James Lombard Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
Hill says: “When faith is blended with thought, the subconscious mind instantly picks up the vibration, translates it into its spiritual equivalent, and transmits it to Infinite Intelligence, as in the case of prayer”, and “Repetition of affirmation of orders to your subconscious mind is the only known method of voluntary development of the emotion of faith”. It is through positive and constructive impulses of thought that we influence the subconscious mind to petition God or Infinite Intelligence to send us hunches and inspirations for the attainment of worthy purposes and goals. However, if we are in anyway tentative or lacking in self-confidence, our prayers will not be answered. We therefore need to use self-talk or autosuggestion to cultivate belief.
If our thoughts are negative, our subconscious mind will send them back to us with a whole host of tramp thoughts picked up from our environment. Hill says: “The human mind is constantly attracting vibrations which harmonize with that which dominates the mind”. We experience a chain reaction: for example, I have a bad experience in my dealings with someone; this causes me to dislike him and maybe dislike his class or race, leading to my hating the same. This causes me to develop the habit of generalizing: if ever I have a bad experience, I take it personally and I don’t ask myself what is the other person’s point of view or what caused him to act the way he did. These generalizing habits become ingrained in our thinking and we never question the assumptions upon which they are based.
To cultivate habits of self-confidence, daily repetition of Hill’s "Five Steps to Self-confidence" cannot be bettered. In connection with my previous paragraph, Hill says in step 5: “I will eliminate hatred, envy, jealousy, selfishness, and cynicism by developing love for all humanity”. This philosophy of compassion and generosity when combined with a self-talk grounded in a well- developed purpose will eventually foster the faith necessary to allow the subconscious mind to call for the help of the Holy Spirit of God, ( what Hill calls Infinite Intelligence).
Regards and best wishes to all.
James Lombard, Dublin, Ireland.