The Power of Your Subconscious Mind:
Chapter 1. The Treasure House Within You
The first chapter of Dr. Joseph Murphy's book, The Power of Your Subconscious Mind, provides an overview of the ideas that he discusses in the work. His most important concept is that one lives life according to personal beliefs and that beliefs are so powerful that they cause the person to create the actual experiences first held in belief, regardless of whether negative or positive.
Murphy cautions the reader to be careful of the nature of conversations with the self, avoiding limiting comments such as, "I can't afford this" or "I can't do this." Such ideas are stored in the subconscious mind and the conscious, waking self acts upon them to make them true (29). It is in a person's best interests to be very aware of the nature of thoughts and beliefs and to replace negative ones with positive ones in order to elevate the quality of life.
If a person has a specific goal, such as writing a play or giving an effective talk to an audience, it enhances the reality of the goal to speak those words directly to the subconscious so that they may be acted upon. It is important to feed the subconscious with accurate images and words with correspond to the goals and wishes of the person because the subconscious is the navigating force to what happens in an individual's life (29). It is also possible to reach creative solutions to problems by giving the subconscious mind a suggestion before falling asleep.
Dr. Murphy differentiates between the conscious mind and the subconscious mind, emphasizing that they are not actually two distinctly different minds but two spheres of activity within the same mind (31). He differentiates the activities controlled by the two functions, concepts similar to that of Freud and Jung only in simple lay language.
The subconscious mind is like a robot or a computer. It has no reasoning capability; it simply brings f...