Have You Ever Had A Hunch?
Have you ever had one of those “feelings” that you should make a certain decision or go in a specific direction and if you did, your outcome would be positive? That’s a hunch. One definition of “hunch” is: “To have an idea about what might happen, or that something should happen.”
I’ve been reviewing Napoleon Hill’s book “Think And Grow Rich” lately, and in chapter 11, titled “The Mystery Of Sex Transmutation,” he talks about what brings about hunches.
This book was written way back in the 1930s, and therefore some of Hill’s ideas seem a little strange to me, like his belief that the mind vibrates when it thinks. Normal thoughts vibrate at a certain rate and higher thoughts vibrate at a higher rate. The goal is to raise the vibration level of your thoughts and thus make contact with higher ideas, ideas above the ordinary.
I’d never heard of thoughts as vibrations before. Maybe thoughts do vibrate at different frequencies. That’s not the most important thing to discuss here, though.
Let’s talk about sex.
The title of chapter 11 of Hill’s book, “The Mystery Of Sex Transmutation,” gives us an idea of what the chapter is about. He discusses the advantages of a high sex drive, if it can be turned, or “transmuted,” in a positive direction.
Everyone has a sex drive. It is Hill’s contention that those with higher sex drives will be more successful than those whose sex drives are lower. He lists three “constructive potentialities” that are linked to the emotion of sex:
- The perpetuation of mankind.
- The maintenance of health (I’m reminded ot that song, Sexual Healing. Was it Marvin Gaye that sang it?).
- The transformation of mediocrity into genius.
The third potentiality involves transmuting the sex drive in the mind from thoughts of physical expression to thoughts of some other nature. Napoleon Hill contends that it is possible to lift yourself to the status of a genius by turning your sex drive into some other, different, creative effort. He claims that scientific research has uncovered the following:
- The men of greatest achievement are highly sexed, but have learned to transmute their desires in a creative direction.
- The men who have accumulated great fortunes and achieved outstanding recognition in their chosen field were motivated by the influence of a woman.
Now days, we no longer relegate women to the “influencing their man to great success” status. Women have become leaders and have achieved outstanding success in their chosen fields every bit as much as men do. Hill didn’t have any experience that would let him know this. In the 1930s the roles of the sexes were much different than they are today.
Genius Is Developed Through The Sixth Sense
No, not the sixth sense where you can see dead people. That movie wasn’t around in the days of Napoleon Hill. The sixth sense in this case is better known as “Creative Imagination.”
Most people don’t take advantage of their creative imagination. It requires deliberation and purpose. It doesn’t usually happen on it’s own. Those who learn to use this sixth sense to their advantage are the people who become geniuses.
Hill states that creative imagination is directly linkes with Infinite Intelligence. When an idea or concept flashes into one’s mind, through what we have come to call a “hunch,” the hunch comes from one of the following four sources:
- Infinite Intelligence
- The subconscious storehouse
- From the mind of another person who just “released” the thought from his subconscious
- From the other person’s subconscious storehouse
These are the only knowh sources of “hunches” or “inspired ideas.”
Have You Heard Of Dr. Elmer R. Gates?
Dr. Gates (1859-1923) was an American scientist and inventor, who developed and was credited with over 200 patents. He had what he called a “personal communication room” in his laboratory. The room was soundproofed, and set up so that the light could be shut out. He kept a small table in the room and kept a pad of paper on the table. There was a button on the wall to control the light.
When Dr. Gates wanted to concentrate his mind and “connect” with his Creative Imagination, he would go into his room, sit at the table, and turn off the lights.
He would concentrate on what was known to him regarding the problem or invention he was working on, and would remain in that attitude until he began to receive new ideas related to the unknown factors he was seeking.
On one occasion, he began to get new ideas so fast that it took him almost three hours to write them all down. When he reviewed his notes, he found the answers he was looking for.
Dr. Gates became so good at this that he was able to earn his living by “sitting for ideas” for individuals and corporations. Some paid him substantial fees, by the hour, for the ideas he received in his “personal communication room.”
Hill states that the difference between a genius and someone else is that the genius has become so by developing his abilities in creative imagination.
I agree with him. I think that the mind is seldom used to it’s full potential, and if we can train ourselves to focus, shut out outside stimuli, and ponder, new ideas will come to us that we have been seeking. I’m not sure that doing so would make me a genius, but it would give me an advantage over someone who didn’t try to focus his mind and seek for answers.
I’ve just posted about the 10th of 12 steps or characteristics that Napoleon Hill tells us are required in the accumulation of wealth. I’ve posted about the first nine already. They are:
- Autosuggestion (Combined with the post on Faith)
- Specialized Knowledge
- Organized Planning
- Power of The Master Mind
Two more to go. Keep an eye out for the upcoming posts. Sign up for email notification with the sign-up box on the side menu.
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