Book summary: The Power of Your Subconscious Mind

Why can one of us be depressed while the other is cheerful? Why can one of us be wealthy while the other be impoverished? Why is it possible for one of us to have strong personal relationships while the other does not?

It's all in the head, according to Dr. Joseph Murphy: the subconscious mind. His book, The Power of Your Subconscious Mind, was published many years ago, when things were extremely different, yet today's material remains relevant.

It's all in the mind.

A brain symbolising the mind. Realigning it can benefit in the long run.

What do you hope to get out of life? Riches? Happiness? Power? Relationships?

The goal of this book is to demonstrate how realigning your thought patterns may result in substantial benefits. It provides several examples of how the method has been beneficial.

Even in today's quickly changing environment, we may find an approach that works.

Everyone wants to be healthy, happy, secure, have peace of mind, and/or realize their true self in life. Yet, many people fail to accomplish these clearly defined goals.

According to Dr. Murphy, all we have to do is align our minds and hearts with the good we want to do, and our subconscious will take care of the rest!

He claims that whatever we "teach" our subconscious mind, it will believe: "I'll succeed." "I'm going to be a millionaire." "I'm going to blow it!"

The law of believing is the law of our thinking. Our experiences, events, circumstances, and behaviors are the subconscious mind's responses to our ideas.

Dr. Murphy claims that if we learn to regulate our mental processes, we may use the subconscious's powers to solve any problem or challenge. In other words, our world outside is created by the world within (our ideas, feelings, and pictures).

The Singles Club Challenge

When we set out to better our position, we usually start with our physical situation and surroundings.

Here's an illustration: (with a hat-tip to Seth Godin). Let's pretend we're seeking a social companion. We're lacking in self-esteem and don't want to be forgotten. As a result, we visit a singles club.

We're sitting at the pub, not optimistic about our chances. Nothing appears to have changed. We attempt something different the following time we come, such as dressing up in more costly clothing that is well-polished and maintained.

There has been no progress. Why? We're concentrating on the conditions and environment rather than the main issue, which is our confidence.

According to Dr. Murphy, you must remove the reason for conflict, confusion, and restriction.

The cause is how you utilize your conscious mind. The negative emotions in our subconscious mind overwhelm our conscious mind with a sensation of dread, foreboding, and despair. Meanwhile, our conscious mind is full of fear, worry, and anxiety.

Make it happen

A happy male playing guitar and singing, feeling happy. Good mind produces good will.

The conscious or rational level of our mind differs from the subconscious or irrational one.

Whatever we believe with our conscious mind seeps down into our subconscious mind and produces the underlying bias. Our subconscious mind is the creative mind and the home of our emotions. If we think good, good will come to us; if we think evil, bad will come to us.

The most important thing to understand is that once the subconscious mind accepts an idea, it begins to manifest it.

Our conscious mind is the thinking mind: it's where we make decisions, and it's also known as our objective mind since it deals with external objects and is influenced by our five senses.

Our subconscious or subjective mind, on the other hand, notices the world without using the five senses.

Intuition is how our subjective mind interprets things. It can leave our body, go to other locations, and return with "experiences" that have no physical existence but are real to our minds.

We are constantly exposed to it, and it is frequently used as a tool to gain control and authority over others.

It is one of the most damaging techniques in existence in its negative version. "You won't be able to." "You'll never amount to anything," says the narrator. "You can't." "You're doomed." "You don't stand a chance."

Placing these beliefs in a victim's subconscious mind might put them at a serious disadvantage. We'll have to rely on auto-suggestions.

Auto-suggestion helps us break away from the negative verbal conditioning of remarks like the ones listed above and replace negativity with optimistic vision.

How to get the subconscious to work for us

2 males feeding good ideas and brainstorming, feeding the conscious mind with positivity.

The first thing we must understand is that our subconscious mind is constantly at work. It is active at all times of the day and night, whether we are aware of it or not.

To get access to it, we must alter our conscious mind's habits. We must teach it to feed good ideas and visions to its subconscious companion regularly to attain the goals we desire. The goals we wish to achieve. We want to instill faith in it.

Belief is the subconscious mind's pattern. It receives what is supplied to it and then generates the results based on its directions.

The main causes of failure are a lack of confidence and an excessive amount of effort.

When we hear ourselves saying things like, "Things are getting worse," we know we're doomed to fail. "I'll never get a response." "It seems like there is no way out." "It feels hopeless." "There are moments when I don't know what to do." "Sometimes, everything just gets so mixed up."

When we make remarks like these, our subconscious mind sees them as surrender. We need a clear concept in our heads and think there is a way out, a solution to our situation. "Do or do not; there is no try," Yoda stated.

Relaxation, according to Dr. Murphy, is the key. He advises us not to get caught up in the minutiae and methods but rather concentrate on the final goal.

He recommends that we obtain the "feeling" of the solution we want and let our subconscious minds fill in the blanks with faith that it will become true.

When is the ideal moment to do so? Before going to bed. Our negative thoughts, such as fear, uncertainty, and doubt, which tend to undermine our commitment, are no longer present in this condition.

But keep in mind that we won't always get a response right away. It's possible that the answer won't arrive for a while. Every night before going to bed, we must remind our subconscious minds of the importance of having trust in the outcome.

Visualization: the Murphy Way

A male sitting doing yoga, feeling calm and serene.

Dr. Murphy's technique of visualization can be used to seed our subconscious mind before sleep.

Habit is a function of our subconscious mind, and we are creatures of habit. We learned to swim, ride a bicycle, dance, and drive a vehicle by deliberately performing it over and over until our subconscious mind formed pathways.

The subconscious mind's habitual habit action takes control after that. Subconscious seeding is the same way. Three stages must be followed to create the habit.

The first step is to become motionless and silence your mind's wheels. Put yourself in a sleepy, tired mood. We build concentration in this calm, serene, and receptive condition. The mind must be quieted, and the body must be stilled.

The second stage is to focus on finding a solution to our dilemma. Attempt to address the issue using your conscious thoughts. Consider how ecstatic we would be if we found the ideal answer.

Consider how we'd feel if we had the perfect solution right now. Allow our minds to relax and experiment with this atmosphere. Take a short statement that defines success and repeat it like a mantra.

The final step is to do what Johann von Goethe, a German author, did just before sleeping. Consider the presence of a friend or a loved one in our midst.

We are calm and at ease with our eyes closed. "Congratulations!" says the loved one or friend who is subjectively present. The smile is visible, and the voice is audible. Everything seems genuine and vibrant. We've gotten what we wanted; our objective has been met.

Repeat this process in your calm mind until it becomes palpable. Until we can't tell the difference between what is and what we want. Dr. Murphy advises that we should not panic and instead focus on something else if we don't know the answer when we wake up. It's more than probable that we're obsessed with something else, and our subconscious mind has narrowed in on it.

Whether you succeed or not, make it a habit to practice the exercise every evening. Patience is required. When your vision becomes your major focus, your subconscious mind will begin to exert its authority.

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