The Power of Your Subconscious Mind


This remarkable book has already helped readers the world over achieve the seemingly impossible just by learning how to bring the incredible force of the subconscious under their control.

Now, you, too, can learn these powerful techniques for changing your life simply by changing your beliefs. Dr. Murphy combines time-honored spiritual wisdom with cutting-edge scientific research to explain the influence of the subconscious mind on everything you do. And he presents simple, practical, and proven-effective exercises that can turn your mind into a powerful tool for improving your everyday life. Filled with inspiring real-life success stories, this invaluable user's guide to your mind will unlock the secrets to success in whatever endeavor you choose. Inside you'll discover how to use the subconscious mind to:

  • Increase health and even cure the body of many common ailments;
  • Get the promotion you want, the raise you need, the recognition you deserve;
  • Build the confidence to do the things you never dared—but always wanted—to do in life;
  • Develop friendships and enhance existing relationships with co-workers, family, and friends;
  • Strengthen your marriage or primary love relationship;
  • Overcome phobias, compulsions, and bad habits;
  • Learn the secret of 'eternal youth' and much, much more!

With this book as your guide, there are no limits to the prosperity, happiness, and peace of mind you can achieve simply by using THE POWER OF YOUR SUBCONSCIOUS MIND.

—From the Backcover


The Power of Your Subconscious Mind helped me to pass a personal life crisis more than twenty years ago, and it also helped me to remain on a path of personal growth for the years to come, after this profound transformation. 

I was then trying to open a conduit toward others, by teaching the method in a way that is both comprehensive and backed up by neuroscience, consciousness research and cutting-edge research on the quantum field. 

I found that my previous work on healing my inner child and generally, to practice a form of inner dialogue had opened to me a door to my inner life. The author writes:

Look around you. Wherever you live, whatever circle of society you are part of, you will notice that the vast majority of people lives in the world without. Those who are more enlightened, however, are intensely involved with the world within. They realize—as you will, too—that the world within creates the world without. Your thoughts, feelings, and visualized imagery are the organizing principles of your experience. The world within is the only creative power. Everything you find in your world of expression has been created by you in the inner world of your mind, whether consciously or unconsciously. /8

Dr. Murphy properly explains the laws of the mind; he also gives brilliant examples from his long career as a public authority on the Science of Mind. In this role, he received much mail from the public, and was talking to innumerable people in many countries, and this not over years, but over decades. This is how he could collect so many intriguing personal stories. 

Here is one that is shocking, but it is the best I ever heard to explain the workings of the mind.

For many years I gave a regular series of lectures at the London Truth Forum in Caxton Hall, which I founded a number of years ago. Dr. Evelyn Fleet, the director, told me about a man whose young daughter suffered from both crippling rheumatoid arthritis and the disfiguring and painful skin condition called psoriasis. They tried many treatments, but nothing the doctors did seemed to help. The man was near despair. Over and over he said, to himself and to his friends, ‘I would give my right arm to see my daughter cured’. 
   According to Dr. Fleet, one day the family was out for a drive. Their car was involved in a head-on collision. The father’s right arm was torn off at the shoulder. When he came home from the hospital, he discovered that his daughter's arthritis and skin condition had vanished.
   You must be very careful to give your subconscious only those suggestions that heal, bless, elevate, and inspire you in /all your ways. Remember, your subconscious mind doesn’t understand a joke. It takes you at your word./22-23

Now, the next step is to get to know how the conscious and the unconscious interact with one another. What Sigmund Freud observed is not theory but the observation of a universal mechanism that Murphy explains as follows:

The reason there is so much chaos and misery in the world is that so many people do not understand the interaction of their conscious and subconscious minds. When these two principles are in accord, in concord, in peace, and synchronously together, you will have health, happiness, peace, and joy. There is no sickness or discord when the conscious and subconscious work together harmoniously and peacefully. /39

This insight, that may sound novel to the modern reader is known in tribal cultures who stress the importance to listen, on a daily basis, to the messages of our dreams, as they are the voice of our subconscious mind. 

Hence, to disregard them means to run around without the other half, and thus think and act in a fragmented manner. The wisdom of our subconscious mind is unifying our mind, when we listen and observe it regularly. The same is true for the relationship between our intellect and our emotions. Here, too, we must strive for balance, and integration. As Murphy says ‘Motion and Emotion must balance.’ We are often torn up by our frustrations which are of course due to our unfulfilled desires. 

But what about desire? Why is there desire? 

Desire serves us to continue and fulfill our evolution. All desire attracts us to certain actions, to certain pathways, which are pathways of realizing ourselves. And here are at the core of religious teaching: how are we going to realize our desires? Murphy first quotes the Bible, and then explains:

What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. [Mark 11:24]

The success of this technique relies on the confident conviction that the thought, the idea, the picture is already fact in mind. In order for anything to have substance in the realm of mind, it must be thought of as actually existing./51

Another important question that comes up in this context is how faith effects miracles, and what faith actually is? Murphy explains it in a very simple and comprehensive manner: it’s the fact to accept as true what is desired. Now, how active must that acceptance be, or in other words, is it possible to overrun the subconscious when this inner faith is not yet fully developed? Murphy answers the question in the affirmative, using another case story.

A man once asked me, ‘How is it that I got a healing through a certain minister? When he told me that there is no such thing as disease and that matter does not exist, I did not believe a word he said. I thought he was insulting my intelligence. And yet, I was healing. How could that be?’ As I told this man, the explanation is simple. He was quieted by soothing words and told to get into a perfectly passive condition, to say nothing and think of nothing for the time being. The minister also became passive. He affirmed quietly, peacefully, and constantly for about a half hour that this man would have perfect health, peace, harmony, and wholeness. At the end of the half hour, the man felt immense relief and was restored to health./69

Now, it’s only logical that when you can hypnotize your subconscious into healing, you can also hypnotize it into sickness. The latter is the pitfall of belief, and unfortunately most people in fact unconsciously use the law of belief, but in the wrong, negative, way, in that they affirm constantly their aches, their weaknesses, their illnesses. What is important as well is how to pray, and Murphy calls it ‘the science and art of true prayer.’ He explains that his technique is one of personal prayer, not the group prayer that is part of religious ritual, and that belongs to various religious cults.

The sound basis for the art and science of true prayer is your knowledge and complete confidence that the movement of your conscious mind will gain a definite response from your subconscious mind, which has boundless wisdom and infinite power. By following this procedure, your prayers will be answered./79

Napoleon Hill calls ‘positive suggestions’ what Murphy has termed scientific prayer. Now there is reason to point out that the power of suggestions as two sides; it namely it also has a dark, gloomy side, and the following story conveyed by Dr. Murphy illustrates that boldly:

How Suggestion Killed a Man

A distant relative of mine went to a celebrated crystal gazer in India and asked the woman to read his future. The seer told him that he had a bad heart. She predicted that he would die at the next new moon. /28

My relative was aghast. He called up everyone in his family and told them about the prediction. He met with this lawyer to make sure his will was up-to-date. When I tried to talk him out of his conviction, he told me that the crystal gazer was known to have amazing occult powers. She could do great good or harm to those she dealt with. He was convinced of the truth of this. /Id.

As the new moon approached, he became more and more withdrawn. A month before this man had been happy, healthy, vigorous, and robust. Now he was an invalid. On the predicted date, he suffered a fatal heart attack. He died not knowing he was the cause of his own death. /29

The story is shocking, but it very well illustrates how dangerous suggestions are, especially those that come from ‘authorities’ in their field, medical doctors included. Astrological professionals are aware of this danger and avoid being suggestive when they are consulting their clients. But there are of course many people in those professions whose ethics are not developed to that extent, which can make for a lot of drama later on. Research on hypnosis has shown that our mind can bring about every condition that is ‘suggested’ to it by the means of hypnosis. When you are for example given the suggestion to develop a blister on your arm because a burning hot iron touches it, you will develop that blister despite the fact that the hypnotist has just put a book against your arm. But your inner mind, your subconscious, has taken it for real as it cannot distinguish what is real and what is not. That is why Murphy is correct in warning us to be very careful about suggestions: after all our publicity knows to profitably use these laws of the mind! He writes:

If he had known the laws of his mind, he would have completely rejected the negative suggestion and refused to give her words any attention. He could have gone about the business of living with the secure knowledge that he was governed and controlled by his own thoughts and feelings. /29

In themselves, the suggestions of others have no power over you. Whatever power they have, they gain because you give it to them through your own thoughts. You have to give your mental consent. You have to entertain and accept the thought. At that point it becomes your own thought, and your subconscious works to bring it into experience. /30

Now let us have a look at a positive example. Murphy reports the story of Dr. Esdaille, a Scottish surgeon who practiced in India during the 1840s. This was before the time ether or other chemical anesthesia began to be used. Nonetheless, this doctor performed hundreds of major surgeries, including amputations, removal of tumors and cancerous growths, and operations on the eye, ear, and throat. What this doctor used was ‘mental anesthesia’, a form of hypnosis. What was amazing is also that the mortality rate of Esdaille’s patients was extremely low, and this is astonishing as it was well before the insights of Louis Pasteur in the bacterial origin of infection. Esdaille simply included in his posthypnotic suggestions that no infection or septic condition would develop, and the subconscious mind of his patients followed his suggestions. The author explains:

Your subconscious mind is one with infinite intelligence and boundless wisdom. It is fed by hidden springs and is called the law of life. Whatever you impression upon your subconscious mind, the latter will move heaven and earth to bring it to pass. You must, therefore, impress it with right ideas and constructive thoughts. /38

After these introductory comments, let me put the focus of this review upon Chapter 6 of the book, which is entitled ‘Practical Techniques in Mental Healings.’ 

Now, first of all you have to keep in mind that scientific prayer is not a form of religious worship in the sense of an organized ritual. It’s a personal form of addressing your inner or hidden powers, which is basically the interaction between your conscious self, your subconscious mind, and your higher self. These three entities are sometimes also called lower self, middle self and higher self. Never mind the terminology, and never mind how down the road the lower self addresses the higher self to bring about real events in life—which it does— we are concerned here only with the mechanism of the prayer itself, the method. The results will show up if we understand the intricate details of how the subconscious mind works psychologically, or not. This is to say you don’t need any psychological knowledge for profiting from this techniques. These various techniques are:

—The Visualization Technique

—The Baudoin Technique

—The Sleeping Technique

—The ‘Thank You’ Technique

—The Affirmative Method

—The Argumentative Method

—The Absolute Method

—The Decree Method

I shall now explain more in detail what Murphy writes about these different techniques. He starts his explanations by first informing about the general principle of how scientific prayer works in theory. He explains:

You must ask believing, if you are to receive. Your mind moves from the thought to the thing. Unless there is first an image in the mind, it cannot move, for there would be nothing for it to move toward. Your prayer, which is your mental act, must be accepted as an image in your mind before the power from your subconscious will pay upon it and make it productive. You must reach a point of acceptance in your mind, an unqualified and undisputed state of agreement. /79

The Visualization Technique

There are countless books about ‘creative visualization’ in the market today, but they hardly ever mention the fact that they rest on the same principles as prayer. In fact, in the Gospel of Mark it is clearly written that we should pray in a way to believe that we are receiving what we are praying for (Mark 11:24). This means that we should rest in the conviction that at the time of the prayer, we have already received what we are praying for. This inner conviction, necessary for our subconscious mind to act upon our idea, is best supported by a mental image. Murphy also calls this technique the ‘mental movie’ method. 

Now, I am aware that there are many people who have a bad visual imaging capability; for many years I was one of them, and studying books on creative visualization did not really help me. Thus I was looking for other methods, and I found there are quite a few. I feel it’s good that we have a choice for we all are different.

The Baudoin Technique

Charles Baudoin, a psychotherapist who was involved with the Nancy School of Healing—found it effective to reduce a suggestion to its minimum, by coining a catchy phrase that will easily be picked up by the subconscious, then put oneself into a ‘receptive’ state of mind by deep relaxation, and affirm that phrase over and over.

The Sleeping Technique

This is basically the same technique, however using the natural state of drowsiness before going to sleep and after waking up. This saves one from learning a particular relaxation technique; it is also effective for deconditioning, especially getting rid of destructive habits. A proper suggestion would for example be: 

—I am completely free from … (name the habit); harmony and peace of mind reign supreme. 

Each and every time the habit manifests again, or the urge to indulge in it comes up, repeat that affirmation again to yourself, until you feel you are relieved, and free.

The ‘Thank You’ Technique

This is perhaps the simplest of all affirmation techniques. It consists in giving thanks, as for example in repeating ‘Thank you, Lord, for all the blessings I am receiving every day.’ Every time thoughts of lack come into your mind, you simply put this positive affirmation after them, which will neutralize their destructive power.

The Affirmative Method

This method draws upon the primary principle of life, not its upside-down version. For example, the primary principle for the body is health, not sickness. In other words, health is the creational pattern, and ill health is a distortion of this pattern. Murphy writes:

The result of the affirmative process of prayer depends on conforming to the principles of life, regardless of appearances. Consider for a moment: There is a principle of mathematics but none of error. There is a principle of truth but none of dishonesty. There is a principle of intelligence but none of ignorance. There is a principle of harmony but none of discord. There is a principle of health but none of disease, and there is a principle of abundance but none of poverty. /86

To affirm is to state that it is so. As you maintain this attitude of mind as true, regardless of all evidence to the contrary, you will receive an answer to your prayer. Your thought can only affirm, for even if you deny something, you are actually affirming the presence of what you deny. /87

The Argumentative Method

This method stems from Dr. Phineas Parkhurst Quimby, who was a pioneer of mental and spiritual healing. This method consists in telling yourself, or your client, that the sickness is due to false beliefs, groundless fears, and negative patterns lodged in the subconscious mind. The author writes:

You explain to the sick person that the basis of all healing is a change of belief. You also point out that the subconscious mind created the body and all its organs; therefore, it knows how to heal it, can heal it, and is doing so now as you speak. You argue in the courtroom of your mind that the disease is a shadow of the mind based on disease-soaked, morbid thought-imagery. You continue to build up all the evidence you can muster on behalf of the healing power within, which created all the organs in the first place, and which has a perfect pattern of every cell, nerve, and tissue within it. Then, you render a verdict in the courthouse of your mind in favor of yourself and your patient. You liberate the sick one by faith and spiritual understanding. Your mental and spiritual evidence is overwhelming. Since there is but one mind, what you feel as true is made manifest in the experience of the patient, and a healing follows. /88

The Absolute Method

This method uses the principles of vibrational healing. It first sets the pattern by affirming the name of the patient—and here we need to understand that every name bears a specific vibration—, then the healer uses his or her mindpower to raise this vibration by visualizing godlike principles, such as bliss, perfection, boundless love, infinite intelligence, wisdom, harmony, and beauty. The subconscious mind of the patient will then begin to resonate with the high-frequency waves or vibrations that were created during the process of mental completion.

The Decree Method

The word has creative power, which is the primary insight this method uses for bringing about dramatic changes and healing. 

The author gives the example of a woman who felt embarrassed by a young man who was following her up on a constant basis. She decreed: ‘I release … unto God. He is in his true place at all times. I am free and he is free. I now decree that my words go forth into infinite mind and it brings it to pass. It is so.’

Thou shalt decree a thing, and it shall be established onto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways. Job 22:28

It is important to learn from science when we inquire about the powers of the creative mind. Research into the web of life—commonly called systems theory—has clearly established that cognition is not a function of the human brain, but is to be found even in amoebae. When a system is metabolic, as all living systems are, which means that its basic functions are movement, alimentation, assimilation, and elimination, the system has a built-in cognitive faculty. The difficulty for humans is that the cognition can be interfered with by the thinking process. The author writes:

The difficulty is that that conscious mind always interferes with its sensory evidence based on outer appearances. These lead to the sway of false beliefs, fears, and mere opinion. /97

When we realize that, we become aware of how important it is to clear our memory surface from all patterns of the past, especially negative experiences, and to make a clear slate every day. It’s like to be reborn into a new life when we wake up from sleep and feel refreshed. 

The essential about scientific prayer, to summarize this review, is to set aside conditions, temperamental states, events and opinion in order to impregnate your subconscious mind with clear and bright statements—also called declarations—that the subconscious will bring to pass as outer reality. 

This process is to be repeated on a daily basis as the change of our cognitive interface, the neuronet in our brain, is a gradual process. This is why persistence is necessary in practicing positive affirmations. When this is done in a systematic fashion, positive thought is built which again is formed into positive habits. For example, happiness is such a habit, it’s really a habit, while not many people may see it that way.

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