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Introduction by Joseph Murphy - How This Book Can Work Miracles in Your
I have seen miracles
to men and women in all walks of life all over the world. Miracles will
happen to you, too—when you begin using the magic power of your
subconscious mind. This book is designed to teach you that your
habitual thinking and imagery mold, fashion, and create your destiny;
for as a man thinketh in his subconscious mind, so is he.
Do you know the answers?
Why is one man sad and another
Why is one man joyous and
and another man poor and miserable?
Why is one man fearful and
and another full of faith and confidence?
Why does one man have a
luxurious home while another man lives out a meager existence in a
Why is one man a great success
another an abject failure?
Why is one speaker outstanding
immensely popular and another mediocre and unpopular?
Why is one man a genius in his
or profession while the other man toils and moils all his life without
doing or accomplishing anything worthwhile?
Why is one man healed of a
incurable disease and another isn’t?
Why is it so many good, kind
religious people suffer the tortures of the damned in their mind and
Why is it many immoral and
irreligious people succeed and prosper and enjoy radiant health?
Why is one woman happily
her sister very unhappy and frustrated?
Is there an answer to these
questions in the workings of your conscious and subconscious minds?
There most certainly is.
for writing this book
It is for the express purpose
answering and clarifying the above questions and many others of a
similar nature that motivated me to write this book. I have endeavored
to explain the great fundamental truths of your mind in the simplest
language possible. I believe that it is perfectly possible to explain
the basic, foundational, and fundamental laws of life and of your mind
in ordinary everyday language. You will find that the language of this
book is that used in your daily papers, current periodicals, in your
business offices, in your home, and in the daily workshop.
I urge you to study this book
apply the techniques outlined therein; and as you do, I feel absolutely
convinced that you will lay hold of a miracle-working power that will
lift you up from confusion, misery, melancholy, and failure, and guide
you to your true place, solve your difficulties, sever you from
emotional and physical bondage, and place you on the royal road to
freedom, happiness, and peace of mind. This miracle-working power of
your subconscious mind can heal you of your sickness; make you vital
and strong again. In learning how to use your inner powers, you will
open the prison door of fear and enter into a life described by Paul as
the glorious liberty of the sons of God.
the miracle-working power
A personal healing will ever
most convincing evidence of our subconscious powers. Over forty-two
years ago I resolved a malignancy—in medical terminology it was called
a sarcoma—by using the healing power of my subconscious mind, which
created me and still maintains and governs all my vital functions. The
technique I applied is elaborated on in this book, and I feel sure that
it will help others to trust the same Infinite Healing Presence lodged
in the subconscious depths of all men.
Through the kindly offices of
doctor friend, I suddenly realized that it was natural to assume that
the Creative Intelligence which made all my organs, fashioned my body,
and started my heart, could heal its own handiwork. The ancient proverb
says, “The doctor dresses the wound and God heals it.”
happen when you pray effectively
Scientific prayer is
harmonious interaction of the conscious and subconscious levels of mind
scientifically directed for a specific purpose. This book will teach
you the scientific way to tap the realm of infinite power within you
enabling you to get what you really want in life. You desire a happier,
fuller, and richer life. Begin to use this miracle-working power and
smooth your way in daily affairs, solve business problems, and bring
harmony in family relationships.
Be sure that you read this
several times. The many chapters will show you how this wonderful power
works, and how you can draw out the hidden inspiration and wisdom that
is within you. Learn the simple techniques of impressing the
subconscious mind. Follow the new scientific way in tapping the
infinite storehouse. Read this book carefully, earnestly, and lovingly.
Prove to yourself the amazing way it can help you. It could be and I
believe it will be the turning point of your life.
Do you know how to pray
effectively? How long is it since you prayed as part of your everyday
activities? In an emergency, in time of danger or trouble, in illness,
and when death lurks, prayers pour forth—your own and friends. Just
read your daily newspaper.
It is reported that prayers
being offered up all over the nation for a child stricken with a
so-called incurable ailment, for peace among nations, for a group of
miners trapped in a flooded mine. Later it is reported that when
rescued, the miners said that they prayed while waiting for rescue; an
airplane pilot says that he prayed as he made a successful emergency
Certainly, prayer is an
help in time of trouble; but you do not have to wait for trouble to
make prayer an integral and constructive part of your life. The
dramatic answers to prayer make headlines and are the subject of
testimonies to the effectiveness of prayer. What of the many humble
prayers of children, the simple thanksgiving of grace at the table
daily, the faithful devotions wherein the individual seeks only
communion with God?
My work with people has made
necessary for me to study the various approaches to prayer. I have
experienced the power of prayer in my own life, and I have talked and
worked with many people who also have enjoyed the help of prayer. The
problem usually is how to tell others how to pray. People who are in
trouble have difficulty in thinking and acting reasonably. They need an
easy formula to follow, an obviously workable pattern that is simple
and specific. Often they must be led to approach the emergency.
feature of this book
The unique feature of this
its down-to-earth practicality. Here you are presented with simple,
usable techniques and formulas, which you can easily apply in your
workaday world. I have taught these simple processes to men and women
all over the world, and recently over a thousand men and women of all
religious affiliations attended a special class in Los Angeles where I
presented the highlights of what is offered in the pages of this book.
Many came from distances of two hundred miles for each class lesson.
The special features of this
will appeal to you because they show you why oftentimes you get the
opposite of what you prayed for and reveal to you the reasons why.
People have asked me in all parts of the world and thousands of times,
“Why is it I have prayed and prayed and got no answer?” In this book
you will find the reasons for this common complaint. The many ways of
impressing the subconscious mind and getting the right answers make
this an extraordinarily valuable book and an ever-present help in time
It is not the thing
in that brings an answer to man’s prayer; the answer to prayer results
when the individual’s subconscious mind responds to the mental picture
or thought in his mind. This law of belief is operating in all
religions of the world and is the reason why they are psychologically
true. The Buddhist, the Christian, the Moslem, and the Hebrew all may
get answers to their prayers, not because of the particular creed,
religion, affiliation, ritual, ceremony, formula, liturgy, incantation,
sacrifices, or offerings, but solely because of belief or mental
acceptance and receptivity about that for which they pray.
The law of life is the law of
belief, and belief could be summed up briefly as a thought in your
mind. As a man thinks, feels, and believes, so is the condition of his
mind, body, and circumstances. A technique, a methodology based on an
understanding of what you are doing and why you are doing it will help
you to bring about a subconscious embodiment of all the good things of
life. Essentially, answered prayer is the realization of your heart’s
happiness, security, peace of mind, true expression, but many fail to
achieve clearly defined results. A university professor admitted to me
recently, “I know that if I changed my mental pattern and redirected my
emotional life, my ulcers would not recur, but I do not have any
technique, process, or modus operandi. My mind wanders back and forth
on my many problems, and I feel frustrated, defeated, and unhappy.”
This professor had a desire for perfect health; he needed knowledge of
the way his mind worked which would enable him to fulfill his desire.
By practicing the healing methods outlined in this book, he became
whole and perfect.
one mind common to all individual men (Emerson)
your subconscious mind existed before you and I were born, before any
church or world existed. The great eternal truths and principles of
life antedate all religions. It is with these thoughts in mind that I
urge you in the following chapters to lay hold of this wonderful,
magical, transforming power, which will bind up mental and physical
wounds, proclaim liberty to the fear-ridden mind, and liberate you
completely from the limitations of poverty, failure, misery, lack, and
All you have to do is unite
and emotionally with the good you wish to embody, and the creative
powers of your subconscious will respond accordingly. Begin now, today,
let wonders happen in your life! Keep on, keeping on until the day
breaks and the shadows flee away.
Chapter 1. The Treasure House
The master secret of
ages—The marvelous power of your subconscious—Necessity of a working
basis—The duality of mind—The conscious and subconscious
minds—Outstanding differences and modes of operation—How her
subconscious responded—Brief summary of ideas worth remembering.
Chapter 2. How Your
Own Mind Works
terms differentiated—Experiments by psychologists—The terms objective
and subjective mind clarified—The subconscious cannot reason like your
conscious mind—The tremendous power of suggestion—Different reactions
to the same suggestion—How he lost his arm—How autosuggestion banishes
fear—How she restored her memory—How he overcame a nasty temper—The
constructive and destructive power of suggestion—Have you accepted any
of these—You can counteract negative suggestions—How suggestion killed
a man—The power of an assumed major premise—The subconscious does not
argue controversially—Review of highlights.
Chapter 3. The
Miracle-Working Power of Your Subconscious
Your subconscious is
Book of Life—What is impressed in the subconscious is expressed—The
subconscious heals a malignancy of the skin—How the subconscious
controls all functions of the body—How to get the subconscious to work
for you—Healing principle of the subconscious restores atrophied optic
nerves—How to convey the idea of perfect health to your subconscious
mind—Ideas worth remembering.
Chapter 4. Mental
Healings in Ancient Times
Bible accounts on the
the subconscious powers—Miracles at various shrines throughout the
world—One universal healing principle—Widely different theories—Views
of Paracelsus—Bernheim’s experiments—Producing a blister by
suggestion—The cause of bloody stigmata—Healing points in review.
Chapter 5. Mental
Healings in Modern Times
One process of
law of belief—Prayer therapy is the combined function of the conscious
and subconscious mind scientifically directed—Faith healing, what it
means, and how blind faith works—Subjective faith and what it means—The
meaning of absent treatment—Releasing the kinetic action of the
subconscious mind—Summary of your aids to health.
Chapter 6. Practical
Techniques in Mental Healings
for impregnating the subconscious—Your subconscious will accept your
blueprint—The science and art of true prayer—The visualization
technique—Mental movie method—The Baudoin technique—The sleeping
technique—The “thank-you” technique—The affirmative method—The
argumentative method—The absolute method is like modern sound wave
therapy—A cripple walks—The decree method—Serve yourself with
Chapter 7. The
Tendency of the Subconscious Is Lifeward
How the body portrays
workings of the mind—Thereis an intelligence which takes care of the
body—The subconscious mind works continually for the common good—How
man interferes with the innate principle of harmony—Why it’s normal to
be healthy, vital, and strong—It’s abnormal to be sick—Pott’s disease
cured—How faith in your subconscious powers makes you whole—Pointers to
Chapter 8. How to Get
the Results You Want
Easy does it—Infer no
opponent, use imagination and not will power—How disciplined
imagination works wonders—The three steps to success in prayer—The law
of reversed effort and why you get the opposite of what you pray
for—The conflict of desire and imagination must be reconciled—Ideas
Chapter 9. How to Use
the Power of Your Subconscious for Wealth
Wealth is of the
invisible means of support—The ideal method for building a wealth
consciousness—Why your affirmations for wealth fail—How to avoid mental
conflict—Don’t sign blank checks—Your subconscious gives you compound
interest—Why nothing happened—True source of wealth—Trying to make ends
meet and the real cause—A common stumbling block to wealth—Rubbing out
a great mental block to wealth—Sleep and grow rich—Serve yourself with
the powers of your mind.
Chapter 10. Your
Right to Be Rich
Money is a symbol—How
walk the royal road to riches—Why you do not have more money—Money and
a balanced life—Poverty is a mental disease—Why you must never
criticize money—Getting the right attitude toward money—How the
scientific thinker looks at money—How to attract the money you need—Why
some men do not get a raise in pay—Obstacles and impediments on the
pathway to riches—Protect your investments—You cannot get something for
nothing—Your constant supply of money—Step up this way to riches.
Chapter 11. Your
Subconscious Mind as a Partner in Success
The three steps to
success—The measure of true success—How he made his dream come true—His
dream pharmacy became a reality—Using the subconscious mind in
business—Boy of sixteen years turns failure into success—How to become
successful in buying and selling—How she succeeded in getting what she
wanted—A success technique employed by many outstanding executives and
Scientists Use the Subconscious Mind
How a distinguished
scientist brought forth his inventions—How a famous naturalist solved
his problem—An outstanding physician solved the problem of diabetes—How
a famous scientist and physicist escaped from a Russian concentration
camp—How archaeologists and paleontologists reconstruct ancient
scenes—How to receive guidance from your subconscious—His subconscious
revealed the location of his father’s will—The secret of
guidance—Highlights to recall.
Chapter 13. Your
Subconscious and the Wonders of Sleep
Why we sleep—Prayer, a
of sleep—Startling effects of sleep deprivation—You need more
sleep—Sleep brings counsel—Saved from certain disaster—Your future is
in your subconscious mind—A cat nap nets him $15,000—How a famous
professor solved his problem in sleep—How the subconscious worked for a
famous writer while he slept—Sleep in peace and wake in joy—Summary of
your aids to the wonders of sleep.
Chapter 14. Your
Subconscious Mind and Marital Problems
The meaning of
to attract the ideal husband—How to attract the ideal wife—No need for
third mistake—How she broke the negative pattern—The answer to her
prayer—Should I get a divorce?—Drifting into divorce—Divorce begins in
the mind—The nagging wife—The brooding husband—The great mistake—Don’t
try to make your wife over—Pray together and stay together through
steps in prayer—Review your actions.
Chapter 15. Your
Subconscious Mind and Your Happiness
You must choose
happiness—How to choose happiness—He made it a habit to be happy—You
must desire to be happy—Why choose unhappiness—If I had a million
dollars, I would be happy—He found happiness to be the harvest of a
quiet mind—The block or stump is not really there—The happiest
people—Summary of steps to happiness.
Chapter 16. Your
Subconscious Mind and Harmonious Human Relations
The master key to
relationships with others—And with what measure ye mete, it shall be
measured to you again—The daily headlines made him sick—I hate women,
but I like men—His inner speech held back his promotion—Becoming
emotionally mature—The meaning of love in harmonious human relations—He
hated audiences—Handling difficult people—Misery loves company—The
practice of empathy in human relations—Appeasement never
wins—Profitable pointers in human relations.
Chapter 17. How to
Use Your Subconscious Mind for Forgiveness
Life always forgives
he banished that feeling of guilt—A murderer learned to forgive
himself—Criticism cannot hurt you without your consent—How to be
compassionate—Left at the altar—It is wrong to marry. Sex is evil and I
am evil—Forgiveness is necessary for healing— Forgiveness is love in
action—Technique of forgiveness—The acid test of forgiveness—To
understand all is to forgive all—Summary of your aids to forgiveness.
Chapter 18. How Your
Subconscious Removes Mental Blocks
How to break or build
habit—How he broke a bad habit—The power of his mental picture—Focused
attention—He said a jinx was following him—How much do you want what
you want—Why he could not be healed—The explanation and the
cure—Refusing to admit it—Building in the idea of freedom—Fifty-one per
cent healed—The law of substitution—Cause of alcoholism—Three magic
steps—Keep on keeping on—Review your thought power.
Chapter 19. How to
Use Your Subconscious Mind to Remove Fear
tiling you fear—Banishing stage fright—Fear of failure—How he overcame
the fear —Fear of water, mountains, closed places—Master technique for
overcoming any particular fear—He blessed the elevator—Normal and
abnormal fear—Abnormal fear—The answer to abnormal fear—Examine your
fears—He landed in the jungle—He dismissed himself—They plotted against
him—Deliver yourself from all your fears—Step this way to freedom from
Chapter 20. How to
Stay Young in Spirit Forever
He had grown old in
thought life—Age is the dawn of wisdom—Welcome the change—Evidence for
survival—Life is—Mind and spirit do not grow old—You are as young as
you think you are—Your gray hairs are an asset—Age is an asset—Be your
age—I can keep up with the best of them—Fear of old age—You have much
to give—One hundred and ten years old—Retirement, a new venture—He
graduated to a better job—You must be a producer and not a prisoner of
society—Secret of youth—Get a vision—Your mind does not grow old—His
mind active at ninety-nine—We need our senior citizens—The fruits of
old age—Profitable pointers.
CHAPTER 1 -
House Within You
Infinite riches are all around you if you will open your mental eyes
and behold the treasure house of infinity within you. There is a gold
mine within you from which you can extract everything you need to live
life gloriously, joyously, and abundantly. Many are sound asleep
because they do not know about this gold mine of infinite intelligence
and boundless love within themselves.
Whatever you want, you can draw forth. A magnetized piece of steel will
lift about twelve times its own weight, and if you demagnetize this
same piece of steel, it will not even lift a feather. Similarly, there
are two types of men. There is the magnetized man who is full of
confidence and faith. He knows that he is born to win and to succeed.
Then, there is the type of man who is demagnetized. He is full of fears
and doubts. Opportunities come, and he says, “I might fail; I might
lose my money; people will laugh at me.” This type of man will not get
very far in life because, if he is afraid to go forward, he will simply
stay where he is.
Become a magnetized man and discover the master secret of the ages.
The Master Secret of
What, in your opinion, is the master secret of the ages?
secret of atomic energy? Thermonuclear energy? The neutron bomb?
Interplanetary travel? No—not any of these. Then, what is this master
secret? Where can one find it, and how can it be contacted and brought
into action? The answer is extraordinarily simple. This secret is the
marvelous, miracle-working power found in your own subconscious mind,
the last place that most people would seek it.
The Marvelous Power of
You can bring into your life more power, more wealth, more
health, more happiness, and more joy by learning to contact and release
the hidden power of your subconscious mind. You need not acquire this
power; you already possess it. But, you want to learn how to use it;
you want to understand it so that you can apply it in all departments
of your life.
As you follow the simple techniques and processes set forth in this
book, you can gain the necessary knowledge and understanding. A new
light can inspire you, and you can generate a new force enabling you to
realize your hopes and make all your dreams come true. Decide now to
make your life grander, greater, richer, and nobler than ever before.
Within your subconscious depths lie infinite wisdom, infinite power,
and infinite supply of all that is necessary, which is waiting for
development and expression. Begin now to recognize these potentialities
of your deeper mind, and they will take form in the world without.
The infinite intelligence within your subconscious mind can reveal to
you everything you need to know at every moment of time and point of
space provided you are open-minded and receptive. You can receive new
thoughts and ideas enabling you to bring forth new inventions, make new
discoveries, or write books and plays. Moreover, the infinite
intelligence in your subconscious can impart to you wonderful kinds of
knowledge of an original nature. It can reveal to you and open the way
for perfect expression and true place in your life.
Through the wisdom of your subconscious mind you can attract the ideal
companion, as well as the right business associate or partner. It can
find the right buyer for your home, and provide you with all the money
you need, and the financial freedom to be, to do, and to go, as your
It is your right to discover this inner world of thought, feeling, and
power, of light, love, and beauty. Though invisible, its forces are
mighty. Within your subconscious mind you will find the solution for
every problem, and the cause for every effect.
Because you can draw out the hidden powers, you come into actual
possession of the power and wisdom necessary to move forward in
abundance, security, joy, and dominion.
I have seen the power of the subconscious lift people up out of
crippled states, making them whole, vital, and strong once more, and
free to go out into the world to experience happiness, health, and
joyous expression. There is a miraculous healing power in your
subconscious that can heal the troubled mind and the broken heart. It
can open the prison door of the mind and liberate you. It can free you
from all kinds of material and physical bondage.
Necessity of a Working
Substantial progress in any field of endeavor is impossible in the
absence of a working basis, which is universal in its application. You
can become skilled in the operation of your subconscious mind. You can
practice its powers with a certainty of results in exact proportion to
your knowledge of its principles and to your application of them for
definite specific purposes and goals you wish to achieve.
Being a former chemist, I would like to point out that if you combine
hydrogen and oxygen in the proportions of two atoms of the former to
one of the latter, water would be the result. You are very familiar
with the fact that one atom of oxygen and one atom of carbon will
produce carbon monoxide, a poisonous gas. But, if you add another atom
of oxygen, you will get carbon dioxide, a harmless gas, and so on
throughout the vast realm of chemical compounds.
You must not think that the principles of chemistry, physics, and
mathematics differ from the principles of your subconscious mind. Let
us consider a generally accepted principle: “Water seeks its own
level.” This is a universal principle, which is applicable to water
Consider another principle: “Matter expands when heated.” This is true
anywhere, at any time, and under all circumstances. You can heat a
piece of steel, and it will expand regardless whether the steel is
found in China, England, or India. It is a universal truth that matter
expands when heated. It is also a universal truth that whatever you
impress on your subconscious mind is expressed on the screen of space
as condition, experience, and event.
Your prayer is answered because your subconscious mind is principle,
and by principle I mean the way a thing works. For example, the
principle of electricity is that it works from a higher to a lower
potential. You do not change the principle of electricity when you use
it, but by co-operating with nature, you can bring forth marvelous
inventions and discoveries, which bless humanity in countless ways.
Your subconscious mind is principle and works according to the law of
belief. You must know what belief is, why it works, and how it works.
Your Bible says in a simple, clear, and beautiful way: Whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be
thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his
heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to
pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. MARK 11:23.
The law of your mind is the law of belief. This means to believe in the
way your mind works, to believe in belief itself. The belief of your
mind is the thought of your mind—that is simple—just that and nothing
All your experiences, events, conditions, and acts are the reactions of
your subconscious mind to your thoughts. Remember, it is not the thing
believed in, but the belief in your own mind, which brings about the
result. Cease believing in the false beliefs, opinions, superstitions,
and fears of mankind. Begin to believe in the eternal verities and
truths of life, which never change. Then, you will move onward, upward,
Whoever reads this book and applies the principles of the subconscious
mind herein set forth; will be able to pray scientifically and
effectively for himself and for others. Your prayer is answered
according to the universal law of action and reaction. Thought is
incipient action. The reaction is the response from your subconscious
mind which corresponds with the nature of your thought. Busy your mind
with the concepts of harmony, health, peace, and good will, and wonders
will happen in your life.
The Duality of Mind
You have only one mind, but your mind possesses two
characteristics. The line of demarcation between the two is well known
to all thinking men and women today. The two functions of your mind are
essentially unlike. Each is endowed with separate and distinct
attributes and powers. The nomenclature generally used to distinguish
the two functions of your mind is as follows: The objective and
subjective mind, the conscious and subconscious mind, the waking and
sleeping mind, the surface self and the deep self, the voluntary mind
and the involuntary mind, the male and the female, and many other
terms. You will find the terms “conscious” and “subconscious” used to
represent the dual nature of your mind throughout this book.
The Conscious and
An excellent way to get acquainted with the two functions of your mind
is to look upon your own mind as a garden. You are a gardener, and you
are planting seeds (thoughts) in your subconscious mind all day long,
based on your habitual thinking. As you sow in your subconscious mind,
so shall you reap in your body and environment.
Begin now to sow thoughts of peace, happiness, right action, good will,
and prosperity. Think quietly and with interest on these qualities and
accept them fully in your conscious reasoning mind. Continue to plant
these wonderful seeds (thoughts) in the garden of your mind, and you
will reap a glorious harvest. Your subconscious mind may be likened to
the soil, which will grow all kinds of seeds, good or bad. Do men
gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Every thought is,
therefore, a cause, and every condition is an effect. For this reason,
it is essential that you take charge of your thoughts so as to bring
forth only desirable conditions.
When your mind thinks correctly, when you understand the truth, when
the thoughts deposited in your subconscious mind are constructive,
harmonious, and peaceful, the magic working power of your subconscious
will respond and bring about harmonious conditions, agreeable
surroundings, and the best of everything. When you begin to control
your thought processes, you can apply the powers of your subconscious
to any problem or difficulty. In other words, you will actually be
consciously co-operating with the infinite power and omnipotent law,
which governs all things.
Look around you wherever you live and you will notice that the vast
majority of mankind lives in the world without; the more enlightened
men are intensely interested in the world within. Remember, it is the
world within, namely, your thoughts, feelings, and imagery that makes
your world without. It is, therefore, the only creative power, and
everything, which you find in your world of expression, has been
created by you in the inner world of your mind consciously or
Knowledge of the interaction of your conscious and subconscious minds
will enable you to transform your whole life.
In order to change external conditions, you must change the cause. Most
men try to change conditions and circumstances by working with
conditions and circumstances. To remove discord, confusion, lack,
and limitation, you must remove the cause, and the cause is the way you
are using your conscious mind. In other words, the way you are thinking
and picturing in your mind. You are living in a fathomless sea of
infinite riches. Your subconscious is very sensitive to your thoughts.
Your thoughts form the mold or matrix through which the infinite
intelligence, wisdom, vital forces, and energies of your
The practical application of the laws of your mind as illustrated in
each chapter of this book will cause you to experience abundance for
poverty, wisdom for superstition and ignorance, peace for pain, joy for
sadness, light for darkness, harmony for discord, faith and confidence
for fear, success for failure, and freedom from the law of averages.
Certainly, there can be no more wonderful blessing than these from a
mental, emotional, and material standpoint.
Most of the great scientists, artists, poets, singers, writers, and
inventors have a deep understanding of the workings of the conscious
and subconscious minds.
One time Caruso, the great operatic tenor, was struck with stage
fright. He said his throat was paralyzed due to spasms caused by
intense fear, which constricted the muscles of his throat. Perspiration
poured copiously down his face. He was ashamed because in a few minutes
he had to go out on the stage, yet he was shaking with fear and
trepidation. He said, “They will laugh at me. I can’t sing.” Then he
shouted in the presence of those behind the stage, “The Little Me wants
to strangle the Big Me within.”
He said to the Little Me, “Get out of here, the Big Me wants to sing
By the Big Me, he meant the limitless power and wisdom of his
subconscious mind, and he began to shout, “Get out, get out, the Big Me
is going to sing!”
His subconscious mind responded releasing the vital forces within him.
When the call came, he walked out on the stage and sang gloriously and
majestically, enthralling the audience. It is obvious to you now that
Caruso must have understood the two levels of mind—the conscious or
rational, and the subconscious or irrational level. Your subconscious
mind is reactive and responds to the nature of your thoughts. When your
conscious mind (the Little Me) is full of fear, worry, and anxiety, the
negative emotions engendered in your subconscious mind (the Big Me) are
released and flood the conscious mind with a sense of panic,
foreboding, and despair. When this happens, you can, like Caruso, speak
affirmatively and with a deep sense of authority to the irrational
emotions generated in your deeper
mind as follows: “Be still, be quiet, I am in control, you must obey
me, you are subject to my command, you cannot intrude where you do not
It is fascinating and intensely interesting to observe how you can
speak authoritatively and with conviction to the irrational movement of
your deeper self bringing silence, harmony, and peace to your mind. The
subconscious is subject to the conscious mind, and that is why it is
called subconscious or subjective.
Modes of Operation
You will perceive the main differences by the following
illustrations: 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 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. When you repeatedly
say to people, “I can’t afford it,” then your subconscious mind takes
you at your word and sees to it that you will not be in a position to
purchase what you want.
As long as you persist in saying, “I can’t afford that car, that trip
to Europe, that home, that fur coat or ermine wrap,” you can rest
assured that your subconscious mind will follow your orders, and you
will go through life experiencing the lack of all these things.
Last Christmas Eve a beautiful young university student looked at an
attractive and rather expensive traveling bag in a store window. She
was going home to Buffalo, New York, for the holidays. She was about to
say, “I can’t afford that bag,”
when she recalled something she had heard at one of my lectures which
was, “Never finish a negative statement; reverse it immediately, and
wonders will happen in your life.” She said, “That bag is mine. It is
for sale. I accept it mentally, and my subconscious sees to it that I
receive it.” At eight o’clock Christmas Eve her fiancé presented
her with a bag exactly the same as the one she had looked at and
mentally identified herself with at ten o’clock the same morning. She
had filled her mind with the thought of expectancy and released the
whole thing to her deeper mind, which has the “know-how” of
This young girl, a student at the University of Southern California,
said to me, “I didn’t have the money to buy that bag, but now I know
where to find money and all the things I need, and that is in the
treasure house of eternity within me.”
Another simple illustration is this: When you say, “I do not like
mushrooms,” and the occasion subsequently comes that you are served
mushrooms in sauces or salads, you will get indigestion because your
subconscious mind says to you, “The boss (your conscious mind) does not
like mushrooms.” This is an amusing example of the outstanding
differences and modes of operation of your conscious and subconscious
A woman may say, “I wake up at three o’clock, if I drink coffee at
night.” Whenever she drinks coffee, her subconscious mind nudges her,
as if to say, “The boss wants you to stay awake tonight.”
Your subconscious mind works twenty-four hours a day and makes
provisions for your benefit, pouring all the fruit of your habitual
thinking into your lap.
How her subconscious
A woman wrote me a few months ago as follows: “I am
years old, a widow with a grown family. I was living alone and on a
pension. I heard your lectures on the powers of the subconscious mind
wherein you said that ideas could be conveyed to the subconscious mind
by repetition, faith, and
“I began to repeat frequently with feeling, ‘I am wanted. I am happily
married to a kind, loving, and spiritual-minded man. I am secure!’
“I kept on doing this many times a day for about two weeks, and one day
at the corner drugstore, I was introduced to a retired pharmacist. I
found him to be kind, understanding, and very religious. He was a
perfect answer to my prayer.
Within a week he proposed to me, and now we are on our honeymoon in
Europe. I know that the intelligence within my subconscious mind
brought both of us together in divine order.”
This woman discovered that the treasure house was within her. Her
prayer was felt as true in her heart, and her affirmation sank down by
osmosis into her subconscious mind, which is the creative medium. The
moment she succeeded in bringing about a subjective embodiment, her
subconscious mind brought about the answer through the law of
attraction. Her deeper mind, full of wisdom and intelligence, brought
both of them together in divine order.
Be sure that you think on whatsoever
things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are
just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely,
whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if
there be any praise, think on these things. PHIL. 4:8.
Brief summary of ideas
1. The treasure house is within you. Look within for the
to your heart’s desire.
2. The great secret possessed by the great men of all ages was their
ability to contact and release the powers of their subconscious mind.
You can do the same.
3. Your subconscious has the answer to all problems. If you suggest to
your subconscious prior to sleep, “I want to get up at 6 A.M.,” it will
awaken you at that exact time.
4. Your subconscious mind is the builder of your body and can heal you.
Lull yourself to sleep every night with the idea of perfect health, and
your subconscious, being your faithful servant, will obey you.
5. Every thought is a cause, and every condition is an effect.
6. If you want to write a book, write a wonderful play, give a better
talk to your audience, convey the idea lovingly and feelingly to your
subconscious mind, and it will respond accordingly.
7. You are like a captain navigating a ship. He must give the right
orders, and likewise, you must give the right orders (thoughts and
images) to your subconscious mind, which controls and governs all your
8. Never use the terms, “I can’t afford it” or “I can’t do this.” Your
subconscious mind takes you at your word and sees to it that you do not
have the money or the ability to do what you want to do. Affirm, “I can
do all things through the power of my subconscious mind.”
9. The law of life is the law of belief. A belief is a thought in your
mind. Do not believe in things to harm or hurt you. Believe in the
power of your subconscious to heal, inspire, strengthen, and prosper
you. According to your belief is it done unto you.
10. Change your thoughts, and you change your destiny.
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