The Power Of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy
Chapter 7 – The Tendency of the Subconscious Is Lifeward
Over 90 percent of your mental life is subconscious, so men and women who fail to make
use of this marvelous power live within very narrow limits. Your subconscious processes
are always lifeward and constructive. Your subconscious is the builder of your body and
maintains all its vital functions. It is on the job 24 hours a day and never sleeps. It is
always trying to help and preserve you from harm.
Your subconscious mind is in touch with infinite life and boundless wisdom, and its
impulses and ideas are always lifeward. The great aspirations, inspirations, and visions
for a grander and nobler life, spring from the subconscious. Your profoundest convictions
are those you cannot argue about rationally because they do not come from your
conscious mind; they come from your subconscious mind. Your subconscious speaks to
you in intuitions, impulses, hunches, intimations, urges, and ideas, and it is always telling
you to rise, transcend, grow, advance, adventure, and move forward to greater heights.
The urge to love, to save the lives of others comes from the depths of your subconscious.
For example, during the great San Francisco earthquake and fire of April 18, 1906, invalids
and cripples who had been confined to bed for long periods of time, rose up and performed
some of the most amazing feats of bravery and endurance. The intense desire welled up within
them to save others at all costs, and their subconscious responded accordingly. Great artists,
musicians, poets, speakers, and writers tune in with their subconscious powers and become
animated and inspired.
For example, Robert Louis Stevenson, before he went to sleep, used to charge his subconscious
with the task of evolving stories for him while he slept. He was accustomed to ask his subconscious
to give him a good, marketable thriller when his bank account was low. Stevenson said the
intelligence of his deeper mind gave him the story piece by piece, like a serial. This shows how
your subconscious will speak lofty and wise sayings through you, which your conscious mind
knows nothing about. Mark Twain confided to the world on many occasions that he never worked
in his life. All his humor and all his great writings were due to the fact that he tapped the
inexhaustible reservoir of his subconscious mind.
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How the body portrays the workings of the mind
The interaction of your conscious and subconscious mind requires a similar interaction
between the corresponding system of nerves. The cerebrospinal system is the organ of the
conscious mind, and the sympathetic system is the organ of the subconscious mind. The
cerebrospinal system is the channel through which you receive conscious perception by
means of your five physical senses and exercise control over the movement of your body.
This system has its nerves in the brain, and it is the channel of your volitional and
conscious mental action. The sympathetic system, sometimes referred to as the
involuntary nervous system, has its center in a ganglionic mass at the back of the
stomach known as the solar plexus, and is sometimes spoken of as the abdominal brain. It
is the channel of that mental action which unconsciously supports the vital functions of
The two systems may work separately or synchronously. Judge Thomas Troward * says,
“The vaguest nerve passes out of the cerebral region as a portion of the voluntary system,
and * The Edinburgh Lectures on Mental Science (New York: Robert McBride
& Co., 1909) through it we control the vocal organs; then it passes onward to the thorax
sending out branches to the heart and lungs; finally, passing through the diaphragm, it
loses the outer coating which distinguishes the nerves of the voluntary system and
becomes identified with those of the sympathetic system, so forming a connecting link
between the two and making the man physically a single entity.
“Similarly different areas of the brain indicate their connection with the objective and
subjective activities of the mind respectively, and speaking in a general way we may
assign the frontal portion of the brain to the former and the posterior portion to the latter,
while the intermediate portion partakes of the character of both.”
A rather simple way of looking at the mental and physical interaction is to realize that
your conscious mind grasps an idea, which induces a corresponding vibration in your
voluntary system of nerves. This in turn causes a similar current to be generated in your
involuntary system of nerves, thus handling the idea over to your subconscious mind,
which is the creative medium. This is how your thoughts become things.
Every thought entertained by your conscious mind and accepted as true is sent by your
brain to your solar plexus, the brain of your subconscious mind, to be made into your
flesh, and to be brought forth into your world as a reality.
There is an intelligence which takes care of the body
When you study the cellular system and the structure of the organs, such as eyes, ears,
heart, liver, bladder, etc., you learn they consist of groups of cells which form a group
intelligence whereby they function together and are able to take orders and carry them out
in deductive function at the suggestion of the master mind (conscious mind).
A careful study of the single celled organism shows you what goes on in your complex
body. Though the monocellular organism has no organs, it still gives evidence of mind
action and reaction performing the basic functions of movement, alimentation,
assimilation, and elimination. Many say there is an intelligence, which will take care of
your body if you let it alone. That is true, but the difficulty is that the conscious mind
always interferes with its five sense evidence based on outer appearances, leading to the
sway of false beliefs, fears, and mere opinion. When fear, false beliefs, and negative
patterns are made to register in your subconscious mind through psychological, emotional
conditioning, there is no other course open to the subconscious mind except to act on the
blueprint specifications offered it.
The subconscious mind works continually for the common good
The subjective self within you works continuously for the general good, reflecting an
innate principle of harmony behind all things. Your subconscious mind has its own will,
and it is a very real something in itself. It acts night and day whether you act upon it or
not. It is the builder of your body, but you cannot see, hear, or feel it building, as all this
is a silent process. Your subconscious has a life of its own which is always moving
toward harmony, health, and peace. This is the divine norm within it seeking expression
through you at all times.
How man interferes with the innate principle of harmony
To think correctly, scientifically, we must know the “Truth.” To know the truth is to be in
harmony with the infinite intelligence and power of your subconscious mind, which is
always moving life ward. Every thought or action, which is not harmonious, whether
through ignorance or design, will result in discord and limitation of all kinds.
Scientists inform us that you build a new body every eleven months; so you are really
only eleven months old from a physical standpoint. If you build defects back into your
body by thoughts of fear, anger, jealousy, and ill will, you have no one to blame but
yourself. You are the sum total of your own thoughts. You can keep from entertaining
negative thought and imagery. The way to get rid of darkness is with light; the way to
overcome cold is with heat; the way to overcome the negative thought is to substitute the
good thought. Affirm the good, and the bad will vanish.
Why it’s normal to be healthy, vital, and strong – it’s abnormal to be sick
The average child born into the world is perfectly healthy with all its organs functioning
perfectly. This is the normal state, and we should remain healthy, vital, and strong. The
instinct of self-preservation is the strongest instinct of your nature, and it constitutes a
most potent, ever-present, and constantly operative truth, inherent in your nature. It is,
therefore, obvious that all your thoughts, ideas, and beliefs must operate with greater
potentiality when they are in harmony with the innate life principle in you, which is
forever seeking to preserve and protect you along all lines. It follows from this that
normal conditions can be restored with greater ease and certainty than abnormal
conditions can be induced.
It is abnormal to be sick; it simply means you are going against the stream of life and
thinking negatively. The law of life is the law of growth; all nature testifies to the
operation of this law by silently, constantly expressing itself in the law of growth. Where
there is growth and expression, there must be life; where there is life there must be
harmony, and where there is harmony, there is perfect health.
If your thought is in harmony with the creative principle of your subconscious mind, you
are in tune with the innate principle of harmony. If you entertain thoughts which are not
in accordance with the principle of harmony, these thoughts cling to you, harass you,
worry you, and finally bring about disease, and if persisted in, possibly death.
In the healing of disease, you must increase the inflow and distribution of the vital forces
of your subconscious mind throughout your system. This can be done by eliminating
thoughts of fear, worry, anxiety, jealousy, hatred, and every other destructive thought
which tends to tear down and destroy your nerves and glands—body tissue which
controls the elimination of all waste material.
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Pott’s disease cured
In the Nautilus magazine of March, 1917, there appears an article about a boy suffering
from Pott’s disease, or tuberculosis of the spine, who had a remarkable healing. His name
was Frederick Elias Andrews of Indianapolis, now minister of Unity School of
Christianity, Kansas City, Missouri. His physician pronounced him incurable. He began
to pray, and from a crooked, twisted cripple going about on hands and knees, he became
a strong, straight, well formed man. He created his own affirmation, mentally
absorbing the qualities he needed.
He affirmed over and over again many times a day, “I am whole, perfect, strong,
powerful, loving, harmonious, and happy.” He persevered and said that this prayer was
the last utterance on his lips at night and the first in the morning. He prayed for others
also by sending out thoughts of love and health. This attitude of mind and way of prayer
returned to him multiplied many times. His faith and perseverance paid off with big
dividends. When thoughts of fear, anger, jealousy, or envy drew his attention, he would
immediately start his counteracting force of affirmation going in his mind. His
subconscious mind responded according to the nature of his habitual thinking. This is the
meaning of the statement in the Bible, Go thy way, thy faith hath made thee whole.
How faith in your subconscious powers makes you whole
A young man, who came to my lectures on the healing power of the subconscious mind,
had severe eye trouble, which his doctor said necessitated an operation. He said to
himself, “My subconscious made my eyes, and it can heal me.”
Each night, as he went to sleep, he entered into a drowsy, meditative state, the condition
akin to sleep. His attention was immobilized and focused on the eye doctor. He imagined
the doctor was in front of him, and he plainly heard, or imagined he heard, the doctor
saying to him, “A miracle has happened!” He heard this over and over again every
night for perhaps five minutes or so before going to sleep. At the end of three weeks he
again went to the ophthalmologist who had previously examined his eyes, and the
physician said to this man, “This is a miracle!” What happened? This man impressed his
subconscious mind using the doctor as an instrument or a means of convincing it or
conveying the idea. Through repetition, faith, and expectancy he impregnated his
subconscious mind. His subconscious mind made his eye; within it was the perfect
pattern, and immediately it proceeded to heal the eye. This is another example of
how faith in the healing power of your subconscious can make you whole.
Pointers to review
1. Your subconscious is the builder of your body and is on the job 24 hours a day. You
interfere with its life giving patterns by negative thinking.
2. Charge your subconscious with the task of evolving an answer to any problem, prior to
sleep and it will answer you.
3. Watch your thoughts. Every thought accepted as true is sent by your brain to your solar
plexus—your abdominal brain—and is brought into your world as a reality.
4. Know that you can remake yourself by giving a new blueprint to your subconscious
5. The tendency of your subconscious is always life ward. Your job is with your
conscious mind. Feed your subconscious mind with premises, which are true. Your
subconscious is always reproducing according to your habitual mental patterns.
6. You build a new body every eleven months. Change your body by changing your
thoughts and keeping them changed.
7. It is normal to be healthy. It is abnormal to be ill. There is within the innate principle of
8. Thoughts of jealousy, fear, worry, and anxiety tear down and destroy your nerves and
glands bringing about mental and physical diseases of all kinds.
9. What you affirm consciously and feel as true will be made manifest in your mind, body
and affairs. Affirm the good and enter into the joy of living.
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