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The Power to Choose

You are never given a dream without being given the power to make it come true~ Richard Bach

The Universe will pay you to be yourself and be what you really want. ~ Shakti Gawain

These are the two quotes I put up on the soft board in my room end July 2006. Why did I do that?

At the insistence of my dear friend, Janet, I had finally read and began to appreciate the truths of that powerful little book – The Power of the Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy. One of the lessons I had learned from that book was that the subconscious mind is like a magnet. It attracts things that resonate with its beliefs. So, if you have a certain belief in your subconscious mind, your subconscious mind will,based on this belief, attract events and people that correspond to this belief. This is the Law of Attraction.
Well, that was the theory. How did it work in practice, I wondered. A suggestion was to write down a list of ‘Affirmations’. You basically create a positive statement to counteract your negative belief. Let’s say, you are struggling with stage fright and believe that every time you stand up in public you make a fool of yourself. Your mind keeps telling you that you suffer from stage fright. Your affirmation should say, “I am confident” or “I am a great speaker”. Don’t use a negative statement like “I don’t have stage fright”. You voice your positive affirmations on a regular basis and the subconscious mind, according to Murphy, won’t argue with you. Instead you will become confident.

So I decided to ‘test’ this out. I was in my forties already and there seemed to be no sign of Mr Right. So after meeting a series of ‘wrongs’, I was beginning to believe there was something wrong with me. And in a way there was. Based on my negative beliefs about myself, my subconscious mind was exercising its Law of Attraction, and ‘inviting’ the wrong type into my life. So I made out a couple of affirmations. One of them included the statement, “I am married to someone I love.”

Remember, that was end July 2006? Before I went to bed every night and when I got up every morning, I read the two quotes on the soft board and repeated the affirmations to myself. Want to know what happened? The next month, I ‘met’ this guy online and in a week’s time we decided to get married, even before we met in person! January 2007 we were married. The power of the subconscious mind at work!

Well, in case you think I’m saying, we can all play God – no. But the God I believe in promises us fullness of life. And He certainly doesn’t want us to go around thinking negatively and attracting pain. He gives us the Power to Choose.

We have the power to choose. We can let our mind be busy with fears, doubts, resentment and pettiness or make a conscious effort to reprogram it to be positive. We can lead ‘quiet lives of desperation’ or enjoy fullness of life and bring joy and meaning to ourselves and others.

May you be inspired – every day!


  1. Charu Charu November 3, 2008

    Hi Corrine,I definitely agree with your views.Infact for last one year I am trying my best to apply this philosophy in my life. After going through some motivational books specially The Secret(which I must recommend to everybody), I really belief in power of subconscious mind.great work

  2. Rhett Rhett October 10, 2008

    Nice write! And that would have strengthened your belief, I am sure.Rhett

  3. Abhishek Abhishek October 7, 2008

    I didn’t have a great memory and I had used this approach. I kept on telling myself that ‘I have a good memory’ and after some time I had better (if not picture perfect!) memory!Corrine I love your blog. It’s like an oasis in desert. When there is bad and depressing news from everywhere else, your posts give so much peace! Thanks so much 🙂

  4. Indian Home Maker Indian Home Maker October 6, 2008

    I have seen this works too:) I totally believe in this and wish you both a very happy life:)

  5. Ani Ani October 2, 2008

    thats a lovely post corrine..i’m definitly going to give it a shot.. 🙂 thank u.. i think u just gave me my cure.. :)huggzzz

  6. priyashah priyashah October 1, 2008

    Lovely post, Corrine. Am so glad its working for you 🙂

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