New Month, New You – Auto-Suggesting Your Way Out of Stinking Thinking

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ATLANTA – Written by M.L. Childs, Author, Screenwriter, Copywriter and Dramatic Historian


I have been receiving a lot of positive feedback on the article that I posted last month entitled Journaling From the Vantage Point of the Future; however, I realized that writing goals might not be everyone’s thing.  So this month, I want to focus on another mystical technique that will help you to transform your life and get on the road to success.  This technique is called auto-suggestion.

Some of you may have heard of subliminal techniques.  It is basically hypnosis.  There are a lot of apps available that help you to hypnotize yourself right before you go to bed at night.  If you like, you can disregard what I tell you in this article and opt for those techniques to hypnotize yourself.  This technique that I am introducing to you will involve more of your time and effort but it will be personalized to you.

If you are not familiar with what I am talking about, there are apps and YouTube videos that place you in a hypnotic state using music or repetitive sayings to influence your subconscious.  I have used these and I still do use them whenever I feel like I want to focus on a specific thing like wealth building or being happy.  However, one thing that I have found to be as equally useful as these techniques is auto-suggestion.  If you are wondering what auto-suggestion is, it is simply things that you are telling yourself.  Literally, you are telling yourself stuff all day long.  It’s that little voice in your head that helps you think or be creative or remember things.

This auto-suggestion technique is a focused way of putting things in your own mind, using your own voice to clear the clutter in your subconscious and begin to improve your thoughts.  For instance, you may be walking around all day long telling yourself things like “I’m fat” or “I’m unattractive” or “I’m broke” or “I’m stupid” or “I hate that” and so on and so forth.  You are technically hypnotizing your mind into bad thoughts that are bringing more of those things into your reality.  What good is it to focus on bringing real desires into your life if you are only going to “shoot yourself in the foot” by saying terrible things to yourself in your mind all day? For those who are still not seeing your desires manifest, it may be that your mental conversation is not aligned with success.

You have to get a handle on what your brain is whispering to itself all day.  The way to do this is to do focused auto-suggestion so that you can start to gain control of your thoughts.  The journaling technique that I introduced in the last article is a form of auto-suggestion because you are writing something repeatedly until you begin to feel and believe it.  Another type of auto-suggestion is recording your voice telling you to do something repeatedly and playing it back.  This doesn’t have to be in the past tense.  It can be in the present tense; however, as I stated in the last article, past tense does seem to give a little more power to the thing that you desire.

Start Recording Your Voice

Start by getting a voice recorder.  This may be an app on your phone so, if you have it stored there, you can start recording.  If you don’t have that as an option, then download it or go and purchase such an item from a technology store.  What is it that you want to improve about yourself?  Whatever it is should revolve around a theme like, self-confidence or wealth or intelligence or happiness.  Once you have a theme, then it is time to get out a piece of paper and list the associated themes. Let’s take self-confidence, for instance.  Start to ponder things that you admire about self-confident people and make a list of those things.  The list could look like this:

  • self-confident people are happy
  • self-confident people are not afraid to talk to people
  • self-confident people speak well
  • self-confident people smile a lot
  • self-confident people are leaders

Write down as many things that you can think of as you brainstorm.  Then go back and look at this list and pick the most powerful of these things on the list. Now, you will take the most significant items on the list and write those things like this:

  • I am very happy
  • I am not afraid to talk to people
  • I speak very well
  • I smile a lot
  • I am a leader

After writing down these things, you are now going to record your voice saying these exact things with conviction and enthusiasm as if you own a self-confidence business.  Once you record these things, you will play back these things every night and/or every morning.  These recordings should be the last thing you do before going to bed or the first thing you do when you wake up.  This practice will begin to make you take control of your mind.  When you start to feel that your mind is wavering throughout the day, recall the positive things that you stated on your recording.  If you find yourself saying rotten things to yourself like “I’m sad” or “people make me nervous” or “my leadership sucks,” think back to your recordings.  If you have a portable recorder and some headphones, play the recording again.  Play it in your car on the way to or from work. Anytime you feel that you’re slipping back into “stinking thinking,” play your recorded voice so that you can drown out the voice in your head that makes you feel unsuccessful or fat or stupid.


Try this method over the next thirty days in order to make it a habit.  Then, come back and share what your experiences have been in the comments.  By then, I will have another mystical technique for success in the next post for New Month, New You.


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Word of the Month – Gratitude

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There are millions of words in the English language.  Why only use the worst ones?

In my Word of the Month blog segment, I extract simple, positive words from the English language and these words become the basis for improving your life — one month at a time.

Remember, to incorporate this word into your vocabulary throughout the month so that it becomes habitual in your word usage.


Definition – (noun) the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful

Use of the word in a sentence:

“I would like to express gratitude for all of the great things that are happening in my career,” said the speaker to the audience as she accepted her award.



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New Month, New You – Journaling From the Vantage Point of the Future

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ATLANTA – Written by M.L. Childs, Author, Screenwriter, Copywriter and Dramatic Historian


Are you tired of setting goals that you don’t ever seem to achieve?  Have you been using the Law of Attraction but don’t seem to be manifesting results?

When it comes to the Law of Attraction, you can say that I’m the poster child for failing to manifest.  The Ask, Believe, and Receive technique seems to fizzle out on me somewhere between the Believe and Receive part.  For many years, I’ve had this problem until recently.  I was watching a YouTube video and the video covered the topic of “feeling” your way to manifestation.  It also alluded to Neville Goddard’s technique of acting how you would act if you actually had what you want.  Most refer to this tactic as “acting as if.”  I also watched a Youtube video on journaling in order to manifest.  For a few days, I watched these two videos interchangeably and something clicked in my head.

I admit, this tactic is hard to grasp so if you have to read this article over a few times until something clicks in your head like it did in mine, by all means please read the article again.

When it comes to journaling, most LOA advocates will tell you not to write goals in the future tense.  For instance, don’t write that “you will get a job promotion” because each time you write, read or repeat the affirmation aloud, you are affirming that the thing that you want is going to come to you someday in the future.  Most LOA advocates tell you to write your goals in the present tense to get a feeling of having the thing that you want now.  Don’t get me wrong, this is great advice but I will tell something that seemed to give my goals more traction than the current advice on the market.  This method includes Neville Goddard’s approach to “acting as if you have the thing that you want” which adds even more power to the manifestation.

My method of journaling and goal setting involves writing goals in the past tense.  Yes you read that right but I’m going to say it to you again.  Write your goals in the past tense!

I know you might be thinking that this is nuts and trust me your conscious and subconscious mind will think the same thing but let me break down why this works.

As you know, the subconscious mind is the servant and the conscious mind is the king/queen.  Whatever your conscious mind is receiving and processing in your brain, typically ends up being carried out by the subconscious mind.  If your consciousness is receiving messages constantly that you are poor, then guess what?  The subconscious is going to keep bringing you things to make you feel poor.  Likewise, if you want to be wealthy, you don’t keep “poor” messages pouring into your conscious mind.  You start to read, watch or listen to material in your conscious mind that makes your subconscious mind bring you “rich” reality.  For better understanding, some people refer to conscious mind as the lower self and the subconscious mind as the higher self or the “genie within.”  The subconscious mind is the part of you that gets in touch with the universal power and brings you your reality.  Think of the subconscious as the intercessor between you and God.  If your conscious mind is constantly dwelling on broke, then the subconscious is going to go tell God “hey this person likes being broke because they keep talking about it, watching it, and reading about it all the time.”  Then what happens.  God keeps sending you more broke.  The subconscious, or the higher self, is a loyal servant that doesn’t think or process.  It just delivers the experience that you are feeding it.

With this being said, now I will explain to you why writing goals in the past tense works well.  The conscious mind is telling the subconscious mind “I bought that new Mercedes that I want” or “I closed that $500,000 real estate deal that I was working on” or “I received that promotion that I was seeking at work.”  This message that you tell the subconscious will throw it completely off and as the loyal servant that it is, it will think that your king/queen conscious is completely delusional but this is part of the magic.  The subconscious must deliver so it’s going to go tell God “Hey, my conscious mind is crazy and seems to think that we already have a Mercedes.  I know that we don’t have a Mercedes but you are going to have to make this Mercedes appear before we both go crazy.  I’m just the servant; I have to deliver this so, can you make this happen?”

I’m exaggerating and adding a little humor but realistically, this is what is happening with the brain.  Conscious mind is saying it is done and subconscious mind is completely baffled by the goals that you have written and keep repeating to yourself; but, subconscious mind is in the business of delivering not questioning or analyzing.  So, yes, you will feel downright wacky when you try this method but in time, it works.  Why?  Because you are consciously tricking the subconscious to believe that you already have the thing you want.  Isn’t that a form of “acting as if” you already have something?

You are technically placing yourself in the future and speaking as if you have accomplished the thing that you want to arrive in the future.  You are no longer a wisher, but a chronicler recording your desires as if they are historical facts.  This minor paradigm shift, places your want behind you instead of in front of you.  I know that is a lot to take in but let me explain.  When you have a new car, do you still yearn for that new car you want?  I certainly hope that you don’t.  You are usually happy and satisfied so you no longer yearn for it.  You have to develop your goals in the same way.  Get rid of the feeling of desperation for some future act and instead look at your goal as if you have it.

If you doubt this technique, start with something achievable but uncertain.  This technique can be best implemented if you are a sales person but you don’t have to be in sales to try this.  Let me share one of my many experiences.  I sat down one day with my journal and I used Abraham Hicks 17 second rule to focus fiercely on what I wanted to achieve.  I was working in retail at the time and if you have ever worked in retail, you already know that selling store credit card accounts is the life blood of that world.  I usually achieved 0-1 credit accounts opened each shift and my ability to open accounts was never consistent each shift.  So, this time before my shift started, I grabbed my journal and wrote several times the amount of credits I wanted to open this shift.  I started with three because I wanted to test if this method would work.  I set my timer and I wrote, “I opened 3 credit card accounts today.”  I reset the timer and kept writing it until I felt that my subconscious would “follow my instructions.”  Guess what?  I got three accounts.

So, I got bolder the next time.  Mind you, I rarely am able to consistently do this each shift so deep down, my expectation was to make no credits at all.  But I pulled out my journal and wrote “I opened 5 credit card accounts today.”  Guess what?  I made 2 credits and I had about 45 minutes left on my 6 hour shift.  Panic set in.  I started to doubt the process.  But I had to reiterate to my subconscious mind:  “You opened 5 accounts.”  Now, of course, deep within, I felt there was absolutely no way that I was going to pull this off in 45 minutes but over the course of that next 45 minutes, this is what happened.  Four customers walked up to me ready to apply for credits.  I technically had 6 customers interested in applying for credit accounts during my shift; however, one customer didn’t have the criteria necessary to apply.  So I ended up with what – 5 credit applications.

Isn’t that creepy how that panned out?  When this miracle unfolded before my eyes I realized that the subconscious is, indeed, an obedient servant and will deliver as long as you believe and don’t give up.  I could have started to doubt the process but when doubt crept in; instead, I kept the faith and kept repeating to myself “I opened 5 accounts.”  And bada-bing bada-boom — it happened!

This wasn’t the only thing that this technique worked on for me; but, it was one of the quickest.  There were countless other things that I used this method on and received.  By the way, I’m still using this method because I absolutely believe that for those who are having a hard time manifesting, this is the method you can use to start to see results.

Start Your Journaling Process

So now, it’s your turn.  You are going to start to journal your way to a new life, starting today.  Go to the bookstore or shopping center and get a notebook or a really nice journal if you really want to immerse yourself in this experience.  Decide on one thing that you want to do this month that can realistically be done this month but is slightly uncertain.  In the future you can choose more challenging desires but for now, I want you to “test the waters” of this methodology.  As I said before, this method seems to work best when you work in sales because you can easily see results.  But, you don’t have to be a salesperson to accomplish this feat.  Each day, set aside time to do your journaling in a very focused manner with no TV, children crying, or spouses nagging.  Do this when you know that you will be completely undisturbed by outside influences.  Pick the one thing and write it in your journal as many times as you need to in order to feel as though it is real to you.  I usually write it about ten times but remember, this is about what you need to convince you.  If you need to write it 100 times to convince you or 5 times to convince you, then go ahead.

I received an extra $600.

I received an extra $600.

I received an extra $600.

I received an extra $600.

I received an extra $600.

I received an extra $600.

I received an extra $600.

I received an extra $600.

I received an extra $600.

I received an extra $600.

Notice the desire is in the past tense because you are speaking it into the universe as if it has already happened.  The subconscious will think your nuts, but it is OK because it will graciously go out into the world and find a way to get this desire to you because you are the king/queen and it is the faithful, dutiful servant.  You will set aside time to do this at least once a day.  However, if you want you can do it more often.  Remember, no desperate energy while saying it.  You are simply programming your subconscious.  You should be completely focused and faithful as you write it in your journal or say it to yourself because, it has already happened.   Each day after you say it, let it go.  Then things will start to happen to make this thing come into your life.  I can’t necessarily put a time stamp on the thing because it depends on what you are asking for and how completely faithful you are at obtaining it as to how long it may take to arrive.  One thing I can say is that clues will start to show up in your reality that the thing is coming your way.  These clues could come in the form of people talking about it, TV commercials advertising the thing,  someone else receiving a similar thing too, and so many other clues.  Be vigilant because these clues will help build faith.  Keep journaling until you have the thing and then once you achieved it you can do one of two things:  1) tear those pages out of the journal and move on to the next thing or 2) keep it there as a memento to build more faith in the future for other desires you are seeking.   I would suggest that you try to achieve a goal one at a time.  However, if there happens to be something that you think you can acquire faster than your first intended goal, then aim for that too.  I would say, don’t try to manifest no more than 3 things when first trying this method.

Try this method over the next thirty days in order to make it a habit. Then, come back and share what your experiences have been in the comments. By then, I will have another mystical technique for success in the next post for New Month, New You.


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*Announcement* – Blog Segment Addition – New Month, New You

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Hi blog fans,

I am happy to announce that I am adding a new segment to the blog called “New Month, New You.”  My analytics on social media have revealed that many of my followers like inspirational posts; therefore, I decided to incorporate such posts here on the blog.  This segment will provide suggestions to readers for reaching goals and achieving success using a mystical approach.  If you currently feel stuck in life and want to see a silver lining in the gloomy clouds hoovering over you right now, then these posts are for you.  The first post will display on April 30 and successive posts will display on the last day of each month.


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Could Pharaoh Akhenaton’s Conversion to Monotheism Have Been Influenced by The Biblical Joseph?

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ATLANTA – Written by M.L. Childs, Author, Screenwriter, Copywriter and Dramatic Historian


This article is a continuation of opinions introduced in the article  “Was the Heretic Pharaoh Akhenaton in Fact the Father of Modern Monotheism?”  (


If there ever could have been a Pharaoh that would have listened to and taken heed to the advice of a Hebrew slave, it would undoubtedly have been the Pharaoh Akhenaten.  If you will recall the story in Genesis, Joseph was sold into slavery to the Ishmaelites by his brothers because he was favored by his father Jacob.   Eventually Joseph ended up in Egypt as a slave to Potiphar who was one of the Pharaoh’s top officials.  Due to an alleged attack on Potiphar’s wife, Joseph was thrown in jail.  While in jail, he became known as the dream interpreter and word eventually got back to the Pharaoh of that time, who was plagued with nightmares about flora and fauna of Egypt being destroyed.  No one in the Pharaoh’s court could interpret the dream so he ended up relying on the interpretation of the prisoner Joseph.  Joseph interpreted the dream to be seven years of plenty in the Pharaoh’s kingdom followed by seven years of famine.  His interpretation of the Pharaoh’s dream was so accurate that he was raised in rank and placed in charge by the Pharaoh.  What clues exist to tie the biblical character Joseph to the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaton?


Joseph Was Favored by the Pharaoh

What Pharaoh, who believed that he was god himself, would have readily listened to the dream interpretations of a Hebrew slave?  It would have had to be Akhenaten.  Although Akhenaten may not have believed in Joseph’s god, he seemed to be intrigued by this idea of monotheism.  Not only was Akhenaten intrigued by the idea but once he fully embraced it, he set out to destroy all images of other gods in the kingdom and fired the high priests of Amun.  When Akhenaten started his reign as king, he was loyal to the god Amun; however, something prompted him to suddenly start worshiping the Aten only.  This something may have been Joseph’s influence.  Not only did Akhenaten destroy the images of the old gods, he also raised Joseph in rank to run Egypt according to the Bible.  Why would a Pharaoh give a foreign slave governance over his country?  Akhenaten was not concerned with the traditional cities that were the seat of power because he had his heart set on developing a new city devoted to the new god.  If he were the Pharaoh that ruled during the time of Joseph, perhaps Akhenaten would have given the city to Joseph so that he could focus on building Amarna, a city dedicated to the god Aten.


The Economy Was Bad During Joseph’s Time

As we can see in the Bible, Egypt was in the midst of a famine and economic hardship would have been one of the results of years of famine.  Historians believe that there were definitely financial problems during Akhenaten’s reign and if Joseph and Akhenaten did coexist during the same time, these financial hardships were probably brought on by the famine.  Historians, however, believe that the financial hardships that existed during Akhenaten’s time were due to his change in religious beliefs and the abandonment of the religions temples of Amun.


Akhenaten Was Depicted in Art as Misshapen

One of the things that many people comment on about the images of Akhenaton is that they are severely distorted and elongated unlike the images of other Pharaohs which are always displayed as strong, virile and heroic.  Akhenaton has a long, thin face and a pot belly very similar to those facing famine.  This is important because as the story continues in Genesis, Joseph interprets the Pharaoh’s nightmares to be associated with a time of plenty followed by a time of famine.  The images of Akhenaten seem to fit those of people who are suffering from the effects of famine.  His upper body is thin and his stomach is bloated which is a characteristic of an enlarged liver due to severe or long-term starvation.


Akhenaten Suddenly Started to Appeal to One God for Favor

Akhenaton started his kingdom in the same way that his father Amenhotep III did; as a god king.  However, it seems that something during his reign changed his fervor for the old ways and made him appeal to one god.  The sun, Aten, would have been a powerful force to be feared since it would have been drying up Egypt’s food sources.  Akhenaten may have begun to believe that this scorching of the land was due to the sun’s lack of favor.  Therefore, to appease this angry god, Akhenaten declared himself the son of Aten — the way to the light — and encouraged his people to follow him instead of the high priests.  Akhenaton may not have accepted Joseph’s god but he certainly may have been influenced by Joseph’s reliance on one god.  The fear that the sun was scorching his lands due to Egypt’s history of polytheism may have driven Akhenaten away from the traditional pantheon of gods so that he could stop Aten — the great sun disk — from destroying his land.

Akhenaten’s People Didn’t Challenge Him

In the Bible and historically, Akhenaten’s people did not oppose his decisions.  Perhaps this was because the Egyptians were naturally passive people especially when it came to challenging the status quo or the might of the Pharaoh.  It seems that either the Biblical story or history should have recorded that the ruler’s swift and random decisions would have upset a segment of society enough to encourage intrigue in the kingdom.  The reaction of the Pharaoh’s people in the Bible and the reaction of Akhenaten’s people in history seems to be the same — they believed in and trusted their ruler.  If in fact Akhenaten and Joseph existed during the same time, the people’s fear of limited resources due to the famine may been why these seemingly erratic decisions of the Pharaoh were accepted without incident.  Why challenge the one who controls your only access to food?


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