This section is from the book "Applications of Psychology to the Problems of Personal and Business Efficiency", by Warren Hilton. Also available from Amazon: Psychology and Achievement - Applied Psychology 12 Volume Set.
IN PRECEDING volumes we have outlined the mental processes and presented to you some new and interesting mind facts and phases. The time has come now for us to marshal our facts, to indicate the scientific method of handling them, and to show you how to make use of them in a practical way.
Your mental operations determine the course of your career. To intelligently direct them you must have a scientific conception of your mind as a whole, one that you can use in clearing the way to health, success and happiness
The existence of any mental activities outside of consciousness would have been, and in fact was, ridiculed fifty, even twenty-five, years ago. It is only within the last few years that through investigation of hypnotic and other abnormal mental phenomena scientific men have discovered a mental world that was previously unknown.
This discovery offers possibilities greater than any that could possibly result from discoveries in the world of matter. This new-found depth to the spiritual side of man reveals energies and powers as relatively great when compared with the "mind" of fifty years ago as the applied electricity of today surpasses in importance the lightning that Franklin drew from the clouds.
Since this discovery there has been an astonishing upspringing of religious, metaphysical and psychological cults. Vast numbers of men and women are enlisted in them. People in all walks of life are interested in their preachments. Newspapers and magazines abound in articles concerning them.
There is truth in all these cults. Yet all are but transitory phases of a dawning conception of the dynamic power of man.
Nearly all these "psychic" movements center about the idea that there is a "subconscious mind," a distinct entity, having no connection with the mind of consciousness, except as the latter may be a source of information to the "subconscious mind" as to what goes on in the external world.
The "subconscious mind" is the fad of the hour. It is the chief topic of discussion in religious circles, health resorts and women's clubs. It is the fetich of the "New Thought." It is employed by the unlettered with as much easy assurance as by the scientific.
There are those who assert that as a separate mind it reasons and reaches conclusions by processes different from any with which we are acquainted.
Some there are who address it familiarly as a distinct personality. Others look upon it as the intelligence that directs the operation of bodily functions on the one hand, while at the same time it is identical in substance with the most sacred treasures of religious belief.
For some it is the source of every expression of true genius. With others it is the medium through which speak the spirits of the mighty dead.
And amid all this clamor of enthusiasm and acclaim bold-voiced scientists of high repute scoffingly assert that as to this alleged separate "subconscious mind" its story "may be told in three words: 'There is none.'"