XII. WHEN DEALING WITH THE SUBCONSCIOUS MIND AND ITS FUNCTIONS, THE GREATER THE CONSCIOUS EFFORT, THE LESS THE SUBCONSCIOUS RESPONSE
This is analogous to a teeter tauter. When the conscious mind is up (active) the subconscious is down (inactive) and visa versa. This is why willpower does not exist. Willpower suggests that you are trying to do something that you really do not want to do.
Note: The subconscious mind takes everything ‘literally’. If you say “I’m mad at something” it may interpret it as “I am insane” Or if a person “gives me a pain in the neck!” You may end up with one.
Many scientists believe that thoughts are energy. As we direct these thoughts toward personal goals, we start physically, emotionally and spiritually, moving toward our desired result.
XI. EACH SUGGESTION ACTED UPON CREATES LESS OPPOSITION TO SUCCESSIVE SUGGESTION
A mental habit is easier to follow the longer it lasts unbroken. Once a habit is formed it becomes easier to follow and more difficult to break. In other words, once a self-suggestion has been accepted by your subconscious mind it becomes easier for additional suggestions to be accepted and acted upon. This is why, when you are just beginning with self hypnosis and autosuggestion, we suggest you start with simple suggestions. You can suggest that you feel a tingling sensation or a warm and pleasant feeling. When these have been followed you can move on to more complicated suggestions.