I love reading transformative material. Especially of authors who are seemingly ahead of their time. My current read by Emile Coué, 'The Power of Autosuggestion' from 1922, has opened my eyes to the incredible practice of autosuggestion and its power in healing and breaking bad habits. I recently finished listening to the book on Audible, and I must say I'm blown away!
Emile Coué invites the reader to explore the concept that we can achieve the impossible by simply telling ourselves a better story. His famous phrase, 'Every day, in every way, I'm getting better and better,' resonates deeply with me. He suggests repeating these words in a resting state, in a monotonous voice, 20 times before going to sleep at night. It's a seemingly simple practice with profound implications.
The human mind is indeed a complex and multifaceted entity. While we are consciously aware of our thoughts, actions, and decisions, there exists a vast realm beneath the surface known as the unconscious self. Emile Coué's teachings shed light on how this enigmatic part of our psyche influences not only our physical functions but also our moral compass.
Coué believed that understanding and tapping into the power of the unconscious mind could help us break free from bad habits and even bring about seemingly miraculous recoveries from illness. It's a fascinating concept that challenges us to recognize the immense potential within ourselves.
Consider this: The unconscious mind often acts as our silent boss. Imagine being asked to walk a 30cm wide, 30cm thick, 5m long plank of wood placed securely on the ground between two solid bricks. Most of us would confidently complete this task. However, elevate that same plank to a height of 5 meters, and suddenly, fewer people would volunteer. At 20, 30, or 50 meters, most would say, 'Are you crazy? No way!' It's the power of the unconscious mind at work. It tells us we might fall, get hurt, or even die. Yet, in reality, we've just walked it on the ground. The unconscious mind takes over, causing us to shake, sweat, and wobble.
In essence, self-mastery is synonymous with mastering our unconscious mind. It's about changing that inner dialogue and reframing our perceptions. Emile Coué's insights remind us that the power to transform ourselves and our lives often lies within the untapped depths of our own minds.
If you're intrigued by this idea and want to explore further, you can access the book on PDF. Coué's work offers a fascinating journey into the uncharted territory of the unconscious self, where the keys to personal growth and positive change may very well reside.
I was equally intrigued by and have fallen in love with the writings of a powerful unassuming American little old lady, Ellen G. White 1827-1915, often recognized as the most translated female authors in history. Ellen White spent nine years of her life in Australia (1891-1900) and was instrumental in establishing Avondale university in NSW. She was also involved in establishing the sanitarium health food company in 1898 (manufacturers of sanitarium Weet-bix, so good milks, veggie delights and so forth). She did write extensively on various topics, including the human mind, practical topics and spirituality. While she may not have directly addressed autosuggestion or the unconscious mind in the same way as Emile Coué, her writings often emphasize the power of positive thinking, faith, and the role of the mind in spiritual and physical well-being.
One relevant concept in her writings is the idea of "mind cure" or the influence of the mind on health. She taught that a strong faith, positive thoughts, and a close connection with God could lead to physical and spiritual healing. While her approach may differ from Coué's, both emphasize the significance of the mind in shaping one's experiences and well-being.
For more specific quotes or references related to Ellen G. White's views on this topic can be found in her freely available books , "The Ministry of Healing" or "Mind Character & Personality, "Steps to Christ." These texts contain her teachings on spirituality, health, and the mind.
By Dr Purity Carr
GP & Menopause Doctor