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TNT--The Power Within You
by Claude M. Bristol and Harold Sherman

I am reading an incredible book (actually re-reading...I had read it the first time a number of years ago)--TNT The Power Within You, by Claude M. Bristol. The basic idea expressed in the book could be summarized as follows: "It is the explosive force of a mental picture of what you want in life, given by you to your subconscious, touched off by faith in yourself and faith in God...That's your TNT--a mental image of what you want and the faith that you can and will get it!...What you picture must come to pass if you picture it long enough [and often enough] and confidently enough...The successful men and women of the world never lose sight of their pictures. They keep on reminding their creative power [tapped via their subconscious] of what they desire in life so that it will keep on attracting everything they need to materialize what they have pictured...they had faith that the resources would also be made available if they pictured what they desired strongly enough and clearly enough and put forth every effort in the direction of their objective...Just light the fuse, by picturing right things happening to you. Then step back and let 'that something'--the magnetic creative power within you--take over...You name it--and it can do it! Name it, believe in it, picture it, work at it, and this power will attract to you everything you need to accomplish what you desire...Things first happen in the mind before they can happen in the world without!...

You've got to have the wishbone backed up with a backbone...put action, energy into your scheme and everything will move before you...nothing actually happens by accident--and you, yourself, set up the causes by your own thinking, good or bad, for the things that happen to you!...you must learn how to relax your physical body, how to make your conscious mind passive, and how to place the right pictures of what you desire in mind...

(1) you think basically in pictures. This is one of the most important facts you can ever learn about your mind. And the next important fact is this: (2) what you picture in your mind, if it unites with the creative power within, can attract to you whatever you fear or desire...this creative power operates like a magnet. Give it a strong, clear picture of what you want and this creative power starts to work magnetizing conditions about you--attracting to you the things, resources, opportunities, circumstances and even the people you need, to help bring to pass in your outer life what you have pictured!...Picture whatever you desire as though it has already been achieved in mind. See yourself having something, being something, or doing something as an accomplished fact. Don't try to picture the individual steps that you think you should take to get where you want to go. Your conscious mind is so limited in its operation--limited by your five physical senses--that it cannot know what is the best move for you to make or the best direction to take. But your subconscious mind, 'that something' within, is not limited by time or space. It can function on all levels and in all directions at once, and put you in touch with all manner of opportunities and people that you do not even know of, consciously, as yet.

Whatever you need to fit into the pattern of achievement that you have pictured, will be attracted to you by the power within if you persist in your visualizing, day after day, and put forth every effort in support of your heartfelt desire...The secret of concentration is fixing the attention of the conscious mind upon an imagined focal point in consciousness--such as a mental screen [sounds like Boyd K. Packer's talk on controlling our thoughts]. Visualize that screen as stretched across the dark room of your inner mind, and as long as you hold your attention on it, other stray thoughts and fears and worries can't chase across that screen. Take your time, quietly, relaxedly, and throw your own mental picture on that screen. Don't try to hold it too long. The instant you feel that the creative power within has received this picture, say to yourself, 'It is finished..it has been created'--whatever you feel like saying which adds conviction to your visualization or your feelings, and let go. If you took a picture with a camera, you wouldn't keep opening up the camera and looking at the negative to see if the picture was developed, would you? Have faith that the creative power--'that something' within--will do the developing for you. Go about your life activities with the happy expectation that what you have pictured is in the process of materialization. but repeat the picturization every day, several times a day, and at night before retiring, until what you have pictured or felt yourself having achieved in mind has become a fact in real life.

Now, the question is, how do you go to work to help make what you have pictured come true? You can't just sit around, expecting this creative power to do the whole job for you. the best way to prove to the creative power within that you mean business is to go to work on your own and do everything you can toward the reaching of your objective [acting on the ideas your subconscious mind has 'presented' to you]...Just as a huge magnifying glass drawing the sun's rays and kept focused on a certain spot will burn a hole, so will powerful sustained thought (the vivid, mental picture) directed to or on its object correlate. However, you must mentally see the picture of your object or ideal as a reality..see every detail of the picture as being in existence just as you want the object or ideal actually to be.. then, as if by magic, the chain will link itself together."

That's a "little" more than what I intended to write, but the repetition of important ideas "brings those ideas home" and enables us more effectively to act on them. Stephen R. Covey, in his book Spiritual Roots of Human Relationships, also expounds on the importance of imagining in our minds the outcomes we desire--"All of us have our private battles--that is, the opportunities to live out our public battles in our minds and in our hearts before we ever come to them in fact...In a sense we all do this in many activities in our lives. For instance, in building a house, before we turn a shovel of earth we plan almost to the last detail the entire house in our mind, and this is reduced to a blueprint. Therefore, I raise the question: Why should we not also create each day or each week or each year in our minds before we live them in fact?"

Everybody--along with the Gospel, what I have just shared with you is one of the most important truths you can understand and apply in this life to help you succeed. Reread these ideas and think about them (and discuss them with each other). The learning comes in the silent meditation on the things read, after the reading is done. We love you all. As parents, we desire the best for each of you and would share what we have come to see as most beneficial with you. Often these things are only realized after years of experience and are gladly shared with you NOW so YOU may start benefiting from them EARLIER in YOUR life (much like Heavenly Father has done in providing us the knowledge we need to obtain eternal life through what we learn in the scriptures!). Have a great day...and LET US HEAR FROM YOU! (Just a line or two, if you're busy, is sufficient--you don't have to write a "book", like I have!) The person with a fixed goal, a clear picture of his desire, or an ideal always before him, causes it, through repetition, to be buried deeply in his subconscious mind and is thus enabled, thanks to its generative and sustaining power, to realize his goal in a minimum of time and with a minimum of physical effort. Just pursue the thought unceasingly. Step by step you will achieve realization, for all your faculties and powers become directed to that end.

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