In the first seven years of life, children are not able to consciously work out the truth of what they are told. They just accept what they are told – directly or indirectly – as fundamental truths.
And the problem with that is that what they learn about themselves goes into the subconscious and remains there, determining an individual’s success and achievement pretty much for the rest of her or his life. Many of these beliefs are very limiting.
That’s why so many of us need to reprogram ourselves with more constructive and helpful beliefs….
Only by a conscious process of “reconditioning” can you extract and change your limiting beliefs – but doing so is very necessary if you want to make a success of your life and manifest a different reality.
You can’t use the concepts and principles of manifestation and law of attraction unless what you want is believable for you!
Manifestation and Success Principles
So when you are seeking an answer to a problem, Joe Murphy notes, “your subconscious will respond, but it expects you to come to a decision and true judgement in your conscious mind”.
First, though, you must acknowledge the answer is in your subconscious mind.
And he offers this advice as a way of doing this: “Still the wheels of your mind, relax, let go, and quietly affirm: my subconscious knows the answer. It is responding to me now. I give thanks because I know the infinite intelligence of my subconscious knows all things and is revealing the perfect answer to me now. My real conviction is now setting free the majesty and glory of my subconscious mind. I rejoice that it is so.”
In Chapter 3 of his book, The Power Of Your Subconscious Mind, Murphy goes on to talk more about the subconscious.
He emphasizes that the subconscious is really our link to infinite intelligence. It’s a part of us that never sleeps or rests. It is truly a miracle working power we have at our disposal to create either positive or negative outcomes for ourselves.
It is the part of us responsible for manifesting our desires.
As Ralph Waldo Emerson said: “Man is what he thinks all day long.”
In his own words, Murphy expresses the belief of the time: whatever is impressed in your subconscious mind is expressed on “the screen of space”.
Perhaps these days we’d refer to this as contacting infinite intelligence, cosmic consciousness, or God – or sending out our desires, wishes and commands to the universe.
But the principle is exactly the same whatever words are used to describe it: we have the ability to enter into communion, or connection, with the Universal Intelligence or the Cosmic Intelligence, or the Cosmic Consciousness, or The Mystery, or The Universal Oneness, or if you prefer, God.
And we can do this when we are in a meditative or reflective state of mind.
Because he’s of a religious disposition, Murphy talks about prayer as the way for us to connect with infinite intelligence, but prayer is really a reflective or meditative state in which we send out our wishes and commands to the universe.
He reminds us of that familiar verse from the Bible: “Ask and it shall be given unto you; seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you.” (Matthew 7:7.)
Of course that’s a powerful teaching from the Bible, and it actually contains a fundamental truth – that which we ask for we can expect to achieve.
To put it another way – it is our divine right to manifest abundance, or indeed anything else we desire.
If so, we need to ask why so many people find difficulty in manifesting what they want.
And Murphy’s response to this very valid point is that you must ask while believing that you will receive.
He puts it this way: “Your prayer, which is your mental act, must be accepted as an image in your mind before the power from your subconscious will play upon it and make it productive. You must reach a point of acceptance in your mind, an unqualified and undisputed state of agreement .”
And he too, like many modern authors, talks of accompanying the visualization of your objectives with a feeling of joy as you foresee the “certain accomplishment of your desire”.
Times Have Changed But The Law of Attraction Hasn’t!
How wonderful to see that Murphy recognizes what we now know to be true – that visualization, a picture formed in your imagination, is a powerful way to bring your goals into reality in the objective physical world.
Murphy talks of how he perfected the art of public speaking by building up a mental picture in his imagination of his lectures and workshops being hugely successful, imagining every detail including the joy and happiness, as well as the love and affection of the audience pouring forth onto him.
And then he says he “released” the whole picture and went onto the platform.
All these ideas are very familiar to us today. They are the path to manifesting what you want.
And you can see how Murphy’s ideas have come down to us across time: just like him, modern day authors who write about Law of Attraction techniques also talk of using visualization to picture what you want, then using the power of desire, belief, expectancy, and strong emotions like joy to drive the process of reality creation or manifestation.
Techniques From The 1960s – You Can Use Them Today!
Murphy mentions several interesting techniques he used when Creating Miracles – what we would call manifesting or co-creating reality.
Today these may be just as powerful and effective in helping us manifest the goals and objectives we desire to bring into our lives.
1) Summarize and offer it up to the universe.
The first technique is summarizing your entire desired outcome in a short concise sentence: something as simple as “It is finished in divine order”, perhaps.
Murphy suggested repeating your sentence several times a day, particularly when your body and the conscious mind are in a state of deep relaxation so your subconscious could convey that desired outcome to the universal mind. “And indeed, it is so.”
2) Use natural relaxed states
Murphy calls the next technique “the sleeping technique”.
He says that when you’re in a sleepy, drowsy state, the conscious mind’s activity is much reduced. And so one easy way to access the power of the subconscious is to create an image of what you want just before you go to sleep and/or just after you wake up in the morning.
By repeating a positive affirmation quietly and lovingly for 5 or 10 minutes night and morning, you can induce your subconscious to accept this new idea or way of being or self-belief.
And then you can really begin to manifest things which don’t fit with your historical reality.
3) The “Thank-you technique”
As Murphy says, in the Bible St Paul recommends we make our requests known with praise and thanksgiving – again, the emotion of gratitude features as part of manifestation.
For example, one man, who had little financial wealth, repeated night and morning the words “Thank you Father for my wealth” in a relaxed peaceful manner until he really did feel thankful.
The man imagined that he was addressing the Source – Infinite Power and Intelligence. As Murphy puts it, he was “seeing with the inner eyes of spiritual perception, realizing that his thought image of wealth was the first cause of everything else that he needed”.
And by repeating “Thank you Father” over and over again his mind and heart lifted up the point of acceptance. The man kept this up during the day too, whenever fear of lack and poverty consciousness came to mind. He simply repeated the words “Thank you Father”.
And yes, he achieved success!
Murphy goes on to talk about affirmations as part of manifestation. He says the power of an affirmation lies in “the intelligent application of definite and specific positives”.
By this he means that affirmations are a way to “rearrange the negative patterns of your subconscious mind based on your faith and understanding of that which you affirm”.
To affirm is, of course, to state that something is already so.
Which means Affirmations can be very powerful – so long as you can believe them at a subconscious level.
Fortunately, techniques like self hypnosis and autosuggestion, of which there are many variations, can be used to more easily implant affirmations in your subconscious mind.
(These techniques make “miracle creation” easier than just using the simple process of repetition which Murphy recommends.)
5) The next technique of manifesting reality he calls “the argumentative method”.
It’s not so relevant, I think, to us nowadays, although I have seen modern techniques such as the Lefkoe method which seem to rely on something similar.
It’s a process of conscious reasoning in which you aim to convince yourself that the things which are getting in the way of the natural order (of you having wealth and health and good quality relationships) are not true.
It is, I believe, in its modern form, an effective way of changing limiting beliefs.
6) Murphy goes on to talk about “the decree method”.
In short, power goes into our words according to the feeling and faith behind them.
This is a variation on the theme of desire, belief and expectancy propelling your intention out into the universe so you can achieve what you want.
And yes, when you understand that the power which “moves the world” is moving on your behalf and backing up your intentions by creating reality, your confidence and assurance about miracle creation or manifestation will grow.
I’m keen on Murphy’s book because he writes about universal truths which go beyond time and space. And while it’s not the best book on manifestation ideas (it’s very dated), it’s certainly very encouraging book which is motivating and positive.
So if you can overcome the old fashioned language and examples, there are still many truths to be gained from this book.
In another post I’ll examine more of what Joseph Murphy has to say about the Law of Attraction.