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“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.’

‘A person’s life is dyed with the color of his (or her) imagination.’—Marcus Aurelius Antonius

Why consider life to be a battle when another point of view, equally valid, suggests life can be magical. With the aid of understanding, we see that nature has been built on a foundation of simplicity. Remember one of the basic rules: what you sow, you shall reap.

What you send out through thoughts or actions will return to you. A simple rule. One that makes perfect sense. If you think kindly towards people or act with love in your heart, you will receive kindness and love, maybe even from total strangers. If you criticize someone or gossip about them, you too will be criticized and gossiped about. That seems fair. If you give it out, you need to be prepared to take it. We would all prefer to receive the good rather than the bad, so why not control the situation simply by thinking and acting with love in our hearts.

Keep an eye on what goes on in your ‘heart’ because what emanates from it creates the circumstances in your life. What you imagine and focus on will soon become an external reality.

I knew a woman who was so afraid she was going to be robbed she couldn’t stop thinking about it. She had expensive alarm systems installed in her home and garage; she had a tall fence built around her property; she bought a German Shepherd and had it trained as an attack dog. Her home had become a fortress furnished in fear. You can imagine what happened.

One day, she left the safety of her house and grounds to see a friend across town. On the way to the friend’s she stopped at a shopping mall to buy a gift of flowers. As she was returning to her car, a thief came up behind her and grabbed her purse. She shouted for help, but no one was nearby, and the thief escaped without ever being caught. Her alarm system, her fence, and her dog may have been protecting her at home, but her thoughts and fear had guaranteed that, sooner or later, inside or out, she was going to come face to face with the nemesis in her battle—a thief—and be quickly and shockingly robbed.

How much simpler and less expensive it might have been if she had expelled thebo fear from her mind and trained her imagination to see only good circumstances chasing after her.