I hope you enjoyed a wonderful summer! Since the season has passed for sitting outside in the shade with a good book, this month I’m doing the reading for you and reviewing a book by Joseph Murphy called The Power of Your Subconscious Mind.1 I highly recommend you read it for yourself – it was first published in 1963, but Dr. Murphy was way ahead of his time in many ways, particularly in understanding and applying the Law of Attraction.However, a word of caution is also in order. The book reflects the values of the early 1960s, and things really have changed a lot since then. Also, Dr. Murphy was a minister among other things; his language is often biblical, and there are many quotes from the bible. These aspects of the book may discourage a few readers, but there is a huge amount of excellent information.
Very briefly, Joseph Murphy wrote, taught, counseled, and lectured to thousands all over the world for nearly 50 years. He was born in 1898, and educated in Ireland and England before he moved to the US. He first became a pharmacist in New York after completing a chemistry degree. In addition to being an ordained minister of the Church of Divine Science in Los Angeles for 28 years and later, in Laguna Hills, he obtained a PhD in psychology from the University of Southern California, which led to a writing career. He died in 1981 after publishing 25 books in addition to his career as a minister and lecturer.
This book covers a multitude of topics – too many to review in detail in this newsletter. Murphy devotes a lot of time to defining the subconscious mind and describing how it works. He then covers many practical applications of the subconscious mind, e.g. “how to use the power of your subconscious for wealth.”
He also gives many examples of the Law of Attraction at work. Although the Law of Attraction has been recognized since biblical times, it didn’t become popular until quite recently, and Murphy was ahead of his time in his writing and understanding of it. (See our newsletter of May 2012 for a review of The Secret, which discusses the Law of Attraction in detail.)
Murphy divides the mind into 2 spheres – the conscious mind and the subconscious mind. His discussion of the conscious mind would correspond well with more recent writings. In Murphy’s view, the subconscious mind includes not only the subconscious, but also what others refer to as the superconscious (e.g. Bruce Lipton in The Biology of Belief, see our newsletter of November 2012.) Still others would call this the soul, or the part of us that is one with the universe/God or whatever you choose to call it.
The marvelous power of your subconscious
This is a huge promise, but Murphy delivers. He shows by giving many examples, as well as explaining in more detail how the subconscious works, how these statements are absolutely true.
The conscious and subconscious minds
Beginning now to sow thoughts of peace, happiness, good will, “right action,” and prosperity, and accepting them fully in your conscious (reasoning) mind will result in your subconscious bringing about harmonious conditions.
Outstanding differences and modes of operation
Change your beliefs, and your circumstances will change; Murphy provides several examples to illustrate this (page 21).
How your own mind works
Murphy provides a number of examples of the power of suggestion both for good and for ill. He notes that a suggestion has no power in and of itself except if you accept it mentally. Positive examples of autosuggestion include overcoming fear, restoring memory, and overcoming a nasty temper. He gives examples of negative suggestions made by other people, and how we can either fall victim to them or ignore or overcome them.
He makes it clear, with examples, that false information accepted by the conscious and subconscious minds can literally create disease and even death – totally unnecessarily, of course. This brings to mind the third of The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, “Don’t make assumptions,” (see our newsletter of July, 2012).
We can choose to reject negative suggestions, and choose only positive ideas. “Choose life! Choose love! Choose health!”
The miracle-working power of your subconscious
Murphy claims that the reason there is so much chaos and misery in the world is because people do not understand the interaction of their conscious and subconscious minds. He says that when they work together as they should, you will have health happiness, peace and joy.
He says there is no sickness or discord when the conscious and subconscious work together harmoniously and peacefully. He gives an example of how he had healed himself of a skin cancer that had been getting worse and not responding to treatment, many years earlier, based on the advice of a clergyman with “deep psychological knowledge.” The clergyman used the analogy of a watch that had been made by a watchmaker, who knew how to repair that watch. Likewise, the subconscious mind that had created his body from a single cell, knew exactly how to recreate it and heal it. Murphy developed a simple prayer that he repeated for about 5 minutes 2 or 3 times a day, and in about 3 months his skin was completely clear. The prayer can be found on pages 38-39 (of the ebook).
Murphy discusses how to get the subconscious to work for you, by keeping you conscious mind busy with positive thoughts.
Healings in ancient and modern times
The tendency of the subconscious is lifeward
After describing how to get the results you want, Murphy then deals with a large number of specific topics as follows:
Selected points to remember
There is an enormous amount of information packed in this fairly short (180 pages) book. Again, I think it’s well worth reading yourself. If you think you would benefit by discussing any issues regarding the workings of the subconscious mind with me, please do not hesitate to contact our office to arrange an appointment. Happy reading!
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