I’ve been thinking lately about the hunches that I have experienced throughout my life, and still experience every now and then. Many times before, i had ignored them, as they had come to me in times of confusion, whereby my brain was clouded by fear, stress, etc. Later, I’d always end up saying to myself: “I knew it! I should’ve listened to myself and done that!” Then, I decided to honor these hunches, which later proved futile and sometimes life-saving. Secret was to follow them immediately after a brief consideration (optional as situation sometimes doesn’t allow that even).
The more I listened to what my hunches were telling me, the more properly I handled situations of fear, decision-making and reactions. I also had less self-doubts after a situation would pass, and I’d feel more content and self-confident.
I, then, started to honor this internal ambiguous force inside me that gave me a clear direction to which way I should move. I have been amazed by it. I’d read books that talked about it. Some of them called it ‘hunch’, others “sixth sense”.
Some of the most brilliant thinkers who wrote about it in detail advocating the use of our sixth sense in achieving success is Napoleon Hill. Below is an excerpt of chapter 14, titled “The Door To the Temple of Wisdom: The Thirteenth Step Toward Riches” that ingeniously describes the mechanism by which we receive information from intangible sources. (Don’t be spooked! It’s interesting) 🙂
Enjoy the genius!
“THE “thirteenth” principle is known as the SIXTH SENSE, through which Infinite Intelligence may, and will communicate voluntarily, without any effort from, or demands by, the individual.
This principle is the apex of the philosophy. It can be assimilated, understood, and applied ONLY by first mastering the other twelve principles. The SIXTH SENSE is that portion of the subconscious mind which has been referred to as the Creative Imagination. It has also been referred to as the “receiving set” through which ideas, plans, and thoughts flash into the mind. The “flashes” are sometimes called “hunches” or “inspirations.”
The sixth sense defies description! It cannot be described to a person who has not mastered the other principles of this philosophy, because such a person has no knowledge, and no experience with which the sixth sense may be compared. Understanding of the sixth sense comes only by meditation through mind development from within. The sixth sense probably is the medium of contact between the finite mind of man and Infinite Intelligence, and for this reason, it is a mixture of both the mental and the spiritual. It is believed to be the point at which the mind of man contacts the Universal Mind.
After you have mastered the principles described in this book, you will be prepared to accept as truth a statement which may, otherwise, be incredible to you, namely:
Through the aid of the sixth sense, you will be warned of impending dangers in time to avoid them, and notified of opportunities in time to embrace them.
There comes to your aid, and to do your bidding, with the development of the sixth sense, a “guardian angel” who will open to you at all times the door to the Temple of Wisdom.
Whether or not this is a statement of truth, you will never know, except by following the instructions described in the pages of this book, or some similar method of procedure.
The author is not a believer in, nor an advocate of “miracles,” for the reason that he has enough knowledge of Nature to understand that Nature never deviates from her established laws. Some of her laws are so incomprehensible that they produce what appear to be “miracles.” The sixth sense comes as near to being a miracle as anything I have ever experienced, and it appears so, only because I do not understand the method by which this principle is operated
This much the author does know— that there is a power, or a First Cause, or an Intelligence, which permeates every atom of matter, and embraces every unit of energy perceptible to man— that this Infinite Intelligence converts acorns into oak trees, causes water to flow down hill in response to the law of gravity, follows night with day, and winter with summer, each maintaining its proper place and relationship to the other. This Intelligence may, through the principles of this philosophy, be induced to aid in transmuting DESIRES into concrete, or material form. The author has this knowledge, because he has experimented with it— and has EXPERIENCED IT.
Step by step, through the preceding chapters, you have been led to this, the last principle. If you have mastered each of the preceding principles, you are now prepared to accept, without be in skeptical, the stupendous claims made here. If you have not mastered the other principles, you must do so before you may determine, definitely, whether or not the claims made in this chapter are fact or fiction.”