The Power Of Your Subconscious Mind (1963) explains the inner workings of the mind, mainly –the subconscious mind and postulates that our thoughts, feelings and imagery is what largely influences the outer world that we experience.  The author, Dr. Joseph Murphy (1898 – 1981) was a writer and minister of the ‘New Thought’ movement.


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The Power of Your Subconscious Mind Summary 

Key Takeaways

  • There are two levels of your mind—the conscious (rational) and the subconscious (irrational).
  • “You think with your conscious mind, and whatever you habitually think sinks down into your subconscious mind, which creates according to the nature of your thoughts. ”
  • If you have conveyed erroneous concepts to your subconscious mind, then you can overcome it by the repetition of constructive thoughts frequently repeated which your subconscious mind accepts.’
  • Baudoin Technique: ‘the best way to impress the subconscious mind is to enter into a drowsy, sleepy state, then convey the idea…’ [read notes]
  • Just keep your conscious mind busy with expectation of the best.”
  • A great many people solve all their dilemmas and problems by the play of their controlled, directed, and disciplined imagination, knowing that whatever they imagine and feel as true will and must come to pass.”
  • It is the world within, namely, your thoughts, feelings, and imagery that makes your world without.”

Joseph Murphy The Power of Your Subconscious Mind Summary

Book Notes


  • “There are two levels of your mind—the conscious (rational) and the subconscious (irrational). You think with your conscious mind, and whatever you habitually think sinks down into your subconscious mind, which creates according to the nature of your thoughts. ”
  • “Once the subconscious mind accepts an idea, it begins to execute it. It is an interesting and subtle truth that the law of the subconscious mind works for good and bad ideas alike.”
  • “You will get a reaction or response from your subconscious mind according to the nature of the thought or idea you hold in your conscious mind.”
  • “You must remember that these are not two minds. They are merely two spheres of activity within one mind. Your conscious mind is the reasoning mind. It is that phase of mind, which chooses. For example, you choose your books, your home, and your partner in life. You make all your decisions with your conscious mind.”
  • “On the other hand, without any conscious choice on your part, your heart is kept functioning automatically, and the process of digestion, circulation, and breathing are carried on by your subconscious mind through processes independent of your conscious control.”
  • “Your subconscious mind accepts what is impressed upon it or what you consciously believe. It does not reason things out like your conscious mind, and it does not argue with you. ”
  • “… It responds according to the nature of your thoughts or suggestions. ”


Dr. Joseph Murphy draws on an analogy of a captain and his ship, to explain how the conscious, as well as the subconscious mind, interact…

  • “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 he is in charge and issues orders, which are 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. ”
  • “You are like a captain navigating a ship. You must give the right orders, thoughts, and images to your subconscious which controls and governs all your experiences.”


  • “… one of the basic laws of mind: Your subconscious mind is amenable to suggestion.”
  • “…a suggestion is the act or instance of putting something into one’s mind, the mental process by which the thought or idea suggested is entertained, accepted, or put into effect.”
  • “Different people will react in different ways to the same suggestion because of their subconscious conditioning or belief.”
  • “your conscious mind has the power to reject the suggestion given.”
  • “Check regularly on the negative suggestions that people make to you. Study the things said to you and you will discover much of it was in the form of propaganda.”
  • “The suggestions of others in themselves have absolutely no power whatever over you except the power that you give them through your own thoughts. You have to give your mental con-sent; you have to entertain the thought. Then, it becomes your thought, and you do the thinking. Remember, you have the capacity to choose.”


  • “Your mind works like a syllogism. This means that whatever major premise your conscious mind assumes to be true determines the conclusion your subconscious mind comes to in regard to any particular question or problem in your mind.”

Case Study:

  • “A college professor, who attended some of my science of mind lectures in May, 1962, at Town Hall, New York, said to me, “Everything in my life is topsy-turvy, and I have lost health, wealth, and friends. Everything I touch turns out wrong.”
  • “I explained to him that he should establish a major premise in his thinking, that the infinite intelligence of his subconscious mind was guiding, directing, and prospering him spiritually, mentally, and materially.”
  • “Then, his subconscious mind would automatically direct him wisely in his investments, decisions, and also heal his body and restore his mind to peace and tranquility.”
  • “This professor formulated an over-all picture of the way he wanted his life to be, and this was his major premise: “Infinite intelligence leads and guides me in all my ways. Perfect health is mine, and the Law of Harmony operates in my mind and body. Beauty, love, peace, and abundance are mine. The principle of right action and divine order govern my entire life. I know my major premise is based on the eternal truths of life, and I know, feel, and believe that my subconscious mind responds according to the nature of my conscious mind thinking.”
  • “He wrote me as follows: “I repeated the above statements slowly, quietly, and lovingly several times a day knowing that they were sinking deep down into my subconscious mind and that results must follow. I am deeply grateful for the interview you gave me, and I would like to add that all departments of my life are changing for the better. It works!”


In Chapter 6 of the book ‘The Power of Your Subconscious Mind,’ the author Dr. Joseph Murphy outlines several techniques that explain how to harness the subconscious mind to achieve goals, end bad habits, create wealth and more. Here’s a summary of 4 of these techniques… 

The Baudoin technique

  • “Charles Baudoin was a professor at the Rousseau Institute in France. He was a brilliant psychotherapist and a research director of the New Nancy School of Healing, who in 1910 taught that the best way to impress the subconscious mind was to enter into a drowsy, sleepy state, or a state akin to sleep in which all effort was reduced to a minimum.”
  • “Then in a quiet, passive, receptive way, by reflection, he would convey the idea to the subconscious. The following is his formula: “A very simple way of securing this (impregnation of the subconscious mind) is to condense the idea which is to be the object of suggestion, to sum it up in a brief phrase which can be readily graven on the memory, and to repeat it over and over again as a lullaby.” 

The Sleeping Technique

  • By entering into a sleepy, drowsy state, effort is minimized. The conscious mind is submerged to a great extent when in a sleepy state. ”
  • “The reason for this is that the highest degree of outcropping of the subconscious occurs prior to sleep and just after we awaken. In this state the negative thoughts, which tend to neutralize your desire and so prevent acceptance by your subconscious mind, are no longer present. ”
  • Suppose you want to get rid of a destructive habit: “Assume a comfortable posture, relax your body, and be still. Get into a sleepy state, and in that sleepy state, say quietly, over and over again as a lullaby, “I am completely free from this habit; harmony and peace of mind reign supreme.” Repeat the above slowly, quietly, and lovingly for five or ten minute’s night and morning. Each time you repeat the words the emotional value becomes greater. When the urge comes to repeat the negative habit, repeat the above formula out loud by yourself. By this means you induce the subconscious to accept the idea, and a healing follows. ” 

The Visualization Technique

  • “The easiest and most obvious way to formulate an idea is to visualize it, to see it in your mind’s eye as vividly as if it were alive. You can see with the naked eye only what already exists in the external world; in a similar way that which you can visualize in your mind ’s eye already exists in the invisible realms of your mind. ”
  • “Any picture, which you have in your mind, is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. What you form in your imagination is as real as any part of your body. The idea and the thought are real and will one day appear in your objective world if you are faithful to your mental image. ”
  • “This process of thinking forms impressions in your mind; these impressions in turn become manifested as facts and experiences in your life. ”
  • “The builder visualizes the type of building he wants; he sees it as he desires it to be completed. His imagery and thought-processes become a plastic mold from which the building will emerge—a beautiful or an ugly one, a skyscraper or a very low one. His mental imagery is projected as it is drawn on paper. Eventually, the contractor and his workers gather the essential materials, and the building progresses until it stands finished, conforming perfectly to the mental patterns of the architect. ” 


  • “Coué, the famous psychologist from France who visited America about forty years ago, defined the law of reversed effort as follows: “When your desires and imagination are in conflict your imagination invariably gains the day.”
  • “If, for example, you were asked to walk a plank on the floor, you would do so without question. Now suppose the same plank were placed twenty feet up in the air between two walls, would you walk it? Your desire to walk it would be counteracted by your imagination or fear of falling. Your dominant idea, which would be the picture of falling, would conquer. Your desire, will, or effort to walk on the plank would be reversed, and the dominant idea of failure would be reinforced. ”
  • “… your sub-conscious is always controlled by the dominant idea. Your subconscious will accept the stronger of two contradictory propositions. The effortless way is the better.”
  • “Such attempts are doomed to failure, and you get the opposite of what you prayed for.”
  • “If you say, “I want a healing, but I can’t get it;” “I try so hard;” “I force myself to pray;” “I use all the will power I have,” you must realize that your error lies in your effort. Never try to compel the subconscious mind to accept your idea by exercising will power.”
  • “The conflict of desire and imagination must be reconciled.”
  • “It means the harmonious union or agreement between your conscious and subconscious on any idea, desire, or mental image. When there is no longer any quarrel in either part of your mind, your prayer will be answered.”
  • “You avoid all conflict between your desires and imagination by entering into a drowsy, sleepy state which brings all effort to a minimum.”


  • “Although he had started drinking of his own initiative, he also began to realize that he could change the habit and establish a new one. He said that while through his will power he was able to suppress his desires temporarily, his continued efforts to suppress the many urges only made matters worse.”
  • “This man acquired a practice of relaxing his body and getting into a relaxed, drowsy, meditative state. Then he filled his mind with the picture of the desired end, knowing his sub-conscious mind could bring it about the easiest way.”
  • “He imagined his daughter congratulating him on his freedom, and saying to him, “Daddy, it’s wonderful to have you home!” He had lost his family through drink. He was not allowed to visit them, and his wife would not speak to him.”
  • “Regularly, systematically, he used to sit down and meditate in the way outlined. When his attention wandered, he made it a habit to immediately recall the mental picture of his daughter with her smile and the scene of his home enlivened by her cheerful voice.”
  • “All this brought about a reconditioning of his mind. It was a gradual process. He kept it up. He persevered knowing that sooner or later he would establish a new habit pattern in his subconscious mind.”


  • “I have talked to many people during the past thirty-five years whose usual complaint is, “I have said for weeks and months, ‘I am wealthy, I am prosperous,’ and nothing has happened.” I discovered that when they said, “I am prosperous, I am wealthy,” they felt within that they were lying to themselves. ”
  • “Murphy tells us about the importance of convincing one’s subconscious mind of the idea that one is worth that much money. He also writes about the importance of overcoming the emotion ‘envy.’ ”
  • He tells us that wealth is simply a subconscious conviction on the part of the individual.
  • “You will not become a millionaire by saying, “I am a millionaire, I am a millionaire.” You will grow into a wealth consciousness by building into your mentality the idea of wealth and abundance.” 
  • “Repeat for about five minutes to yourself three or four times a day, “Wealth—Success.” These words have tremendous power. They represent the inner power of the subconscious mind. Anchor your mind on this substantial power within you; then conditions and circum-stances corresponding to their nature and quality will be manifested in your life. ”
  • “The feeling of wealth produces wealth; keep this in mind at all times. Your subconscious mind is like a bank, a sort of universal financial institution. It magnifies whatever you deposit or impress upon it whether it is the idea of wealth or of poverty. Choose wealth.”


  • “Man is born only with two fears, the fear of falling and the fear of noise. These are an alarm system given you by nature as a means of self-preservation. ”
  • “Fear is a negative thought in your mind. Supplant it with a constructive thought. The things you fear do not really exist except as thoughts in your mind. ”
  • “If you are afraid to cross water, swim. In your imagination swim freely, joyously. Project yourself into the water mentally. Feel the chill and thrill of swimming across the pool. Make it vivid. As you do this subjectively, you will be compelled to go into the water and conquer it. This is the law of your mind.”

Banishing stage fright; case study:

  • “A young lady was invited to an audition. She had been looking forward to the interview. She possessed a very good voice, but was certain that when the time came for her to sing, she would be seized with stage fright. On three previous auditions she sang wrong notes, and she finally broke down and cried. The cause, as previously outlined, was an involuntary autosuggestion, i.e., a silent fear thought emotionalized and Subjectified.” 
  • “She overcame it by the following technique: Three times a day she isolated herself in a room. She sat down comfortably in an armchair, relaxed her body, and closed her eyes. She stilled her mind and body to the best of her ability. Physical inertia favors passivity and renders the mind more receptive to suggestion. She counteracted the fear suggestion by its converse, saying to herself, “I sing beautifully. I am poised, serene, confident, and calm.”
  • “She repeated the words slowly, quietly, and with feeling from five to ten times at each sitting. She had three such “sittings” every day and one immediately prior to sleep at night. At the end of a week she was completely poised and confident, and gave a definitely outstanding audition. Carry out the above procedure, and the death of fear is certain. ”


  • “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… Become a magnetized man and discover the master secret of the ages. ”
  • “Within your subconscious depths lie infinite wisdom, in-finite power, and infinite supply of all that is necessary, which is waiting for development and expression.”

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