When you understand the rules of the mind you can use them to change the way you think. Your life will improve immeasurably as your thoughts become more positive.
Rule 1 – Every Thought or Idea causes a Physical Reaction
Your thoughts can affect all of the functions of the body. WORRY triggers changes in the stomach that in time can lead to ulcers. ANGER thoughts stimulate your adrenal glands. ANXIETY and FEAR thoughts affect your pulse rate. Ideas that have a strong emotional content almost always reach the subconscious mind, because it is the feeling mind. Once accepted, these ideas continue to produce the same bodily reaction over and over again. In order to eliminate or change chronic negative bodily reactions we must reach the subconscious mind and change the idea responsible for the reaction. This is done by suggestions or affirmations.
Rule 2 – What is Expected Tends to be Realized
The brain and the nervous system respond to mental images. It does not matter if the image is self-induced or from the external world. The mental image formed becomes the blueprint, and the subconscious mind uses every means at its disposal to carry out the plan. Worrying is a form of programming a picture of what we don’t want.
“WE BECOME WHAT WE THINK ABOUT.”
Rule 3 – Imagination is more powerful than knowledge when dealing with your own mind or the mind of another
This is an important rule to remember when using Self- Hypnosis. REASON IS EASILY OVERRULED BY IMAGINATION. Violent crimes based upon jealousy are almost always caused by an over-active imagination. Advertising people and propaganda experts know this very well.
Rule 4 – Opposing ideas cannot be held at one and the same time
Many people try to hold opposing ideas simultaneously. A man might believe in honesty and expect his children to be honest, and all the while may be engaging daily in slightly dishonest business practices. He may try to justify by saying “All of my competitors do it, it’s an accepted practice.” However, he cannot escape the conflict and this has a bad effect on his mental health.
Rule 5 – Once an idea has been accepted by the subconscious mind, it remains until another replaces it.
Once an idea has been accepted, it tends to remain. The longer it is held, the more it tends to become a fixed habit of thinking. This is how habits of action are formed, both good and bad. First there is the thought and then the action. We have habits of thinking as well as habits of action, but the thought or idea always come first. Hence it is obvious if we wish to change our actions we must begin by changing our thoughts.
Now in advancing these rules, we are speaking of fixed ideas, not just idle thoughts or passing fancies. We need to alter fixed ideas or to use them. No matter how fixed the ideas may be or how long they have remained they can be changed with self- hypnosis or autosuggestion.
Rule 6 – An Emotionally induced symptom tends to cause organic change if persisted in long enough.
It has been acknowledged by many reputable medical men that more than seventy percent of human ailments are functional rather than organic. This means that the function of an organ or other parts of the body have been disturbed by the reaction of the nervous system to negative ideas held in the subconscious mind. We do not mean to imply that every person who complains of an ailment is emotionally ill or neurotic. There are diseases caused by germs, parasites, virus, and other things attacking the human body. However, we are a mind in a body and the two cannot be separated. Therefore, if you continue to fear ill health, constantly talking about your “nervous stomach” or “tension headache” in time organic changes must occur.
Rule 7 – Each Suggestion acted upon creates less opposition to successive suggestions
A mental trend is easier to follow the longer it lasts unbroken. Once a habit is formed it become easier to follow and more difficult to break. In other words once a self-suggestion has been accepted by your subconscious mind it becomes easier for additional suggestions to be accepted and acted upon. That is why when you are just beginning with self-hypnosis and autosuggestion we suggest you start with simple suggestions. You can suggest that you feel a tingling sensation or a warm and pleasant feeling. When these have been followed you can move on to more complicated suggestions.
Rule 8 – When dealing with the subconscious mind and its functions the greater the conscious effort, the less the subconscious response
This proves why “will power” doesn’t really exist. If you have insomnia you’ve learned “the harder you try to go to sleep, the more wide awake you become.” The rule is “When dealing with the subconscious mind, TAKE IT EASY.” This means you must work to develop a positive mental expectancy that your problem can be and will be solved. As your faith in your subconscious mind increases you learn to “let it happen” rather than trying to “force it to happen.”