Celeste Smucker Nellysford, VA, United States
Chapter 13 The Brain
Most of us think of the brain as a physical part of our bodies that resides in our heads. However, in this chapter Hill introduces us to the intangible brain, that part of the brain that is not physical, but consists of the creative imagination or "receiving set" and the subconscious mind or "sending station." With these intangible parts of the brain we can pick up and send thought vibrations from and to other brains. In other words we can communicate without using words...pretty remarkable.
If you have read Chapter 1 of Think and Grow Rich, you know that thoughts are things capable of building up and tearing down things, ideas and people. While most of us have been told at one time or another something like "If you can't say something nice don't say anything at all," how many of us were taught that thinking negative thoughts can be just as destructive as saying them aloud especially when accompanied by emotion? Yet every day our thoughts are broadcast out and picked up by other brains, impacting their lives in tangible ways.
We don't have control over what others are thinking but if we know them to be negative people we can protect ourselves from what they may be broadcasting (often unconsciously) by keeping our distance and by filling our minds with positive self-talk to crowd out the negativity.
But what about our own thoughts? Think of them as part of your contribution to the people around you. Kind of like when you make a contribution to your favorite non-profit. Your money donations support the activities of the organization allowing it to fulfill its mission helping others. Just like that your thoughts, when they are positive, go out and help motivate your team to succeed, or encourage your children to do well in school, or help the world to be a more peaceful place, or help someone recover from an illness. And this is the case whether or not you actually speak the thoughts.
This means if you find yourself worrying about a sick friend, stop it and instead send thoughts of comfort or wellness. Or don't allow yourself to feel anxious about the success of one of your distributors, send thoughts of prosperity and success instead.
Our role as broadcasters is the other reason to do regular positive self talk. Not only does this practice protect our minds from the unconscious broadcasts of others but it is also our way of taking responsibility for making sure our thoughts are making a positive contribution to others rather than a negative one.
Celeste Smucker, Nellysford, VA