James Lombard Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
While attending second level school some 60 years ago, we were regularly given pieces of poetry and speeches from plays to learn by heart. At home, you would recite them over and over using visualization and feeling until they were word perfect. If, for example, it was a speech from a Shakespearean play, you would imagine you were playing the part. Even today, so many years later, I can recite them word for word.
This is not just a case of pure memory: the words and the feelings they provoked have imprinted themselves on my subconscious mind. How much more effective then would be the imprint left by saying one’s life purpose and a self-talk that supports it,over and over again? What is said with belief and feeling leaves a permanent mark on the subconscious mind. Hill defines autosuggestion as follows: “Autosuggestion is a term which applies to all suggestions and self-administered stimuli which reach one’s mind through the five senses”. You will notice how he mentions the five senses, namely, seeing, hearing, touching, smelling and tasting. He uses the image of a garden where weeds or seeds can grow in abundance depending whether we sow good seed or let weeds flourish, to describe the subconscious mind. We can be active and create our own poetry of living or we can let others make doggerel out of our lives: “Nature has so built man that he has absolute control over the material which reaches his subconscious mind through his five senses…”. We can listen to drivel on the radio or be glued watching a dysfunctional “soap” on television or listen to bar-stool pundits tell us what's 'wrong' with the world. Escapism is fine now and then, but when one begins to see it as reality, one has lost control.
This is perhaps the key chapter in the whole book and Hill implies as much when he says: “The other principles are simply tools with which to apply autosuggestion".
Regards and best wishes to all.
James Lombard, Dublin, Ireland.