One the hardest things to accept is that we control our thoughts. It sounds like just a general statement that is easy for anyone to follow but honestly it’s not easy. Yes our thoughts are our own but we often underestimate how we internalize other peoples thoughts of us. We grow up believing that what other people said about us when we were kids is the truth.
But I found 5 books that will help you breakthrough that roadblock. These books were very helpful in my journey to creating and listening to my newly created thoughts about myself and finding my subconscious mind power that would change my life.
So without anymore mushy life changing talk here is my list:
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1. You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay
I loooove this book! I would recommend getting the entire set of self healing books that she offers because I remember when I first read this book. As hard as it was for me to put the book down, It was also hard for me to accept. How can a book that claims it will heal my life also say that it’s up to me to do it? I couldn’t understand why I needed to heal my life when seemingly other people had such an impact with how it turned out. I was confused and almost passed up on this book, but I’m thankful that I didn’t. As a rule, I try to read this once a year now and I learn something new every single time.
One of the things that I loved most about the book is that she explained how feelings of resentment and hate can literally eat away at your body and cause dis-ease. I find that to be true because when I’m in a depressive mood or I’m thinking about things in the past that no longer serve me, I feel sluggish and my energy seems to be depleted more easily. Louise explains that what we believe often times becomes our truth, or our reality. So we have to do the work to figure out where those beliefs come from so that we could possibly change them and make something that was a negative into a new positive experience.
Louise has a bunch of other books that are really good as well but this one really helped me to see that some of the things are often created through our thinking, and because we ultimately control our thoughts, we are able to change them.
2. The Game of Life and How To Play It by Florence Scovel Shinn
Great book about life and it’s many trials and tribulations. It’s all good to go through life using all the things you were taught by family and friends but knowing about your silent partner- the subconscious mind – will help you even more.
This book is all about how impressionable your subconscious mind is and how you can use that to your advantage. As we all know life has many obstacles, some that seem way to big for little ole’ us to overcome. But the book The Game Of Life And How to Play It explains that if you can successfully control your thoughts and the words you are feeding your subconscious mind, you can control your life in ways that you could never imagine.
Florence talks about how music helps things get to the subconscious faster than other avenues apparently because it is 4th dimensional like. I think that is pretty amazing and it made me think about when I was a teenager going through depression. I listened to music and I honestly felt the words so deeply that I felt like I was connected to it and that somehow I could make whatever I was singing about, happen for myself.
Another thing about this book is that Florence connects a lot of her points with passages from the Bible, which I’m sure is appealing to a lot of people.
I learned so much from this book and I may actually revisit it next year to see if I can pick up some more gems.
3. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
This is one of those books that you have to really get into it otherwise it could be a boring book. I had the pleasure to listen to the audiobook and it took a while to actually get to the point. So if you’re not a big fan of long books or have a hard time staying tuned (like me) maybe trying the audiobook on 1.5 speed would help you.
This book follows Vikitor during his time in a nazi concentration camp. He was separated from his family and worked to the bones. Frankl witnessed people kill themselves and worst, give up on themselves. And through this he found that finding something to live for, and holding a vision of what you see yourself being, will often times be enough to get you through the deepest depression.
Like Carol Dweck’s Mindset, Viktor Frankl believes in the growth mindset model in a way because he believes that it is all in the way you let a problem affect you. He believes that the situation is never so bad that you can’t think your way out of, and after reading about what he’s been through I ‘m moved to believe him!
This book is really great for if you’re trying to push through a problem you’re having in life, and it also reveals just how strong your mind is with helping you to get through life’s tough problems.
4. Mindset by Carol Dweck
This book is all about people and their mindsets and how sometimes just a simple change to your mindset can change other things in your life. Carol really outdid herself with this book, the entire time I listened (audiobook) I shook my head in agreement with nearly everything she said. She talks about how some people in the world have a fixed mindset meaning they see things in their mind as fixed and they cannot be changed with much effort. For example, let’s say that a young man who is naturally smart goes to college. When he gets there he notices the work is a lot harder than what he is used to and can no longer use just his wits to pass test, he needs to study. But instead of studying he gives up because if his natural smarts, which has got him through high school effortlessly, isn’t enough to pass the test then why bother trying any harder?
Then there is the “growth mindset”. I think you can pretty much tell what that is but I’ll give an example using the young man from above. So let’s say the man is failing behind in school because the work is harder and his natural smarts have took him as far as he could go. He notices that when he’s in his dorm watching tv his classmates are at the library studying. Those same kids studying in the library are either getting A’s or progressively getting better grades in class. So instead of the young man giving up, he decides to study. And his grades improve all because of a change from a fixed mindset (my natural smarts is all I need) to a growth mindset (my natural smarts may take me far but I don’t know everything and I can always make changes to improve). My examples may not be the best but that’s what I took from it.
Anyway, I really do love this book and definitely recommend you read this one, it’s a simple read with a great message.
5.Psycho – Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz
The first thing that caught my eye about this book, is the title. I had absolutely no idea what this book could be about. It sounds like some cool new therapy technique, which I guess some could call it that. This book is really a hidden treasure, because I can see a lot of people not picking it up strictly because of it’s name, but they would be missing out by not doing so.
Psycho – Cybernetics is about Dr.Maxwell Maltz who is a plastic surgeon. People come to him of course to change things about themselves that they don’t like. Maxwell sees how the change of a small flaw can change someones entire character and also make them happier – but a lot of the time they aren’t happy. This is where he discovers that just because people have the thing that they thought was the problem changed, it doesn’t change how they feel about themselves.
Most of the time people have been conditioned from a young age about how they should see and feel about themselves, and we’ve all been acting accordingly. Dr.Maltz explains that Our past experiences should be used as a sort of correcting mechanism. So if you were to do something like fail a class, you shouldn’t look at yourself as a failure you would just know next time that you have to do something different in order to pass.
While that may seem simple enough he says that there are plenty of people walking around acting and perceiving themselves a certain way simply because of something that someone told them or something they experienced in their childhood, and I agree. I know that am really shy in public places but I would like to be outgoing. I have this fear that people who have known me would think it was strange for me to all of a sudden try to be outgoing. So I stay in my place as the shy kid who never talks. Although this has been hard to overcome, I know it’s mostly mental images from the past that’s holding me back and eventually I’ll get over it. And this book is helping with that.
He also incorporates goals, visualization and various “mechanisms” to help people overcome the bad thoughts that people have about themselves.
I found this book to be good and so different from what I’m used to reading. The story is told from the eyes of someone who deals with people who are so unhappy with themselves that they are willing to change themselves permanently no matter the precautions! I guess it’s just the fact that it is from a different perspective than the norm. Dr. Maltz is amazing in making you see that ” Hey, you’re good enough already, but if you want to change something on the outside you have to change on the inside as well!”
The reason I went on a search for these types of books is because I was at a low point in my life and trying to figure out what I should be doing and why I wasn’t happy. I really wished that I wasn’t me and that I could just disappear. My life seemed so pointless to the point I questioned my existence daily, I was depressed. But when I really sat down and read these books I learned that everyoneSo there ya go, my top 5 books that will help completely boost your subconscious super powers to the next level, I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!