Always remember, there is more strength in you than you ever realized or even imagined. Certainly nothing can keep you down if you are determined to get on top of things and stay there.
– Norman Vincent Peale
The strength Peale spoke of is the strength of mind. Some have it, some don’t.
Those who don’t believe they have such great strength of mind likely don’t, because they have not discovered it or used it. Like many things in life, the mind atrophies in an intellectual sense with lack of use. Potential will never be realized so long as its existence is never known.
Those who know they have this powerful strength of mind and who use it do so carefully because it tends to frighten others who don’t understand the “phenomenon.” Many people unknowingly fear those with powerful minds. Some knowthey fear them but don’t know why.
How powerful is the human mind? Let’s take the example of someone who is very ill with cancer, who has friends and family praying for him to recover and “beat the devil.” This is, perhaps, the best use of prayer.
The suffering person believes that the praying friends and family will bring the power of God to bear upon his cancer. He believes he will conquer his cancer. Sometimes it happens. Not by accident.
Since all cells of the body are controlled by the brain and the mind is a function of the brain, the mind can get the brain to act to heal body cells. Cancerous cells can be persuaded by the brain to commit suicide just as easily as many other cells of our body commit suicide every day in order to make way for newer and healthier cells.
The story of a best friend comes to mind. Late one evening I received a phone call from his wife, saying that he had been taken to hospital after some sort of seizure or attack. This man had led a hard life. His dyslexia had prevented him from progressing far in school but he had prevailed by becoming an excellent baker. Following year after year of bad luck with employers whose businesses failed, casting him out to look for a new job each time, he found a new bakery business that invited him to design his own bakeshop kitchen.
In short, he was in his glory as the new bakery business took off and did very well. He was in every way, including his family, his home life and his job, at the peak of his career, of his life. This man so feared losing what he had worked so many years to find that I am convinced his brain killed him that night so that he could go out of life at his best, a success. Two autopsies failed to find any reason for him to have died.
He died with everyone who knew him being proud of his accomplishments and achievements. He died by his own choice, a choice of mind, as objectionable as this idea may be to some people. What I knew but no one else did was that this man had no idea how to develop the business he created any further. For him there was a wall at the top of the hill he had reached.
The brain can heal and it can kill. More importantly, it can work wonders while it has a body to carry it around. However, this is not the message we are taught as adolescents. Most of us learn as young adults that we are dependant on our employers for our survival and that we have many responsibilities, to our family, to our religion, to our neighbours, to our employer, to the advertisers who need us to buy all their stuff.
These responsibilities and dependancies prevent us from exploring the power of our own mind, usually because we are too busy with our responsibilities to use our brains in such a way as to discover the power it holds. The bit of free time we may have gets eaten up with recreation and relaxation so that we can recover from our work-heavy life.
We don’t take time to think. If we do, someone will surely tell us that we are wasting time because we aren’t accomplishing anything. To accomplish something–to succeed–we must be constantly at work in some way, usually either spending money or earning it so it may be spent later, according to the prevailing social norms of our society.
To learn how to use the extraordinary power of your mind you must learn to think beyond the events and trials of your everyday life. As with learning any skill to the point of being able to use it exceptionally well, you will require time to develop your mind power. It will take years of practice. Constant practice. With few rewards along the way. Much the way that Olympic athletes commit to a rigid regimen in order to compete with the best in the world.
As Peale said, “nothing can keep you down” once you master the power within your mind.
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