James Lombard Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
What is autosuggestion? Napoleon Hill describes it this way: “Autosuggestion is a term which applies to all suggestions and all self-administered stimuli which reach one’s mind through the five senses”. Autosuggestion does not have to be self-administered: it can and is frequently administered from outside; note that Hill says ‘all suggestions’ which reach one’s mind through the five senses. So, if you wish to protect your mind from outside influences, you had better administer the suggestions yourself; or let television, the media and the propaganda of politicians control you.
We are controlled by our dominant thoughts because these are the thoughts to which our subconscious minds respond and give effect. If we want to change old, ingrained habits that are holding us back, we need to formulate a life’s purpose and keep it constantly in our minds by reading it with imagery twice daily morning and night. It will also be necessary to sustain it by saying a supporting self-talk many times during the day. If we neglect to do this, we are opening the door to the outside influences referred to in the previous paragraph. A clearly defined purpose is essential, otherwise, we are like explorers lost in a jungle without a compass.
Merely repeating words and letting our thoughts wander from place to place is of no value; we must believe in the attainment of what we are telling our subconscious minds by visualizing the realizing of our purposes. In fact, visualization is the perfect way to make use of what Hill terms the 'principle of concentration'. He says: “As you go through these exercises, follow the instructions given in the chapter on faith, and see yourself actually in possession of the money”. By doing this, you will avoid distractions and inject feeling and faith into your requests. The subconscious mind is neutral and will believe and act upon repeated thoughts which it receives filled with feeling and belief.
It will pass such thoughts to Infinite Intelligence which will in response send inspirations to the creative imagination to create effective plans for the attainment of the desired goal. Napoleon Hill says: “When the plans appear, they will probably ‘flash’ into your mind through the sixth sense in the form of ‘inspiration’. Treat it with respect, and act upon it as soon as you receive it”. Inspiration is precious and must be used at once. Waiting for the right time can defeat you.
Autosuggestion is the most important chapter in this book. Hill says: “The other principles are simply tools with which to apply autosuggestion”.
Regards and best wishes to all.
James Lombard, Dublin, Ireland.