The Power of Your Subconscious Mind – Chapter 11

The Power of Your Subconscious Mind

This book explain how your own subconscious thoughts shape your life and your surroundings.

If you want to be successful at something then just start doing it. You will reach to your goals at some point as long as you keep the right mindset and learn the tasks.

Dr Murphy explains each and everything with real life examples making it simple for the reader to relate and develop. This book offers some really great skills to learn with numerous examples. You can read some of the stories below.

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Chapter 11: Your Subconscious Mind as a Partner in Success

I once met a professional criminal in London who told me something of his exploits. He had amassed a large fortune that allowed him to live in luxury in his house outside London and his summer home in France. In luxury, yes, but not in comfort. He was in constant dread of being arrested by Scotland Yard. He had many inner disorders that were undoubtedly caused by his constant fear and deep-seated guilt complex. He knew he had done wrong. This deep sense of guilt attracted all kinds of trouble to him.

Later, I heard that he had voluntarily turned himself in to the police and had served a prison sentence. After his release from prison, he sought psychological and spiritual counsel and became transformed. He went to work and became an honest, law-abiding citizen. He found what he loved to do and was happy.

How He Made His Dream Come True

In Hollywood, I met an actor whose name is probably familiar to every moviegoer or television fan. He confided to me that he had grown up on a small farm in the Midwest. His family was just scraping by. His only entertainment was an old black-and-white TV that barely pulled in two channels. Even so, he began to dream of being an actor. The dream occupied him more and more.

“All the time I was out working in the fields,” he said, “or driving the cows back to the barn, I imagined that I could see my name in big letters on the marquee of a great theater. I saw every detail – the crowds of fans, the interviewers clamoring to speak to me. I kept this up for years.”

“Finally, I left home. I carne to Los Angeles and got work as an extra in films and TV shows. Before long, I got my first starring role. The night of the premiere, I drove to the theater and almost fainted. There was my name in lights, there were the crowds and the news reporters, all just as I had imagined them as a child. ” He added, “I, more than anyone, understand how the power of sustained imagination can bring success.”

Her Dream Pharmacy Became A Reality

Some years ago I got to know a young pharmacist named Mary S. She worked in the prescription department of a big chain drugstore. One day while she was filling a prescription for me, we started talking. I asked her how she liked her work.

“Oh, it’s fine,” she said. “Between my salary and commissions, I do okay, and the company has a good profit sharing program. With any luck, I’ll be able to retire while I’m still young enough to enjoy life.”

I was silent for a moment. Then I asked, “Was that the way you thought it would be as a child, when you decided you wanted to be a pharmacist?”

Her face grew troubled. “Well, no,” she replied. “I guess not. I always saw myself with my own store. I wanted to walk down the street and have people say hello to me and call me by name. And I’d know all their names, because I was their druggist. You’re going to think this is strange, but I even dreamed about having parents call me in the middle of the night because their kid was sick. I’d pull my clothes on over my pajamas and go down to the store to get them the medicine they needed. Not much like a nine-to-five job behind a counter at the back end of a big store, is it?”

“It certainly isn’t,” I said. “But why shouldn’t you follow your dream? Wouldn’t you be happier and more productive? Raise your sights. Get out of this place. Start your own store.” “How can I?” she said, shaking her head. “That takes big money, and we’re just getting by from month to month.”

My response was to share with her a wonderful fact: Whatever she could conceive as true, she could bring into being. I went on to tell her something about the powers of her subconscious mind. She soon understood that if she could succeed in impregnating her subconscious mind with a clear and specific idea, those powers would somehow bring it to pass.

She began to imagine that she was in her own store. She mentally arranged the bottles, dispensed prescriptions, and imagined waiting on customers who were also her neighbors and friends. She also visualized a big bank balance. Mentally she worked in that imaginary store. Like a good actor, she lived the role. Act as though I am, and I will be. She put herself wholeheartedly into the act, living, moving, and acting on the assumption that she owned the store.

Several years later, Mary wrote me to say what had happened to her life since our conversation. The chain store she worked for went under because of competition from a larger store at a new mall. She found a job as a traveling representative for a major drug company, handling a territory that covered several states.

One day her work took her to a small town on the western edge of her territory. There was only one drugstore in town. She had never been there before, but the moment she walked in, she recognized it. It was exactly the store she had visualized so clearly in her imagination.

Flabbergasted, she told the elderly owner of the drugstore about this amazing coincidence. In turn, the owner confided that he was about ready to retire but did not want to sell a store that had been in his family for three generations to some big corporation.

After several discussions, the owner offered to lend her the money to buy the store. She would be able to make the payments on the loan out of the profits of the business. The young woman moved her family to the town and soon was able to make a down payment on a big old house within walking distance of the store. Now, when she walks to work in the morning, everyone she passes says hello and calls her by name. They know her, because she is their druggist.

Using the Subconscious Mind in Business

Some years ago I gave a lecture to a group of business executives on the powers of imagination and the subconscious mind. In the course of the lecture, I described how the great German poet Goethe used his imagination wisely when confronted with difficulties and predicaments.

According to Goethe’s biographers, he was accustomed to filling many hours quietly holding imaginary conversations. He would imagine one of his friends sitting across from him, answering him in the right way. In other words, if hi were concerned over any problems, he imagined his friend giving him the right or appropriate answer, accompanied with his usual gestures and tonal qualities of the voice. He made the entire imaginary scene as real and as vivid as possible.

One of the people present at this lecture was a young stockbroker. She proceeded to adopt the technique of Goethe. She began to have imaginary conversations with a multimillionaire investor who knew her and had once congratulated her on her wise and sound judgment in recommending stocks. She dramatized this imaginary conversation until she had psychologically fixed it as a form of belief in her mind.

This broker’s inner talking and controlled imagination certainly agreed with her aim, which was to make sound investments for her clients. Her main purpose in life was to make money for her clients and to see them prosper financially by her wise counsel. She is still using her subconscious mind in her business, and she is a brilliant success in her field. She was recently interviewed in an article in a major financial magazine.

A Boy of Sixteen Turns Failure into Success

Sixteen-year-old Todd M. told me, “I’m failing everything. I don’t know why. I guess I’m just stupid. Maybe I’d better drop out of school before they flunk me out.”

As we talked further, I discovered that the only thing wrong with Todd was his attitude. He felt indifferent toward his studies and resentful toward some of his teachers and fellow students.

I taught him how to use his subconscious mind to succeed in his studies. He began to affirm certain truths several times a day, particularly at night just prior to sleep and first thing after awakening in the morning. As we have seen, these are the best times to impregnate the subconscious mind.

He affirmed as follows:

I realize that my subconscious mind is a storehouse of memory. It retains everything I read and hear from my teachers. I have a perfect memory at my disposal, if I choose to use it. The infinite intelligence of my subconscious mind constantly reveals to me everything I need to know on all my examinations, whether written or oral. I radiate love and goodwill to all my teachers and fellow students. I sincerely wish for them success and all good things.

Todd is now enjoying a greater freedom than he has ever known. He is now receiving all A’s. He constantly imagines the teachers and his parents congratulating him on his success in his studies.

How She Succeeded in Getting What She Wanted

There is a young woman, Margaret T., who regularly attended my lectures and classes. Because of where she lived, she had to change buses three times to get to the hall. It took her one and a half hours each way to attend a lecture. In one of my lectures, she heard me explain how a young man who needed a car in his work received one.

She went home and experimented with the technique I had outlined in my lecture. She later wrote me a letter telling me how she had applied my methods and what followed. I publish it here with her permission.

Dear Dr. Murphy:

I knew that I had to have a car for my personal growth. There was no other way I could go on attending your lectures regularly. I decided that, as long as I was trying to obtain a car, I should try to obtain the car I had always dreamed about, which is a Cadillac.

In my imagination I went through all the steps I would go through if I were actually buying and driving a car. I saw myself going into the showroom and test driving the model I was interested in. I claimed that Cadillac as my own over and over again.

I kept the mental picture of getting into the car, driving it, feeling the upholstery, and so on, consistently for over two weeks. last week I drove to your lecture in a Cadillac. My uncle in Inglewood had passed away and left me his Cadillac and his entire estate.


Success means successful living. When you are peaceful, happy, joyous, and doing what you love to do, you are successful.

Find out what you love to do, then do it. If you don’t know your true expression, ask for guidance, and the lead will come.

Specialize in your particular field and try to know more about it than anyone else.

Those who are successful are not selfish. Their main desire in life is to serve humanity.

A successful person possesses great psychological and spiritual understanding.