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- THE SUBCONSCIOUS MIND
THE CONNECTING LINK
The Eleventh Step toward Riches
THE SUBCONSCIOUS MIND consists of a field of consciousness, in
which every impulse of thought that reaches the objective 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thoughts may be recalled or withdrawn as letters may be taken from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.
It receives, and files, sense impressions or thoughts, regardless
of their nature. You may VOLUNTARILY plant in your subconscious
mind any plan, thought, or purpose which you desire to translate
into its physical or monetary equivalent. The subconscious acts
first on the dominating desires which have been mixed with emotional
feeling, such as faith.
Consider this in connection with the instructions given in the
chapter on DESIRE, for taking the six steps there outlined, and
the instructions given in the chapter on the building and execution
of plans, and you will understand the importance of the thought
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
You cannot entirely control your subconscious mind, but
you can voluntarily hand over to it any plan, desire, or purpose
which you wish transformed into concrete form. Read, again, instructions
for using the subconscious mind, in the chapter on autosuggestion.
There is plenty of evidence to support the belief that the subconscious
mind is the connecting link between the finite mind of man and Infinite
Intelligence. It is the intermediary through which one may draw
upon the forces of Infinite Intelligence at will. It, alone, contains
the secret process by which mental impulses are modified and changed
into their spiritual equivalent. It, alone, is the medium through
which prayer may be transmitted to the source capable of answering
The possibilities of creative effort connected with the subconscious
mind are stupendous and imponderable. They inspire one with awe.
I never approach the discussion of the subconscious mind without
a feeling of littleness and inferiority due, perhaps, to the fact
that man's entire stock of knowledge on this subject is so pitifully
limited. The very fact that the subconscious mind is the medium
of communication between the thinking mind of man and Infinite Intelligence
is, of itself, a thought which almost paralyzes one's reason.
After you have accepted, as a reality, the existence of the subconscious
mind, and understand its possibilities, as a medium for transmuting
your DESIRES into their physical or monetary equivalent, you will
comprehend the full significance of the instructions given in the
chapter on DESIRE. You will also understand why you have been repeatedly
admonished to MAKE YOUR DESIRES CLEAR, AND TO REDUCE THEM TO WRITING.
You will also understand the necessity of PERSISTENCE in carrying
The thirteen principles are the stimuli with which you acquire
the ability to reach, and to influence your subconscious mind. Do
not become discouraged, if you cannot do this upon the first attempt.
Remember that the subconscious mind may be voluntarily directed
only through habit, under the directions given in the chapter
on FAITH. You have not yet had time to master faith. Be patient.
A good many statements in the chapters on faith and auto-suggestion
will be repeated here, for the benefit of YOUR 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.
The subconscious mind will not remain idle! If you fail to plant
DESIRES in your subconscious mind, it will feed upon the thoughts
which reach it as the result of your neglect. We have already
explained that thought impulses, both negative and positive are
reaching the subconscious mind continuously, from the four sources
which were mentioned in the chapter on Sex Transmutation.
For the present, it is sufficient if you remember that you are
living daily, in the midst of all manner of thought impulses
which are reaching your subconscious mind, without your knowledge.
Some of these impulses are negative, some are positive. You are
now engaged in trying to help shut off the flow of negative impulses,
and to aid in voluntarily influencing your subconscious mind, through
positive impulses of DESIRE.
When you achieve this, you will possess the key which unlocks
the door to your subconscious mind. Moreover, you will control that
door so completely, that no undesirable thought may influence your
Everything which man creates, BEGINS in the form of a thought
impulse. Man can create nothing which he does not first conceive
in THOUGHT. Through the aid of the imagination, thought impulses
may be assembled into plans. The imagination, when under control,
may be used for the creation of plans or purposes that lead to success
in one's chosen occupation.
All thought impulses, intended for transmutation into their physical
equivalent, voluntarily planted in the subconscious mind, must pass
through the imagination, and be mixed with faith. The "mixing"
of faith with a plan, or purpose, intended for submission to the
subconscious mind, may be done ONLY through the imagination.
From these statements, you will readily observe that voluntary
use of the subconscious mind calls for coordination and application
of all the principles.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox gave evidence of her understanding of the
power of the subconscious mind when she wrote:
"You never can tell what a thought will do
In bringing you hate or love--
For thoughts are things, and their airy wings
Are swifter than carrier doves.
They follow the law of the universe--
Each thing creates its kind,
And they speed Oâ€™er the track to bring you back
Whatever went out from your mind."
Mrs. Wilcox understood the truth, that thoughts which go out
from one's mind, also imbed themselves deeply in one's subconscious
mind, where they serve as a magnet, pattern, or blueprint by which
the subconscious mind is influenced while translating them into
their physical equivalent. Thoughts are truly things, for the reason
that every material thing begins in the form of thought-energy.
The subconscious mind is more susceptible to influence by impulses
of thought mixed with "feeling" or emotion, than by those
originating solely in the reasoning portion of the mind. In fact,
there is much evidence to support the theory, that ONLY emotionalized
thoughts have any ACTION influence upon the subconscious mind. It
is a well known fact that emotion or feeling, rules the majority
of people. If it is true that the subconscious mind responds more
quickly to, and is influenced more readily by thought impulses which
are well mixed with emotion, it is essential to become familiar
with the more important of the emotions. There are seven major positive
emotions, and seven major negative emotions. 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 auto-suggestion, into the thought impulses which
an individual wishes to pass on to his subconscious mind. (Instructions
have been given in the chapter on auto-suggestion.)
These emotions, or feeling impulses, may be likened to yeast
in a loaf of bread, because they constitute the ACTION element,
which transforms thought impulses from the passive to the active
state. Thus may one understand why thought impulses, which have
been well mixed with emotion, are acted upon more readily than thought
impulses originating in "cold reason."
You are preparing yourself to influence and control the "inner
audience" of your subconscious mind, in order to hand over
to it the DESIRE for money, which you wish transmuted into its monetary
equivalent. It is essential, therefore, that you understand the
method of approach to this "inner audience." You must
speak its language, or it will not heed your call. It understands
best the language of emotion or feeling. Let us, therefore describe
here the seven major positive emotions, and the seven major negative
emotions, so that you may draw upon the positives, and avoid the
negatives, when giving instructions to your subconscious mind.
THE SEVEN MAJOR POSITIVE EMOTIONS
The emotion of DESIRE
The emotion of FAITH
The emotion of LOVE
The emotion of SEX
The emotion of ENTHUSIASM
The emotion of ROMANCE
The emotion of HOPE
There are other positive emotions, but these are the seven most
powerful, and the ones most commonly used in creative effort. Master
these seven emotions (they can be mastered only by USE), and the
other positive emotions will be at your command when you need them.
Remember, in this connection, that you are studying a book which
is intended to help you develop a "money consciousness"
by filling your mind with positive emotions. One does not
become money conscious by filling one's mind with negative emotions.
THE SEVEN MAJOR NEGATIVE EMOTIONS
(To be avoided)
The emotion of FEAR
The emotion of JEALOUSY
The emotion of HATRED
The emotion of REVENGE
The emotion of GREED
The emotion of SUPERSTITION
The emotion of ANGER
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 the negatives
cannot enter it.
Only by following these instructions literally, and continuously,
can you gain control over your subconscious mind. The presence of
a single negative in your conscious mind is sufficient to destroy
all chances of constructive aid from your subconscious mind.
If you are an observing person, you must have noticed that most
people resort to prayer ONLY after everything else has FAILED! Or
else they pray by a ritual of meaningless words. And, because it
is a fact that most people who pray, do so ONLY AFTER EVERYTHING
ELSE HAS FAILED, they go to prayer with their minds filled with
FEAR and DOUBT, which are the emotions the subconscious mind
acts upon, and passes on to Infinite Intelligence. Likewise,
that is the emotion which Infinite Intelligence receives, and ACTS
If you pray for a thing, but have fear as you pray, that you
may not receive it, or that your prayer will not be acted upon by
Infinite Intelligence, your prayer will have been in vain.
Prayer does, sometimes, result in the realization of that for
which one prays. If you have ever had the experience of receiving
that for which you prayed, go back in your memory, and recall your
actual STATE OF MIND, while you were praying, and you will know,
for sure, that the theory here described is more than a theory.
The time will come when the schools and educational institutions
of the country will teach the "science of prayer." Moreover,
then prayer may be, and will be reduced to a science. When that
time comes, (it will come as soon as mankind is ready for it, and
demands it), no one will approach the Universal Mind in a state
of fear, for the very good reason that there will be no such emotion
as fear. Ignorance, superstition, and false teaching will have disappeared,
and man will have attained his true status as a child of Infinite
Intelligence. A few have already attained this blessing.
If you believe this prophesy is far-fetched, take a look at the
human race in retrospect. Less than a hundred years ago, men believed
the lightning to be evidence of the wrath of God, and feared it.
Now, thanks to the power of FAITH, men have harnessed the lightning
and made it turn the wheels of industry. Much less than a hundred
years ago, men believed the space between the planets to be nothing
but a great void, a stretch of dead nothingness. Now, thanks to
this same power of FAITH, men know that far from being either dead
or a void, the space between the planets is very much alive, that
it is the highest form of vibration known, excepting, perhaps, the
vibration of THOUGHT. Moreover, men know that this living, pulsating,
vibratory energy which permeates every atom of matter, and fills
every niche of space, connects every human brain with every other
What reason have men to believe that this same energy does not
connect every human brain with Infinite Intelligence?
There are no toll-gates between the finite mind of man and Infinite
Intelligence. The communication costs nothing except Patience, Faith,
Persistence, Understanding, and a SINCERE DESIRE to communicate.
Moreover, the approach can be made only by the individual himself.
Paid prayers are worthless. Infinite Intelligence does no business
by proxy. You either go direct, or you do not communicate.
You may buy prayer books and repeat them until the day of your
doom, without avail. Thoughts which you wish to communicate to Infinite
Intelligence, must undergo transformation, such as can be given
only through your own subconscious mind.
The method by which you may communicate with Infinite Intelligence
is very similar to that through which the vibration of sound is
communicated by radio. If you understand the working principle of
radio, you of course, know that sound cannot be communicated through
the ether until it has been "stepped up," or changed into
a rate of vibration which the human ear cannot detect. The radio
sending station picks up the sound of the human voice, and "scrambles,"
or modifies it by stepping up the vibration millions of times. Only
in this way, can the vibration of sound be communicated through
the ether. After this transformation has taken place, the ether "picks
up" the energy (which originally was in the form of vibrations
of sound), carries that energy to radio receiving stations, and
these receiving sets "step" that energy back down to its
original rate of vibration so it is recognized as sound.
The subconscious mind is the intermediary, which translates one's
prayers into terms which Infinite Intelligence can recognize, presents
the message, and brings back the answer in the form of a definite
plan or idea for procuring the object of the prayer. Understand
this principle, and you will know why mere words read from a prayer
book cannot, and will never serve as an agency of communication
between the mind of man and Infinite Intelligence.
Before your prayer will reach Infinite Intelligence (a statement
of the author's theory only), it probably is transformed from
its original thought vibration into terms of spiritual vibration.
Faith is the only known agency which will give your thoughts a spiritual
nature. FAITH and FEAR make poor bedfellows. Where one is found,
the other cannot exist.
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