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You have only one mind, but it has two parts with different functions. One part is your conscious mind. That’s your “objective mind,” or the part that you can be aware of in your waking life. It makes choices and reasons. The other part is your subconscious mind. This is like a garden where seeds are planted by the gardener (your conscious self). Then those seeds grow into what they were planted to become (the things you want to achieve).
Principles of the Conscious and Subconscious Mind
To be happy and successful, you need to understand how your mind works. The conscious mind does the thinking, but it influences the subconscious. It accepts thoughts from the conscious mind and acts on them. Whatever your thoughts are, they produce a similar result in the subconscious. If you think positive things, good things will appear in your life; if you think negative things, bad things will happen to you. Your subconscious faithfully and immediately accepts instruction from your conscious mind. Therefore, whatever goes through your head has an immediate effect on what happens in real life because of what’s going on in your subconscious mind at that time.
People respond differently to suggestions depending on their experience or temperament. Your subconscious controls your body and what you feel, so it can affect your health in various ways. If you suggest negativity to yourself, then that’s what will happen; however, if you use positive suggestions instead of negative ones, then those are the results you’ll get. Your subconscious works with logic like a syllogism: If you accept a major premise as true, then whatever conclusions follow from it are also true no matter how absurd they may seem. For instance, if I tell myself that I can’t do something because I’m not strong enough or smart enough for it even though I know deep down inside that this is not true at all (and actually there’s no logical reason why it should be), my subconscious mind will believe me and make sure that proves to be a self-fulfilling prophecy by making me weaker and dumber than ever before!
Your subconscious mind is responsible for 90% of your thoughts. It tends to be positive and works toward achieving goals. It also helps you stay healthy by being in a state of harmony, where being strong and healthy is normal. You get sick when you think negatively about yourself or others, which goes against life’s natural currents.
To get your subconscious and conscious to work together, the nerves that correspond with each must engage. The subconscious is an intelligence responsible for taking care of your body. When you think positive thoughts, it provides the answers you need. If you try too hard to force yourself into finding an answer, then you’ll fail. “The principle reasons for failure are lack of confidence and too much effort.” You can’t coerce your subconscious; instead, believe in what it can do for you and ask it questions confidently through prayer or meditation.
Emotions, Relationships and the Subconscious Mind
Your subconscious plays a powerful role in your happiness, how you deal with emotion and your relationships with other people. You will be happy once you choose happiness and to the extent that you have faith. Start today. Trust in the divine order to manifest in your life. Trust yourself to overcome weakness and obstacles. Make happiness a habit. Be grateful for all the universe provides (including wealth). Don’t make your happiness contingent on outside factors like being rich or famous because they won’t last forever, but it’s important to be grateful for what you do have now rather than focusing on what’s missing from your life right now.
Don’t let past injuries or insults stop you from being happy now. Once you remove a pain, don’t allow yourself to dwell on it and bring back the negativity. If your body is healthy, do what makes you happy and live in the moment.
Relationship problems arise because people don’t understand the power of their subconscious or how it works. To have a happy marriage, start before you get married and impress your subconscious with an image of the kind of person you want to attract. If you have a pattern of attracting the wrong person, examine what messages you send your subconscious and replace them with more positive models through prayer and affirmations.
An authentic marriage must also be “of the heart.” If your hearts aren’t in it, then you have to get out of that relationship. You shouldn’t stay in a false marriage. Divorce is better than staying together for the wrong reasons. Pray and ask your subconscious for guidance if you’re not sure what to do about a problem or situation. However, don’t just let yourself drift into getting divorced without thinking things through first because divorce starts with negative thoughts that drive love and compassion away from your mind towards someone else’s heart.
Don’t complain about your spouse to other people. That will only create more negativity within you. Don’t try to change him/her, because that won’t work and it will cause resentment between the two of you. Instead, pray together every day for your marriage and express gratitude towards each other often.
Your subconscious helps you deal with negative emotions. Life will always forgive you, because “God is life,” and life always expresses divine principles. Act according to those principles. Release grudges and send love into the world; it will be returned to you. Criticism can’t hurt you unless you accept it with resentment; find ways to learn from it instead of resenting others for their opinions about your work or personal character. Pray for compassion, especially when dealing with people who have hurt you in the past, and practice forgiveness toward yourself as well as others by moving on from old hurts rather than holding onto them like physical wounds that never heal properly if they’re not tended to correctly (like a wound that’s constantly aggravated by picking at scabs). When your mind creates happiness through positive thoughts, then stop blaming other people when things don’t go right or feel happy all the time even if circumstances aren’t ideal because this shows how much control your mind has over your own happiness.
The “Universal Healing Principle”
Throughout history, people have experienced spontaneous healing. In many cultures, the gods were believed to heal them. Sick people went to priests for help and guidance through rituals and mixtures of herbs or stranger palliatives that produced healing in some cases. When these procedures worked, it was because the patients’ subconscious minds healed themselves. The specific methods used by different cultures may vary widely but they all follow the same universal principle—the power of suggestion can be used to achieve a receptive state of mind where one’s own subconscious mind heals itself.
To heal yourself, think about what you want in the present tense. Visualize how healthy you are now and have faith that your subconscious will make it happen for you. The Bible says we receive according to our faith, so if we believe something strongly enough, our subconscious mind can make us feel like we’re sick until it makes us better. For example, hypnosis can convince people they are cold when they aren’t.
To heal yourself, use the power of prayer. Think positively about it and trust in your subconscious to heal you. Do not focus on your illness; instead think about how healthy you are naturally meant to be. Visualize this state and keep doing so until you can see what that looks like clearly within yourself. Your subconscious will take this as reality and manifest it within your body.
Watch a video of yourself successfully acting out the desired outcome. Repeat affirmations, make specific statements about your goal and educate your subconscious mind. Relax into a drowsy state to let it be more receptive as you repeat your message. Express gratitude and offer up someone’s name in prayer. It may help to argue against an existing “false belief” others are holding onto.
The “Universal Subconscious”
You spend about a third of your life sleeping. Everyone needs six hours of sleep each night, but many people don’t get enough sleep. When you’re not getting enough sleep, it can have some serious effects on you. For example, when you’re asleep, a lot is going on in your body and mind that most people aren’t aware of. Your subconscious stays active while you’re asleep and helps guide your body through things like repairing itself or digesting food. To help with this process, we need to relax our bodies and commit to sleeping peacefully so that we wake up feeling refreshed the next day.
Sleep helps you solve problems and generate new ideas. Treasure Island author Robert Louis Stevenson used his dreams to come up with story ideas before he went to sleep. Many scientists, including Nikola Tesla and Frederick Banting, did the same thing in order to create solutions for their problems. If you want your subconscious mind to help you solve a problem as well, visualize it while working on the problem consciously. Ask your subconscious mind for an answer when you’re asleep.
The way you think about getting older determines how well you age. If you’re in your 60s, 70s and 80s and think of yourself as old, then that’s what you’ll be. However, if you believe that getting older is a time to enjoy life fully, then that will happen for you. Your body doesn’t change with the years; it’s your mind and spirit that are ageless. Let them guide your thoughts as they grow older so that your physical self remains youthful too. ”You can remain energetic into old age by continuing to dream and set goals.” You have an opportunity to learn more once retired from work than ever before—you just need to make the choice to do so instead of becoming sedentary or obsessed with keeping up with younger people at the gym every day. Instead of feeling guilty about not being able to keep up physically like others half (or even quarter) your age do, recognize this part of life as one where ”you can contemplate divine truths from a higher perspective,” which makes it easier for everyone around you who might otherwise feel intimidated by someone perceived as wiser than themselves because they’re still young enough not yet having reached their own later years yet either mentally or spiritually speaking while also now being free from all responsibilities except perhaps caring for family members left behind.
Wealth, Success and the Subconscious Mind
Wealth is an expression of the subconscious mind. You will not become rich by saying, “I am a millionaire.” Instead, you must develop a wealth consciousness and believe that you deserve to be wealthy. Your subconscious mind will then produce ideas endlessly until it believes that you are wealthy enough to have them.
You have the right to be rich. It’s your destiny to live a happy and abundant life. You must follow certain principles in order to achieve that success. In order to do what you love, it should benefit humanity. Wealth doesn’t come from selfish desires; rather than working for money, choose work that you love doing. If you do what you love, then you are a success because of your natural talent in that area. Within that niche, specialize further and learn as much about it as possible so nobody else knows more about it than you do (except maybe one or two people). To succeed at anything in business, enlist your subconscious mind by visualizing positive outcomes before starting on any project/job/assignment etc..
Any challenge or problem brings with it solutions. If you can’t see your path through a challenge, trust your subconscious. If a negative habit gets in your way, recognize it as the result of training your subconscious to go the wrong way. Retrain yourself to positive habits by filling your mind with visions of what you want and letting them come into being.
Full Summary of The Power Of Your Subconscious Mind
If you’re afraid of something, try a simple approach to overcome that fear. Take five or ten minutes three times a day and imagine doing the thing you’re afraid of in vivid detail. Imagine it as fun experience with people cheering you on. The idea will take root in your subconscious mind when you do this often enough, so eventually your fear will disappear entirely.
Imagine an iceberg floating in the Arctic. Most of it is hidden under water, but you can see parts of it above the surface. Similarly, your subconscious mind is much larger than your conscious mind and has a lot more potential for growth. How do we access such a vast part of our minds?
In this chapter, we will look at a classic book from the 1960s that discusses how to unleash your potential by tapping into your subconscious. The book will help you tackle issues and problems in life while feeling happier on the other side.
You’ll learn how a doctor used his subconscious to reduce mortality rates; why you need to visualize your house being sold and how that will help with the sale, as well as why you must learn to love the boss you don’t like.
Big Idea #1: The subconscious mind is susceptible to suggestion. You can use that to your advantage.
When you first learned how to ride a bike, your mind was focused on it. After that, you probably got better at riding bikes and were able to do it without thinking about it so much.
This is a great example of how you can harness the power of your subconscious mind to learn things quickly. All you have to do is repeat positive thoughts over and over again.
Enrico Caruso was an Italian opera tenor. He performed at famous opera houses throughout Europe and the United States in the late nineteenth century, but he suffered from throat spasms right before his performances.
Well, he was filled with negative thoughts and imagined the crowd laughing at him or heckling his performance. However, he got over this by telling himself to stop interfering with his subconscious mind. He repeated this process until he gave his subconscious mind more control over fear-based thoughts that would interfere with a powerful voice box.
The subconscious mind is very powerful. It can absorb any idea that you suggest to it and make it a reality.
For example, in an experiment, psychologists hypnotized students and suggested to them that they were cats. The students then acted like cats with total authenticity. Their subconscious minds accepted what their conscious minds believed.
Consider the Scottish surgeon, Dr. James Esdaille. He performed 400 operations between 1843 and 1846 without anesthesia, and his patients had a low mortality rate of two or three percent. This was because he used hypnotism to suggest to them that they would not contract an infection during surgery. The subconscious mind responded by telling the body not to get infected, so it didn’t happen.
Big Idea #2: Positive thinking and visualization are useful tools to help you realize your goals.
In the eighteenth century, priests would heal people by convincing them that God would make them well. This worked quite often because it was actually the subconscious mind that healed patients.
Positive thoughts can have a healing effect. The author’s relative developed tuberculosis and his son wanted to heal him with positive thinking. First, he told his father that he bought a cross from a monk who visited the shrine of St. Jude in Europe. In reality, it was just a piece of wood he picked up off the sidewalk.
A man said that touching a cross had cured his father of an illness. The next day, the man’s father took the cross and slept with it in hand until he was healed.
The man’s father was so convinced that he had been healed by the cross, that nobody ever told him otherwise. This allowed his illusion to continue until his death.
The same idea applies to simply imagining something you desire. For example, the author’s teachings at the Church of Divine Science became a weekly radio show with millions of listeners.
The author discussed the mental movie method on a show about selling homes. The process involves visualization to create and hold an image in your mind until it becomes real.
For a home seller, the first step is to set an appropriate price. The next step is to imagine that you’re celebrating the day you sold your house. As you doze off, keep this image in mind and let your subconscious connect with potential buyers.
The author of the article received a lot of positive feedback regarding his tips for selling homes.
Big Idea #3: Visualization and passion can help you achieve your goals.
You now know how visualization can help you sell your house, but it is only the beginning. Visualization will also help attract money, and to do that you need only picture what you want and rely on your subconscious mind to make it happen.
There is a boy who wanted to become a doctor despite not having the money. He would imagine his name on a medical diploma every night before he fell asleep.
A doctor took notice of the boy, and he was able to train him to do various tasks. Eventually, that same doctor paid for his medical school tuition.
Another way to help you become wealthy is by overcoming envy. Envy can make you feel inferior, but there are ways around it. For example, if a person cashes a check for millions of dollars, that might make another person envious. However, he or she can overcome this feeling with some simple steps.
The solution to being rich is to wish wealth on others, which will signal your subconscious that you deserve it too. If you’re envious of others’ wealth instead, you’ll never be wealthy yourself.
The author also knows a young pharmacist who loves his job and often dreams about owning his own pharmacy.
He imagined himself distributing prescriptions and working at a major chain store. Eventually, he became the manager of his own pharmacy after four years. He was able to realize his ambitions through passion and visualization.
Big Idea #4: You can use your subconscious to help you attract the partner you want.
Humans spend a third of their lives sleeping.
But that’s not all. In fact, your body is busy while you sleep; it restores energy and heals faster. Your subconscious is also working on protecting you at night.
The subconscious can help guide you. One woman, who listened to a radio show hosted by the author, was offered a job in New York City at twice her current salary but couldn’t decide whether or not to take it. She sought guidance from her subconscious and trusted that she would get an answer while sleeping.
She practiced meditation to relax, and then she fell asleep. The next morning, she had a strong feeling that it wasn’t the right time to take the job offer. Months later, her choice was validated when the company filed for bankruptcy. Her intuition guided her decision to turn down the job offer.
And that’s not all your subconscious can do for you when you’re asleep; it might even be able to find a partner who has the qualities that you desire.
For example, the author knew a woman who was attracted to men who were passive and weak, despite her attraction to the opposite qualities. What’s going on?
Personality traits can subconsciously attract partners who are similar. If a woman has a masculine personality, she may subconsciously be attracted to men with feminine personalities. However, if she mentally constructs an ideal husband and keeps that image in her mind all the time, then it will become easier for her to find someone who fits that description. She took a job as a receptionist at a doctor’s office and immediately knew that he was the healthy, successful man she had been imagining. They got married and had happy lives together.
Big Idea #5: It’s possible to choose to be happy, and negative thoughts will no longer stand in your way.
We all experience joy when we find something valuable, like a $20 bill on the street. But that feeling doesn’t last long. Luckily, you can feel more happy by changing your thoughts and beliefs about happiness.
To be happy, you need to choose happiness. For example, a salesman once asked the author for advice because he was outperforming his colleagues but never received recognition for it.
He thought that his sales manager disliked him, which caused the latter to treat him unfairly. He was angry at his boss and this made it difficult for him to progress in his work.
The man realized that he had the power to choose happiness. He began wishing health and success on his boss and visualized his manager congratulating him, going in for a friendly handshake, and smiling at him.
One day, his boss called him up and promoted him to sales manager. This promotion came with a raise.
Negative thoughts can prevent you from having peace of mind. For example, one person worked too much and neglected his family, which caused him to have high blood pressure.
What made him so driven to work?
The author was not sure why he felt guilty at first, but then realized that it was because his brother had passed away many years ago. He felt so guilty about something he did or didn’t do for his brother that he punished himself by working hard and missing out on time with his family.
The man suffered from stress for a long time and he was not able to heal himself. He had to forgive himself first, which he did, and now he has plenty of time for his family and works regular hours.
Big Idea #6: If you replace your fears with positive thoughts, you can overcome obstacles and stay young.
When we were kids, did we fear monsters hiding under our beds?
If you were a child, as many are, then you probably remember the fear of monsters under your bed. The truth is that there’s nothing to be afraid of and everything can be made safe with proper lighting.
Some people have fears of failure, such as Mr. Jones who couldn’t control his drinking habits. At times he would drink excessively for two weeks straight and at other times not at all.
The man had a difficult time quitting drinking, and it left him feeling powerless. He was afraid that he would fail again if he tried to quit, so he gave up trying altogether. However, after losing his family because of his drinking problem, he decided not to give up on himself anymore. He went into a relaxed state and imagined what it would be like for his daughter to praise him for getting sober instead of criticizing him for being an alcoholic. This process helped the man gradually give up drinking and reunite with his family in the end.
A common fear is aging. That can be overcome by keeping learning new things and staying active.
Consider an executive who lived near the author. He retired at 65 and spent his time studying photography, traveling, and teaching others about photography.
His enthusiasm for this hobby kept him young at heart and inspired his mind and body to follow suit.
The author’s father also learned French at 65. He became a specialist in the language by 70 and then studied Gaelic until his death at 99 years old.