Think And Grow Rich – Chapter 14: The Sixth Sense: The Door to the Temple of Wisdom

Continuing my analysis of Think and Grow Rich.

This is for Chapter 14, The Sixth Sense: The Door to the Temple of Wisdom.

(Go here to start from the beginning.)

Quote and Analysis

“THE “thirteenth” principle is known as the SIXTH SENSE, through which Infinite Intelligence may, and will communicate voluntarily, without any effort from, or demands by, the individual.”

To dismiss any ambiguity, he is indeed saying that by following this philosophy you will receive messages from Infinite Intelligence.

And further, these messages will come to you without you having to request them. They will be messages that tell you what you need to know to take advantage of an opportunity, or avoid an impending danger. These messages will come as “hunches”.

Quote and Analysis

“This principle is the apex of the philosophy. It can be assimilated, understood, and applied ONLY by first mastering the other twelve principles.”

The other 12 principles are Desire, Faith, Auto-Suggestion, Specialized Knowledge, Imagination, Organized Planning, Decision, Persistence, Power of the Master Mind, Mystery of Sex Transmutation, Subconscious Mind, and the Brain.

Quote and Analysis

“The SIXTH SENSE is that portion of the subconscious mind which has been referred to as the Creative Imagination. It has also been referred to as the “receiving set” through which ideas, plans, and thoughts flash into the mind. The “flashes” are sometimes called “hunches” or “inspirations.””

These messages are hunches or inspirations. Not necessarily voices that speak to you in words, but a feeling or an idea that pops into your mind.

Quote and Analysis

“My experience has taught me that the next best thing to being truly great, is to emulate the great, by feeling and action, as nearly as possible.”

Note that he mentions not only action, but feeling. You need to foster the same feelings as the person you are emulating, the person you want to be like. This would also include adopting that person’s beliefs.

Quote and Analysis

“Every night, over a long period of years, I held an imaginary Council meeting with this group whom I called my “Invisible Counselors.”

My method of addressing the members of the imaginary Cabinet would vary, according to the traits of character in which I was, for the moment, most interested in acquiring. I studied the records of their lives with painstaking care. After some months of this nightly procedure, I was astounded by the discovery that these imaginary figures became, apparently real.”

I found this fascinating. He basically studied these people to the point where he could “simulate” them in his head. And he would ask them for the positive parts of their personalities that he wanted to emulate.

Now, consider how you probably use this exact method even more often AGAINST yourself. Think about how often you’ll have an argument with someone from your past in your head. How you’ll imagine what you should have said, or what you would do if you saw them again. All of this is mentally practicing negative personality traits.

Quote and Analysis

“You, of course, have recognized that this chapter covers a subject with which a majority of people are not familiar. The Sixth Sense is a subject that will be of great interest and benefit to the person whose aim is to accumulate vast wealth, but it need not claim the attention of those whose desires are more modest.”

Kind of an interesting point…you don’t have to use this principle if you only want modest wealth.

Quote and Analysis

“The sixth sense is not something that one can take off and put on at will. Ability to use this great power comes slowly, through application of the other principles outlined in this book. Seldom does any individual come into workable knowledge of the sixth sense before the age of forty. More often the knowledge is not available until one is well past fifty, and this, for the reason that the spiritual forces, with which the sixth sense is so closely related, do not mature and become usable except through years of meditation, self-examination, and serious thought.”

So if you put proportionately more time into meditation, self-examination, and serious thought, then you could get there faster than age 40 or 50.

Quote and Analysis

“Having read the chapter, you must have observed that while reading it, you were lifted to a high level of mental stimulation. Splendid! Come back to this again a month from now, read it once more, and observe that your mind will soar to a still higher level of stimulation. Repeat this experience from time to time, giving no concern as to how much or how little you learn at the time, and eventually you will find yourself in possession of a power that will enable you to throw off discouragement, master fear, overcome procrastination, and draw freely upon your imagination. Then you will have felt the touch of that unknown “something” which has been the moving spirit of every truly great thinker leader, artist, musician, writer, statesman. Then you will be in position to transmute your DESIRES into their physical or financial counterpart as easily as you may lie down and quit at the first sign of opposition.”

This is another of the pieces of the book that encourage “repetition” and “persistence”, telling you to come back and read it again.

Also, this is a description of what experiencing the Sixth Sense will feel like….no discouragement, no fear, no procrastination, and expansive imagination…and things will work for you without effort.

Quote and Analysis

“FAITH VS. FEAR!

Previous chapters have described how to develop FAITH, through Auto-suggestion, Desire and the Subconscious. The next chapter presents detailed instructions for the mastery of FEAR.

Here will be found a full description of the six fears which are the cause of all discouragement, timidity, procrastination, indifference, indecision, and the lack of ambition, self-reliance, initiative, self-control, and enthusiasm.

Search yourself carefully as you study these six enemies, as they may exist only in your subconscious mind, where their presence will be hard to detect.

Remember, too, as you analyze the “Six Ghosts of Fear,” that they are nothing but ghosts because they exist only in one’s mind.

Remember, also, that ghosts-creations of uncontrolled imagination-have caused most of the damage people have done to their own minds, therefore, ghosts can be as dangerous as if they lived and walked on the earth in physical bodies.”

Here is a list of qualities that are clues to fears you might harbor. If any of these are feelings or qualities you experience, it would be good to analyze why and what fear is behind it. And since Faith is the opponent of Fear, you can then identify which belief it is that you need to change to remove the Fear. And then you can use Auto-Suggestion to install that belief in yourself, and overcome the limiting quality.

He also points out here that our imaginings can cause damage to ourselves similar to what I noted above with the mental arguments. It is our own choice whether we choose to imagine empowering situations or disempowering ones.