Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Richard Burnett Spanish Fort, Alabama, USA

Posted: 2021-10-06

“AUTOSUGGESTION is the AGENCY OF CONTROL through which an individual may voluntarily feed his subconscious mind on thoughts of a creative nature, or by neglect, permit thoughts of a destructive nature to find their way into this rich garden of the mind”. Napoleon Hill  


Ever noticed and establishment you go to frequently like a restaurant that is immaculate? The grass around it all freshly cut, weeds pulled and hedges trimmed? Maybe a nice manicured little flower garden in the courtyard. Well lets say they go out of business and the building is vacant for sometime. It doesn’t have to be a long time. In just a matter of two or three months with no maintenance the weeds have crept in and it looks like it has aged 20 years. Even the pretty garden is awful now. What happened? It was neglected and no effort put forth to maintain it. 


The mind can be affected without utilizing that AGENCY OF CONTROL, being aware of what we are listening to or thinking about and when we recognize something we don’t want passed on to our subconscious mind, soundly rejecting it, canceling it out from being passed on from the intellectual mind (conscious mind) to the emotional mind or heart ( the subconscious mind ) We have to guard that like a treasure chest because it is. 

Joseph Murphy gives a great example of the conscious and subconscious mind in his book The Power of Your Subconscious Mind. He says…

“The conscious mind is like the navigator or captain at the bridge of a ship. He directs the ship and signals orders to men in the engine room, who in turn control all the boilers, instruments, gauges, etc. The men in the engine room do not know where they are going; they follow orders. They would go on the rocks if the man on the bridge issued faulty or wrong instructions based on his findings with the compass, sextant, or other instruments. The men in the engine room obey him because he is in charge and issues orders, which are automatically obeyed. Members of the crew do not talk back to the captain; they simply carry out orders. The captain is the master of his ship, and his decrees are carried out. Likewise, your conscious mind is the captain and the master of your ship, which represents your body, environment, and all your affairs.” Here is and example of negative self talk mentioned in the previous paragraph…Murphy says “Your subconscious mind takes the orders you give it based upon what your conscious mind believes and accepts as true. When you repeatedly say to people, “I can’t afford it,” then your subconscious mind takes you at your word and sees to it that you will not be in a position to purchase what you want. As long as you persist in saying, “I can’t afford that car, that trip to Europe, that home, that fur coat or ermine wrap,” you can rest assured that your subconscious mind will follow your orders, and you will go through life experiencing the lack of all these things.”

When we do have something we want passed on to the subconscious then we have to become vigilant and practice repeating our self talk to the point we are about to drop. And use any other technique that transfers emotion like writing it or using my wedding video as I have been doing while repeating it. I know that is bringing emotion as by the feeling, many times into tears as I relive those beautiful memories. Whatever it takes and whatever works for you as this is critical. Like  Michael’s lesson says, it takes focused concentration. 


Thanks to Linda and Michael Dlouhy for giving us this personal development, it is the lifeblood of getting what we want and changing the old paradigm. Thanks to all my friends and mastermind partners for sharing with me weekly. 


Rick Burnett

Fairhope, AI