Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Celeste Smucker Nellysford, VA, United States

Posted: 2017-10-25

Chapter 12  The Subconscious Mind
All day every day and all night long, sense impressions come into our brains and get stored in the subconscious mind which never sleeps and which has no filters.  Whatever you are exposed to (whether consciously or not) from any source, a book you read, a television program, an online news outlet, a radio program you aren't really listening to, even a random conversation you overhear while out shopping, gets stored in the subconscious mind.  
But the subconscious mind is more than a storehouse. It also acts on what we feed it either voluntarily or involuntarily. Hill says the subconscious mind is able to "draw upon the forces of Infinite Intelligence for the power with which it voluntarily transmutes one's desires into their physical equivalent, making use always of the most practical media by which this end may be accomplished."  
The trick is to make use of this power in a way that creates what we truly desire for our lives rather than leaving the outcome up to random inputs from outside sources.
The automatic nature of the subconscious mind, the fact that it is always on, always gathering input, means it can never be totally controlled.  But Hill says we can voluntarily give it any plans or desires we want translated into concrete form, and we do that with powerful intentions starting with desire and bolstered by faith.
This is why it is so important to be very clear about what we truly desire.  Is it really money?  Or is it the opportunity to live a fulfilling life doing what we truly love to do?  Is it material things?  Or is it a chance to live in comfort, free of financial stress so we can enjoy quality time with family and friends.  Is it a thriving business?  Or is it the opportunity to serve others in a way that furthers them on their own journeys towards being their best?   
Clarity about what we really want is essential for sending powerful messages to the subconscious mind.  This is why we often talk about a WHY that brings us to tears. Whatever it is, if we want it to manifest it in our lives, it has to be compelling enough to consistently influence the subconscious mind.  
We must be willing to focus on what we want consistently and continuously so that that message becomes a habit.  Self talk is a powerful way to accomplish this. But we also need to state what we want with strong emotion...again the WHY that makes us cry is essential because it is full of positive emotional energy. As Hill says, "It is your responsibility to make sure that positive emotions constitute the dominating influence of your mind." and that requires a strong desire.
When we harness our emotions and get consistent with our self talk, we drown out the negative influences.  When that happens, we begin to hear the hunches and inspirations that were there all along, but that we missed because we were pre-occupied with the negative.  
Now we have a positive track to follow, and our subconscious mind is serving us because we are letting it know what we genuinely want.  And don't be surprised when what manifests is something bigger and more powerful than we ever would have thought possible when we first developed our WHY.
Celeste Smucker Nellysford, VA