James Lombard Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
Ctrl/Cmd+V The Subconscious Mind
“Remember, your subconscious mind functions voluntarily, whether you make any effort to influence it or not. This, naturally, suggests to you that thoughts of fear and poverty and all negative thoughts serve as stimuli to your subconscious mind unless you master these impulses and give it more desirable food upon which it may feed”. Most people know what fear is, in some form or another. Most of us have or had our ghosts that limit and imprison us.
I want to speak about a fear which, thankfully, I have long since overcome, and which, therefore, I am qualified to speak about. It is a fear of self, arising from a poor self-image. It is called "shyness": the best definition of it I have come across is “Don’t let you discover me”. Maybe, you are sitting in a bus or train and somebody sits beside you and smiles as if encouraging conversation. Yet, for some reason, you return a weak smile and continue reading a book or newspaper. Perhaps, you fear making a fool of yourself, of not having anything of value to say, of not being interesting.
This fear springs from a negative self-image, caused by negative programming in childhood. Those were the days when it was assumed that young people should be seen but not heard: you had to listen to the voice of experience and not have any opinions of your own.
Hill says: “Positive and negative emotions cannot occupy the mind at the same time. One or the other must dominate. It is your responsibility to make sure that positive emotions constitute the dominating influence of your mind. Here the law of habit will come to your aid. Form the habit of applying and using the positive emotions! Eventually they will dominate your mind so completely that negatives cannot enter it”.
To counter any fear, this is what I have learned from being on the M.F.F. calls. I am grateful to Ken Klemm for borrowing a good number of his ideas here. You need to sit quietly in a room and decide your “why”. If you had just six months to live, what would you like to do and what legacy would you wish to leave behind? You need to capture these thoughts in writing to be read morning and evening. Then you need to compose a self-talk that supports that “why” or purpose, and it needs to be personal, positive and in the present tense. More importantly, it must articulate a definite dominant desire with a powerful vibrational feeling and unshakeable belief. A self-talk could begin like this: “I am calm, confident, respectful, grateful, and exhilarated because……” You need to think of some high point in your life, such as, exchanging marriage vows or posing for a marriage photograph with your family. Envision the sights, sounds and feelings of that moment. Live in that moment. Make sure to include the feelings of that moment when saying your self-talk many times daily, for it is such positive happy feelings that will draw people to you, like moths to light.
On the subject of faith, which is a prerequisite for successful self-talk, Hill says it will come with practice. I will leave the last word to him. “Surely, enough has been stated to give a starting point from which one may, through experiment and practice, acquire the ability to mix faith with any order given to the subconscious mind. Perfection will come through practice. It cannot come by merely reading instructions”.
Regards and best wishes to all.
James Lombard, Dublin, Ireland.