Dr Joseph Murphy : The Power of Your Subconscious Mind

By Ellesse

Are you first introduced to the Law of Attraction through the movie “The Secret”? Me too. However, while watching the movie, I realized that a lot of the concepts mentioned were pretty similar to what I’ve read in the book “The Power of Your Subconscious Mind” by Dr Joseph Murphy, a landmark best selling self help book.

My fellow blogger friend, Karen Lynch is offering an ebook version of this book free on her blog, Live the Power for a limited time. Yes, completely free! If you’re interested to know more about what your subconscious is capable of, sign up for it now before she takes down this awesome offer.

After you’ve downloaded this ebook, take a moment to read my review of why I think it’s a good book not to be missed.

The Review

The moment you flip open this ebook, Karen welcomes you with a warm message that’s most inspiring. What she says is very true “… If you incorporate these truths into your life, your life can’t help but change for the better…”.

But the question is, will you do it?

Will you take action and apply what you read from this book and manifest these improvements in your life?

If you know you won’t, don’t bother reading it. Because you’ll probably find Dr Murphy’s style of writing to be too detailed. The fact is, this book was written in 1961 and a lot of the earlier chapters such as the ones below were spent explaining the metaphysical concepts (that were largely unknown then) and its impact on your health, which were already made quite popular now by movies such as “The Secret” and classics like Think & Grow Rich. I’m pretty sure Dr Murphy knew a lot of people might not digest such information readily because he actually wrote a summary at the end of each chapter, highlighting the key ideas.

Chapter 1 – The Treasure House Within You
Chapter 2 – How Your Own Mind Works
Chapter 3 – The Miracle Working Power Of Your Subconscious
Chapter 4 – Mental Healings in Ancient Times
Chapter 5 – Mental Healings in Modern Times
Chapter 6 – Practical Techniques in Mental Healings
Chapter 7 – The Tendency of the Subconscious is Lifeward

But if you know you will or don’t mind giving the ideas in this book a try, the later pages will give you real life examples and anecdotes convincing you why that’s the right decision. As you read, you’ll find yourself unknowingly exclaiming “Oh my goodness, he or she actually did that?”. I attest to it because that’s the same reaction I had when I first read it.

One particular story that I still remember even till today was about a teacher who was married 3 times. She asked Dr Murphy why she always attracted men like her ex-husbands who had been passive, submissive and dependent on her. She didn’t know that her masculine personality make-up was unconsciously suggesting that she find someone like such so that she could be dominant.

Following Dr Murphy’s advice, she started reaffirming a specific message to break her negative pattern. After several months and many dates, while working as a receptionist in a doctor’s office, she met the man of her dreams : the physician. In fact, the minute she saw him, she knew he was the man she had been looking for. Interestingly, the guy knew that too because he proposed just 1 week after meeting her.

Mystical, isn’t it?

How This Book Will Work Miracles In Your Life

In the preface of the same title, Dr Joseph Murphy went on to assert that life’s phenomenons are actual workings of your conscious and subconscious minds and how your destiny can change if you know how to tap on this miraculous energy. He shared a personal life changing experience where he recovered from a malignant sarcoma 42 years ago through the same approach.

Now, when I recapped this, I can’t help noticing the similarity to what Morris Goodman, the Miracle Man and Betty Goodman featured in ‘The Secret’ went through. Both used their mental faculties to recover from a plane crash and breast cancer in 3 months respectively. It’s too much of a coincidence, isn’t it?

So, if what Dr Murphy said is true, then what is this approach he’s talking about?

I found this answer in the introduction : scientific prayer. And it certainly sounds fascinating.

In the realm of scientific prayer, it’s irrelevant which faith you belong to. You can be a Buddhist, Christian, Free Thinker but only when you learn how to pray effectively, can you engage your infinite intelligence to work in your favour. Even from a logical point of view, it does make sense. When you constantly think, feel and believe in what you had prayed for, you’ll inadvertently take up certain action that will help in manifesting your intention.

He further clarified that your desires are like prayers. Whatever that you’ve always wanted, be it toning a healthier body, buying a new car, mending a broken relationship are all in a way subtle prayers and only when you master the right technique to send that message across can you be on your way to boundless joy and abundance.

Do you want to know what’s the right way to engage this scientific prayer?

Read Chapter 6.

In that chapter, he discussed the following techniques to set the stage for your prayers :

  1. Visualization or Mental Movie method

    You can build an idea in your imagination and make it as real as possible. Then sustain it as a mental story where you hear sounds and voices coming out from people in the picture or movie.

  2. Baudoin or Sleeping Technique

    Something like hypnosis, this method requires the repeating of a prayer in a sleepy drowsy like state. Some people call that state “in a trance’. It’s believed that when you’re in such a condition, your conscious mind is too relaxed to interfere with the injection of positive suggestions.

  3. Thank You Technique

    You express gratitude for something you desire in your life as if it has already happened. This tricks the subconscious into believing that you already had what you want and catalyze the process.

  4. Affirmative Method

    You affirm universal truths as fundamentals of your being, your mind works to expel the negative elements in your subconscious mind based on your faith and understanding which you affirm.

  5. Argumentative Method

    You reason with the person involved that his situation is due to his false belief, groundless fears and negative patterns lodged. In my opinion, that person could be yourself too.

  6. Absolute Method

    You say prayers to a divine higher self in accordance to your religion and engage his assistance in helping you.

  7. Decree Method.

    When you recite your prayers with power backed by strong faith, you assume strong confidence that they will be answered. And it will. But it’s important not to confuse power with coercion or brutal force.

In my opinion, not all chapters in “The Power of Your Subconscious Mind” may be relevant to everyone. My advice is to just go for a general read and should you want specific prayer suggestions later in areas such as getting the results you want, wealth, martial issues, problem solving, improving creativity, eradicating fear or staying young, refer to the relevant chapter below directly for a detailed recap.

Chapter 8 – How to get the Results You Want
Chapter 9 – How to use the Power of Your Subconscious for Wealth
Chapter 10 – Your Right to be Rich
Chapter 11 – Your Subconscious Mind as a Partner in Success
Chapter 12 – Scientists Use the Subconscious Mind
Chapter 13 – Your Subconscious and the Wonders of Sleep
Chapter 14 – Your Subconscious Mind and Martial Problems
Chapter 15 – Your Subconscious Mind and Your Happiness
Chapter 16 – Your Subconscious Mind and Harmonious Human Relations
Chapter 17 – How to Use Your Subconscious Mind for Forgiveness
Chapter 18 – How Your Subconscious Mind Removes Mental Blocks
Chapter 19 – How to Use Your Subconscious Mind to Remove Fear
Chapter 20 – How to Stay Young in Spirit Forever

I can’t recall how many times I’ve read Chapter 10, but it’s definitely one of the earlier literature (including Rich Dad Poor Dad and Think & Grow Rich) that has helped to hone my financial mentality. Well, not exactly the millionaire mindset but one that has allowed me to ditch a corporate 9 to 5 job for an opportunity to work for myself doing something I love with great contribution. To me, it’s a significant benefit considering that, that was never my intention when I first picked up the book.

What This Book Will Not Do

If you think reading this book will make you an overnight expert in tapping the capabilities of your subconscious mind. The answer is a definite no.

A lot of the people cited in Dr Murphy’s examples had put in years of trial and error practice and the first thing you can do after reading this book is to try setting your own prayer and select a method you’re comfortable with to put it to work.

Dr Murphy reiterated that the power to live the life you want lies nowhere else. It’s in YOU. You’re the diligent gardener manning a fertile piece of soil (i.e subconscious mind). If you plant seeds of happiness, abundance and joy, you’ll reap a wonderful harvest of the same. And vice versa.

By picking up the “The Power of Your Subconscious Mind“, you’re already planting the first positive seed.


45 Responses to “Dr Joseph Murphy : The Power of Your Subconscious Mind”

  1. Quotes at 4:00 pm

    Reminds me of what James Allen said: “Men do not attract that which they want, but that which they are.”

  2. Patricia - Spiritual Journey Of A Lightworker at 4:27 pm

    Ellesse, thanks for bringing this book to my attention. My list of must read books is getting longer.

  3. Ellesse at 5:03 am

    No problem, Pat. A good book deserves a good mention :)

    Quotes, thanks for the interesting quote. It’s certainly true!

  4. Karen Lynch-Live the Power at 3:21 pm

    Thank you Ellesse for doing such an excellent job of reviewing one of my favorite books!
    I would love for more and more people to have the opportunity to read and learn the wisdom in this great book!
    Thanks for doing your part!
    Great work!!

  5. Ellesse at 7:07 am

    Hey Karen, thanks for popping by. This is one of my favourite books as well and I knew I’ve to do justice to it and also to you for your kind generosity in offering it free for your subscribers. Good stuff deserves to be shared!

  6. Matthew Roberts at 1:45 am

    Thanks for the book recommendation.

    The book which I think best explains the power of our subconscious mind (before it was called the Law of Attraction) is As A Man Thinketh.


  7. Ellesse at 5:45 am

    Hey Matthew, I’ve heard of As A Man Thinketh too. Haven’t had a chance to read it yet. But now that you mentioned it, perhaps it’s time to take a good look at this classic.

  8. Sona at 9:03 am

    Thanks it is amazing book by Dr joseph Murphy

  9. Ellesse at 9:10 am

    Sona, thanks for your affirmation! I strongly encourage anyone to read this :)

  10. Urayoan at 2:34 pm

    Yes. I truly believe that happiness can be taught and that it’s something that you can get with Gratitude. Generating Gratitude Energy should be a habitual exercise. It’s a bit difficult at first, But once you get in the flow, many other benefits will follow. Not just contentment, but abundance as well.

    May your days be filled with Gratitude Energy ;-D


  11. DeWayne at 7:19 pm

    Great blog on understanding self-limiting thoughts!

    You have powers you never dreamed of. You can do things you never thought you could do. There are no limitations in what you can do except the limitations of your own mind. – Darwin P. Kingsley

    Healing The Natural Way

  12. Ellesse at 1:34 pm

    Extremely well said. I love that quote. So true, there’s absolutely no limitations except the restrictions set by the mind. When more and more people get to know about this truth, we’ll more and more wonderful things that people wished they’ve done but never tried.


  13. Ido777 at 1:02 pm

    I Tried. No Joseph Murphy free book.

  14. Ellesse at 5:17 am

    Ido777, you’ve to sign for the mailing list at LivethePower before the free ebook will be sent to your email. Do try it again!

  15. bhavna at 12:24 pm

    my favoret book

  16. Ellesse at 3:35 am

    @bhavna one of mine too!

  17. Rick at 12:33 am

    I have tried several times now to get the free book, but nothing ever arrives! Can anyone help? I have signed up the newsletter and got an email confirming that, but after I confirmed my email, nothing. thanks.

  18. Ellesse at 6:17 am

    @Rick Oops, I don’t know what happened but I suspect it could be something to do with Karen’s autoresponder. I’ve dropped her an email about this. Try signin up again a few days later to see if it’s fixed!

  19. Ellesse at 1:59 am

    @Rick Seems that Karen’s mailbox’s full. Anyway, I tried the signup and received the ebook download link a few days later. It’s not immediate but you’ll definitely get your “The Power Of Your Subconscious Mind” download!

  20. Sibusiso at 12:08 pm

    This book is an introduction to heaven on earth, to life beyond reason. Once you understand it you can sell everything you have just to keep it

  21. Joseph Nirmal at 7:01 am

    Send this book to my mail id

  22. Ellesse at 1:50 am

    @Sibusiso I agree it’s a good book too :)

    @Joseph You’ll have to signup for Karen’s list to get the ebook. We don’t offer it here.

  23. Prudence at 7:24 am

    I bought the book on sale four days ago and have started reading it yesterday. I could not put it down. And you are right, it consolidated all that is contained in The Secret. I too think that many more people whould be made aware of this beautiful book, I am certainly sharing it with my loved ones.

  24. Ellesse at 6:39 am

    @Prudence Thanks for the affirmation. I’m sure your friends will love this recommendation! :)

  25. Vanishree.K at 3:25 pm

    Please send me the book in e-Format

  26. Ellesse at 7:19 am

    @Vanishree You need to register for the book at Karen’s blog. Hope this info helps!

  27. shaun dhillon at 1:58 pm


  28. Ellesse at 2:50 am

    @Shaun Wow, that’s a powerful endorsement!

  29. Maha'x at 4:00 pm

    I’ve been feeling really depressed lately I hope this book can motivate me to the better I do need some motivation to keep me going.. Well let’s see.. Hope it works..

  30. sam007 at 9:07 am

    Well, i came across this website while i am reading POWER OF SUBCONCIOUS MIND..this book is just marvellous( feels like u have taken a spa treatment for ur soul)…i mean LONG LIVE JOSEPH MURPHY in our heart.

  31. sarita at 7:57 am

    i,was realy shocked when I hear about this book and thinking is it psbl ?but i was read it and know the power of subconsous mind its really amazing and great .

  32. YR Bhardwaj at 2:43 pm

    i heard about this book i want to read it on my pc can i get a copy of it in ebook form in my email account thanx…

  33. Ellesse at 8:22 am

    @YR Try signing up for Karen’s list. She offers it free to her subscribers.

  34. joshua at 2:12 pm

    its a must have book..but i am searching for “magic of believing” by claude m. bristol..if somebody can provide it.

  35. Kigambo Alex at 11:57 am

    I v read the bk. The Power of ur Subconscious mind .It is very good .It enlightens.The way the human mind works .Thats all.All other benefits come as a result of individual effort.

  36. marie dunlap at 5:05 pm

    I want to have everything in life that I was ment to have , and I believe I can have all things with right attude and work it takes to get it. WE come into this life all knowing , but have it taken away by our families and other human beings . Thank you Claude Bristol , for not loosing your way, so we could fine ours.

  37. Nitesh Bulsara at 6:16 pm

    hello friends…m nitesh from india..i come to know abt sub conscious mind…but not knowing more abt it..i had problems like stress,depression,tension..n i feel like m the looser in life…so can i get relief after reading this book..m not knowing more so plzz help me for this..i don’t have this 2 get it..n what training i have do…plzz help me..

  38. Ellesse at 2:57 am

    @Nitesh Nope, Nitesh. This book wouldn’t help you if you’ve got clinical depression or such. I would recommend that you consult a professional doctor on this. But it does give you a lot of insights on how much and how powerful our subconscious mind can be. You can download a copy of the ebook by signing up for Karen’s mailing list (click on the link in the article above). Hope this helps!

  39. Antonius at 11:17 pm

    @ Nitesh, yes it can!!! It can whatever you have!!! What do you mean please Ellsee Chow that it can’t help such a possible depression or such like ? Come on ? Have you read the book thouroughly ?

    I did….I practiced despite my skepticism and continued to dig deeper and analyzing diligently each possible angle I could analyze whenever I had time to spare.

    And yes, @ Nitesh, whatever you have you can ‘get better and better’ and you know why ? because as this great genius of a man, who was very kind to share this formidable knowledge, states as a matter of fact that :

    ‘The Law of the Mind is the Law of Believe’; and just to hit the tip of the ice-berg, what is a believe ??? A believe is a type of a personal conviction and a personal conviction, any personal conviction is composed of what ?

    Of thoughts, my friend ? The Key is Thoughts! Once you start understanding this key magic word you start getting to know the beauty and the power which lies within; its even written as outlined in the Bible ” The Kingdom is Within “, and I’m pretty sure that there are such maxims in the other Religions.

    Dear, Ellsee, if there is a concrete proof and a clear explanation that one you start getting familair with this harmless knowledge you can actually cure an illness which is considered by the conventional wisdom to be terminal; such as cancer it is defintely possible that even if you ‘think’ to have such kind of a situation where you feel depressed, hopeless, and like a complete loser, these feelings can be turned around just by changing the way you are actually thinking!

    So much so, that even a great American Professor is these fields have so smartly stated that ” the greatest revolution of our century is the discovery that human beings by changing the inner attitudes ( inner thoughts ) of their minds they can change the outside aspects of thier lives” – William James Of Harvard.

    Yes, thankfully a million times I happened to be given this marvelous book – it works like magic – but we say magic because we human beings have a tendency not to be aware how to think correctly, especially when we have been feeling not so well and happy with ourselves; and this happens to every human being, whether a Profs, or a banker, or a class worker as we are all human beings and sooner or later we are faced with unexpected bad expereinces, such as a break-up, or a death of a loved one, or a financial crises and these situations trigger a chain of reactions within us, which either we will find our way to get smarter or stronger or else we are not so smart and strong to choose or to seek the right elements which wil make us handle that particular situation.

    And this happens simply because we are not trained to think and get familiar with such books before such situatuions ( as mentioned above ) actually happen.

    Sorry, if it sounds a bit complex, but take your time to read, slowly, with a cup of coffee or tea so you can relax and start getting better and better just like another great guy used to say, practice and help people to shake off their diseases and troubles of the mind; his name was Emile Coue’ – and he will be remembered especially for his simple but practical, powerful, advice and you know what his advice or formula was ?

    Before you go to sleep say nicely to yourself : ” Every day in every way I’m getting better and better ” and say this at least 3 to 5 times, and when you will wake up , stay comfy in bed and say these phrase again and keep doing it and each time you will say it you will enforce the actual laws of attraction as words like thoughts are a moving force.

    But again to really consider that thoughts and words are actually a moving force sounds ridiculus but then when you start opening your mind, and do some real resrach you will realize great people like Eeinstein, and Newton, Galileo, Bill Gates and so many others are all of this kind of knowledge!

    ” Fear is begotten out of Ignorance and Uncertainty ” – James Allen

    ” The doctor dressed the wound but God/god heals it ” – an ancient proverb



    ” Every thought of Yours is A real Thing: A Force! ” – Prentice Mulford

    ” A man can only Rise, Conquer, and Achieve by Lifting Up His Thoughts. He can only remain weak, and abject and miserable by REFUSING to lift up his THOUGHTS ” – James Allen

    ” As the Fletcher Whittles and makes Straight his arrows, so the Master Directs His sraying Thouhgts ” – The Buddha

    ” A Person’s Life is what His thoughts Make of it ” – Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor and Philosopher



    ” Where Focus Goes Energy Flows ” – Anthony Robbins -he is a truly great, great guy – he has read over 700 books to become a world motivational speaker and problem solver -check the books Unlimited Power or Awakening the Giant Within.

    Anyways, yes I think all these great names and leaders are prove enought that its all about THOUHGTS AND FEELINGS AND BELIEVES, and despite all the obstacles life is a beautiful gift!!

    So, start reading and you will get out of your problem and will be amazed but the infinite intelligence power within like the great Dr J Murphy have himself discovered and wrote this bestseller and in so doing he helped, millions of people and will continue to do so!! Such is the Power of ‘Literature’ and life!

    Take Care!! May all the blessings surround you and uplift you all!!

  40. Ellesse at 5:32 am

    @Antonius Haha, your comment goes to show that I’m only just human and can be wrong too! Thank you for your additional clarification onto how this book can help in depression and even clinical depression. It’s been years since I read this book and yes, I may have missed out some important pointers. But much as I believe the wonder and the power of our minds to cure terminal diseases such as cancer and even more, I still believe that the use of advance medical science is still essential. Complement the treatments one is going thro’ with the teachings in this book and I believe that will enhance their effectiveness.

  41. BOVB SCHREINER at 4:22 pm

    dear dr. murphy, hello myb name is bob schreiner, i’m currently reading you book, the power of your subconscious mind. so far i find it very interesting!!! i went to your website and it say’s that you heve a free newsletter, well i could not find a working link to subscribe!! can you please subscribe me manualley??? i would love to learn more about the subconscious mind!!! thank you and GOD bless you sincerely BOB SCHREINER

  42. Leif at 9:58 pm

    I agree with J. Murphy and wonder Y teachers today dont teach this. It would go a long way to end violence and help our crazy world.

  43. Jimmy at 9:07 pm

    Thanks Ellesse for showing us to this free resource again. I have been looking for something like that. Hopefully, it will give me a deeper insight into the subject for my own personal development.

  44. @shane at 10:31 pm

    nitesh this book is most definately for you, i felt the exact same way you did, my outlook on life was incredibly negative, and by my negative outlook i draged all the confusion and sadness into my life, even down as far as the people i associated with. all my circmstances i attracted and i dont doubt it for one second. I urge you to read this book not once not twice but at least ten times or more, the more you read it the better you understand it, and by understanding it, it will change your life for ever. I am back to the person that was lost in me for so long, i have no doubt that it will do the same for you too, happy reading and god bless.

  45. Tim Carney at 8:06 pm

    Hi Joshua,

    I have the free E-Book, “Magic of Believing” on my blog.

    Here is the link.

    I will be adding more free E-Books to my site soon so stay in touch!




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