The profound discovery that the subconscious mind literally makes ALL the decisions is the foundation of this course. Our daily actions dictate the conditions and results we experience….and these have been literally pre-determined without our knowledge by our old “blueprint”, created by our subconscious after years and years of outside influences.
To sum it up: our thoughts, charged with whatever feelings we attach to them, determine our beliefs. Our beliefs, in turn, dictate the actions we take, which necessarily then determine the results or conditions we experience in our lives. So the thoughts we dwell on every day and how intensely we feel about them – quite literally mold and shape the landscape of our lives.
Of the Seven Laws of the Mind, 6 ultimately cultivate the proper mental landscape for us to apply The Law of Growth:
“What we think about grows, what we forget atrophies”
It’s also key to state the Law of Subconscious Activity here – as I comment on Debt and Denial:
“As soon as the subconscious accepts the idea it becomes a demand and it works constantly, 24/7, to manifest demand – accessing a reservoir of infinite resources”.
So let’s talk about debt. How many people in this world, would you guess, stay awake at night worrying about their bills, loans, mortgages, kids college costs, daycare costs, car repairs, credit scores, etc? How about the relentless harassment that people get via phone calls, mail and even door knocks from creditors? Do you think this causes mental pre-occupation? Negative self-talk? Worthlessness? FEAR? Divorce? Worse? It’s no wonder that the hot topic on peoples’ goal statements or new years resolutions have to do with “getting out of debt”. Some work exhaustively and think obsessively about “getting out of debt”. Its on their mind 24/7.
NEWS FLASH!!! The subconscious mind can’t differentiate between whether you like debt or hate debt. All it hears is DEBT! It accepts it as a DEMAND because we’re so pre-occupied with it. So it goes to work constantly, 24/7, to manifest….. guess what? MORE DEBT! What we think about grows!!!
But….what we forget atrophies.
I never thought of the word denial as something positive. My mind typically goes to an association such as a person being unwilling to face their issues, such as with addiction. But the preface to this week’s Master Key lesson really gave me an epiphany. Yes, I have learned through writing my own DMP that we should not use negative concepts and language such as “debt” in our goals. We can substitute more positive phrases like “paid in full”, for instance. But I feel compelled to “shout from the roof” that everyone has the power to change this mess. By learning and practicing the art/science of thought control, we have the ability to intentionally DENY ourselves thoughts about debt and financial worries and fears. And gradually, over time, it will disappear. To quote Haanel:
“….This does not mean that some thought is creative, but that all thought is creative. This same principle can be brought into operation in a negative way, through the process of denial.
It follows that if you deny unsatisfactory conditions, you are withdrawing the creative power of your thought from these conditions. You are cutting them away at the root. You are sapping their vitality.
Remember that the law of growth necessarily governs every manifestation in the objective, so that a denial of unsatisfactory conditions will not bring about instant change. A plant will remain visible for some time after its roots have been cut, but it will gradually fade away and eventually disappear, so the withdrawal of your thought from the contemplation of unsatisfactory conditions will gradually, but surely, terminate these conditions.
You will see that this is an exactly opposite course from the one which we would naturally be inclined to adopt.
It will therefore have an exactly opposite effect to the one usually secured. Most persons concentrate intently upon unsatisfactory conditions, thereby giving the condition that measure of energy and vitality which is necessary in order to supply a vigorous growth”
Powerful, wouldn’t you agree?