Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Louise Bannerman Detroit, MI, USA

Posted: 2019-06-04

Auto-Suggestion:  the Medium for Influencing the Subconscious Mind


Through the dominating thoughts which one permits to remain in the conscious mind, (whether these thoughts be negative or positive, is immaterial), the principle of auto-suggestion voluntarily reaches the subconscious mind and influences it with these thoughts. - Napoleon Hill

One day my teacher shows up in my 9th grade gymnastic class and announces that the students will be graded today on doing a handstand. If you did the handstand you received an A. If you did not complete the handstand you received an E.

At that very moment, my only repeating thoughts that kept running over and over in my conscious mind was, “I can do ALL things through Christ which strengthens me.” I made sure that I would have time to “voluntarily feed my subconscious mind” with the thoughts of “I CAN DO ALL THINGS,” by standing at the end of the line of my classmates, because I needed all that time to fix in my own conscious mind those thoughts, so that they would reach my subconscious mind. I also, visualized myself doing the handstand and I had the faith that if God said I can do all things, then that meant that I could do this handstand as well.  

My burning desire was to get an A on this assignment, because the other choice of receiving an E was not an option.  I strongly believed that God’s words were true, so I concentrated on my end result of seeing myself with my hands going down, and feeling my legs going straight up. I can still feel my adrenalin rising, and my heart racing, full of excitement, and expecting God to work a miracle for me that I could actually see myself physically passing my assignment.   

When it was my time to perform my handstand, I did it with confident and believed that I could, and sure enough I conquered the task. Not only did I received an A for that assignment, I received an A in my gymnastic class for the whole semester.  

I learned a valuable lesson that day, and till this day I still stand on God’s Word.  In conclusions, it’s my burning desire to connect with God. And when we do… "Man may become the master of himself, and of his environment, because he has the POWER TO INFLUENCE HIS OWN SUBCONSCIOUS MIND, and through it, gain the cooperation of Infinite Intelligence.   – Napoleon Hill.