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FAITH. 

Faith is a state of mind which may be induced, or created, by affirmation or repeated instructions to the subconscious mind, through the principle of auto-suggestion. This is why repeating your affirmations twice daily is so important.

You may convince the subconscious mind that you believe you will receive that for which you ask, and it will act upon that belief, which your subconscious mind passes back to you in the form of faith, followed by definite plans for procuring that which you desire.

All thoughts which have been emotionalized (given feeling) and mixed with faith, begin immediately to translate themselves into their physical equivalent or counterpart.

The subconscious mind will translate into its physical equivalent a thought impulse of a negative or destructive nature just as readily as it will act upon thought impulses of a positive or constructive nature. This accounts for the strange phenomenon which so many millions of people experience, and call “misfortune,” or “bad luck.”

You may benefit by passing on to your subconscious mind, any desire which you wish translated into its physical, or monetary equivalent, in a state of expectancy or belief that the transmutation will actually take place. Your belief, or faith, is the element which determines the action of your subconscious mind. There is nothing to hinder you from “deceiving” your subconscious mind when giving it instructions through auto-suggestion.

 

– Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich

 

 

The method by which one develops FAITH, where it does not already exist, is extremely difficult to describe, almost as difficult, in fact, as it would be to describe the color of red to a blind man who has never seen color, and has nothing with which to compare what you describe to him. Faith is a state of mind which you may develop at will, after you have mastered the thirteen principles, because it is a state of mind which develops voluntarily, through application and use of these principles.

~ Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich

The Second Step Toward Riches

FAITH is the head chemist of the mind. When FAITH is blended with the vibration of thought, the subconscious mind instantly picks up the vibration, translates it into its spiritual equivalent, and transmits it to Infinite Intelligence, as in the case of prayer.

The emotions of FAITH, LOVE, and SEX are the most powerful of all the major positive emotions. When the three are blended, they have the effect of “coloring” the vibration of thought in such a way that it instantly reaches the subconscious mind, where it is changed into its spiritual equivalent, the only form that induces a response from Infinite Intelligence.

Love and faith are psychic; related to the spiritual side of man. Sex is purely biological, and related only to the physical. The mixing, or blending, of these three emotions has the effect of opening a direct line of communication between the finite, thinking mind of man, and Infinite Intelligence.

~ Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich

I was beginning to feel the stress in my back. Hours of toil, hunched over this old typewriter, while my fingers play that off beat tune that every writer is familiar with. The clack clack clack of the keys are lost in my ears and are replaced with the words in my mind. After all, my hands are an extension of my thoughts by which I communicate ideas.

The audible change in the tide as it rises closer to my home alerts me of the late hour. The warm evening air brings the chill off the ocean as it runs over the waves and perfumes this room with its essence. The surrounding San Juan jungle comes alive with the calls and cries of nocturnal beasts and island natives, as a red gibbous moon climbs toward the zenith. Voodoo is in the air tonight and the only thing keeping the weirdness away are these four walls. Our house is but a cinderblock, constructed of concrete and tin, precariously set alongside the Atlantic shoreline.

Like the wavering flames of the candles by which I write, my concentration becomes unsteady as I slap away the sharp pricking bite of a mimi. Little devils, tinier than a normal mosquito, that come in the afternoon to bother the locals and terrorize the tourists. It’s late, but I only have a few hundred words to go. I must get it out. Out of my mind and on to this cheap stationery so I may earn this week’s cache of food and rum.

Do you have an imagination? No this isn’t a trick question. While you ponder on that, let me ask this; have you ever heard someone, maybe yourself, say that they don’t have a very good imagination? Why is that? Why is it so easy for children to escape to an imagined dreamscape, while adults struggle to comprehend the logic behind today’s youth?

Okay, okay, enough with the questions. The truth is there is no right or wrong answer to those questions, I ask them to prompt those gears in your brain to start turning and creating answers you can only create through your own specialized knowledge. I also ask these questions to kick start some creative thinking, just in case the intro was not successful. The opening is an excerpt from an exercise I use to juice up my imagination before I begin to write seriously. In this example I was reading a section of a biography of Hunter S. Thompson. In this section Hunter was living in San Juan. Reading about his location and situation stirred something within me and compelled me to conjure up, through his perspective, what life must have been like.

If at any point you were able to feel the San Juan breeze, or hear the Atlantic oceans crescendo on the shore, you utilized your imagination. If by chance you are one of the population that believes you don’t have a strong imagination, let me say this; the imagination, or creativity that you have within is like a muscle, the more you use it the stronger it will become. So if you believe your sense of wonder has atrophied, it is your fault and your fault alone. As Mr. Hill states in his chapter on Imagination,

“Your imaginative faculty may have become weak through inaction. It can be revived and made alert through use.”

A primary focus that I found most intriguing was Napoleon’s dissection of our imagination into two categories; synthetic and creative imagination. Though constructed from the same ability, each one originates from different paths of inspiration.

According to Mr. Hill, the synthetic imagination is the faculty were we “arrange old concepts, ideas or plans into new combinations.” He then goes on to explain that through the use of the creative imagination, “the finite mind of humankind has direct communication with Infinite Intelligence. It is the faculty through which ‘hunches’ and ‘inspirations’ are received.” Now, though I appreciate this philosophy, I would like to synthetically take a stab at creatively explaining how I believe we can truly activate our imagination and use it.

Instead of a notion of two forms of imagination, I believe that there are levels of imagination by which we are able to function. First is that prescribed “hunch” or “inspiration” or that creative imagination that sparks the thought process which inevitably becomes an idea. Once our idea becomes concrete or takes form as a desire, we utilize our experience, education and observations to synthetically imagine how to transform our dreams into reality.

Someone who I envisioned while preparing for this month’s theme was, as I mentioned earlier, Hunter S. Thompson. Though most people are only aware of Thompson’s persona as a drug addled drunk, made popular by his book, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, few have been exposed to his other works and his style known as Gonzo journalism. Hunter saw the world differently than most folks, and wasn’t afraid to show it. As a nation watched the ’72 presidential campaign unfold and read about honorable politicians masquerade across the states, Thompson believed, “With the truth so dull and depressing, the only working alternative is wild bursts of madness and filigree.” So that’s what he wrote about.

All in all, our imagination is unique to each and every one of us. Whether we use it or not isn’t important, it’s how we use it. Some are intimidated by their own thoughts and therefore chose to not share them with the world. This is a shame. I had a friend once, who told me,

“Your imagination is what you are, not who you are.”

Now I am not sure what he exactly meant by that, but my only reasoning behind his statement is, your dreams are trying to tell you something, your inspirations are yelling at you to do something. Don’t listen to who others think you should be. Be yourself and listen to what those dreams say about you. Sometimes the quickest way to discovering who we are is stopping, being still and allowing your mind to drift off to where ever it wants to go.

“The Edge… there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over.”
~ Hunter S. Thompson

This article is written by David Leingang.

What are you telling yourself? I never really considered what I was thinking could actually program my subconscious mind to do what I was thinking. I don’t know about you but I can remember thinking of some negative things about myself. Yet when I reflect back at the good things I’ve done, it was a result of first thinking about what I saw the outcome being, and somehow it materialized.

I know, that sounds suspicious or fantastic, it didn’t really ‘materialize.’ If I hadn’t taken certain steps along the way it wouldn’t have happened. Once again when I think back through the time frame between thinking about what I saw in the future and doing it, I made decisions along the way to increase my knowledge, skills and abilities. At times something inside me just wouldn’t stop turning until I made the decision. I don’t think it was indigestion, I think it was my subconscious screaming at me, “Dude, if you’re going to achieve what you see, you need to do this.” Most of the time these decisions involved massive time commitments and money, but like Dr. John Maxwell says, “You have to give up, to go up.”

Some of the worst kinds of auto-suggestions are handed down to us from those closest to us, aren’t they? How many times have you heard a parent criticize their child and tell them their bad or can’t do something. I know we need to discipline unruly and disrespectful kids, but they are learning that behavior from somewhere, and sometimes I wonder who’s disciplining the ones who are supposed to be setting the example.

If you have a hard time thinking positive thoughts, or getting into the habit of doing it, there are some other options to help fill your subconscious with positivity.

Subliminals are the most common way to have certain habits or lifestyle changes consistently played over and over in your head. You can find hundreds of companies that offer their versions of how to stop smoking, lose weight, be healthier, make money, etc., etc. I admit that I have some of these and haven’t used them all that much.

The other way is with paraliminals which are messages at a frequency you can’t hear but your brain can. They use different types of sounds in the background like ocean waves, rain, or music. There aren’t as many companies that offer paraliminals, and some will even use your own voice. If you go this route make sure you use emotions when you tape your auto-suggestions so you get the most impact.

Don’t want to go through all that? Here are some thoughts;

Follow what is outlined in the chapters Faith and Auto-suggestions. Write out who you see yourself being and then, at a minimum repeat it to yourself in the morning and evening.
Cleanse your environment of negativity. That may be difficult if you have to work with, or even live with a negative person, but maybe they’ll chose to become more positive if they see you doing so.
Turn the news off in the morning. Do we really need to know what’s going on in the world three times a day? I know we need to be kept informed on what is going on in the world, just be careful who you’re getting your information from.
Subscribe to a daily positive and/or your purpose related information. If you want to lose weight or stop smoking, read daily on how unhealthy it is and what you can do to change habits. If you want to be a better leader, listen to a podcast or read daily.
The most important ingredient is,

You have to believe you can be before you will be!

The more I dig into all this self-improvement stuff it all comes down to that. You can have all the processes, techniques, pills, teachers, or money, you may achieve it for a period of time, but your self-image, your internal auto-pilot, will always guide you back to your internal self-image. If you’re self-image isn’t the person who you really want to be, you’ll always fly back to who you really see.

Quotesense – Faith

January 5, 2015 — Leave a comment

To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.

~ Alan Watts

Faith is believing that the water will allow you to float. If we don’t have faith in the flow of the water, we thrash and struggle, losing the only control we have in life, self-control.

Is that the way life flows? The more we struggle the more we drown? But if we have faith in ourselves, and trust our true instincts, do we float to the top with minimal effort? Now I’m not saying that life will be great when we trust our faith and follow our strengths, however if you are able to control your actions and focus yourself while riding the current you may be able to choose which direction you are headed.

Life likes to throw us curve balls, but not to stop us from achieving our desires, but to teach us a lesson along the way and make us fight for what we want to do.

If it was easy to live your passion everybody would be doing it. Most people don’t want to suffer the journey up the cliff. You get obstacles thrown at you so you can prove that you’re willing to give up to go up, which is the Laws of Sacrifice in John C. Maxwell’s book The Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.

Unfortunately, if someone has an entitlement philosophy, they struggle to give up to go up. Instead they expect unemployment, raises, promotions and success to be handed to them. Once they are able to grab a limb or cling to a rock, in the flow of life, they feel safe and simply settle for what they have. However there are those who can relax, float for a while and gain the courage to swim down river to greater places.

Once in a while you may find it difficult to gulp for air because of turbulent waters around you, but don’t look at these as times of adversity but times of great growth. Floating on calm waters is alright, but don’t expect it to stay that way, in fact you need to create turbulent waters yourself so you can continue to learn, grow and succeed.

When I start to think about faith I think about religion. But real faith starts within us, it’s not external. We may represent our faith externally through our actions and the symbols we display. So if faith starts internally, why do so many people lack the faith in themselves to set goals or even believe that they can achieve what they desire?

When I’m facilitating a course and the topic of goals or self-improvement comes up I ask if people set goals for themselves and most people don’t. Now I have to admit, I need improving in this area also.  That’s one reason why I have a goal to write monthly, it forces me to learn and hopefully start applying what I know.

So I ask;

Is the reluctance to set goals due to our lack of faith in ourselves?

If you do believe in God, or your form of a higher power, don’t you basically believe in something someone else told you about? Something that is not physical, you can’t touch, smell, or really see?

So why do we struggle to have faith in what is physical? You can smell, feel and see yourself. You can even control your decisions and actions, at least at the conscious level. But we still don’t have faith enough in ourselves to believe that we can accomplish our dreams.

One way of telling if someone has faith in themselves is how they view their future, especially in times when they face adversity. Do they see negative setbacks as learning experiences that they can grow from? Do they always have a positive outlook on their future because they have enough faith in what they’re creating?

In Think and Grow Rich (T&GR) Mr. Hill states that faith is the visualization of and belief in attainment of desire.”  You need to have faith that what you desire is even possible before you can even began to do it, don’t you? He continues to state that describing faith is like describing the color red to a blind person, it’s a state of mind. But if you don’t have faith in yourself, don’t be discouraged because the emotion of faith can be developed through repetition of affirmations to your subconscious mind. You have to reframe the negative into a positive. You need to convince yourself that you can do it.

Isn’t that what the children’s story “The Little Engine That Could” was all about, repetition of affirmations, “I think I can, I think I can, I know I can, I know I can.” How many adults do you know that need to read that story again? Is “I can’t” in your vocabulary?

“Every man is what he is because of the dominating thoughts which he permits to occupy his mind.”

~ Napoleon Hill

James Allan in his book The Life Triumphant published in 1907 states, “The man of faith does not succumb when difficulties present themselves; he does not despair when troubles overtake him. However steep and dark his path may seem, he looks forward to a brighter pathway ahead; sees a destination of rest and light beyond it.”

On the opposite side, have you ever meet someone who always looked at the negatives and dwelled on how bad it was going to make their life. Some people call these folks pessimists, but maybe they just don’t have any faith in themselves. Faith that no matter what happens to them, life will be better. James Allan also says, “There are those who, having yielded to defeat in the battle of life, talk thoughtlessly about the wrongs they have suffered at the hands of others.”

If the Law of Attraction is correct, if you dwell on the negative outcomes won’t you get negative outcomes? But if you focus on positive outcomes, if you have faith, aren’t you more likely to have positive outcomes?

Here is a poem written by Walter D. Wintle that can help you improve the faith in yourself.

Thinking

If you think you are beaten, you are,

If you think you dare not, you don’t

If you like to win, but you think you can’t,

It is almost certain you won’t.

 

If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost

For out of the world we find,

Success begins with a fellow’s will—

It’s all in the state of mind.

 

If you think you are outclassed, you are,

You’ve got to think high to rise,

You’ve got to be sure of yourself before

You can ever win a prize.

 

Life’s battles don’t always go

To the stronger or faster man,

But soon or late the man who wins

Is the man WHO THINKS HE CAN!

What areas of your life do you need to improve your faith in? What opportunities will appear if you just have the faith that what you desire will come true?

Because;

Opportunities are the stepping stones through life, have faith in your dreams and the stones will appear.

What areas of your life do you need more faith in?