Think Yourself Rich

Wealth is not the right of a select few—it is your birthright, too. The classic work by Dr. Joseph Murphy will help you discover how to make that right a reality. Filled with inspiring and powerful real-life success stories, Think Yourself Rich will show you how to unlock the secrets of true riches and automatically enjoy the wealth, power, and prosperity you deserve. By simply following Dr. Murphy's signature down-to-earth, practical advice, you'll learn how to:

  • Tap into the miracle power that makes you rich
  • Multiply your wealth goals and achieve them quickly
  • Charge yourself with money-magnetism
  • Create a lifelong plan for infinite riches
  • Experience the riches that are all around you

Whether your's looking to multiply your current fortune or hoping for your first big break, Think Yourself Rich offers straightforward, effective techniques that will lead you toward the path of boundless wealth.

—From the Backcover

Think Yourself Rich is one of the Murphy books I found only in recent years, and I think it is very well written and edited, perhaps one of the best-edited books by the author, and the persons in charge for his legacy. 

What is really unique in this book compared to The Power of Your Subconscious Mind and The Miracle of Mind Dynamics is the abundance of set prayers that you can profitably use for yourself. I will quote some of them further down.

Let me say this as an introduction to this review. This book is not only about creating wealth, but generally about handling your wishes and desires and learning to care for their positive outcome and realization in our space-time reality. This is not a lack of focus; the truth is that you cannot separate material riches from spiritual riches, which is one of the eternal laws of the mind. The material plane is a sub-plane of the larger spiritual wealth plane, which is why in the Jewish tradition and other ancient spiritual traditions, material wealth is considered as an outflow of spiritual wealth. 

King Solomon, as reported in the Bible, chose wisdom over material possessions and was then blessed with material wealth in addition to abundant spiritual knowledge and worldly power. 

This is not, as many today believe, a focus on material status, but flows out from a wide definition of spiritual wealth, as it is to be found in the root traditions of all ancient civilizations.

What I found precious in this book compared to other books of the author is that it contains real life examples of people who did the prayers, but did them wrongly, thus experiencing no or reverse effects. For example, Murphy told a client who prayed for an elder relative who suffered from a debilitating illness to change her approach and avoid dwelling on specific organs of the body and their disorders and instead identify with the infinite healing presence in our subconscious mind. 

By the same token, prayers should not be endlessly repeated but only a few times per day because the very fact to pray excessively signals to the subconscious mind that we lack faith in the outcome of the prayer, thereby reversing the response of the subconscious mind. Hence, the importance of lightness of touch when praying. Murphy explains:

When, through sympathy, we accede to the negative or baleful aspects of a person’s situation or condition, we tend to aggravate the problem. /16

To feel sorry for the ill person and to commiserate with him or her is to drag the person down. This is a negative approach. /17

When you think of your desire, lightness of touch is important. /18

Long sessions of prayer are usually a mistake. They may indicate that you are trying to force things by using mental coercion. This generally leads to the opposite of what you are praying for. You will often find that a short prayer uttered from the heart gets better results than a long prayer. /81

Divine indifference means that you know it is impossible for your prayer to fail, for it is written, He will not fail thee, nor forsake thee (Deuteronomy 31:6) /96

The diagnosis as it were that the author applied to his clients, before he recommended a specific prayer, and by listening to their hardships, can be summarized as something like ‘the war against the world and circumstances.’ On the other hand, the cure of the disease of course is love, but it is hard to give a timeframe as to the outcome of the prayers:

The war you are waging against the world, you are really waging against your own subconscious mind. Every day you tell it that life is full of conflict and hostility, and every day it takes you at your word and makes manifest the conditions you expect. /20

Think regularly and systematically of life, illumination, inspirations, harmony, prosperity, happiness, peace, and the life more abundant. Think these truths rather than this or that condition on them. /24

Love frees; it gives; it is the spirit of God. Love opens prison doors and sets free the captives and all those bound by fear, resentment, and hostility. /43

People frequently ask me, ‘How often should I pray for a loved one who is ill, who is in the hospital, or who is having serious financial problems?’ The best response I can give is that you should pray until you feel satisfied within, or until you feel that this is the best you can do for the time being. (…) You will know when your prayer is answered, because you will experience an inner sense of peace and certitude. /81

Another important problem Joseph Murphy addresses in this book is to make conscious choices. In fact, there are many people who do not dare to choose. They are afraid to choose or they are wary to choose, apprehensive of any possible outcome. I was one of them!

Dr. Murphy affirms our right to choose and explains that we actually always choose, even in the moment we refuse to choose. Because what we choose then, is being chosen by others, for passively fulfilling their needs and wants projected upon us:

I don’t know what to choose, Greta M told me. How can I possibly tell what is reasonable or logical? You have made a choice, I replied. By deciding not to choose for yourself, you have chosen to accept whatever comes from the mass mind or the law of averages, in which we are all immersed. /138

You are constantly being called upon to choose in this life. What kind of thoughts and images are you choosing? I want to reiterate and emphasize again that your whole life represents the sum total of your choices. /139

Some say, I will let God choose for me. When you say that, you mean a god outside yourself. God, or the Living Spirit, is omnipresent and is also within you, the very life of you. The only way God, or Infinite Intelligence, will work for / you is to work through you. In order for the Universal to act on the individual plane, it must become the individual. /139-140

The ultimate root of Murphy’s teaching is to bring us to assuming full responsibility for our lives; for this to achieve, we need to do away with projections and self-pity, and the eternal escape of blaming fate for our failures. Dr. Murphy explains:

It is not fate that blocks your success or riches, nor lack of money, introductions, or contracts. It is yourself. All you have to do is to change your thought-life and keep it changed. Let your habitual thinking be: Success is mine. God’s wealth is mine, harmony is mine, and I am a channel for all the riches of God.  Your thoughts are creative, you become what you think all day long. /162

Here are some prayers sampled from the book:

General Prayers

I know that to prosper means to grow spiritually in every dimension. God is prospering me now in mind, body, and affairs. God’s ideas constantly unfold within me, bringing to me health, wealth, and perfect Divine expression. /10

Today is God’s day; it is a glorious day for me, as it is full of peace, harmony and joy. My faith in the good is written in my heart and felt in my inward parts. I am absolutely convinced that there is a Presence and a perfect Law that receives the impress of my desire now and that irresistibly attracts into my experience all the good things my heart desires. I now place all my reliance, faith, and trust in the Power and Presence of God within me; I am at peace. /24

I am born to succeed; the Infinite within me can’t fail. Divine law and order govern my life, Divine peace fills my soul, Divine love saturates my mind. Infinite intelligence guides me in all ways. God’s riches flow to me freely. I am advancing, moving forward, and growing mentally, spiritually, financially, and in all other ways. I know these truths are sinking into my subconscious mind and will grow after their kind. /68

I know there is only one Source, the Life-Principle, from which all things flow. It created the universe and all things therein contained. I am a focal point of the Divine presence. My mind is open and receptive. I am a free-flowing channel / for harmony, beauty, guidance, wealth, and the riches of the infinite. I know that health, wealth, and success are released from within and appear without. I am now in harmony with the infinite riches within and without, and I know these thoughts are sinking into my subconscious mind and will be reflected on the screen of space. I wish for everyone all the blessings of life. I am open and receptive to God’s riches—spiritual, mental, and material—and they flow to me in avalanches of abundance. /86-87

Today is God’s day. I choose harmony, peace, perfect health, Divine law and order, Divine love, beauty, abundance, security, and inspiration from On High. I know that as I claim these truths in my life, I awaken and activate the powers of my subconscious, which compel me to express all these powers and qualities. I know it is as easy for God to become all these things in my life as it is for a seed to become a blade of grass. I give thanks that this is so. /137

Divine right action is mine. Success is mine. Wealth is mine. Happiness is mine. God’s river of peace flows through my mind, body, and activities, and whatever I do will prosper. I know my thoughts are creative. /91

God opens up the way for me to go on this journey in Divine order and through Divine love. /121

Giving Up Smoking

Freedom and peace of mind are mine now. I know that as I believe and affirm these truths, they are sinking down into my subconscious mind. I will be under compulsion to give up cigarettes, as the law of my subconscious is compulsion. In my / imagination I see my doctor before me. He has just finished examining me and is congratulating me on my freedom from my habit and my perfect health. /20-21

Problem-Solving

The God-Presence within me is all-wise and is taking care of this in Divine order. I am not keeping tabs on the God-Presence within as to how, when, where, or through what source this will be solved. I let go and let God take care of it. /22

Child-Rearing

I loose my son to God completely. He is Divinely guided in all his ways and Divine wisdom anoints his intellect. Divine law and order reign supreme in his life. He is guided to his true place and is expressing himself at his highest level. I loose him and let him go. /23

Marriage

My husband is God’s child. god is guiding him to his true place. What he is seeking is seeking him. God’s love fills his soul and God’s peace fills his mind and heart. God prospers him in all ways. There are harmony, peace, love, and understanding between us. It is God in action in our lives. /77

I know my desire for marriage and happiness is the voice of God in me urging me to lead a full and happy life. I know that I am one with the Infinite now. I know and believe there is a woman waiting to love and cherish me. I know I can contribute to her happiness and peace. I can be a great asset to her. I can cherish, love and inspire her to greatness, just as she inspires me. She loves my ideals, and I love her ideals. She does not want to make me over; neither do I want to make her over. There are mutual love, freedom, and respect between us. These words go forth and accomplish whereunto they are sent. I have written this request in my subconscious mind with faith and confidence, and I decree it is done, finished, and established in my deeper mind. Whenever I think of marriage, I shall remind myself that the Infinite Intelligence of my subconscious is bringing this to pass in Divine order. /89

Helping Others

Infinite Spirit in its wisdom opens up the gateway for [name]’s true expression in life, where he [she] is doing what he [she] loves to do, is Divinely happy and Divinely prospered. He [she] is Divinely led to the right people, who appreciate his [her] talents, and he [she] receives marvelous and wonderful income for wonderful service. He [she] is conscious of / his [her] true worth, and he [she] is blessed and prospered with God’s riches beyond his [her] fondest dreams. I turn this prayer over to my subconscious mind, which has the ability to accomplish it. It brings it to pass in Divine order. /129-130

My wife is a tremendous success. She is absolutely outstanding. The Infinite within her is all-wise and all-powerful. My wife is going from glory to glory; she is going up the ladder of success and promotion. Her real talents are revealed and appreciated. She is Divinely guided and her success comes to pass now. I give thanks, for I know what I decree stirs up the gift of God within her. /201

Forgiving/Releasing

I forgive myself for harboring negative and destructive thoughts, and I release my former employers and present associates to God completely, wishing for them all the blessings of life. Whenever I think of any one of them, I will immediately affirm, ‘I have released you; God be with you.’ I know as I continue to do this that I will meet them in my mind and that there will no longer be any sting present. I claim promotion now, success now, harmony now. Divine law and order are mine now. God’s wealth flows to me in avalanches of abundance. Life is growth and expansion. I am an open channel for God’s riches, which are ever-active, ever-present, unchanging, and eternal. I give thanks now for the riches within and without. What I am now decreeing comes to pass, and the light of God shines upon me. /131

I radiate goodwill to all humankind in thought, word, and deed. I know the peace and goodwill that I radiate to every person comes back to me a thousandfold. Whatever I need to know comes to me from the God-Self within me. Infinite Intelligence is operating through me, revealing to me what I need to know. God in me knows the answer. The perfect answer is made known to me now. Infinite Intelligence and Divine wisdom make all decisions through me, and there is only right action and right expression taking place in my life. Every night I wrap myself in the mantle of God’s love and fall asleep knowing Divine guidance is mine. When the dawn comes, I am filled with peace. I go forth into the new day full of faith, confidence, and trust. Thank you, father. /132

I surrender my son, his wife, and family to God completely, lock, stock and barrel. I loose them and let them go. I give them freedom to lead his own life in his own way, knowing that he is God’s man and that God loves him and cares for him and his / family. I release him and set him free spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. Any time he, his wife, or his family come to my mind, I will immediately affirm ,‘I have released you. God be with you. I am free now and so are you.’  It is God in action in my life, which means harmony, peace, and right action. /208-209

Dissolving Addiction

I choose health, peace of mind, freedom and sobriety right now. This is my decision. I know that the Almighty Power backs up my choice. I am relaxed, and God’s river of peace flows through me. My spiritual food and drink are God’s ideas and eternal verities, which unfold within me bringing me harmony, health, peace, and joy. I am Divinely happy. Whenever the urge to drink comes, I remember these Divinely inspired ideas in my mind and the God Power backs me up. /136

Specific Answer Desired

Father, you are all-wise. Reveal to me the answer and show me the way I should go. I give thanks for the right answer, for I know You know the only answer. /141

Prosperity

God is my instant and everlasting supply, and that bill is paid in Divine order. /67

That car is for sale. It is a Divine idea, and I accept it in Divine Order. /67

I acknowledge and praise the Source within and I make contact with my thought. I give thanks that the gateway to riches is now open wide for me. God’s riches flow freely to me, and more and more money is circulating in my life every day. Every day of my life I grow richer spiritually, mentally, financially, and in all ways. Money is God’s idea circulating in my life, and there is always a surplus. I give thanks to the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy (1 Timothy 6:17). /125

Infinite Intelligence knows my hidden talents and opens up a new door of expression for me in Divine order. This knowledge is immediately revealed to my conscious mind. I will follow the lead that comes clearly and definitely into my mind. /126

Self-Acceptance

From this moment forward I sow in my subconscious mind thoughts of peace, confidence, poise, and balance. I harvest the fruit of the wonderful seeds I sow. I believe and accept the fact that my desire is a seed deposited in the subconscious. I make it real by feeling the reality of it. I accept the reality of my desire in the same manner I accept the fact that the seed deposited in the ground will grow. I know it grows in the darkness; also, my desire or ideal grows in the darkness of my subconscious mind. In a little while, like the seed, it appears above the ground as a condition, circumstance, or event. Infinite Intelligence governs and guides me in all ways. I meditate on whatsoever things are true, honest, just, lovely, and of good report. I think of these things, and God’s power is with my thoughts of good. I am at peace. /142

Self-Realization

Infinite Intelligence is my constant guide and counselor. I will instantly recognize the promptings and monitions that come from my Higher Self, which forever seek to protect, guide, and watch over me in all ways. I will instantly recognize the lead which comes into my conscious mind, and I will always disregard groundless fancies. I know that my deeper mind responds to what I am now consciously writing on it, and I give thanks for the joy of the answered prayer. /146-147

Selling Stock Options

My subconscious mind will make me instantly aware of the right stock to buy, at the right time, in the right way. This will bless me and my clients. /151

Selling Real Estate

I have perfect faith in God’s supply and in God’s guidance. I know that all who buy a home through me are prospered and blessed. Infinite Intelligence attracts buyers to me who want the houses I sell, who can afford to buy them, and who will rejoice in their possession. I am blessed, and they are blessed. I am strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Divine activity and immediate, perfect results now take place in my life, and I give thanks for the miracles in my life. /165

Being a Brilliant Actor

I give all my allegiance, devotion and loyalty to the God-Self within, which is none other than my Higher Self. I know that love of my Higher Self means to have a healthy, reverent, wholesome respect for the Divinity within me, which is all-powerful and all-wise. I know that love of God is to give my supreme allegiance to the One Presence and Power within me. I know I can do all things through the God-Power that strengthens me. As I perform on stage, just as in my life off-stage, the Presence within me speaks directly and clearly to the Presence within those who watch. I live the role I play: I feel entranced, fascinated, and absorbed in the drama; and I hear those I love and respect congratulating me. It is wonderful. /171-172

Healing a Skin Problem

My skin is an envelope of God’s love. It is without spot and blemish. It is fresher than a child’s, and the radiance of youth and beauty saturate my whole being. /176

Resolving a Law Suit

All those involved in this suit are surrounded by the sacred circle of God’s love. God’s love, truth, and harmony reign supreme in the minds and hearts of all involved. They are all known in Divine mind, and the law of love prevails. /176

Paying Debts

God is the source of my supply. I know when I am anxious, it means I do not trust God. The money I now possess is magnified and multiplied a thousandfold. I realize all the money I have is a symbol of the infinite riches of God. I turn to the Infinite Presence within, knowing in my heart and soul it opens the way for me to pay all my debts, leaving me a vast surplus. I surrender a list of all these debts in the hands of my Heavenly Father, and I give thanks they are all paid in Divine order. God’s riches are circulating in my life, and I rejoice and am exceedingly glad that every creditor is paid now, and God prospers me beyond my fondest dreams. I believe that I have received now, and I know that according to my faith is it done unto me. I know God will rain blessings from Heaven for me now. /185

Peace at the Work Place

God’s love governs me at work. I have no opinion about others. I judge not; therefore I cannot suffer or be disturbed. The peace and harmony of God govern me and all that I do. Every anxious thought is completely stilled, for I am working for God, and His peace fills my soul. The confidence and joy of God enfold me at all times. All who work in the office are God’s sons and daughters, and each one contributes to the peace, harmony, prosperity, and success of this office. Divine love comes in the door of our office, and Divine love governs the minds and hearts of all in the office; and Divine love goes out the door. God is my boss, my paymaster, my guide, and my counselor, and I recognize no other. I give all power and recognition to God and I walk serenely and peacefully in His light. I laugh, I sing, and I rejoice. God works wonders in my life. /187

Enhancing Memory

I have a perfect memory for everything I need and want to know. /188

Relaxation

My feet are relaxed, my ankles are relaxed, the calves of my legs are relaxed, my abdominal muscles are relaxed, my heart and lungs are relaxed, my spine is relaxed, my neck and shoulders are relaxed, my brain is relaxed, my eyes are relaxed, my hands and arms are relaxed. My whole being is relaxed. I feel God’s river of peace flowing through me like a golden river of life, love, truth, and beauty. The spirit and inspiration of the Almighty flow through me, vitalizing, healing, and restoring my entire being. The wisdom and power of the Almighty enable me to fulfill all my goals in Divine order through Divine love. I am always relaxed, serene, poised, and balanced, and my / faith and confidence is in God and all things good. I can do all things through the God-Power that strengthens me. I dwell in the secret place of the Most High, and all the thoughts entertained by me conform to harmony, peace, and goodwill to all. /189-190

Spiritual Rebirth

Today I am reborn spiritually! I completely detach myself from the old way of thinking, and I bring Divine love, light, and truth definitely into my experience. I consciously feel love for everyone I meet. Mentally I say to everyone I contact, ‘I see the God in you and I know you see the God in me.’  I recognize the qualities of God in everyone. I practice this morning, noon, and night: it is a living part of me. I am reborn spiritually now, because all day long I practice the Presence of God. No matter what I am doing—whether I am walking the street, shopping, or going about my daily business— whenever my thought wanders away from God or / the good, I bring it back to the contemplation of His Holy Presence: I feel noble, dignified, and God-like. I walk in a high mood sensing my oneness with God. His peace fills my soul. /190-191

Protection

God indwells me, walks and talks with me. God is guiding me now. I can do all things through the God-Power that strengthens me. If God be for me, who can be against me? There is no power to challenge God, and God watches over me in all my ways. I realize every problem is Divinely outmatched and I grapple courageously with every assignment, knowing that God reveals the answer. God loves me and cares for me. /194

The indicator of the Presence of God within me is a sense of peace and poise. I now cease all sense of strain and struggle. I now cease to sweat and my body feels warm, relaxed, comfortable and naturally dry all day long. I trust the God-Power implicitly. I know that all the wisdom and power I need to live a glorious and successful life are within me. I relax my entire body; my faith is in His wisdom; I go free. I claim and feel the peace of God flooding my mind, heart, and whole being. I know the quiet mind gets its problems solved. I now turn the request over to the God-Presence knowing it has an answer. I am at peace. /202

Success in Examination

I am relaxed, at peace, serene, and calm. I have a perfect memory for everything I need to know at every moment of time and point of space. I am Divinely guided in my studies and I am completely relaxed and at peace at all examinations. I pass all examinations in Divine order, and I sleep in peace and I wake in joy. /226

Note: The page numbers I am referring to in my review are from an earlier edition of the book, published by Penguin Putnam, in 2001, and revised by Ian D. McMahan, Ph.D.

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