The Miracle of Mind Dynamics

Based on four decades of Dr. Joseph Murphy's renowned research on mental and spiritual law, this classic guide will help you use your subconscious mind to give you complete power over your destiny. Through dozens of real-life stories derived from Dr. Murphy's studies and teachings around the world, you will learn how to achieve the personal power that overcomes fear, worry, and anxiety, opening up the way to a happier and more fulfilling, richer life. This inspiring source of wisdom and clarity will allow you to:

  • Be well and stay well all the time
  • Tap the source of good fortune
  • Overcome stumbling blocks and feelings of guilt
  • Experience the magic of self-confidence
  • Come to peace with God's will and your own will
  • Succeed through positive thinking

The Miracle of Mind Dynamics will show you clearly and simply that it is impossible to think one thing and produce another. By following Dr. Murphy's practical, timeless advice, you will begin your journey down the path to triumphant living.

—From the Backcover


I have found Dr. Murphy’s books in a time of great personal turmoil, back in the 1990s, in a condition that was a karmic backlash of actions that were the result of confusion and lack of insight in the workings of life, and its creative energy. 

The second time I recurred to scientific prayer in my life, I was passing through a major period of transformation that was putting my life on a more spiritual foundation, without giving a fancy meaning to that term. In fact, at that time in my life, I realized that once I felt better in my life and affairs, I had given up the prayer technique, but life was to tell me that I was again losing ground, and I suffered again financial losses.

Now, what I wish to convey here is that when you do those things, it’s not enough to do them for a certain time and then forget about them again. I had done exactly that. At that time my body weight was ideal, my health was good, I was a vegetarian, had clear dreams and received daily guidance through them, had many friends, and there was no alcohol problem. 

However, after five years, I left the retreat situation and entered business. The first one was a failure, the second one was successful. I began to grow into a kind of social life, was developing a successful career as a corporate trainer—and was gradually abandoning the prosperity techniques. A decisive turn was the death of my mother six years after I had left the retreat situation. I inherited our family fortune, which meant on one hand a lot of trouble, on the other however a decent fortune that needed to be managed. I still continued creative writing, spontaneous dance and spontaneous composing. But again six years ahead of that point, I also abandoned creative writing and composing, and was beginning to edit and publish my writings, music and art. That meant coping with a lot of technical and design matters, and it was a completely stationary kind of life. 

I became an alcoholic with an enormous daily beer and wine consumption, and became overweight. When health problems began to manifest, I woke up from my slumber and questioned myself: why had I eaten meat again, why had I taken up smoking cigars again, why had I become an alcoholic, why as a result had I become restless and short-breathed, why had given up meditation and my daily fitness program, and why was I so much focused on achieving public fame, instead of simply continuing to create? 

And I found that indeed I had been craving for social success, fame and recognition—at the price of my health and wellbeing. Then, and only then, I took up the affirmations again and read the present book. After a few months of practice it was easy to drop smoking, and put my regime back to a pure vegetarian diet, and I was able to restrict wine and beer consumption to occasional glasses that accompanied a meal.

Why had it been so easy to get back to normal? I think there are two reasons. The first reason is that I had already embraced that condition earlier on in my life, so the pattern was already familiar to me, as a matter of what Rupert Sheldrake calls morphic resonance. Second, I knew from my earlier studies on prayer that it’s all about belief and accepting or not accepting certain conditions. First of all, I had learnt to say a decisive no to conditions I found are damaging my health and wellbeing, or conditions that put me in danger and thus invoke constant fear. 

So I said no to being fat, immobile and short-breathed, and I said no to bringing danger to my life and my brain through alcoholism. What happened next? I remembered the following.

The law of life is the law of belief. Whatever you mentally accept and feel to be true will come to pass./33

Man is what he thinks all day long, and his character is the totality of his thinking. In order to experience good luck or good fortune, realize that you are the maker and shaper of your conditions, experiences, and events./34

So I pondered what I had been thinking, predominantly, all through these years? I had been thinking virtually every day that I was not a published author, that all my writings were just manuscripts, that I had got only blunt refusals from publishers and that I wanted to be published. Working on publishing my writings, music, art and photography, I was repeating these thoughts in my mind, on a daily basis. 

Dr. Murphy illustrates in the following anecdote from this book that the law of belief is a universal law, not a fancy or a theory, and that it has nothing to do with morality either. Thus, contrary to many religions, ‘good-and-bad’ judgments do nothing here, because profiting from a law does not depend on ‘goodness,’ but on the simple fact to obey the law. Murphy writes:

The Law is no respecter of persons. The sun shines on the just and the unjust, and Law has no morals. If a murderer can swim, the water will sustain him as well as a holy man. A cutthroat can breathe the air just as well as a spiritually illumined person. The so-called honest and good man may secretly harbor obnoxious, vicious, hateful thoughts, and he will bring upon himself the sufferings which his secret, destructive thinking produces. /35

It is not what a man does externally for show and reward of men that matters. It is the inner movement of his heart that counts. It is what he thinks, feels, and believes deep down in his heart that matters, not what he professes to believe. /36

What was it that I had believed? I believed that I had to work hard, so hard that I was actually ten hours behind two huge computer monitors every day, while I was not making a cent from all the work I did. I did it for expressing myself, in the belief if I was only working hard enough success would come by itself. Nope, it didn’t. After ten years of unwavering efforts I had a range of brilliant web sites that went for the most part unnoticed, and nobody cared about my design, and the content of my many books. Then I found this.

Hard Work Is Not the Answer to Wealth and Success

A man may work very hard 14 or 16 hours a day, but if he fears that he will fail or if he has a guilt complex and feels that he should be punished, it will be done unto him as he believes. The law of life is the law of belief. A man may be completely dishonest in certain directions from a worldly standpoint and actually deny the Presence of God; yet there is no law which says that he can’t acquire wealth, provided he believes that he will be a success and that he will be wealthy. Then, according to his belief, is it done unto him. The dishonest man or the wicked man garners his own sufferings and the results of his thinking are the same as those of the honest and so-called good man. The Great Law is absolutely just and cannot give good for evil, or evil for good. All evil ultimately destroys itself./36

Over the next decade or so, I was in what seemed a negative growth cycle in that I lost money instead of making it, through a lack of business knowledge and sheer oversight, on one hand, and through suffering betrayal, on the other. As a result, I built strong resentment which triggered negative self-talk and hateful feelings toward the world and others. I lost many friends during that time. 

And I thought why me, and why is that possible at all? And I found this.

Don’t Worry About Evildoers

The mills of the gods grind slowly, but they grind / exceedingly fine. ‘Vengeance is mine, saith the Lord, I will repay’ Remember that your subconscious mind, which in the Bible is called the ‘Law’, is like a recording, which reproduces whatever you have impressed upon it. This is why you are told not to fret about evildoers or the workers of iniquity; their own subconscious mind reacts negatively or positively according to the use they are making of it. The point is this: Use your own mind constructively and harmoniously, and don’t bother about the other fellow – just wish him well./36-37

The next point in the list that may be entitled ‘The Etiology of Failure’ was my constant procrastination in front of change. I had felt that I needed a change, also physically, thus kept my vision:

Your vision is a definite promise of what you one day shall be; your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil. (…) You will always gravitate to that which you secretly most love. You will meet in life the exact reproduction of your own thoughts. There is no chance, coincidence, or accident in a world ruled by law and Divine Order./37

I eventually found that my nutrition—vegetarian or not— was not the culprit behind my depressions, but the way I was thinking about it all, and about the whole of my life:

Because the subconscious is a law, it arranges all the deposited thoughts into a complex pattern, and these constantly fed subconscious patterns are not only the cause of all ills, but also the cause of our successes and triumphant achievements. /46

I knew that the cause of my ailments was too much ‘immobility’ in my thoughts and action, too much of a stationary spirit and attitude, and not enough moving and flowing with life—to put it in a word: resistance. I had resisted the welcome change by putting pressure upon myself, and by stressing achievement over creation, instead of just creating more, with a carefree and joyful attitude.

Finally, I self-published my books with Createspace/Amazon, and three years later made a summary. I had sold very little, and the income generated as royalties from the dozens of books was so low that it would barely pay a single meal per month. But instead of throwing myself again into depression and despair, I developed a new attitude, and I developed it because of the prayers. I simply unpublished all of the books and changed my basic attitude behind publishing. Once of a sudden, I became aware that the basic intention behind my efforts was one of being recognized as a ‘published author,’ as some sort of personal glory. I then realized that this was not what my soul wanted. I imagined myself to be on my death bed and looked back at my life in retrospection, and the result was dumbfounding me. 

I realized that what I really wanted was to share my knowledge, even for free, and without any credit for myself. This new insight virtually poured streams of happiness into me that I had never known in my life before. I expressed to the universe my gratitude to have had this fundamental insight not on my death bed but when I had still time enough to change course and start all over again. I became acutely aware that my selfish beliefs and attitude were behind my failure in publishing my creations. 

Hence, I realized that the intention behind our actions really is essential for giving us a feeling of success and reward.

My retrospection has shown me that death is not an end to anything that is based upon our genuine creativeness, and that life is given to us as a free gift we should use not only for our own glory, but for sharing our gifts and talents with others in a natural, carefree and joyful manner. As uncanny as it sounds, death had taught me how to live, and how to live happily and with a feeling of being blessed:

It is impossible that anything so universal as death should ever be looked upon as evil. It must be good or it would not be./64

Note: The page numbers I am referring to in my review are from an earlier edition of the book, published by Penguin Putnam, in 1964.

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