Silent subliminals are recordings that contain inaudible messages designed to influence behaviour. The messages cannot be heard by the conscious mind, but can be heard by the unconscious mind.
Silent subliminals can be part of a musical composition, such as ocean waves, rainfall or other natural ambience, or on their own, without music.
So, for the latter, you would be listening to a completely silent recording. You will not hear anything.
For some this can feel a little strange, so the purpose of combining the silent messaging with an audio track is to create something nice to listen to.
Many people prefer this because they can actually hear something, which gives them more confidence in the entrainment taking place.
What is Subliminal Messaging?
A silent subliminal messaging track is made up of voice recordings that are inaudible to the human ear.
These are usually positive affirmations that target a particular problem area for the listener.
For example: perhaps the listener is struggling to lose weight due to emotional eating habits, or the listener struggle with confidence due to childhood trauma such as bullying, the subliminal messaging would contain positive statements designed to rewire the subconscious mind.
The subconscious mind is where everything we learn and the information from our environment and experiences is stored – like a massive database.
Our beliefs about ourself and our potential in life are stored here, as are our comfort zone boundaries
There's a lot of positive stuff in this database, but also a lot of negative stuff that holds us back in life and stops us fulfilling our potential.
Subliminal messaging bypasses the conscious mind and gets to that database, where the positive reinforcement of new beliefs is installed.
The result is a change in our everyday thoughts and actions.
What Can Subliminal Messaging Help Me With?
Subliminal messaging can target pretty much any area of self-improvement, it all depends on what messages the original creator recorded.
- Weight loss
- Improving self confidence
- Reducing anxiety
- Increasing success and prosperity
- Curing addiction
- Passing exams
Naturally, people are skeptical. It’s a big ask for a listener to have faith in the effectiveness of a recording that they can’t actually hear.
To reiterate: if there is no music or nature sounds laid over the top, the track will literally be silent.
However, one advantage of this is that no one else can hear what you listening to, and you can listen over speakers or headphones while you work, wash the dishes and even sleep.
This is great for at home when you have other family members walking in and out of the room.
Moreover, you can get on with other tasks that require your attention without being distracted- while your brain is being subliminally entrained.
How Do Silent Subliminals Work?
The messaging is usually voiced by a hypnotherapist or guided meditation teacher, but actually any professional voice artist could record the statements.
The audible statements are then modulated using EQ, so that the voice can no longer be heard within the range of human hearing.
A dog could hear it, but not a human. So it's still loud enough to hear (in volume) but at such a high frequency that you won't hear it.
The messaging is set at a level where the affirmations vibrate the tympanic membrane of the ear at the strongest yet safest level.
The result is that the frequencies of the voice are above your threshold for conscious perception, and slip past your ears and into your subconscious mind.
In short: you unconsciously receive the original voice recording, and your brain decodes the frequencies to receive the information.
How Do I Know the Recording isn’t Blank?
It would be pretty easy to sell fake silent subliminals, considering that people can’t hear them, but there are three ways to make sure you haven’t been duped.
1, Simply play the recording to a dog and see if you get a response.
Dogs have a broader frequency hearing range than humans, and are very sensitive to high pitch frequencies. If your dog gives you a wink and a bark, you know the recording is good for its purpose.
Disclaimer: Some dogs may not respond, so try it on a couple.
2. Turn the silent track up very loud. If you have good hearing, you should be able to hear some alien-like high pitch frequencies playing. That's the voice. This isn't foolproof though, as sometimes you just can't hear them. It can depend on how fresh your ears are that day, so try in the morning.
3. The last way to tell if the information in the track is there is to open the file in an audio editing program.
If you can't see the sound waves straight away, zoom in the file and the sound waves should appear.
See the example below of the silent version of our Abundance Meditation. This recording is silent when you listen to it, but you can still see the information (the sound waves) that contain the frequencies of the voice.
Is Silent Subliminal Audio Suitable for the Deaf?
Studies have shown that when listening to any form of brain entrainment, deaf people do feel the effects of the frequency response process, which gives further credence to the theory that you don't need to hear frequencies to benefit from their effects.
A study conducted at the Medical College of Virginia in 1991 confirmed that just like those people with healthy hearing capabilities, deaf people can also enjoy the effects of subliminal messaging.
And because deaf people aren’t anticipating hearing sound in the recordings, subliminals may actually prove to be more effective for the deaf.
That said, deaf or able hearing people should not listen to silent subliminals at an excessively high volume.
This is because the brain may perceive certain frequencies played too loud in the same way it does screaming and startling sounds, which can have an adverse effect.
What Evidence is There That Subliminal Messaging Works?
Skeptics might think the whole subliminal messaging movement is a bit out there, but there is scientific evidence that subliminal messaging works.
You might also be interested to know that subliminal messaging in any form is banned in Australia and Britain, with severe consequences for those who disobey the strict laws.
In the United States, The Federal Communications Commission will revoke a company's broadcast license if the use of “subliminal techniques” is proven. They state:
We sometimes receive complaints regarding the alleged use of subliminal techniques in radio and TV programming. Subliminal programming is designed to be perceived on a subconscious level only. Regardless of whether it is effective, the use of subliminal perception is inconsistent with a station's obligation to serve the public interest because the broadcast is intended to be deceptive. (Federal Communications Commission Record, 2001)
This study from 1986 proved that subliminal messaging affected the imagery and the dreams of its subjects:
Based on the statistical data and certain drawings collected in this study, it would appear that the auditory subliminal message did have an effect upon the imagery and dreams of the subjects in the experimental group. The results of this study appear to indicate that the unconscious/preconscious mind is able to perceive a recorded verbal message that cannot be consciously understood at the high rate of speed at which it was recorded.
This research concludes:
Our findings add to a growing body of evidence suggesting that subliminal messages can be used to change our thoughts, attitudes, emotions, and actions. Subliminal stimulation was shown to influence current moods, political attitudes, intentions, choices and decisions, and cognitive strategies
Though the research also states:
However, little is known about the longevity of these subliminal influences because these studies were focused mainly on immediate effects of subliminal stimulation. Here, we demonstrate that a few exposures to novel subliminal information is sufficient to influence delayed decision-making. The surprising impact of subliminal messages on rational, intentional, conscious behavior lends subliminal protocols to practical applications, of which advertising is just one example.
Combining Silent Subliminal Messaging & Binaural Beats
It is potentially a powerful combination.
Binaural beats entrain the brain to follow along and produce brainwaves of a specific frequency, one that corresponds with a particular behaviour – such as reducing anxiety or being able to concentrate for longer.
Subliminal messaging, on the other hand, communicates with the sub-conscious mind to change or instill a particular behaviour, such as over eating or low self esteem.
Interestingly, the two are a little similar in that like silent subliminal recordings, you don’t need to hear the frequencies in binaural beats recordings for them to be effective. We wrote about this previously in our article on binaural beats for those with hearing loss (here).
We've been working on combining these two forms of entrainment for some time, and have produced two programs from which listeners are reporting great results.
In addition to subliminal messaging, we also recognise the power of positive affirmations in an audible format (that you can hear).
Indeed, guided meditations and audible mental reinforcement can still play big role in changing negative, self-limiting beliefs and behaviours.
For this reason, our Weight Loss Mindset program includes an additional version, which features the music combined with audible affirmations.
Subliminal messaging in both audio and imagery form was historically used to manipulate the public. It was a deceptive practice used to make people buy soft drinks or indoctrinate the mind with an particular point of view. It's a good thing that this is banned.
But what we can do now is use this method of mental entrainment, along with others like binaural beats, to create self development tools to help us overcome obstacles in our lives and reach more of our potential.