpness that comes from looking directly at it, InnerTalk audio messages are
sometimes heard, but without the clarity the conscious mind requires in order for it
to repeat the information. Shadowing the messages, as described earlier, facilitates
Change . . . from the Inside Out
The comparison of peripheral vision to the audio perception of an InnerTalk
stimulus continues to be effective. The analogy of what happens to users of the
audio subliminal program as they listen to it was much more difficult for me until a
friend and I sat down to discuss just that. As we reviewed our personal experiences
with InnerTalk, it became very obvious that our benefit had been gradual and
from the inside out, almost intuitive in its inner direction. Often, only when the
affirmations contained on the program were reread did we have an “Aha!” that
acknowledged consciously why certain aspects of our drives and emotions, and
therefore behavior, had changed.
Intuitive perception is just what seems to take place when you work with a well-
designed program. One day you act differently because you’re thinking differently.
Gentle nudges from the inner mind begin to guide one’s choices. In my friend’s
instance, creativity became natural. New ideas and concepts just seemed to flow
through him. Later he experienced successes with different programs, but they were
in process substantially the same as with the first one: I Am Creative.
All my experiences are akin to his. At first there seems to be little noticeable
change, but after a few days things just seem to have a different arrangement. One
day I was afraid of public speaking, to the point that I would do almost anything,
invent almost any excuse, just to avoid it. Then it seemed like the next day public
speaking was tolerable, and the following day I was excited about the opportunity
to share with others. Today lectures, workshops, radio, and television are just
something I do like any other activity.
What we believe in our subconscious is who and what we are! The conscious
mind can only guess at what’s in the subconscious, while the subconscious has every
thought the conscious will ever have long before it comes to awareness. In order to
change, we need to change the way we think. Speaking directly to the subconscious
is what subliminal messages do. One day there simply seems to be more positive
than negative information in the subconscious. Then, as that wonderful bio-
computer changes old inner beliefs about ourselves and the world around us, almost
magically those goals, ideals, and ambitions become ours! And it happens without
doubt, without fear.