029 – 6 Things I Learned From Believe in Yourself by Joseph Murphy

029 – 6 Things I Learned From Believe in Yourself by Joseph Murphy

Summary: Dr. Joseph Murphy is an expert on the topic of the subconscious mind. In this podcast episode, I explore what several valuable ideas I took away from reading his book, Believe in Yourself.

Believe in Yourself is a shorter volume containing great wisdom. Dr. Joseph Murphy, one of the foremost experts on the New Thought movement and accessing your subconscious mind succinctly explains how to achieve spiritual health and external success.

In this episode of The New Music Industry Podcast, I look at one of Murphy’s great works.

Podcast Highlights:

  • 00:14 – Believe in Yourself vs. The Power of Your Subconscious Mind
  • 00:40 – Feeling is the fountainhead of power
  • 01:31 – Imagination control the conceptive realm
  • 02:37 – Your concept of God determines your attitude towards life
  • 03:47 – If you are in rapport with your subconscious mind, you unlock your genius zone
  • 04:22 – What your subconscious mind accepts is reality in the outer world
  • 05:24 – You are the master of the circumstances you find yourself in
  • 06:26 – Concluding thoughts


Compared to The Power of Your Subconscious Mind, Believe in Yourself is one of Dr. Joseph Murphy’s shorter works.

But every sentence contains valuable insights into spirituality and personal success. I have read this book from start to finish twice, and each time I’ve gotten something new from it.

There is no way for me to summarize the entirety of the wisdom contained within, but I did want to share with you what I learned from this book.

1. Feeling Is The Fountainhead Of Power

When personal development authors talk about goal-setting and visualization, they often add the phrase, “add emotion to it!”

I think Murphy is essentially saying the same thing here. He’s pointing out that feelings and emotions have power, and that we can learn to channel them into achieving and obtaining our desires.

If you’re setting goals that don’t motivate you, you’ll find it challenging to add feeling to them. But if you become obsessed with bringing about a result, you’ll naturally take actions and move in the direction of your wishes and longings.

You must become aware of what your true desires are. And the only way to make that happen is to build rapport with your subconscious mind (also see point #4 on this list).

2. Imagination Controls The Whole Conceptive Realm

Life in the digital age is frantic. Few people take time to think, reflect, and ask questions.

“Visualization? I have no time for that!”

But you must make time for it, because most people don’t. They aren’t thinking about the desired result, the end goal, what their hearts yearn for. Many have forgotten the power of imagination.

Disney came to be because it was first conceived in the mind of Walt Disney. There are endless examples of technological breakthroughs, attractions, movies, books, and other works that would not exist if they weren’t first conceived in someone’s mind.

If you want to control the conceptive realm, start imagining once again. If you don’t know where to start, daydream. Remember what it was like to be a child sitting in a classroom thinking about what else you wanted to be doing, or what you were going to do when you got home.

3. Your Concept Of God Determines Your Attitude Towards Life

Maveen Kaura and I spent an entire episode of Using Your Power discussing this concept. As of this writing, the episode has yet to be released, but it will be out soon.

“But I don’t believe in God,” you might say.

The surprising conclusion I came to was that whether you’re an agnostic, atheist or Christian, you believe in something. And that something is your god, whether it’s belief in self, belief in aliens, or belief in an autonomous divine being.

What I’m saying is that this statement is impossible to refute.

You could replace the word “God” with the word “you”, and it becomes “Your concept of you determines your attitude towards life.” You could replace the word “God” with “aliens”, and it becomes “Your concept of aliens determines your attitude towards life.”

Basically, your beliefs affect your attitude. So, if you want to change your attitude, you need to examine what you believe in, regardless of what it is.

4. A Genius Is A Man In Rapport With His Subconscious Mind

Dr. Joseph Murphy book reviewWhat this means is that if you are well-acquainted with your subconscious mind and its inherent power, you are a genius.

Knowing how to unlock its power, and accessing God (which could be equated with building a rapport with your subconscious mind) leads to fresh inspiration, ideas, and insights.

Murphy furnishes us with practical steps on how to tap into this capacity throughout the book. See points #1, 2, and 5 on this list for how this works.

5. According To The Image Impressed On The Subconscious Mind, So It Is On The Objective Screen Of Life

Again, what are you constantly thinking about? What are you regularly visualizing? What are you picturing in your mind’s eye? How are you using your imagination?

Whether you’re aware of it or not, there are thoughts and images you are always meditating on. And in this context, I mean things you’re repeating to yourself, not the act of meditating (which is beneficial).

And whether you’re aware of it or not, your life is slowly but surely becoming what you’re repeating in your mind.

Classic personal development writer, speaker, and author Earl Nightingale said:

We become what we think about most of the time, and that’s the strangest secret.

Nightingale’s most significant discovery about life had to do with this statement. So, what images are you impressing on your subconscious mind? Your life will move in the direction of your thoughts.

6. You Are A Master Of Conditions

You are where you are because of actions taken and not taken.

This is a difficult idea for the mind to accept. Throughout our lives, most of us haven’t been taught to take responsibility for everything that’s happened. Instead, we play the blame game.

Taking full responsibility for who and where you are is empowering. Maybe we aren’t encouraged to do so because of this fact. If we all “woke up” and freed ourselves from “The Matrix”, we’d be dangerous – maybe not to people, but to the system of control we’re under.

You are a master of your conditions. But if you haven’t taken ownership over yourself, you haven’t mastered mastering your conditions yet.

The reason taking ownership is powerful is because it means you can change your circumstances. The moment you realize you can change your life situation is the moment you bestow yourself with the keys to life.

Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed my insights into another Joseph Murphy book.

The ideas I’ve shared with you here aren’t necessarily what the author intended, but through my own filters, these are the conclusions I’ve come to.

Ultimately, each of us are possessors of tremendous power. But many of us have also forgotten how to harness it. When we learn how to access our subconscious mind, it links us with God, the wellspring of all knowledge and wisdom.

Thanks for reading! If you feel inclined to check out Believe in Yourself, you can go to Amazon, where you can learn more about the book, and see what others have had to say about it. Should you choose to buy the book through the provided link, I will earn a commission at no additional cost to you.

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7 Things I Learned From The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy

7 Things I Learned From The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy

Summary: The Power of Your Subconscious Mind was written by a leading expert on the subject, Dr. Joseph Murphy. From my perspective, this book equates your subconscious mind with God, which is likely a different and challenging paradigm for some to accept. This post was last updated November 22, 2019.

The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Dr. Joseph Murphy had been sitting on my shelf for quite a while before I picked it up.

It was originally recommended to me by my friend, Amos Bracewell in 2012.

You may recall that Amos was a guest on DAWCast: Music Entrepreneurship, my previous podcast, and when he came and stayed at my home in 2011/2012, he left another book by Joseph Murphy with me entitled Believe in Yourself (affiliate link), which I also reviewed.

Since I was on a book buying spree, and I was excited about delving into some new material at the time, The Power of Your Subconscious Mind was one among many books I ended up ordering.

Fast-forward to 2015 and I finally got around to reading it.

I’d like to share with you a few things I learned from this book.

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1. You Receive Answers To Prayer Because Of Mental Acceptance About What You Pray

Murphy proposes that your religious affiliation is not what makes prayer effective. Rather, it is based on your ability and willingness to accept what you pray.

You subconscious accepts what your consciously accept.

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Another statement that expands on this idea is this one: “the subconscious mind is subject to the conscious mind.” What Murphy is saying is that you can train your subconscious mind to believe what you can accept on a conscious level.

2. Your Subconscious Mind Has The Answer To All Your Problems

This statement makes perfect sense if you don’t have any problems with the idea that your subconscious mind = God.

Even if not for that, though, it speaks to the power of the subconscious mind. You don’t need to go looking outside for the answers you seek – Murphy is saying – you can look inside, and pose questions to your subconscious.

The answers may not come immediately, but your mind is always working on problems you submit to it even when you’re doing other things, and it will eventually present to you a workable solution.

3. Faith Is The Only Universal Healing Principle Operating Through Everybody

I believe the implication here is that faith is created by accessing and harnessing the power of our subconscious minds. Illness, physical ailments, and even traumatic experiences can be healed by repeatedly submitting thoughts of healing to our subconscious minds.

Can we be healed by any other means? According to Murphy, no. Faith is the universal healing principle. Of course, I don’t think he would discount the importance of medicine and other orthodox cures, but I have to guess that in this case he is referring to instances of healing that have occurred in so-called “healing services”, churches, or religious gatherings.

4. Prayers Are Answered Scientifically

What Murphy is suggesting is that there is a formula to prayers that are answered. He explains that “science” means knowledge that is coordinated, arranged and systematized, so the idea here is that we can cooperate with our subconscious minds to see more of our prayers answered.

If anything, the entire book sheds light on how little attention and thought we give to our subconscious minds, and what fantastic tools they are in helping us achieve ends that we desire to see in our lives.

5. Don’t Compel Your Subconscious Mind To Accept Your Idea By Willpower

Although Murphy does talk about presenting positive thoughts and images to our subconscious minds, he is also quick to caution us that we can’t force things. We have limited willpower. It continues to diminish throughout the day. Can you imagine how tiring it would be to force yourself to think the same things and visualize the same images all day long?

I think the idea is that we can plant seeds and nurture them, but we shouldn’t be constantly uncovering the soil to see how our seeds are doing. We must keep pulling the weeds and watering the seed, and while that may require a daily investment, it shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes.

6. What Goes In Your Mind Determines Your World

Regardless of whether you subscribe to Murphy’s theology, I think this is something we can all agree on. What goes into your mind is hugely important. If you choose poorly, you’ll assimilate bad attitudes, behaviors, and thoughts. If you choose well, you’ll begin to see positive changes within yourself.

What world do you want to live in? Have you thought about it? If you aren’t sure what you want to achieve in your lifetime, it makes it much harder to select input that will assist you on your journey. If you are fully in alignment with your objectives, choosing the right input becomes much easier.

7. Man Punishes Himself With His False Concepts Of God

We create our own misery. No one else does it for us. I think I know exactly what Murphy was saying here. I can attest to the fact that my false concepts of God led me down a path of misery.

In 2014, I went through a period of depression. Once, the path ahead was obvious. Suddenly, that path disappeared and I could no longer see what was ahead. I cried out to God, but to no avail. My prayers kept hitting the ceiling. And, in retrospect, I feel it was my false ideas of the divine that were responsible for my bouts of depression.

Mysticism is the belief that something outside you controls your life. Recognizing that you are in control and you can rely upon your subconscious mind for the answers you seek is empowering. Right or wrong is not something you can check against a book. You already have a sense of right or wrong. So, to fit yourself into someone else’s ideas is to try to put a square peg in a round hole.

Final Thoughts on The Power of Your Subconscious Mind

I take notes with every book I read, and when I put together a review like this one, I pick and choose a few points that I want to talk about.

I have described these ideas in my own language and from my own perspective. So, the author may or may not agree with what I have had to say (in this case, Joseph Murphy is no longer with us), but hopefully I have done a good job of explaining the value that I uncovered in my reading.

Also, I don’t pretend to be able to unpack 369 pages worth of insights into 1,200 words, so if my review has piqued your interested, I would suggest checking out the book for yourself.

Thanks for reading! If you feel inclined to check out The Power of Your Subconscious Mind, you can go to Amazon, where you can learn more about the book, and see what others have had to say about it. Should you choose to buy the book through the provided link, I will earn a commission at no additional cost to you.