When Napoleon Hill published “Think and Grow Rich” in 1937, it wasn’t as critically acclaimed as it is today. But it’s since gone on to become one of the most quoted, read and critically acclaimed personal growth books ever.  Yet despite written for an audience that had never heard of things like “meditation”, the book contained one technique that was highly controversial.

It is called the “Invisible Counselors Technique”. Napoleon Hill claimed that it allowed him to tap into the imaginary minds of anyone living or passed one, to source ideas and inspirations.

Napoleon Hill admits to having spiritual meetings with Jesus, Lincoln, Socrates, Aristotle, Plato, Socrates, Homer, Newton, Burban, Edison and William James, among others.

Hill said “while the meetings of my cabinet may be purely fictional , and the meetings existent only in my own imagination, they have led me into glorious paths of adventure, rekindled an appreciation of true greatness, encouraged creative endeavor, and emboldened the expression of honest thought.”

Later, publishers edited out parts of this chapter, fearing that Hill’s audience might question his sanity. Personally, I think Hill was ahead of his time.

What’s so cool (and so strange) about this technique? Watch the video below.

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If you’d like a free copy of the book (to read online) visit this link on Scribd (like YouTube, but for documents). The Invisible Counselor Technique is described in Chapter 14: The Sixth Sense, Doorway to the Temple of Wisdom. The chapter starts on page 134. Enjoy.

If you have read the book and tried the technique, share your thoughts below…