The Power Of Your Subconscious Mind (1963) asserts that our outer world is a reflection of our subconscious mind. The book provides practical insights on the workings of the subconscious mind as well as on how to focus and redirect its energies. The author, Dr. Joseph Murphy (1898 – 1981) was a writer, minister and one of the key proponents of the ‘New Thought’ movement.
The Conscious & the Subconscious Mind
“There are two levels of your mind—the conscious (rational) and the subconscious (irrational). You think with your conscious mind, and whatever you habitually think sinks down into your subconscious mind, which creates according to the nature of your thoughts. ”
“Once the subconscious mind accepts an idea, it begins to execute it. It is an interesting and subtle truth that the law of the subconscious mind works for good and bad ideas alike.”
“You will get a reaction or response from your subconscious mind according to the nature of the thought or idea you hold in your conscious mind.”
“You must remember that these are not two minds. They are merely two spheres of activity within one mind. Your conscious mind is the reasoning mind. It is that phase of mind, which chooses. For example, you choose your books, your home, and your partner in life. You make all your decisions with your conscious mind.”
“On the other hand, without any conscious choice on your part, your heart is kept functioning automatically, and the process of digestion, circulation, and breathing are carried on by your subconscious mind through processes independent of your conscious control.”
“Your subconscious mind accepts what is impressed upon it or what you consciously believe. It does not reason things out like your conscious mind, and it does not argue with you… it responds according to the nature of your thoughts or suggestions. ”
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The Captain and His Ship
The conscious mind is like the navigator or captain at the bridge of a ship… he directs the ship and signals orders to men in the engine room, who in turn control all the boilers, instruments, gauges, etc.”
“The men in the engine room do not know where they are going; they follow orders. They would go on the rocks if the man on the bridge issued faulty or wrong instructions based on his findings with the compass, sextant, or other instruments. ”
“The men in the engine room obey him because he is in charge and issues orders, which are automatically obeyed. Members of the crew do not talk back to the captain; they simply carry out orders. The captain is the master of his ship, and his decrees are carried out. ”
“Likewise, your conscious mind is the captain and the master of your ship, which represents your body, environment, and all your affairs. Your subconscious mind takes the orders you give it based upon what your conscious mind believes and accepts as true. ”
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The Power of Suggestion
‘One of the basic laws of the mind: Your subconscious is amenable to suggestion.’
“A suggestion is the act or instance of putting something into one’s mind, the mental process by which the thought or idea suggested is entertained, accepted, or put into effect.”
“Different people will react in different ways to the same suggestion because of their subconscious conditioning or belief.”
“…your conscious mind has the power to reject the suggestion given.”
“The suggestions of others in themselves have absolutely no power over you except the power that you give them through your own thoughts. You have to give your mental con-sent; you have to entertain the thought. Then, it becomes your thought, and you do the thinking. Remember, you have the capacity to choose.”