Meditation and Magic are entirely necessary to each other for the full development of the human soul. (Magical Ritual Methods)
The value of simple meditation practices, such as are found in Zen practice should not be discounted, as they can be a great help in developing body mind awareness, relaxation, and awareness of the immediate present (Condensed Chaos)
For the layman, a simple mindfulness meditation will suffice. As occultists our goals of enlightenment and spiritual transformation require special forms of meditation.
We will be looking at three important meditation exercises for the occultist in this article.
The Yoga Framework for meditation is a great system for the beginner occultist to get started with.
It is recommended that the neophyte starts to learn about the different chakras, asanas (postures), pranayamas (breath control), dharana (concentration) and much more.
The Yoga system for meditation is important because it is a ‘systematic method of self-development‘ (The Middle Pillar) and a purification of the soul from the ego and its blemishes.
There is much information on the internet about getting started with Yoga meditation so we will not spend time outlining all the exact techniques. However we wish to put forward some tips that will help the neophyte in Yogic meditation.
If the occultist wishes to achieve success in meditation, he should first be well trained in pranayama (breath control).
We sincerely suggest that all persons intent on attaining success in meditation should first master the techniques of pranayama. It will help them greatly.
One pranayama exercise to help the occultist to better his meditation is the Nadi Shodhana Pranayama (Psychic Network Purification).
Nadi Shodhana, If practiced properly and without strain, is the greatest of pranayamas for purifying the body and stilling the mind (Meditations from the Tantra)
We will not explain this method as we are not sufficiently trained in Yoga and we do not wish to corrupt the teachings of Yoga. We advise the reader to perform his own research into this technique.
There are some tips I would like to put forward regarding Yoga Meditation:
Work equally on each chakra.
Many people focus on one chakra because they want the benefits of that specific chakra.
This is futile.
If your preceding chakras are not open, prana (vital life force) cannot flow up towards the chakra you wish to improve.
It is advised that the practitioner balances his time and efforts between the different chakras.
Don’t get frustrated.
We tend to get frustrated when we are unable to maintain focus in meditation. We need to remind ourselves that it is okay to lose focus as it is natural for the mind to wonder off and on ponder every thought.
The neophyte should make changes to his meditation routine so that he can meditate better.
Consider the changes below:
Focus on something interesting.
Meditate in the Morning.
Alternate Nostril Breathing.
Change Lifestyle Habits.
Maintain a schedule.
A schedule strengthens the individuals resolution to do something.
By making meditation part of your schedule you are giving it importance and thereby are more likely to persist in your meditation practices.
Meditation should be a habit among your other habits like brushing your teeth, exercising, reading and so on.
Meditations on the Tarot
The Tarot is a deck of cards originating from the 15th century, which were used to play games such as Tarocchini, French Tarot and Königrufen.
Then in the late 18th century, Tarot cards began to be used for divination purposes.
On 1 March 1933, Carl Jung spoke about the Tarot during a seminar he was conducting on active imagination.
Those are sort of archetypal ideas, of a differentiated nature, which mingle with the ordinary constituents of the flow of the unconscious, and therefore it is applicable for an intuitive method that has the purpose of understanding the flow of life, possibly even predicting future events.
While Tarot cards today are mainly used for divination purposes, the occultist uses the Tarot to access the archetypes that are within the cards.
Magicians regard archetypes as various forms or images of divinity that teach us about ourselves and our place in the divine universe.
There are many occult exercises one can perform with the Tarot, however for this article we will limit ourselves to one starter exercise the neophyte can work with.
If you wish to get a full understanding of Tarot Meditation, you should consider the following books:
The meditation we will provide here is sourced from Israel Regardie’s The Middle Pillar.
Shuffle the cards of the Major Arcana and choose one at random.
Observe the card deeply . Take note of the symbolism, the colors, the patterns and other significant factors.
Close your eyes and try to re-create that card in your minds eye.
After 5 minutes of roughly re-creating the card in your mind begin to dismantle the card. Separate the different elements of the cards until nothing remains in the mind.
When the image is no longer in the mind, try to hold on to that mental silence from the meditation. This mental silence is important because in this time some spiritual information may be transmitted to you.
Slowly come out of the meditation.
There are many other types of tarot meditation. If you wish to find the different types, have a look at the three links I have placed above.
The neophyte occultist will know that the Kabbalah has an important place in the Western Esoteric Tradtion.
Before I procced to provide a Kabbalah Meditation, I would like to advise the neophyte occultist to learn the Hebrew Alphabet, as the Hebrew Alphabet is the primary alphabet of Western Magic.
Consider the following statement:
“These letters can also have a psychological influence on the aspirant who meditates upon them – affecting changes in consciousness. The importance of memorizing the Hebrew Alphabet cannot be stressed enough, for it is one tool that the magician will use constantly throughout his/her ceremonial workings” (Self-Initiation Into the Golden Dawn Tradition).
Now I will put forth a beginner Kabbalistic Meditation. I strongly advise that the reader studies the Kabbalah from the established authors and teachers. I will leave a list of resources at the end of this section.
Meditation with the Hebrew Alphabet
Now that we know that the Hebrew Alphabet is very influential for the occultist we should begin to connect with them on a deeper level.
Twenty-two fundamental letters were carved by God, sculpted, weighed & combined
This is the start of a book summary of the book – The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene.
Each chapter will be summarized in a separate blog post.
Any text in italics is a direct quotation from the book unless otherwise mentioned.
Chapter 1 – Master your Emotional Self
You like to imagine yourself in control of your fate, consciously planning the course of your life as best you can. But you are largely unaware of how deeply your emotions dominate you.
Whenever something bad befalls us we immediately look externally for the cause of that situation. We blame people, governments, society, communities, etc. before we blame ourselves.
It could be that external entities are to blame for some issues, but it is imperative that one seeks out the causes (of a situation) that he can control rather than the causes he cannot control.
You do not have control over other people, governments and communities; but you do have control over yourself.
The first step toward becoming rational is to understand our fundamental irrationality.
No one is free from emotions & irrationality.
The wise, the intellectual and the educated are irrational at times.
We will introduce the main steps in banishing irrationality and welcoming rationality further on.
One must understand that irrationality is promoted in the modern world.
How can businesses sell you something you don’t need?
They connect to the irrational side of man.
Advertisers bombard us with highly effective subliminal messages. Our continual connection to social media makes us prone to new forms of viral emotional effects. These are not media designed for calm reflection. With their constant presence, we have less and less mental space to step back and think.
Irrational people are easily affected by the subliminal messages of advertisers. They associate a product with the notion of success, beauty, prestige, etc.
Rational people are introspective. They are able to remove emotions from their thought processes to an extent and think clearly and objectively. This is why rational people tend not to be affected by advertisements, social media, and other modern day distractions.
How to banish irrationality.
STEP ONE:Recognize the Biases.
The Appearance Bias :
Do not misread people. People are not who they seem to be. Generally, we see people not as they are, but as they appear to us.
THE GROUP BIAS:
We like to agree with the ideas of a group, so we can belong. The feelings of isolation & alienation crush us from inside. We avoid this by following an ideology of an established group. It is imperative to follow your own ideology even though it alienates you from others.
THE BLAME BIAS:
When something goes wrong, we immediately point the finger at someone or something else. We never consider ourselves as the cause of an issue. It is important to look at ourselves before we look at the mistakes of others.
Deep down, we like to consider ourselves superior to others, whether that be in intellect, morals or wealth & prestige. This bias is also known as arrogance. Arrogance limits the individual from learning and growth; because one thinks he is better he is inclined to refuse the advice of others.
BEWARE THE INFLAMING FACTORS.
There are several factors which contribute to irrationality.
TRIGGER POINTS FROM EARLY CHILDHOOD
There are key moments in our childhood that leave a deep impression upon us. This could be something positive such as ‘walking the dog in a meadow and smelling the smell of flowers’ or it could be something negative such as ’embarrassing yourself at an important social event’.
These impressionable moments may be triggered at a later point in the future, and the same emotions that were felt the first time will be felt when those moments are triggered the second time.
Greene gives the example of a boy who has a distant mother. He experiences abandonment and deals with his mothers bitter nature. Later on in life, his relationship partner might show hints of disapproval in his actions and he will associate her disapproval with the same actions of his mother.
This will trigger those emotions felt in the past and will send him into fury, depression or any other ferocious emotion. The partner will be confused as too why a slight disapproval affected him greatly.
This is very common. Many people have irrational fears and emotional tendencies that they themselves cannot explain. Among the reasons for these fears and tendencies are sourced from childhood (I guess this is why psychologists ask their patients about their childhood alot).
Sudden Gains or Losses
Winnings that are not achieved by hard work, patience and according to the principles of success are regarded as sudden gains.
Sudden gains could be winning a large sum of money at the poker machines, or it could be simply finding a good amount of money.
These situations tend to become addicting. We will desire more and more sudden winnings.
When sudden winnings become addictive, you begin to chase winnings instead of working for it. You will disregard the true principles of success and begin to place your hopes on luck and the whims of the people that surround you.
Also, sudden loses have the impact of sending one into mania and irrationality. To have ‘a lot’ one day and nothing the next day is a burdensome toll to pay.
The advice regarding these situations is to remain aware and critical of your winnings and losses. Make sure you are aware of the source of your winnings & losses. Once you are aware, you are able to refrain yourself from falling into the addictive cycle of sudden winnings. Once you are aware, you are able to withdraw from a situation (sudden loss) and come back to it when your mind is level and clear.
When emotional and psychological pressure is placed on someone they will attempt to contain themselves and attempt to act as civilized as possible.
But, rising pressure tends to bring out the worst out of people. Rising pressure could bring out irrational behavior such as; extreme anger, childish behavior, melancholy, etc.
When you feel that the pressure is rising, make sure to withdraw from the immediate situation and retreat so that you could get a clearer perspective.
There are people in the world who by their nature tend to trigger powerful emotions in almost everyone they encounter.
I am sure we all know one or more individuals who we are emotionally affected by.
First you must learn to identify an inflaming individual. Key indicators of an inflaming individual include; charisma and good social skills, changes in the mood of an environment, good communication skills, the ability to adapt to many situations, etc.
It is important to recognize the inflaming individuals that you may have in your daily life, so that you are not affected by their sweet words and magnetizing presence.
The Group Effect
Our moods and inclinations tend to change when we are part of a group.
This could include religious groups, sporting groups, crowds at sporting events, groups of protesters and so on.
When in a group, our emotions mimic the emotions off the complete group. When in a group there is a dominant set of emotions which you can call; ‘collective emotions’. We tend to follow the emotions of the group because being in a group does not stimulate independent reasoning but rather the intense desire to belong.
The advice here is to ’emotionally withdraw’ from the group. Awareness is key to this inflaming factor and many others. When you are aware of the group affect, you are most likely are not going to be influenced by it.
STRATEGIES TO BRING OUT THE RATIONAL SELF
Know yourself deeply: Study yourself. What are your weaknesses? What are your trigger points? Analyze your previous mistakes. How can you improve>
Find the source of your emotions: Sometimes your emotions are not a direct response to external stimulus. Responses may be due to: trigger points from early childhood, a bad day, mental state affected by drugs or alcohol. Remember: Withdraw before reacting irrationally.
Withdraw from a situation: It is wise to step back from a situation before exhibiting your full emotions and judgement. Sometimes a situation is not what it seems to be. Sometimes bad situations are actually a good in disguise. Analyze a situation before reacting to it.
Balance thinking and emotions: The horse is the emotions. The rider is thought. Without the other, nothing can be achieved. However, if they are together, they are able to become a powerful force.
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Disease in most of us is due to a waste of prana generated in the body. Complete relaxation of the body during sleep and several times during the day will conserve the prana generated in the body.
Thoughts of happiness, hope, faith, courage and strength tend to conserve prana. While thoughts of sorrow, fear and worry tend to deplete the prana generated in the body
Stand or sit with spine erect, point your lips just as you do when you whistle, leaving a small hole. Now close your nostrils with the fingers and inhale slowly a deep breath through the pointed mouth. Close the mouth and exhale through the nostrils. Practice this about ten times. This will cure diseases due to impure blood.
Practise whistling each day for about five minutes. This will strengthen the lungs and purify the blood as well.
If physical alchemy is the transmutation from copper (invaluable metal) to gold (valuable metal), then mental alchemy is the transmutation from undesirable mental states to desirable mental states.
“Mind (as well as metals and elements) may be transmuted, from state to state; degree to degree; condition to condition; pole to pole; vibration to vibration. True Hermetic Transmutation is a Mental Art” (The Kybalion)
If you are fearful, and you wish to become more courageous, the process of mental alchemy will be transmuting fear into courage.
There are many mental alchemy techniques, however in this article we will limit ourselves to three effective techniques in mental alchemy:
1. Transmuting emotions into productivity.
Emotions are raw energy.
Any action performed under the influence of emotion is more powerful than an action that is not performed with emotion.
Love, romance, and sex are all emotions capable of driving men to heights of super achievement.
Mothers perform great feats when the fear of potential harm to her baby is present.
When fighting, any blow influenced by anger/rage is much stronger (however, less accurate).
With regard to memory, emotions make a sensation or idea easier to memorize as opposed to an emotionless idea (The more interest that is given into an idea, the more memorable that idea becomes).
This mental alchemy technique is concerned with; turning your emotions into energy and using that energy to become more productive.
EMOTION -> ENERGY -> PRODUCTIVITY
How to transmute emotions into productivity.
Maintain and Regulate Emotions.
You must maintain your emotions, rather than acting on each fleeting emotion. Instead of exhibiting a certain emotion when it feels normal to do so, keep it inside (this is not suppressing the emotion, this is storing it for later use).
Our purpose in this step is not to suppress our emotions forever, rather it is to acknowledge our emotions and store them for later transmutation into energy.
Convert Emotion into Energy.
Now that you have some emotions stored in your ’emotions bank’, you have to withdraw those emotions before you are to work on a project or require energy for some reason.
When you resurface previously buried emotions, you begin to experience those emotions. And since emotion is energy, you can then use that ’emotional energy’ when working on a project, creating art, studying, etc.
For example, Mary before painting an artwork takes a brief pause and unearths all those buried emotions. Upon unearthing her emotions, she begins to feel those emotions (positive or negative). She bathes herself in those emotions for a couple of moments, and now she possesses something called ’emotional energy’.
Focus Energy onto a Project.
Now that you possess the powerful ’emotional energy’, you must be sure not to waste it on any non-beneficial pursuit.
You must focus your emotional energy on your prioritized project.
If you paint, compose or write, use emotional energy to motivate you and to transform your emotions onto the canvas, on the song or the book.
“Everything is dual; everything has poles; everything has its pair of opposites; like and unlike are the same; opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree; extremes meet; all truths are but half-truths; all paradoxes may be reconciled.”
The Principle of Polarity defines that everything has two sides, two aspects, two poles: a pair of opposites.
The Principle of Polarity shows the neophyte that he is able to transmute from one mental state to its opposite
Examples of this include:
Noise & Quiet
North & South
East & West
Positive & Negative
Hot & Cold
Light & Darkness
Truth & Falsehood
Sharp & Dull
How to transmute from one mental state to its opposite
Knowledge and continual remembrance of the Principle of Polarity is half the work in transmuting from mental state to mental state.
If you are in a depressed mental state, it is wise to remind yourself of the opposite mental state (joy).
By remembering the opposite mental state, you are making it known that there is always another mental state.
And when the other mental state is considered, the individual can subconsciously work towards attaining that state.
The other half of transmuting from state to state is ‘performing actions that correspond to your desired state’
This involves immersing yourself into the desired mental state so that you can manifest that desired state. It is well known that if your thoughts, body language and behaviors are positive then so shall your mental state be.
Just as someone who is throwing a tantrum and screaming has put himself in the Anger state, one can perform actions that could put him in the Love state.
If you wish to enter into a ‘Love’ state of mind, perform acts of love.
Give to charity, help out people, perform acts of kindness, be caring and attentive to people’s problems and so on.
Also, this technique could also include thinking, visualizing and reminiscing on his own experiences with love.
He may remember the times he was loving to others, or others were loving to him.
He could visualize being loving to someone else. And he may plan on being loving in the future.
All of these mental actions have the ability to switch his mental state from Anger/Hate to Love
Daily behavior and speech is absorbed by the subconscious, and then whatever is registered in the subconscious will be manifested later on.
The principle is like a cycle, the contents of the (sub) conscious may change but the cycle is everlasting.
Hence by understanding the interdependent, yet interrelated nature of the subconscious and the conscious mind, we come to a point where there are two methods of influencing behavior.
The first method is using the subconscious mind to influence the conscious mind and the second method is using the conscious mind to influence the subconscious mind.
How to use the Principle of Correspondence to transmute from state to state.
Create Good Habits & Leave Bad Habits
Whatever you busy yourself with consciously, will manifest in the subconscious mind.
Changing your habits, changes your mental programming.
It is important to engage yourself with good habits so that the subconscious mind is programmed positively.
And, you should refrain from bad habits as you do not want to program the subconscious mind with negativity and a bad attitude.
Make Changes to Your External Environment
The subconscious mind is like a sponge, it absorbs any external stimulus and imprints your mind with such stimulus.
If your external environment is clean, peaceful, and organized, so will be your mind.
What is the External Environment?
The External Environment is anything outside your internal environment (the mind).
You can physically observe your External Environment (your room, your house, your workplace, the people you associate with, the places you visit, etc.)
By making changes to your external environment, you also make changes to your internal environment.
Clean your room daily.
Visit good places/venues.
Be vigilant of what you consume. (media, foods, music, etc.)
Accept and Reject Heterosuggestions
If anyone gives you a negative suggestion reject it, and if anyone gives you a positive suggestion accept it.
Remember, whatever is accepted by the conscious mind is accepted by the subconscious.
If you are given a negative suggestion, consciously deny it. Tell yourself ‘I am not that way, and those individuals who give me the negative suggestion are wrong’.
When people give you a positive suggestion/compliment, accept it and tell yourself ‘I am that way, they are correct’.
Alter a negative statement to a positive statement.
Instead of saying something like “I can’t do this”, say “I can do this” or “I can do this if I try hard”.
If you find yourself saying a negative statement, stop in the middle of the statement and either alter the statement or start a new positive statement.
Joseph Murphy (2011) mentions a story of a girl looking at an expensive bag through a store window.
She was about to say, “I can’t afford that bag”, when instead she said “That bag is mine. It is for sale. I accept it mentally, and my subconscious sees to it that I receive it”.
At eight o’clock Christmas Eve her fiancé presented her with a bag the same as the one she looked at in the morning.
“Never finish a negative statement; reverse it immediately, and wonders will happen to your life” (Murphy, 2011).
In this article we covered three main mental alchemy techniques:
Emotional Transmutation involves converting emotions into an ’emotion infused energy’ and using that powerful energy towards a project or goal.
Polarity Transmutation involves switching from one mental state to its opposite through simply acknowledging the opposite mental state and performing actions that correspond to your desired mental state.
Correspondence Transmutation involves reprogramming your subconscious mind so that your conscious mind is operating on the lines of your will and desire.
The people who use the subconscious mind are able to heal their own bodies, attract an object, an emotional state, a partner, receive many ideas and inspiration, etc.
The law of your mind is the law of belief. Start by believing in the power of your mind, then believe in belief itself and lastly believe that you can change your situation, no matter how trapped you seem.
“All your experiences, events, conditions and acts are reactions of your subconscious mind to your thoughts”
The subconscious mind converts your thoughts into a physical reality. How?
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Chapter 1: The Treasure House Within You
There are two different types of men:
Magnetized Men, who are full of confidence and faith. They are able to attract opportunities, wealth, health just as a magnet attracts magnetized metals.
Demagnetized Men, who are full of fears and doubts. They attract failure, laziness and poverty. They repel success, wealth and prosperity just as a magnet repels another magnet with the same pole.
The people who use the subconscious mind are able to heal their own bodies, attract an object, an emotional state, a partner, receive many ideas and inspiration, etc.
The law of your mind is the law of belief.
Start by believing in the power of your mind, then believe in belief itself and lastly believe that you can change your situation, no matter how trapped you seem.
“All your experiences, events, conditions and acts are reactions of your subconscious mind to your thoughts.”
The subconscious mind converts your thoughts into a physical reality.
Say, you want to become more productive, and you think, visualize and feel the state of productivity constantly, your subconscious mind marks productivity as a priority and hence it does everything in its power to help you become productive.
Your mind, habits and behavior will work for the single purpose of productivity.
Use this fact to better your life, focus and fill your thoughts with the things you wish to attract and the subconscious mind will work day and night for your demand.
“All your experiences, events, conditions, and acts are the reactions of your subconscious mind to your thoughts.”
A good example to further your understanding of the relationship between the conscious and the subconscious is the work of a gardener. Your mind is a garden, and you are the gardener. You plant seeds (thoughts) in your subconscious mind all day long.
Those seeds after time, will sprout into a small plant (behavior). If those seeds remain for even longer the small plant becomes a large plant(habit).
“As you sow in your subconscious mind, so shall you reap in your body and environment.”
Foolish men only try to change a situation externally (work hard). Wise men change their situations internally and externally (work smart).
Chapter 2: How Your Own Mind Works.
Once the subconscious mind accepts an idea it begins to implement it, regardless if the idea is a positive or negative idea.
The subconscious mind simply absorbs what the conscious mind habitually agrees on.
The subconscious mind works by association of ideas and draws from every piece of knowledge and every experience from your life.
Sometimes the subconscious mind may bring immediate results, at other times it may take days, weeks or even longer. This is solely based on the nature of the request and the required tools to fulfill that request.
If you wish to use the subconscious mind to eliminate fear, this may take a day or two. This is because fear is an aspect of the mind, most times there is nothing to be feared. The subconscious could easily manage this, sending messages to the conscious brain to loosen up and become less tense.
However some requests may take a while longer, for example you place the idea of earning a lot of money in your subconscious.
The subconscious mind will work to bring that along, and you will see that there will be changes in your behavior and habit. You may be more productive and more efficient, hence upon your manager seeing this, he might give you a pay rise. Or you may have a good flow of ideas, increased energy, clear mind so that you can focus on starting a business.
If you place the idea of becoming a strong individual with a toned body and big muscles, the subconscious mind will make working out easier for you in terms of motivation and energy.
You won’t become strong overnight, you will start to work out smarter and faster. Your life will revolve around becoming stronger. Whenever someone offers you an unhealthy snack you will refuse, even though you would have previously accepted.
Many people complain and bicker, mentioning that the usage of the subconscious mind never work. That is because they do not understand the true principles regarding the subconscious mind.
The Nature of the Subconscious Mind
The subconscious mind does not work on magic. “It draws on the infinite power, energy, and wisdom within you.”
Many people are under the foolish assumption that the subconscious mind will manifest anything in a short amount of time. While it may be true that someone else may give you what you have been trying to manifest, sometimes the subconscious mind will give you all the tools required to manifest your request.
A common request that people wish for is wealth.
Sometimes you may receive that money directly, depending on the amount. But most times the subconscious will give your traits, qualities and habits required to achieve that wealth.
Relationship between the conscious and the subconscious.
I can easily make the assumption that people who wish to harness the power of the subconscious, use affirmations thinking that it will grant them what they desire.
We have heard this everywhere, ‘repeat what you wish to acquire and the subconscious will work on that for you’.
Affirmations do have potential to work, and are effective. However, I believe people do not really grasp the theory and principles behind affirmations, hence limiting their chances of success in using affirmations. For affirmations to work, your conscious mind must believe & have faith in what you are repeating.
Most people repeat “I am wealthy”, while they know deep down they are not. They look into their wallets every day and feel the lack of wealth. Hence, the subconscious mind will not receive the affirmation.
“Your subconscious mind takes the orders you give it based upon what your conscious mind believes and accepts as true”
How to use affirmations properly?
Repeat AN affirmation while visualizing & feeling the fulfillment of the affirmation.
When you are visualizing you should attempt to the feel the emotions that correspond to the fulfillment of desire.
“All thoughts which have been mixed emotionalized (given feeling) and mixed with faith, begin immediately to translate themselves into their physical equivalent or counterpart.”
The success of this technique is dependent on the level of visualization someone has.
When visualizing, make sure you visualize the details and make sure the visualization is similar to how the scenario will unfold in real life.
Visualize yourself in the possession of money in an environment you know and frequent in your life, visualize what you are wearing at the time and visualize it as if it was a movie about yourself.
Make general affirmations.
Remember what we said about the issue of people making affirmations and not consciously believing in them. The following technique is aimed at overcoming that barrier.
By making general affirmations, your conscious mind cannot pick up on the validity of the statement.
For instance, a general affirmation that is mentioned in the book is, “By day and night I am being prospered in all of my interests”.
Heterosuggestions are suggestions from other people that influence an individual’s thinking patterns and attitude.
Your parents, environment and educators may have been giving you suggestions and certain thinking patterns since you were very young. And you might have been operating through these thinking patterns throughout your life.
For instance, a parent keeps mentioning the statement ‘money is the root of all evil’ in front of a six-year-old child.
That child will grow up with a lack of money, because the subconscious mind holds the program that money is bad and hence keeps him away from money.
It is incumbent for us today to examine if we have any negative programs passed on to us from our parents or our teachers.
To identify negative programs, we must look into our lives and see what aspects of life are we constantly failing at. Are we failing at securing and maintaining wealth, are we failing at creating strong, close relationships, or are we unable to lose weight or get in shape.
Once you identify an area that you constantly fail at, most likely that it is because of a negative program that was fed to you.
However, as we get older it is important to reject heterosuggestions. For example, If people call you aloof or weird you mustn’t accept that statement. If you continue to reject those statements, that negative program will not enter your subconscious.
However, if people say good things about you, you should accept it. By accepting it you are allowing a positive suggestion to enter your subconscious. And hence you will emulate that positive suggestion more often.
“The suggestions of others in themselves have absolutely no power whatever over you except the power that you give them through your own thoughts. You have to give your mental consent; you have to entertain the thought. Then it becomes your thought, and you do the thinking. Remember, you have the capacity to choose.
Choose life ! Choose love ! Choose health !”
Chapter 3: The Miracle Working Power of Your Subconscious
“You can discover the miracle working power of your subconscious by plainly stating to your subconscious prior to sleep that you wish a certain specific thing accomplished.”
“You will find that the forces within you will be released, leading to the desired result.”
The Law of Correspondence is known as; As within, so without; as above so below.
As in heaven [your own mind], so on earth [in your body and environment]
Whatever is impressed in your subconscious mind is externally manifested.
That is why the American Essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson said,
“Man is what he thinks all day long”.
How to convey the idea of perfect health to your subconscious mind?
Relax yourself mentally and physically.
Once you are in a sleepy/drowsy state, mention a detailed suggestion you wish to give the subconscious.
The one Joseph Murphy mentions in the book is; “The perfection of God is now being expressed through me. The idea of perfect health is now filling my subconscious mind. The image God has of me is a perfect image and my subconscious mind recreates my body in perfect accordance with the perfect accordance with the perfect image held in the mind of God.”
Another method in conveying the idea of perfect health to your subconscious mind is through scientific visualization.
To do this, you must be in a relaxed state, then begin to visualize yourself healthy.
How would life change if you become healthy again ?
Visualize yourself going about your day as a healthy man or woman.
Do not leave out any details, make the visualization so real that you feel the emotion of it as if it were real.
Read more on Visualization and Occult Techniques:
Chapter 5: Mental Healings in Modern Times
“The kinetic action of the subconscious mind continues throughout your sleep-time period. Hence, give the subconscious mind something good to work on as you drop off into slumber.”
Imagine the end result you wish to acquire and feel the emotion of its reality.
Chapter 6: Practical Techniques in Mental Healing
“Nothing happens by chance. This is a world of law and order.”
Every Cause has its Effect; every Effect has its Cause; everything happens according to Law; Chance is but a name for Law not recognized; there are many planes of causation, but nothing escapes the Law.
The Passing Over Technique for Creating a Program in the Subconscious.
To use the passing over technique you must be in a reverie-like state (daydream).
Think about what you want and see it coming to you from that moment.
For example, you have a cold that you wish to get rid of. You may repeat,
“It is passing away now”.
The Visualization Technique
Visualize that which you want to acquire in complete detail.
For example, you want to land a job at a prestigious firm.
Visualize yourself dressed in a certain type of clothing while parking at a car park 5 minutes away from the office. Visualize yourself interacting with people in the elevator as you go up. Visualize everything you can think of.
“A mental picture held in the mind, backed by faith will come to pass.”
Faith is of utmost important. You cannot perform any subconscious programming techniques without faith.
Napoleon Hill mentions in the book Think & Grow Rich:
“Faith is the head chemist of the mind. When faith is blended with 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 Baudouin Technique:
Enter into a drowsy, sleepy state, or a state akin to sleep.
Sum up your desire into a mantra, or a simple statement (‘Wealth’ or ‘Wealth & Health)
Repeat it over and over again as a lullaby.
Chapter 7: The Tendency of the Subconscious is Lifeward.
“Your subconscious speaks to you in intuitions, impulses, hutches, in-limitations, urges, and ideas.”
Chapter 8: How to Get the Results You Want
The subconscious mind follows the dominant idea in your mind.
Everyone has money and success on their mind, but they cannot acquire it because it is not the dominant idea in the mind. They must cast away all short term desires and focus on their main desire in life.
Also, people spend time thinking about money, but they also think about their lack of money at the same time. This is a sure way to trap yourself in a loop of undesirable manifestations.
Avoid conflict between the conscious and subconscious mind.
You can avoid conflict between your conscious and subconscious in a sleepy state.
Imagine the fulfilment of your desire over and over again prior to sleep.
Chapter 9: How to Use the Power of Your Subconscious for Wealth.
Repeat the following statement for about five minutes to yourself three or four times a day, “Wealth — Success.”
The reason for this particular statement instead of the statement “I am wealthy” is because if you repeat the latter statement, there will be a conflict between the two minds.
Hence, these types of affirmations will not be of any use.
When you repeat the words, “Wealth”, you instil in yourself the feeling of wealth.
The feeling of wealth produces wealth.
Another method in avoiding mental conflict is by making general affirmations.
“By day and by night I am being prospered by all my interests”
This affirmation will not arouse any argument because it does not contradict your subconscious mind’s impression of financial lack.
One preventative factor of wealth is envy.
The way to overcome this emotion is to say to yourself, “Isn’t it wonderful! I rejoice in that man’s propensity. I wish for him greater and greater wealth“.
Chapter 10: Your Right to Be Rich.
People have been conditioned to hate money.
They refer to money as “filthy lucre” or “the love of money is the root of all evil.”
Another reason they do not prosper is that they have a sneaky subconscious feeling there is some virtue in poverty.
This subconscious pattern may be due to early childhood training, superstition, or it could be based on a false interpretation of scriptures.
You must never criticize what you desire as you cannot attract what you criticize.
It is important that you change your attitude and subconscious to possess the right beliefs about money.
Use a selection of the following statements several times a day:
“I like money, I love it, I use it wisely, constructively, and judiciously. Money is constantly circulating in my life. I release it with joy, and it returns to me multiplied in a wonderful way. It is good and very good. Money flows to me in avalanches of abundance. I use it for good only, and I am grateful for my good and for the riches of my mind.”
Chapter 11: Your Subconscious Mind as a Partner in Success.
How to achieve success
The first step to success is to find out the work you love to do, then you must pursue that type of work.
“The process of realizing your Lifes Task comes in three stages:
First you must connect or reconnect with your inclinations, that sense of uniqueness.
Second, . . . you must look at the career path you are already on or are about to begin. The choice of this path-or redirection of it-is critical.
Finally, you must see your career more as a journey with twists and turns rather than a straight line.”
Conserve your forces and energies by keeping them concentrated at their strongest point. You gain more by finding a rich mine and mining it deeper, than by flitting from one shallow mine to another-intensity defeats extensity every time
You must be sure that the thing you want to do does not redound to your success only. Your desire must not be selfish; it must benefit humanity.
We advise our readers to read the following paragraphs, as the western world have never spread this advice to the people.
Is it the ambition of your life to accumulate great wealth, and thus to acquire a great name and along with it happiness and satisfaction? Then remember that whether these will come to you will depend entirely upon the use and disposition you make of your wealth. If you regard it as a private trust to be used for the highest good of mankind, then well and good, these will come to you.
If your object, however, is to pile it up, to hoard it, then neither will come; and you will ﬁnd it a life as unsatisfactory as one can live. There is, there can be, no greatness in things, in material things, of themselves. The greatness is determined entirely by the use and disposition made of them. The greatest greatness and the only true greatness in the world is unselﬁsh love and service and self-devotion to one’s fellow-man.
This is from Ralph Waldo Trine’s book What the World is A-Seeking: Or, The Vital Law of True Life, True Greatness Power and Happiness.
Chapter 12: Scientists Use the Subconscious Mind.
Here is a simple technique you can use to receive guidance on any subject: Quiet the mind and still the body. Tell the body to relax; it has to obey you. It has no volition, initiative, or self-conscious intelligence.
Try to solve it with your conscious mind. Think how happy you would be about the perfect solution. Sense the feeling you would have if the perfect answer were yours now.
You delay the answer by thinking it will take a long time or that it is a major problem. Your subconscious has no problem it knows only the answer.
Chapter 13: Your Subconscious and the Wonders of Sleep.
You build your own future in your mind.
Whatever you habitually think about shall come to pass.
Remember that the future, the result of your habitual thinking, is already in your mind except when you change it through prayer.
Chapter 14: Your Subconscious Mind and Marital Problems.
• How to attract the ideal husband
Begin now to impress your subconscious mind with the qualities and characteristics you desire in a man.
• The nagging wife.
Many times the reason the wife nags is because she gets no attention. Oftentimes, it is a craving for love and affection. Give your wife attention and show your appreciation. Praise and exalt all her many good points.
• The brooding husband.
The man who is brooding, bitter, and resentful can swallow his sharp remarks, abate his anger, and he can go to great lengths to be considerate, kind, and courteous.
Chapter 15: Your Subconscious Mind and Your Happiness.
Marcus Aurelius, the great Roman philosopher once said:
These days there are people who wish to achieve happiness by the purchasing of goods and attainment of wealth. They will never become happy through the attainment of wealth.
Wealth in and of itself will not make you happy,
The happiest are usually the best in the art of living life successfully.
You must choose happiness.
Happiness is a habit.
There is no block to your happiness. External things are not causative; these are effects, not cause. Take your cue from the only creative principle within you. Your thought is cause, and a new cause produces a new effect. Choose happiness.
Chapter 16: Your Subconscious Mind and Harmonious Human Relations.
The good you do for others comes back to you in like measure; and the evil you do returns to you by the law of your own mind. If a man cheats and deceives another, he is actually cheating and deceiving himself.
The daily headlines made him sick.
It is common knowledge that the news is in the business of fear and hatred. They know fear and negative emotions sell more than anything else so they fill our sceens with negativity.
Look at this short story:
A woman wrote to me about her husband, saying that he goes into a rage when he reads what certain newspaper columnists write in the newspaper. She added that this constant reaction of anger and suppressed rage on his part brought on bleeding ulcers, and his physician recommended an emotional reconditioning.
I invited this man to see me and I explained to him the way his mind functions indicating how emotionally immature it was to get angry when others write articles with which he disapproves or disagrees.
He began to realize that he should give the newspaperman freedom to express himself even though the latter disagreed with him politically, religiously, or in any other way. In the same manner, the newspaperman would give him freedom to write a letter to the newspaper disagreeing with his published statements.
He learned that he could disagree without being disagreeable.
To do so would mean that you had descended to that state of low mental vibration and become one with the negative atmosphere of theother. Too many times you will see yourself or others being affected by other people’s opinions and criticism.
Give no one in all the world the power to deflect you from your goal, your aim in life, which is to express your hidden talents to the world, to serve humanity, and to reveal more and more of God’s wisdom, truth, and beauty to all people in the world
On becoming emotionally mature.
What the other person says or does cannot really annoy or irritate you except you permit him to disturb you.
When you become emotionally mature, you do not respond negatively to the criticism and resentment of others. To do so would mean that you had descended to that state of low mental vibration and become one with the negative atmosphere of the other.
Be careful of social media and advertising.
Joseph Murphy is not present in current times when the proliferation of advertising and social media posts is causing a circus of misery among young people & old people.
The advice is the same. Either delete social media or be careful of what you see. The eyes are among the first pathways to jealously and jealously is among the first pathways to misery.
Advertisers bombard us with highly effective subliminal messages. Our continual connection to social media makes us prone to new forms of viral emotional effects. These are not media designed for calm reflection. With their constant presence, we have less and less mental space to step back and think.
Chapter 17: How to Use Your Subconscious Mind for Forgiveness.
You cannot be hurt by criticism when you know that you are master of your thoughts, reactions, and emotions. This gives you the opportunity to pray and bless the other, thereby blessing yourself.
To forgive is to give something for. Give love, peace, joy, wisdom, and all the blessings of life to the other, until there is no sting left in your mind. This is really the acid test of forgiveness.
Chapter 18: How Your Subconscious Removes Mental Blocks.
How to break or build a habit
Habit is the function of your subconscious mind. You learned to swim, ride a bicycle, dance, and drive a car by consciously doing these things over and over again until they established tracks in your subconscious mind.
Then, the automatic habit action of your subconscious mind took over. This is sometimes called second nature, which is a reaction of your subconscious mind to your thinking and acting.
If you repeat a negative thought or act over a period of time, you will be under the compulsion of a habit. The law of your subconscious is compulsion.
When you have an intense hunger to overcome anything in your life, there will be a path out.
However, if you don’t have an intense hunger, then the opportunity will not present itself.
Consider this statement:
“All big things come from small beginnings. The seed of every habit is a single, tiny decision. But as that decision is repeated, a habit sprouts and grows stronger. Roots entrench themselves and branches grow. The task of breaking a bad habit is like uprooting a powerful oak within us. And the task of building a good habit is like cultivating a delicate flower one day at a time.”
Chapter 19: How to Use Your Subconscious Mind to Remove Fear.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, philosopher and poet, said, “Do the thing you are afraid to do, and the death of fear is certain.”
Thoughts enveloped in the powerful emotion of fear are realized in the subconscious mind.
For instance if you fear you may fail a test, even though you have all the content memorized and have practiced well. The subconscious will place mental blocks while you are doing your exam as you imprinted the fear of failing in your subconscious mind.
There are two types of fear:
Normal Fear: This is the natural fear that is in every human. This fear is for self-preservation. If we hear a loud sound we are scared, we switch into a fight or flight mode in order to handle the situation.
Abnormal Fear: Abnormal fear takes place when man lets his imagination run riot.
The solution to abnormal fear.
When fear arises, there immediately comes with it a desire for some-thing opposite to the thing feared. Place your attention on the thing immediately desired. Get absorbed and engrossed in your desire, knowing that the subjective always overturns the objective.
A well known method that psychologists advise their patients with is exposure.
You can never leave a fear a behind without facing it.
“To work properly, exposure needs to be done regularly, for at least 45 minutes 3-5 times a week, and systematically. Begin by drawing up a list of the situations you find frightening, and rank them in order of how stressful they are. So if, for example, you have a fear of spiders, you might run like this:“
————————–Looking at pictures of spiders.
————————–Looking at small spiders in a jar.
————————–Having a small spider on my hand.
————————–Looking a large spider in a jar.
————————–Having a large spider on my hand.
Table from Know Your Mind: Evereday Emotional and Psychological Problems and How to Overcome Them’
“Start with the least frightening task on the list and, when you’re comfortable with it, move on to the next one.“
Chapter 20: How to Stay Young in Spirit Forever.
Man is as strong as he thinks he is, and as valuable as he thinks he is.
Diets- and exercises won’t keep you young. As a man thinketh, so is he.
Fear of old age can bring about physical and mental deterioration.
Your retirement is a new venture. Take up new studies and new interests. You can now do the things you always wanted to do when you were so busy making a living. Give your attention to living life.
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