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Chapter 12

THE SUBCONSCIOUS MIND: THE CONNECTING LINK


The Eleventh Step toward Riches


THE SUBCONSCIOUS MIND consists of a ?eld of consciousness, in which every impulse of thought that reaches the objective mind through any of the ?ve senses, is classi?ed and recorded, and from which thoughts may be recalled or withdrawn as letters may be taken from a ?ling cabinet.


It receives, and ?les, 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 ?rst 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 conveyed.


THE SUBCONSCIOUS MIND WORKS DAY AND NIGHT.


Through a method of procedure, unknown to man, the subconscious mind draws upon the forces of In?nite 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.


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 ?nite mind of man and In?nite Intelligence. It is the intermediary through which one may draw upon the forces of In?nite Intelligence at will. It, alone, contains the secret process by which mental impulses are modi-?ed and changed into their spiritual equivalent. It, alone, is the medium through



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which prayer may be transmitted to the source capable of answering prayer.


The possibilities of creative effort connected with the subconscious mind are stu- pendous and imponderable. They inspire one with awe.


I never approach the discussion of the subconscious mind without a feeling of lit- tleness and inferiority due, perhaps, to the fact that man’s entire stock of knowl- edge 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 In?nite 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 signi?cance 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 out instruc- tions.


The thirteen principles are the stimuli with which you acquire the ability to reach, and to in?uence your subconscious mind. Do not become discouraged, if you can- not do this upon the ?rst 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. Be persistent.


A good many statements in the chapters on faith and auto-suggestion will be re- peated here, for the bene?t of YOUR subconscious mind. Remember, your sub- conscious mind functions voluntarily, whether you make any effort to in?uence 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 suf?cient if you remember that you are living daily, in the midst of all manner of thought impulses which are reaching your subconscious


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mind, without your knowledge. Some of these impulses are negative, some are positive. You are now engaged in trying to help shut oil the ?ow of negative im- pulses, and to aid in voluntarily in?uencing 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 in?uence your subconscious mind.


Everything which man creates, BEGINS in the form of a thought impulse. Man can create nothing which he does not ?rst conceive in THOUGHT. Through the aid of the imagination, thought impulses may be assembled into plans. The im- agination, 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 imagina- tion, and be mixed with faith. The “mixing” of faith with a plan, or purpose, in- tended 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 subcon- scious mind calls for coordination and application of all the principles.


Ella Wheeler Wilcox gave evidence of her understanding of the power of the sub- conscious 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 O’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 in?uenced 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.


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The subconscious mind is more susceptible to in?uence by impulses of thought mixed with “feeling” or emotion, than by those originating solely in the reason- ing portion of the mind. In fact, there is much evidence to support the theory, that ONLY emotionalized thoughts have any ACTION in?uence upon the subcon- scious 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 in?uenced more readily by thought impulses which are well mixed with emotion, it is essen- tial to become familiar with the more important of the emotions. There are seven major positive emotions, and seven major negative emotions. The negatives vol- untarily 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 impuls- es 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 in?uence 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 emo- tion 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



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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 conscious-ness” by ?lling your mind with positive emotions. One does not become money con- scious by ?lling 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 emo- tions constitute the dominating in?uence 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 suf?cient 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 ?lled with FEAR and DOUBT, which are the emotions the subconscious mind acts upon, and passes on to In?nite Intelligence.


Likewise, that is the emotion which In?nite Intelligence receives, and ACTS UPON.



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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 In?nite 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 coun- try 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 In?nite 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 mat- ter, and ?lls every niche of space, connects every human brain with every other human brain.


What reason have men to believe that this same energy does not connect every human brain with In?nite Intelligence? There are no toll-gates between the ?nite mind of man and In?nite Intelligence. The communication costs nothing except Patience, Faith, Persistence, Understanding, and a SINCERE DESIRE to commu- nicate. Moreover, the approach can be made only by the individual himself. Paid prayers are worthless. In?nite 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 In?nite Intelligence, must un-


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dergo transformation, such as can be given only through your own subconscious mind. The method by which you may communicate with In?nite 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 “scram- bles,” or modi?es 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 sta- tions, 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 In?nite Intelligence can recognize, presents the message, and brings back the answer in the form of a de?nite 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 In?nite Intelligence.


Before your prayer will reach In?nite 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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