The Compassionate Diet

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Now What You Eat Can Change Your Life and Save the Planet, by Arran Stephens, with Eliot Jay Rosen, New York: Rodale, 2011


Page Contents

Review
Quotes
Arguments for Vegetarianism


Review

This is a fantastic little book. I was reading it in one day right after having received it from Amazon. I was rendered very curious about it as Dr. Gabriel Cousens quoted so much from it. My purpose of this review is thus to put it all in a much shorter framework and quote the most important facts from the book. I will not quote any of the more poetic and heart-boggling statements, nor any of the beautiful quotes it contains. Nor can I render homage to the wonderful design of the book here.

I can only say that the authors have really done their job well, so much important information in such a small space, really ‘nutrition in a nutshell.’ And I will quote the resources entirely which is entitled ‘Reasons for Vegetarianism’ as this is so well put together. You have to read 200 pages of Dr. Cousens’ books to get that simple information. This is a bestselling 5-star book, no doubt about it, written with authority and with a great heart! If anybody who will not switch to a vegetarian diet who has read this book, this person must be a die-hard insensitive nerd!


Quotes

—Globally, we feed 756 million tons of grain to farmed animals per year. As Princeton bioethicist Peter Singer notes, if we fed that grain to the 1.4 billion people who are living in abject poverty, each of them would be provided with more than half a ton of grain, or about three pounds of grain per day—that’s twice the amount they would need to survive. And that doesn’t even include the 225 million tons of soy that is produced every year, almost all of which is fed to farmed animals. /16

—If everyone become a vegetarian for just one day, the United States would save:

  • 100 billion gallons of water
  • 1.5 billion pounds of crops otherwise fed to livestock
  • 70 million gallons of gas—enough to fuel all the cars of Canada and Mexico, with planty to spare
  • 3 million acres of land
  • 33 tons of antibiotics
  • Greenhouse gas emissions equal to 1.2 million tons of carbon dioxide—as much as produced by all of France
  • 3 million tons of soil erosion and $70 million in resulting economic damages
  • 4.5 million tons of animal excrement
  • Almost 7 tons of ammonia emissions, a major air pollutant

According to Environmental Defense, if every American skipped one meal of chicken per week and substituted vegetarian foods instead. the carbon dioxide savings would be the same as taking more than 500,000 cars off the US roads. /17

—We recommend watching The Meatrix, an animated film posted at www.themeatrix.com, for an entertaining but serious look at factory farms. /22

Vegetarianism, like ethical living in general, is foundational to spiritual growth and the development of universal consciousness and love. According to many of the world’s wisdom traditions, meat eating is antiethical to achieving these states of expanded awareness. /23

—If the body is the temple of God, pure vegetarian food, obtained honestly and eaten in moderation, helps maintain excellent health while improving one’s powers of concentration. Concentration is crucial not just for meditation, but for success in any endeavor, whether spiritual, academic, scientific, artistic, or professional. /24

—According to a Loma Linda University study, vegetarians live about seven years longer and vegans about fifteen years longer than meat eaters. /29

—The Cornell-China-Oxford Project on Nutrition, Environment and Health, conducted by Cornell University, Oxford University, and Chinese researchers—to date the largest population study on the relationship of diet to health—found that those Chinese who ate the last amount of animal products had correspondingly lower risks of cancer, heart attacks, and other chronic degenerative diseases. A British study tracked 6,000 vegetarians and 5,000 meat eaters for twelve years and found that vegetarians were 40 percent less likely to die from cancer during that time and 20 percent less likely to die from other diseases. /29

—In the United States alone, the health cost of meat consumption is estimated to be up to $60 billion a year due to the higher prevalence of hypertension, heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, gallstones, obesity, and food-borne illness among omnivores as compared with vegetarians. /48

—The World Health Organization recommends only 25 grams of protein per day. The American Meat Board recommends 75 grams, contributing to excess protein consumption, which is linked to increased incidence of degenerative disease. /50

—As long as one eats enough calories drawn from whole plant foods, getting enough protein from a vegetarian diet will not be an issue. /50

—Those who eat meat-centered diets need to consume more calcium than those who eat plant-based diets because the excess acidity produced by animal foods requires more alkaline-forming calcium to buffer the bloodstream from this acid onslaught. /52

—A study published by the International Journal of Cancer concluded that red meat is strongly associated with breast cancer. The National Cancer Institute says that women who eat meat every day are nearly four times more likely to get breast cancer than those who do not eat meat. In contrast, women who consume at least one serving of vegetables a day reduce their risk of breast cancer by 20 to 30 percent, according to the Harvard Nurses’ Health Study. /60

—Studies done at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg suggest that the immune systems of vegetarians are more effective in killing off tumor cells than those of meat eaters are and that a plant-based diet also helps protect against prostate, colon, and skin cancers. /60–61

—For someone raised in a meat-eating family, eating animal foods may have been part of the family tradition for centuries and may also feel right. To that person, meats tastes good, smells good, and makes his or her feel good. Yet something having been common practice over time and feeling good does not constitute valid justification for the ethical merit of an action. If this were so, human slavery, the unequal treatment of women, even cannibalism would be acceptable in some societies on the grounds of ‘tradition.’ /69

—The ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ of eating mea cannot be based on mere personal preferences unless one hold the equally questionable ethical stance that ‘might makes right’—that the stronger should be able to use the weaker however they please simply because they are more powerful. Such logic would support the euthanasia of infants with birth defects, and senile, the comatose, and the infirm—there would be no basis for the protection of the helpless and for those who do not ‘contribute’ to society. We sould live out our lives in fear of death, knowing that the life spans of our loved ones and ourselves could be cut short at any time. /70

—To live by the principle of ahimsa is important not only for the sake of animals, but also for our own spiritual welfare. According to many spiritual traditions, a heavy karmic debt is accrued if one fails to live a nonviolent life. This weighs down the soul to such a degree that spiritual progress is slowed; some could lose their hard-earned human status and experience future birth in another form of life. /73

—The ‘selective killing’ argument erroneously equates the taking of the life of a mammal, bird, or other animal with the self-evidently lesser sin of uprooting a turnip or harvesting grain. Spiritual adepts tell us there is some karmic penalty involved in the harvesting and eating of plants, but only a contrarian would insist that the snuffing out of the life of an animal, or a child for that matter, is on equal footing with the beheading of carrots and the boiling of potatoes! /75

—According to karmic theory, the consumption of plants results in little karmic consequences, the killing of certain insects and reptiles requires more karmic repayment, and the killing of birds and mammals results in more severe karmic penalities. Taking a human life carries the greatest consequence; it may result in life imprisonment or the death penalty in this lifetime or in a future lifetime. /76–77

—According to Ayurveda, foods that are calming, balancing, and energy giving are sattvic (Sanskrit for ‘pure’), because they inherently promote good health and are conducive to spiritual development. In this category are most fruits and vegetables, grains, beans, seeds, nuts, and dairy products (if procured in a compassionate way). From the Ayurvedic perspective, the larger the percentage of sattvic foods eaten, the better, for they are ‘in the mode of goodness’ and promote a healthy society and world. /80

—The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization issued a nearly 400-page report entitled Livestock’s Long Shadow that identified the world’s rapidly growing herds of cattle as the greatest threat to the climate, forests, and wildlife. They were also blamed for a host of other environmental problems, from acid rain to the introduction of alien species, from desertification and dead zones in the oceans, from poisoned rivers and drinking water sources to destroyed coral reefs. The report also surveyed the damage done by sheep, chickens, pigs, and goats. But in almost every case, the world’s 1.5 billion cattle were judged to be most in blame. Livestock are responsible for 18 percent of the greenhouse gases that cause global warming. Their intestinal gas and manure produce more than one-third of the world’s emissions of methane, which warms the world twenty times faster than carbon dioxide. And the fuel that’s used to produce fertilizer to grow the feed that produces meat and to transport it—and to clear existing vegetation for grazing—produces 9 percent of all emissions of carbon dioxide, the most common greenhouse gas. /84–85

—The impact of animal-based foods on the environment is as staggering as it is complex. Animal food production directly causes the destruction of tropical rain forests and the extinction of thousands of species that live in these botanical treasure houses; massive water shortages, vast ‘dead zones’ in the open ocean, and pollution of waterways, groundwater, and air; and the exacerbation of human starvation by feeding grain to animals instead of hungry humans. Roughly one-fifth of the world’s land is used for grazing, twice the area used for growing crops. Much of this land provided habitat for indigenous flora and fauna before it was cleared for livestock. /85

—Several decades ago, social scientists in China did a cost-benefit analysis of cattle raising for food and concluded that the beef industry would ruin the country. This is why to this day there are very few large beef cattle operations in China. /86

—Meat production requires more water than raising crops. For example, 283 grams (10 ounces) of beef requires eighty-five times more water to produce than the same amount of potatoes. Poor farming practices and erosion destroy land fertility. At a minimum, 75 percent of all US topsoil has been lost to date. Eighty-five percent of this loss is directly related to livestock grazing. /86

—In the United States alone, more than 260 million acres of forestland have been cleared to create the cropland used in producing the nation’s meat-centered diet. Fifty-five square feet of tropical rain forest are consumed to produce every quarter-pound of rain forest beef. /86

—In December 1997, the US Senate Agriculture Committee relased a report stating that animals raised for food produce 150 times as much excrement as the entire US human population, roughly 68,000 pounds per second, all disposed of without the benefit of waste treatment. This makes its way into the groundwater sources from which people drlink. /86–87

—The book The Meat Business argues that global factory farming could lead to environmental and social devastation. In the next two decades, the problem of how to feed at least 8 billion people while protecting our land, water, air, and wild species will become increasingly urgent. The spread of intensive animal farming throughout the world is not a sustainable solution. /87–88

—If all the arable lands in the world were converted to organic production, the carbon reduction in the atmosphere would be akin to removing 3.5 billion exhaust-spewing cars from the roads! /90

—By sequestering about 1.5 trillion pounds of CO2 in the soil each year and reducing fossil fuel energy inputs by 50 percent (producing commercial fertilizing requires lots of energy) organic farming could reduce atmospheric CO2 by 1.1 trillion pounds a year. Conventional farming adds 925 billion pounds of CO2 pollutant to the atmosphere each year. /92


Arguments for Vegetarianism

These lists are reproduced with the kind permission of John Robbins, founder of the EarthSave Foundation, from ‘How to Win an Argument with a Meat-Eater,’ a post giving statistics from the book Diet for a New America.Please visit EarthSave.org.

The Ethical Argument

  • Number of animals killed for meat per hour in the United States: 660,000
  • Occupation with highest turnover rate in the United States: slaughterhouse worker
  • Occupation with highest rate of on-the-job injury in the United States: slaughterhouse worker

The Hunger Argument

  • Number of people worldwide who will die as a result of malnutrition this year: 20 million
  • Number of people who could be adequately fed using land freed if Americans reduced their intake of meat by 10 percent: 100 million
  • Percentage of corn grown in the United States eaten by people. 20
  • Percentage of corn grown in the United States by livestock: 80
  • Percentage of oats grown in the United States eaten by livestock: 95
  • Percentage of protein wasted by cycling grain through livestock: 90
  • How frequently a child dies as a result of malnutrition: every 2.3 seconds
  • Pounds of potatoes that can be grown on an acre: 40,000
  • Pounds of beef grown on a acre: 250
  • Percentage of US farmland devoted to beef production: 56
  • Pounds of grain and soybeans needed to produce a pound of edible flesh from feedlot beef: 16

The Environmental Argument

  • Cause of global warming greenhouse effect
  • Primary cause of greenhouse effect: carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels
  • Fossil fuels needed to produce meat-centered diet vs. a meat-free diet: 3 times more
  • Percentage of US topsoil lost to date: 75
  • Percentage of US topsoil loss directly related to raising livestock: 85
  • Number of acres of US forest cleared for cropland to produce meat-centered diet: 260 million
  • Amount of meat imported to United States annually from Central and South America: 300,000,000 pounds
  • Percentage of Central American children under the age of five who are undernourished: 75
  • Area of tropical rain forest consumed in every quarterpound of rain forest beef: 55 square feet
  • Current rate of species extinction due to destruction of tropical rain forests for meat grazing and other uses: 1,000 per year

The Survival Argument

  • Athlete to win Ironman Triathlon more than twice: Dave Scott (6-time winner)
  • Food choice of Dave Scott: vegetarian
  • Largest meat eater that ever lived: Tyrannosaurus rex (Where is he today?)

The Cancer Argument

  • Increased risk of breast cancer for women who eat meat daily compared to less than once a week: 3.8 times
  • For women who eat eggs daily compared to once a week: 2.8 times
  • For women who eat butter and cheese 2 to 4 times a week: 3.25 times
  • Increased risk of fatal ovarian cancer for women who eat eggs 3 or more times a week vs. less than once a week: 3 times
  • Increase risk of fatal prostate cancer for men who consume, meat, cheese, eggs, and milk daily vs. sparingly or not at all: 3.6 times

The Cholesterol Argument

  • Number of US medical schools: 125
  • Number requiring a course in nutrition: 30
  • Nutrition training received by average US physicians during four years in medical school: 2.5 hours
  • Most common cause of death in the United States: heart attack
  • How frequently a heart attack kills in the United States: every 45 seconds
  • Average US man’s risk of death from heart attack: 50 percent
  • Risk of average US man who eats no meat: 15 percent
  • Risk of average US man who eats no meat, dairy, or eggs: 4 percent
  • Amount you reduce risk of heart attack if you reduce consumption of meat, dairy, and eggs by 10 percent: 9 percent
  • Amount you reduce risk of heart attack if you reduce consumption by 50 percent: 45 percent
  • Amount you reduce risk if you eliminate meat, dairy, and eggs from your diet: 90 percent
  • Average cholesterol level of people eating meat-centered diet: 210 mg/dl
  • Chance of dying from heart disease if you are male and your blood cholesterol level is 210 mg/dl: greater than 50 percent

The Natural Resources Argument

  • User of more than half of all water used for all purposes in the United States: livestock production
  • Amount of water used in production of the average cow: sufficient to float a destroyer
  • Gallons of water needed to produce a pound of wheat: 25
  • Gallons of water needed to produce a pount of California beef: 5,000
  • Years the world’s known oil reserves should last if every human ate a meat-centered diet: 13
  • Years they would last if humans no longer ate meat: 260
  • Calories of fossil fuel expended to get one calorie of protein from beef: 78
  • To get 1 calorie of protein from soybeans: 2
  • Percentage of all raw materials (base products of farming, forestry, and mining, including fossil fuels) consumed by United States that is devoted to the production of livestock: 33
  • Percentage of all raw materials consumed by the United States needed to produce a complete vegetarian diet: 2

The Antibiotic Argument

  • Percentage of US antibiotics fed to livestock: 55
  • Percentage of staphylococci infections resistant to penicillin in 1960: 13
  • Percentage resistant in 1988: 91
  • Response of European Economic Community to routine feeding of antibiotics to livestock: ban
  • Response of US meat and pharmaceutical industries to routine feeding of antibiotics to livestock: full and complete support

The Pesticide Argument

  • Common belief: US Department of Agriculture protects our health through meat inspection
  • Reality: Fewer than 1 out of every 250,000 slaughtered animals is tested for toxic chemical residues
  • Percentage of US mothers’ milk containing significant levels of DDT: 99
  • Percentage of US vegetarian mothers’s milk containing significant levels of DDT: 8
  • Contamination of breast milk, due to chlorinated hydrocarbon pesticides in animal products, found in meat-eating mothers vs. non meat-eating mothers: 33 times higher
  • Amount of dieldrin ingested by the average breat-fed American infant: 9 times the permissible level

The Way of the Sufi

The Way of the Sufiby Idries Shah, London: Octagon Press, 1980. First published in 1968.

To be a Sufi is to detach from fixed ideas and from preconceptions; and not to try to avoid what is your lot.

—Abu-Said, son of Abi-Khair

Do not look at my outward shape,
but take what is in my hand.

—Jalaludin Rumi

Introduction

The Sufi is one who does what others do—when it is necessary. He is also one who does what others cannot do—when it is indicated.

—Nuri Mojudi

So many people profess themselves bewildered by Sufi lore that one is forced to the conclusion that they want to be bewildered. Others, for more obvious reasons, simplify things to such an extent that their ‘Sufism’ is just a cult of love, or of meditations, or of something equally selective.

But a person with a portion of uncommitted interest who looks at the variety of Sufi action can see the common characteristic staring him in the face.

The Sufi sages, schools, writers, teachings, humor, mysticism, formulations are all connected with the social and psychological relevance of certain human ideas.

Being a man of ‘timelessness’ and ‘placelessness,’ the Sufi brings his experience into operation within the culture, the country, the climate in which he is living.

The study of Sufic activity in distant cultures alone is of value only to those working in the narrow field of scholasticism. Considering Sufi activities as merely religious, literary or philosophical phenomena will produce only garbled renditions of the Sufi way. To try to extract theory or system and to attempt the study of it in isolation is just as comparatively profitless.

This book is designed to present Sufi ideas, actions and report: not for the microscope or as museum-pieces, but in their relevance to a current community—what we call the contemporary world.

London, 1968
Idries Shah

Sufi Stories

The Horrid Dib-Dib

One night a thief, intending to rob an old woman, crept to the open window of her home and listened. She was lying on the bed, and the thief heard her talking, with powerful emotion, in a most strange manner. She was saying:

—Aah … the Dib-Dib, the horrid Dib-Dib! This abominable Dib-Dib will be the end of me.

The thief thought:

—This unfortunate woman is suffering from some terrible disease … the malignant Dib-Dib, of which I had not even heard before!

Then, as her wails increased in volume, he began to say to himself:

—Have I, I wonder, been infected? After all, I almost took her breath as I leant in through the window …

The more he thought about it, the more he began to fear that he had, indeed contracted the injurious Dib-Dib. Within a few moments he was shaking in every limb. He only just managed to totter home to his wife, moaning and groaning:

—The sinister Dib-Dib, how can there be any doubt that the accursed Dib-Dib has got me in its grip …

His wife put him to bed at once, greatly fearful. What dreadful thing had attacked her husband? She imagined at first that he must have been pounced upon by some wild animal called a Dib-Dib. But, as he became less and less coherent and she could still find no mark upon him, she began to fear that it was a matter of supernatural intervention.

The person whom she knew to be best qualified to deal with such a problem was, of course, the local holy man. He was something approaching a priest, learned in the Law, known as the Sage Faqih.

The woman immediately went to the house of the sage and begged him to come to see her husband. The Faqih, thinking that this might indeed be a field in which his especial sanctity could be put to use, hurried to the thief’s bedside.

The thief, when he saw the man of faith beside him, thought that his end must be even closer than he had feared. Mustering all his strength, he muttered:

—The old woman at the end of the road, she has the accursed Dib-Dib, and it has flowed upon me from her. Help me, if you can, Reverend Faqih!

‘My son,’ said the Faqih, although he was himself perplexed, ‘bethink yourself of repentance and pray for mercy, for your remaining hours may now indeed be few.’

He left the thief and made his way to the old woman’s cottage. Peering through the window, he distinctly heard her whimpering voice as she writhed and shuddered:

—Foul Dib-Dib, you are killing me … Stop, stop, evil Dib-Dib, for you are sapping my very life’s blood away …

And she continued for some time in this vein, occasionally sobbing and sometimes remaining silent. The Faqih himself now began to feel as if an eerie chill passed through him. He started to shake, and his hands clutching the window-frame caused it to rattle like the chattering of teeth.

At this sound the crone leapt from her bed and seized the now terrified Faqih by the hands.

—What are you, a man of respectability and learning, doing at this time of night, looking through decent people’s windows? she shrilled.

—Good, but unfortunate woman,’ faltered the learned one, ‘I heard you speak of the awful Dib-Dib, and now I fear that it has its clutches upon my heart as well as upon your own, and that I am, physically and spiritually, lost …’

—You incredible fool,’ screeched the hag, ‘to think that for all these years I have looked up to you as a man of books and wisdom! You hear someone say ‘Dib-Dib,’ and you imagine it is going to kill you! Look, then, in yonder corner, and see what the appalling Dib-Dib really is.’

And she pointed to the dripping tap, which the Faqih suddenly realized was leaking with the thud of dib-dib-dib …

But divines have resilience. In next to no time he felt himself marvelously restored by the relief from his troubles and hurried back to the house of the thief, for he had work to do.

—Go away,’ groaned the thief, ‘for you deserted me in my necessity, and the sight of so depressing a face offers little reassurance as to my future state …’

The elder interrupted him:

—Ungrateful wretch! Do you think that a man of my piety and learning would leave a matter such as this unsolved? Attend, then, closely to my words and acts, and I shall show you how I have worked untiringly, in accordance with my celestial mandate, towards your safety and recovery!

The word ‘recovery’ immediately focused the attention of both the thief and his wife upon the imposing dignity of the reputed sage.

He took some water and said certain words over it. Then he made the thief promise never to steal again. Finally, he sprinkled the prepared water over the thief with many a polysyllabic word and gesture, ending with:

—Flee, unclean and infernal Dib-Dib, whence thou camest, never returning to plague this unhappy man!

The thief sat up, cured.

From that day to this the thief has never stolen again. Neither has he told anyone about the miraculous cure, because in spite of everything he still does not much like the sage and his ideas. And the old woman, normally a gossip, has not spread the word of the idiocy of the Faqih.

She plans eventually to turn it to good account; some occasion will arise for a battering of good turns, perhaps.

And, of course, the Faqih … well, the Faqih is not of a mind to have the details bruited about, and he will not recite the tale either.

But, as is the way of men, each of the people involved has told his or her own version, in strict confidence of course, to one other person. And that is why you have been able to know the whole story of the woman, the thief, the priest, and the terrible Dib-Dib. /129-132

Ben Yusuf the Carpenter

Once upon a time there was a carpenter named Nazar ben Yusuf. He spent all his spare time for many years in studying ancient books which contained many half-forgotten pieces of knowledge.

He had a faithful servant, and one day he said to him:

—I have now attained an age where the ancient sciences must be used to ensure my continued existence. I therefore want you to help me in carrying out a process which will rejuvenate me and make me immortal.

When he explained the process, the servant was at first most reluctant to carry it out. The servant was to dismember Nazar and put him in a huge barrel filled with certain liquids.

—I cannot kill you,’ said the servant.

—Yes, you must, for I shall die in any case, and you will be bereaved. Take this word, and stand guard over the barrel, telling nobody what you are really doing. After twenty-eight days, open the barrel and let me out. I shall be found to have regained my youth.

So the servant agreed, and the process was started.

After a few days, however, the servant in his loneliness began to feel intensely uncomfortable, and all kinds of doubts assailed him. Then he started to become accustomed to his strange role. People came regularly to the house asking for his master, but he could only say: ‘He is not here at the moment.’

Finally the representatives of the authorities arrived, suspecting that the servant had done away with his vanished master. ‘Let us search the house,’ they said. ‘If we find nothing, we shall take you into custody on suspicion, and it is probably that you will not be released until your master reappears.’

The servant did not know what to do, since by that time only twenty-one days had passed. But he made up his mind, and said:

—Just leave me in this room with this barrel for a few minutes, and then I shall be ready to come with you.

Immediately a tiny man, looking much younger but exactly like his master, though only the height of a hand, jumped out of the barrel, and ran round and round saying repeatedly:

—It was too soon, it was too soon …

And then, as the horrified man watched, the little being vanished into thin air.

The servant went out of the room, the officers arrested him.

His master was never seen again, although there are many legends about Nazar ben Yusuf the carpenter; but these we must leave for another time. /135-136

The Girl Who Came Back from the Dead

In ancient times there was a beautiful girl, the daughter of a good man, a woman among women, rare in her loveliness and in the delicacy of her nature.

When she was of marriageable age, three young men, each apparently of the highest capacities and of great promise, sought her hand. Having decided that they were of equal merit, the father left the final choice to her.

But months passed and the girl did not seem to be making up her mind.

And one day she suddenly fell ill. Within a few hours she was dead. The three young men, united in grief, took her body to a cemetery and buried it in the deepest of silent agony.

The first youth made the graveyard his home, spending his nights there in sorrow and meditation, unable to understand the workings of the fate which had taken her away.

The second youth took to the roads and wandered throughout the world in search of knowledge, as a fakir.

The third young man spent his time in consoling the bereaved father.

Now the youth who had become a fakir, in his journeyings came across a certain place where a man of repute in uncanny arts resided. Continuing his search for knowledge, he presented himself at the door, and was admitted to the table of the master of the house.

When the host invited him to eat, he was about to start the meal when a small child started to cry. It was the grandson of the wise man.

The sage picked up the boy and threw him into a fire.

The fakir jumped up and started to leave the house, crying out:

—Infamous demons! I have had my share of the sorrows of the world already, but this crime surpasses those of all recorded history!

—Think nothing of it, said the master of the house, for simple things appear otherwise there is an absence of knowledge.

So saying, he recited a formula and waved a strange emblem, and the boy walked out of the fire, unharmed.

The fakir memorized the words and the design, and the next morning was on his way back to the cemetery where his beloved was buried.

In less time than it takes to tell, the maiden stood before him, fully restored to life.

She went back to her father, while the youths disputed as to which of them had earned her hand.

The first said:

—I have been living in the graveyard, keeping, through my vigils, contact with her, guarding her spirit’s needs for earthly support.

The second said:

—You both ignore the fact that it was I who actually traveled the world in search of knowledge, and who ultimately brought her back to life.

The third said:

—I have grieved for her, and like a husband and son-in-law I have lived there, consoling the father, and helping with his upkeep.

They appealed to the girl. She said:

—He who found the formula to restore me was a humanitarian; he who looked after my father acted as a son to him; he who lay beside my grave—he acted as a lover. I will marry him. /136-138

Eat No Stones

A hunter, walking through some woods, came upon a notice. He read the words:

—STONE-EATING IS FORBIDDEN.

His curiosity was stimulated, and he followed a track which led past the sign until he came to a cave at the entrance to which a Sufi was sitting.

The Sufi said to him:

—The answer to your question is that you have never seen a notice prohibiting the eating of stones because there is no need for one. Not to eat stones may be called a common habit.

—Only when the human being is able similarly to avoid other habits, even more destructive than eating stones, will he be able to get beyond his present pitiful state. /168

Why the Dog Could not Drink

Shibli was asked:

—Who guided you in the Path?

He said:

—A dog. One day I saw him, almost dead with thirst, standing by the water’s edge. Every time he looked at his reflection in the water he was frightened, and withdrew, because he thought it was another dog. Finally, such was his necessity, he cast away fear and leapt into the water; at which the ‘other dog’ vanished. The dog found that the obstacle, which was himself, the barrier between him and what he sought, melted away. In this same way my own obstacle vanished when I knew that it was what I took to be my own self. And my Way was first shown to me by the behavior of—a dog. /168

What the Devil Said

Once upon a time there was a dervish. As he was sitting in contemplation, he noticed that there was a sort of devil near him.

The dervish said:

—Why are you sitting there, making no mischief?

The demon raised his head wearily.

—Since the theoreticians and would-be teachers of the Path have appeared in such numbers, there is nothing left for me to do. /169

The Three Deaf Men and the Dumb Dervish

Once upon a time there lived a poor goatherd.

Every day he took some goats to a hill overlooking the village where he lived with his family, to seek fresh grazing. He was deaf, but this did not matter to him at all. One day he found that his wife had forgotten to give him the bundle containing his midday meal; nor did she send their child with it, as in the past when it had been forgotten, even when the sun was high overhead.

‘I will go home and get it,’ thought the goatherd, ‘I cannot stay out here all this time until sundown without a bite to eat.’ Suddenly he noticed a man cutting shrubs on the hillside. He went up to him and said:

—Brother, please keep an eye on the goats and see that they do not stray, for my wife has stupidly forgotten my midday meal, and I must go back to the village for it.

Now the shrub-cutter was also deaf, and he heard not one world of what had been said, and completely misunderstood the goatherd. He answered:

—Why should I give you any of the shrubs which I am cutting for my own animals? I have a cow and two sheep at home and I have to go far and wide for food for them. No, leave me, I want nothing to do with the likes of you, seeking to take what little belongs to me.

And he waved his hand in derision, laughing harshly. The goatherd did not hear what was said, and replied:

—Oh, thank you, kind friend, for agreeing. I shall be as quick as I can. Blessings be upon you, you have set my mind at ease.’

He ran off to the village, and went to his own humble hut. There he found his wife sick with a fever, with the neighbor’s wife in attendance. He took his food bundle and ran back to the hill. He counted the goats carefully, and they were all there.

The shrub-cutter was still busy at his task, and the goatherd said to himself. ‘Why, what an excellent person this must trustworthy shrub-cutter is! He has seen that my animals have not strayed, and seeks no thanks for this service! I will give him this lame goat which I meant to kill anyway. It will make a fine meal for him and his family tonight.’

So, putting the undersized lame goat upon his shoulders, he bounded down the hill, calling as he ran:

—Ho, brother, here is a present for looking after my goats while I was away. My unfortunate wife has a fever, and that explains everything. Roast this goat for your evening meal tonight; see, it has a lame leg and I meant to kill it anyway!

But the other did not hear his words and shouted in a rage:

—Vile goatherd, I never saw what happened while you were gone, how can I be responsible for the leg of your infernal animal! I was busy cutting these shrubs, and have no idea how it happened! Be off with you, or I shall strike you!

The goatherd was amazed at the man’s enraged gestures, but he could not hear what he was saying, so he called a passer-by who was riding a fine horse:

—Noble Sir, please, I beg you, tell me what this shrub-cutter is talking about. I happen to be deaf, and do not know why he has refused my gift of a goat with such annoyance!

Both the goatherd and the shrub-cutter began to shout at the traveler, and he got off his horse and came towards them. Now, he was a horse-thief, and as deaf as a post, and he could not hear what they were saying. He was lost, and had meant to ask them where he was. But when he saw the threatening gestures of the two other men he said:

—Yes, brothers, I stole the horse, I confess, but I did not know that it belonged to you. Forgive me, I pray, for I had a fleeting moment of temptation and acted without thinking!

—I had nothing to do with the laming of the goat! shouted the shrub-cutter.

—Get him to tell me why he will not accept my present, urged the goatherd. I merely wanted to give it as a gesture of appreciation!

—I certainly admit to taking the horse, said the thief, but I am deaf, and cannot hear which of you owns it.

At that moment an aged dervish came into view, walking along the dusty road towards the village. The shrub-cutter ran to him, and, pulling at his robe, said:

—Venerable dervish, I am a deaf man who cannot make head or tail of what these other two are saying. Will you please, in your wisdom, judge and explain what each of them is shouting about?

The dervish, however, was dumb, and could not answer, but he came to them and looked searchingly into the faces of the three deaf ones, who had now stopped talking.

He looked so long and penetratingly, first at one, then at the other, that they began to feel uncomfortable.

His glittering black eyes bored into theirs, seeking the truth of the matter, trying to get a clue to the situation. But each of the others began to fear that he was going to bewitch them, or gain control over their wills in some way. And suddenly the the thief sprang upon the horse, and rode it furiously away. Immediately the goatherd began to round up his animals, driving them farther up the hill. The shrub-cutter, lowering his eyes from those of the dervish, packed his shrubs into a net and hoisted it on his shoulders, bounding down the hill towards his home.

The dervish continued his journey, thinking to himself that speech can be such a useless form of communication that man might just as well have never been given it. /200-202

The Cap of Invisibility

In the land which is unseen to us, but in reality more real than the real, there lived a boy, and his name was Kasjan. His elder brother, Jankas, was hard-working and intelligent. But he, Kasjan, was neither hard-working nor idle. He was neither intelligent nor stupid, but he used to apply himself to any problem he could, as well as he could.

The two brothers, neither of whom seemed to be making great progress in the Unseen Land, decided to seek their fortunes together. They walked away from their home one afternoon, and it was not long before darkness separated them, and—as for Jankas we shall hear presently. Kasjan came suddenly upon a quarrel. Three men were arguing, it seemed, about three items lying on the ground. They explained to him the trouble. Their father had died and left them a conical hat, the Kulah of Invisibility, a flying carpet, and a staff which made the carpet fly when it was beaten with it. Each one wanted all the items, or at least first choice of them. Their reasons were that they were the eldest, the middle and the youngest sons, and each on his account claimed priority.

‘They are all unworthy,’ thought Kasjan, but he offered to adjudicate between them. He told them all to withdraw forty paces and then turn round. Before they could finish his instructions he had placed the Kulah on his head, got on to the carpet and struck it with the stick. ‘Carpet,’ he commanded, ‘take me to wherever my brother Jankas may be.’

Now not long before, his brother Jankas had been snatched up by a mighty Anqa bird, which had deposited him on the minaret of a mosque in Khorasan. Because Kasjan was thinking at the time, however, that Jankas must have made himself a prince at least, the carpet heard this thought and—flying with immense speed—came lightly to rest on the battlements of the king’s palace of the city of Balkh in Khorasan.

The king, who had seen him alight, came out at once, saying:

—Perhaps this is the youth who it is foretold will help my daughter and yet not desire her.

Kasjan saluted the king, and told him that he was seeking his brother Jankas.

—Before you do that, said the king, I want you to help me with your special equipment and keen mind.

The princess, it transpired, used to disappear every night and return in the morning, nobody knew how. This had been foretold and had come to pass. Kasjan agreed to help, and suggested that he should watch by her bedside.

That night, through half-closed eyes, he saw the princess look to see whether he was asleep. Then she took a needle and stuck it in his foot, but he did not move, because he was expecting some such thing. ‘I am ready,’ said the princess, and all at once a terrible spirit appeared and took her on his shoulders, and they soared together through the ceiling, without making any impression of it.

Rubbing his eyes, Kasjan immediately placed the Kulah of Invisibility on his head, sat on the magic carpet and, beating it with the stick, cried: ‘Take me where the princess has gone.’

There was a rushing and roaring, and Kasjan found himself in the Unseen Land beyond the Unseen Land. There was the princess accompanied by the spirit. They walked through forests of trees of precious stones. Kasjan broke off a piece of jade tree with diamond fruits. Then they walked through a garden of unknown plants of unexcelled beauty. Kasjan put a few of the seeds in his pocket. Finally they stood by a lake whose reeds were shimmering swords.

—These are the swords which can kill spirits such as me,’ said the spirit to the princess; but only a man called Kasjan can do it, so it has been foretold.

As soon as he heard these words, Kasjan stepped forward, seized one of the swords from the reed bed, and cut off the awful head of the spirit. He seized the princess and dragged her on the carpet. Soon they were speeding back to the palace of the king of Balkh in Khorasan.

Kasjan took the princess at once before the king, , waking him unceremoniously from his slumber.

—Your Majesty, he said, here is your daughter, and I have released her from the grasp of a demon in such-and-such a manner.

And he related all that had befallen them, producing the pieces of jewel and seeds as proof. Released at least, the princess offered to marry Kasjan. But Kasjan, asking for a few moments’ leave, flew on his magic carpet to find his brother Jankas.

Jankas was sleeping in a caravansary, because he had only been able to obtain employment as a teacher in a seminary, and the pay was very low. When he returned to the court, the princess was immediately smitten by the manly features of Jankas, and she decided that she wanted to marry him instead of Kasjan.

—That is exactly what I was about to suggest, said Kasjan, and the king together.

They lived happily ever after; for the kingdom was handed over to Jankas and his bride, while the king of Balkh and Kasjan together transferred themselves on the magic carpet to the Unseen Land beyond the Unseen Land, which now became their join kingdom.

Do More than Laugh at Fools

Once upon a time there was a fool who was sent to buy flour and salt. He took a dish to carry his purchases.

—Make sure, said the man who sent him, not to mix the two things—I want them separate.

When the shopkeeper had filled the dish with flour and was measuring out the salt, the fool said:

—Do not mix it with the flour; here, I will show you where to put it.

And he inverted the dish, to provide, from its upturned bottom, a surface upon which the salt could be laid.

The flour, of course, fell on to the floor.

But the salt was safe.

When the fool got back to the man who had sent him, he said:

—There is the salt!

—Very well, said the other man, but where is the flour?

—It should be here, said the fool, turning the dish over.

As soon as he did that, the salt fell on the ground, and the flour, of course, was seen to be gone.

So it is with human beings. Doing one thing which they think to be right, they may undo another which is equally right. When this happens with thoughts instead of actions, man himself is lost, no matter how, upon reflection, he regards his thinking to have been logical.

You have laughter at the joke of the fool. Now, will you do more, and think about your own thoughts as if they were the salt and the flour?

Your Infinite Power to Be Rich

Your Infinite Power to Be Richby Dr. Joseph Murphy, New York: Prentice Hall, 1966, quotes and prayers selected by Dr. Peter Fritz Walter.

Review

This is the forth book published by the young Joseph Murphy, in 1966, after his bestselling first book ‘The Power of Your Subconscious Mind’ and the next two, ‘Miracle of Mind Dynamics’ and ‘The Amazing Laws of Cosmic Mind Power.’

While I have read all of Murphy’s books, the present one is the least conceptual and the most practical one of them. In fact, most of the book consists of stories taken from daily life and the author’s travels and lecturing tours, and his many encounters with people who became his clients or enjoyed free consulting.

The advice the author gives to all those people is always to the point, first diagnosing the ‘problem’ which in most cases is negative thought, resentment, feelings of hatred or revenge or other ‘mental poisons,’ the author then spontaneously hands out a prayer, which can be extremely short or consisting of two or three full sentences, and gives a recommendation how to do the prayers.

Dr. Murphy did this ministry always with a pure mind and an astonishing generosity. The cure, then, comes from inside out, it’s a process that takes place in the mind of the beholder, the person himself or herself who applies the prayer technique for self-healing or ‘healing’ their financial situation (which amounts to the same in most cases).

This book is inspirational in the true sense for it leaves out the conceptual approach and focuses entirely upon the power of right thinking. In this same sense, some of those the author met already possessed the knowledge and applied the wisdom of right prayer, and just reported the often miraculous results to the author who always carefully takes note ‘for the record’ and joyfully acknowledges when other people spontaneously found the same truth, and shared it with others.

Prayers

—I am ever grateful for God’s riches that are ever active, ever present, unchanging, and eternal. /22

—God’s wealth is circulating in my life. His wealth flows to me in avalanches of abundance, and I give thanks for my good now and for all of God’s riches. /25

—I know that my good exists this very moment. I believe in my heart that I can prophesy for myself harmony, health, peace, and joy. I enthrone the concept of peace, success, and prosperity in my mind now. I know and believe these thoughts (seeds) will grow and manifest themselves in my experience. I am the gardener; as I sow so shall I reap. I sow God-like thoughts (seeds); these wonderful seeds are peace, success, harmony, and goodwill. It is a wonderful harvest. /77-78

—From this moment forward I am depositing in my subconscious mind seeds or thoughts of peace, confidence, poise, prosperity and balance. I am drawing out the fruits of the wonderful seeds I am depositing. I believe and accept the fact that my desire is a seed deposited in the subconscious. I make it real by feeling the reality of it. /78

—God’s love fills my soul, and I radiate love and goodwill to all those around me and to all people everywhere. God’s love flows through me as harmony, love, companionship, wealth, and true expression. God is my shepherd, and I shall never want for money, love, beauty, or companionship. God answers me now and I give thanks. /87-88

—I release this money freely, and God multiplies it exceedingly. /89

—God is my invariable source of supply, meeting instantly all my needs, and His riches flow to me ceaselessly, tirelessly, and endlessly. /90

—The limitless riches of God are flowing to me as fast as I can receive and use them, and every other man gets richer day by day. /98

—I recognize the eternal source of all riches which never fails. I am Divinely guided in all my ways, and I adapt myself to all new ideas. Infinite Intelligence is constantly revealing to me better ways to serve my fellow man. I am guided and directed to create products that will bless and help humanity. I attract men and women who are spiritual, loyal, faithful, and talented, and who contribute to the peace, prosperity, and progress of our business. I am an irresistible magnet and attract fabulous wealth by giving the best possible quality of products and services. I am constantly in tune with the Infinite and the substance of wealth. Infinite Intelligence governs all my plans and purposes, and I predicate all my success on the truth that God leads, guides, and governs me in all my undertakings. I am at peace inwardly and outwardly at all times. I am a tremendous success. I am one with God, and God is always successful. I must succeed. I am succeeding now. I grasp the essentials of all details of my business. I radiate love and goodwill to all those around me and to all my employees. I fill my mind and heart with God’s love, power, and energy. All those connected with me are spiritual links in my growth, welfare, and prosperity. I give all honor and glory to God. /99-100

—I am aware that there is a perfect law of supply and demand. I practice the golden rule in all my affairs. I am at peace. Whatever I wish to sell is an idea in the Mind of God. The principle of all knowledge is within me. I know everything that I need instantly. I recognize whatever I wish to buy or sell represents an exchange of ideas in Divine Mind within me. I know that there are mutual satisfaction, harmony, and peace. The price is right; the people are right; all is in perfect order. I know the Truth; I understand the Truth; and I am the consciousness of God in action. All the ideas I need constantly unfold within me with perfect sequence and perfect combinations. I receive and rejoice in Divine ideas, and I give them to my fellow creatures; I receive ideas in exchange. Peace is mine now. There is no delay in Divine Mind; I accept my good. /100-101

—I know that all men are my brothers; all of us have a common Father. I wish for everyone health, happiness, abundance, and all the blessings and riches of life. I mean this; I am sincere. I know that what I wish for the other, I also wish for myself, and as I bless the other I am blessing myself. The love of God flows through me to all mankind. I bless all who are richer than I, and I bless those who criticize and speak ill of me. I rejoice to see all my co-workers succeed and prosper. I open the windows of my mind, and I let in the riches of Heaven. I am loving toward all. I pray that God’s riches flood the mind and heart of all. I give thanks for His riches now. It is wonderful. /103

—God reveals to me better ways to present the truths of God to my fellow man. /124

—My business or profession is full of right action and right expression. The ideas, money, merchandise, and contacts that I need are mine now and at all times. All these things are irresistibly attracted to me by the law of universal attraction. God is the life of my business; I am Divinely guided and inspired in all ways. Every day I am presented with wonderful opportunities to grow, expand, and progress. I am building up goodwill. I am a great success, because I do business with others as I would have them do it with me. /127

—The law of increase is inevitable, and my mind is constantly open to a bountiful increase. My business grows, expands, and unfolds in a wonderful way, and my finances are always multiplied exceedingly. I am richly and abundantly supplied within and without from the infinite storehouse within me. I open my mind and my heart to the abundance and riches of God, and I am increasingly rich within and without. /137

—Divine intelligence leads and guides me to my right work, which I perform in a perfect way for a wonderful income. /148

Quotes

—The first principle in the art of becoming rich is to realize that thought is the only intangible power which can produce tangible riches from the storehouse of the Infinite. /38

—You live in a thought world, and in order to become rich and to solve your financial problems you must continuously dwell on thoughts of wealth, prosperity, and success. /38

—In your mind, continue to imagine that you are a distribution center, that you possess all sorts of riches and that you are bestowing these blessings on others. As you do this, you are opening the way for still greater supplies to flow in. /41

—Your vision or mental estimate of yourself activates your subconscious mind and compels you to be all that you imagine yourself to be. The law of your subconscious is compulsion. Get a bright new estimate of yourself. Your new concept will gain you new contacts, promotion, and untold wealth. /55

—When you mentally wish to withhold wealth from another, you also automatically withhold it from yourself. This is why the golden rule tells you to think, speak, and act well toward your neighbor; and never indulge in hate, resentment, or carping criticism for the simple reason that you are the only thinker in your universe, and your negative thoughts set up negative reactions in all departments of your life. Your subconscious mind is always fabricating and projecting on the screen of space the totality of your stream of thought-life. /76

—Love what you are doing now, i.e., do the best you can where you are. Be cordial, kind, affable, and full of goodwill. Think big and think of riches, and your present work will simply be a stepping stone to your triumph. Be conscious of your true worth, and claim riches in your mind and claim riches for every single person you meet during the day, whether it be your boss, an associate, a foreman, a customer, or a friend—all those around you. You will feel your radiation of riches and advancement, and Infinite Intelligence will very soon open up a new door of opportunity for you. /136-137

From Chaos to Coherence

From Chaos to CoherenceThe Power to Change Performance, by Doc Childre & Bruce Cryer, Boulder Creek, CA: Planetary Publishing, 2004

Since the 1990s, I have anticipated what now is known as HeartMath® Research, which is the subject of the present book.

I did not expect that one day scientific research would prove them to be true. But this has well been the case. Stephen Covey reports in his book The 8th Habit (2004) that controlled double-blind scientific laboratory studies ‘are producing increasing evidence of the close relationship between body (physical), mind (thinking) and heart (feeling).’

—Stephen R. Covey, The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness, London: Simon & Schuster, 2004, 51.

Before I go into more detail using the original research report, let me outline here the quite far-reaching conclusions that Dr. Covey drew from it, calling it our four intelligences:

  • Our Physical Intelligence (PQ);
  • Our Mental Intelligence (IQ);
  • Our Emotional Intelligence (EQ);
  • Our Spiritual Intelligence (SQ).

The IQ is our classical intelligence concept as affirmed by psychology and early brain research. It was widened in the 1970s by the understanding of ‘emotional intelligence’ or EQ.

—See for example Daniel Goleman, Emotional Intelligence, New York, Bantam Books, 1995.

Goleman writes in one of his later books, summarizing his many years of research on emotional intelligence that ‘for star performance in all jobs, in every field, emotional competence is twice as important as purely cognitive abilities.’

—Daniel Goleman, Working with Emotional Intelligence, New York: Bantam Books, 1998, 31.

The intelligence of our body, namely our gut, and our spiritual intelligence have however been discovered more recently only. Doc Childre and Bruce Cryer write in their research report:

The human body is an incredible system—roughly 7 trillion cells with a mind-boggling level of physical and biochemical coordination necessary just to turn a page, cough, or drive a car. When you consider how little of it you have to think about, it becomes even more amazing. When was the last time you reminded your heart to beat, your lungs to expand and contract, or your digestive organs to secrete just the right chemicals at just the right time? These and a myriad of other processes are handled unconsciously for us every moment we live. Intelligence manages the whole system, much of it unconscious. /27-28

The notion that intelligence is a purely cerebral, aloof activity uncontaminated and unaffected by emotions has been shown in this and much other recent research to be an outdated and misguided myth. /33

What I was trying to point out in my own words, that is, that self-regulation is built in our body and mind system, and that peak performance is a result of inner peace is now confirmed by HeartMath® research.

These scientists have termed the inner state that is conducive to success ‘inner coherence.’ Based on this insight, they are talking about the need for inner leadership and internal self-management as the starting point of all highly effective leadership.

This revolutionary research confirmed what mystics already knew under the oldest of traditions, namely that the world is an ‘internally created phenomenon.’ We all live in a different world after all for we receive information through our senses and process that sensory data through our mental setup, our beliefs and our emotions to create what each of us experiences as ‘the world out there.’ The authors write in their report:

Creativity, decision-making, health and well-being all improve when mind and emotions are coherent and relatively noise-free. /3

From my several years of work experience as a corporate trainer in South-East Asia, I know that today organizations not just in Asia but everywhere in the world are challenged at a very high level. The mechanistic management solutions most executives have learnt and believed in are not working any longer because they disregarded the human element, which means the human being that has also an irrational side, and is emotional, rather than an always rational robot.

Under the old leadership paradigm and before globalization, this was still quite workable, but with the networked world economy and the relocation of producing markets to virtually everywhere on the globe, the old model proves to be increasingly insufficient. It is not surprising, then, that the authors summarize their research in these alarming terms:

In an age of chaos, emotional management or mismanagement is more important in determining the long-term success of an organization than product success or process improvements. This is as true of start-up firms that experience rapid success but are unprepared for its operational realities as it is for the massive older organization or institution affected by large-scale emotional turmoil and malaise of its workforce. It is also true that 80% of the Fortune 500 companies of 1970 have disappeared off the list. /34

This is why the individual learning experience assumes such a great importance. When executives and workers in a company are left alone to self-manage their emotions and learn new knowledge, they will fall back on old memories, those namely they had in school or even earlier.

Without conscious thought or choice, a person often avoids learning environments and challenges because of unpleasant feelings imbedded in neural tracks in our brains during earlier learning experiences. /34-35

What this research also revealed is that the cognitive capacities of employees become far more sharp and effective as emotions become balanced, understood and integrated. 

If organizations continue to leave people alone and without professional support in handling their emotional conflicts and challenges, or believe that it’s enough to have a psychologist in the house, they will not be able to help their staff handle the enormous stress that today is part of organizational life everywhere on the globe.

Abundant research delivered the proof that millions of people today are maladapted to handle the stress of life in our modern consumer societies, both at work and at home.

—See, for example, Hans Selye, The Stress of Life, Revised Edition, New York: McGraw-Hill, 1978/1984, with many references.

Hans Selye was the first researcher who found that not all forms of stress are harmful. He even asserted that some basic level of stress is needed for advancing in life; in other words, our emotional system can cope with stress if stress levels remain within reasonable boundaries.

According to HeartMath® research it depends on the person’s ability to handle their individual ‘stress response.’ In so doing, a person skilled in self-management can actually take stress as an opportunity for personal growth. Thus chaos is not the problem; but how long we need to build inner coherence.

Research on emotional intelligence has shown that the most successful people in life are the ones who have learned to manage their emotional reactiveness, neutralizing or transforming negative emotions in the process of gaining a new richness of experience. (43-44)

This research also demonstrated that when the electrical patterns of the brain synchronize with the rhythmic patterns of the heart people operate with greater physiological coherence, resulting in increased conscious awareness and higher intelligence.

The ability to self-generate feelings such as care, appreciation, and compassion is key to greater brain efficiency, enhanced learning, and a more emotionally balanced life. This is one reason why heart intelligence is such a powerful metaphor for increasing personal and organizational effectiveness. (45-46)

One of the most cutting-edge findings of this research is that, contrary to more traditional neuroscience, people can learn to ‘rewire’ maladapted neural tracks that inhibit learning, growth, and emotional maturity that are necessary for achieving success. The brain has shown to have an enormous plasticity for those processes of rewiring neural networks and change preferred pathways that were laid down in early childhood. This fact alone opens enormous possibilities for assisting employees with professional mind and brain changing tools targeting at not only boosting their performance level but changing their self-understanding in virtually limitless ways.

We need, as a society, and even more so, as an employer, to stop blaming our emotional nature for mismanaged emotions and start to see the heart for what it is—the source of our core intelligence.

This is so much the more important as, although the heart and brain each radiate electrical frequencies, the amplitude of the heart’s signal is 40 to 60 times stronger than that of the brain!

A mind or organization without heart is scattered, impulsive, and easily distracted. Emotions and organizations without the intelligent balance that comes from the heart create flash fires of instability and waste, causing people to stay locked in self-justified mental loops, missing a heart intelligent perspective that could offer deeper understanding. Incoherences rules. People leave. Groups operating only on instinct arising from gut feelings and often based in fear stay constrained in modalities that imprison the spirit and age prematurely. The heart puts first things first, from the 7 trillion cells it nourishes to the life it sustains to the vitality it ensures—intuitive, intelligent, businesslike; core, fundamental; the first priority. /55

The results measured after implementing this research are staggering. They include reductions of 65% in tension, 87% in fatigue, 65% in anger, and 44% in intentions to leave the company.

The Mandarin Oriental Hotel in San Francisco was one of the first organizations that setup a program inspired by the HeartMath® research. But even before, the hotel won many awards for its consistency in providing exceptional value and service to its guests since opening in the late 1980s. Internal Quality Management (IQM), which is a self-management program was instituted at all levels of the staff to help ensure a high level of balance of personal and professional effectiveness.

The Genius of China

The Genius of China3,000 Years of Science, Discovery & Invention, by Robert Temple, Introduction by Dr. Joseph Needham, London: André Deutsch, 2013

About the Authors

Robert Temple is a Visiting Professor of the History and Philosophy of Science at Tsinghua University in Beijing—China’s leading university. He was previously Visiting (Adjunct) Professor of Humanities, History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Louisville, has affiliations with the University of the Aegean in Greece and the Archeological Sciences Institute of the Aegean at Alexandria, Egypt. He is the author of a series of classic investigations into archeological mysteries, notably The Sirius Mystery and Netherworld.

The late Joseph Needham was Director of the Needham Research Institute, Cambridge, and author of the definitive work Science and Civlisation in China. The world’s most famous Sinologist, he is probably the British historian best known on a world scale, and has been called ‘the Erasmus of the twentieth century.’

About this Book

  • Revised, colour-illustrated edition of this multi-award winning, international bestseller which has been translated into over 40 languages and approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education.
  • Written by world-renowned scholar Dr. Robert Temple, and based on the vast definite work of the world’s most famous Sinologist Dr. Joseph Needham, Science and Civilisation in China.
  • Reveals China’s contributions in the fields of agriculture, astronomy, engineering, mathematics, medicine, music, the physical sciences, transport technology and warfare that helped inspire the European agricultural and industrial revolutions.
  • Endlessly informative and fascinating, it bring the excitement of centuries of ingenuity and growth to life.

The West’s Debt to China

by R.K.G. Temple

One of the greatest untold secrets of history is that the ‘modern world’ in which we live is a unique synthesis of Chinese and Western ingredients. Possibly more than half of the basic inventions and discoveries upon which the ‘modern world’ rests come from China. And yet few people know this. Why?

The Chinese themselves are as ignorant of this fact as Westerners. From the seventeenth century, the Chinese became increasingly dazzled by European technological expertise, having experienced a period of amnesia regarding their own achievements. When the Chinese were shown a mechanical clock by Jesuit missionaries, they were awestruck, forgetting that it was they who had invented mechanical clocks in the first place!

It is just as much a surprise for the Chinese as for Westerners to realize that modern agriculture, modern shipping, the modern oil industry, modern astronomical observatories, modern music, decimal mathematics, paper money, umbrellas, fishing reels, wheelbarrows, multi-stage rockets, guns, underwater mines, poison gas, parachutes, hot-air balloons, manned flight, brandy, whisky, the game of chess, printing, and even the essential design of the steam engine, all came from China.

Without the importation from China of nautical and navigational improvements such as ships’ rudders, the compass and multiple masts, the great European Voyages of Discovery could never have been undertaken. Columbus would not have sailed to America, and Europeans would never have established colonial empires.

Without the importation from China of the stirrup, to enable them to stay on horseback, knights of old would never have ridden in their shining armour to aid damsels in distress; there would have been no Age of Chivalry. And without the importation from China of guns and gunpowder, the knights would not have been knocked from their horses by bullets which pierced the armour, bringing the Age of Chivalry to an end.

Without the importation from China of paper and printing, Europe would have continued for much longer to copy books by hand. Literacy would not have become so widespread. Johannes Gutenberg did not invent movable type. It was invented in China. William Harvey did not discover the circulation of the blood in the body. It was discovered—or rather, always assumed—in China. Isaac Newton was not the first to discover his First Law of Motion. It was discovered in China.

These myths and many others are shattered by our discovery of the true Chinese origins of many of the things, all around us, which we take for granted. Some of our greatest achievements turn out to have been not achievements at all, but simple borrowings. Yet there is no reason for us to feel inferior or downcast at the realization that much of the genius of mankind’s advance was Chinese rather than European. For it is exciting to realize that the East and the West are not as far apart in spirit or in fact as most of us have been led, by appearances, to believe, and that the East and the West are already combined in a synthesis so powerful and so profound that it is all-pervading. Within this synthesis we live our daily lives, and from it there is no escape. The modern world is a combination of Eastern and Western ingredients which are inextricably fused. The fact that we are largely unaware of it is perhaps one of the greatest cases of historical blindness in the existence of the human race.

Why are we ignorant of this gigantic, obvious truth? The main reason is surely that the Chinese themselves lost sight of it. If the very originators of the inventions and discoveries no longer claim them, and their memory of them has faded, why should their inheritors trouble to resurrect their lost claims? Until our own time, it is questionable whether many Westerners even wanted to know the truth. It is always more satisfying to the ego to think that we have reached our present position alone and unaided, that we are the masters of all abilities and crafts.

The discovery of the truth is a result of incidents in the life of the distinguished scholar Dr. Joseph Needham, author of the great work Science and Civilisation in China. In 1937, aged 37, Needham was one of the youngest Fellows of the Royal Society and a biochemist of considerable distinction at Cambridge. He had already published many books, including the definite history of embryology. One day he met and befriended some Chinese students, including a young lady from Nanking named Lu Gwei-Djen, whose father had passed on to her his unusually profound knowledge of the history of Chinese science. Needham began to hear tales of how the Chinese had been the true discoverers of this and that important thing, and at first he could not believe it. But as he looked further into it, evidence began to come to light from Chinese texts, hastily translated by his new friends.

Needham became obsessed with the subject. Not knowing a word of Chinese, he set about learning the language. In 1942 he was sent to China as Scientific Counsellor to the British Embassy in Chungking. He was able to travel all over China, learn the language thoroughly, meet men of science, and accumulate vast quantities of priceless ancient Chinese science books. These were flown back to Britain by the Royal Air Force and today form the basis of the finest library, outside China, on the history of Chinese science, technology and medicine, at the Needham Research Institute in Cambridge. After the war, Needham was among those who ‘put the ‘s’ into Unesco,’ having persuaded that organization to concern itself with science as well as education and culture. He became Unesco’s first Assistant Director General for the natural sciences.

In July 1946 Needham stated in a lecture to the China Society in London that: ‘What is really very badly needed is a proper book on the history of science and technology in China, especially with reference to the social and economic background of Chinese life. Such a book would be by no means academic, but would have a wide bearing on the general history of thought and ideas.’

When he returned to Cambridge, where he eventually became Master of Caius College for many years, Joseph went ahead and wrote the work which he had envisaged, except that it was very academic and impenetrable to the ordinary educated reader. The result, Science and Civilisation in China, became a huge multi-volume project, envisaged eventually in 36 volumes (at least 24 are now available). Since Joseph’s death, further volumes in the series have been issued by a number of specialist contributors. This was a progress which had begun even while Joseph was alive, with the appearance of the excellent volume on agriculture, written by a then young, intrepid sinologist, Francesca Bray, under Joseph’s occasional supervision.

Gwei-Djen died tragically before Joseph, leaving him emotionally bereft, but he continued working right up to his death. One day when Gwei-Djen was still alive, I pointed to an ornate sealed gate at Caius and said to Joseph: ‘What is that, and why is it so tightly shut?’ He said: ‘That gate is only opened at the inauguration of a new Master, or when one dies, for his funeral. One day they’ll carry me out through there.’ When, years later, I passed through the gate behind his coffin, I sadly recalled his comment.

Joseph never lost his early vision of a work which was ‘by no means academic,’ as he had originally promised. He had always wanted to make his work accessible in every possible way. Therefore, when I approached him in 1984 with the suggestion that I write a popular book for the general reader based upon his half-century’s labors, he agreed more readily than at that time I could understand. He and Gwei-Djen told me that they strongly approved of some things I had published about the Shang Dynasty, the I Ching and such matters, and liked the way I wrote about such abstruse subjects for the ordinary reader without sacrificing scholarly accuracy.

Although Joseph did not personally like Professor Derk Bodde, under whom I had studied Chinese philosophy, my academic background was considered acceptable because Joseph knew of Bodde’s high standards. As far as Joseph and Gwei-Djen were concerned, those writings of mine proved to them that I was qualified for the task, and the only thing that remained was for Joseph to make the hard decision to relinquish the task himself, which was first announced in 1946.

I have taken certain minor liberties which must be pointed out to those readers who may consult Needham’s own volumes. I have used the convention, which he avoids, of BC and AD for dates, substituting them in my quotations for his plus and minus signs. I have ironed out various passages, particularly translations from the Chinese, by eliminating Chinese words, occasional parentheses, and specialized matter which does not concern the general reader. I have also, at Dr. Needham’s own suggestion, eliminated the extra letter ‘h’ in Chinese words which he had introduced as a substitution for the aspirate apostrophe. Hence, his chhien becomes ch’ien, etc. The system of transliteration used in this book is thus the pure Wade-Giles system. The Pinyin system which has been adopted by the Chinese government and newspapers around the world in recent years is not suitable, for it would have made reference to Needham’s own volumes impossible to the non-specialist.

This book has purposely been prepared without footnotes or other scholarly accessories. Many volumes have continued to appear in the Science and Civilisation in China series, and the list of those in print should always be consulted by anyone wishing to go more deeply into certain specific subjects. The main aim of this book has been to make Needham’s work accessible to the general non-specialist reader, whilst providing an overview for specialists . In preparing the book I used many typescripts of unpublished material, discussions with Joseph and Gwei-Djen, proofs and oral and written accounts of material that had not yet been published. My account of porcelain was done entirely without the assistance of any material by Joseph, as he never wrote about that subject at all. Those collaborators, such as H.T. Huang, who were generous in helping me in my efforts have been specially acknowledged for it (…).

Quotes

[Agriculture, The Iron Plough, Sixth Century BC]

—Of all the advantages which China had for centuries over the rest of the world, the greatest was perhaps the superiority of its ploughs. Nothing underlines the backwardness of the West more than the fact that for thousands of years, millions of human being ploughed the earth in a manner which was so inefficient, so wasteful of effort, and so utterly exhausting, that this deficiency of sensible ploughing may rank as mankind’s single greatest waste of time and energy. /16

—Since the agricultural revolution of Europe is generally thought to have led to the Industrial Revolution, and to the West’s superior power over the rest of the world, it is ironic that the basis of it all came from China, and was not by any means indigenous to Europe. /16-17

—The curved mouldboard, adopted from the outset in China, did not appear in Europe until the eighteenth century, and the lack of it probably caused more hardship to farmers than any other single factor. /19

—Chinese ploughs, with mouldboards, were brought to Holland in the seventeenth century by Dutch sailors. And because the Dutch were hired by teh English to drain the East Anglian fens and Somerset moors at that time, they brought with them their Chinese ploughs, which came to be called ‘Rotherham ploughs.’ Thus, the Dutch and the English were the first to enjoy efficient ploughs in Europe. Another name for the Chinese design was the ‘bastard Dutch plough.’ It was extremely successful on wet, boggy land, and it was soon realized that it would be just as successful on ordinary land. /20

—There was no single more important element in the European agricultural revolution. When we reflect that only two hundred years have elapsed since Europe suddenly began to catch up with and then surpassed Chinese agriculture, we can see what a thin temporal veneer overlies our assumed Western superiority in the production of food. /20

—From earliest times until the eighth century AD in the West (and, as we shall see, much earlier in China), the only means of harnessing horses was by the ‘throat-and-girth harness.’ It was an absurd method since the strap across the throat meant that the horse was choked as soon as he exerted himself. Yet for thousands of years, nobody could think of anything better. As long as man was restricted to the use of this pathetic harness, horsepower was all but useless for transport by cart. (…) If ever the feebleness of human ingenuity has been displayed, it is by the fact that mankind was prepared to put up with the throat-and-girth harness for millennia. /20

—The earliest evidence for the collar harness in China may be seen in a rubbing from an ancient brick, showing the collar harness on three horses pulling a chariot. It dates from some time between the fourth and first centuries BC. Therefore, we must consider the collar harness as having been invented in China by the first century BC at the latest. This is a full thousand years before its appearance in Europe a century after the trace harness. /23

[The Rotary Winnowing Fan, Second Century BC]

—The Chinese were about two thousand years ahead of the West in their approach towards the winnowing of grain, the means used to separate out husks and stalks from the grain after harvest and threshing. (…) But the Chinese were not satisfied with waiting for a strong wind for the tossing method, or with the slow and laborious basket and sieve methods .By the second century BC they had made a brilliant invention: the rotary winnowing fan. Models of them have been found in ancient tombs, made of pottery nd with miniature working parts. /24

[The Multi-Tube (‘Modern’) Seed Drill, Second Century BC]

—It may come as a surprise to those who are unfamiliar with the history of Western agriculture to learn that the West had no seed drills until the sixteenth century AD. Until the seed drill was adopted, broadcasting of seed by hand was practiced. /25

—Although it never made its way to Europe, the Sumerians of the Middle East had a primitive single-tube seed drill 3500 years ago. But it was the multi-tube seed drill invented by the Chinese in the second century BC (and adopted also in India) which made possible the efficient sowing of crop seed for the first time in history. The drill is pulled along behind the horse, ox, or mule and dribbles teh seed at a controlled rate into straight rows. /26

[Astronomy and Cartography. Recognition of Sunspots as Solar Phenomena, Fourth Century BC]

—In the West, the heavens were supposed to be so perfect that no such thing as a sunspot could be thought possible. Most of the sunspots seen in the West before the seventeenth century were explained away as transits of the Sun by the planets Mercury and Venus. The theory of ‘perfection of the Heavens’ forbade the admission of any imperfections on the surface of the Sun. Consequently, it was assumed that these ‘blemishes’ were planets or small invisible satellites. /28

—The Chinese suffered from no such preconceived insistence on ‘perfection.’ Since sunspots are sometimes large enough to be seen by the naked eye, the Chinese naturally saw them. The earliest surviving record we have of their observations would seem to be some remarks by one of the three known early astronomgers in China. He was Kan Te, whoch lived in the fourth century BC. He and two contemporaries, Shih Shen and Wu Hsien, drew up the first great star catalogues. Their work was fully comparable to that of the Greek Happarchos, though two centuries earlier. /28

—Most people today believe that sunpsots were first observed in the West by Galileo, who is also supposed to have been the first person to ‘invent’ or at least use the telescope. Neither belief is true. Galileo most certainly did not invent the telescope, though he gave it prominence, and courageously advocated its use to study the heavens. As for the observation of sunspots, the earliest clear reference to them so far found in Western literature is in Einhard’s Life of Charlemagne, of about 807 AD, or eight centuries before Galileo’s first observation of sunspots in 1610. /28-29

—Galileo’s priority in the seventeenth century was disputed by the Jesuit Christopher Schooner in Holland, by Fabricius in Germany, and by Thomas Hariot in England, all of whom seem to have seen the sunspots before Galileo did. /29

[Quantitative Cartography, Second Century AD]

—The science of map-making took a great step forward when Chang Heng invented quantitative cartography in the second century AD. Chang was the inventor of the first seismograph … and one of China’s leading scientific figures. /29

[Discovery of the Solar Wind, Sixth Century AD]

—Comet tails always point away from the Sun, blown that way by the ‘solar wind.’ The Chinese were history’s most noted observers of comets. The computation of approximate orbits for about forty comets appearing before 1500 have been based almost entirely upon Chinese records of their sightings. Comet movements were described with such precision by the Chinese that many precise trajectories across the sky can be drawn on a star map, simply from reading an ancient Chinese text. /34

[Engineering, Cast Iron, Fourth Century BC]

—Blast furnaces for cast iron are now known to have existed in Scandinavia by the late eighth century AD, but many readers will be amazed to learn that cast iron was not widely available in Europe before 1380. The Chinese, however, practiced the technique from at least the fourth century BC. What were the reasons for the Chinese superiority? There were a number of factors. China had good refractory clays for the construction of the walls of the blast furnaces. The Chinese also knew how to reduce the temperature at which the iron would melt. They threw in something which they called ‘black earth,’ which contained much iron phosphate. If up to 6 per cent of phosphorus is added in this way to an iron mixture, it reduces the melting point from the normal 1130ºC to 950ºC. This technique was used in the early centuries, ceasing before the sixth century AD, when proper blast furnaces came into use which needed no such assistance. /44-45

[The Crank Handle, Second Century BC]

—If you want to turn a wheel which is mounted in place for some mechanical purpose, then it is silly just to push the wheel round. The obvious thing to do is to stick a rod into the side of the wheel, use that as a handle, and turn it. This is known as the crank handle. But no one ever thought of it until the Chinese adopted the idea in the second century BC. The Chinese invention of the crank handle was for use on their rotary winnowing machine …, which was crucial to agriculture. It was only then that sticking a rod at right angels into the side of a wheel was seen to be useful as a handle to turn the wheel. Not for eleven hundred years would the same idea occur to Westerners. /49

[Manufacture of Steel from Cast Iron, Second Century BC]

—Since the Chinese were the first to produce cast iron, they were also the first to make steel from cast iron. This was fully under way by the second century BC at the latest, and eventually led to the invention of the Bessemer steel process in the West in 1856. (…) Iron, when melted and reformed into ingots, has carbon content. This determines the nature of the metal as cast iron or steel, whichever the case may be. Cast iron is brittle because it contains a considerable quantity of carbon, perhaps as much as 4.5 per cent. ‘Decarbonization’ is the removal of some or all of this carbon. Remove much of the carbon and you have steel; remove nearly all of the carbon and you have wrought iron. The Chinese used wrought iron a great deal, most notably perhaps in building large bridges and aqueducts. /53

[Deep Drilling for Natural Gas, First Century BC]

—The Chinese originated deep drilling by the first century BC and, with their traditional methods, were able to drill boreholes up to 4800 feet deep. The deep drilling for today’s supplies of oil and natural gas is a development from these Chinese techniques. /56

Think Yourself Rich

Think Yourself RichMore about Dr. Joseph Murphy

Use the Power of Your Subconscious Mind to Find True Wealth, Revised by Ian D. McMahan, Ph.D., New York: Penguin Putnam, 2001.

Review

Think Yourself Rich if one of Dr. Murphy’s books I found only recently, and I think it is very well written and edited, perhaps one of the best-edited books by the author, and the persons who care for the spiritual and literary legacy of the genius. What is unique in this book compared to The Power of Your Subconscious Mind and The Miracle of Mind Dynamics is the abundance of set prayers that you can profitably use for yourself. I will quote come of them further down.

Let me say this as an introduction to this review. This book is not only about creating wealth, but generally about handling your wishes and desires and learning to care for their positive outcome and realization in our space-time reality. This is not a lack of focus; the truth is you cannot separate material riches from spiritual riches, which is one of the eternal laws of the mind. The material plane is a sub-plane of the larger spiritual wealth plane, which is why in the Jewish tradition and other ancient spiritual traditions, material wealth is considered an outflow of spiritual wealth. 

King Solomon, as reported in the Bible, chose wisdom over material possessions and was then blessed with material wealth in addition to abundant spiritual knowledge and worldly power. This is not, as many today believe, a focus on material status, but flows out from a wide definition of spiritual wealth, as it is to be found in the root traditions of all ancient civilizations.

What I found very precious in this book compared to other books of the author is that it contains real life examples of people who did the prayers, but did them wrongly, thus experiencing no or reverse effects.

For example, Dr. Murphy told a client who prayed for an elder relative who suffered from a debilitating illness to change her approach and avoid dwelling on specific organs of the body and their disorders and instead identifying with the infinite healing presence in our subconscious mind. By the same token, prayers should not be endlessly repeated but only a few times per day because the very fact to pray excessively signals to the subconscious mind that we lack faith in the outcome of the prayer, thereby reversing the response of the subconscious mind. Hence, the importance of lightness of touch when praying. Murphy explains:

When, through sympathy, we accede to the negative or baleful aspects of a person’s situation or condition, we tend to aggravate the problem. /16

To feel sorry for the ill person and to commiserate with him or her is to drag the person down. This is a negative approach. /17

When you think of your desire, lightness of touch is important. /18

Long sessions of prayer are usually a mistake. They may indicate that you are trying to force things by using mental coercion. This generally leads to the opposite of what you are praying for. You will often find that a short prayer uttered from the heart gets better results than a long prayer. /81

Divine indifference means that you know it is impossible for your prayer to fail, for it is written, He will not fail thee, nor forsake thee (Deuteronomy 31:6)/96

The diagnosis as it were that the author applied to his clients, before he recommended a specific prayer, and by listening to their hardships, can be summarized as something like ‘the war against the world and circumstances.’ On the other hand, the cure of the disease of course is love, but it is hard to give a timeframe as to the outcome of the prayers:

The war you are waging against the world, you are really waging against your own subconscious mind. Every day you tell it that life is full of conflict and hostility, and every day it takes you at your word and makes manifest the conditions you expect. /20

Think regularly and systematically of life, illumination, inspirations, harmony, prosperity, happiness, peace, and the life more abundant. Think these truths rather than this or that condition on them. /24

Love frees; it gives; it is the spirit of God. Love opens prison doors and sets free the captives and all those bound by fear, resentment, and hostility. /43

People frequently ask me, ‘How often should I pray for a loved one who is ill, who is in the hospital, or who is having serious financial problems?’ The best response I can give is that you should pray until you feel satisfied within, or until you feel that this is the best you can do for the time being. (…) You will know when your prayer is answered, because you will experience an inner sense of peace and certitude. /81

Another important problem Dr. Murphy addresses in this book is to make choices. In fact, there are many people who do not dare to choose. They are afraid to choose or they are wary to choose, apprehensive of any possible outcome.

Dr. Murphy affirms our right to choose and explains that we actually always choose, even in the moment we refuse to choose. Because what we choose then, is being chosen by others, for passively fulfilling their needs and wants projected upon us:

I don’t know what to choose, Greta M told me. How can I possibly tell what is reasonable or logical? You have made a choice, I replied. By deciding not to choose for yourself, you have chosen to accept whatever comes from the mass mind or the law of averages, in which we are all immersed. /138

You are constantly being called upon to choose in this life. What kind of thoughts and images are you choosing? I want to reiterate and emphasize again that your whole life represents the sum total of your choices. /139

Some say, I will let God choose for me. When you say that, you mean a god outside yourself. God, or the Living Spirit, is omnipresent and is also within you, the very life of you. The only way God, or Infinite Intelligence, will work for / you is to work through you. In order for the Universal to act on the individual plane, it must become the individual. /139-140

The ultimate root of Murphy’s teaching is to bring us to assuming full responsibility for our lives; for this to achieve, we need to do away with projections and self-pity, and the eternal escape of blaming fate for our failures. Dr. Murphy explains:

It is not fate that blocks your success or riches, nor lack of money, introductions, or contracts. It is yourself. All you have to do is to change your thought-life and keep it changed. Let your habitual thinking be: Success is mine. God’s wealth is mine, harmony is mine, and I am a channel for all the riches of God.  Your thoughts are creative, you become what you think all day long. /162

Here are some prayers sampled from the book:

General Prayers

I know that to prosper means to grow spiritually in every dimension. God is prospering me now in mind, body, and affairs. God’s ideas constantly unfold within me, bringing to me health, wealth, and perfect Divine expression./10

Today is God’s day; it is a glorious day for me, as it is full of peace, harmony and joy. My faith in the good is written in my heart and felt in my inward parts. I am absolutely convinced that there is a Presence and a perfect Law that receives the impress of my desire now and that irresistibly attracts into my experience all the good things my heart desires. I now place all my reliance, faith, and trust in the Power and Presence of God within me; I am at peace./24

I am born to succeed; the Infinite within me can’t fail. Divine law and order govern my life, Divine peace fills my soul, Divine love saturates my mind. Infinite intelligence guides me in all ways. God’s riches flow to me freely. I am advancing, moving forward, and growing mentally, spiritually, financially, and in all other ways. I know these truths are sinking into my subconscious mind and will grow after their kind./68

I know there is only one Source, the Life-Principle, from which all things flow. It created the universe and all things therein contained. I am a focal point of the Divine presence. My mind is open and receptive. I am a free-flowing channel for harmony, beauty, guidance, wealth, and the riches of the infinite. I know that health, wealth, and success are released from within and appear without. I am now in harmony with the infinite riches within and without, and I know these thoughts are sinking into my subconscious mind and will be reflected on the screen of space. I wish for everyone all the blessings of life. I am open and receptive to God’s riches— spiritual, mental, and material—and they flow to me in avalanches of abundance./86-87

Today is God’s day. I choose harmony, peace, perfect health, Divine law and order, Divine love, beauty, abundance, security, and inspiration from On High. I know that as I claim these truths in my life, I awaken and activate the powers of my subconscious, which compel me to express all these powers and qualities. I know it is as easy for God to become all these things in my life as it is for a seed to become a blade of grass. I give thanks that this is so./137

Divine right action is mine. Success is mine. Wealth is mine. Happiness is mine. God’s river of peace flows through my mind, body, and activities, and whatever I do will prosper. I know my thoughts are creative./91

God opens up the way for me to go on this journey in Divine order and through Divine love./121

Giving Up Smoking

Freedom and peace of mind are mine now. I know that as I believe and affirm these truths, they are sinking down into my subconscious mind. I will be under compulsion to give up cigarettes, as the law of my subconscious is compulsion. In my / imagination I see my doctor before me. He has just finished examining me and is congratulating me on my freedom from my habit and my perfect health./20-21

Problem-Solving

The God-Presence within me is all-wise and is taking care of this in Divine order. I am not keeping tabs on the God-Presence within as to how, when, where, or through what source this will be solved. I let go and let God take care of it./22

Child-Rearing

I loose my son to God completely. He is Divinely guided in all his ways and Divine wisdom anoints his intellect. Divine law and order reign supreme in his life. He is guided to his true place and is expressing himself at his highest level. I loose him and let him go./23

Marriage

My husband is God’s child. god is guiding him to his true place. What he is seeking is seeking him. God’s love fills his soul and God’s peace fills his mind and heart. God prospers him in all ways. There are harmony, peace, love, and understanding between us. It is God in action in our lives./77

I know my desire for marriage and happiness is the voice of God in me urging me to lead a full and happy life. I know that I am one with the Infinite now. I know and believe there is a woman waiting to love and cherish me. I know I can contribute to her happiness and peace. I can be a great asset to her. I can cherish, love and inspire her to greatness, just as she inspires me. She loves my ideals, and I love her ideals. She does not want to make me over; neither do I want to make her over. There are mutual love, freedom, and respect between us. These words go forth and accomplish whereunto they are sent. I have written this request in my subconscious mind with faith and confidence, and I decree it is done, finished, and established in my deeper mind. Whenever I think of marriage, I shall remind myself that the Infinite Intelligence of my subconscious is bringing this to pass in Divine order./89

Helping Others

Infinite Spirit in its wisdom opens up the gateway for [name]’s true expression in life, where he [she] is doing what he [she] loves to do, is Divinely happy and Divinely prospered. He [she] is Divinely led to the right people, who appreciate his [her] talents, and he [she] receives marvelous and wonderful income for wonderful service. He [she] is conscious of / his [her] true worth, and he [she] is blessed and prospered with God’s riches beyond his [her] fondest dreams. I turn this prayer over to my subconscious mind, which has the ability to accomplish it. It brings it to pass in Divine order./129-130

My wife is a tremendous success. She is absolutely outstanding. The Infinite within her is all-wise and all-powerful. My wife is going from glory to glory; she is going up the ladder of success and promotion. Her real talents are revealed and appreciated. She is Divinely guided and her success comes to pass now. I give thanks, for I know what I decree stirs up the gift of God within her./201

Forgiving/Releasing

I forgive myself for harboring negative and destructive thoughts, and I release my former employers and present associates to God completely, wishing for them all the blessings of life. Whenever I think of any one of them, I will immediately affirm, ‘I have released you; God be with you.’ I know as I continue to do this that I will meet them in my mind and that there will no longer be any sting present. I claim promotion now, success now, harmony now. Divine law and order are mine now. God’s wealth flows to me in avalanches of abundance. Life is growth and expansion. I am an open channel for God’s riches, which are ever-active, ever-present, unchanging, and eternal. I give thanks now for the riches within and without. What I am now decreeing comes to pass, and the light of God shines upon me. /131

I radiate goodwill to all humankind in thought, word, and deed. I know the peace and goodwill that I radiate to every person comes back to me a thousandfold. Whatever I need to know comes to me from the God-Self within me. Infinite Intelligence is operating through me, revealing to me what I need to know. God in me knows the answer. The perfect answer is made known to me now. Infinite Intelligence and Divine wisdom make all decisions through me, and there is only right action and right expression taking place in my life. Every night I wrap myself in the mantle of God’s love and fall asleep knowing Divine guidance is mine. When the dawn comes, I am filled with peace. I go forth into the new day full of faith, confidence, and trust. Thank you, father. /132

I surrender my son, his wife, and family to God completely, lock, stock and barrel. I loose them and let them go. I give them freedom to lead his own life in his own way, knowing that he is God’s man and that God loves him and cares for him and his / family. I release him and set him free spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. Any time he, his wife, or his family come to my mind, I will immediately affirm ,‘I have released you. God be with you. I am free now and so are you.’  It is God in action in my life, which means harmony, peace, and right action./208-209

Dissolving Addiction

I choose health, peace of mind, freedom and sobriety right now. This is my decision. I know that the Almighty Power backs up my choice. I am relaxed, and God’s river of peace flows through me. My spiritual food and drink are God’s ideas and eternal verities, which unfold within me bringing me harmony, health, peace, and joy. I am Divinely happy. Whenever the urge to drink comes, I remember these Divinely inspired ideas in my mind and the God Power backs me up./136

Specific Answer Desired

Father, you are all-wise. Reveal to me the answer and show me the way I should go. I give thanks for the right answer, for I know You know the only answer./141

Prosperity

God is my instant and everlasting supply, and that bill is paid in Divine order./67

That car is for sale. It is a Divine idea, and I accept it in Divine Order./67

I acknowledge and praise the Source within and I make contact with my thought. I give thanks that the gateway to riches is now open wide for me. God’s riches flow freely to me, and more and more money is circulating in my life every day. Every day of my life I grow richer spiritually, mentally, financially, and in all ways. Money is God’s idea circulating in my life, and there is always a surplus. I give thanks to the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy (1 Timothy 6:17)./125

Infinite Intelligence knows my hidden talents and opens up a new door of expression for me in Divine order. This knowledge is immediately revealed to my conscious mind. I will follow the lead that comes clearly and definitely into my mind./126

Self-Acceptance

From this moment forward I sow in my subconscious mind thoughts of peace, confidence, poise, and balance. I harvest the fruit of the wonderful seeds I sow. I believe and accept the fact that my desire is a seed deposited in the subconscious. I make it real by feeling the reality of it. I accept the reality of my desire in the same manner I accept the fact that the seed deposited in the ground will grow. I know it grows in the darkness; also, my desire or ideal grows in the darkness of my subconscious mind. In a little while, like the seed, it appears above the ground as a condition, circumstance, or event. Infinite Intelligence governs and guides me in all ways. I meditate on whatsoever things are true, honest, just, lovely, and of good report. I think of these things, and God’s power is with my thoughts of good. I am at peace./142

Self-Realization

Infinite Intelligence is my constant guide and counselor. I will instantly recognize the promptings and monitions that come from my Higher Self, which forever seek to protect, guide, and watch over me in all ways. I will instantly recognize the lead which comes into my conscious mind, and I will always disregard groundless fancies. I know that my deeper mind responds to what I am now consciously writing on it, and I give thanks for the joy of the answered prayer. /146-147

Selling Stock Options

My subconscious mind will make me instantly aware of the right stock to buy, at the right time, in the right way. This will bless me and my clients./151

Selling Real Estate

I have perfect faith in God’s supply and in God’s guidance. I know that all who buy a home through me are prospered and blessed. Infinite Intelligence attracts buyers to me who want the houses I sell, who can afford to buy them, and who will rejoice in their possession. I am blessed, and they are blessed. I am strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Divine activity and immediate, perfect results now take place in my life, and I give thanks for the miracles in my life./165

Being a Brilliant Actor

I give all my allegiance, devotion and loyalty to the God-Self within, which is none other than my Higher Self. I know that love of my Higher Self means to have a healthy, reverent, wholesome respect for the Divinity within me, which is all-powerful and all-wise. I know that love of God is to give my supreme allegiance to the One Presence and Power within me. I know I can do all things through the God-Power that strengthens me. As I perform on stage, just as in my life off-stage, the Presence within me speaks directly and clearly to the Presence within those who watch. I live the role I play: I feel entranced, fascinated, and absorbed in the drama; and I hear those I love and respect congratulating me. It is wonderful./171-172

Healing Skin Problem

My skin is an envelope of God’s love. It is without spot and blemish. It is fresher than a child’s, and the radiance of youth and beauty saturate my whole being./176

Resolving a Law Suit

All those involved in this suit are surrounded by the sacred circle of God’s love. God’s love, truth, and harmony reign supreme in the minds and hearts of all involved. They are all known in Divine mind, and the law of love prevails./176

Paying Debts

God is the source of my supply. I know when I am anxious, it means I do not trust God. The money I now possess is magnified and multiplied a thousandfold. I realize all the money I have is a symbol of the infinite riches of God. I turn to the Infinite Presence within, knowing in my heart and soul it opens the way for me to pay all my debts, leaving me a vast surplus. I surrender a list of all these debts in the hands of my Heavenly Father, and I give thanks they are all paid in Divine order. God’s riches are circulating in my life, and I rejoice and am exceedingly glad that every creditor is paid now, and God prospers me beyond my fondest dreams. I believe that I have received now, and I know that according to my faith is it done unto me. I know God will rain blessings from Heaven for me now./185

Peace at the Work Place

God’s love governs me at work. I have no opinion about others. I judge not; therefore I cannot suffer or be disturbed. The peace and harmony of God govern me and all that I do. Every anxious thought is completely stilled, for I am working for God, and His peace fills my soul. The confidence and joy of God enfold me at all times. All who work in the office are God’s sons and daughters, and each one contributes to the peace, harmony, prosperity, and success of this office. Divine love comes in the door of our office, and Divine love governs the minds and hearts of all in the office; and Divine love goes out the door. God is my boss, my paymaster, my guide, and my counselor, and I recognize no other. I give all power and recognition to God and I walk serenely and peacefully in His light. I laugh, I sing, and I rejoice. God works wonders in my life./187

Enhancing Memory

I have a perfect memory for everything I need and want to know./188

Relaxation

My feet are relaxed, my ankles are relaxed, the calves of my legs are relaxed, my abdominal muscles are relaxed, my heart and lungs are relaxed, my spine is relaxed, my neck and shoulders are relaxed, my brain is relaxed, my eyes are relaxed, my hands and arms are relaxed. My whole being is relaxed. I feel God’s river of peace flowing through me like a golden river of life, love, truth, and beauty. The spirit and inspiration of the Almighty flow through me, vitalizing, healing, and restoring my entire being. The wisdom and power of the Almighty enable me to fulfill all my goals in Divine order through Divine love. I am always relaxed, serene, poised, and balanced, and my / faith and confidence is in God and all things good. I can do all things through the God-Power that strengthens me. I dwell in the secret place of the Most High, and all the thoughts entertained by me conform to harmony, peace, and goodwill to all./189-190

Spiritual Rebirth

Today I am reborn spiritually! I completely detach myself from the old way of thinking, and I bring Divine love, light, and truth definitely into my experience. I consciously feel love for everyone I meet. Mentally I say to everyone I contact, ‘I see the God in you and I know you see the God in me.’  I recognize the qualities of God in everyone. I practice this morning, noon, and night: it is a living part of me. I am reborn spiritually now, because all day long I practice the Presence of God. No matter what I am doing – whether I am walking the street, shopping, or going about my daily business – whenever my thought wanders away from God or / the good, I bring it back to the contemplation of His Holy Presence: I feel noble, dignified, and God-like. I walk in a high mood sensing my oneness with God. His peace fills my soul./190-191

Protection

God indwells me, walks and talks with me. God is guiding me now. I can do all things through the God-Power that strengthens me. If God be for me, who can be against me? There is no power to challenge God, and God watches over me in all my ways. I realize every problem is Divinely outmatched and I grapple courageously with every assignment, knowing that God reveals the answer. God loves me and cares for me./194

The indicator of the Presence of God within me is a sense of peace and poise. I now cease all sense of strain and struggle. I now cease to sweat and my body feels warm, relaxed, comfortable and naturally dry all day long. I trust the God-Power implicitly. I know that all the wisdom and power I need to live a glorious and successful life are within me. I relax my entire body; my faith is in His wisdom; I go free. I claim and feel the peace of God flooding my mind, heart, and whole being. I know the quiet mind gets its problems solved. I now turn the request over to the God-Presence knowing it has an answer. I am at peace./202

Success in Examination

I am relaxed, at peace, serene, and calm. I have a perfect memory for everything I need to know at every moment of time and point of space. I am Divinely guided in my studies and I am completely relaxed and at peace at all examinations. I pass all examinations in Divine order, and I sleep in peace and I wake in joy./226

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Your Right to Be Rich

It is your birthright to be rich. You are here to express the fullness of life in every way.

Your real purpose is to lead a happy, joyous, and glorious life—the life more abundant.

In fact, abundance are all around you, it is the main characteristic of nature. The treasure house of infinity is not to be found in a bank vault or a pirate’s trove. It is within your own inner mind.

Your thoughts are creative. Each thought tends to manifest itself in your life. Thoughts of promotion, riches, expansion, and achievement, provided you do not deny them subsequently, come forth after their kind. You promote yourself, thereby answering your own prayer because it is done to you as you believe.

Begin now to extract from that marvelous gold mine within you everything you need—money, friends, a lovely home, beauty, companionship, and all the blessings of life. Whatever you need, whatever you want, you can bring it forth when you learn to pray properly.

We are more than our bodies, our hereditary characteristics, our family tree, the color of our skin, and eyes. The human subconscious mind is part of the eternal spirit, the creator force which is available to you when you pray sincerely, and from your heart.

The greatest secret of all times is that all the riches of the universe are within you. It is infinite intelligence, boundless wisdom, infinite power and love, and the answer to all and every problem you may have. This secret is not hidden any further, for we are living in a time of revelation! Begin now to tap the tremendous powers within you and start to lead a full, happy and virtuous life.

It is natural that you want to achieve success, recognition, and prosperity in our life. You ought to have all the money you need for doing what you want to do, when you want to do it. There is no virtue in poverty. Poverty is a mental disease that should, and actually could be abolished from the face of the earth. Just as wealth is a state of mind, likewise poverty is a state of mind. If we want to eradicate all the slums in the world, we must first wipe out the mental slums created in people’s minds by their belief in poverty and lack.

It is the right of you and your family to have healthy, nourishing food, good clothes, a comfortable home, and the money you need to buy the good things of life. You need the time every day for meditation, prayer, relaxation, recreation, and places that make these necessities possible. The true meaning of prosperity does not lie in having more things. It means that you begin to advance mentally, spiritually, and intellectually, as well as socially and financially.

You are here to lead the abundant life, a life full of happiness, joy, health, and rich living. Begin now to release the riches of the treasure house within you. The real riches are within your subconscious mind.

The greatest secret in all the world is that God dwells in humans. The average person looks everywhere but within himself or herself for wealth, success, happiness, and abundance. God is the life principle, the infinite intelligence, and the infinite power within us, available instantly to all people through the medium of their thought.

You can tap the riches of your subconscious mind by claiming guidance, abundance, wealth, security, and right action, on a daily basis. Make a habit of meditating on these truths and your subconscious will respond.

If you lull yourself to sleep every night with two ideas, wealth and success, knowing that by repeating them you are activating the latent powers of your deeper mind, you will be compelled to express wealth and success. The infinite wisdom of your subconscious mind can only do for you what it can do through you. Your recurrent thoughts and feelings mold and fashion your destiny.

When you believe that the nature of this infinite intelligence in your subconscious mind is to respond to the nature of your request, the answers will always come to you, however most of the time in ways you do not know of.

Be careful when you affirm wealth, success, right action, and promotion that you do not subsequently deny what you have affirmed. That would be like mixing an acid with an alkali, and you would get an inert substance. In other words, stop neutralizing your good. Your subconscious mind is impressed by your predominant thoughts, emotions, and visual imagination. What you feel you attract, and what you imagine you become.

Be sure that you are not envious or jealous of the success, riches, and wealth of others. Your thoughts are creative, thus if you are envious or critical of those who have more wealth and honors than you, you will impoverish yourself along all lines. What you wish for others, you tend to create in your own life experience.

Whatever you really feel to be true, and so decree in your life, will definitely come to pass. Decree riches, health, beauty, security, and right action.

The Power of Scientific Prayer

To believe is to accept something as true. It is to make alive the truths of God by feeling the reality of them in your heart. This is much more than a conscious or theoretical assent; it means that you must feel the truth of what you affirm in your heart. Belief makes the difference between success and failure, riches and poverty, health and sickness. Believe in the riches of the infinite power within your subconscious mind and you will experience them.

When your problems seem overwhelming, break the tension by praying sincerely for someone who is very ill or in deep trouble, and suddenly you will find your own problems solved.

When praying for a loved one, be sure not to identify with the ailment or any part of the anatomy. Realize that the infinite healing presence is flowing through the person you pray for as harmony, health, peace, and joy. Visualize the person as radiant and happy. Meditate quietly on these truths and pray again when you feel led to do so. Wonders happen when you pray this way.

Sympathy means to go down into the quicksand with the other, and it does not help the sick person. Have compassion and give the sick person a transfusion of faith, confidence, and love, knowing that with God all things are possible.

Your thought is creative, and every thought tends to manifest itself. You can direct and steer your thoughts in the same way you steer your car. Thoughts are vibrations, and you have the power to raise those vibrations by raising the quality of your thoughts. The higher you vibrate, the more spiritual power you have. Your thought-image of wealth, success and achievement is the magnet that attracts to you all things that correspond with your thought-image.

The quiet mind get things done. Tell your body to be still, and quiet your mind by thinking of the infinite intelligence of your subconscious, which knows the answer. When your conscious mind is still and your body is relaxed, the wisdom of your subconscious will rise to the surface mind.

A good executive knows how to delete authority. You must be a good executive when using your mind. Turn your request over to your subconscious with faith and confidence, and you will get the appropriate response. You know when you have really turned it over, because you find yourself at peace.

You can give up smoking or any bad habit by decreeing freedom and peace of mind, while at the same time imagining a friend or a physician congratulating you on your freedom. As you affirm and envision an antipathy toward tobacco, your subconscious will take over and compel your freedom from the habit.

Many have discovered the wisdom of turning an acute domestic problem over to the God-Presence, trusting that divine wisdom and intelligence will bring about the solution that is best for all. The short affirmation ‘I now let go and let God’ brings about a perfect answer.

Liquidate the past and never dwell on old grievances or grudges. The future is your present thinking made manifest. Think regularly and systematically of harmony, beauty, love, peace, and abundance, and you will have a wonderful future.

We do not own our children. When difficulties arise with a child, pray as follows: ‘I loose my child to God completely. My child is divinely guided in all ways, and divine love takes care.’ Whenever you think of your child, bless him or her silently by knowing that God loves your child and cares for the best.’ As you do this, whatever happens will be good.

Think of the infinite riches within your subconscious ind. Think of harmony, peace, joy, love, guidance, right action, success—all these are principles of life, and as you think of the life more abundant, you activate the latent powers within you. Your subconscious will compel you to express the abundant life right here and now.

Become a Positive Thinker

Begin to think regularly and systematically of success, achievement, victory, abundance, and the good life. Thinking makes it so.

The rich get richer for the simple reason that the consciousness or awareness of wealth and the expectancy of more and more of God’s riches, which are omnipresent, attract more and more wealth, health, and opportunities to the person who walks in that state of mind. This requires you to become persistent in positive thinking.

The thought-image of wealth produces wealth; the thought-image of a journey results in the opportunity to take it. Life in the conscious expectancy to the best, and by the law of attraction, you will attract the riches of the infinite storehouse in your own subconscious mind. Keep thinking of prosperity, abundance, security, and increase in all things.

Whatever you give attention to grows, magnifies, and multiplies in your experience. Keep your attention on whatsoever things are lovely and of good report. Radiate abundance, goodwill, benevolence, and riches to others. They will pick it up subconsciously, and you will attract wonderful people into your life. They will prosper and you will prosper.

A rich person walks in the mental attitude that wealth is like the air he or she breathes. Having that state of mind, the person attracts more and more riches of all kinds. The poor person who is constantly picturing and talking of lack, bankruptcy, and hard times attracts these qualities to him or herself.

You can get acquainted with the riches of the infinite storehouse within you by reiterating and believing the following prayer: ‘I am ever grateful for God’s riches that are ever active, ever present, unchanging, and eternal.’

God gave you richly all things to enjoy in this universe. Life itself is a gift to you. The whole world was here before you were born. Believe and expect the riches of the infinite, and invariably the best will come to you. As you practice this simple truth, the desert of your life will rejoice and blossom.

Resentment and hostility are mental poisons that rob you of vitality, enthusiasm, and energy. A severe eating disorder is often a disguised form of committing suicide, a way of seeking revenge against someone else. The answer is to open the mind and heart to the influx of divine love and to realize that others really do care and love you, bringing about a healing and a transformation.

When you begin to realize that you are an organ of God and that God has need of you, a complete transformation takes place, and you begin to realize the riches of the infinite as love, goodwill, inner peace, and abundance.

Often blind faith will bring about remarkable results. Paracelsus said ‘Whether the object of your faith is true or false, you will get results.’ A young boy who stuttered fired his imagination into a joyous expectancy and blind faith and believed that if he slept in the cell where St. Kevin was supposed to have slept, he would be healed. His subconscious mind accepted his belief, and he was healed.

True faith consists of the belief that the infinite presence that created you knows all the processes and functions of your body and that when you unite with it believingly, results will follow. True faith is the combined use of your conscious and subconscious mind, scientifically directed.

Some people experience excessive emotionalism at public healing gatherings; their emotional hysteria often brings a temporary alleviation of pain. These hypnotic suggestions have only temporary effect, however. In true healing, your conscious and subconscious mind must agree, and you must believe in your heart in the infinite healing presence. Then the result is permanent, not temporary. When you pray for healing, complete forgiveness must take place of all guilt, peeves, and grudge. You know when you have forgiven others, because there is no sting in your mind.

There is no more power in sticks, stones, amulets, charms, or bones of saints. But if a person believes that the bone of a dog is that of a saint and that kissing it will bring a healing, it is not the bone of the dog that heals; it is the response of the person’s subconscious mind to blind belief.

Negative and destructive emotions snarl up in your subconscious mind and cause many diseases. When a person feels guilty, he feels he should be punished, but what he fails to see is that he is punishing himself.

A wonderful prayer for forgiveness is this: ‘I forgive myself for harboring negative and destructive thoughts about myself and others, and I resolve not to do this any more. Whenever a negative thought comes to me, I will immediately affirm, ‘God’s love fills my soul.’

Your skin is where the inner and the outer world meet. Emotions of hostility, anger, suppressed rage, and resentment may express themselves as skin diseases. Remorse and guilt, according to psychosomatic medicine, are the cause of many skin eruptions.

God never punishes. This presence always seeks to heal you and to make you whole. Self-condemnation and self-criticism are destructive mental poisons that send toxic signals all over your system, leaving you a mental and physical wreck.

Come to a decision. Forget the past and saturate your mind with divine love, peace, and harmony. Realize that divine love dissolves everything unlike itself. No matter what has happened in the past, you can change it now. Fill your subconscious with life-giving thought patterns and you will erase and crowd out everything unlike God.

Build Wealth Consciousness

Begin to think of the untold riches all around you waiting for human intelligence to reveal them. There is a guiding principle within you that, when called upon, will reveal to you the riches you are seeking.

There is an old saying: ‘Make friends with money, and you always have it.’ Look upon money as God’s idea, circulating among nations, maintaining economic health. Claim that money is circulating in your life, and your subconscious mind will see to it that you have all the money you need.

If you condemn money, calling it ‘filthy lucre,’ the root of all evil, and making other such nonsensical statements, your money will take wings and fly away. Money, like everything else in the universe, is universal substance, which is Spirit reduced to the point of visibility. Money, like nickel, cobalt, iron, platinum, lead, oil, and coal, are all forms of the universal substance operating at different frequencies and vibrations.

Adopt a new attitude toward money, realizing you are entitled to be richly compensated for your work, whether it be writing, teaching, gardening or whatever. Think of all the good you can do when money is circulating freely in your life.

You can work very hard, but if you dislike money or criticize it, you will find yourself in want financially. You do not make a god of money, but you realize that it is essential on this plane of existence. You look to the real source of wealth, which is God, and you know that as you turn to the source, it will turn to you and give you all the riches of life.

Claim that you are always using money wisely, judiciously, and constructively for your own good and for that of all men and women everywhere. Constantly claim also that the infinite reveals better ways in which you can serve.

The master key to disciplining the mind for money is to come to a clear-cut decision once and for all that God is the source of everything you see in the universe and that everything people have made came also out of the mind of God. Believing this to be true, your affirmation for wealth will prove productive. When fearful thoughts or thoughts of lack come to your mind, reverse them, at once by affirming, ‘God is my instant supply—that bill is paid in divine mind now.’ Never finish a negative statement about your finances. After a while, the negative thoughts will cease to come, and you will find you have conditioned your subconscious to wealth.

Praying Effectively

Whatever money you have, bless it now and believe it when you say, ‘God will multiply this exceedingly, now and forevermore.’ Believe it in your heart and you will never want all the days of your life.

When a husband and wife pray for each other, exalting the presence of God in one another and claiming peace, harmony, love, and inspiration, all resentment and ill will are dissolved, and both will prosper. If you are fired from a position, claim, ‘Only good can come out of this.’ You will discover a new door that opens up a far more wonderful position than the previous one.

Focus your attention on whatsoever things are lovely, noble, wonderful and God-like, and you will experience the riches of life. Remember, you reap what you sow in your subconscious. Watch your thoughts, for they are creative. Never talk about lack, limitation, or being unable to make ends meet. This multiplies your misery. Think of God’s riches and affirm boldly that the riches of the infinite are flowing to you in avalanches of abundance. Claim it boldly and the infinite will respond.

Your subconscious accepts the dominant of two ideas. Reason out clearly why all things visible and invisible come from one source. Think prosperity thoughts, and your subconscious mind will respond to your habitual thinking. Supplant all thoughts of poverty with the idea of God’s opulence and endless resources. Be open and receptive, and let wealth flow freely to you. Be a good receiver!

Your conscious mind is the pen with which you inscribe your true desires in your subconscious. Think quietly and with interest of each desire separately, watering it and nurturing it with faith and expectancy. Do this three to four times a day, in a quiet moment. By frequent habitation of the mind, you will impregnate your subconscious, and the cherished desires of your heart will be realized.

Never engage in thinking of lack, limitation, loneliness, and frustration. On the contrary, have a mental plan of the things you want, then realize whatever you attach to I am … , you will create in your life. Repeat it over and over again as a lullaby. Do it knowingly and feelingly. As you sow in your subconscious, so also will you reap.

Instead of grumbling, whining, and complaining about current conditions, reverse that attitude of mind and claim boldly: ‘Divine right action is mine. Divine success is mine. Divine love fills my soul, and whatever I do will prosper.’ Know that your thoughts are creative and that you are what you think all day long. Have a healthy respect for your thoughts of good. Your thoughts are your prayer!

Begin to contemplate that God’s beauty and riches flow freely through your thoughts, words, and deeds and you will experience the results of your thinking; furthermore, you will be able to pass on to your family the riches acquired by contemplation. You must have in order to give. Only rich people can contribute richly to all; the poor cannot give.

Life is a mirror for the king and the beggar, reflecting back to each of us precisely that which we deposit in our mind.

Your Psychic Treasure Map

The soul without imagination is what an observatory would be without a telescope. Imagination is the primal faculty of man, and it has the capacity to bring your idea into visibility on the screen of space.

You can draw up for yourself a treasure map, listing the cherished desires of your heart. Go over it several times a day, claiming and imaging the fulfillment of each desire now. Persevere and you will find that the images will be deposited in your subconscious mind, which will bring them to pass.

If you are apprehensive and worried about any important matter, such as, for example, a legal controversy, quiet your mind and claim that harmony, peace, and divine understanding operate in the minds and hearts of all involved. Imagine in all detail the harmonious agreement reached, and lull yourself to sleep with the phrase, ‘happy ending.’ You will succeed in impregnating your subconscious with the desired solution, and there will be a good outcome.

If you have trouble selling your house, imagine you are holding the check for full payment in your hand prior to sleep. Give thanks for the check, feel its reality, the naturalness and wonder of it all, and imagine yourself at the teller’s window depositing it in your bank account. Give thanks to your higher self and you will find wonders happening as you pray.

When you are competing with others for a contract, assignment, or position, avoid anxiety and tension by affirming, ‘I accept this assignment or something far more wonderful according to the riches of the infinite for me.’ If you do not get this particular position, something far more wonderful will open up for you in the light of your higher self.

All people throughout the world want increase; it is the divine urge within us seeking fuller, greater, grander expression in all phases of our lives. You plant wheat, barley, or oats in the soul, but it is God who gives the increase by multiplying the grains a thousandfold. Increase means the multiplication of your good along all levels.

Attention is the key to life. Clothe everybody mentally with the riches of God. Stop brooding over your own financial problems and stop talking about your lack of money. Give attention to the riches within and without, and you will prosper.

The Amazing Power of Belief and Faith

When I speak of faith—and even as it is spoken of in the Bible—I am not referring to creeds, dogmas, traditions, rituals, ceremonies, institutions, formulas, religious persuasion, or belief in a particular person, object, or thing. Look upon faith as an attitude of mind, an inner certitude—a certain way of thinking whereby you know that any idea that you emotionalize and feel to be true, is true and will be shown to be true.

A chemist has faith in the laws of chemistry, having learned the principles of chemistry; a farmer has faith in the laws of agriculture, having learned the principles of agriculture; and an engineer has faith in the laws of mathematics, having learned the principles of mathematics. To live the life you truly desire, you must have faith in the laws of your mind, having first learned the principles of your conscious and subconscious mind.

Everyone has faith in something. Some people have faith in failure, sickness, accidents, and misfortune. When you hear exhortations to have faith, you must remember that you already have faith. The question is, how are you using it constructively or negatively?

Faith is the mental image that in time clothes itself in a body of manifestation.

The law of belief operates in all religions of the world and is the reason they all are psychologically true. The Buddhist, the Christian, the Muslim, and the Jew all are able to receive answers to their prayers—but not because of the particular creed, religion, affiliation, ritual, ceremony, formula, liturgy, incantation, sacrifices, or offerings, but solely because of their belief, or mental acceptance and receptivity, about that for which they pray.

As a person thinks, feels, and believes, so it is done unto him or her.

Our lives are the result of the totality of our beliefs. That is why the law of life is the law of belief.

Your subconscious mind works according to the law of belief. All things that have happened to you are based on the thoughts you’ve impressed on your subconscious mind through belief.

What you believe in decides how you will live.

Whatever you think, feel, believe, and accept as true in your mind is the only cause in your world. Remember: It is done unto you as you believe.

Place your faith in God and all things good, and you will attract to yourself—by an immutable law—the people, conditions, circumstances, and events in the image and likeness of your contemplation.

If someone asked me how I pray, I would respond by saying that to me, prayer means the contemplation of the eternal verities or truths of the Infinite from the highest possible standpoint. It’s a way of thinking. It is a constructive mental attitude with the constant awareness that whatever you impress in your subconscious mind will come forth on the screen of space.

In other words, prayer is belief.

The Miraculous Power of Prayer

Many people’s prayers aren’t answered because consciously or unconsciously they are believing in two powers, or forces, in the world: one that brings sickness, and one that brings health; one that brings success, and one that brings failure; one that brings joy, and one that brings sorrow.

There is only One Power. Know this in your heart, and you will gain confidence and cease struggling, straining, and believing that you must put great effort into your prayers—thinking that praying is a type of contest between opposing forces.

In prayer, you are communing with your subconscious mind. When you offer new mental patterns to your subconscious mind through prayer, the latter accepts the new imagery and the past is obliterated and expunged.

In truth, you answer your own prayer, whether you are aware of it or not, because whatever you really believe to be true and accept in your conscious mind, is already real. In your mind, in other words, it is already a reality. Your subconscious mind simply brings it forth consistently as form, function, experience, and events.

Prayer is an act of spiritual companionship: Your conscious mind is conversing with your Higher Self, the God Presence within you, whereupon your Higher Self responds according to your belief in it.

In order to receive an answer to your prayer, you must first give to your mind. When you pray, you are not supplicating some distant deity. You are activating the Infinite Intelligence resident within you to begin working on behalf of your expressed desires.

When you beg and beseech, you are expressing that you don’t have what you want now, and your sense of lack attracts more loss, lack, and limitation.

Prayer is cooperation with your subconscious. Lightness of touch is important. Remind yourself that Infinite Intelligence is taking care of things in Divine order far better than you can by tenseness of your conscious mind. With the subconscious mind, relaxation is the key.

Do not be concerned with details and means as to how your prayer will be answered. Turn your request over quietly, with faith and confidence, to your subconscious mind, knowing in your heart that the answer will come—knowing that like the seed you deposit in the ground, which grows after its kind, so will there be an answer to your request according to your desire.

Only Infinite Intelligence within your subconscious knows the answer. Imagine the end as finished state. The law of your mind will do the rest.

Effective prayer is based upon the spiritual premise that there is a Supreme Intelligence within us that becomes the thing we desire, to the degree that we accept this premise as being true. Then, as you give your attention in prayer to God and Truth, you create a state of consciousness that begins to express itself as experience in your life. If you maintain a sustained, affirmative attitude of mind, you will sooner or later reach a state of fulfillment, a sense of absolute conviction. The acid test of whether or not you have reached a conviction is when your mind accepts the idea completely and you can’t conceive of the opposite. You must, in other words, unwaveringly believe in—accept as true—what you want. When you do that, you will have truly impressed your subconscious mind, which must then respond accordingly. Then you know the answer will come.

The Healing Power of Forgiveness

You cannot really forgive others completely until you have forgiven yourself first. To refuse to forgive yourself is nothing more or less than spiritual pride or ignorance.

Be intolerant of false ideas, but not of people.

The law of forgiveness is a scientific law of mind. Think and act aright, and you will be forgiven, even if in the past you have not used the principles of mind to pursue the highest good for yourself and others.

Self-condemnation brings failure and misery. Self-forgiveness brings happiness, peace, and triumphant living.

The Mysterious Power of Desire

The Infinite Power that gives you the desire will also reveal to you the perfect plan for its fulfillment.

What things soever ye desire, when ye pray believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. (Mark 11:24)

Following the Biblical instruction, once you give thought to your desire with conviction, you completely eliminate from your mind all consideration of conditions, circumstances, or anything that might imply adverse contingencies. You pray believing that you have already received it. Have faith in the reality of your desire, and you will attract everything necessary for its fulfillment. You are planting a seed in your mind by impressing upon the subconscious the particular thing that you desire. If you leave it undisturbed, it will infallibly germinate into external fruition.

The mere fact that you have a desire for which you seek an answer means that the answer is already present in your mental and spiritual world.

When you pray for your desire, you aren’t giving vitality to it: vitality is already inherent within it. What you’re doing is nourishing its manifestation as form, function, experience, or event.

Practice the law of silence. When you have a desire, don’t discuss it with anyone except when it is absolutely necessary to do so—for example, someone who is directly involved. You can share it with a spiritual advisor, who is there to aid you. To talk with anyone else—friends, relatives—however, can prove to be unwise, as often they will ridicule your desires and diminish your faith in attaining them successfully.

A desire is a prayer. The desires of an atheist can be answered just as well as those of any religious person, as long as the atheist puts his or her whole faith into the desires. The law of mind, like the law of nature, works for one and all.

Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. (Psalm 37:4)

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, ‘Nothing was ever achieved without enthusiasm.’ Therefore you must back your desire with enthusiasm.

Take your attention completely away from the thought of opposition; this will starve the opposition thought to death. Feast mentally and emotionally on your ideals and goals in life.

Failure over a long period of time to listen to your desires to be, to do, and to have will lead to frustration and unhappiness. Extinction of desire means apathy, no feeling, and no action.

Affirmations and prayer will not change matters. What is essential is that these are imbued with a strong desire. It is this combination that has the power to bring into your life prosperity of all kinds.

You must realize that there is nothing too good to be true, and nothing too wonderful to last.

Be careful that your desires to not conflict with your beliefs, your imaginings. /120

Techniques for Harnessing the Power of Desire

Twice a day, quiet the activity of your mind and remove all tension from your body by simply talking to it and telling it to relax. This brings about an outcropping of your subconscious mind, and all effort and negative thoughts will be reduced to a minimum. Know that if you order it in this way, it has to obey. In that quiet, receptive, peaceful state, focus your attention completely on your desire. Feel the joy and reality of it all. Become identified with the picture of your desire in your mind, and have faith that what you imagine and believe must come to pass. Think, imagine, speak, and act the way you would if you possessed your desire. For example, if you wanted a beautiful home, picture that ideal home in your mind—imagine yourself walking through the house, watering the garden, and playing with the children. Make it vivid and real. Feel its naturalness. Feel the solidity of the walls and the furniture. Show your friends through the house. Live there mentally, and what you imagine and feel to be true will come to pass. Then, turn this request over to your subconscious mind, releasing it with absolute faith and confidence in the same way that a farmer deposits a seed in the ground, trusting implicitly in the laws of growth, knowing that your subconscious will likewise respond according to the nature of your request.

The Persuasive Power of Gratitude

Praise and gratitude do not move God or the Law, but they do bring about a transformation in our minds and hearts so that we become a spiritual and mental magnet, attracting all kinds of good from countless sources.

The Boundless Power of Imagination and Visualization

Imagination is the action of forming mental images or concepts of what is not actually present to the senses. This is why it is said that where the five-sense person sees an acorn, the person with imagination sees an oak tree.

Your outer world and all its happenings, experiences, and events are projections of your inner mental images. When you become conscious of the distinction between your inner, causal world of imagination and the outer world of effects, you begin to truly understand how to bring your desires to fulfillment.

Mental images that you consciously accept as true are impressed on your subconscious mind and made manifest in your life. This was proved by Dr. Hans Selye at the University of Montreal’s Institute of Experimental Medicine and Surgery, who demonstrated that the subconscious mind does not differentiate between stress states caused by imagined worries and stress states caused by real concerns. Dr. Selye showed that if a person persists in indulging in imagined worries, the body will create excess hormones that will play havoc with the body, causing psychosomatic disease.

Remember, then, that the law of your mind is that 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. The subconscious will not argue with you. If you negatively discipline, control, and direct your imagination by imagining fears and worries, that is what you will bring into your life. Or you can constructively discipline, control, and direct your imagination and get what you want in life and according to your belief it will be done unto you.

Unless there is first an image in the mind, it cannot move, for there would be nothing for it to move toward. Your prayer, which is your mental act, must be accepted as an image in your mind before the power from your subconscious will play upon it and make it productive.

With your disciplined imagination, you can soar above all appearances, discord, and sense evidence, and imagine the way things ought to be, realizing the sublime principle of harmony operating through, in, and behind all things.

Every picture that you create in your mind, particularly when emotionalized, comes to pass. It works out in action, either internally or externally. If you inhibit it from working out in external action, it is inevitable that it will manifest itself in some mental, physical, or emotional disharmony in the body.

As you are visualizing your desire, you will discover that there will come a time when you no longer feel driven to do so. This is the sure psychological sign that you have embodied your desire subjectively. It has become an inner knowing. Having realized your desire subjectively, you will have no further compulsion to pray for it.

The Creative Power of Sleep and Dreams

The highest degree of outcropping of the subconscious occurs prior to sleep and just after we awaken. In this state, negative thoughts that tend to neutralize your desire and so prevent acceptance by your subconscious mind are no longer present.

At times a dream may cause you to question some prevailing belief, thought, or action you are holding. Infinite Intelligence, in other words, often uses the occasion of sleep to stir us up, create a quarrel in our minds, and challenge our false indoctrinations, creeds or dogmas, compelling us instead to listen to God and Love.

You mold, fashion, and shape your own future by your thought and feeling, not by your dreams.

When you dream, your conscious mind is asleep and is creatively joined to your subconscious, which then dramatizes its contents in the form of dreams.

Robert Louis Stevenson devotes a whole chapter of Across the Plains to dreams. He was a vivid dreamer and had the persistent habit of giving specific instructions to his subconscious every night prior to sleep. He would request his subconscious to evolve stories for him while he slept. If Stevenson’s funds were at a low ebb, his command to his subconscious would be something like this: ‘Give me a good, thrilling novel that will be marketable and profitable.’ His subconscious responded magnificently.

Your Unlimited Power to Attain Success

—ou may say, ‘How can I put the first step of your steps to success into operation, if I don’t know what my true place is or what I should do?’ In such a case, pray for guidance as follows, knowing that the idea of success contains all the essential elements of success: ‘The Infinite Intelligence of my subconscious mind reveals to me my true place in life.’ Repeat this prayer quietly, positively, and lovingly to your deeper mind. As you persist with faith and confidence, the answer will come to you as a feeling, a hunch, or a tendency in a certain direction. It will come to you clearly and in peace, and as an inner silent awareness.

There is a law of mind that states that supply and demand are two aspects of one thing. What you are seeking is also seeking you. If you place your faith in Infinite Intelligence, it will direct you to your true place.

Learn that what you expect, you experience. You must, therefore, break the so-called jinx by boldly affirming the following before the commencement of any desired activity: ‘Infinite Intelligence is within me and knows how to complete all undertakings. If I waver or falter, I need only ask for and trust in the guidance of Infinite Intelligence, which is my own subconscious mind, and I will succeed.

Your Unlimited Power for Self-Acceptance

Life created you for a purpose. Bless those around you, and you will discover that by blessing others, you too will be blessed, and all sense of personal lack will be overcome.

There is genius within you. Attune yourself with the Wisdom and Intelligence of your subconscious, and the genius in you will be revealed.

As Ralph Waldo Emerson often pointed out, the great so often appear great to us because we are, through self-denigration, so completely on our knees.

Love of self, in the true biblical meaning, has nothing to do with egoism or self-aggrandizement. On the contrary, it is the wholesome veneration for the Divinity within you.

We rise as high as our dominant aspiration and descend to the level of our lowest concept of ourselves. Think kindly of yourself and have high hopes.

There are important reasons for you to accept yourself. You are Life expressed. Life became you, and you are an instrument for Life’s expression. You are very important, therefore, to Life, and you must recognize that Life is intensely interested in your welfare, development, and unfoldment, because you have a special work to do here.

Timidity is a state of mind. Do the things that you fear to do. Then the death of fear is certain, and you will find that you can lift yourself up to astonishingly great heights.

Refuse to accept suffering and never resign yourself to any situation. The cause of all is your own mind and spirit, and as you are the only thinker in your universe, you can change your thoughts. Then, there is nothing that can defeat you. Remember these things and you will find that you can lift yourself up mentally over all conditions and circumstances.

No two people are alike, any more than any two leaves of a tree or two crystals of snow are alike. That is why you are here for a purpose, and it is not lowly. Emerson said: ‘I am an organ of God and God hath need of me where I am, otherwise I would not be here.’

Monitor your self-talk constantly. There is a law of mind that responds to what you believe and decree yourself to be. Ideas are conveyed to the subconscious by repetition, belief, and expectancy, and are made manifest in your life. You cannot grow if your self-talk is negative.

Your Unlimited Power to Nurture Relationships

Do not permit people to take advantage of you and gain their point by attacks of the heart. Be firm but kind, and refuse to yield. Appeasement never wins. Refuse to contribute to others’ selfishness and possessiveness. Remember, do that which is right. You are here to fulfill your ideal and remain true to the eternal verities and spiritual values of life.

Remain true to your ideal. Know definitely and absolutely that whatever contributes to your peace, happiness, and fulfillment must of necessity bless all people who walk the earth.

When we understand the creative law of our own minds, we cease blaming other people and conditions for making or marring our lives. We are aware that externals are not the causes and conditioners of our lives and experiences. We know that our own thoughts and feelings create our destiny. For as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. (Proverbs 23:7)

You must not try, through the use of any subtle mental influence of prayer, to bend another to your will. You must trust the Infinite Intelligence of your subconscious to bring what you desire in your life. You can get what you want in life through Divine Law and Order without infringing on the rights of others. Then there is no occasion for the use of mental coercion to try to influence others to do your bidding.

Not every critical comment from another will be false. If another finds fault with you and these faults are within you, rejoice, give thanks, and appreciate the comments. This gives you the opportunity to correct the particular fault.

Remember that negative criticism cannot hurt you without your consent. You cannot be hurt when you know that you are master of your thoughts, reactions, and emotions. Emotions follow thoughts, and you have the power to reject all thoughts that may disturb or upset you because they are not in accordance with the law of harmony.

Refuse to transfer the creative power within you to others. You are the master of your own mind and should positively refuse to let others disturb you or manipulate your mind. The suggestions of others have no power to create the things they suggest. The power is in your own thought.

There are difficult people in the world. They are argumentative, uncooperative, cantankerous, cynical, and sour on life. Just remember that misery loves company. When you are around such people, think love in your heart, and it will be so.

In love and marriage, adjustments are needed, but this is not the same as trying to make your partner over. Such attempts only destroy the other’s pride and self-esteem, and arouse a spirit of contrariness and resentment that proves fatal to the marriage bond.

Before you can draw to yourself the ideal partner and enter into a truly harmonious relationship, you must forgive the people in your past relationships.

Your resentment and hostility toward your previous partners becomes magnified in your subconscious mind and leads you over and over again to attract—and be attracted by—others who have an affinity with those negative feelings. It is the operation of the law of attraction. Like draws like. Birds of a feather really do flock together.

The key to changing this pattern is forgiveness. You must set yourself and your former partners free. You must replace your attitude of resentment with one of love and peace. If you can sincerely affirm, regarding your past partners, ‘I release you and let you go, wishing for you health, wealth, love, happiness, peace, and joy,’ you will find your whole understanding of love and marriage changed to a more spiritual basis.

The Miracle of Mind Dynamics

More about Dr. Joseph Murphy

The Miracle of Mind Dynamics

A New Way to Triumphant Living, New York: Penguin Putnam, 1964.

Review

I found Dr. Murphy’s books in a time of great personal turmoil, in a condition that was a karmic backlash of actions that were the result of confusion and lack of insight in the workings of life, and its creative energy.

It was a time of change, and I was passing through a major period of transformation that was putting my life on a different foundation, one I would call spiritual without giving a fancy meaning to that term.

I am using the term spiritual not in the sense to signify something special, as all in life is one, but simply in the sense of conscious. And in fact, at that time in my life, I was simply putting words on things, rendering conscious my emotional and sexual wishes and my longings for partnership, instead of complaining about my loneliness.

I was learning to see and emphasize the beauty of longing itself, its streaming, its creative flow, its visionary quality. My psychiatrist, helped me greatly on this new path of consciousness. And he fully endorsed and embraced my wish to include Murphy’s prayer technique in our therapy.

And not enough, I also took up work with recovering and healing my inner child, and developed a method I later called Life Authoring. Now, what I wish to convey here is that when you do those things, it’s not enough to do them for a certain time and then forget about them again. I had done exactly that. At that time my body weight was ideal, my health was good, I was a vegetarian, had clear dreams and received daily guidance through them, had many friends, and there was no alcohol problem.

Now listen how the story continues. After five years of such spiritual life, I left the retreat and entered business. The first one was a failure, the second one was successful. I began to grow into a kind of social life, was developing a successful career as a coach and corporate trainer—and was gradually abandoning most of the work techniques.

A decisive turn was the death of my mother six years after I had left the retreat situation. I inherited our family fortune, which meant on one hand a lot of trouble, on the other however a decent amount of money.

I still continued creative writing, spontaneous dance and spontaneous composing. But again six years ahead of that point, I also abandoned creative writing and composing, and was beginning to edit and publish my writings, music and art. That meant coping with a lot of technical and design matters, and it was a completely stationary kind of life.

I became an alcoholic with an enormous daily beer and wine consumption, and gained thirty kilograms on top of my ideal body weight. When some health problems began to manifest, I woke up from my slumber and questioned myself why I had become a meat-eater again, why I had begun to smoke again, why I had become an alcoholic, why I had become restless and short-breathed, why I had abandoned meditation and my daily fitness program, and why I was so much focused on achieving public fame, instead of simply continuing to create?

And I found that indeed I had been craving for social success, fame and recognition—at the price of my health and wellbeing. Then, and only then, I took up Creative Prayer again and read others of Murphy’s books. After a few months it was easy to drop smoking, and put my regime back to a pure vegetarian diet, and I was able to restrict wine and beer consumption to occasional glasses that accompanied a meal.

Why had it been so easy to get back to normal? I think there are two reasons. The first reason is that I had embraced that condition earlier on in my life, so the pattern was already familiar to me, as a matter of morphological resonance.

Second, I knew from my earlier studies on prayer that it’s all about belief and accepting or not accepting certain conditions. First of all, I had learnt to say a decisive No to conditions I found are damaging my health and wellbeing, or conditions that put me in danger and thus invoke constant fear. So I said No to being fat, immobile and short-breathed, and I said No to bringing danger to my life and my brain through alcoholism. What happened next? I remembered the following.

The law of life is the law of belief. Whatever you mentally accept and feel to be true will come to pass./33

Man is what he thinks all day long, and his character is the totality of his thinking. In order to experience good luck or good fortune, realize that you are the maker and shaper of your conditions, experiences, and events./34

So I asked what I had been thinking, predominantly, all through these years? I had been thinking virtually every day that I was not a published author, that all my writings were just manuscripts, that I had got but refusals from publishers and that I wanted to be published. Working on publishing my writings, music, art and photography, I was repeating these thoughts in my mind, on a daily basis.

Dr. Murphy illustrates in the following anecdote from this book that the law of belief is a universal law, not a fancy or a theory, and that it has nothing to do with morality either. Thus, contrary to many religions, good-and-bad categories do nothing here, because profiting from a law does not depend on ‘goodness,’ but on the simple fact to obey the law.

Why the So-Called Good Suffer
I received a letter some time ago from a woman asking me, ‘Why is it that some men who are honest and good suffer so much, and the wicked men prosper like the green bay tree?’ I don’t know exactly what she meant by ‘good’; perhaps she meant from a superficial standpoint that these men went to church, were honest in business transactions, kind to neighbors, gave to charity, were good to their wives and families, and practiced the rituals and rites of their churches. Maybe she meant by ‘wicked men’ those who are irreligious, who have no church affiliations, who cheat and steal, who get drunk, and who deny God or any Superior Power. If so, her thinking is very shallow.
The so-called wicked man may believe in success, prosperity, and good health, and it is done to him as he believes. The Law is no respecter of persons. The sun shines on the just and the unjust, and Law has no morals. If a murderer can swim, the water will sustain him as well as a holy man. A cutthroat can breathe the air just as well as a spiritually illumined person. The so-called honest and good man may secretly harbor obnoxious, vicious, hateful thoughts, and he will bring upon himself the sufferings which his secret, destructive thinking produces. You do not see others’ secret fears, peeves, grudges, hates, and jealousies, but looking outwardly you are prone to judge by external appearances.
It is not what a man does externally for show and reward of men that matters. It is the inner movement of his heart that counts. It is what he thinks, feels, and believes deep down in his heart that matters, not what he professes to believe. Thus a man may observe all the tenets, rules, and regulations of his church; he may attend the ceremonies and rituals, give candy to children and dimes to the blind; and he may visit the sick—all of which may be considered ‘good’ from an external standpoint, but not from the standpoint of God and His law, which is ‘As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.’/35-36

What was it that I had believed? I believed that I had to work hard, so hard that I was actually ten hours behind two huge computer monitors every day, while I was not making a cent from all the work I did. I did it for expressing myself, in the belief if I was only working hard enough success would come by itself. Nope, it didn’t.

After ten years of unwavering efforts I had a range of brilliant web sites that went for the most part unnoticed, and nobody cared about my design, and the content of my many e-books. Then I found this.

Hard Work Is Not the Answer to Wealth and Success
A man may work very hard 14 or 16 hours a day, but if he fears that he will fail or if he has a guilt complex and feels that he should be punished, it will be done unto him as he believes. The law of life is the law of belief. A man may be completely dishonest in certain directions from a worldly standpoint and actually deny the Presence of God; yet there is no law which says that he can’t acquire wealth, provided he believes that he will be a success and that he will be wealthy. Then, according to his belief, is it done unto him. The dishonest man or the wicked man garners his own sufferings and the results of his thinking are the same as those of the honest and so-called good man. The Great Law is absolutely just and cannot give good for evil, or evil for good. All evil ultimately destroys itself./36

Over the next decade or so, I was in what seemed a negative growth cycle in that I lost money instead of making it, through a lack of business knowledge, on one hand, and through suffering betrayal and robbery, on the other.

As a result, I had built strong resentment which triggered negative self-talk and resentful feelings toward the world and others.

I lost many friends during that time. And I thought why me, and why is that possible at all? And I found this.

Don’t Worry About Evildoers
The mills of the gods grind slowly, but they grind / exceedingly fine. ‘Vengeance is mine, saith the Lord, I will repay’ Remember that your subconscious mind, which in the Bible is called the ‘Law,’ is like a recording, which reproduces whatever you have impressed upon it. This is why you are told not to fret about evildoers or the workers of iniquity; their own subconscious mind reacts negatively or positively according to the use they are making of it. The point is this: Use your own mind constructively and harmoniously, and don’t bother about the other fellow—just wish him well. /36-37

The next point in the list that may be entitled ‘The Etiology of Failure’ was my constant procrastination in front of change. I had felt that I needed a change, also physically, thus kept my vision:

Your vision is a definite promise of what you one day shall be; your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil. (…) You will always gravitate to that which you secretly most love. You will meet in life the exact reproduction of your own thoughts. There is no chance, coincidence, or accident in a world ruled by law and Divine Order./37

Finally I found out that I did not need to be a vegetarian in order to be healthy and strong. I eventually found that my nutrition was not the culprit behind my depressions, but the way I was thinking about it all, and about the whole of my life:

He Blamed Heredity and Diet
I had a chat with a man a few months ago who had been taking sedation, rest cures, and observing a special diet for colitis, from which he had suffered for several years. He was deceiving himself by blaming heredity and diet as the cause. He said, ‘Colitis runs in my family; my mother and grandmother had it, also, and I’m sure the food I eat has something to do with my trouble. I pointed out to this man that the late Dr. Flanders Dunbar, an authority on psychosomatic medicine, said that a study of a number of colitis cases in a New York hospital showed that the men were tied to their mothers and had never been away from their mothers for more than 30 days in their whole lives. None of these men were married, and the onset of their colitis was associated with the conflict between the mother-tie and desire for marriage.
This man had a similar conflict plus a deep-seated resentment of his mother, who seemed to criticize and find fault with every girl he brought to their house as a prospective bride. I found that he was deeply in love with a spiritually minded young woman, but hesitated to marry lest he offend and disturb his mother.
His eventual solution was simple: He came to a decision to marry, and he bought a home for his bride. He broke the umbilical cord once and for all. He radiated love and good will to his mother and wished for her all the blessings of Heaven, but he informed her that his wife now came first in his life. His ulcerated colitis cleared up miraculously in a few weeks. He had been deceiving himself for several years, failing to see that the cause of his sickness was purely emotional and was due to the poison pocket of resentment in the crevasses of his soul. This man did not deliberately give himself colitis; his trouble came from the accumulation of his negative and destructive thinking.
Because the subconscious is a law, it arranges all the deposited thoughts into a complex pattern, and these constantly fed subconscious patterns are not only the cause of all ills, but also the cause of our successes and triumphant achievements./45-46

Fortunately I never believed in ‘heavenly’ punishment, as the woman in the following quote from this book.

I knew that the cause of my ailments was too much ‘immobility’ in my thoughts and action, too much of a stationary spirit and attitude, and not enough moving and flowing with life—thus to put it in a word: resistance. I had resisted the welcome change by putting pressure upon myself, and by stressing achievement over creation, instead of just creating more, with a carefree and joyful attitude.

Why Doesn’t God Heal Her?
While talking to a woman recently, I learned her mother had a serious illness, and that as she was a splendid Christian, kindhearted, religious, and most generous, why didn’t God do something for her? Such a question illustrates perfectly the great deception that affects many people. The Law of Life is the law of belief, and we demonstrate what we believe. Whatsoever we sow in our subconscious mind, we shall reap. If we sow thoughts of sickness, fear, resentment, and enmity, we shall reap these things. To ‘sow a thought’, Biblically speaking, means to accept it wholeheartedly; it is our deep-seated beliefs that we demonstrate.
This girl and her mother were completely deceived, in that both of them believed that sickness is independent of the mind and has nothing to do with the thinking process. Her mother had a bad heart condition and believed that she could not be cured. That was her real belief, and so, naturally, she could not get a healing.
There are no incurable diseases – there are only incurable people; i.e., there are those who believe that they cannot be healed, and according to their belief it is done unto them.
Her mother is now making excellent progress. She is no longer under the spell of the great deception that her heart is a material object with laws of its own, independent of her thinking. She now believes that her body is subject to her thoughts and feelings, and as she changes her mind, so she will change her body. She is praying regularly, knowing that the Infinite Healing Process is flowing through her as the beauty of wholeness, vitality, and strength, and that God’s love dwells in her mind and body.
She is beginning to realize that sickness has no power beyond what she gives it in thought, and she will find herself healed. When trouble of any kind comes, look upon it as nature’s signal that you are thinking wrongly in that direction; then change your thought and keep it changed./47

Finally, I self-published my books, and three years later made a summary, practicing an exercise I had found in a book. In this exercise, you vividly imagine to be on your death bed and look back at your life. Then, you find out what it is that you would want to have done differently.

Doing this exercise, I realized that I had sold very little, and the income generated as royalties from the books was so low that it would barely pay a single meal per month. But instead of throwing myself again into depression and despair, I had developed a new attitude, and I had developed it because of the prayers and that amazing exercise.

As a result, I unpublished all of the books and changed my basic attitude behind publishing. Once of a sudden, I became aware that the basic intention behind my efforts was one of being recognized as a ‘published author,’ as some sort of personal glory.

I then realized that this was not what my soul wanted. Imagining myself to be on my death bed and looking back at my life in retrospection, the result was dumbfounding me. I realized that what I really wanted was to share my knowledge, even for free, and without any credit for myself. This new insight virtually poured streams of happiness into me that I had never known in my life before. I expressed to the universe my gratitude to have had this fundamental insight not on my death bed but when I had still time enough to change course and start all over again. I became acutely aware that my selfish beliefs and attitude were behind my failure in publishing my creations.

All our beliefs and tendencies with which we were born are still with us, and they have power to manifest in and influence our lives. For example, if you believe that sitting near a fan will give you a stiff neck, your subconscious mind will see to it that you get a stiff neck—not because of the fan which represents innocuous molecules of energy oscillating at a high frequency, but because of your erroneous belief. If you are afraid that you will catch a cold because someone sneezes, your fear is a movement of your own mind which creates what you expect, fear, and believe. If you happen to be in a warm room and then go out into the cool atmosphere, nature may cause you to sneeze. This is nature’s way of bringing about a balance and equilibrium in the body— the sneeze is a blessing. Many, however, fear that they are now catching a cold, not knowing it is the creative power of their own thought that causes the cold./48

My retrospection showed me that death is not an end to anything that is based upon our genuine creativeness, and that life is given to us as a free gift we should use not only for our own glory, but for sharing our gifts and talents with others in a natural, carefree and joyful manner.

As uncanny as it sounds, death had taught me how to live, and how to live happily and with a feeling of being blessed:

It is impossible that anything so universal as death should ever be looked upon as evil. It must be good or it would not be./64

Quotes/Excerpts

—Dr. Joseph Murphy, The Miracle of Mind Dynamics: A New Way to Triumphant Living, Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 1964, pp. 57-61.

How to Overcome Waves of Doubt and Anxiety

Our Bible states that there arose a great tempest in the sea. Each man is a ship traveling on the ocean of life. All of us are immersed in the great universal sea of consciousness. All of us are traveling psychologically and spiritually to certain goals, objectives, and achievements. Sometimes the ship becomes covered with waves; this represents the race belief in failure, lack, and limitation. The storms of doubt, anxiety, and depression haunt us at times The disciples said: ‘… Lord, save us: we perish.’ The disciples represent your faculties of mind, your thoughts, feelings, and beliefs, plus mental attitudes and expectancy in general. You must train your faculties of mind to look inwardly and to have faith in all things good, a joyous expectancy of the best, and to have a firm belief inscribed in your heart that Infinite Intelligence will lead you out of your difficulty and show you the way. Have a firm conviction in the Power of God to solve problems and show you the way. This faith in God will enable you to walk over the waters of fear, doubt, worry, and imaginary dangers of all kinds.

There is Always a Way Out

When you say, ‘There is no way out. I have no chance,’ you are looking at the winds of confusion, fear, and human opinion, but when you remember the Lord, which is the Spiritual Power within you, absolutely All-Wise and All-Knowing, you will be looking at the solution, the way out, the happy ending, thereby ignoring the winds of human intellect and the waves of despair, melancholia, and depression.

The Meaning of Faith

Man is asleep to the God Power and the God Wisdom locked in his own unconscious depths; this is why in Matthew 8:24 it says, ‘he was asleep.’ The man of faith awakens and stirs up the gift of God within him. He knows this is the Kingdom of the Real. He knows that his ideal or desire is real in the Inner Kingdom, and that his faith or feeling will cause the formless, or the invisible Presence, to take on substance as a condition, event, or experience. This is why the man of faith walks upon the waters of doubt and fear and moves in confidence and understanding of the promised land—his cherished goal. Faith is accepting as true that which your reason and intellect deny.

Why Your Thoughts Are Things

Man must awaken to the fact that science and religion are two arcs of a circle which unite to form a complete whole. He must leave the old-fashioned concepts which do not stand the test of truth. The sciences of chemistry and physics of a quarter-century ago are no longer tenable. Science is constantly discovering new truths. For example, the dogma of immutable elements is outmoded. This dogma disappeared with the discovery of radioactivity. At one time, people believed that the world was a fixed, static thing; today we know it is a fluid universe. Einstein and others have shown that the conservation of energy and mass are gone as distinct and separate verities. Energy and mass are interchangeable—this is why thoughts are things.

The Doom of Dogma

We must leave forever the old dogmas which assert something to be true which every scientific thinker knows is false. We are people who still insist on the six-day creation of the earth and that Adam and Eve were our first parents. The allegory of the Garden of Eden together with such concepts as the immaculate conception, the fall of man, judgment day, blood of the lamb, salvation, hell, and damnation—all these terms are based on theological dogma and are of ancient vintage; they must be seen as age-old myths exemplifying inner psychological and spiritual truths.

Religion must keep its mind continually open to new truth. Religion is undergoing a revolution today, and there is no end to the truths of God which will be constantly revealed to the perceptive and meditative mind. Creed, dogma, and tradition will not solve the problems of today. Man needs to discover his hidden powers and learn to rely on them and use the wisdom and power within him to lead him to paths of pleasantness and ways of peace.

He Was Afraid of God

A man wrote me some time ago, stating that he was a good Christian, gave to the poor, attended church regularly, and practiced the precepts and tenets of the church, yet he added, ‘Everything in my life is upside down. I am sick, mentally tortured, financially broke, and I find myself on the rocks. What is wrong?’

In an interview with this man, I found he had a degree in science, was a teacher in Sunday school, was an ardent student of Plato, Aristotle, Eckhart, and Plotinus, and could quote liberally from these famous mystics and philosophers.

While thoroughly conversant with these abstract philosophical ideas, he had never assimilated them so that these concepts could be utilized to bring him a measure of peace. To him, these writings were a sort of intellectual exercise and had never been appropriated so as to reach his heart. ‘Out of the heart are the issues of life.’

He believed in a God in space, away up in the skies, some sort of an inscrutable, tyrannical being who would punish him if he sinned and who was sure to judge him on the last day. He was actually afraid of God; moreover, he believed God’s will was that he suffer. I explained to him how his subconscious mind works, adding that as a scientifically trained man, he should know that laws of mind, like the laws of chemistry, physics, or mathematics, are purely impersonal, and that whatever he impressed on his subconscious mind would be expressed in the same manner that seeds deposited in the soil would come forth after their kind. His religion was not scientific, and he actually violated comment sense. His whole religious viewpoint was irrational, unreasonable, and most unscientific. He learned that he was punishing himself, and that his chaotic life was due to his negative and fearful habitual thoughts which generated destructive, negative emotions.

How She Triumphed Over Intention to Kill the Other Woman

Here is another illustration which points out vividly the workings of the mind. A woman was very angry, hateful, and resentful toward her husband because she discovered he had a mistress; she taught the children to hate him also. She was terribly jealous of the other woman and told me that she had bought a gun with which she intended to kill the other woman. I explained to her the workings of her deeper mind. I showed her that the corrosive and poisonous emotions which she was generating, if sustained, would build up a subconscious reflex mechanism which would compel her to commit the murder which consciously she did not desire. Her orthodox religious concepts proved to be of no avail in the solution of her problem. She needed to awaken the Presence and Power asleep in the boat. She began to awaken to the fact that all the religions of the world, when shorn of their superficialities, wrappings, and trappings, consist exclusively of this basic and fundamental truth taught in the Scriptures: ‘As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.’ The heart means the subconscious mind, and what you impress upon it will come to pass. Thoughts and feelings suppressed in your subconscious mind have a life of their own and are made manifest in your subconscious mind in your experience. Remember that the impressions made in your subconscious are compulsive.

This woman gave up her antiquated ideas and false opinions about religion and realized that she was the captain of her ship and was actively driving it on the rocks. Creed, dogma, and the traditional concept failed her completely. She prayed as follows: ‘I surrender my husband and his mistress to God completely. I know God is the Great Deliverer. God knows me. God cares for me. I expect this mysterious and marvelous Divine Power to bring peace into my soul and lead me to harmony and joy. I will keep on knowing that God’s love fills my mind and body. I know this Universal Power heals me, protects me and opens up new vistas of peace and prosperity for me. I know that the Holy Spirit flows through my mind, calming the winds. This Divine Spirit fills my heart, stilling the waves, and His power strengthens my body. God is stilling the winds and the waves in me now, and I feel a great calm in my soul.’

She repeated this prayer out loud slowly and lovingly many times a day. The result was that her husband came home to her and his family, asking forgiveness. The other woman, in the meantime, had passed on suddenly to the next dimension of life. There is a great calm in this home today.

Regardless of your professed religious beliefs, philosophical attainments, or scientific achievements, the only thing that really matters is to become intimately acquainted with the Spiritual Factor within you. It is indomitable, invincible, and invulnerable.

Why the Flame of Fire Could Not Burn Him

H.T. Hamblin, the late editor of Science of Thought Review, Chichester, England, related to me an incident of two planes, one British and the other German, which had fought in the air near his home. one of the planes fell and crashed into the meadow in flames. The young English pilot was not touched. He told Mr. Hamblin, who had been praying for his security, ‘I knew I was falling, and I wasn’t a bit afraid; on the way down—I don’t know how to tell you, but something changed inside of me, and I knew I could not be burned or hurt in any way.’ A man can be in an exalted state of consciousness, living in higher dimensions of thought, and water will not drown him or fire burn him.

In the Book of Daniel, the incident mentioned above is corroborated. Three men—Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego—were thrown into the midst of a fiery furnace. ‘Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and thy have no hurt; and the form of the forth is like the Son of God.’ The ‘Son of God’ refers to the Presence of God in each man which can save him from any predicament.

Learn to Triumph Over All Your Problems

Cease trusting in a vague, mysterious being outside of yourself. Learn the laws of your mind which are dependable, and you can trust these laws and principles implicitly. Feel the Presence of God’s Love in your soul and become acquainted intimately with God’s qualities and attributes by building these qualities into your though and feeling. Resurrect your God-given powers, and learn that you can overcome all problems and difficulties. Rise in consciousness by thinking of God and His supreme wisdom and power, and you will still the winds of confusion and the waves of fear and rage: ‘Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.’

—Dr. Joseph Murphy, The Miracle of Mind Dynamics: A New Way to Triumphant Living, Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 1964, pp. 63-64.

Thousands of years ago Job asked, ‘If a man die, shall he live again?’ This question has been asked millions of times since then. The truth is that there is no death in the sense of oblivion. God is Life, and that Life is our Life now. Life, or God, had no beginning, and It has no ending. Man, being Life as God in manifestation, cannot die.

The body has a beginning, and the body has an ending. We will always have a body because man’s body, whether three dimensional or fourth dimensional, is the vehicle for the expression of Life. When the vehicle or body is no longer a fit instrument here, it is laid aside. Spirit then clothes Itself in a new body.

We must not think of death as an ending. Let us rather think of it as a new beginning, and that more abundant. We must not think it as losing, but rather as gaining. Instead of dismally thinking of parting, let us think of reuniting with all our loved ones. Instead of thinking that we are doing away, let us realize that we are arriving at our new destination. When we have tasted the reality of what man calls ‘death,’ we will have become aware that it is a new birth. It will be what health is to the sick man, what home is to the exile.

Milton said, ‘Death is the golden key that opens the palace of eternity.’ It is impossible that anything so universal as death should ever be looked upon as evil. It must be good or it would not be. The journey is from glory to glory; man goes onward, upward, and Godward. We admit renewal, resurrection and fruition processes in the seasons, birds, flowers, and insect life; but when it comes to man, we are struck numb and dumb with fear. We are timid about taking the position that death and birth are but two sides of the shield of life and should not be feared. Basically, it is life in the process of changing. Something old given up for something new is the transaction consummated in the so-called death process.

When you pass on to the next dimension of life, you will have the full use of your mental faculties. You will recognize your new environment. You will know others and you also will be known. You will see, understand, learn, and advance in all phases of your life. Death is more than an end; actually it is a new beginning, for when something ends something else always begins. This is why every end is a beginning. The entry into the next dimension of life is characterized by newness, freedom, and expression.

Life is an Endless Unfoldment

Life is a progression, an endless unfoldment forever expanding. In the next dimension of life, you will possess a memory of your life on this earth plane, and the remembrance of who you are and what you are is the link which reminds you of the continuity of your individual life as you expand ceaselessly. God is Infinite. You are also infinite, and never in eternity could you exhaust the glories and beauties that are within you—this is how wonderful you are!