Tony Note: The last couple of months I have been diving deep into the work of the late, Joseph Murphy. While he passed away in 1981, his teaching and body of work is staggering. It’s fair to say that he was light-years ahead of his time on the topic of the subconscious mind and the use of both prayer and affirmation to lead a better life. Yes, his work is that ground breaking. Here’s a small excerpt from his 1955 book, Believe in Yourself.
A genius is a man who is in rapport with his subconscious mind. He is able to tap this universal reservoir and receive answers to his problems; thus, he does not have to work by the sweat of his brow. In the genius type of mind, the imaginative faculty is developed to a very high degree. All great poets and writers are gifted with a highly developed and cultivated imaginative faculty.
I can now see Shakespeare listening to old stories, fables, and myths of his day. I can also imagine him sitting down listing all these characters in the play in his mind…then clothing them one by one with hair, skin, muscle, and bone; animating them; and making them so much alive that we think we are reading about ourselves.
The Power of Your Imagination
Use your imagination and go about your Father’s (God) business. Your Father’s business is to let your wisdom, skill, knowledge, and ability come forth; and bless others as well as yourself. You are about your Father’s business if you are operating a small store, and in your imagination, you feel you are operating a larger store giving a greater measure of service to your fellow creatures.
If you are a writer of short stories, you can be about your Father’s business. Create a story in your mind that teaches something about the golden rule, then pass that story and all its characters through your spiritualized and highly artistic mentality; your article will be fascinating and intensely interesting to your public.
The Power of Vision
The truth about man is always wonderful and beautiful. When writing a novel or story we should be sure that we clothe Truth in her garment of loveliness and beauty. You could now look at an acorn, and with your imaginative eye construct a magnificent forest full of rivers, rivulets, and streams. You could look at a desert and cause it to rejoice and blossom as a rose. “Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the briar shall come up the myrtle tree.” Men gifted with intuition and imagination find water in the desert, and they create cities where formerly other men only saw a desert and a wilderness.
An architect of a city sees the building and fountains already in operation before he ever digs a well or builds a house. “I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.”
Long hours, hard labor, or burning the midnight oil will not produce a Milton, a Shakespeare, or a Beethoven. People accomplish great things through quiet moments, imagining that the invisible things from the foundation of time are clearly visible.
You can imagine the indescribable beauty of He Who is being expressed on your canvas, and if you are a real artist in love with beauty, great beauty will come forth effortlessly. Moments of great inspiration will come to you; it will have nothing to do with perspiration or mental hard labor.
Dr. Joseph Murphy has been acclaimed as a major figure in the human potential movement. His book THE POWER OF YOUR SUBCONSCIOUS MIND has sold millions of copies and has been translated into seventeen languages. This book has never been out of print and is still one of the best sellers in the self-help genre