The Power Of Your Subconscious Mind is the title of a book published in 1963 by Dr Joseph Murphy. It’s interesting to look at what he said over 50 years ago and see how his ideas have come down to us today.
Murphy’s book followed on from the tradition of people like Napoleon Hill, but it offered a more modern view – a 1960s view – of how you could control manifestation using Law of Attraction ptinciples… not that Joe Murphy use those terms. He spoke of creating miracles in your life.
It shows how manifestation and the Law of Attraction have been written and known about for millennia. Indeed, it shows that we’re simply the latest people in a long line of truth seekers looking for ways to use the power of the universe to manifest what we want.
The book is written from a distinctly Christian viewpoint, but this doesn’t alter the fact that it contains many truths about how we can use universal Laws of Attraction to manifest whatever we want.
If you’re feeling strong – the full audiobook.
So let’s have a look and see what might be useful for us today.
Written for its time, the book starts by asking why succss and achievement don’t come to everyone.
Why, asks Murphy, is one man poor and the next man rich? Why does one woman live with ill-health and the next have outstanding quality of life? Why does one man toil hard all his life and end up with very little to show for it, while others put in less effort and end up abundant and wealthy in every way?
But I guess we all know the answer to those questions: it’s the way in which each individual uses their mind that determines how successful they are going to be
Murphy was basically trying to convince his readers of the fact they could control the world around them with the power of their mind – perhaps this was a new idea to people in the 1960s: it certainly isn’t nowadays.
We are much more interested in finding out how to use Law of Attraction techniques to manifest reality.
However, right from the off, Joe Murphy is talking about the same things that we’re talking about. Remember our simple formula for expressing how manifestation works:
Desire + Belief + Expectancy + Action => Manifestation
Strangely enough, the first thing Joe talks about is belief: “As a man thinks, feels, and believes, so is the condition of his mind, body, and circumstances… And so it is: because infinite riches are indeed all around you if you will open your eyes and your mind and behold the treasure house of infinity within you.”
As Murphy said, “Within your subconscious mind lies infinite wisdom, infinite power, and an infinite supply of all that is necessary, which is waiting for development and expression… The infinite intelligence within your subconscious mind can reveal to you everything you need to know about every moment of time and point of space provided you are open-minded and receptive… You can bring forth new thoughts and ideas enabling you to bring forth new inventions, make new discoveries, or write books and plays. Moreover, the infinite intelligence in your subconscious can impart you wonderful kinds of knowledge of an original nature. It can reveal to you and open the way for perfect expression and true place in your life.”
Now, just as in 1963 when Joe Murphy wrote this book, the challenge is not about establishing whether or not the subconscious has the power to do all these things; the challenge is finding a way for you and me (and everyone of us) to bring this energy and force and creative power into our lives so that we can indeed get what we want.
Murphy takes a simple example to illustrate the point: the conscious mind is like the navigator or captain at the bridge of the ship, whereas the subconscious mind takes the orders that the captain gives and carries them out. This is how manifestation happens.
Whatever you believe consciously to be true, and whatever you say and do consciously, will influence the subconscious – and it will follow those instructions until you send it another set of instructions.
To take an example, if you repeatedly say to people “I can’t afford it” then your subconscious mind will take you at your word, and see that you really can’t.
Yet even if you convince your conscious mind you can afford it, the beliefs you hold in your subconscious will still impact your ability to manifest what you want.
For the subtle beliefs you hold about yourself at this deep level will always control the expression of your life in the world, your ability to manifest a new reality.
Do you believe, perhaps, at a deep level out of your awareness, that you aren’t worthy of earning lots of money? How would you ever establish if that was true? And how would you change such a belief if indeed it turned out that you hold it?
Manifesting Success By Changing Beliefs
First of all you need to be aware that the subconscious and conscious mind are not truly independent.
They are both part of one functioning whole – but it is the subconscious which is infinitely more capacity for influencing your behavior, your achievements, your health, your wealth, the quality of your relationships, and the quality of your life.
Back in 1963 Joe Murphy seem to be suggesting that the subconscious was just a mechanistic entity which would carry out the instructions of the conscious mind.
But we now know that it has infinite capacity for calculation, infinite capacity for collecting information, and infinite capacity for connecting with the universal energy around us.
And it has one characteristic which can be either a massive help to us in manifestation or a massive drawback: it’s not critical. In fact, it accepts what you believe to be true about yourself and holds onto that belief as a certainty.
So for example, if you were mistreated as a child, you might have picked up the message that you are worthless, and that belief, implanted in the subconscious mind, will still be running your life until you take steps to extract it and change it.
But if you were taught to believe how wonderful you are and how successful you will be, then guess what belief system is running your life right now! (A very positive one….)
The problem is, from infancy onwards, many of us have been given negative suggestions – a point Joe Murphy emphasizes with a few of millions of possible examples: You can’t do it. You’ll never amount to anything. You mustn’t do that. You’ll fail. You haven’t got a chance. It’s no use. It’s not what you know, but who you know. Things are getting worse and worse. There’s no such thing as true love. You just can’t win. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. And on and on and on…
You can see why it was obvious to Murphy then, just as it’s obvious to us now, that there is always a need to release yourself from this kind of conditioning.
In the next post, we’ll look some more at what Joe Murphy had to say about all this…