November 3


What Subconscious Mind Can Do: Explore The World Within

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This week has been a lot of work on what subconscious mind can do, but more than work, it has been a reminder of just HOW POWERFUL our “world within” (also know as subconscious or “Subby”) really is.

The value of the subconscious is enormous; it inspires us; it warns us; it furnishes us with names, facts, and scenes from the storehouse of memory. It directs our thoughts, tastes, and accomplishes tasks so intricate that no conscious mind, even if it had the power, has the capacity for.

Charles Haanel, The Master Key System (2.7)

Wow. And Haanel continues:

We walk at will; we can raise our arm whenever we choose to do so; we can give our attention through eye or ear to any subject at pleasure. On the other hand, we cannot stop our heartbeats, nor the circulation of the blood, nor the growth of stature, nor the formation of nerve and muscle tissue, nor the building of the bones, nor many other important vital processes.

Charles Haanel, The Master Key System (2.8)

The World Within

What an incredible realization! Have you ever sat and though about breathing?

Breathing in, and out and in and out.

You can really only think about it for a couple breathes in and out before you find yourself breathing heavier, or longer, or with a bit of a gasp.

If we had to sit and remember to breathe in a normal, even fashion, our conscious brain literally would not be able to focus on anything else.

Yet the subconscious mind manages to keep breathing even and balanced, while our heart continues to beat, our blood continues to flow, and our immune system continuously is on the march to keep us safe. This is just a small part of what subconscious mind can do for us.

ALL of that is being handled while we try to decide if we want pizza or lasagna for dinner, or if we should go for a walk or stay in. We use our conscious brain for the most trivial of tasks, yet the real important and life driving tasks are all our dear subconscious.

If our subconscious is making all the important decisions and we can only control the conscious mind, HOW are we supposed to make the right subconscious decisions?

Haanel explains this too:

Not only can it (conscious mind) impress other minds, but it can direct the subconscious mind. In this way the conscious mind becomes the responsible ruler and guardian of the subconscious mind. It is this high function which can completely reverse conditions in your life. It is often true that conditions of fear, worry, poverty, disease, inharmony and evils of all kinds dominate us by reason of false suggestions accepted by the unguarded subconscious mind. All this the trained conscious mind can entirely prevent by its vigilant protective action. It may properly be called ‘the Watchman at the gate’ of the great subconscious domain.

Charles Haanel, The Master Key System (2.13-2.14)

TV as Escape?

How many times at the end of a long, hard day do we go home and ‘shut our brain off’ and put on the TV? Oh my goodness! What a terribly harmful idea! The advertisements, the show’s story line, the movie’s plot, the music video programming, all of this information flooding our unguarded subconscious mind!

It’s a wonder that we have any control of our thoughts. We are constantly searching for a way to MAKE CHANGES and to ‘escape from the world.’ As best as I see it, if we are trying to escape the world, and leave our subby unguarded more often than not…we can kiss the changes goodbye. We actually have control over what subconscious mind can do.

The definition of insanity is continuing to do the same thing and expecting a different result. We have to change what we are doing to expect a different outcome. But still, 95% of people get up with the same attitude, the same beliefs, and the same emotions and proceed to do the exact same thing day in and day out, wondering why they cannot change their outcome.

The subconscious mind cannot argue controversially. Hence, if it has accepted wrong suggestions, the sure method of overcoming them is by the use of a strong counter suggestion, frequently repeated, which the mind must accept, thus eventually forming new and healthy habits of thought and life, for the subconscious mind is the seat of Habit.

Charles Hannel, The Master Key System (2.23)

Habits! And Haanel goes on:

That which we do over and over becomes mechanical; it is no longer an act of judgment, but has worn its deep grooves in the subconscious mind. This is favorable for us if the habit be wholesome and right. If it be harmful, and wrong, the remedy is to recognize the omnipotence of the subconscious mind and suggest present actual freedom. The subconscious being creative and one with our divine source will at once create the freedom suggested.

Charles Hannel, The Master Key System (2.23)

Subby to the Rescue

Haanel continues to extol the subconscious in 2.25: On the mental side, it is the storehouse of memory; it harbors the wonderful thought messengers, who work, unhampered by time or space; it is the fountain of the practical initiative and constructive forces of life: It is the seat of habit.

There is a lot of talk about H~A~B~I~T~S. Many say: sure, I’m going to work on that.. I say: No way Jose, ‘I’m going to’ is never going to happen.

This is where Og Mandino in “The Greatest Salesman” comes in with Scroll 1 “I will form good habits and become their slave…For it is another of nature’s laws that only a habit can subdue another habit.”

Tap into What Subconscious Mind Can Do

How are we going to make all these changes we want, to reach our ideal perfect life?

Habits! Habits, Habits, Habits, and more Habits.

Finding the bad or harmful habits, and REPLACING them.

We cannot just get rid of bad habits, but we need to counteract them with other helpful and GOOD habits.

Eventually, I will find myself reacting to all situations which confront me as I was commanded in the scrolls to react, and soon these actions and reactions will become easy to perform, for any act with practice becomes easy. Thus a new and good habit is born, for when an act becomes easy through constant repetition it becomes a pleasure to perform and if it is a pleasure to perform it is man’s nature to perform it often. When I perform it often it becomes a habit and I become its slave and since it is a good habit this is my will.

Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman (Scroll 1)

May you each be blessed this week as we focus on the new and healthy habits we wish to form.

And when you’re ready to deeply explore what subconscious mind can do to make your life so much better, join us in our Master Key Experience community for the next class. And click here to find out more about me and my experiences.

Read more articles by Candy Sheffield

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Candy guides you to determining the balance between family, dreams, work and fun with the Master Key Experience. Finding the oxygen for your soul, mapping your goals, and living your ideal life.

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  • Beautifully stated, Candy! Thank you for sharing! I love being a slave to good habits – the habits I have chosen to benefit my best self, causing a positive eternal ripple, over the former habits that kept me on the hamster wheel. Love it!

  • This blog is so spot on great writing. I have just concentrated on my breathing and sometimes it’s weird I feel like I have to get more air when I’m really focused on breathing – it’s weird but I love it

  • Great blog Candy! Thank you for sharing! It is so true, the “secret” is to consciously determine what to think, feel and do and then replace the habits you have of thinking, feeling and doing with what you have determined. And then be in that process and trust that process. I am very grateful I have the Master Key Experience that bit by bit built up this process by providing small new habits every week when I went thru the course four years ago. That was mind shifting and I am still functioning in this way because I generalized this to permeate everything in my life.

  • Candy, what a great blog on “the world within”. It is so indescribable to think about the subconscious mind & how it manages to keep breathing even and balanced, while your heart continues to beat, your blood continues to flow, and your immune system continuously is on the march to keep us safe. Also how to replace bad habits by substituting positive habits in its place. Thanks for all the gems and great reminders that you shared in your blog. How are you going to react specifically when you are faced with all types of situations?

  • Totally agree about the TV – it is a horrible idea – especially when you ‘zone out’ and are not consciously aware of the ‘programming’ it is doing to your mind!

  • Candy, you’re an amazing writer! One of the many great and giving talents you have developed. I loved how you explain and enlighten your reader about the roles, power and connectedness of the 2 phases of mind…. and then tying it all into replacing habits as the key to change (not just making a resolution without the know-how). Thank you for sharing your insights!

  • Thank you for this powerful explanation of the conscious and subconscious mind! It is something that should be strongly considered when trying to pursue new goals and knowing how to do it correctly is imperative.

  • Such an informative and enlightening post! Loved when Candy said: “We cannot just get rid of bad habits, but we need to counteract them with other helpful and GOOD habits.”, and that she included the Og Mandino quote about the power of good habits. I’ve personally experienced how much easier it is to ‘add in’ good habits vs. trying to build a habit of ‘not’ doing something!

    Candy’s explanation of how damaging it can be to not be aware of what we let into our consciousness via television is something I was concerned about too. When I decided I’d like to watch less TV, I made a list of other activities that I could do to relax and unwind instead–things like reading a great book, connecting with my family and friends on the phone, going for a leisurely walk, or clearing out a drawer or cabinet (weird way to unwind, but works for me!).

    I kept this list by the TV remote and when the urge to plop in the recliner and “zone out” hit me, I’d look at my list and consciously choose to do an activity from my list instead, one that added to my happiness and didn’t let someone else’s agenda or ads into my mind. I’ve found that adding good, positive things into my life is far more FUN and effective than restricting the things I don’t want!

    You’ll learn many effective ways to influence your own subconscious in the Master Key Experience (MKE). By entering your name and email on the right of this page, you’ll be added to the announcement list for the next MKE class coming this fall. In the meantime, the ebook “Mind Shift – The 7 Day Mental Diet’ will be sent to you–browse it for a micro experience of what’s involved in MKE–it’s a challenge you won’t soon forget! 🙂 Happy habiting!

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