Welcome back to PART 5 of Making 2022 You Best Year Ever with EPISODE #195 on “The Power of the Mastermind, Taking the Mystery Out of Sex Transmutation, and Linking ALL Parts of Our Mind” as we continue our deep dive into Napoleon Hill’s Classic book, Think and Grow Rich, that has sold over 15 million copies worldwide. Before I go on with this episode, I just want to say that out of those 15 million copies of this book sold, I wonder how many people of those 15 million people read the book the way that Napoleon Hill intended? I know I didn’t until Paul Martinelli taught me how to read it, and I know from doing this book study that I’m only scratching the surface of these 15 principles, used by some of the wisest people in the world. Hill himself would say that if you haven’t read the book three times, or completed the exercises, you haven’t read the book yet! I hope this book study is helping you to dive deeper into these important chapters of one of this classic and timeless book, and that you are gaining a deeper awareness as we’re reading this book together.
On this episode, you will learn:
✔︎ Review PART 1, 2, 3 and 4 to Reinforce the First 9 Chapters of Think and Grow Rich.
✔︎ What “power” can be felt and seen when we Mastermind with Others.
✔︎ What is the “Irresistible Force” That Hill Says Gifts Us With a Super Power for Action?
✔︎ How Do ALL Parts of Our Mind Work Together?
For those new, or returning guests, welcome back. I’m Andrea Samadi, author, and educator from Toronto, Canada, now in Arizona, and like many of you who tune in, have been fascinated with learning, understanding, and applying the most current brain research to improve productivity in our schools, our sports, and workplace environments.
If you have been following our book study of Napoleon Hill’s Classic book, Think and Grow Rich, we are nearing the end of this study. Just to review, you will recall how
PART 1 began with a reminder from Grant Cardone that “in order to get to the next level of whatever it is that we are doing, we must think and act in a wildly different way than we previously have been.”[i] We outlined all of the 15 principles that we will be diving into (have covered 9 of them so far) and in
PART 2[ii] we looked at the importance of positive thinking, being crystal clear with what we want, and choosing faith over fear in pursuit of our goals.
PART 3[iii] we examined the importance of putting these goals on autopilot with what Hill calls “autosuggestion” and then further honing our craft by studying, learning, and developing specialized knowledge that will separate you from others, making you truly unique with your talent that you’ll continue to perfect in your lifetime, while using your imagination to keep building and perfecting whatever it is that you want to create in your life.
PART 4[iv] we dove deep into why organized planning, decision-making and persistence are important and timeless leadership characteristics, with strategies to help all of us to improve our persistence muscles.
Leading us to the final chapters of the book with the last two episodes that will cover Chapter 10 on the Power of the Mastermind, Chapter 11 (one of the most misunderstood chapters in the book) The Mystery of Sex Transmutation, Chapter 12, The Subconscious Mind on this episode, and the final episode in this series, that will cover Chapter 13, The Brain, Chapter 14, the Sixth Sense and 15 on Outwitting the Ghosts of Fear.
Before I began recording these episodes, I didn’t know how many it would take to cover these chapters thoroughly, but if you are like me, and just want to learn, keep listening and see if you can add anything new to your goal-setting/achieving process. I had no idea it would cover the entire month of January to properly review this book. We really could keep going all year, as each principle we could talk about for an entire month. Therefore, I think it’s important to revisit this book, every year, as we are working on new goals, to continue to improve our own process, and take our understanding of each principle, to a new level. Remember that Hill says that if we haven’t read the book three times, and completed the exercises, we haven’t read the book at all.
Chapter 10 The Power of the Mastermind
Bringing us to Chapter 10 on The Power of the Mastermind that Hill brings to life when he says that “no two minds ever come together without thereby creating a third, invisible, intangible force that may be likened to a third mind.” (CH 10, Page 195, TAGR). Hill is describing the power that happens, the “collective consciousness” that’s created when 2 or more people come together for a sustained period of time to drive forward an idea.
I know that we have all felt this happen. No one has said it better than the late Doug Wead[v], who I first heard talk about this power May, 2001 when I worked in the seminar industry and heard him speak for the first time. His speech was called “The Third-Party Principle” and the wisdom that’s held when you take your idea or whatever it is you are working on, to two or more other people. He called it the “triple-braided cord” that would form when 2 or more minds came together. This is the power of the mastermind that Hill wants us to pay attention to, where he says that “no two minds ever come together without creating a third, invisible, intangible force, that may be likened to a third mind” and the reason why we should always look for people smarter than we are, to learn from. “The Master Mind may be defined as coordinated knowledge and effort, in a spirit of harmony, between two or more people, for the attainment of a definite purpose.” (CH 10, Pag 195, TAGR).
Whatever it is you are working on, if you can create a Mastermind group to help push your idea forward, you will notice the “power” of this Mastermind, that Hill titled this chapter on. There’s something magical that happens, that you won’t miss. Every person will feel it and be forever changed from each meeting that you have. Have you ever seen this principle in action? You’ll know exactly what I’m talking about, if you have.
“Plans are inert and useless without the sufficient power to translate them into action.” (CH 10, Page 193, TAGR) and “this chapter will describe the method by which an individual may attain and apply power…Power refers to an organized effort …of two or more people who work towards a definite end in a spirit of harmony.” (CH 10, Page 195, TAGR).
Hill reminds us to “keep in mind the fact that there are only two known elements in the whole universe—energy and matter. Matter may be broken down into molecules, atoms and electrons” and that the “human mind is a form of energy” (CHA 10, Page 196, TAGR) that will be an important part of the next chapter, but will show us in this chapter, why one plus one equals three. Always surround yourself with people who are smarter than you for this compounding effect to occur.
Do you have a Mastermind group that you participate in?
I’m sure for people who tune into this podcast, that this is not a new concept, but just a reminder of the success principles that have been proven over the years to yield the highest results. “Henry Ford began his business career under the handicap of poverty, illiteracy and ignorance. Within the conceivably short period of 10 years, Mr. Ford mastered these three handicaps, and within 25 years, made himself one of the richest men in America. Connect with the additional knowledge that Mr. Ford’s most rapid strides became noticeable from the time he became a personal friend of Thomas A Edison, and you will begin to understand what the influence of one mind upon another can accomplish.” (CH 10, Page 197, TAGR).
Setting Up Your Own Mastermind Group:
To make use of this principle, align yourself with others you can learn from, and begin. Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Jeff Bezos all had their inner circle of “thinking partners” to help take their ideas to new heights. “Economic advantages may be created by people who surround themselves with the advice, counsel, and personal cooperation of a group of people who are willing to lend them wholehearted aid in the spirit of perfect harmony.” (CH 10, Page 195, TAGR).
WHO DO YOU INVITE? “Some of the best sources for creating your own Mastermind are your own employees.” (CH 10, Page 100, TAGR). Come together with people who are in harmony as you (with the same beliefs as you, and what you think is possible) but the people you choose must THINK differently than you to take you beyond where your mind can see. You will see this in action when you meet and be prepared to draw new ideas and knowledge from others, who can see things that you might not be able to see.
WHEN DO YOU MEET? Pick a date to meet either in person or online and stick to that same date (whether it’s once a month or once a quarter), keep your meetings going for at least a year.
WHAT SHOULD YOU NOTICE? First, you will notice a sense of peace and certainty that comes from these meetings, because of the energies coming together with a common goal, of helping each other. You will notice a calmness of mind, in addition to new ideas and ways forward. Next, you will notice these meetings are highly creative. Ideas will flow, and you will move away from the competitive plane, to a more creative one. Finally, you will notice that others will see things that you cannot see. They will be able to notice progress moving forward, when you see roadblocks, and the idea is that together, your minds move past all obstacles, with the powerful force that you create together.
Do you see how these chapters and principles all work together, like the colors of the rainbow. You will remember the image that shows how our thoughts can move from one frequency to another. If you want to think and act in a wildly different way than we previously have been (from Chapter 1) then it would be with the help of your Master Mind. The new ideas generated will take you from where you are now, to new levels of awareness, in pursuit of your goal.
Bringing us to Chapter 11, The Mystery of Sex Transmutation
Which I think is one of the most misunderstood chapters in this entire book. Many people teach this book, and many skip over this chapter, and I it’s because many people can get stuck with the physical side of this concept, that they miss that there’s more than the physical, and how simple yet important this concept is. Simple, and easily explained, but not at all easy to do. We could go down a rabbit hole here, but let’s stick to why Hill thinks this idea is “simple and easily explained” to begin with, so we can see why he included this principle as one of the main chapters in this book.
At first glance, I know, we can make up our own mind of what we think this chapter is about but let’s look at Hill’s definition.
What is Sex Transmutation?
It means the switching of the mind from thoughts of physical expressions to thoughts of some other nature” (CH 11, Page 206, TAGR) and can be better understood with that same image we just looked at to explain how our mastermind group can take us to new levels of awareness, where we can see how our thoughts can move us to different frequencies. Remember that we live simultaneously on three planes; we are spiritual beings, with an intellect, and we live in a physical body. If you look at the diagram in the show notes, we have labelled the lines or different levels of frequency S for spiritual realm, where we will feel the need to expand or always move forward, I for the intellectual realm where we access our creativity to build our dreams, and P for physical.
I’m sure it’s easy for us to imagine the energy that exists on the physical plane (just the same as we would imagine where we currently are with our goals on the physical plane, or what can use our 5 senses to see, feel, taste, touch and smell) but there’s much more to this energy, that goes beyond our 5 senses, to the intellectual and spiritual frequencies. Hill says to transmute this energy “It means the switching of the mind from thoughts of physical expressions (the lowest form of energy) to thoughts of some other nature (on a higher frequency)” (CH 11, Page 206, TAGR).
3 Planes of Existence (Spiritual, Intellectual, and Physical).
Remember it is “simple and easily explained” but not easy to do the switching from the plane that you predominantly operate from. This is where I think most people will miss the value in this chapter, and not spend enough time thinking beyond the physical. There is so much more for us to experience if we can detach from the physical, but it’s difficult to think beyond our five senses, because we have not been taught to operate with the unseen world or to “switch our mind from thoughts of physical expressions to some other nature.” (Hill). We look at our bank accounts, and see how much money we have, and can’t “imagine” beyond what we see. We can use our higher faculties our (intuition, imagination, will, reason, perception and memory) to see beyond our senses to attain new results, switch to different frequencies, and “transmute” our energy.
How Do We Do This?
We can take this idea of sex that we know as “the perpetuation of mankind, the maintenance of health, and the transformation of mediocrity into genius through transmutation” (CH 11, Page 205, TAGR) and switch it from “thoughts of physical expression, (on the physical plane) to thoughts of some other nature” (on a higher level of frequency or plane) (CH 11, Page 206, TAGR). We must actually do the switching and go from the physical level, where it’s very easy to get attached emotionally, detach (or let go) and switch our thoughts to another frequency with effort.
This is “simple and easily explained” but not easy to do, and Hill warns us this is why people seldom succeed before age 40. He notes “more often, they do not strike their real pace until they are well beyond the age of 50” (CH 11, Page 216, TAGR) and this chapter goes on to explain how to use this vital force to communicate with others, and inspire others through compassion, encouragement and enthusiasm.
Hill says this energy “is the most powerful of human desires. When driven by this desire, people develop keenness of imagination, courage, willpower, persistence and creative ability unknown to them at other times. When harnessed and redirected along other lines, the positive attributes of this motivating force may be used as powerful creative forces in literature, art or in any other profession or calling.” (CH 11, Page 206, TAGR). We will become highly attractive and appealing to people if we can balance these three planes of existence. You’ll see a creative force that really is unstoppable.
Where does this energy exist predominantly in you?
Some people have higher drives of this energy on different planes. Do you know where you operate from with this energy most of the time? It’s useful to know this, so you can work on balancing all three areas for improved results.
Paul Martinelli explained this to me in a way that made complete sense. He said to think about a singer[vi] who may have incredible talent, with a voice that moves you to the core. She sings and it strikes your emotions, and even on a spiritual level, you are moved. But there is something missing. She is shy and is lacking when it comes to her stage presence. She may have mastered the spiritual and intellectual realm but has not fully developed her talent in the physical realm and lacks the charisma needed for her to perform on stage.
Hill reminds us about the “irresistible force against which there can be no opposition—when driven by this emotion, men and women become gifted with a super power for action. Understand this truth and you will catch the significance of the statement that sex transmutation will lift one to the status of genius. The emotion of sex contains the secret of creative ability.” (CH 11, Page 207, TAGR).
We can transmute or “transfer one form of energy into another” (CH 11, Page 205, TAGR) which is how we move from one frequency or vibration to another. Don’t get trapped into thinking that we can exist only on the physical plane or that this energy exists only on the physical plane. It can also exist on the intellectual and spiritual plane with the use of “transmutation” that transfers or changes the physical energy into another form.
Remember, this idea links back to the first chapter, when we had to think “wildly different thoughts”[vii] to get new results, that would take us from where we are now (physical realm) to where our goals sit (spiritual realm in the diagram).
Think about where you operate from predominantly. If you are dominant in the physical realm, you will be missing something in the intellectual and spiritual realm, just as if you are dominant in the intellectual realm, there will be something missing for you in the physical realm. This is just another way to become more self-aware and find balance in all three areas to experience the “superpowers for action” that Hill explains is possible with this energy.
Chapter 12: The Subconscious Mind
Bringing us to Chapter 12 on what Hill calls the Subconscious Mind. We will call it this in this description but have been taught to label this part of the mind in recent years as the nonconscious mind (with any mental process that goes on in which the individual is unaware).
Don’t forget to READ and WRITE the 6 STEPS every day, to influence this part of your mind. We did cover this in PART 2[viii] of this series.
We did also cover this part of the mind on PART 3[ix] when exploring autosuggestion with the three parts of your mind: The conscious mind, The Non-Conscious Mind and how our mind impacts The Body. Hill reminds us in this chapter that “The subconscious mind works day and night” (CH 12, Page 230, TAGR) and that you “cannot entirely control your subconscious mind, but you can voluntarily hand over to it, any plan, desire or purpose you wish to be transformed into concrete form” (CH 12, Page 230, TAGR) and reminds us to go back to Chapter 4 on Autosuggestion and read this chapter again. Since each of these principles are connected, like the colors of the rainbow, it’s good practice to keep your book tabbed, so that you can go back and forth to previous chapters when needed.
To review PART 5 of this SERIES:
The Power of the Mastermind: Remember the third-party principle or the “third, invisible, intangible force that may be likened to a third mind.” (CH 10, Page 195, TAGR). with the “collective consciousness” that’s created when 2 or more people come together for a sustained period of time to drive forward an idea. Do you have a Mastermind Group that you participate in? This is a powerful practice that will guarantee forward motion.
Taking the Mystery Out of Sex Transmutation: Do you know what plane you predominantly operate on? To make full use of this power, how could you create more balance in all 3 of these areas?
Linking All Parts of Our Mind: Have you formed the practice of reading and writing your goals twice a day? If not, you are missing the power of autosuggestion created from the power of your non-conscious mind that works day and night and accepts whatever you tell it.
With that, we will bring this episode into a close, and I will see you in a few days for the final episode of this series, that will cover Chapter 13, The Brain, Chapter 14, the Sixth Sense and 15 on Outwitting the Ghosts of Fear.
Have a wonderful weekend!
[i] Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning Podcast EPISODE #190 PART 1 “Making 2022 Your Best Year Ever” https://andreasamadi.podbean.com/e/think-and-grow-rich-book-review-part-1-how-to-make-2022-your-best-year-ever/
[ii]Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning Podcast EPISODE #191 PART 2 on “Thinking Differently and Choosing Faith Over Fear” https://andreasamadi.podbean.com/e/think-and-grow-rich-book-review-part-2-how-to-make-2022-your-best-year-ever-by-thinking-differently-and-choosing-faith-over-fear/
[iii]Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning Podcast EPISODE #193 PART 3 on “Putting Our Goals on Autopilot with Autosuggestion and Our Imagination” https://andreasamadi.podbean.com/e/think-and-grow-rich-book-review-part-3-using-autosuggestion-and-your-imagination-to-put-your-goals-on-autopilot/
[iv]Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning Podcast EPISODE #195 PART 4 on “Perfecting the Skills of Organized Planning, Decision-Making, and Persistence” https://andreasamadi.podbean.com/e/think-and-grow-rich-book-review-part-4-on-perfecting-the-skills-of-organized-planning-decision-making-and-persistence/
[v] Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning Podcast EPISODE #187 “In Memory of Presidential Historian Doug Wead on Leadership and Character Lessons from the Greatest US Presidents” https://andreasamadi.podbean.com/e/in-memory-of-presidential-historian-doug-wead-on-applying-leadership-and-character-lessons-from-the-greatest-us-presidents/
[vi] Paul Martinelli on The Mystery of Sex Transmutation Published May 1, 2021 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QlYitpjpvM&list=PLO4Y7YoQ7TKPBOWw15h1DhlYQcKK8Hhub&index=13
[vii]Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning Podcast EPISODE #191 PART 2 on “Thinking Differently and Choosing Faith Over Fear” https://andreasamadi.podbean.com/e/think-and-grow-rich-book-review-part-2-how-to-make-2022-your-best-year-ever-by-thinking-differently-and-choosing-faith-over-fear/
[viii] Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning Podcast EPISODE #191 PART 2 on “Thinking Differently and Choosing Faith Over Fear” https://andreasamadi.podbean.com/e/think-and-grow-rich-book-review-part-2-how-to-make-2022-your-best-year-ever-by-thinking-differently-and-choosing-faith-over-fear/
[ix] Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning Podcast EPISODE #193 PART 3 on “Putting Our Goals on Autopilot with Autosuggestion and Our Imagination” https://andreasamadi.podbean.com/e/think-and-grow-rich-book-review-part-3-using-autosuggestion-and-your-imagination-to-put-your-goals-on-autopilot/