Wow I can’t believe that it’s already February! I hope that you guys had a great first month of 2015! I have been trying to stay consistent with my 2015 goal which was simply to “be open”. I know that I have things that I want to accomplish but I really want to filter them through this phrase and try to live life with openness this year.
At the end of December while browsing through the book store I saw The Power of Your Subconscious Mind sitting all by itself on a shelf over in the kids’ section of all places! I felt compelled to check it out and started reading it while my kids looked at books. I decided that I had to keep reading it, purchased it and brought it home. I couldn’t put it down and looked forward to reading it every day until I was finished.
The Power of Your Subconscious Mind was written by Joseph Murphy Ph.D, D.D. and was first published in 1963. He was a New Thought Minister and was thought of one of the “pioneering voices of affirmative-think philosophy.” I won’t lie this was a DEEP read and I was pondering how in the world was I going to review this book that covered so many metaphysical and spiritual topics and philosophies. I was blown away not only by the content but by the structure of how he presented the book. Dr. Murphy was able to take an idea and slowly open your mind up to really tough paradigms in such a strategic and gentle manner.
The first page of the book starts like this:
Do you know the answers? “Why is one man sad and another man happy? why is one man joyous and prosperous and another man poor and miserable? why is one man fearful and anxious and another full of faith and confidence. why does one man have a beautiful, luxurious home while another man lives out o a meager existence in a slum? why is one man a great success and another an abject failure? why is one speaker outstanding and immensely popular and another mediocre and unpopular…?”
Have you ever wondered about this? Have you ever thought to yourself why certain people live so differently from each other? Have you ever wondered why some people seem like they get opportunities and others just live like Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh? I don’t know about you but I have been asking myself these questions for years.
He likens the man who is aware of the treasure of the subconscious mind as a magnetized piece of metal that can lift up to 12 times it’s weight. A demagnetized piece of metal cannot even lift a feather. He likens this power to a magnetized man with faith and confidence who essentially attracts opportunities into his life and another demagnetized man who thinks he might fail and actually does live a life of a failure.
In his book Dr. Murphy breaks down the law of the subconscious mind which is belief as well as ways to pray more effectively in your life. I really liked that he gave practical techniques to support all of his philosophies as well as case studies to back up his conclusions. As a Christian I worked to keep an open mind and accept the sometimes new aged terminologies and analogies that he was using. Many times I did stop and pray and think through the ideas that he was presenting. In essence I came to some conclusions of my own:
- If we are made in the image of God and God is able to create than we are able to create.
- In the same way if we can touch our subconscious mind and plant seeds of what we believe we can create what we believe.
- I see this as true in life. Good and evil thoughts are born in human minds and as a result good and evil deeds are seen in our world.
- Humans have access to more abundance than we think
During this past month I decided to write down prayers or affirmation in my notes section on my phone. I started reading them every morning and every night just to see what would happen. I knew at the very least they were making me feel good and happy. But now a month later I am seeing some of these things occur!
The biggest thing that has happened is that I got a job!
We had been looking for a part time job for me for several months. I have been helping my husband with his work for a while and doing a little bit of writing for another marketing company that my husband will partner with. It turns out that they liked my work so much that they offered me a job. That has NEVER happened to me before where another company has sought me out for a position. The wonderful thing is that they are creative, kind, fun, hardworking people. They support what I’m working on with my one woman show and are totally open with teaching me new skills I can use in what I’m doing here at The Inspire(d) Cafe. I feel so blessed. I don’t believe that I can take credit for any of this but I do believe that God answered my prayers.
After reading this book I actually look forward to praying and believing that they will be answered. I try to look at things from a deeper prespective and I’m more conscious of how negative thoughts can affect not only my life but my kids’ lives. I also see the importance of filling our minds with positive thoughts. Some of us do that with inspirational quotes, scriptures, vision boards, etc. These are all good practices to keep us focused on the positive. This scripture from Phillipians 4:8 comes to mind:
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
I really think this an excellent read but you have to be ready for it…