“In a study by the author with Dr. Alexander Graham Bell and Dr. Elmer R. Gates, it was concluded that every human brain is both a broadcasting and receiving station for the vibration of thought. Through the medium of the ether, in a fashion similar to that employed by the basic principle of radio and other wireless communication, every human brain is capable of picking up vibrations of thought released by other brains. … Vibrations of an exceedingly high rate are the only vibrations picked up and carried, by the ether, from one brain to another. Thought is energy travelling at an exceedingly high rate of vibration. Thought which has been modified or “stepped up” by any of the major emotions vibrates at a much higher rate than ordinary thought. It is this type of thought that passes from one brain to another, through the broadcasting machinery of the human brain.” – Chapter 13. The Brain: A Broadcasting and Receiving Station for Thought, THINK AND GROW RICH (Napoleon Hill, 1937), p239-240
“Human beings have the ability to control their own minds completely. With this control, they may open their minds to the thought impulses released by other brains, or close the doors tightly and admit only thought impulses of their own choice.” – Chapter 15. How to Outwit the Six Ghosts of Fear, THINK AND GROW RICH (Napoleon Hill, 1937), p264
“Why do some people appear to be “lucky” while others of equal or greater ability, training, experience and brain capacity seem destined to ride with misfortune?” 1 – Napoleon Hill
It certainly pays to contemplate on this question which Hill poses to us. What is it that separates seemingly lucky people from those who are not despite having the equal conditions? Does luck really play a role? We know, without doubt, there’s no room for luck to play a role here. They must possess a quality to make them appear lucky.
Hill’s very answer for the question: It’s human beings’ ability to completely control their mind.
This sounds a overly-simplified statement for a not-so-evident outcome. How do we interpret this? ‘To control our mind completely’ as an answer is simply insufficient for us to immediately act on. We need more elaborations as to how and why.
In the previous article ( What’s Your Level of Energy? And of Your Thought?), I have shared a viewpoint that “everything in this universe is a movement of energy,” our thought being part of it. Dyer shares insights that human beings are an energy system, just as the whole universe is, and the level of energy we carry within ourselves decide the external outcome in the form of our body and environment.
In fact, it’s not only Dyer who perceives our thought as energy. Authors such as Allen and Hill, certainly did perceive it as such a century ago and shared the same insight of our thought as energy and a force – a pulsation and a high rate of vibration – that travel, interact, and influence.
From the shared insights from these authors who discuss the power of thought in this viewpoint, I have observed powerful characteristics of our thought that can be explained broadly in two contexts: Nullification and Amplification.
These characteristics, I believe, may help us define ‘to control our mind’ and ‘how to do it’ concretely.
1. One’s Higher Energy Nullifies Lower One, Impacting Not Only Oneself But Also One’s Surroundings
Let’s recollect Dyer’s insight that I’ve shared in the previous article.
“Everything in this universe is a movement of energy. Higher/faster energy dissolves and converts lower/slower energy. With this in mind, I’d like you to consider yourself and all of your thoughts in the context of being an energy system. That’s right – you’re an energy system, not just a system of bones, fluids, and cells, but actually a multitude of energy systems encapsulating an inner energy system of thoughts, feelings, and emotions. This energy system that you are can be measured and calibrated. Every thought you have can be energetically calibrated, along with its impact on your body and your environment. The higher your energy, the more capable you are of nullifying and converting lower energies, which weaken you, and impacting in a positive way everyone in your immediate and even distant surroundings.” – Your Level of Energy: Match or No Match?, Chapter 4. Obstacles to Connecting to Intention, THE POWER OF INTENTION, (Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, 2004), p68-9
As mentioned, the thought world, being exceedingly high rate of vibration, also has high and low, and fast and slow within it. It can be said that positive thoughts and emotions are ones that vibrate at higher frequencies, whereas negative and destructive ones at lower frequencies.
Joseph Murphy suggests: ‘Generate electronic waves of harmony, health, and peace by thinking of the love and the glory of God.’ 2 According to him, thoughts that are lovely, true, just and of good report are considered as positive thoughts, while thoughts of fear, anger, jealousy, and ill will are negative and destructive ones. 3
The idea that ‘higher energy nullifies lower energy’ works both internally and externally.
Internally, by changing thoughts and emotions of higher frequency from thoughts of lower levels, we raise our energy level which in turn will affect ourselves and environment positively.
Externally, our own higher energy can nullify lower energies of other parties.
I have once asked you what one word you could think of when describing J. F. Kennedy. What is the quality that makes someone unforgettable?
In Make Yourself Unforgettable by Dale Carnegie Training, while the author throughout the book was definitely contemplating about such traits as inspiration, presence and impact of J. F. Kennedy in terms of ‘class,’ I believe the word, in a way, also nicely captures and describes the essence of Kennedy’s higher energy (that nobody could imitate).
Dyer presents a case that illustrates how, externally, a person with high energy can nullify the majority of low energy. He states about J. F. Kennedy:
“One person with very high spiritual energy can put the possibility of war into a last-resort category.” 4
During Cuban missile crisis in 1960s, even if Kennedy was surrounded by advisors urging the use of nuclear bombs if necessary, Dyer notes that Kennedy’s own energy and that of a few trusted colleagues who were steeped in the potential for a peaceful resolution served to counterbalance ‘the vast majority’ of those who pushed for attack and bellicosity. 5 He was able to nullify lower energy by his own high energy in a potential crisis.
James Allen also clearly knew that ‘higher vibrational thoughts and emotions such as calmness, purity, and unselfishness counteract the lower energy, pouring the oil of joy upon the troubled waters of anxiety and sorrow.’
2. Reciprocated Minds Amplify Their Power as Thought-Forces
Another powerful aspect of our thought – Amplification – is well described by James Allen in The Path to Prosperity:
“Every thought you think is a force sent out, and in accordance with its nature and intensity will it go out to seek a lodgment in minds receptive to it and will react upon yourself for good or evil. There is ceaseless reciprocity between mind and mind and a continual interchange of thought-forces. Selfish and disturbing thoughts are so many malignant and destructive forces, messengers of evil, sent out to stimulate and augment the evil in other minds, which in turn send them back upon you with added power. While thoughts that are calm, pure, and unselfish are so many angelic messengers sent out into the world with health, healing, and blessedness upon their wings, counteracting the evil forces, pouring the oil of joy upon the troubled waters of anxiety and sorrow and restoring to broken hearts their heritage of immortality.
Think good thoughts, and they will quickly become actualized in your outward life in the form of good conditions. Control your soul-forces, and you will be able to shape your outward life as you will. The difference between a savior and a sinner is this: that the one has a perfect control of all the forces within him or her; the other is dominated and controlled by them.” – The Silent Power of Thought: Controlling and Directing One’s Forces, THE PATH TO PROSPERITY (James Allen, 1901), p96
Thought as energy travels at an exceedingly high rate of vibration. This high rate of vibration when heightened can be picked up by and interchanged with other minds who are capable of picking up. 6 (Hill) Furthermore, thought sent out finds reciprocated minds, stimulates, augments and is in turn sent back with added power. (Allen)
Minds reciprocate and amplify.
Closing: Why Having Higher Energy? – The Ultimate Reason
Ultimately, there is a critical reason why we have to have a higher energy within ourselves. It’s in order to protect ourselves from thoughts of lower level energy emanated from other people. Remember higher energy nullifies lower energy and convert it. This matters greatly!
“Human beings have the ability to control their own minds completely.” – Hill
“Control your soul-forces, and you will be able to shape your outward life as you will. The difference between a savior and a sinner is this: that the one has a perfect control of all the forces within him or her; the other is dominated and controlled by them.” – Allen
One can open one’s mind to be negatively affected by others, or close the doors tightly and admit only those thought impulses of one’s own choice. This is what it means by ‘We control our mind completely.’ and is how to do it.
This also suggests, we can make a positive impact on others for the better. By our own higher energy, we can not only nullify those thought impulses vibrating at lower levels but also convert them to higher ones.
This is a quality a lucky person has as per Hill, a quality we need to work on.
Just as Allen taught us that the true path of prosperity starts from mastering our thought, Hill reiterates the importance of the complete control of our mind.
Do you have clear principles(!) or philosophy on what is true for you?
I believe everybody has differentiating values for a different life and life’s purpose. Maybe it’s time to decide what’s true for each of us first so that we know what to control and what not.
Here, the compass, of course, can be aimed toward the upside: Truth that will make us stronger, healthier and more powerful in our own terms.
I believe the ability of controlling our mind completely is also a matter of our awareness, practice, and a decision we make – our human will.
Our thought – the silent forces as per Allen – is powerful: It can make an impact on ourselves and others by amplifying or nullifying the nature of thought we carry in our mind in accordance with its intensity. Acknowledging this one fact, I believe, can make a huge difference in leading our life and in our every endeavor.
And this, I believe, will naturally lead to master our fate, which I will elaborate in my next article.
“The most powerful forces in the universe are the silent forces” 7
– James Allen
MAKE YOURSELF UNFORGETTABLE (Dale Carnegie Training, 2011)
THE PATH TO PROSPERITY (James Allen, 1901)
THE POWER OF INTENTION (Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, 2004)
THINK AND GROW RICH (Napoleon Hill, 1937)
THE POWER OF YOUR SUBCONSCIOUS MIND (Joseph Murphy, Ph.D., 1963)
- THINK AND GROW RICH (p264)
- THE POWER OF YOUR SUBCONSCIOUS MIND (p112)
- THE POWER OF YOUR SUBCONSCIOUS MIND (p58)
- & 5. THE POWER OF INTENTION (p107)
- THINK AND GROW RICH (p240)
- THE PATH TO PROSPERITY (p89)