Ben Sweetland: GROW RICH WHILE YOU SLEEP! (Chpt. 3)

August 26, 2008


Up to this point, nothing has been said about the provocative title of this book. It does sound fantastic, but as you learn more

about the operation of the mind, you will find that our futures— whether successful or otherwise—are shaped in our subconscious minds, and mostly during the period of sleep.

Hundreds of self-improvement books have been published, but I doubt if many of them have been able to convey an understandable picture of the vital part our subconscious minds play in our lives.

The average concept of “mind over matter” is that if you think in terms of success, you will manifest success. This is true; but what does it mean? Do you really understand it?

A woman came to me, principally to take issue with some of my theories. She did not disagree with my statement that “we first think in terms of success before we manifest success.” “But,” she explained, “it takes more stamina than I have to follow through with the effort necessary to back up my success thoughts and make them a reality.”

Her concept of developing mental power, and then making use of it is entirely wrong; and, I fear, it coincides with the thinking of most people who are exposed to theories of mental self-development.

I once wrote a booklet called “Developing the Urge for Self-Improvement.” This treatise pointed out that most people, after leaving school and college, realize that their education— instead of being complete—is just beginning. They realize that they should take steps to add to their storehouse of knowledge—and many of them do. They get books and home-study courses and make a brave attempt at adding to their present knowledge. It is questionable how much good they derive from this additional study, because they are doing it feeling they should do it. But, if they can create the urge to want to study, they will do so because they get a thrill every time they learn something new.

If you are trying to establish a thinking pattern along success lines, and have to discipline yourself to act contrary to your natural tendencies, it becomes drudgery, and extremely boring. Few will continue with such a regime; coming to the conclusion that “this is not intended for me.”

On the other hand, once you have accepted the idea that you are a success, your subconscious mind will guide you to the type of thought and action which will produce success. There will be no driving yourself to follow certain procedures; you will do all of the things in keeping with the success plan because you want to do them.

Isn’t all of this exciting? Can you wait until you begin taking the steps which you now instinctively know will liberate you from “pay-day blues”?

No, I am not digressing from the remarks I made earlier about “growing rich while you sleep.” I am including the previous points to help make it apparent to you that to grow rich while you sleep is not fantastic, but a natural phenomenon of the subconscious mind.

As I have pointed out in many of my previous books, we have two minds: the conscious and the subconscious minds. The conscious mind takes care of all of our thinking, scheming, and planning, while the subconscious mind looks after all of the involuntary operations in the body: breathing, circulation of blood, restoration of worn tissue, etc. In addition to this, it has reasoning powers independent of the conscious mind. While the conscious mind is working on one thought, the subconscious mind can be devoting itself to something else.

Haven’t you often said: “I have a feeling I should do this” or “I have a feeling I should not do that”? I know you have. Where did that “feeling” come from? It did not float from free air and bump into your mental antennae. It came from your subconscious mind.

If the “feeling” was negative in its nature, it was because you habitually feed your subconscious mind with negative thoughts. And the reverse is fortunately true. Positive thinking will create positive reactions in your inner mind.

When you arise in the morning, what is your normal tendency? Do you slip into consciousness with the thought: “Well, another day at the grind. Gosh, I wish I could sleep another hour or two!”

Or, do you start your day with vibrancy and the thought: “Boy, I feel good! I’m going out and shatter all records today.”

Why the great variation in day-openers?

Is there something physically wrong with the one who sluggishly starts his day? Perhaps yes in a few rare cases. In the great majority of instances, however, the condition at waking is a reflection of the thought pattern established in the subconscious mind the night before.

If you go to bed with thoughts such as: “Boy! Today was a tough one. I have some hard nuts to crack tomorrow which I am not looking forward to,” etc., etc., etc., you are apt to be restless all night long, while your subconscious mind mulls over the “tough day” thoughts you gave it earlier. Is it any wonder you awaken dreading the new day?

But, suppose you go to bed building on such thoughts as: “Boy, will I knock them over tomorrow! Today was a fairly good day, but nothing to be compared with what I’ll make it tomorrow. I’m going to turn in, have a good night’s sleep, and wake up early, raring to start the big day.” Isn’t it easy to understand how such an established thought pattern will bounce you out of bed with extreme enthusiasm?

Now then, isn’t a ray of light beginning to pierce the cloud of uncertainty which confronted you when you first saw the title: “Grow Rich While You Sleep”?

In fact, don’t you begin to appreciate the fact that the only way you can trigger success consciousness is while you sleep?

Whenever a powerful thought seeps into my consciousness I sense a slight twitching in the general neighborhood of my solar plexus. This, I am sure, is the building within of an urge to “get-up-and-at – ‘em.”

Right now as I reread this chapter before starting on the next, I notice the same physical reaction, indicating, I am sure, that although the thoughts in this book are my own, and even with as much as I am accomplishing, I have far from reached my capacity of achievement.


Has that “twitching” caught up with you? Do you now intuitively know that the magic password “Open Sesame!”, which unlocks the door to a life of great abundance and glorious happiness, is yours?

If you don’t feel the “twitch,” you have not been concentrating while reading. So, for your sake, have a little break of some kind—thoroughly relax—and then reread this chapter before starting the next one.

In fact, in any event, it might not be a bad idea to read the chapter again before proceeding. It will be a fine way to get a good start to the new life awaiting you.

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