“The Power of Your Subconscious Mind” teaches readers how to leverage your subconscious to make thoughts a reality and to attract what you want into your life.
If you are the kind of person who uses the expression “woo-woo”, then you might not particularly enjoy Joseph Murphy’s writing.
If on the other hand, you’re into the law of attraction, you’ll love it.
- What your subconscious believes your conscious mind will do
- Your subconscious mind can make thoughts a reality
- You talk to your subconscious mind with visualization and thoughts during sleep and half-sleep time
This summary of “The Power of Your Subconscious Mind” focuses on the practical aspects of the book.
Your Subconscious Makes Things Real
Joseph Murphy says that our subconscious makes what it believes a reality.
He gives several examples ranging from people who act like ducks once hypnotized to priests curing the sick telling them God will heal them to people selling their houses through the power of visualization (but I prefer some actual knowledge on persuasion and influencing when it comes to selling a house)
Visualize To Get What You Want
Joseph Murphy says that visualizing things will bring them into your life.
He advises visualizing while in dreamlike states, for example before falling sleeping, right after waking up and during meditation.
Mix Passion to Your Visualization
Passion gives you the tools to work hard at what you want, which will make the visualization much more powerful
The author at least says that wishing by itself is not enough. He says that you need to work hard for what you want.
I was relieved because similar books (such as The Secret) recommend you do not work on what you want (which is terrible advice of course).
Choose To Be Happy
The author says that being happy is a choice.
And not being happy, or being envious, stands in your way. Being angry towards people is a self-fulfilling prophecy as you will act badly towards them and they will act badly in return.
You should overcome being envious by wishing well to the people you’re envious of. And then your subconscious will believe that you deserve the same.
Real Life Applications
- Use Visualization
Visualizing is a powerful tool. If not to attract things in your life, to keep you focused on your goal and mentally upbeat. Also, you’ll be readier when opportunity strikes
- Do use break patterns
It’s true that sometimes we build fears and dislike upon nothing. And we bring them in our life by acting on them. Do break the patterns instead.
For example, force yourself to focus on the positives of your boss and chances are that your relationship will improve for the better.
- Wish others well
Envy and resentment poison you first and foremost.
Train yourself to abandon envy and learn to become a person who truly wishes people well.
- The good old law of attraction
“The Power of Your Subconscious Mind” is considered one of the very first sources upon which the law of attraction is based.
And I’m not a big fan of the law of attraction.
- It’s unscientific
Needless to say, the part on the law of attraction and much of the biblical references are unscientific.
- Some good insights on the unconscious
Surprisingly (for me), “The Power of Your Subconscious Mind” also touched on some interesting cases.
One of them was of a workaholic who was making himself sick for too much work.
Until he discovered he always felt guilty for his brother’s death and overworking was a way of punishing himself.
Such cases can happen indeed.
- Some good stories
The story of the alcoholic afraid of failing to get sober was touching and helpful.
He visualized his daughter praising him for being sober -a very smart move- and was able to stop.
I’m not a big fan of Law of Vibration, Law of Attraction and the likes.
As a matter of fact, let me be fully honest here: I think the law of attraction is a big con and I recommend you to avoid anyone pitching it as the solution to your problems.
There was some stuff which was very good in “The Power of Your Subconscious Mind”, but overall I wouldn’t necessarily recommend to a friend. But that’s just me.