Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Celeste Smucker Nellysford, VA, United States

Posted: 2016-12-11

Chapter 12 The Subconscious Mind

The subconscious mind is the automatic storage place for all of our thoughts and its job is to translate those thoughts into their physical equivalent by drawing "upon the forces of Infinite Intelligence" to do so.  It works non-stop whether we attempt to influence it or not, translating both positive and negative thoughts into outcomes and giving preference to those that come with the most emotion.  

Much of what Hill taught is now supported by current research on the brain, and the importance of staying positive is one area that is receiving attention.  For example,  recent Harvard research based on 70,000 nurses found that those who were the most positive, in the top 25 percent of the group, were 30 percent less likely to die of chronic conditions such as heart disease or cancer compared to those whose attitudes were negative enough to put them in the bottom 25 percent.  We can probably assume that the women in this group were not doing regular self talk, either positive or negative, but the results show how important attitude can be for creating both positive and negative outcomes, in this case longer lives.  Imagine what the top 25 percent could have accomplished by intentionally feeding their subconscious minds with 1000 self talks per day regarding their health or any other outcome.

The way the subconscious brings about results is unknown.  Hill says:  "The subconscious mind works day and night.  Through a method of procedure, unknown to man, the subconscious mind draws upon the forces of Infinite Intelligence for the power with which it voluntarily transmutes one's desires into their physical equivalent, making use always of the most practical media by which this end may be accomplished." 

In a study conducted in Denmark, the scientists also found a connection between reduced heart disease and a positive attitude.  However, in this case, they determined that the positive people were more likely to exercise, and this in turn influenced their heart health.  Once again, though, it was attitude that was the critical first step, while the "practical media" chosen by the subconscious mind appeared to include exercise.

Studies like this are not directly measuring the subconscious mind, but rather the physical brain, which is all we can access with our present technology.  However they do shed light on some of the ideas we use here at Mentoring for Free.  The most obvious is the clear association between attitude and outcomes, and the cost of choosing to stay negative.  In the studies the cost of negativity was poor health; for a business, the cost may be fewer clients and customers and loss of income. 

The other interesting idea is that we don't know for sure how the outcomes come about and it's really not important.  In the Danish study, it appeared that the link between positive attitude and health was exercise. We can only speculate that in choosing to exercise the more optimistic individuals were responding to a hunch that came through because their minds were open causing them to be more willing to take action. 

Perhaps the negative individuals got the same hunch but were too depressed, or too shut down by their attitude, to hear it or act on it.  In the end, though, what matters is staying positive and taking action.  How our desired outcome happens is not so important as our decision to program our minds for success (desire) and our choice to take action on the info that comes back to us in the form of a hunch from Infinite Intelligence via the subconscious mind.

Celeste Smucker, Nellysford, VA