What is the Raikov Effect?
The Raikov effect was discovered in 1971 by a Russian neuropsychologist named Vladimir Raikov and a Czech psychologist named Dr. Milan Ryzl.
The two embarked on a project aimed at better understanding how the mind works.
In one particular experiment, using hypnosis on students in Moscow, they discovered the incredible potential for people to believe they were someone else.
Using mind techniques, Raikov and Ryzl had their students take on the mindset of another person and as a result adopt similar skills.
They discovered that a very effective way to become really good at something is to model your mindset on someone who has all the attributes required to become highly proficient in the given field.
Raikov and Ryzl used the traits of geniuses like Leonardo Da Vinci, Sigmund Freud and Albert Einstein to help students harness the brilliance of famous people. They found they could create Einstein-level geniuses through simple suggestion.
This experimentation was deemed artificial reincarnation, which sounds a bit spooky!
The techniques helped reprogram beliefs in the subconscious mind, freeing the subject of any self-limiting barriers that would hold them back from reaching higher potential and instilling new beliefs about their capabilities.
Researchers in the field were so impressed with the results that they coined the technique the Raikov Effect.
How Can the Raikov Effect Help Me?
Put simply, you can improve your brain by modelling the mindset, skills and positive habits of those you admire.
For example, imagine being a basketball player and taking on the mindset of Michael Jordan. Adopting his belief, motivation, and dedication would undoubtedly improve your game.
Is Raikov Different to the Law of Attraction?
The Raikov Effect is similar to the LOA in that you visualise yourself as already having taken ownership of your goals and being successful.
However, the Raikov Effect goes a step further by channelling the mindset of a third party, essentially inheriting the positive attributes and creative genius of a successful person.
How Does the Raikov Effect Work?
There are 7 key components to the original Raikov Effect methodology:
Relaxation is a critical step in achieving the Raikov Effect and in entering hypnosis.
You must be calm and not anxious. Raikov achieved this by ensuring that the environment was free of distraction and wholly comfortable.
Next, he would run through a series of breathing exercises that lowered heart rate and calmed the mind.
A person must first be put into a state of hypnosis, which is a trance-like state where you become far more open to suggestion.
In this state, the mind is more neutral and not controlled by the negative beliefs and behaviours stored in the subconscious mind.
Once under hypnosis, the subject must visualise him/herself as being capable of being like the person whose skillset they want to adopt.
This visualization is conducive to helping the subject act in a similar way to the third person, and helps the subconscious mind better absorb the suggestions in the next stage.
Suggestion is used in hypnosis to shape ideas within the mind.
By using suggestions that teach the brain how to behave in a similar way to that of the third party, the subject's mind is influenced by the traits of the person they aspire to emulate.
5. Positive Thinking
Suggestion will also help rid the mind of negative thoughts and the self-limiting behaviours that arise as a result of thinking them.
For example, replacing a fear of failure with the idea of trial and error until success.
Belief is everything in life, and nothing great can be achieved without a firm belief in one's abilities.
Raikov encouraged his subjects to firmly believe the things they imagined under deep trance, so that they would become rooted in reality. This aspect of the Raikov Effect is very similar to the Law of Attraction.
The basic premise of the Raikov Effect is modelling your behaviour on the person you want to emulate.
You must believe in and continue to manifest the skills and positive attributes of the successful person you want to become.
Does the Raikov Effect Work?
Yes, and that's why it became so famous.
Raikov's subjects gained advantages in their field, enabling them to bypass years of study and practice, simply by adopting the skills and techniques of those they admired.
It isn't far fetched at all when you consider that pretty much all personal development revolves around mindset, and adopting the positive attributes of those we know to have been successful in achieving goals we want to achieve ourselves.
But rather than simply copying someone else, the Raikov Effect helps you model and manifest those attributes.
One of Raikov's students included a female physics student, who Raikov envisioned as the legendary painter Raphael.
Under Raikov's methods, the student produced increasingly brilliant artwork to the point her professors were astounded.
One of her best pieces was aptly titled “Raphael 1590”.
This student had no vision of becoming an artist prior to Raikov's instruction. His techniques led her to believe she could embody the skill of Raphael and be a great artist.
Another of Raikov's students was studying at the Moscow Conservatory of Music.
She was an average violinist performing unimpressively. That was before Raikov convinced her that she was the legendary Fritz Kreisler.
Under Raikov's instruction she began to produce exceptional performances, far exceeding her previous efforts.
Tapping Into Your Potential
What needs to be understood is that the Raikov techniques aren't about literally becoming someone else, but embodying their expertise through your untapped potential.
Raikov understood that most people simply didn't believe they could be as good as those who were very successful in their chosen fields. It was this lack of belief that prevented them from progressing to high levels of success.
But seeing the world through the eyes of a very talented artist, sportsperson, actor, or entrepreneur helps you actualize the experience and unlock your potential. You bypass your innate doubts and fears and unlock greater capability.
The Raikov Effect is considered a shortcut to success, because it rids you of self-limiting behaviours that would otherwise take years to undo.
How to Use the Raikov Effect in the Modern Day
Vladimir Raikov helped people become amazing versions of themselves by modelling the mindset and talents of geniuses in different fields. But how can we use the techniques today to help us become better in a particular area of life?
There are a few Raikov programs you can follow, which are largely based on the original methodologies but brought up to date for modern living.
Perhaps the most popular program is by the Inspire3 group, which uses a combination of the original techniques, NLP, and genius brain power strategy.
Since these early experiments, scientists have found that hypnosis isn’t required to spark this process of modelling. New programs take advantage of audio that uses scripts to help you access high level learning, flow, and productivity.
Also consider that what Raikov and Ryzl did back in the 70s might be considered unethical today. They picked a particular famous person for their subject and hypnotized them to embody that person.
With the new program, the hypnosis element has been done away with and you are free to choose your modelling, which could even be the best version of yourself.
Swapping Heads & ‘As If'
Or you could choose anyone from a friend to a celebrity or sports person. This modelling is known in the new program as ‘swapping heads'.
Also adopted into the modern version is the ‘As if' technique, developed by American psychologist William James. This technique teaches you to act ‘as if' you are already in the position you aspire to be in: As if you are happy, as if you are rich, as if you are attractive, etc.
The theory behind this is the science that the brain can't tell the difference between your imagination and reality, and therefore you are what you think.
The Placebo Effect
The placebo effect is a key part of the modern Raikov Effect program.
You've probably heard this term before, as it's commonly associated with people believing something is changing their life when actually it's just pure belief driving the feeling of change.
For example, you might take a pill and believe it is making you feel better, but it is actually your belief in the pill that is tricking you into feeling better.
But this isn't a negative thing and the concept should be embraced. As author Joe Dispenza says,”The placebo effect is proving to ourselves the greatest possibilities of healing, miracles, and longevity!” (1).
It proves that the mind is extremely powerful and that suggestion and belief can bring about change. It dispels the myth that our health and success is out of our control, when in fact we have the ultimate tool to become who we want to be – it's called the mind!
Note: If you want more free information on the placebo effect that teaches you how it can boost your energy and productivity, you can get some free tools here.
Benefits of the New Raikov Techniques Vs. the Old
The modern day Raikov program is more flexible, in that it has distilled the original techniques and enabled them to be applied broadly to any area of life.
It is concentrated on mindset and improving the way your mind is applied to key areas of life such as:
- Mental Agility and Learning Potential: Improving information retention and ability to learn.
- Health and Fitness: Eating, sleeping and exercising in a way that improves your life performance.
- Improving Personal Power: Increasing positivity, overcoming stress and anxiety and fear, and being confident in your abilities.
- Enhancing Creativity & Productivity: Unlocking your ideas and inspiration, but also applying yourself in a highly productive way.
- Financial Freedom: Making more money, generating passive income, freeing yourself from wage slavery.
What Can the Raikov Program Help Me With?
Pretty much anything, actually. This mental technique can be used for success in business, innovation, creativity, romance and just about any other area of life you can think of.
I don't know what you're struggling with, but in my life it has always been anxiety, fear of the unknown, and imposter syndrome.
Like, even when I'm pretty good at something, being the best at what I do or even famous for it seems like it's not part of my world, like being successful is what happens to other people.
This is entirely about mindset and controlled most likely through my subconscious barriers.
I produce music in my spare time and so I use the Raikov Effect to model myself on famous producers and try to envision myself as them, adopting their motivation, inspiration, their workflow, productivity, and creative vision.
This helps massively, because I let go of expectations and judgements of self and channel their energy to unlock my potential. I am able to escape that feeling of being average, that box we put ourselves in that constrains our potential. It's liberating.
Here's a handful of life areas that can be improved with the new Raikov Effect:
- Overcome fear of failure
- Learn things faster by absorbing more information
- Become more productive and fast track yourself to greater success
- Improve your concentration and get into ‘flow' more easily
- Improve your confidence in social situations
- Overcome performance anxiety
- Feel more motivated and inspired
- Eat healthier
- Exercise more regularly
- Sleep better
- Be more content in the present moment and accept things for what they are and move on!
Using the New Raikov Effect Program
If you buy the Inspire 3 Raikov program, make sure you read the eBook first. This will help you understand the intention of the audio content and the state of mind it is seeking to adopt.
Once you're done with the eBook you can start with the audios.
What I will say is that if you are modelling someone's mindset, habits and skills, you need to really understand the person you are seeking to model. I mean, there's no point in just plucking a name out of the sky, you know, someone you like the look of or who you heard give a seminar once.
Make it someone you already know quite well, a guru or expert you respect. Perhaps there's someone you follow regularly and take their advice. Perhaps you follow them on YouTube, have read their book or seen them speak at a seminars.
That said, you don't need to model someone else. In fact, many of us don't want to be like someone else at all! I like being unique, and I have learned to embrace my quirks.
For example, I'm in my 30s and I kind of already know the person I want to be and the areas I want to work on. I want to be more productive, confident, and more present in my daily life. So I want to be the best version of myself, and I can model my current self on that – if that makes sense.
So essentially I’m visualizing the version of me who already has these attributes.
Have you had any experience using these techniques? I'd love to hear from you. Please leave your thoughts in the comments section below.