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Summary: The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy

Key Takeaways

  • Do you want to learn how to use the power of your subconscious mind to achieve any goal or desire? Do you want to discover the secrets of success, happiness, health, wealth, peace, and harmony? Do you want to overcome your problems and challenges, and create your own reality? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this article is for you.
  • This summary teaches how to use the power of the subconscious mind to achieve any goal or desire.
  • If you want to learn more about how to use the power of your subconscious mind, read on. You will discover how the subconscious mind works, and how you can influence it with your conscious thoughts and beliefs.
  • You will also find out how to use various techniques and methods to harness the power of the subconscious mind, such as visualization, affirmation, prayer, meditation, and autosuggestion.
  • You will also get examples and testimonials of how people have used these techniques to overcome various problems and challenges, such as illness, fear, anxiety, poverty, addiction, and relationship issues.
  • You will also get insights and lessons from Murphy’s own personal and professional experience, and his message of faith, belief, and emotion.
  • You will also get inspired and empowered by his message of hope and healing, and his challenge to take responsibility and control of your mind, and to make positive and lasting changes.

Envision an iceberg floating in the Arctic. Though you can see parts of it above the surface of the water, the majority of it is hidden beneath. This image can be applied to your mind as well. The part of our minds that we are aware of, the conscious mind, is what is seen above the water. The other part, our subconscious mind, which is at least equally as large, lingers below the surface. How do we tap into a seemingly inaccessible part of our minds?

This question is addressed in The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murray, a classic book from the early 1960s that we will be looking at in this summary. You will learn how to unleash the potential that is hidden away in your subconscious mind in order to tackle a wide array of issues. You will come out the other end feeling both happier and wiser.

Over the course of this summary of The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy, you’ll learn the following:

  • how a doctor utilized his subconscious to lessen mortality rates;
  • why visualization is important to selling your house; and
  • why you must learn to love the boss you dislike.

Book Summary: The Power of Your Subconscious Mind


This 1963 classic by Irish-born American minister Joseph Murphy (1898-1981) strongly influenced the New Thought, New Age and self-help movements. Its brief chapters offer a clear, engaging and encouraging treatise on how to lead a better life, forge better relationships, become more prosperous and improve your health. Murphy repeats some points in different chapters, and his vocabulary and reasoning may seem odd or casual. For example, he groups all the functions of the autonomic nervous system as part of the subconscious. Some of his scientific assertions weren’t standard findings when the book came out, and now more of its science has become outdated (well, it’s been a while), so step in for the mindfulness and guidance he offers, not the hard data. We find that his philosophical approach will interest anyone with a New Age bent and those seeking calmness through a blending of psychology and spirituality.


  • Your mind has two areas of function: the conscious mind and the subconscious mind.
  • Your conscious mind is rational and makes choices, but it has limitations. Your subconscious is not rational but it’s infinite. It accepts the messages you give it as truth.
  • Your subconscious mind controls your autonomic systems and can heal you.
  • Your mind-set determines your fate. A wealthy mind-set promotes a life of wealth; a healthy mind-set fosters a vibrant body.
  • Many people fail because they try too hard. Your subconscious mind works best when you feel relaxed and full of faith.
  • To activate your subconscious, relax, have faith, visualize successfully reaching your goals, repeat affirmation statements and pray.
  • Your subconscious mind can solve problems while you sleep.
  • Your subconscious can find your “ideal mate” and heal emotional problems.
  • Your subconscious can help you succeed and grow wealthy.
  • Celebrate old age, a time when you are nearest to understanding the divine purpose. Your subconscious and your spirit don’t age.

The subconscious mind is susceptible to suggestions, which can be used to your advantage.

Do you remember learning to ride a bike? While learning, it’s likely that this task required intense attention and focus from your conscious mind. But once you became more comfortable and competent, your subconscious began to grasp the concept, and pretty soon riding a bike became an automatic task.

Learning to ride a bike is a great example of conscious to unconscious learning, which is an incredible tool your brain has. To use it, you must harness the power of your subconscious by repeated positive thoughts.

For instance, in the late nineteenth century, Enrico Caruso — an Italian opera tenor — performed at famous opera houses throughout Europe and the United States. However, he would become drenched in sweat and suffer throat spasms minutes before he was to step on stage. Why did this happen? Well, his mind was bogged down with negative thoughts. He feared being laughed off the stage or being heckled for a poor performance. Nonetheless, he conquered his stage fright by telling the “small me,” or conscious mind, to quit interfering with his “big me,” or subconscious mind. When he repeated this meditative practice, he was able to inspire his subconscious mind to ignore his fears and negativity coming from his conscious mind, which freed up more energy for his powerful vocal chords.

The subconscious mind is an extremely powerful part of us. In fact, it can absorb and put into practice any idea you simply suggest it.

For example, quite a few experiments have been done by psychologists in which a competent hypnotist puts students into a hypnotic state prior to suggesting to them that they are indeed cats. In each experiment, the students would go on to act the part of “cat” with complete authenticity, since their subconscious minds simply accepted whatever their conscious mind thought to be true.

How about we consider a Scottish surgeon named Dr. James Esdaille. During the years from 1843 through 1846, Dr. Esdaille performed approximately 400 amputations prior to the development of anesthesia. Shockingly, the mortality rate for his procedures was quite low at just two or three percent. He attributed this success to his technique of hypnotically suggesting to his patients that they would not develop an infection as a result of the operation. This tactic was sufficient to prompt a response in both the subconscious mind and the bodies of his patients.

The power of positive thinking and visualization can be used to realize your dreams.

In the eighteenth century, priests healed the sick by persuading them to believe that God would make them get better. This approach incredibly worked quite often. It wasn’t the work of a mysterious deity, however. The subconscious mind is a powerful healer.

Though this effect may seem supernatural, it can be explained by evidence that positive thinking can give your subconscious the power to heal disease. For instance, after one of Murphy’s relatives developed tuberculosis, the man’s son was determined to make him better. He brought his father a piece of wood he had picked up off the sidewalk and told him that it was a cross he had bought from a monk who had recently toured a healing shrine in Europe.

He told his father that even touching the cross had healed many people in the past. His father held the object tightly and prayed with it in his hand before falling asleep. Upon waking the next morning, he was completely healed.

Since the father was so truly convinced that the cross had healed his disease, no one ever broke the news to him. In some cases, breaking the illusion might cause the disease to resurface. Similarly, if you simply imagine something you desire, that desire might become a reality. An applicable example comes from the author’s teachings at the Church of Divine Science, which was a weekly radio show with millions of listeners.

The author talked about the so called mental movie method in one of the episodes of his show when he was advising people about selling their houses. To use this method, you must create a mental image you desire, and hold it in your mind until your subconscious makes it a reality.

A home seller from the example above used this method. The first step for her was to gain confidence that she had set an appropriate price for the sale of her house. Following this, she would envision herself celebrating the close of her home, and kept that image in her ming as she dozed off. As she began to fall asleep, her subconscious would latch onto this image, and would connect her with a buyer.

A number of listeners sent in thank you letters to the author since this technique worked so well in the process of selling their homes.

Tremendous results can be achieved with visualization and passion.

Now that you know how visualization can play a role in selling your house, let’s look further into the power of the subconscious. The process of visualization is a powerful tool, and can even help attract money. To do this, you only need to picture your desired end goal, and then allow your subconscious to do the rest.

For example, let’s look at the story of a young Australian boy who wanted to become a doctor and a surgeon, but didn’t have the money to start himself down his path. For months, every night before he fell asleep, he would envision a medical diploma he had earned hanging on his wall.

One day, a doctor who knew this boy saw that he had potential, and taught him how to sterilize instruments and give injections. This work eventually paid for the boy’s medical school tuition.

Your subconscious can also help you overcome jealousy, which causes a feeling of inferiority which can block your path to wealth. For instance, observing another person cash a sizeable check may make you feel envious, but your subconscious can help you change this reaction.

You should wish greater wealth upon other, which your subconscious will pick up on. This will tell your subconscious that you believe you deserve the same. Remaining jealous doesn’t help anyone, and you’ll likely hinder your own potential for financial success.

Lastly, pairing visualization with passion can reap massive benefits. Let’s look at an example. The author knew a young pharmacist who loved what he did and often thought about opening his own pharmacy.

He brought his focus to creating mental images of himself filling prescriptions, and subsequently started a new job with a major pharmacy. Here, he was able to pursue his passion and make money as well. He moved up the ranks to manager, and after four years of hard work, he saved enough money to branch out and open his own pharmacy. By using passion and visualization together, the young pharmacist was able to ascend to his dream, realizing his ambitions.

Allow your subconscious to c your choices in order to attract the kind of romantic partner you want.

Did you know that a third of our lives is spent sleeping?

That time is not lost, however, since lots of things occur while you sleep. Your body restores its energy, heals injuries, and digests what you have consumed throughout the day. If your physical body is so active while asleep, you’ll be able to guess that your subconscious is busy working through the night as well.

The intuitive powers of your subconscious can amazingly guide you through decisions. One of the author’s radio show listeners, a woman from Los Angeles, is a perfect example. She was offered a job double her current salary, but in New York City, and she couldn’t decide if she should accept it. She looked for guidance from her subconscious, and trusted that an answer would come to her while she slept.

Before going to sleep, she meditated and then dozed off. In the morning when she awoke, she had a gut feeling that she shouldn’t accept the job. In future months, her choice was validated, seeing that the company who had offered her the job had filed for bankruptcy. The intuition of her subconscious mind had guided her appropriately.

Your subconscious can do much more for you in your sleep. If you focus on the qualities you’d like to find in a romantic partner, it might even be able to find that person for you.

For example, the author was familiar with a teacher whose three ex-husbands were all weak and passive, though she desired the opposite qualities in a partner. What was going on here?

In this case, the teacher’s mascuine, dominant personality had attracted much more submissive partners. She used her subconscious to mentally construct the image of her ideal partner every night before falling asleep, and was able to change the pattern. She accepted a job as a secretary in a doctor’s office, and immediately recognized that the physician, a healthy, successful man, was the partner she had been imagining. They married, and lived life together happily.

Lose the negative thoughts that are blocking your way to happiness.

Finding a great deal at a flea market or picking a 20$ bill up off the street is a recognizable sense of joy for almost everyone. This type of happiness is fleeting, though. Fortunately, you can get more happiness in your life simply by changing your thoughts.

You must first choose happiness in order to be happy. As an example, a salesman once asked the author why he had never been recognized for his work, though he consistently outperformed his colleagues. He believed that the sales manager didn’t like him, and blamed this for the misstep and poor treatment. His thoughts were angry and hostile toward his boss, and these eventually got in the way of his progress.

He then realized that he could simply choose happiness, and shifted his mindset to a more positive place. He constantly wished health and success upon his boss, and practiced visualizing his manager congratulating him on his sales numbers with a handshake and a warm smile. Following this, his boss called him and promoted him to sales manager. The salesman received a large raise in the process, too.

Negative thoughts can be highly detrimental and can even prevent you from succeeding or achieving peace of mind. For another example, let’s look at one of the author’s associates who worked day in and day out, neglecting his family and causing himself high blood pressure.

Why did he work so much?

The answer to this question wasn’t immediately. But, when the employee delved deeper into himself, he discovered that he felt guilty about not doing the right thing by his deceased brother who had passed away years before. The remorse he was experiencing caused him to punish himself by working constantly and keeping himself from seeing his wife and children.

To end his suffering and begin the healing process, the first step was to forgive himself. He now works regular hours and spends plenty of time with his family.

Overcome your obstacles and stay young by replacing your fears with positive thinking.

Were you scared of monsters hiding under the bed as a kid? If so, you probably remember how relieving it was when your mom or dad turned on the light and revealed that everything was safe and nothing was under your bed. In truth, fears, even in adulthood, are constructed on false thoughts, and this terror can be assuaged by counteracting them.

Many adults fear failure and powerlessness. For example, let’s look at Mr. Jones, a man who was unable to control his compulsion to drink. SOmetimes, he would stay drunk for two straight weeks.

He felt powerless from his constant failure in his attempts to quit drinking. This fear would cause him to quit trying altogether. Eventually, he lost his family, and this made him want to face his fear. He put himself into a calm state of mind, and then visualized what it would feel like if his daughter praised him for getting sober. During this process, he was able to give up alcohol slowly over time, and reunited with his family.

Another common fear found in most adults is aging. This fear can be overcome by modifying your thought processes. After all, aging only happens when you stop dreaming or learning new skills. Staying young is simply about remaining active.

For example, an executive that lived close to the author retired at the age of 65 after spending the majority of his life working and learning. Instead of being afraid of retirement, he saw it as an opportunity to do and learn things he wanted to, such as taking a photography class, traveling the world, and becoming a lecturer on the subject of aging.

His enthusiasm for his newly acquired time allowed him to continue learning and growing, which kept him young at heart. This inspired his mind and body to do the same.

Another example would be the author’s father, who at 65 set out to learn French, and later became a specialist on the language five years later. Following this, he began to study Gaelic, and taught that language until his death at 99 years of age.


Your Mind

You have only one mind, but it has two areas with different functions. One part is your conscious mind. That’s your “objective mind,” your waking mind or your “surface” mind. It can make choices. The other part is your subconscious mind. It is your “deep self” and your “sleeping mind.” Your conscious mind can reason. Your subconscious mind doesn’t reason or argue. Your conscious mind is the gardener, but the subconscious is the garden itself. Your conscious mind plants seeds in the subconscious, which blossoms with what you planted.

Principles of the Conscious and Subconscious Mind

You will be happier and more successful if you learn how your mind works. Your conscious mind does the thinking, and its thoughts sink into the subconscious. Your subconscious accepts these thoughts and acts on them. Whatever your conscious thoughts are, they produce a similar result in the subconscious. Think good things, and good will appear in your life. Think bad things, and bad things will appear. The subconscious faithfully and immediately accepts instruction from the conscious mind. Your subconscious stays open “to the power of suggestion.”

“If your thought is in harmony with the creative principle of your subconscious mind, you are in tune with the innate principle of harmony.”

People respond to suggestions differently, depending on their temperament or past experiences. Your subconscious controls how your body functions and what it feels. “Autosuggestion” can get rid of fear, change your temper and restore your memory, or – if you suggest negativity – it can make you ill. Because “negative suggestions” are powerful, monitor these darker messages and counteract them with “constructive autosuggestions.” Your subconscious works with the logic of a “syllogism”: If you accept a “major premise” as valid, your subconscious will function as if conclusions drawn from that premise are valid. Your subconscious may seem paradoxical. It is “all-wise” and can answer your question, however, it doesn’t argue with you. If you program it for limits and self-destruction, that’s what you will get.

“The problem with most people is that they have no invisible means of support.”

More than “90% of your mental life is subconscious.” The subconscious tends toward life. It builds, restores and achieves. It works for the good. While your conscious mind has limits, your subconscious remains “in touch with infinite life and boundless wisdom.” Your subconscious mind exists in a state of harmony, in which being strong and healthy is natural and being sick is “abnormal.” People get sick because they go against life’s currents and think negative thoughts.

“You only have one mind, but your mind possesses two distinctive characteristics.”

For your conscious and subconscious to interact, the nerves corresponding to each must engage and network. The subconscious is an intelligence that cares for your body. When you think constructive, positive thoughts, your subconscious provides the answers you need. If you try to force an answer, you’ll fail. “The principle reasons for failure are lack of confidence and too much effort.” You can’t coerce your subconscious. You must believe. Don’t rely on will power or behave as if you’re facing an enemy or opponent. Imagine moving freely through life and reaching your goals. Confidently ask for help and answers through your prayers.

Emotions, Relationships and the Subconscious Mind

Your subconscious plays a powerful role in your happiness, how you deal with emotion and your relationships with other people. You will be happy once you choose happiness and to the extent that you have faith. Start today. Trust in the divine order to manifest in your life. Trust yourself to overcome weakness and obstacles. Make happiness a habit. Be grateful for all the universe provides. Don’t make your happiness contingent on outside factors, like being rich.

“Your subconscious mind never rests or sleeps. It is always active, controlling all your vital forces.”

Don’t let past injuries or insults block you from being happy now. Once you remove a pain or obstacle, let it go. Don’t let yourself create a situation in which you benefit from illness or unhappiness, like people who enjoy the attention they receive when they are sick. Practice the best inside of you; keep your mind quiet, and express “God’s love” and beauty in all you do.

“Knowledge of the interaction of your conscious and subconscious minds will enable you to transform your whole life.”

Relationship problems arise because people don’t understand the power of the subconscious or how it works. To have a happy marriage, don’t wait until problems arise to solve them. Start before you get married. Understand that for “marriage to be real it must first be on a spiritual basis.” To attract an “ideal mate,” impress a vision of the kind of person you desire on your subconscious. State in the present tense that you are now attracting someone happy, faithful and honest who has the other qualities you desire. If you have a pattern of attracting the wrong person, examine the messages you send your subconscious. Identify negative messages, and replace them with more positive models through prayer and affirmations.

“For anything to have substance in the realm of mind, it must be thought of as actually existing there.”

An authentic marriage must also be “of the heart.” If your hearts aren’t there and can’t be there, divorce is better than a false marriage. If you’re not sure what to do, pray and ask your subconscious for guidance. However, don’t just drift into getting a divorce. Divorce starts in the minds of those involved, when a couple lets their minds fill with negative thoughts that drive out the love and compassion they should have – or once had – for one another.

“Do not make a god of money. It is only a symbol. Remember that the real riches are in your mind. You are here to lead a balanced life – this includes acquiring all the money you need.”

Don’t let this happen. Don’t complain about your spouse to other people, since that reinforces your negative mind-set. Don’t try to change your spouse. He or she will resist, and the resentment will damage your connection. Instead, “pray together.” Follow three rules. First, don’t carry one day’s frustrations over into the next; forgive one another daily. Second, “say grace at breakfast” and express appreciation regularly. Third, take turns praying for your marriage every night.

“Envy and jealousy are stumbling blocks to the flow of wealth. Rejoice in the prosperity of others.”

Your subconscious helps you deal with negative emotions. Life will always forgive you, because “God is life,” and life always expresses divine principles. Act according to those principles. Release grudges. Send love and harmony out into the world. The world will send it back to you. Criticism can’t hurt you unless you accept it with resentment. Find ways to learn from it. Pray for compassion, and practice forgiveness, especially of yourself. If someone hurt you in the past, treat it like a past physical injury. When your body heals, you move on, leaving the pain behind. Do the same with emotional pain. When you understand the role your mind plays in creating happiness, you can stop blaming other people.

The “Universal Healing Principle”

Throughout history, people have witnessed spontaneous, even miraculous, healing. In many cultures, people believed the gods healed them. Sick people went to priests for help, and the priests guided them through rituals and gave them mixtures of herbs or sometimes even stranger palliatives. When these procedures produced healing, the specific herbs didn’t make the difference. Patients didn’t get well because the priests possessed a special connection with the divine. These healers helped believers achieve a properly receptive state of mind. This let them accept suggestions of healing to come. Their own subconscious minds healed them. The specific methods people follow may vary widely, but the same universal healing principle applies to all.

“Your subconscious mind never grows old. It is timeless, ageless and endless.”

To heal yourself, think in the present tense about the result you want. Visualize that you’re healthy now, not that you will be healthy later. Your subconscious treats this as a fact. For your subconscious to heal you, you must have faith. The Bible underscores this principle often: You will receive “according to your faith.” For evidence, note how hypnosis can make people perceive that they have the symptoms of an illness. For instance, you can hypnotize people to believe they are cold, and they will shiver. A faithful subconscious mind produces positive changes in a body.

“Old age really means the contemplation of the truths of God from the highest standpoint.”

To generate healing, apply “prayer therapy,” wherein you synchronize your subconscious and conscious minds. Direct them toward the same goal. Pray positively about achieving it, while trusting in the “infinite power and intelligence” of your subconscious to carry out this healing. Don’t focus on your illness or pain; instead think of the vibrant health that is naturally yours. Visualize your goal, and keep at it until you can see this healthy state clearly. Your subconscious will take this as reality and manifest it within your body.

“Prayer is the formulation of an idea concerning something we wish to accomplish.”

Show yourself a “mental movie” in which you take the desired actions successfully. Repeatedly affirming “universal principles,” and making positive, specific statements of your goals will educate your subconscious. Relaxing into a drowsy state lets your subconscious be more receptive as you repeat your message. Expressing gratitude is useful, as is offering up a person’s name in prayer. It may help to argue against an existing “false belief” you or others are holding.

The “Universal Subconscious”

You spend about a third of your life asleep. Everyone needs six hours a night; many people need more sleep than they get. Sleep deprivation can have extreme effects. When you sleep, more goes on than you realize. Your subconscious stays active, guiding your body as it repairs itself, digests food, and so on. Sleep occurs when your conscious mind shuts down and lets your subconscious counsel you, recharge your spirit and connect your mind with the larger universal subconscious. Systematically relax your body; commit to sleeping peacefully and waking joyfully.

“Prayer therapy is the synchronized, harmonious and intelligent function of the conscious and subconscious levels of mind specifically directed for a definite purpose.”

Sleep helps you solve problems or generate new ideas. Treasure Island author Robert Louis Stevenson had vivid dreams. Before he went to sleep, he asked his subconscious to generate and develop story ideas. A number of well-known scientists used their subconscious minds this way, too. Nikola Tesla never built his inventions before first visualizing them in his imagination. Dr. Frederick Banting had been trying to solve diabetes when – in a dream – his subconscious instructed him where to look for the solution, an answer that led to the creation of insulin. If you would like similar help from your subconscious mind, work on solving your problem with your conscious mind, and as you do, think about how happy you’ll be when a “perfect solution” appears. Ask your subconscious to provide the answer.


Your subconscious determines how you age. If you grow old in your thoughts, your body will follow. If you assume you will be weak and sick, you will be. If you embrace your later years as a time of vitality and wisdom, you’ll enjoy that experience. Your subconscious mind and spirit don’t age. Let them guide you as you grow older. You will be “as young as you think you are.” If you keep dreaming, and remain interested in life, you will remain energetic. Stop dreaming or setting goals, and you’ll grow old. History is full of people who contributed to society into old age or who kept learning: Isaac Newton worked into his 80s, as did the German author Johann von Goethe and the minister John Wesley. The key to successful old age is not exercising frantically to keep up with young people. It is realizing that old age enables you to contemplate divine truths “from the highest standpoint.”

Wealth, Success and the Subconscious Mind

Wealth is an expression of the functions of your subconscious mind. You will not become rich by saying, “I am a millionaire.” You become rich by developing a “wealth consciousness.” If you have a “poverty-type mind,” you’ll find yourself living in poverty. Your subconscious is a continuous font of ideas. It will produce them endlessly, once you believe you deserve wealth.

“Happiness is a state of mind.”

It is your right to be rich. You exist to live a happy and abundant life. Achieving this destiny depends on following the right principles. To be successful, your work must benefit humanity. Wealth doesn’t come from selfish desires. Rather than working for money, choose the work you love doing. If you do what you love, you are a success. Within that activity, specialize. Find a niche within your work, and learn more about it than anyone else. In any business activity, you will succeed if you enlist your subconscious. Always visualize positive outcomes.

Any challenge or problem brings with it solutions. If you can’t see your path through a challenge, trust your subconscious. If a negative habit gets in your way, recognize it as the result of training your subconscious to go the wrong way. Retrain yourself to positive habits. Assume that your subconscious knows what you should do and will reveal the answer. Fill your mind with visions of your goal, and let your subconscious bring it into being. If you desire your goals intensely – as passionately as you want air – you will get them.


The key message in this book:

Your subconscious mind is constantly working, and harnessing its power for your benefit is possible. Your subconscious can help you tackle any issue in your life and can improve both your emotional and physical health. This entire process works by visualizing success and getting rid of negative thoughts.

Actionable advice:

Use a simple technique for overcoming fear.

Try a simple approach to overcome your fear, no matter what the fear is. Begin by spending five to ten minutes, three times a day, imagining yourself doing the thing that you’re scared of. Construct a joyous image, complete with people cheering you on. By practicing overcoming your fear in a mental image, your subconscious will grasp the idea, and will eventually make it a reality.

About the author

Joseph Murphy, PhD, (1898-1981), an Irish-born American minister, was director of the Church of Divine Science in Los Angeles for 28 years. He turned it into one of the largest New Thought congregations in the United States. He published 46 books between 1945 and 1987.


Self-help, Spirituality, Psychology, New Thought, Religion, Philosophy, Personal Development, Motivation, Success, Mindfulness


“The Power of Your Subconscious Mind” is a thought-provoking book written by Joseph Murphy, a renowned spiritual teacher and author. The book explores the immense power of the subconscious mind and provides practical techniques to harness its potential for personal growth, self-improvement, and spiritual evolution. In this review, we will delve into the book’s key concepts, methods, and impact, offering a comprehensive analysis of its content and relevance in today’s world.

Murphy provides various techniques and methods to help you program your subconscious mind with positive and constructive thoughts and beliefs. Some of these methods include:

  • Affirmations: Repeating positive statements that reflect your desired outcomes or qualities.
  • Visualization: Imagining vividly the scenes or situations that correspond to your goals or aspirations.
  • Prayer: Communicating with the Universal Consciousness and expressing gratitude, faith, and confidence.
  • Meditation: Quieting your conscious mind and listening to the voice of your subconscious mind.
  • Auto-suggestion: Giving yourself suggestions or commands that influence your subconscious mind.
  • Sleep: Using the state of sleep to access and influence your subconscious mind.

Murphy also provides numerous examples and stories of how people have used these methods to overcome various problems and challenges in their lives, such as:

  • Health: Healing physical and mental illnesses, improving vitality and well-being, preventing diseases and aging.
  • Wealth: Attracting money and abundance, overcoming poverty and debt, achieving financial freedom and success.
  • Relationships: Finding love and happiness, resolving conflicts and misunderstandings, enhancing harmony and compatibility.
  • Career: Discovering your purpose and passion, developing your skills and talents, advancing in your profession and vocation.
  • Happiness: Cultivating joy and peace, overcoming fear and worry, developing self-esteem and confidence.

Key Concepts:

  • The Subconscious Mind: Murphy emphasizes the significance of the subconscious mind in shaping our experiences, behaviors, and beliefs. He explains that the subconscious is not just a passive repository of memories and emotions but an active participant in our daily lives, influencing our thoughts, feelings, and actions.
  • The Power of Suggestion: The author highlights the impact of suggestion on the subconscious mind, demonstrating how positive affirmations and visualizations can reprogram negative thought patterns and behaviors. He encourages readers to use constructive suggestions to cultivate a positive mindset, overcome limitations, and achieve their goals.
  • The Importance of Letting Go: Murphy stresses the importance of releasing negative emotions, such as anger, resentment, and fear, which can hinder the free flow of positive energy in our lives. He provides techniques for letting go of these emotions, allowing readers to embrace a more peaceful and fulfilling existence.
  • The Role of Faith and Imagination: The book underscores the significance of faith and imagination in unlocking the subconscious mind’s potential. Murphy encourages readers to cultivate a deep sense of inner peace, confidence, and self-awareness by harnessing the power of their imagination and nurturing their spiritual growth.
  • The Interconnectedness of All Things: Murphy discusses the interconnectedness of the universe, emphasizing that everything is connected and interdependent. He encourages readers to recognize this unity and cultivate a sense of responsibility towards themselves, others, and the world around them.

Methods and Techniques:

  • Affirmations: Murphy provides a detailed explanation of affirmations, offering practical tips for creating effective affirmations that can reprogram the subconscious mind. He encourages readers to repeat their affirmations regularly, with conviction and belief, to manifest positive changes in their lives.
  • Visualization: The author explores the power of visualization, demonstrating how mental imagery can be used to manifest desired outcomes. He guides readers through various visualization exercises, empowering them to tap into their creative potential and bring their goals within reach.
  • Meditation: Murphy emphasizes the importance of meditation as a means of connecting with the subconscious mind and fostering inner peace. He offers practical advice on how to meditate effectively, enabling readers to still their minds and tap into their inner wisdom.
  • Mindfulness: The book emphasizes the value of mindfulness, encouraging readers to live in the present moment and let go of worries about the past or future. Murphy provides techniques for cultivating mindfulness, helping readers develop a greater awareness of their thoughts, emotions, and surroundings.

Impact and Relevance:

“The Power of Your Subconscious Mind” has had a profound impact on readers worldwide, inspiring them to take control of their lives and tap into their inner potential. The book’s practical techniques and spiritual principles have helped people overcome challenges, improve their relationships, and achieve their goals.

The book’s relevance in today’s fast-paced, often stressful world cannot be overstated. With the rising awareness of mental health, mindfulness, and personal development, Murphy’s teachings offer a timeless and universal approach to cultivating inner peace, happiness, and fulfillment.

Here are some additional thoughts on the book:

  • I appreciate that Murphy provides a scientific basis for his claims about the subconscious mind. He cites research from a variety of fields, including psychology, neuroscience, and religion.
  • I also like that Murphy is realistic about the challenges of changing our subconscious mind. He doesn’t promise that it will be easy, but he does provide a clear path for success.
  • Overall, I found The Power of Your Subconscious Mind to be a helpful and informative book. It is definitely worth a read if you are looking to improve your life.


  • The book provides practical techniques and strategies for harnessing the power of the subconscious mind.
  • Murphy offers real-life examples of how these techniques have helped him and others achieve success and happiness.
  • The book is well-written and easy to understand, making it accessible to readers of all levels.


  • Some readers may find the book’s focus on the power of the subconscious mind to be too simplistic or overly optimistic.
  • The book does not provide a comprehensive framework for understanding the subconscious mind, and some readers may find it lacking in depth and complexity.

Target Audience:

“The Power of Your Subconscious Mind” is written for individuals who are looking to improve their lives and achieve their goals through the power of their subconscious mind. The book is particularly suitable for those who are interested in spirituality and personal development, but who may not be familiar with more advanced spiritual concepts. The book’s practical techniques and inspirational stories make it accessible to readers of all backgrounds and levels of spiritual understanding.


In conclusion, “The Power of Your Subconscious Mind” by Joseph Murphy is a compelling and transformative book that explores the immense potential of our subconscious minds. It offers practical techniques, supported by real-life examples, to help readers tap into this power and create positive changes in their lives. While the writing style may be repetitive for some, the book’s spiritual perspective adds a unique dimension to the teachings. Overall, this book is a valuable resource for anyone seeking to unlock their hidden potential and manifest their desires through the power of the subconscious mind.

Rating: 9.5/10


I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in understanding the power of the subconscious mind and how it can be used to achieve success and happiness. While the book is not a comprehensive guide to the subconscious mind, it provides practical techniques and strategies that can be used to harness its power.

Alex Lim is a certified book reviewer and editor with over 10 years of experience in the publishing industry. He has reviewed hundreds of books for reputable magazines and websites, such as The New York Times, The Guardian, and Goodreads. Alex has a master’s degree in comparative literature from Harvard University and a PhD in literary criticism from Oxford University. He is also the author of several acclaimed books on literary theory and analysis, such as The Art of Reading and How to Write a Book Review. Alex lives in London, England with his wife and two children. You can contact him at [email protected] or follow him on Website | Twitter | Facebook

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