The Power of Your Subconscious Mind, by Joseph Murphy, is a classic self-development book not to be missed.  First published in 1963, there are many newer revisions available. It’s a small paperback book that retails for about $11 or you can get a Kindle copy for less than $2. I came across this book years ago and my paperback copy is full of notes and highlights. I have been re-reading in Kindle format, which is wonderful because it’s easy to find the passages you have marked and go back to them.  And you can also take a look at the most popular notes and highlights from other Kindle readers. If you haven’t read this one yet, I highly recommend picking up a copy this weekend.  Take a peek at some of the reviews on as well.

What I love about this book is that it’s not only affirmations about changing your thoughts and changing your life, but Murphy also shares many success stories with each of his techniques.  And many of the techniques are very simple, so that you can apply them immediately.  He writes about changing your impoverished mind-set simply by repeating the word “wealth” over and over again before falling asleep.  And during the day, when you have negative thoughts about money or finances, to do the same.  Simple, yet surprisingly effective.  Most of his techniques are used right before going to sleep, when your subconscious mind is awakening and your conscious mind is settling.

There are many chapters in the book, dealing with all of the different parts of our lives, including health, wealth, career and relationships. I have written about finding your passion before, and I found this passage from the book really resonated with me:

“Do not believe the story that the only way you can become wealthy is by the sweat of your brow and hard labour. It is not so; the effortless way of life is the best. Do the thing you love to do, and do it for the joy and thrill of it.” pg 52.

It’s all about being in The Zone! When you are in that place and life flows easily, and good things just seem to fall into your lap, you know you’re doing the right thing.  Life is not a struggle, and it doesn’t have to be hard!  It’s meant to be enjoyed to the fullest every single day.

This is a very spiritual book, and Murphy (being a minister) uses the term God fairly often. This may make some people uncomfortable, so my suggestion is that if that doesn’t resonate with you, substitute a term that does – such as the Universe or Life Force. I found it interesting that it resonates better with me now that I am exploring my faith and attending church regularly (more so than the first few times I read it).

How do you feel about these types of book? Do you feel that they can be effective in helping us to change our ways of thinking? What has worked best for you?

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