“The interior power is called the Subconscious Mind, or the Subjective Mind” ~ Charles Haanel
I made a couple of discoveries about my subconscious mind this week, and why Haanel calls it the “interior power”
Revising my DMP
In writing my first draft, I followed the pattern set down by Napoleon Hill in his chapter on Desire, in Think and Grow Rich. It was a good start, but my certified guide wanted more specifics — and money amounts!!
I don’t mind admitting I nearly panicked, because money has always been a challenge for me. Money is so abstract, so ethereal, so… beyond my reach. I don’t even WANT to be fabulously wealthy! Once in a while I’ve thought it would be nice, but my mind has never held truly grasped that tantalizing thought or held onto it long enough to make anything of it.
I have no desire to make money goals. I’d far rather focus on taking action on my writing goals, because then the money will take care of itself. Or will it?? Is that a noble, lofty goal on my part, or is it my subconscious mind’s desperate and powerful attempt at keeping me tied to my Old Blueprint?
Is this the resistance Mark warns us against?
The truth is…
My husband is past his 65th birthday, and is still working. How long will that last?? We have a 15-year-old son who will not be ready to leave home for a few years. We could be in serious trouble if we haven’t developed a substantial form of income before Ian is asked to retire. So it’s kinda important to DECIDE to think about money — NOW!
I put in an amount that may sound pretty pathetic to some people, but to me it is huge. I know we will be working on our DMPs for a few weeks yet, so there’s room for growth there. At least it’s a start 🙂
Sitting Still, in Silence
I am White — and I have ADD. Imagine the conflict between my need for organization, and my abhorrence of being forced into any kind of routine! It’s been my battleground all my life.
In his book, Scattered Minds, Dr. Gabor Mate writes:
“There is matchless unity, harmony and peace in nature — all that is lacking, in other words, in the ADD mind.”
Nature quiets the mind. It’s as if ADD doesn’t even exist. I’ve seen that at work in my own life. I love to get out for a walk or bike ride, and spend time by the river or in the woods. Even working in my garden has the same quieting effect on my overactive mind. Hearing only the wind sighing in the trees… the birds singing… the soft ripple of the river flowing by… All is calm, and I am able to see and think clearly.
But a person can spend only so much time alone outdoors before coming back inside to face the chaos again. Then what?
I don’t need to be told how valuable it is to slow down and sit still, in silence. But these Masterkey exercises show me what I didn’t know before — how to get to that place! As I learn how to do it for 15 minutes a day, I am also learning to quiet my mind at other moments in the day when things around me get noisy or chaotic.
Quiet my mind — or give in to the chaos? It’s my choice.
“Be still, and know that I am God.” ~ Psalm 46:10