Through the ages, people over the world have recognized and used my power. People have learned to silence the conscious mind (Noisy Little Brother- NLB) and to let me, the subconscious mind, take the reins. They have allowed the true master rule over one who was never more than a servant.
While NLB is the vehicle and I am the driver/ navigator, your destination cannot be reached until you have motive power. It is said:
People do what they do to gain a gain or to avoid a pain.
Pleasure and pain are the basic motivators. Of the two, pain has more power than pleasure and can wreak more damage. Its power lies in its ability to hold you back from moving ahead. A force that can be a convict’s ball chained to your feet cannot beat a force which is like a wind beneath your wings. Negative emotions wield a greater force than positive emotions do. It takes less effort to pull back than to push forward.
In order to soar, you must first unchain yourself from the balls you have tied to your ankles, then make the effort to generate a favorable wind. You cannot generate a gale force wind and hope to counter the effect of your convict’s ball. Assuming it could be done, to generate such a wind will require too great an effort. Moreover, your strength will give out soon and you will get exhausted trying to work your wings in too powerful a wind.
In Sleeping Giant (II), I have told you two stories in which my power was used to attract resources to change circumstances and create an empowered, resourceful state. I will now tell you a few stories in which people have dealt with negative emotions and cut their shackles.
Nurturing a Dream
Many years ago a young boy in Australia wanted to become a physician and surgeon, but he had no money. Someone explained to him how a seed deposited in the soil attracts to itself everything necessary for its unfolding, and that all he had to do was to take a lesson from the seed and deposit the required idea in his subconscious mind. For expenses this young, brilliant boy used to clean out doctors’ offices, wash windows, and do odd repair jobs. Every night, as he went to sleep, he used to picture in his mind’s eye a medical diploma on a wall with his name on it in big, bold letters. He used to clean and shine the framed diplomas in the medical building where he worked. It was not hard for him to engrave the image of a diploma in his mind and develop it there. Definite results followed as he persisted with his mental picture every night for about four months.
The sequel of this story was very interesting. One of the doctors took a great liking to this young boy and after training him in the art of sterilizing instruments, giving hypodermic injections, and other miscellaneous first-aid work, he employed him as a technical assistant in his office. The doctor later sent him to medical school at his own expense. Today, this young man is a prominent medical doctor in Montreal, Canada. He discovered the law of attraction by using his subconscious mind the right way. He operated an age old law, which says, “Having seen the end, you have willed the means to the realization of the end.” The end in this case was to become a medical doctor. This young man was able to imagine, see, and feel the reality of being a doctor.
He lived with that idea, sustained it, nourished it, and loved it until through his imagination it penetrated the layers of his subconscious mind and became a conviction, thereby attracting to him everything necessary for the fulfillment of his dream.
Business of Life
Goethe used his imagination wisely when confronted with difficulties and predicaments.
His biographers point out that he was accustomed to fill many hours quietly holding imaginary conversations. It is well known that his custom was to imagine one of his friends before him in a chair answering him in the right way. In other words, if he were concerned over any problems, he imagined his friend giving him the right or appropriate answer, accompanied with the usual gestures and tonal qualities of the voice, and he made the entire imaginary scene as real and as vivid as possible.
A young stockbroker adopted Goethe’s technique. He began to have mental, imaginary conversations with a multi-millionaire banker friend of his who used to congratulate him on his wise and sound judgment, and compliment him on his purchase of the right stocks. He used to dramatize this imaginary conversation until he had psychologically fixed it as a form of belief in his mind.
This broker’s inner talking and controlled imagination certainly agreed with his aim, which was to make sound investments for his clients. His main purpose in life was to make money for his clients and to see them prosper financially by his wise counsel. He is still using his subconscious mind in his business, and he is a brilliant success in his field of endeavor.
Escape from a Concentration Camp
Dr. Lothar von Blenk-Schmidt, a member of the Rocket Society and an outstanding research electronic engineer, gives the following condensed summary of how he used his subconscious mind to free himself from certain death at the hands of brutal guards in a Russian prison camp coal mine. He states as follows:
“I was a prisoner of war in a coal mine in Russia, and I saw men dying all around me in that prison compound. We were watched over by brutal guards, arrogant officers, and sharp, fast-thinking commissars. After a short medical checkup, a quota of coal was assigned to each person. My quota was three hundred pounds per day. In case any man did not fill his quota, his small food ration was cut down, and in a short time he was resting in the cemetery.
“I started concentrating on my escape. I knew that my subconscious mind would somehow find a way. My home in Germany was destroyed, my family wiped out; all my friends and former associates were either killed in the war or were in concentration camps.
“I said to my subconscious mind, ‘I want to go to Los Angeles, and you will find the way.’ I had seen pictures of Los Angeles and I remembered some of the boulevards very well as well as some of the buildings.
“Every day and night I would imagine I was walking down Wilshire Boulevard with an American girl whom I met in Berlin prior to the war (she is now my wife). In my imagination we would visit the stores, ride buses, and eat in the restaurants. Every night I made it a special point to drive my imaginary American automobile up and down the boulevards of Los Angeles. I made all this vivid and real. These pictures in my mind were as real and as natural to me as one of the trees outside the prison camp.
“Every morning the chief guard would count the prisoners as they were lined up. He would call out ‘one, two, three,’ etc., and when seventeen was called out, which was my number in sequence, I stepped aside. In the meantime, the guard was called away for a minute or so, and on his return he started by mistake on the next man as number seventeen.
When the crew returned in the evening, the number of men was the same, and I was not missed, and the discovery would take a long time.
“I walked out of the camp undetected and kept walking for twenty- four hours, resting in a deserted town the next day. I was able to live by fishing and killing some wild life. I found coal trains going to Poland and traveled on them by night, until finally I reached Poland. With the help of friends, I made my way to Lucerne, Switzerland.
“One evening at the Palace Hotel, Lucerne, I had a talk with a man and his wife from the United States of America. This man asked me if I would care to be a guest at his home in Santa Monica, California. I accepted, and when I arrived in Los Angeles, I found that their chauffeur drove me along Wilshire Boulevard and many other boulevards, which I had imagined, so vividly in the long months in the Russian coalmines. I recognized the buildings, which I had seen in my mind so often. It actually seemed as if I had been in Los Angeles before. I had reached my goal.
“I will never cease to marvel at the wonders of the subconscious mind. Truly, it has ways we know not of.”
Who are they who, when they don’t find the circumstances they want, go out and create them..? Do they have a secret formula..? Are they specially favored of the Gods..? Have they managed to appease and captivate that illusive and wily sorceress- Lady Luck..? What IS this edge they have over the rest of the world..? Why do they succeed in spite of their adverse circumstances, when it seems all but impossible that they do so..?
Some call it the Law of Attraction. To some it is Autosuggestion. Still others call it Prayer.
It doesn’t really matter what you call it. Under it all, at the end of all the paths you traverse, you at last come to me. It is me you will use, it is me you will hand over the reins to. It is I who will take you to your destination. It is I who will give you the means to soar.
Perhaps I should tell you a few more stories, give you a little more proof.
After all, repetition is the mother of learning… AND the only way to silence the pesky NLB.
Part of a series. To be continued…
All three Stories taken from The Power of Subconscious Mind by Dr Joseph Murphy