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  Chapter 4
Auto-Suggestion: The Medium for Influencing the Subconscious Mind The Third Step toward Riches
1 AUTO-SUGGESTION is a term which applies to all suggestions and all self-
2 administered stimuli which reach one's mind through the five senses. Stated in
3 another way, auto-suggestion is self-suggestion. It is the agency of
4 communication between that part of the mind where conscious thought takes
5 place, and that which serves as the seat of action for the subconscious mind.
6 Through the dominating thoughts which one permits to remain in the conscious
7 mind, (whether these thoughts be negative or positive, is immaterial), the
8 principle of auto-suggestion voluntarily reaches the subconscious mind and
9 influences it with these thoughts.
10 NO THOUGHT, whether it be negative or positive, CAN ENTER THE
12 AUTO-SUGGESTION, with the exception of thoughts picked up from the
13 ether. Stated differently, all sense impressions which are perceived through the
14 five senses, are stopped by the CONSCIOUS thinking mind, and maybe either
15 passed on to the subconscious mind, or rejected, at will. The conscious faculty
16 serves, therefore, as an outer- guard to the approach of the subconscious.
17 Nature has so built man that he has ABSOLUTE CONTROL over the material
18 which reaches his subconscious mind, through his five senses, although this is
19 not meant to be construed as a statement that man always EXERCISES this
20 control. In the great majority of instances, he does NOT exercise it, which
21 explains why so many people go through life in poverty.
22 Recall what has been said about the subconscious mind resembling a fertile gar-
23 den spot, in which weeds will grow in abundance, if the seeds of more desirable
24 crops are not sown therein. AUTO-SUGGESTION is the agency of control
25 through which an individual may voluntarily feed his subconscious mind on
26 thoughts of a creative nature, or, by neglect, permit thoughts of a destructive

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