Celeste Smucker Nellysford, VA, United States
Chapter 12, The Subconscious Mind
Hill tells us, "The subconscious mind consists of a field of consciousness in which
every impulse of thought that reaches the conscious mind through any of the five senses,
is classified and recorded, and from which thoughts may be recalled or withdrawn as letters
may be taken from a filing cabinet."
What is lurking in our subconscious minds? It is safe to say we will never know its full contents,
there are just too many thoughts and sense impressions that bombard us daily from the minute
we are born...and maybe even before that. We can, however, get an idea of the content of those
thoughts by looking at how we view and experience the world.
There is an old story about a stranger passing through a town who asks a resident if the people
there are friendly. The resident asks the stranger, were the people friendly in the last place you
lived? The strangers says no, and the resident says then you will find us unfriendly here as well.
We all have unconscious thoughts that become like a pair of glasses through which we view the world.
If we never move beyond the fear and poverty we may have experienced in the past, the world will continue
to look scary and abundance will elude us until we get a new pair of glasses.
If out of fear we avoid people who seem suspicious or threatening because they look different, or follow
a different spiritual practice or lifestyle, we will miss out on many opportunities to make friends and share
MFF or our products.
I think we can all learn from Steve Porter's self talk: "Everyone I talk to does business with me."
Say that enough times and it's like putting on a different pair of glasses...suddenly everyone looks friendly, open
and approachable, and you will be amazed at how much they can enrich your life.
Or how about this self talk: I live an abundant life, or abundance follows me wherever I go. Better yet
start with: It's all good.
Throughout his book Hill tells us to change our life we need to change our thoughts. Michael tells us
to say our self talk 600-1000 times a day. We can't change our past but we can overwrite the old
scripts provided by well meaning parents or teachers and the media. The key though is to recognize
the change in our experience starts from within. What we experience out there is just a reflection of our
One positive focus for inner change is to allow others to be their very best and most fulfilled selves
according to their definition (which may be very different from ours). When we affirm its all good,
everyone is my friend, everyone wants to do business with me, I unconditionally accept others as
they are, or whatever variation of that self talk resonates with you, the world becomes a different
place. Not because anyone else has changed (although they might), but because we have. It's like
putting on a new pair of glasses, you won't believe what you have been missing.
.Celeste Smucker Nellysford, VA
"Blowing out someone else's candle doesn't make yours burn any brighter." -Anonymous
"How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young,
compassionate with the aged, symphathetic with the striving, and
tolerant of the weak -- because some day you will have been all of
these." -George W. Carver