The human mind is one subject of study and interest to everyone. Everyone is fascinated and wants to understand how it works to understand humans, their behaviors, and how their behaviour is affected more closely. As everyone knows, human behaviour is influenced more by what goes on in his mind rather than external forces. The same has been explained by Dr. Joseph Murphy in his landmark book, “The Power of Your Subconscious Mind”. He goes a step ahead and tries to highlight how the mind affects human behavior and how that can, in turn, influence his mannerisms in the society or among his loved ones and can also influence his life personally and professionally.
The author uses all his experience and observations to write about the way the mind works. He divides the book into 20 chapters and each chapter has an interesting title attached to it. In the initial section of the book, he writes “How this book can work miracles in life” which serves as a foreword to the book wherein he not only highlights the salient features of the book but also the circumstances that led to the writing of the book. The reader needs to go through it once to understand the hard work it has taken the author to pen down the book which remains useful at all times.
The readers get to see an amalgamation of ancient and modern ideas and how spirituality is connected with science in “The Power of Your Subconscious Mind”. This gives an idea of how the author attempts to balance both religious faith and scientific knowledge,
“Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire. Your desire is your prayer. It comes out of your deepest needs and it reveals the things you want in life.”
Murphy also tries to explain how minds can be manipulated and how in turn that affects the person. According to him, it is the mind that can influence everything that happens. This can be understood by the following lines,
“The only path by which another person can upset you is through your own thought.”and “All disease originates in the mind. Nothing appears on the body unless there is a mental pattern corresponding to it.”
“What the other person says or does cannot really annoy or irritate you except you permit him to disturb you. The only way he can annoy you is through your own thought.”
At the same time, he also offers a solution to avoid such circumstances in the line,
“Busy your mind with the concepts of harmony, health, peace, and goodwill, and wonders will happen in your life.”
The author goes on and connects his ideas not only to religion, spirituality and science but also includes will power to achieve inner peace and happiness,
“The treasure house is within you. Look within for the answer to your heart’s desire.”
Likewise, “The Power of Your Subconscious Mind” has many such lines that can turn out to be a survival guide for a tough time and the reader ends up underlining them all so that he can again get back to them in future for reference. All these facts make the book being an international bestseller undisputable. In their lifetime, everyone searches for a guiding light that will help them through the difficult times in life and will also help them become a better person as the days pass. This book becomes one such guiding light and the fact that it has never been out of print from its year of publication is a big enough indicator of the universal applicability of the book. It also points towards the fact that this book will continue to help and enlighten the coming generations at all times. The basic human nature and functioning of the mind do not change. That is the prime focus of the book.
“The Power of Your Subconscious Mind” becomes an important text to develop an understanding of the way the mind works. This opens the book to read by people of all age groups and from all walks of life. The language of the book is finely written for all readers to be able to understand. Also, the style in which the author has written is significant and instrumental in connecting the reader to the book. The conversational style and the author’s addressing the reader indirectly in the first person causes an unaware involvement of the reader. In this manner, he makes sure the reader gets engrossed and the readers also begin to respond like they would in a real interactive session. This interactive nature of the book becomes one of the factors that differentiates “The Power of Your Subconscious Mind” from all other self-help books that began to be written much later.