“There are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge” – Napoleon Hill
Daily Nugget of Gold 1072
The Watchman at the Gate
In the book, The Master Key System, Charles Haanel likens the conscious mind to “the watchman at the gate”. This book, which was the inspiration for Rhonda Byrne’s book and movie both called The Secret, was actually a correspondence course in it’s original form. The book outlines how to move from a novice at mental powers to becoming a master and while the original course took just 24 weeks to complete, the work towards obtaining that mastery may take longer. In any case, Haanel’s contribution in bringing together this material is immeasurable. It’s the sort of work which is so densely packed with ideas that it seems fresh and new each time it’s reviewed by the reader.
Now to the point that Haanel was making about “the watchman at the gate”. Perhaps we should review just how these portions of our mind operate before we begin. The mind has two spheres of operation, the conscious mind and the subconscious. We are fully aware of what goes on in our conscious mind, it is- after all- the thinking, reasoning, logical, and operational portion of our mind we work with during our of waking hours.
Just as an iceberg is much larger below the surface, the subconscious mind is by far the greater portion of our mind. It is responsible for all our automatic bodily functions and it is the seat of habit. It’s where are likes and dislikes are formed. It never rests, it never sleeps- it cannot. If it took a break, we’d surely die because of all of the functions it performs in monitoring and adjusting things like heart rate, respiration, auto-immune responses, enzyme levels and more. Like finely tuned manufacturing machinery, the subconscious has the ability to turn ideas and ideals into reality. Unlike such machinery, we are not aware of how it does this, nor can we be.
As with a marvelous computer, it can help us by making the task of accomplishing anything easier and more automatic, and just like such a computer- if we feed into it garbage for input, garbage will be the output. We want to make sure that the information we give it is of the highest quality, and without any limitations we might have placed upon ourselves. It will otherwise incorporate those limitations into it’s end product and we will derive less than substantial results.
Wow, look at this- we are already at the end of today’s discussion and we really haven’t covered Haanel’s point yet. We’ll ask you to meet us again for the next time and we’ll get into it, okay? Until then, think about what you would like to do with your life if you knew- absolutely knew! – you had no limitations.
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“What is the most valuable thing which we possess?”
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