First, let's start with the truth about existence: your outer world is a perfect reflection of your inner world, i.e., your subconscious mind. Do you want to know how you honestly feel about yourself? Just take an objective look at your life; your external circumstances, the real-world conditions under which you live. Whether you choose to admit it or not, you're the creator of your circumstances of life, not the victim.
The subconscious is where your true attitudes and beliefs about yourself are held. Your subjective mind differs from your reasoning, conscious mind in that it doesn't form opinions. It doesn't judge. It doesn't question. It just accepts.
The good news about your subconscious mind is its dual nature. It is both responsive and compulsive. Yes, it accepts, but it also compels. And thank God for that, because that's the key to our redemption.
If you believe and practice the Laws of Mind, then you know a change in your subconscious thinking will result in a change in your reality. It has to be that way, for thought always precedes form; never the other way around. That's good news for those of us seeking a change in our external existence... once you alter the long-held opinions and attitudes you have about yourself, you automatically bring about a change in your physical world; the latter must adapt and mirror the former.
The comedian Louis CK has a great bit to illustrate this point. He explains how he came across a homeless man on a park bench who had a full head of beautiful, lustrous hair. Louis CK, who is balding, falls in love with the bum's hair and says, "I would trade lives with him. I get the hair, he can have everything I have." Then he explains that in short order, Louis CK would be back to enjoying his current success, because, "I am who I am." And, he'd have a great head of hair. The bum, on the other hand, being who he is, would soon squander the fame, wealth and success, and find himself back on the park bench alongside his old notions of himself, only now he'd be bald to boot.
And what about the popular movie Overboard with Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell? Hawn plays a rich heiress who tumbles off her yacht and gets amnesia. Russell, in an effort to get back the money owed him, convinces Hawn that she's his wife, and then manipulates her into being his housekeeper and the mother of his four unruly children. It's a movie plot, sure, but it illustrates a great truth.
And the truth is this: If the concept you hold of yourself was different, everything in your outer world would be different.
Once Hawn's memory returns, once her subconscious reawakens, everything in her world changes.
The question is, if we believe in this truth, how do we use it? How do we affect a positive change in our subconscious, which is so critical to manifesting a corresponding change in our physical world?
The answer lies in the fact that the subconscious is responsive as well as compulsive. It responds to our conscious mind's habitual thinking. Which, simply put, means: Think Good and Good Follows. It's really that simple, because the subconscious mind is also compulsive and it will spur you to act in accordance with your new and higher thought patterns, the improved attitude and opinions you have of yourself.
Free yourself from the tyranny of second causes, from the belief there are causes outside your own mind that can affect your life. - Neville Goddard.
For as a man thinketh, so is he.