“An excellent way to get acquainted with the two functions of your mind is to look upon your own mind as a garden. You are a gardener, and you are planting seeds(thoughts) in your subconscious mind all day long, based on your habitual thinking. As you sow in your subconscious mind, so shall you reap in your body and environment. Begin now to sow thoughts of peace, happiness, right action, good will, and prosperity. Think quietly and with interest on these qualities and accept them fully in your conscious reasoning mind. Continue to plant these wonderful seeds(thoughts) in the garden of your mind, and you will reap a glorious harvest. Your subconscious mind may be likened to the soil which will grow all kinds of seeds, good or bad. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Every thought is, therefore, a cause, and every condition is an effect. For this reason, it is essential that you take charge of your thoughts so as to bring forth only desirable condition.” – The Conscious and Subconscious Minds, Chapter 1. The Treasure House Within You, The Power of Your Subconscious Mind, p17-18
A month ago, I had a great conversation with a few of awesome friends where we talked about the importance of a belief system and how it manifests in our life. That subject instantly reminded me of this book during the conversation, one that I read long time ago, and ultimately led me take the book out from the bookshelf and read again.
Whether it’s called as the confirmation bias – as my guy friend argued then – or the workings of the subconscious mind – as I argued then -, our conversation ended with the conclusion with the girls’ win: ‘Things happen to those who believe.’ I was very surprised and impressed by my female friend who possessed this wisdom probably without knowing the workings of the subconscious mind nor the existence of this book. ‘Miracles happen to those who believe in miracles.’ says the author in this book. My favorite author Paulo Coelho also frequently quotes this phrase. ‘Be careful what you wish for, it might just come true.’ Another good example emphasizing the power of the subconscious mind.
In my previous post, I have talked about my annual rituals related with books. No one can prove reading certain types of books would bring certain experiences, and doing some rituals might result in physical manifestations. Right. Rituals don’t have any linear or direct relationship with the result. But what I enjoy about the rituals is not about the actual result but the act itself as a tool for planting seeds on my subconscious mind. In other words, I believe the ritual as an intentional physical act functions to reinforce my mind – both conscious and subconscious. That’s the virtue I find.
So, why not doing some planning and organizing for the new year for myself? I write down my goals and intentions and contemplate on my wishes and positive growth for the whole year. These all would imprint strong images on my subconscious mind throughout the year.
Also, the winter – when the sun hides away for a longer time from us – is a good time to plant mental seeds so that we can see the physical sprouts in the spring time, and grow them during the summer, and harvest them during the autumn.
This book is another go-to book in my bookshelf. I always go back when I need more strengths and to remind myself of valuable insights the book provides. Full of guidance for harnessing the power of your mind and for applying them for various dimensions in life, this book will help you reap the rewards in the form of health, wealth and success in the end. Also, the author bases much of his philosophy on James Allen whose book such as As a Man Thinketh is a well-known classic. This is another great point in enjoying the book with its easy and plain language.
Do you have any personal act for yourself? How do you plant seeds on your subconscious mind? Prayers? Affirmations? Morning or evening rituals? I would be happy to hear from you!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Author(s): Joseph Murphy, Ph.D., D.D.
Published: 1963, USA
Publisher: Jeremy P. Tarcher / Penguin
Paperback, 369 pages