Summary of The Power of Your Subconscious Mind

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This 1963 classic by Irish-born American minister Joseph Murphy (1898-1981) strongly influenced the New Thought, New Age and self-help movements. Its brief chapters offer a clear, engaging and encouraging treatise on how to lead a better life, forge better relationships, become more prosperous and improve your health. Murphy repeats some points in different chapters, and his vocabulary and reasoning may seem odd or casual. For example, he groups all the functions of the autonomic nervous system as part of the subconscious. Some of his scientific assertions weren’t standard findings when the book came out, and now more of its science has become outdated (well, it’s been a while), so step in for the mindfulness and guidance he offers, not the hard data. getAbstract finds that his philosophical approach will interest anyone with a New Age bent and those seeking calmness through a blending of psychology and spirituality.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How your conscious and subconscious minds relate,
  • How your subconscious mind functions, and
  • How it helps you.

About the Author

Joseph Murphy, PhD, (1898-1981), an Irish-born American minister, was director of the Church of Divine Science in Los Angeles for 28 years. He turned it into one of the largest New Thought congregations in the United States. He published 46 books between 1945 and 1987.



Your Mind
You have only one mind, but it has two areas with different functions. One part is your conscious mind. That’s your “objective mind,” your waking mind or your “surface” mind. It can make choices. The other part is your subconscious mind. It is your “deep self” and your “sleeping...

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    Steven Golden 7 months ago
    This book summary is worth re-reading because it teaches and reminds me of simple truths for vibrant health, a vibrant mind, and a vibrant spirit.

    After reading this, I'm inspired to do what Joseph Murphy says daily.

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    All SAM 1 year ago
    Boost your thinking power with the help of mind maps
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    Kiran Pandit 2 years ago
    This is one book everyone should read... I read it at least once in 6 months.
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    Carlos Chavez 2 years ago
    Very interesting.