In The Secret of The Ages, Robert Collier compares the mind to… a genie.
He even calls this “the greatest discovery of modern times”!
"This is the greatest discovery of modern times — that every man can call upon this ‘Life Principle’ at will, that it is as much the servant of his mind as was ever Aladdin’s fabled ‘Genie-of-the lamp’ of old; that he has but to understand it and work in harmony with it to get from it anything he may need — health or happiness, riches or success."
You get what you wish for.
Thing is, we access this “genie-of-the-mind” almost entirely through our subconscious thoughts… not our conscious ones.
"This mind is usually thought of as consciousness; but the conscious part of your mind is in fact the very smallest part of it."
It’s the stuff we think over and over again, every day, without realizing it that has the biggest impact — our instinctive thoughts. Those are the thoughts which “wish” for things.
"Ninety per cent of your mental life is subconscious, so when you make active use of only the conscious part of your mind you are using but a fraction of your real ability; you are running on low gear. And the reason why more people do not achieve success in life is because so many of them are content to run on low gear all their lives — on SURFACE ENERGY. If these same people would only throw into the fight the resistless force of their subconscious minds they would be amazed at their undreamed of capacity for winning success."
If we want to “wish” for better things, we need to access and control our subconscious thoughts.
In the same way that your subconscious thoughts have become automatic through decades of “practice”, you can create new thought patterns through intentional repetition. You use your conscious mind to shape your subconscious thoughts and beliefs.
"For it is only through your conscious mind that you can reach the subconscious and the Universal Mind. Your conscious mind is the porter at the door, the watchman at the gate. It is to the conscious mind that the subconscious looks for all its impressions…
For the subconscious mind does not reason inductively. It takes the thoughts you send into it and works them out to their logical conclusion."
We often subconsciously believe that we can’t control our thoughts — they’re just us… but modern psychology has shown that we can get better with practice (just like anything).
Repeat positive affirmations, be grateful for the things you have, and practice thinking the thoughts you want to think. The more you practice, the better you’ll get 🙂
P.S. We’re going through The Secrets of The Ages in February’s book club. If you want to join us, try out the community for free over here!