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To reach a port, we must sail—sail, not tie at anchor—sail, not drift. –Franklin Roosevelt

Creating reality takes a little work. We write down our desires, speak to our subconscious, train our mind to imagine the desire manifested, and anticipate receipt of the object of our desire, all the while keeping our thoughts clear of negativity and doubt. Now what? If we want results from our desires, we need to take action.truckin

All the writing, speaking, training, and anticipating can do only so much. When we are in a state of creating, we have the potential to receive every wish imaginable, but ‘potential results’ are not yet manifestations in concrete reality. The next step is action.

Years ago, I was looking to get a companion animal—a dog. I was open to receiving the best dog for me, whatever that might be. I had no preconceived images of the right dog. Every time I was out jogging and saw someone with a dog, I’d stop and ask them about the breed. Dog owners love their dogs, of course, and everyone I spoke with raved about their pet. Hard to decide.

I visited the local pound, but never felt drawn to a particular dog. I watched pet programs on T.V., but never settled on any breed or mixed breed. I spoke to groomers and pet store owners, but still couldn’t decide on a specific type of dog. Nonetheless, I kept taking action. I even imagined actively jogging with my ghost dog. On I went, searching for my pet.

One afternoon, I was looking through dog books and saw a photo of a standard poodle. The dog’s face reminded me of my childhood dog. I immediately got a little butterfly in my stomach. That glimmer of interest was all my subconscious needed to ‘hear.’ Without realizing it, I had just implanted into my subconscious my desire for a poodle. I closed the book and completely forgot I’d even seen that photo until . . .

The next day, I was jogging along my usual route in my neighborhood and suddenly felt inclined to go down a street I hadn’t seen before. I followed my hunch and jogged for a couple blocks when I noticed, up ahead, 2 girls walking a full-grown, black standard poodle. After weeks of approaching strangers walking their dogs, I felt no hesitation in asking the girls about poodles. They were happy to talk to me about the benefits of this wonderful breed: they’re intelligent, agile, stronger than people think, and playful for life.

I was about to thank them and jog home, when one of the girls said, ‘I live right here and the mother of this dog just had another litter. Would you like to see the puppies?’

Ah, the hook!

I experienced a lovely miracle that day. My dog and I met and got to spend many memorable years in each other’s company. Was he the best dog for me? You bet!poodle

You might argue that finding a dog is easy. Anybody can manifest that. It’s not like trying to create a thousand dollars. Finding money is way harder. Not really. I didn’t want just any dog; I wanted the right dog for me at that moment in my life.

In order to attract the best manifestation of our desires, we need to get out of the way and trust that our higher selves will guide and direct us.

Listen for those subtle suggestions to take a different turn.

Yes, I could have gone out and brought home the first dog I saw, but that would have been my conscious mind taking control. I wanted my higher self, in league with my subconscious, to be in charge. That’s how the magic happens.

Define what you want and then take action to see it materialize in the external world. Listen to hunches and your intuition: those nudges will guide you to the realization of your desire.


“The possibilities of creative effort connected with the subconscious mind are stupendous and imponderable. They inspire one with awe.”—Napoleon Hill

The prefix ‘sub’ means under or below. Let’s imagine the subconscious, therefore, as a vast body of water teeming with life. We mustn’t imagine fish or reptiles: we need to see bubbles full of images, millions of images that we’ve been throwing overboard for years.

In our conscious mind, we’re on the surface, splashing around and making waves. Our actions and thoughts on the surface keep dropping into our subconscious like raindrops on a grey day. These raindrops, full of our thoughts, mindlessly enter the depths of our subconscious. Most of us aren’t paying attention to what we’re sending into our subconscious, and this ‘mental junk’ could be hindering us from having our best life, so we might want to take some responsibility and rethink our relationship with our subconscious.Image

The subconscious has phenomenal power. Wouldn’t it be great if we could direct that power? This part of our mind has no ability to analyze or deduce: it doesn’t filter or comment on what garbage fills its expanse; it absorbs without question every thought bubble it receives. This can be a tremendous advantage. The subconscious is like our private genie in a bottle. It never argues with our choice of desires. Our wish is its command. The disadvantage is obvious: think mental junk and it will produce more of the same. What we think most about, we will attract, so let’s make it good.

If we feel something deeply, and we desire it with sincerity and belief, we can impress the subconscious to create our desires in the external world. Before we make this attempt, however, we need to know ourselves well. I will never be a ballerina or a fashion model. I couldn’t run hurdles in school because my legs are too short; consequently, I’m not going to program my subconscious to get me a dancing, prancing, or jumping job. This would be pointless and a waste of time. What then is the best way to harness the power of our minds?

First we give our subconscious a suggestion. This can be general or specific. You choose. Suggestions like ‘I am happy,’ ‘I am healthy,’ or ‘I am experiencing financial abundance’ are excellent choices, but sometimes we can be less sublime and more ridiculous.

For instance, years ago, when I was living in San Francisco and first learning about the power of the mind, I read that the subconscious is most vulnerable just before we go to sleep. This is because our conscious mind is tired from a day’s worth of splashing and swimming. As the conscious mind settles down, we gain access to the big pool. We can slip below the surface and speak to it and it will hear us, without judgment or critique.

Before I went to sleep, those many years ago, I tried an experiment, a rather silly one, but I was young. My eyes were closed and my bedroom was quiet. I whispered to my subconscious that I was meeting a man named Michael. I picked a generic name to make it easier. After repeating this suggestion, I fell asleep. When I awoke, I had forgotten my experiment, which was probably a good thing.sleep

We need to allow our higher selves (the superconscious) to guide us to the best possible outcome.

Later that morning, I was at work and was just popping outside to get a snack when a man got on the elevator with me. We smiled. He said, ‘ I’ve seen you in the courtyard before. Do you work in the building?’ I said I did. He put out his hand for me to shake and said, ‘My name’s Michael. I’m a lawyer on the fourth floor.’

What!? I was momentarily stunned of course because I’d forgotten my experiment, but suddenly I remembered what I’d done the night before. Fortunately, I recovered quickly and we had a pleasant chat. Nothing major resulted from this meeting: we just always said hi whenever we bumped into each other. I’m not recommending this to anyone, but I was still learning and testing the system.

Needless to say, I was definitely ‘inspired with awe.’