Celeste Smucker Nellysford, VA, United States
Chapter 12 The Subconscious Mind
Hill tells us that the subconscious mind is a storage facility full of all the thought impulses that have come into our conscious minds from day one, through any and all of the five senses. It then acts on these thought impulses to help us convert desires into reality.
Not every thought gets converted in this way. Instead the subconscious mind takes action on the thoughts that come with strong emotion attached. Hill says: "In fact, there is much evidence to support the theory that only emotionalized thoughts have any action influence upon the subconscious mind."
Unfortunately, the subconscious doesn't distinguish between positive and negative thoughts and emotions.
That means if your thoughts are full of negativity and you energize them with negative emotions like anger, jealousy and fear (whether you do so consciously or unconsciously) then chances are good you will get negative results. You may long for something very different from what these outcomes reflect, but the positive desires can easily get lost in the midst of these much stronger negative thoughts and emotions.
Hill also tells us that "the negatives voluntarily inject themselves into the thought impulses, which insure passage into the subconscious mind. The positives must be injected, through the principle of autosuggestion."
This means, if you want to create positive outcomes like success in relationships, a profitable business, or a more joyful daily experience, you must take action. You must consciously and with intention inject your subconscious with positive thoughts and emotions, and you do that with powerful self talk. Taking action with powerful and consistent self talk is the start of greatness and that requires conscious choice every single day.
For many of us this can be challenging because our habitual way of being is negative. We are accustomed to going into our storehouse of old thoughts and experiences and pulling out the negative ones. The decisions we wish we hadn't made, the times we took action and failed, the money we frittered away on things we didn't need or really want. And then we let those old negatives color our present, preventing us from seeing the good that is part of every day and the progress we are making. When we do that we lose our forward momentum and we wonder why we keep having the same old negative experiences over and over.
The alternative is to find the positives, the fun times, the times we felt proud of ourselves or our friends and family members, the weddings, the graduations, the meaningful relationships. When we color the present with those emotions, things begin to shift in a positive direction. That is why MFF advises us to interject emotions from the high points of our lives to create the most powerful self talk.
The same advice applies to thoughts about the future. It is easy to get caught up in fear thoughts and imagine the worst possible outcomes. Why not instead envision a brilliant future in which positive energy flows and attracts more of the same. It's all a matter of choice. Who do we want to be? What do we want to create? It's up to us and the way we program our subconscious minds.
Greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice. -Jim Collins
Celeste Smucker, Nellysford, VA