The Landmark Bestselling Self-Help Book, Revised by Ian D. McMahan, Ph.D., New York: Penguin Putnam, 2000, Originally Published in 1963
The Power of Your Subconscious Mind helped me to pass a personal life crisis thirty years ago, and it also helped me to remain on a path of personal growth for the years to come, after this profound transformation. I was then trying to open a conduit toward others, by teaching the method in a way that is comprehensive, but also backed by neuroscience, consciousness research and cutting-edge research on the quantum field. I came to call the technique ‘Creative Prayer.’
I found that my previous work on healing my inner child and generally, to practice a form of inner dialogue had opened to me a door to my inner life:
Look around you. Wherever you live, whatever circle of society you are part of, you will notice that the vast majority of people lives in the world without. Those who are more enlightened, however, are intensely involved with the world within. They realize—as you will, too—that the world within creates the world without. Your thoughts, feelings, and visualized imagery are the organizing principles of your experience. The world within is the only creative power. Everything you find in your world of expression has been created by you in the inner world of your mind, whether consciously or unconsciously. /8
Dr. Murphy properly explains the laws of the mind; he also gives brilliant examples from his long career as a public authority on what Ernest Holmes called ‘The Science of Mind,’ title of a book he published in 1938.
In this role, he received much mail from the public, and was talking to innumerable people in many countries, and this not over years, but over decades. This is how he could collect so many intriguing personal stories that enrich his books and make them a pleasant time to read. Here is one that is really shocking, but it is the best I ever heard to explain the workings of the mind. I will relate it here in its entirety:
For many years I gave a regular series of lectures at the London Truth Forum in Caxton Hall, which I founded a number of years ago. Dr. Evelyn Fleet, the director, told me about a man whose young daughter suffered from both crippling rheumatoid arthritis and the disfiguring and painful skin condition called psoriasis. They tried many treatments, but nothing the doctors did seemed to help. The man was near despair. Over and over he said, to himself and to his friends, ‘I would give my right arm to see my daughter cured.’
According to Dr. Fleet, one day the family was out for a drive. Their car was involved in a head-on collision. The father’s right arm was torn off at the shoulder. When he came home from the hospital, he discovered that his daughter’s arthritis and skin condition had vanished.
You must be very careful to give your subconscious only those suggestions that heal, bless, elevate, and inspire you in /all your ways. Remember, your subconscious mind doesn’t understand a joke. It takes you at your word. /22-23
Now, the next step is to know how the conscious and the unconscious interact with one another. What Sigmund Freud observed is not theory but the observation of a universal mechanism that Murphy explains as follows:
The reason there is so much chaos and misery in the world is that so many people do not understand the interaction of their conscious and subconscious minds. When these two principles are in accord, in concord, in peace, and synchronously together, you will have health, happiness, peace, and joy. There is no sickness or discord when the conscious and subconscious work together harmoniously and peacefully. /39
This insight, that may sound novel, is known in tribal cultures who stress the importance to listen, on a daily basis, to the messages of our dreams, as they are the voice of our subconscious mind.
Hence, to disregard them means to run around without the other half, and think and act in a fragmented manner.
The wisdom of our subconscious mind is unifying our mind, when we listen and observe it regularly. The same is true for the relationship between our intellect and our emotions. Here, too, we must strive for balance, and integration. As Murphy says, ‘Motion and Emotion must balance.’
We are often torn up by our frustrations which are of course due to our unfulfilled desires. But what about desire? Why is there desire?
Desire serves us to continue and fulfill our evolution. Desire attracts us to certain actions, to certain pathways, which are pathways of realizing ourselves. And here are at the core of religious teaching: how are we going to realize our desires? Murphy first quotes the Bible, and then explains:
What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. [Mark 11:24] The success of this technique relies on the confident conviction that the thought, the idea, the picture is already fact in mind. In order for anything to have substance in the realm of mind, it must be thought of as actually existing./51
Another important question that comes up in this context is how faith effects miracles, and what faith actually is? Murphy explains it in a very simple and comprehensive manner: it’s the fact to accept as true what is desired. Now, how active must that acceptance be, or in other words, is it possible to overrun the subconscious when this inner faith is not yet fully developed? Murphy answers the question in the affirmative, using another case story.
A man once asked me, ‘How is it that I got a healing through a certain minister? When he told me that there is no such thing as disease and that matter does not exist, I did not believe a word he said. I thought he was insulting my intelligence. And yet, I was healing. How could that be?’ As I told this man, the explanation is simple. He was quieted by soothing words and told to get into a perfectly passive condition, to say nothing and think of nothing for the time being. The minister also became passive. He affirmed quietly, peacefully, and constantly for about a half hour that this man would have perfect health, peace, harmony, and wholeness. At the end of the half hour, the man felt immense relief and was restored to health./69
Now, it’s only logical that when you can hypnotize your subconscious into healing, you can also hypnotize it into sickness. The latter is the pitfall of belief, and unfortunately most people in fact unconsciously use the law of belief, but in the wrong, negative, way, in that they affirm constantly their aches, their weaknesses, their illnesses. What is important as well is how to pray, and Murphy calls it ‘the science and art of true prayer.’ He explains that his technique is one of personal prayer, not the group prayer that is part of religious ritual, and that belongs to various religious cults.
The sound basis for the art and science of true prayer is your knowledge and complete confidence that the movement of your conscious mind will gain a definite response from your subconscious mind, which has boundless wisdom and infinite power. By following this procedure, your prayers will be answered./79
What this Book Can Do For You
I have seen miracles happen to men and women in all walks of life al over the world. Miracles will happen to you, too—when you begin using the magic power of your subconscious mind. This book is designed to teach you that your habitual thinking and imagery mold, fashion, and create your destiny.
What motivates me to write books is a deep desire to share with others the answers I have discovered to many questions people carry in their minds all through their lives. I have tried to explain the great fundamental truths of your mind in the simplest language possible. I believe it is perfectly possible to explain the basic and fundamental laws of life and of your mind in ordinary everyday language. You will find that the language of this book is that used in your daily papers and current periodicals, in your business offices, in your home, and in the daily workshop.
I urge you to study this book and apply the techniques it outlines. As you do, I am absolutely convinced that you will lay hold of a miracle-working power that will lift you up from confusion, misery, melancholy, and failure. It will guide you to your true place, solve your difficulties, sever you from emotional and physical bondage, and place you on the royal road to freedom, happiness, and peace of mind.
Scientific prayer is the harmonious interaction of the conscious and subconscious levels of mind scientifically directed toward a specific purpose. This book will teach you the scientific way to tap the realm of infinite power within you, enabling you to get what you really want in life. You desire a happier, fuller, and richer life. Begin to use this miracle-working power and smooth your way in daily affairs, solve business problems, and bring harmony in family relationships.
Do you know how to pray effectively? How long is it since you prayed as part of your everyday activities? In an emergency, in time of danger or trouble, in illness, and when death lurks, prayers pour forth. Certainly, prayer is an ever-present help in time of trouble. But why should you wait for trouble to make prayer an integral and constructive part of your life?
My work with people has led me to study the various approaches to prayer. I have experienced the power of prayer in my own life, and I have talked and worked with many others who have benefited greatly from the help of prayer. The problem usually is ow to tell someone else how to pray. People who are in trouble have difficulty in thinking and acting reasonably. Their problems overwhelm them and block their ability to listen and understand. They need an easy formula to follow, an obviously workable pattern that is simple and specific.
Contrary to what many people think, it is not the thing that is believed in that brings an answer to a person’s prayer. Prayers are answered when the individual’s subconscious mind responds to the mental picture or thought in his or her mind. This law of belief is the secret operating principle in all religions of the world. It is the hidden reason for their psychological truth.
The law of life is the law of belief. Belief can be summed up briefly as a thought in your mind. As a person thinks, feels, and believes, so is the condition of his or her mind, body, and circumstances. A technique, a methodology based on an understanding of what you are doing and why you are doing it will help you to bring about a subconscious embodiment of all the good things of life. Essentially, answered prayer is the realization of your heart’s desire.
The Treasure House Within You
The treasure house is within you. Look within for the answer to your heart’s desire.
The great secret possessed by the great men of all ages was their ability to contact and release the powers of their subconscious mind. You can do the same.
Your subconscious has the answer to all problems. If you suggest to your subconscious prior to sleep, ‘I want to get up at 6 AM,’ it will awaken you at that exact time.
Your subconscious mind is the builder of your body and can heal you. Lull yourself to sleep every night with the idea of perfect health, and your subconscious, being your faithful servant, will obey you.
Every thought is a cause, and every condition is an effect. If you want to write a book, write a wonderful play, give a better talk to your audience, convey the idea lovingly and feelingly to your subconscious mind and it will respond accordingly.
You are like a captain navigating a ship. He or she must give the right orders, or the ship is wrecked. In the same way, you must give the right orders (thoughts and images) to your subconscious mind, which controls and governs all your experiences.
Never use such expressions as ‘I can’t afford it’ or ‘I can’t do this.’ Your subconscious mind takes you at your word. It sees to it that you do not have the money or the ability to do what you want to do. Affirm, ‘I can do all things through the power of my subconscious mind.’
The law of life is the law of belief. A belief is a thought in your mind. Do not believe in things that will harm or hurt you. Believe in the power of your subconscious to heal, inspire, strengthen, and prosper you. According to your belief it is done to you. Change your thoughts, and you change your destiny.
How Your Mind Works
Thank good and good follows. Think evil, and evil follows. You are what you think all day long.
Your subconscious mind does not argue with you. It accepts what your conscious mind decrees. If you say, ‘I can’t afford it,’ your subconscious mind works to make it true. Select a better thought. Decree, ‘I’ll buy it. I accept it in my mind.’
You have the power to choose. Choose health and happiness. You can choose to be friendly, or you can choose to be unfriendly. Choose to be cooperative, joyous, friendly, lovable, and the whole world will respond. This is the best way to develop a wonderful personality.
Your conscious mind is the ‘watchman at the gate.’ Its chief function is to protect your subconscious mind from false impressions. Choose to believe that something good can happen and is happening now. Your greatest power is your capacity to choose. Choose happiness and abundance.
The suggestions and statements of others have no power to hurt you. The only power is the movement of your own thought. You can choose to reject the thoughts or statements of others and affirm the good. You have the power to choose how you will react.
Watch that you say. You have no account for every idle word. Never say, ‘I will fail; I will lose my job; I can’t pay the rent.’ Your subconscious cannot take a joke. It brings all these things to pass.
Your mind is not evil. No force of nature is evil. It depends how you use the powers of nature. Use your mind to bless, heal, and inspire all people everywhere.
Never say, ‘I can’t.’ Overcome that fear by substituting the following: ‘I can do all things through the power of my own subconscious mind.’
Begin to think from the standpoint of the eternal truths and principles of life and not from the standpoint of fear, ignorance, and superstition. Do not let others do your thinking for you. Choose your own thoughts and make your own decisions.
You are the captain of your soul (subconscious mind) and the master of your fate. Remember, you have the capacity to choose. Choose life! Choose love! Choose health! Choose happiness!
Whatever your conscious mind assumes and believes to be true, your subconscious mind will accept and bring to pass. Believe in good fortune, divine guidance, right action, and all the blessings of life.
The Miracle-Working Power of Your Subconscious
Your subconscious mind controls all the vital processes of your bod and knows the answer to all problems.
Prior to sleep, turn over a specific request to your subconscious mind and prove its miracle-working power to yourself.
Whatever you impress on your subconscious mind is expressed on the screen of space as conditions, experiences, and events. Therefore, you should carefully watch all ideas and thoughts entertained in your conscious mind.
The law of action and reaction is universal. Your thought is action, and the reaction is the automatic response of your subconscious mind to your thought. Watch your thoughts!
All frustration is due to unfulfilled desires. If you dwell on obstacles, delays, and difficulties, your subconscious mind responds accordingly, and you are blocking your own good.
The Life Principle will flow through you rhythmically and harmoniously if you consciously affirm: ‘I believe that the subconscious power that gave me this desire is now fulfilling it through me.’ This dissolves all conflicts. You can interfere with the normal rhythm of your heart, lungs, and other organs by worry, anxiety, and fear. Feed your subconscious mind with thoughts of harmony, health, and peace, and all the functions of your body will become normal again.
Keep your conscious mind busy with the expectation of the best, and your subconscious will faithfully reproduce your habitual thinking.
Imagine the happy ending or solution to your problem, feel the thrill of accomplishment, and what you imagine and feel will be accepted by your subconscious mind, which will bring it to pass.
The Power of Mental Healing
Remind yourself frequently that the healing power is in your subconscious mind. Know that faith is like a seed planted in the ground; it grows after its kind. Plant the idea (seed) in your mind, water and fertilize it with expectancy, and it will become manifest.
The idea you have for a book, new invention, or play is real in your mind. This is why you can believe you have it now. Believe in the reality of your idea, plan, or invention, and as you do, it will become manifest.
In praying for another, realize that your silent inner knowing of wholeness, beauty, and perfection can change the negative patterns of the other’s subconscious mind and bring about wonderful results.
The miraculous healings you hear about at various shrines are due to imagination and blind faith that act on the subconscious mind, releasing the healing power.
All disease originates in the mind. Nothing appears on the body unless there is a mental pattern corresponding to it.
The symptoms of almost any disease can be induced in you by hypnotic suggestion. This shows you the power of your thought.
There is only one process of healing and that is faith. There is only one healing power; namely, your subconscious mind.
Find out what it is that heals you. Realize that correct directions given to your subconscious mind will heal your mind and body.
Develop a definite plan for turning over your requests or desires to your subconscious mind. Imagine the end desired and feel its reality. Follow it through, and you will get definite results.
Decide what belief is. Know that belief is a thought in your mind and that what you think you create.
It is foolish to believe in sickness or anything that will hurt or harm you. Believe in perfect health, prosperity, peace, wealth, and divine guidance.
Great and noble thoughts upon which you habitually dwell become great acts.
Apply the power of prayer therapy in your life. Choose a certain plan, idea, or mental picture. Unite mentally and emotionally with that idea. As you remain faithful to your mental attitude, your prayer will be answered.
Always remember, if you really want the power to heal, you can have it through faith, which means a knowledge of the working of your conscious and subconscious mind. Faith comes with understanding.
Blind faith means that the person may get results in healing without any scientific understanding of the powers and forces involved.
Learn to pray for your loved ones who may be ill. Quiet your mind. Your thoughts of health, vitality, and perfection operating through the one universal subjective mind will be felt and made manifest in the mind of your loved one.
Be a mental engineer and use tried and proven techniques in building a grander and greater life.
Your desire is your prayer. Picture the fulfillment of your desire now and feel its reality, and you will experience the joy of the answered prayer.
Desire to accomplish things the easy way—with the sure aid of mental science. You can build radiant health, success, and happiness by the thoughts you think in the hidden studio of your mind.
Experiment scientifically until you personally prove that there is always a direct response from the infinite intelligence of your subconscious mind to your conscious thinking. Feel the job and restfulness in foreseeing the certain accomplishment of your desire. Any mental picture you have in your mind is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.
A mental picture is worth a thousand words. Your subconscious will bring to pass any picture held in the mind that is backed by faith. Avoid all effort or mental coercion in prayer. Get into a sleepy, drowsy state and lull yourself to sleep feeling and knowing that your prayer is answered.
Remember that the thankful heart is always close to the riches of the universe. To affirm is to state that it is so, and as you maintain this attitude of mind as true, regardless of all evidence to the contrary, you will receive an answer to your prayer.
Generate waves of harmony, health, and peace by thinking of the love and the glory of God. What you decree and feel is true will come to pass. Decree harmony, health, peace, and abundance.
When your mind is relaxed and you accept an idea, your subconscious goes to work to execute the idea. Think and plan independently of traditional methods. Know that there is always an answer and a solution to every problem.
Do not be overly concerned with the beating of your hearth, with the breathing of your lungs, or the functions of any organ in your body. Lean heavily upon your subconscious and proclaim frequently that Divine right action is taking place.
The feeling of health produces health, the feeling of wealth produces wealth. How do you feel? Imagination is your most powerful faculty. Imagine what is lovely and of good report. You are what you imagine yourself to be.
You avoid conflict between your conscious and subconscious in the sleepy state. Imagine the fulfillment of your desire over and over again prior to sleep. Sleep in peace and wake in joy.
Attract Wealth the Easy Way
Decide to be wealthy the easy way, with the infallible aid of your subconscious mind. Trying to accumulate wealth by the sweat of your brow and hard labor is one way to become the richest man of the graveyard. You do not have to strive or slave hard.
Wealth is a subconscious conviction. Build into your mentality the idea of wealth! The trouble with most people is that they have no invisible means of support. Repeat the word ‘Wealth’ to yourself slowly and quietly for about five minutes prior to sleep and your subconscious will bring wealth to pass in your experience.
The feeling of wealth produces wealth. Keep this in mind at all times. Your conscious and subconscious mind must agree. Your subconscious accepts what you feel to be true. The dominant idea is always accepted by your subconscious mind. The dominant idea should be wealth, not poverty.
You can overcome any mental conflict regarding wealth by affirming frequently, ‘By day and by night I am being prospered in all of my interests.’
Increase your sales by repeating this statement over and over, ‘My sales are improving every day; I am advancing, progressing, and getting wealthier every day.’
Stop writing blank checks, such as, ‘There is not enough to go around’ or ‘There is a shortage,’ and so forth. Such statements magnify and multiply your loss. Deposit thoughts of prosperity, wealth, and success in your subconscious mind and the latter will give you compound interest.
What you consciously affirm, you must not mentally deny a few moments later, for this will neutralize the good you have affirmed.
Your true source of wealth consists of the ideas in your mind. You can have an idea worth millions of dollars. Your subconscious will give you the idea you seek.
Envy and jealousy are stumbling blocks to the flow of wealth. Rejoice in the prosperity of others.
The block to wealth is in your own mind. Destroy that block now by getting on good mental terms with everyone. Be bold enough to claim that it is your right to be rich. Your deeper mind will honor your claim.
You don’t want just enough to go around. You want all the money you need to do all the things you want to do, when you want to do them. Get acquainted with the riches of your subconscious mind.
When money is circulating freely in your life, you are economically healthy. Look at money like the tide and you will always have plenty of it. The ebb and flow of the tide is constant. When the tide is out, you are absolutely sure it will return.
Knowing the laws of your subconscious mind, you will always be supplied regardless of what form money takes. One reason many people simply make ends meet and never have enough money is that they condemn money. What you condemn takes wings and flies away.
Do not make a god of money. It is only a symbol. Remember that the real riches are in your mind. You are here to lead a balanced life—this includes acquiring all the money you need.
Don’t make money your sole aim. Claim wealth, happiness, peace, true expression, and love, and personally radiate love and goodwill to all. Then your subconscious mind will give you compound interest in all these fields of expression.
There is no virtue in poverty. It is a disease of the mind. You should heal yourself of this mental conflict or malady at once. You are not here to live in a hovel, to dress in rags, or to go hungry. You are here to lead the life more abundant.
Never use the term ‘filthy lucre’ or say ‘I despise money. You lose what you criticize. Money in itself is neither good nor bad, but thinking of it in either light makes it so. Repeat frequently, ‘I like money. I use it wisely, judiciously, and constructively. I release it with joy, and it returns a thousandfold.’
Money is not evil any more than copper, lead, tin, or iron that you may find in the ground are. All evil is due to ignorance and misuse of the mind’s powers. To picture the end result in your mind causes your subconscious to respond and fulfill your mental picture.
Stop trying to get something for nothing. There is no such thing as a free lunch. You must give to receive. If you give mental attention to your goals, ideals, and enterprises, your deeper mind will back you up. The key to wealth is to apply the laws of the subconscious mind by impregnating it with the idea of wealth.
Use Your Subconscious Mind as a Success Strategy
Success means successful living. When you are peaceful, happy, joyous, and doing what you love to do, you are successful. Find out what you love to do, then do it. If you don’t know your true expression, ask for guidance, and the lead will come. Specialize in your particular field and try to know more about it than anyone else.
Those who are successful are not selfish. Their main desire in life is to serve humanity. There is no true success without peace of mind. A successful person possesses great psychological and spiritual understanding. If you imagine an objective clearly, you will be provided with the necessities through the wonder-working power of your subconscious mind.
Your thought fused with feeling becomes a subjective belief, and according to your belief is it done unto you.
The power of sustained imagination draws forth the miracle-working powers of your subconscious mind. If you are seeking promotion in your work, imagine your employer, supervisor, or loved one congratulating you on your promotion. Make the picture vivid and real. Hear the voice, see the gestures, and feel the reality of it all. Continue to do this frequently, and through frequent occupancy of your mind, you will experience the joy of the answered prayer.
Your subconscious mind is the storehouse of memory. For a perfect memory, affirm frequently: ‘The infinite intelligence of my subconscious mind reveals to me everything I need to know at all times, everywhere.’
If you wish to sell a home or property of any kind, affirm slowly, quietly, and feelingly as follows: ‘Infinite intelligence attracts to me the buyer for this house or property, who wants it, and who prospers in it.’ Sustain this awareness, and the deeper currents of your subconscious mind will bring it to pass.
The idea of success contains all the elements of success. Repeat the word ‘success’ to yourself frequently with faith and conviction and you will be under a subconscious compulsion to succeed.
How Scientists Use the Subconscious Mind
By giving your conscious attention and devotion to the solution of a perplexing problem, your subconscious mind gathers all the necessary information and presents it full-blown to the conscious mind.
If you are wondering about the answers to a problem, try to solve it objectively. Get all the information you can, but if no answer comes, turn it over to your subconscious mind prior to sleep, and the response will come. It never fails.
You do not always get the answer overnight. Keep on turning your request over to your subconscious mind until the day breaks and the shadows flee away. You delay the answer by thinking it will take a long time or that it is a major problem. Your subconscious has no problem, it knows the answer.
Believe that you have the answer now, in this moment. Get into a mood of receiving the perfect answer! Your subconscious will respond to your feeling.
Any mental picture, back by faith and perseverance, will come to pass through the miracle-working power of your subconscious. Trust it, believe in its power, and wonders will happen as you pray.
Your subconscious is the storehouse of memory, and within your subconscious are recorded all your experiences since childhood.
Scientists meditating on ancient scrolls, temples, fossils, and other evidence are able to reconstruct scenes of the past and make them alive today. Their subconscious mind comes to their aid in this task.
Turn over your request for a solution to your subconscious prior to sleep. Trust it and believe in it, an the answer will come. It knows all and sees all, but you must not doubt or question its powers.
The action is your thought, and the reaction is the response of your subconscious mind. If your thoughts are wise, your actions and decisions will be wise.
Guidance comes as a feeling, an inner awareness, an overpowering hunch whereby you know that you know. It is an inner sense of touch. Follow it with the simplicity of faith.
The Wonders of Sleep and Dreaming
If you are worried that you will not wake up on time, suggest to your subconscious mind prior to sleep the exact time you wish to arise and it will awaken you. It needs no clock. Do the same thing with all problems. There is nothing too hard for your subconscious.
Your subconscious never sleeps. It is always on the job. It controls all your vital functions. Forgive yourself and everyone else before you go to sleep and healing will take place much more rapidly.
Guidance is given you while you are asleep, sometimes in a dream. The healing currents are also released, and in the morning you feel refreshed and rejuvenated.
When troubled by the vexations and strife of the day, still the wheels of your mind and think about the wisdom and intelligence lodged in your subconscious mind, which is ready to respond to you. This will give you peace, strength, and confidence.
Sleep is essential for peace of mind and health of body. Lack of sleep can cause irritation, depression, and mental disorders. We need eight hours’ sleep.
You are spiritually recharged during sleep. Adequate sleep is essential for joy and vitality in life. Your tired brain craves sleep so hungrily that it will sacrifice anything to get it. Many who have fallen asleep at the wheel of an automobile can testify to this.
Many sleep-deprived people have poor memories and lack proper coordination. They become befuddled, confused, and disoriented.
Sleep brings counsel. Prior to sleep, claim that the infinite intelligence of your subconscious mind is guiding and directing you. Then, watch for the lead that comes, perhaps on awakening.
Trust your subconscious completely. Know that its tendency is always lifeward. Occasionally, your subconscious answers you in a very vivid dream and a vision in the night.
Your future is in your mind now, based on your habitual thinking and beliefs. Claim infinite intelligence leads and guides you and that all good is yours, and your future will be wonderful. Believe it and accept it. Expect the best, and invariably the best will come to you.
If you are writing a novel, play, or book, or are working on an invention, speak to your subconscious mind at night and claim boldly that its wisdom, intelligence, and power are guiding you. It will reveal to you the right way to go, and if there are obstacles, it will reveals to you how to overcome them. The solution will come to you as you pray this way.
Solving Marital Problems
Ignorance of mental and spiritual laws is the cause of all marital unhappiness. By praying scientifically together, you stay together.
The best time to prevent divorce is before marriage. If you learn how to pray in the right way, you will attract the right mate for you. Marriage is the union of a man and woman who are bound together by love. Their hearts beat as one, and they move onward, upward, and Godward.
Marriage does not guarantee happiness. People find happiness by dwelling on the eternal truths of God and the spiritual values of life. Then, the man and woman can contribute to each other’s happiness and joy.
You attract the right mate by dwelling on the qualities and characteristics you admire in a woman or a man. Then your subconscious mind will bring you together in divine order.
You must build into your mentality the mental equivalent of what you want in a marriage partner. If you want to attract an honest, sincere, and loving partner in life, you must be honest, sincere, and loving yourself.
You do not have to repeat mistakes in marriage. When you really believe you can have the type of man or woman you idealize, it is done unto you as you believe. To believe is to accept something as true. Accept your ideal companion now mentally.
Do not wonder how, why, or where you will meet the mate you are praying for. Trust implicitly the wisdom of your subconscious mind. It has the power to carry out its mission. You don’t have to assist it. However, you are mentally divorced when you indulge in peeves, grudges, ill will, and hostility toward your marriage partner. You are mentally dwelling with error in your mind. Adhere to your marriage vows, ‘I promise to cherish, love, and honor him (or her) all the days of my life.’
Cease projecting fear patterns to your marriage partner. Project love, peace, harmony, and goodwill, and your marriage will grow more beautiful and more wonderful through the years.
Radiate love, peace, and goodwill to each other. These vibrations are picked up by the subconscious mind resulting in mutual trust, affection, and respect.
A nagging partner is usually seeking attention and appreciation. He or she is craving love and affection. Praise and exalt their many good points. Show them that you love and appreciate them.
Partners who love each other do not do anything unloving or unkind in word, manner, or action. Love is what love does.
In marital problems, always seek expert advice. You would not go to a carpenter to pull a tooth; neither should you discuss your marriage problems with relatives or friends. If you need counsel, to go a trained person.
Never try to make over your wife or husband. These attempts are always foolish and tend to destroy the pride and elf-esteem of the other. Moreover, they arouse a spirit of resentment that can prove fatal to the marriage bod. Cease trying to make the other a second edition of yourself.
Pray together and you will stay together. Scientific prayer solves all problems. Mentally picture your wife as she ought to be, joyous, happy, healthy, and beautiful. See your husband as he ought to be, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious, and kind. Maintain this mental picture, and you will experience the marriage made in heaven, which is harmony and peace.
Praying for Happiness
William James said that the greatest discovery of the nineteenth century was the power of the subconscious mind touched by faith. There is tremendous power within you. Happiness will come to you when you acquire a sublime confidence in this power. Then you will make your dreams come true.
You can rise victorious over any defeat and realize the cherished desires of your heart through the marvelous power of your subconscious mind. You must choose happiness for it is a habit, a good habit.
When you open your eyes in the morning, say to yourself, ‘I choose happiness today. I choose success today, I choose right action today. I choose love and goodwill for all today, I choose peace today.’ Pour life, love, and interest into this affirmation, and you have chosen happiness.
Give thanks for all your blessings several times a day. Furthermore, pray for the peace, happiness, and prosperity of the members of your family, your associates, and all people everywhere.
You must sincerely desire to be happy. Nothing is accomplished without desire. Desire is a wish with wings of imagination and faith. Imagine the fulfillment of your desire, feel its reality, and it will come to pass. Happiness comes in answered prayer.
By constantly dwelling on thoughts of fear, worry, anger, hate, and failure, you will become depressed and unhappy. Remember, your life is what your thoughts make of it.
You cannot buy happiness with all the money in the world. Some millionaires are happy, some are unhappy. Many people with little worldly wealth are happy, and some are unhappy. Some married people are happy, and some unhappy. Some single people are happy, and some are unhappy. The kingdom of happiness is in your thought and feeling.
Happiness is the harvest of a quiet mind. Anchor your thoughts on peace, poise, security, and divine guidance, and your mind will be productive of happiness.
There is no block to your happiness. External things are not causative. They are effects, not causes. Take your cue from the only creative principle within you. Your thought is cause, and a new cause produces a new effect. Choose happiness.
The happiest person is the one who brings forth the highest and the best in himself or herself. God is the highest and the best in him or her, for the kingdom of God is within.
Praying for Good Relationships
Your subconscious mind is a recording machine that reproduces your habitual thinking. Think good of the other, and you are actually thinking good about yourself. A hateful or resentful thought is a mental poison. Do not think ill of another for to do so is to think ill of yourself. You are the only thinker in your universe, and your thoughts are creative.
Your mind is a creative medium; therefore, what you think and feel about the other, you are bringing to pass in your own experience. This is the psychological meaning of the Golden Rule. As you want others think about you, think you about them in the same manner.
To cheat, rob, or defraud another brings lack, loss, and limitation to yourself. Your subconscious mind records your inner motivations, thoughts, and feelings. When these are negative, loss, limitation, and trouble come to you in countless ways. What you do to the other, you are doing to yourself.
The good you do, the kindness proffered, the love and good you send forth will all come back to you multiplied in many ways. You are responsible for the way you think about the other. Remember, the other person is not responsible for the way you think about him or her. Your thoughts are reproduced. What are you thinking now about the other person?
Become emotionally mature and permit other people to differ with you. They have a perfect right to disagree with you, and you have the same freedom to disagree with them. You can disagree without being disagreeable.
Just as animals are able to pick up fear vibrations, many people are just as sensitive. The thoughts you believe are hidden are actually broadcast by your voice, your facial expressions, and your body language. This is true both for positive and negative thoughts.
Your inner speech, representing your silent thoughts and feelings, is experienced in the reactions of others toward you. With for the other what you wish for yourself. This is the key to harmonious human relations.
Change your concept and estimate of your employer. Feel and know he or she is practicing the Golden Rule and the law of love, and he or she will respond accordingly. Another person cannot annoy or irritate you except if you permit him or her to. Your thought is creative; you can bless the other person. If someone calls you an insulting name, you have the freedom to reply, ‘God’s peace fills your soul.’
Love is the answer to getting along with others. Love is understanding, goodwill, and a respect for the divinity of the other. Have compassion and understanding for those whose negative conditioning has made them difficult and unpleasant. The divine spark is within them, just as it is within everyone. To understand all is to forgive all.
Rejoice in the success, promotion, and food fortune of others. In doing so, you attract good fortune to yourself. Never yield to another’s emotional scenes and tantrums. Appeasement never wins. Do not be a doormat. Adhere to that which is right. Stick to your ideal, knowing that the mental outlook that gives you peace, happiness, and joy is right, good, and true. What blesses you, blesses all. All you ow to any person in the world is love, and love is wishing for everyone what you wish for yourself—health, happiness, and all the blessings of life.
Praying For Forgiveness
God, or life, is no respecter of persons. Life plays no favorites. Life, or God, seems to favor you once you begin to align yourself with the principles of harmony, health, joy, and peace.
God, or life, never sends disease, sickness, accident, or suffering. We bring these things ourselves by our own negative destructive thinking, based upon the law As we sow, so shall we reap.
Your concept of God is the most important thing in your life. If you really believe in a God of Love, your subconscious mind will respond by bringing countless blessings to you. Believe in a God of Love.
Life, or God, holds no grudge against you. Life never condemns you. Life heals a cut on your hand. Life forgives you if you burn your finger. It reduces the edema and restores the part to wholeness and perfection.
Your guilt complex is a false concept of God and life. God, or life, does not punish or judge you. You do this to yourself by the subconscious effects of your false beliefs, negative thinking, and self-condemnation. The forces of nature are not evil. They react to how you think and use the power within you. You can use electricity to kill someone or to light the house. You can use water to drown a child or quench his thirst. Good and evil come right back to the thought and purpose in a person’s own mind. People punish themselves by their false concepts of God, life, and the universe. Their thoughts are creative, and they create their own misery.
If another criticizes you, and these faults are within you, rejoice, give thanks, and appreciate the comments. This gives you the opportunity to correct that particular fault. You cannot be hurt by criticism when you know that you are master of your thoughts, reactions, and emotions. This gives you the opportunity to pray for and bless the other, thereby blessing yourself.
When you pray for guidance and right action, take what comes. Realize it is good and very good. Then there is no cause for self-pity, criticism, or hatred. There is nothing good or bad, but thinking makes it so. There is no evil in the desire for food, sex, wealth, or true expression. It depends on how you use these urges, desires, and aspirations. Your desire for food can be met without killing someone for a loaf of bread.
Resentment, hatred, ill will, and hostility are behind a host of maladies. Forgive yourself and everybody else by pouring out love, life, joy, and goodwill to all who have hurt you. Continue until such time as you can meet them in your mind and know that you are at peace with them. To forgive is to give something for. Give love, peace, joy, wisdom, and all the blessings of life to the other, until there is no sting left in your mind. This is the acid test for forgiveness.
If someone has hurt you, lied about and vilified you, and has said all manner of evil about you, is your thought of that person negative? Is so, you have not yet forgiven. The roots of hatred are still in your subconscious mind, playing havoc with you and your good. The only way to wither those roots is with love. Wish for the person all the blessings of life. This is the meaning of Forgive until seventy times seven.
Removing Mental Blocks
The solution lies within the problem. The answer is in every question. Infinite intelligence responds to you as you call upon it with faith and confidence.
Habit is the function of your subconscious mind. There is no greater evidence of the marvelous power of your subconscious than the force and sway habit holds in your life. You are a creature of habit, forming habit patterns in your subconscious mind by repeating a thought or act over and over until it establishes tracks in the subconscious mind and becomes automatic. You have the freedom to choose. You can choose a good habit or a bad habit. Prayer is a good habit.
Whatever mental picture, back by faith, you behold in your subconscious mind, your subconscious will bring to pass. The only obstacle to your success and achievement is your own thought of failure. When your attention wanders, bring it back to the contemplation of your good or goal. Make a habit of this by disciplining your mind.
Your conscious mind is the camera and your subconscious mind is the sensitive plate on which you register or impress the picture.
The only thing that follows anyone is the fear thought repeated over and over in the mind. Break the jinx by knowing that whatever you start you will bring to a conclusion in divine order. Picture the happy ending and sustain it with confidence.
To form a new habit, you must be convinced that it is desirable. When your desire to give up the bad habit is greater than your desire to continue, you are already fifty-one percent healed.
The statements of others cannot hurt you except through your own thoughts and mental participation. Identify yourself with your aim, which is peace, harmony, and joy. You are the only thinker in your universe.
Excessive drinking is an unconscious desire to escape. The cause of alcoholism is negative and destructive thinking. The cure is to think of freedom, sobriety, and perfection and to feel the thrill of accomplishment.
Many people remain alcoholics because they refuse to admit their problem. The law of your subconscious mind, which held you in bondage and inhibited your freedom of action, will give you freedom and happiness. It depends on how you use it. Your imagination took you to the bottle; let it take you to freedom by imagining you are free.
Praying for Dissolving Fear
Do the thing you are afraid to do, and the death of fear is certain. If you say to yourself with perfect confidence and fait, ‘I am going to master this fear,’ you will. Fear is a negative thought in your mind. Supplant it with a constructive thought. Fear has killed millions. Confidence is greater than fear. Nothing is more powerful than faith in God and the good.
Fear is a person’s greatest enemy. It is behind failure, sickness, and bad human relations. Love casts out fear. Love is an emotional attachment to the good things of life. Fall in love with honesty, integrity, justice, goodwill, and success. Live in the joyous expectancy of the best, and invariably the best will come to you.
Contract fear suggestions with the opposite, such as, I sing beautifully; I am poised, serene, and calm.’ It will pay fabulous dividends.
Fear is behind the suggestive amnesia that strikes during examinations. You can overcome this by affirming frequently, ‘I have a perfect memory for everything I need to know.’ Imagine a friend congratulating you on your brilliant success on the exam. Persevere and you will win.
If you are afraid to cross water, swim. In your imagination swim freely, joyously. Project yourself into the water mentally. Feel the chill and thrill of swimming across the pool. Make it vivid. As you do this subjectively, you will be compelled to go into the water and conquer it. This is the law of your mind.
If you are afraid of closed places, such as elevators, mentally ride in an elevator while sincerely blessing all its parts and functions. You will be amazed how quickly the fear will be dissipated.
You were born with only two fears, the fear of falling an the fear of noise. All your other fears were acquired. Get rid of them.
Normal fear is good. Abnormal fear is very bad and destructive. To constantly indulge in fear thoughts results in abnormal fear, obsessions, and complexes. To fear something persistently causes a sense of panic and terror.
You can overcome abnormal fear when you know the power of your subconscious mind can change conditions and bring to pass the cherished desires of your heart. Give your immediate attention and devotion to your desire, which is the opposite of your fear. This is the love that casts out fear.
If you are afraid of failure, give attention to success. If you are afraid of sickness, dwell on perfect health. If you are afraid of an accident, dwell on the guidance and protection of God. If you are afraid of death, dwell on eternal life. God is life, and that is your life now.
The great law of substitution is the answer to fear. Whatever you fear has its solution in the form of your desire. If you are sick, you desire health. If you are in the prison of fear, you desire freedom. Expect the good. Mentally concentrate on the good, and know that your subconscious mind answers you always. It never fails.
The things you fear do not really exist except as thoughts in your mind. Thoughts are creative. Look at your fears; hold them up to the light of reason. Nothing can disturb you but your own thought. The suggestions, statements, or threats of other persons have no power. The power is within you, and when your thoughts are focused on that which is good, then God’s power is with your thoughts of good.
There is only one creative power, and it moves as harmony. There are no divisions or quarrels in it. Its source is love. This is why God’s power is with your thoughts of good.
Remain Young in Spirit
Patience, kindness, love, goodwill, joy, happiness, wisdom, and understanding are qualities that never grow old. Cultivate them and express them and remain young in mind and spirit.
The neurotic fear of the effects of time may well be the cause of premature aging. Age is not the flight of years; it is the dawn of wisdom in the mind of humans. The most productive years of your life can be from sixty-five to ninety-five. Welcome the advancing years. It means you are moving higher on the path of life, which has no end.
God is life, and that is your life now. Life is self-renewing, eternal, and indestructible and is the reality of all humans. You live forever, because your life is God’s life.
You cannot see your mind, but you know you have a mind. You cannot see spirit, but you know that the spirit of the game, the spirit of the artist, the spirit of the musician, and the spirit of the speaker is real. Likewise, the spirit of goodness, truth, and beauty moving in your mind and heart are real. You cannot see life, but you know you are alive.
Old age may be called the contemplation of the truths of God from the highest standpoint. The joys of old age are greater than those of youth. Your mind is engaged in spiritual and mental athletics. Nature slows your body so that you may have the opportunity to meditate on things divine.
We do not count a man’s years until he has nothing else to count. Your faith and convictions are not subject to decay. You are as young as you think you are. You are as strong as you think you are. You are as useful as you think you are. You are as young as your thoughts. Your gray hairs are an asset. You are not selling your gray hairs. You are selling your talent, abilities, and wisdom that you have garnered through the years.
Fad diets and expensive pills won’t keep you young. As a man thinketh so is he. Fear of old age can bring about physical and mental deterioration. The thing I greatly feared has come upon me. You grow old when you cease to dream and when you lose interest in life. You grow old if you are irritable, crotchety, petulant, and cantankerous. Fill your mind with the truths of God and radiate the sunshine of his love—this is youth.
Look ahead, for at all times you are gazing into infinite life. Your retirement is a new venture. Take up new studies and interests. You can do the things you always wanted to do when you were so busy making a living. Give your attention to living life. Become a producer and not a prisoner of society. Don’t hide your light under a bushel. The secret of youth is love, joy, inner peace, and laughter. In God here is fullness of joy. In God there is no darkness at all.
You are needed. Some of the great philosophers, artists, scientists, writers, an others accomplished their greatest work after they were eighty years old. The fruits of old age are love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance. You are a child of the infinite life that knows no end. You are an heir to eternity. You are wonderful!