Book Review: The Genie Within: Your Subconscious Mind How It Works and How to Use It
Author: Harry W. Carpenter
Harry Carpenter Publishing, 2011
Today I’m reviewing one of my favorite self-help books, The Genie Within* by Harry W. Carpenter. If you’ve ever wondered why you’re struggling in a particular area of your life, whether it’s your weight, your health, your motivation level, being unable to stop smoking or being plagued by negative thoughts and emotions, chances are these unwanted traits have been programmed into your subconscious mind and never re-programmed to express a more beneficial trait. In this book, the author breaks down in easy to understand ways how your subconscious mind works, how you likely got these negative beliefs leading to negative behaviors, and most important of all, how to retrain your brain to get you out of that rut.
The book is broken down into eight lessons. The first five lessons cover what the subconscious mind is, how it gets programmed (often without us even realizing it), how it works and how to communicate with it. These foundational lessons are essential to understanding and applying the rest of the book. Carpenter does an exceptional job of using logical metaphors, real life examples and just enough scientific jargon to clearly communicate the vital role your subconscious mind plays in your everyday life. We don’t often stop to think about just how much the subconscious mind is doing for us, from getting us home from work on “auto pilot” to recording every moment of every day to governing how we respond to daily events based upon the beliefs we hold deep within our subconscious.
It was amazing to me to realize how much power this part of us has, and yet we have little conscious control over it. We may have beliefs buried in the subconscious that dramatically impact the way we think about ourselves and the way we view the world. This is why affirmations and positive thinking often fail to produce results in our lives – they are not changing the underlying beliefs (or they are not doing it fast enough for our short attention spans, so we give up before they can have any impact.)
This book offers in the last three lessons methods for re-programming and using your subconscious mind to your advantage instead of to your detriment by letting it operate by default. You can practically change anything about yourself, from personality traits to improving or even eliminating health problems (as demonstrated by real life examples of people who have done it) by getting your subconscious into the right place.
I love this book and have read it several times. Mr. Carpenter engages you right away with his conversational, encouraging and experienced voice. He is genuine in his desire to improve people’s lives and offers experiments to test your subconscious and practical means for getting in touch with it. Get ready to have your inner world rocked by The Genie Within*!
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