The Power of Your Subconscious Mind – Chapter 20

The Power of Your Subconscious Mind

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Chapter 20: How to Stay Young in Spirit Forever

He Had Grown Old in His Thought Life

A few years ago I called on an old friend in London, England. He had recently turned eighty. For many people, this is a cause for rejoicing, but unfortunately not for him. I was deeply shocked when I saw him. He looked and felt weak, even ill, although he admitted that his doctor had not found any particular medical problem.

“Doctors are idiots,” he proclaimed. “I know very well what my disease is. It is life itself!”

I asked him what he meant.

“No one wants or needs me,” he cried. “And why should they? I’m of no use to anyone. We are born, we grow up. We get old and we die, and that’s the end of the story.”

I saw that, in a way, he was right in his understanding of his illness. He was sick, not because of life, but because of the way he viewed life. His mental attitude of futility and worthlessness had brought about his sickness. He was looking forward only to senescence, and after that – nothing. Indeed, he had grown old in his thought life, and his subconscious mind made manifest everything he was expecting and dreading.

Life is

A woman once asked Thomas Edison, the electrical wizard, “Mr. Edison, what is electricity?”

He replied, “Madame, electricity is. Use it.”

Electricity is the name we give an invisible power that we do not fully comprehend. Yet we learn all we can about the principles of electricity and its uses. We use it in countless ways.

Scientists cannot see an electron with their eyes, yet they accept it as a scientific fact, because it is the only valid conclusion that coincides with other experimental evidence. We cannot see life. However, we know we are alive. Life is, and we are here to express it in all its beauty and glory.

You Are As Young As You Think You Are

I give public lectures in Caxton Hall in London, England, every few years. Following one of these lectures, a surgeon came up to speak to me. “I am eighty-four years of age,” he told me.

“I operate every morning, visit patients in the afternoons, and I write for medical and other scientific journals in the evening.”

His attitude was that he was as useful as he believed himself to be and as young as his thoughts. He said to me, “It’s true what you said just now. A person is as strong as he thinks he is, and as valuable as he thinks he is.”

This surgeon has not surrendered to advancing years. He knows that he is immortal. His final comment to me was “If I should pass on tomorrow, I will find myself helping and curing people in the next dimension, not with a surgeon’s scalpel, but with mental and spiritual surgery.”

Be Your Age

“I’ve had it with this business!” a Hollywood scriptwriter told me. “I’ve done first-rate work for years. I know my craft as well as anyone in town. I’ve won awards at festivals around the world.”

Puzzled, I asked, “Then what’s wrong?”

He threw up his hands. “The last story conference I went to, this thirty-year-old studio executive told me I couldn’t relate to today’s audiences. When I tried to argue, he informed me that he didn’t want any scripts that weren’t geared to the minds and tastes of boys twelve to eighteen! I walked out.”

This is a tragic state of affairs. How are the great masses of people expected to become emotionally and spiritually mature if they are fed such a diet? They are being blinded to the potential they have within them for personal growth. They are told that they must glorify youth, even though in reality youth stands for inexperience, lack of discernment, and hasty judgment.

He Graduated To a Better Job

Frank W. is an executive who lives near me. He was forced out of his job a few months ago. The company told him it was because of a new restructuring plan, but he believed his age of sixty-five lay behind the decision.

“Do you feel bitter about being the victim of discrimination?” I asked him. “Are you going to sue?” He laughed ruefully. “I could, I suppose. And I guess I might very well win in court. But why should I spend my time and energy that way? I haven’t lost my job, the company has lost my services.” He paused, then added, “The way I look at it, I just got I my promotion from kindergarten to the first grade.”

“How do you mean?”

“Well, for instance,” he replied, “when I graduated from high school, I climbed to the next rung of the ladder by going to college. I took a step forward in my education and understanding of life in general. My career was another step, or maybe a few steps. Now I’ve been liberated to do things I’ve always wanted to do. In other words, being let go is still another step upward on the ladder of life.”

Frank came to the wise conclusion that he was no longer going to concentrate on making a living. Now he was going to give all his attention to living life. He had been a passionate amateur photographer for years. He made a commitment to take courses in photographic technique at a nearby art institute. Later he went on a voyage around the world. At each place he visited, he took dozens of rolls of film. He now lectures before various groups, lodges, and clubs and is in constant demand.

There are countless ways of taking an interest in something worthwhile outside yourself. Become enthusiastic over new creative ideas, make spiritual progress, and continue to learn and to grow. In this manner you remain young in heart, because you are hungering and thirsting after new truths, and your body will reflect your thinking at all times.

Your Mind Does Not Grow Old

The pioneering heart surgeon Michael DeBakey developed the first roller pump for blood in 1932. His pump is still used for heart bypass surgery. At the age of ninety, Dr. DeBakey got permission to start clinical trials on a new invention, a tiny pump that can be implanted in the chests of those with severe heart disease. Not content with research, DeBakey pursued an active surgical schedule as well. A colleague said, “It would take other people five or six lifetimes to do what he’s done.”

DeBakey summed up his philosophy at ninety this way: “As long as you have challenges and are physically and mentally able, life is stimulating and invigorating.”

His Mind Active At Ninety-Nine

My father learned the French language at sixty-five years of age and became an authority on it at seventy. He began the study of Gaelic when he was over sixty and became an acknowledged and famous teacher of the subject. He assisted my sister at an institute of higher education until he passed away at ninety-nine. His mind was as clear at ninety-nine as it had been when he was twenty. In fact, his reasoning powers became even sharper with age. Truly, you are as old as you think and feel.

We Need Our Senior Citizens

Marcus Porcius Cato, the Roman patriot, learned Greek at eighty. Madame Ernestine Schumann-Heink, the great German-American contralto, reached the pinnacle of her musical success after she became a grandmother.

The Greek philosopher Socrates learned to play musical instruments when he was eighty years old. Michelangelo was painting his greatest canvases at eighty. At eighty, Cios Simonides won the prize for poetry, Johann von Goethe finished Faust, and Leopold von Ranke commenced his History of the World, which he finished at ninety-two.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson wrote a magnificent poem, “Crossing the Bar,” at eighty-three. Isaac Newton was hard at work close to eightyfive. At eighty-eight John Wesley was directing, preaching, and guiding Methodism.

Jeanne Louise Calment of Arles, France, was not famous as these people were famous. In her youth, she once met a famous man, the painter Vincent van Gogh, but that did not bring her any particular notice. It was not until after her one-hundredth birthday that those around her began to pay attention. For her, it was the occasion to give up riding her bicycle every day!

On Calment’s one-hundred-tenth birthday, she received greetings and good wishes from around the world. Her one-hundred-eighteenth birthday made her the oldest documented human in history. When asked how she had done it, she said, “I took pleasure when I could. I acted clearly and morally and without regret. I’m very lucky.” At one hundred twenty-two, her smile was as radiant and contagious as ever.

Let us place our senior citizens in high places and give them every opportunity to bring forth the flowers of Paradise.

If you are retired, get interested in the laws of life and the wonders of your subconscious mind. Do something you have always wanted to do. Study new subjects and investigate new ideas.


Patience, kindness, love, goodwill, joy, happiness, wisdom, and understanding are qualities that never grow old. Cultivate them and express them and remain young in mind and body.

Age is not the flight of years; it is the dawn of wisdom in the mind of humans.

The most productive years of your life can be from sixty-five to ninety-five.

We do not count a man’s years until he has nothing else to count. Your faith and convictions are not subject to decay.

You are as young as you think you are. You are as strong as you think you are. You are as useful as you think you are. You are as young as your thoughts.

Your gray hairs are an asset. You are not selling your gray hairs. You are selling your talent, abilities, and wisdom that you have garnered through the years.

Fad diets and expensive pills won’t keep you young. As a man thinketh, so is he.

Fear of old age can bring about physical and mental deterioration. The thing I greatly feared has come upon me.

You grow old when you cease to dream and when you lose interest in life. You grow old if you are irritable, crotchety, petulant, and cantankerous. Fill your mind with the truths of God and radiate the sunshine of his love – this is youth.