The Medium for influencing the subconscious mind.
According to Napoleon Hill’s Think & Grow Rich, this is the third step toward riches.
Autosuggestion is another way of saying self-suggestion. In this chapter Hill gives several examples as to why we need to disconnect our black and white view of how things are and come to terms with our subconscious. He creates the analogy: “the subconscious mind resembling a fertile garden spot, in which weeds will grow in abundance if the seeds of more desirable crops are not sown therein. Autosuggestion is the agency of control through which an individual may voluntarily feed his subconscious mind on thoughts of a creative nature, or, by neglect, permit thoughts of a destructive nature to find their way into this rich garden of the mind.”
So the purpose of the twice a day say-out-loud-what-you-want-in-life exercise is to suggest to your subconscious to start creating new habits in your life that will fulfill these goals.
Here’s a visual I’ve come up with to help cement this idea of autosuggestion…..
You may be wondering what this has to do with autosuggestion? Well, I have a skill for “reaching” and here it is. haha. Imagine you’re the horse, focused on getting to a greener patch of grass and not paying much attention to your surroundings. Then-bam- you’re stuck in a fence. Your subconscious pops in and is like- HA!- I kept mooing at you to moooove in a different direction. But as a focused horse you ignored your subconscious and got yourself in a jam.
So here you have it. This is an example of a poorly planted subconscious garden. Plant the right seeds to move in the right direction and avoid having your subconscious pop up and laugh at you… well at least in a bad way.
Back to the chapter…
Summary of Instructions
FIRST. Go into some quiet spot where you will not be disturbed or interrupted, close your eyes, and repeat aloud the written statement of the amount of money you intend to accumulate, the time limit for its accumulation, and a description of the service or merchandise you intend to give in return for the money,. As your carry out these instructions, see yourself already in possession of the money.
SECOND. Repeat this program night and morning until you can see in your imagination the money you intend to accumulate.
THIRD. Place a written copy of your statement where you can see it night and morning, and read it just before retiring and upon arising until it has been mesmerizer Remember, as you carry out these instructions, that you are applying the principle of autosuggestion, for the purpose of giving orders to your subconscious mind.
And on this note…
Good night and Love Life.