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The Power of Your Subconscious Mind - Joseph Murphy

Updated on January 22, 2017
Dr Joseph Murphy
Dr Joseph Murphy

Dr. Joseph Murphy - The power of your subconscious mind

Divine Science minister and author Dr. Joseph Murphy was born on May 20, 1898 in Ireland.
He was one of the pioneers in subconscious mind training.
Joseph was raised as a Roman Catholic, educated in Ireland and England and entered the priesthood, eventually becoming one of the Jesuits.
In his twenties, he had an experience with healing prayer that made him rethink his spiritual views and leave the Jesuits.
He them moved to New York and became a pharmacist.
In New York, he attended the Church of the Healing Christ, the same church that New Thought spiritual leader Emmet Fox had become minister in, in 1931.

Also while in New York, Joseph studied under the Esoteric Christian, Abdullah, the same man that taught Metaphysics teacher Neville Goddard.
He said of Neville, "Neville may eventually be recognized as one of the world’s great mystics," so I'm assuming they knew each other pretty well.
(What I wouldn't give to be able to travel back in time and sit in on some of those lessons. Abdullah, Neville Goddard and Joseph

In the 1940s, Joseph moved to Los Angeles (Neville also moved to LA in the 1950s) and there he met Religious Science founder, writer and spiritual teacher Ernest Holmes.
In 1946, he was ordained into Religious Science and began to teach at the Institute of Religious Science.

There he met Divine Science Association president Erwin Gregg, and Joseph was soon re-ordained into Divine Science.
He became the minister of the Los Angeles Divine Science Church in 1949, and taught there for 28 years, building one of the largest New Thought congregations in the country.

In the 1950s, he earned a PhD in psychology from the University of Southern California and began to write.
Dr. Murphy wrote over thirty books, the most famous being The Power of Your Subconscious Mind, published in 1962.

Dr Murphy spent a large part of his life studying Eastern religions, and spent many years in India, where I have read that he was an Andhra Research Fellow at the University of India.
(I did some follow up on this, and couldn't find a "University of India " listed anywhere. Andhra Pradesh has several Universities, and perhaps at one time there was a University of India there. The only two Universities I could find that matched the time line were the Osmania University and the Sri Venkateswara University)

In reading The Power of Your Subconscious Mind, it seems to me that where Neville is more spiritual, Joseph is more scientific in his approach.
But with sales of the book in the millions, you can't criticize his style.

The Power of Your Subconscious Mind
The Power of Your Subconscious Mind

Dr. Joseph Murphy Quotes

Here are some selected quotes by Joseph Murphy

"Remember that the subconscious mind has determined the success and wonderful achievements of all great scientific workers."

"By giving your conscious attention and devotion to the solution of a perplexing problem, your subconscious mind gathers all the necessary information and presents it full blown to the conscious mind."

"If you are worried that you will not wake up on time, suggest to your subconscious mind prior to sleep the exact time you wish to arise, and it will awaken you. It needs no clock. Do the same thing with all problems. There is nothing too hard for your subconscious."

"Your subconscious never sleeps. It is always on the job. It controls all your vital functions. Forgive yourself and everyone else before you go to sleep, and healing will take place much more rapidly."

"There is tremendous power within you. Happiness will come to you when you acquire a sublime confidence in this power. Then, you will make your dreams come true."

"Your subconscious mind is a recording machine which reproduces your habitual thinking. Think good of the other, and you are actually thinking good about yourself."

"God, or Life, never sends disease, sickness, accident, or suffering. We bring these things on ourselves by our own negative destructive thinking based upon the law "as we sow, so shall we reap."

"The solutions lies within the problem. The answer is in every question. Infinite intelligence responds to you as you call upon it with faith and confidence."

"Habit is the function of your subconscious mind. There is no greater evidence of the marvelous power of your subconscious than the force and sway habit holds in your life. You are a creature of habit."

"You are a son of Infinite Life which knows no end. You are a child of Eternity. You are wonderful!"

"Fear is a negative thought in your mind. Supplant it with a constructive thought. Fear has killed millions. Confidence is greater than fear. Nothing is more powerful than faith in God and the good."

"Patience, kindness, love good will, joy, happiness, wisdom, and understanding are qualities which never grow old. Cultivate them and express them, and remain young in mind and body."

"Some research physicians say that the neurotic fear of the effects of time may well be the cause of premature aging."

"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."

"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. "

"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."

"Every thought is a cause, and every condition is an effect."

"Whether the object of your faith is real or false, you will get results. Your subconscious mind responds to the thought in your mind. Look upon faith as a thought in your mind and that will suffice."

The Miracle of Mind Dynamics
The Miracle of Mind Dynamics

Joseph Murphy Books

The Miracles of Your Mind (1953)
Peace Within Yourself (1956)
The Power of Your Subconscious Mind (1962)
The Miracle of Mind Dynamics (1964)
Prayer Is the Answer (1965)
The Amazing Laws of Cosmic Mind Power (1965)
Your Infinite Power to Be Rich (1966)
The Cosmic Power Within You (1968)
Secrets of the I Ching (1970)
Psychic Perception: The Magic of Extrasensory Perception (1971)
The Cosmic Energizer: Miracle Power of the Universe (1974)
These Truths Can Change Your Life" (1979)
How to Use the Laws of Mind (1980)
Songs of God (1982)

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    genave mf 5 months ago


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    Renato de Melo 4 years ago from São Paulo, Brazil

    Study and practice the teachings of this Master for many years, and has been the best thing I've found in my life with concrete results.

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    Terrence 5 years ago

    This is really something!

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    Myra 5 years ago

    Another good read is "I Do," by Freedom Barry. Might be difficult to find. Sweet.

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    Abundant Old Soul 6 years ago from united states

    Really interesting hub.I was making connections to Ernest Holmes and the Science of mind.

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    Sharif Ali 6 years ago

    Great info. I agree with the author, sitting in on the discussions with Neville, Joseph Murphy, and their teacher, Abdullah would be an incredible experience.

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    damian budny poland 6 years ago

    just wanted to say that it is all has find me it give me a whole new life...thinks iv learned from Josephs books are the most precious "advice's" , it become my lifestyle and i will never let it go...never rely on any other you Mr make impossible give me life with no limits...thank you...bless you...all the best to all of you beautiful people...

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    Teena Chaudhary India 6 years ago

    His Book is just g8t changed my whole life.My positive thing bringing lot of positivity in my life but I will also say just reading this Book not enough WE REALLY HAVE TO FOLLOW ALL TECHNIQUES.I am living very happy and Blessed life thanks to him

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    Jamie 6 years ago

    Im seeking people who share the same philosophy as dr. murphy and others like him. People to chat and hopefully socialize with. Im a 45yo white male whos in touch with my higher self. I would like to communicate with positive minded people, like myself.

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    Barns 7 years ago

    I have read all of Mr Murphys books, many several times over. For almost thirty years I have practised his teachings. He answers and explains many deep questions about our spiritual selves. My life is very blessed having had the good fortune of reading what he had understood.

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    Ron 7 years ago

    A great book! I got it used 12 years ago and it sent me to my calling. I wish they'd teach this in schools today.

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    sabrebIade 7 years ago from Pennsylvania

    Good question Markel. I have been trying for years to find out something about him.

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    Markel 7 years ago

    Can someone tell me where I can learn more about Abdullah?

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    Matt 7 years ago

    Dr.Murphy's book by far are the best out there. After reading several of his books not only has my life changed but all of Napolean Hill's books make more sense to me. Finding Dr.Murphy's books has been a true blessing and I'm forever greatfull!

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    Richard Kent Matthews 7 years ago from Portland, OR Metro Area

    Great stuff, great article. I want to share this on my FB page.

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    Martha Castillo 7 years ago from San Diego CA

    I recently heard of him on youtube and I fell in love with his video. Thank you for sharing.

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    Sandra 7 years ago

    We lived in LA and used to go to the Wilshire Ebell Theatre to listen to his lectures every Sunday morning. In fact Dr. Murphy married my husband and I at his home in Beverly Hills. He was a very special man. We have many of his autographed books. Yes, they tend to say the same thing but in a different manner. Which isn't bad.

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    adorababy 7 years ago from Syracuse, NY

    Some of the stuff if not all the stuff in this post are so spotless and are really fool proof reading. There is no doubt the mind is the single most powerful force in the universe. "When your mind tells you something long enough, your hear will follow."

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    sabrebIade 7 years ago from Pennsylvania

    Yes I have read The Master Key System.

    Twice actually.

    And at one point in "The Power of Your Subconscious Mind", I think Murphy actually uses the term "the master key".

    But almost every book of this type is a reworking of previous theories.

    Look at the wildly successful "The Secret".

    Even Napoleon Hill's "Think and Grow Rich" took a lot from The Master Key System.

    Though Hill did publicly acknowledge this.

    You could go as far as saying Wallace Wattles' "The Science of Getting Rich", Haanel's "The Master Key System", Murphy's "The Power of Your Subconscious Mind" and Hill's "Think and Grow Rich" all contain almost the same info.

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    art 7 years ago

    If you read a book 'master key system', you'll find out that Murphy copied heavily from that book. 'The power of your subconscious mind' is a 'Master Key System' in a nutshell. 'The power of your subconscious mind' is actually an almost complete copy paste work. Murphy copied two books from other authors to create 'The power of your subconscious mind'. The text you're reading from that book is not completely his own writing but largely plagiarism.

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    sabrebIade 8 years ago from Pennsylvania

    dattakafka:I can see what you mean. Once the technique is learned that's about it.

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    dattakafka 8 years ago

    nice summary on Dr Murphy. the only problem I had with his work is the fact that if you buy one of his books you really dont need to buy any more because they are basically the same. But I appreciate your background on him (and Neville) nice work.

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    sabrebIade 8 years ago from Pennsylvania

    Oh PJK, don't think of this as beating you to it. There is a TON of JM info out there that I didn't even touch on and more than enough to fill many Hubs.

    Go for it!

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    pjk_artist 8 years ago from Turkey Point, ON

    Good Stuff...Another hub you beat me to.;o)

    I wish I could talk to Goddard or Murphey. I'd ask them many things including their thoughts about Ghost Whisper 77's demonic assault hubs. You should read them if you haven't...crazy stuff!

    I'd have to say this chick's imagination has created some seriously weird manifestations.

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    Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

    Interesting! Never heard of him. Thanks for sharing this!

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    Phillyfreeze69 8 years ago

    Hi Sabreblade,

    I am going to make a copy of Dr. Joesph's selected quotes...this is a very enlightening hub. Thanks!

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    Andrea 8 years ago from Italy

    I never knew about him. Seems pretty interesting, thanks for the good advice and for the useful links. I'll check them.