So I Read This Book Today

Well, not so much a book really. It was really short. Maybe 40 pages. That’s the only reason I can say I read it today. Otherwise I would have read part of it today and then maybe finished it at some point if I got around to it.

The book was called Feeling is the Secret and was written in 1944 by some guy named Neville Goddard. I have no idea what his credentials are, but he’s written a ton of books if that means anything. It probably doesn’t. He might be a wacko for all I know. The point is that the book was free and seemed interesting so I downloaded and read it.

It wasn’t anything revolutionary. It was centered on the “law of attraction” idea. You know, imagine it is and it will be. However, it did have some interesting things about the interplay between the conscious and subconscious. It talked about how you’re subconscious will indiscriminately believe anything your conscious tells it and, since the subconscious plays such a big role in the underlying motives of our actions, you can gain some semblance of control by taking charge of your conscious thinking.

Of course, this simplistic approach always bothers me. I have a lot of anxiety and can be pretty depressive sometimes (often) and it seems rather difficult to control my thoughts. Kind of the “just choose to be happy” stuff that sounds like a great idea if it were really that easy. I mean, who can pass up the sage of advice of “don’t worry” when you’re really worried about something? If only I had thought of that!

But I’m always willing to give things a try. So for the next day or so, or until I forget about it and get back into my old thought patterns, I’m going to try to “feel” as if I already have what I want in life. It’s pretty much a call to be happy now and not set conditions for what you need in order to feel good about yourself. It goes a little further into saying that feeling like you’ve already achieved something will make it come true. I’m not sure how I feel about that, but I can go for the feeling good about myself and that I’ve already achieved a good life. The only person telling me I haven’t is myself so maybe trying to change my thoughts and feelings about it could actually work.

An interesting thing in the book is the power of sleep and your mindset as you go to sleep. Goddard advocates for the importance of feeling as if you already have everything you want as you go to sleep. He says that the way you feel about yourself and your life when going to sleep will be what your subconscious manifests in your nighttime thoughts and dreams, and that this will play a big part in how the following day unfolds. Again, seems a little wishy-washy, but I’m willing to try.

There’s another section about prayer which is pretty much what I recognize as meditation. This too is about the connection between the conscious and subconscious and his point of prayer is to shut the conscious off and try to get into your subconscious to create the feelings you desire.

Overall, the book is pretty interesting. Nothing new or utterly profound (maybe it was groundbreaking 70 years ago), but it made me think about how feeling a certain way at any given time can have a big effect on the future. Also, the focus on the conscious and subconscious was thought-provoking. I could even make myself feel as if I had achieved all the things that are holding me back (in my mind) from being truly happy. It felt pretty good for as long as I could hold onto it.

So, yes, another book on the power of positive thinking. But maybe this time I feel like it’s already worked.

Note: The book is a little old and uses “man” and “woman” to represent the conscious and subconscious. The man is the logical, objective conscious and the woman is the sensitive, subjective subconscious under the command of the conscious. (Actually, the subconscious is really in control). So, just to let you know. It’s a little sexist.