The Magic of Believing

The Magic of Believing

by Claude M Bristol
Wilder Publications 2009
ISBN: 160459781X

For more than four decades success-oriented Americans have turned to the no-nonsense, time-tested motivational techniques described in The Magic of Believing to achieve all their long- and short-term goals: a better job, an increased income, a happier marriage, or simply a good night's sleep. Now it's your turn to put Claude M. Bristol's special "magic" into your life and into action!

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Self Image
The very way you walk, the way you carry yourself, your talk, your manner of dress, all reflect your way of thinking. A slovenly carriage is an indication of slovenly thinking, whereas an alert, upright carriage is the outward sign of inward strength and confidence. What you exhibit outwardly, you are inwardly.

Every man is the creation of himself, the image of his own thinking and believing.

Subconscious Mind
Never forget: inventions, great musical compositions, poetry, fiction, and all other ideas for original accomplishment come from the subconscious. Give it the thought or the material and keep it going with a deep-rooted desire for performance and you will get results.

Perhaps the most effective method of bringing the subconscious into practical action is through the process of making mental pictures – using the imagination – perfecting an image of the thing or situation as you would have it exist in physical form.

When you employ your imagination properly, you see yourself doing a thing and you go ahead and do it. It’s the doing the thing you have pictured to yourself that brings it into actual existence.

Reprogramming the Mind
When we realize that the subconscious mind is sensitized to the point that it works accurately to externalize the suggestion which is most greatly impressed upon it, we then get a better understanding of the necessity for concentration and for constant repetition of the suggestion.

The keener, the more urgent the desire, the sooner its consummation… So you must start with desire, keeping in mind that with the magic of believing you can obtain what you picture in your mind’s eye. The mechanics are for the purpose of helping you to focus sharply your desired picture on the screen of your subconscious mind, as well as enable you to shut off and keep out all distracting thoughts, negative ideas, or any fear or doubt projections that might otherwise penetrate to your subconscious.

These repetitive words and phrases said silently or aloud are merely methods of convincing the subconscious mind, for autosuggestion, no matter what form, is the only way of molding its patter. The subconscious is extremely receptive, and it can be convinced of the propositions you present to it, be they true or false, positive or negative; once they are imbedded in the subconscious mind, it goes to work with all of its faculties and energies to materialize them, to make them real in life. The simpler the words to express the ideas you wish conveyed to the subconscious, the better.

Positive Thinking
You must at all times keep your mind filled with positive thoughts so that their strong vibrations will ward off all negative and destructive thoughts that might come from the outside.

Your mirror shows you the person others see when they look at you, and you can fashion yourself into any kind of person you would like them to see.

Now consider this matter of packaging in connection with yourself. Do you have eye appeal? Do you wear clothes to give yourself the best appearance? Do you know the effect of colors and study those which best suit your form and temperament? Does your whole appearance set you apart from many who pass unnoticed in the crowd? … give thoughtful attention to personal packaging, for the world accepts you as you appear to be.

If you are properly attired when you are starting out on some important undertaking, you will feel within yourself that sense of power, which will cause people to give way before you and will even stir others to help you on your way. The right mental attitude, keeping your eyes straight ahead and fixed on your goal, throwing around you the proper aura, will work wonders.

Deprogramming Negatives
It is always important to remember that a negative person can raise havoc in an organization or house. The same amount of damage can be done by a strong negative personality as good can be done by a positive personality, and when the two are pitted against one another, the negative frequently becomes the more powerful.

I think that anyone who understand the vibratory theory of thought power can also understand why unsympathetic vibrations can be ‘monkey wrenches’ thrown into the machinery.

Solving Problems
A good way to let your subconscious mind solve a problem is for you to tackle it from all angles consciously; then some night just before dropping off to sleep, order the subconscious mind to bring you the answer. Be quick to grasp it when it comes.

The next time fear or doubt enters your mind, ask yourself this Question: What have I got to lose if I do…? What harm would it do? Your fears and doubts can’t answer that question.

The more interest you take in your work, the more attention you give it and the greater are the results… The more absorbing the interest, the better – the interest factor alone will give you momentum that will carry you a long way forward.

You wager, think and believe that the other fellow is a fine chap, and that’s what he’ll turn out to be – for never forget that the thing we get back is a reflection of what we project mentally.

Law of Attraction
What we think or contemplate develops into reality. We radiate our thoughts, perhaps unconsciously, to others, and we affect them. We give forth vibrations of dislike or hatred which we engender in ourselves, and, bingo, they come right back and floor us. All one needs to do is study and understand the law of cause and effect, and it all becomes plain.

With concentrated thought, expectancy, and steadfast belief, we actually set in motion vibratory forces that bring about material manifestations.

There are many weakening factors and influences – all suggestive in nature – which we, in unguarded moments, allow to slip into our subconscious minds, and which, once there, begin their destructive work and undo all the good accomplished by our constructive forces. Empathizing too emotionally with other people’s problems… watching negative news on TV… watching violent or disturbing movies… immediately come to mind. Don’t think of repetition as boring or redundant. Think of it as insurance… your safeguard against the negative in the world which will always be there.

Take Action
Health, wealth and happiness must follow if the proper mental pictures are created and constantly maintained, for the law of cause and effect is immutable. But ensuring that all our mental images are ‘proper’ is not a realistic goal. By hoping that correct thought will spawn correct action, we are not sending our mind the message of commitment. Thought is important, yes, but action is more important in the long run.

The everyday happenings of life have absolutely no effect on our happiness except as we permit mental images of the outside to enter our consciousness. Happiness is a state of mind which we ourselves have the power to control – and that control lies in our thinking.


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