The world of "self help" often makes reference to the powers of the mind, and what that normally means is the power of the sub-conscious mind.
It is of course perfectly correct that the subconscious is powerful, but only as an operating system.
It is powerful in the same way that Microsoft Windows is powerful, our subconscious mind chunters away in the background running 99.9% of what we think and feel and do.
But, just like Windows our subconscious operating system has flaws and causes failures and "system crashes".
As you review many of the articles and pages on this site you will see that I am very keen on doing all that we can to increase the power and functionality of the subconscious mind.
The true source of the powers of the mind is in the transcendent or spiritual area of your mind - you could call it your super-consciousness.
What I want to share with you now needs to be approached and considered carefully, and with balance and discernment.
I say this because the realm of the transcendent powers of the mind is by its very nature experiential and thus deeply subjective, and because it is shrouded in paradox. To take two examples:
True happiness is only reached when we selflessly seek nothing but the happiness of others. As it says in the "Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life":
"The total amount of happiness that exists in the world has come from wanting to make others happy. The total amount of suffering that exists in the world has come from wanting to make yourself happy."
Or in the sayings of Jesus:
"He that finds his life shall lose it, and he that loses his life for my sake shall find it."
"He that is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted."
At rock bottom, when you get beneath all the words, formulations, doctrines, dogmas, statements of faith and creeds of most of the world's major religions you find a generic truth and that is that the only path to real and permanent personal change and transformation lies in the death of your self.
This is the generic truth that lies at the root of the idea of the Christian "way of the cross" and "death to self", the Buddhist "dropping of the self" and "realisation of emptiness" and the Islamic jihad in the sense of a personal and internal "holy war" to achieve submission to "righteous living", and similar expressions in other faith traditions.