“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.’