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solely that of impressing my own subconscious mind, through the principle of
auto-suggestion, with certain characteristics which I desired to acquire. In more
recent years, my experimentation has taken on an entirely different trend.
I now go to my imaginary counselors with every difﬁcult problem which confronts
me and my clients. The results are often astonishing, although I do not depend
entirely on this form of Counsel.
You, of course, have recognized that this chapter covers a subject with which a
majority of people are not familiar. The Sixth Sense is a subject that will be of
great interest and beneﬁt to the person whose aim is to accumulate vast wealth,
but it need not claim the attention of those whose desires are more modest.
Henry Ford, undoubtedly understands and makes practical use of the sixth sense.
His vast business and ﬁnancial operations make it necessary for him to understand and use this principle. The late Thomas A. Edison understood and used the
sixth sense in connection with the development of inventions, especially those
involving basic patents, in connection with which he had no human experience
and no accumulated knowledge to guide him, as was the case while he was working on the talking machine, and the moving picture machine.
Nearly all great leaders, such as Napoleon, Bismark, Joan of Arc, Christ, Buddha, Confucius, and Mohammed, understood, and probably made use of the sixth
sense almost continuously. The major portion of their greatness consisted of their
knowledge of this principle.
The sixth sense is not something that one can take off and put on at will. Ability
to use this great power comes slowly, through application of the other principles
outlined in this book. Seldom does any individual come into workable knowledge
of the sixth sense before the age of forty. More often the knowledge is not available until one is well past ﬁfty, and this, for the reason that the spiritual forces,
with which the sixth sense is so closely related, do not mature and become usable
except through years of meditation, self-examination, and serious thought.
No matter who you are, or what may have been your purpose in reading this book,
you can proﬁt by it without understanding the principle described in this chapter.
This is especially true if your major purpose is that of accumulation of money or
other material things. 200 NAPOLEON HILL THINK AND GROW RICH The chapter on the sixth sense was included, because the book is designed for the
purpose of presenting a complete philosophy by which individuals may unerringly guide themselves in attaining whatever they ask of life. The starting point
of all achievement is DESIRE. The ﬁnishing point is that brand of KNOWLEDGE
which leads to understanding-understanding of self, understanding of others,
understanding of the laws of Nature, recognition and understanding of HAPPINESS.
This sort of understanding comes in its fullness only through familiarity with, and
use of the principle of the sixth sense, hence that principle had to be included as...
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