The Power of Your Subconscious Mind
Your subconscious mind is a powerful mental magnet. Napoleon Hill’s Philosophy of Success works more efficiently when you engage your subconscious mind in the learning process. Always advanced for his time, Dr. Hill recognised that the conscious mind was merely the tip of the iceberg. More advanced and more directly useful to students of success is the subconscious mind.
This greater mind can be accessed through positive affirmations, meditation, repetition and visualisation. Visual images can accelerate the manifestation of personalised goals and objectives. Dr. Hill’s famous epigram: “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve” works in conjunction with the subconscious mind. By repeating this famous saying, one becomes convinced that individuals can dream, affirm, and manifest personalised goals.
Dr. Hill states that: “You may voluntarily plant in your subconscious mind any plan, thought, or purpose which you desire to translate into its physical or monetary equivalent. The subconscious acts first on the dominating desires which have been mixed with emotional feeling, such as faith.” The subconscious mind is the seat of the emotions and responds to either positively or negatively charged emotionalised ideas. The thinker controls the thoughts – good or bad; however, the subconscious mind programs the outcome. How does this work? Simply put, the subconscious mind is like a fertile garden.
Seeds of greatness or seeds of despair can be sown. Sowing seeds of greatness will yield a garden full of beautiful outcomes, while sowing seeds of despair will yield the opposite. As soon as a person understands that “thoughts are things,” the process can begin. Good thoughts can be planted in the subconscious mind and positive results can be harvested and likewise bad thoughts can be planted and a crop of negative results will grow. Utilising this process, it becomes obvious that success is achieved through a combination of good thoughts combined with good actions. By controlling one’s thoughts, a person can control his destiny. Dr. Hill states that: “Everything which man creates begins in the form of a thought impulse.”
A thought aligned with strong emotion has a quicker gateway to the subconscious mind than simply a thought without the attachment of an emotionalised feeling. Comparing emotionalised thought to the yeast that causes bread dough to rise, Dr. Hill explains that emotion is the action element that transforms thought into action. The metaphor of yeast is a good one because it works slowly but uniformly; and before a person realises it, the dough has multiplied many times over its original size.
As you hand over your desires to your subconscious mind, you are planting the seeds of your desire and allowing the subconscious to take inner control and transmute your desires into reality. A negative thought and a positive thought cannot exist in the subconscious mind simultaneously. They cancel one another out. By focusing on the positive emotions of desire, faith, love, enthusiasm, romance and hope, one can avoid allowing the negative emotions of fear, jealousy, hatred, revenge, greed, superstition, and anger to take root and destroy the positive outlook. By disciplining the mind to only allow positive emotions to prevail, an individual conditions the mind so that negative emotions are not permitted to enter it.
As the subconscious mind is given its marching orders, it also serves as an intermediary between the mind of man and Infinite Intelligence. When a proposition is installed by a positively emotionalised thought in the subconscious mind, it next presents the message to the supra-conscious mind or Infinite Intelligence, and brings back a plan of action that when acted upon brings about the desired goal.