Despite reading but not understanding at the time, since re-reading it again, I now realize this chapter is the most complete explanation of how the subconscious mind works I have ever read.
Lesson 1 is - THE SUBCONSCIOUS MIND WORKS DAY AND NIGHT; in other words, whether I like it or not my subconscious will seize on anything it is fed, good, bad, positive or negative. For me a good analogy is my garden, even though I’m certainly not the best gardener in the World, I love to see and feel the sights and smells the flowers give me as they open in early Spring and on through the Summer.
I also know that to get similar pleasurable results, I must plant good seeds and constantly feed the young plants over a period until they burst into their full glory. The same holds true of what I must do to get the results I want my subconscious to provide, it needs the same good seeds (thoughts), correct feeding and care for me to see and feel those same wonderful results.
Hill tells us “The subconscious mind will not remain idle! If you fail to plant DESIRES in your subconscious mind, it will feed upon the thoughts which reach it as the result of your neglect. We have already explained that thought impulses, both negative and positive are reaching the subconscious mind continuously, from the four sources which were mentioned in the chapter on Sex Transmutation”.
Hill also tells us “Here the law of HABIT will come to your aid. Form the habit of applying and using the positive emotions! Eventually, they will dominate your mind so completely, that the negatives cannot enter it”. Here is where the power of auto suggestion through ‘Daily Self Talk’ truly comes into its own – repeating my self-talk many times through the day, and sometimes reading the written words at the same time, I know to be the best way to keep positive thoughts filling my subconscious to leave no room for negativity to sneak in.
Michael often says negative thoughts and feelings are many more time more powerful and damaging than positive ones, that’s why I need to repeat my own self talk many, many times a day.
Again, Hill makes the point that “Only by following these instructions literally, and continuously, can you gain control over your subconscious mind. The presence of a single negative in your conscious mind is sufficient to destroy all chances of constructive aid from your subconscious mind”.
We are all on a journey through life and it’s our choice how we travel, we alone have the power to enjoy the trip or turn it into something that brings no pleasure to ourselves or those around us.