Any dominating idea, plan or purpose held in the conscious mind through repetition of thought and emotionalized by a burning desire for its realization is taken over by the subconscious and acted upon through whatever natural and logical means may be available.
It is significant that the only thing over which you have complete right of control at all times is your own mental attitude. Right of control means that you can control it. It does not mean that you do control it. The purpose of this lesson and others in this series is to teach you how to exercise this right as a matter of habit.
You are somewhat familiar with the concept of the two divisions of the mind–the conscious and the subconscious. Here is a brief explanation: The conscious mind is where reasoning or thinking occurs. It is where deliberation and weighing of facts take place. It is capable of analyzing information and data, which come before it, and one of its functions is to act as the guardian of the passageway to the subconscious. The conscious mind is the part of the mind with which you will select your goal in life, as a result of experience. That of newborn infants may be likened to a new recording disc on which are to be recorded the lessons learned through the perceptive avenues of the five senses: seeing, hearing, feeling, smelling, and tasting. You may also compare it to unexposed motion picture film, which is ready to receive the images of perception as they come in through the five senses.
The subconscious mind is the natural uncultivated part of the mind, which comes as standard equipment at birth. It does not think, reason or deliberate. It acts instinctively in response to the basic emotions of humankind, discussed earlier in this lesson. These basic urges to action, or drives, are common to all human beings. They are similar in all persons; that is why we can understand and make use of them. The differences in persons around us are caused by the different ways in which they have trained their conscious minds; subconsciously there is very little individual difference.
To illustrate the power potential of the subconscious mind, we will mention some examples with which you are familiar. The subconscious mind may be likened to an automobile, while the conscious mind may be considered the driver. The power is in the automobile–not the driver.
The driver learns to release and control the power in the motor. In the same way, a person may learn how to tap the power of the subconscious mind and direct it into channels of his own choosing. The conscious mind is the architect; the subconscious mind is the vast storehouse from which may be requisitioned the mental materials for the project which is under construction. The conscious mind makes the plan and decides what shall be done. The subconscious mind develops the power to do it.
None of us really knows very much about the subconscious mind. We do, however, know how it works. We know that we have some characteristic in our mind which acts very much the same way as the sensitized film in a camera. It is capable of receiving any image that is transferred to it by the conscious mind under the influence of a strong emotion. The conscious mind acts as the lens in the mental camera. It collects the light rays reflected by the object of your desire and brings them to a focal point. Getting good pictures with this camera is like getting them with any other–the focus must be sharp, there must be good exposure, and the timing must be right.
Source: PMA Science of Success
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