By William Lockhard Jr., DDS
It is a well-known fact that one comes, finally, to believe whatever one repeats to one’s self, whether the statement be true or false. If a man repeats a lie over and over, he will eventually accept the lie as truth. Moreover, he will believe it to be the truth. Any thought, idea, plan, or purpose may be placed in the mind through repetition of thought. Every man is what he is because of the dominating thoughts which he permits to occupy his mind. These thoughts constitute the motivating forces which direct and control his every movement, act, and deed. This is why you are asked to write out a statement of your major purpose-driven vision for a meaningful life of service; commit it to memory, and repeat it day after day until these words have reached your subconscious mind.
When one can vividly imagine his dominate desire to the extent that he can see, sense and feel that he possesses his desire as in a virtual reality or hologram, and is pleased with what he will have become and attained, the subconscious mind will guide him to make the necessary decisions and activities to achieve his desire without conscious effort. Only after one chooses to become the person in one’s dreams are the capabilities of the subconscious brought fully into play. Making the right choices and focusing on the results that are really important is the process to achieve a meaningful purpose. It may be, as suggested, that the Holy Spirit is the small, quiet voice in our subconscious mind guiding our thoughts and actions. The subconscious mind will bring to pass any picture in your mind through faith.
According to Napoleon Hill, “There is plenty of evidence to support the belief that the subconscious mind is the connecting link between the finite mind of man and Infinite Intelligence (God). It is the intermediary through which one may draw upon the forces of Infinite Intelligence at will. It, alone, contains the secret process by which mental impulses are modified and changed into their spiritual equivalent. It, alone, is the medium through which prayer may be transmitted to the source capable of answering prayer. It is true that the subconscious mind responds more quickly to, and is influenced more readily by thought impulses which are well mixed with emotion.”
“As you think, you travel: and as you love, you attract. You are today where your thoughts take you. You cannot escape the results of your thoughts but you can endure and learn: can accept and be glad. You will realize the vision (not the idle wish) of your heart, be it base or beautiful, or a mixture of both, for you will always gravitate towards that which you most secretly love. Into your hands will be placed the exact results of your thoughts: you will receive that which you earn – no more, no less. Whatever your present environment may be, you will fall, remain, or rise with your thoughts, your vision, your ideals. You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as your dominate aspiration. -As a Man Thinketh, James Allen
M. William Lockard, Jr.