Dr. Joseph Murphy, The Miracle of Mind Dynamics: A New Way to Triumphant Living, Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 1964, pp. 57-61
How to Overcome Waves of Doubt and Anxiety
Our Bible states that there arose a great tempest in the sea. Each man is a ship traveling on the ocean of life. All of us are immersed in the great universal sea of consciousness. All of us are traveling psychologically and spiritually to certain goals, objectives, and achievements. Sometimes the ship becomes covered with waves; this represents the race belief in failure, lack, and limitation. The storms of doubt, anxiety, and depression haunt us at times The disciples said: ‘… Lord, save us: we perish.’ The disciples represent your faculties of mind, your thoughts, feelings, and beliefs, plus mental attitudes and expectancy in general. You must train your faculties of mind to look inwardly and to have faith in all things good, a joyous expectancy of the best, and to have a firm belief inscribed in your heart that Infinite Intelligence will lead you out of your difficulty and show you the way. Have a firm conviction in the Power of God to solve problems and show you the way. This faith in God will enable you to walk over the waters of fear, doubt, worry, and imaginary dangers of all kinds.
There is Always a Way Out
When you say, ‘There is no way out. I have no chance,’ you are looking at the winds of confusion, fear, and human opinion, but when you remember the Lord, which is the Spiritual Power within you, absolutely All-Wise and All-Knowing, you will be looking at the solution, the way out, the happy ending, thereby ignoring the winds of human intellect and the waves of despair, melancholia, and depression.
The Meaning of Faith
Man is asleep to the God Power and the God Wisdom locked in his own unconscious depths; this is why in Matthew 8:24 it says, ‘he was asleep.’ The man of faith awakens and stirs up the gift of God within him. He knows this is the Kingdom of the Real. He knows that his ideal or desire is real in the Inner Kingdom, and that his faith or feeling will cause the formless, or the invisible Presence, to take on substance as a condition, event, or experience. This is why the man of faith walks upon the waters of doubt and fear and moves in confidence and understanding of the promised land—his cherished goal. Faith is accepting as true that which your reason and intellect deny.
Why Your Thoughts Are Things
Man must awaken to the fact that science and religion are two arcs of a circle which unite to form a complete whole. He must leave the old-fashioned concepts which do not stand the test of truth. The sciences of chemistry and physics of a quarter-century ago are no longer tenable. Science is constantly discovering new truths. For example, the dogma of immutable elements is outmoded. This dogma disappeared with the discovery of radioactivity. At one time, people believed that the world was a fixed, static thing; today we know it is a fluid universe. Einstein and others have shown that the conservation of energy and mass are gone as distinct and separate verities. Energy and mass are interchangeable—this is why thoughts are things.
The Doom of Dogma
We must leave forever the old dogmas which assert something to be true which every scientific thinker knows is false. We are people who still insist on the six-day creation of the earth and that Adam and Eve were our first parents. The allegory of the Garden of Eden together with such concepts as the immaculate conception, the fall of man, judgment day, blood of the lamb, salvation, hell, and damnation—all these terms are based on theological dogma and are of ancient vintage; they must be seen as age-old myths exemplifying inner psychological and spiritual truths.
Religion must keep its mind continually open to new truth. Religion is undergoing a revolution today, and there is no end to the truths of God which will be constantly revealed to the perceptive and meditative mind. Creed, dogma, and tradition will not solve the problems of today. Man needs to discover his hidden powers and learn to rely on them and use the wisdom and power within him to lead him to paths of pleasantness and ways of peace.
He Was Afraid of God
A man wrote me some time ago, stating that he was a good Christian, gave to the poor, attended church regularly, and practiced the precepts and tenets of the church, yet he added, ‘Everything in my life is upside down. I am sick, mentally tortured, financially broke, and I find myself on the rocks. What is wrong?’
In an interview with this man, I found he had a degree in science, was a teacher in Sunday school, was an ardent student of Plato, Aristotle, Eckhardt, and Plotinus, and could quote liberally from these famous mystics and philosophers. While thoroughly conversant with these abstract philosophical ideas, he had never assimilated them so that these concepts could be utilized to bring him a measure of peace. To him, these writings were a sort of intellectual exercise and had never been appropriated so as to reach his heart. ‘Out of the heart are the issues of life.’
He believed in a God in space, away up in the skies, some sort of an inscrutable, tyrannical being who would punish him if he sinned and who was sure to judge him on the last day. He was actually afraid of God; moreover, he believed God’s will was that he suffer. I explained to him how his subconscious mind works, adding that as a scientifically trained man, he should know that laws of mind, like the laws of chemistry, physics, or mathematics, are purely impersonal, and that whatever he impressed on his subconscious mind would be expressed in the same manner that seeds deposited in the soil would come forth after their kind. His religion was not scientific, and he actually violated comment sense. His whole religious viewpoint was irrational, unreasonable, and most unscientific. He learned that he was punishing himself, and that his chaotic life was due to his negative and fearful habitual thoughts which generated destructive, negative emotions.
How She Triumphed Over Her Intention to Kill the Other Woman
Here is another illustration which points out vividly the workings of the mind. A woman was very angry, hateful, and resentful toward her husband because she discovered he had a mistress; she taught the children to hate him also. She was terribly jealous of the other woman and told me that she had bought a gun with which she intended to kill the other woman. I explained to her the workings of her deeper mind. I showed her that the corrosive and poisonous emotions which she was generating, if sustained, would build up a subconscious reflex mechanism which would compel her to commit the murder which consciously she did not desire. Her orthodox religious concepts proved to be of no avail in the solution of her problem. She needed to awaken the Presence and Power asleep in the boat. She began to awaken to the fact that all the religions of the world, when shorn of their superficialities, wrappings, and trappings, consist exclusively of this basic and fundamental truth taught in the Scriptures: ‘As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.’ The heart means the subconscious mind, and what you impress upon it will come to pass. Thoughts and feelings suppressed in your subconscious mind have a life of their own and are made manifest in your subconscious mind in your experience. Remember that the impressions made in your subconscious are compulsive.
This woman gave up her antiquated ideas and false opinions about religion and realized that she was the captain of her ship and was actively driving it on the rocks. Creed, dogma, and the traditional concept failed her completely. She prayed as follows: ‘I surrender my husband and his mistress to God completely. I know God is the Great Deliverer. God knows me. God cares for me. I expect this mysterious and marvelous Divine Power to bring peace into my soul and lead me to harmony and joy. I will keep on knowing that God’s love fills my mind and body. I know this Universal Power heals me, protects me and opens up new vistas of peace and prosperity for me. I know that the Holy Spirit flows through my mind, calming the winds. This Divine Spirit fills my heart, stilling the waves, and His power strengthens my body. God is stilling the winds and the waves in me now, and I feel a great calm in my soul.’
She repeated this prayer out loud slowly and lovingly many times a day. The result was that her husband came home to her and his family, asking forgiveness. The other woman, in the meantime, had passed on suddenly to the next dimension of life. There is a great calm in this home today.
Regardless of your professed religious beliefs, philosophical attainments, or scientific achievements, the only thing that really matters is to become intimately acquainted with the Spiritual Factor within you. It is indomitable, invincible, and invulnerable.
Why the Flame of Fire Could Not Burn Him
H.T. Hamblin, the late editor of Science of Thought Review, Chichester, England, related to me an incident of two planes, one British and the other German, which had fought in the air near his home. one of the planes fell and crashed into the meadow in flames. The young English pilot was not touched. He told Mr. Hamblin, who had been praying for his security, ‘I knew I was falling, and I wasn’t a bit afraid; on the way down—I don’t know how to tell you, but something changed inside of me, and I knew I could not be burned or hurt in any way.’ A man can be in an exalted state of consciousness, living in higher dimensions of thought, and water will not drown him or fire burn him.
In the Book of Daniel, the incident mentioned above is corroborated. Three men—Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego—were thrown into the midst of a fiery furnace. ‘Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and thy have no hurt; and the form of the forth is like the Son of God.’ The ‘Son of God’ refers to the Presence of God in each man which can save him from any predicament.
Learn to Triumph Over All Your Problems
Cease trusting in a vague, mysterious being outside of yourself. Learn the laws of your mind which are dependable, and you can trust these laws and principles implicitly. Feel the Presence of God’s Love in your soul and become acquainted intimately with God’s qualities and attributes by building these qualities into your though and feeling. Resurrect your God-given powers, and learn that you can overcome all problems and difficulties. Rise in consciousness by thinking of God and His supreme wisdom and power, and you will still the winds of confusion and the waves of fear and rage: ‘Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.’
Dr. Joseph Murphy, The Miracle of Mind Dynamics: A New Way to Triumphant Living, Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 1964, pp. 63-64.
Thousands of years ago Job asked, ‘If a man die, shall he live again?’ This question has been asked millions of times since then. The truth is that there is no death in the sense of oblivion. God is Life, and that Life is our Life now. Life, or God, had no beginning, and It has no ending. Man, being Life as God in manifestation, cannot die.
The body has a beginning, and the body has an ending. We will always have a body because man’s body, whether three dimensional or fourth dimensional, is the vehicle for the expression of Life. When the vehicle or body is no longer a fit instrument here, it is laid aside. Spirit then clothes Itself in a new body.
We must not think of death as an ending. Let us rather think of it as a new beginning, and that more abundant. We must not think it as losing, but rather as gaining. Instead of dismally thinking of parting, let us think of reuniting with all our loved ones. Instead of thinking that we are doing away, let us realize that we are arriving at our new destination. When we have tasted the reality of what man calls ‘death,’ we will have become aware that it is a new birth. It will be what health is to the sick man, what home is to the exile.
Milton said, ‘Death is the golden key that opens the palace of eternity.’ It is impossible that anything so universal as death should ever be looked upon as evil. It must be good or it would not be. The journey is from glory to glory; man goes onward, upward, and Godward. We admit renewal, resurrection and fruition processes in the seasons, birds, flowers, and insect life; but when it comes to man, we are struck numb and dumb with fear. We are timid about taking the position that death and birth are but two sides of the shield of life and should not be feared. Basically, it is life in the process of changing. Something old given up for something new is the transaction consummated in the so-called death process.
When you pass on to the next dimension of life, you will have the full use of your mental faculties. You will recognize your new environment. You will know others and you also will be known. You will see, understand, learn, and advance in all phases of your life. Death is more than an end; actually it is a new beginning, for when something ends something else always begins. This is why every end is a beginning. The entry into the next dimension of life is characterized by newness, freedom, and expression.
Life is an Endless Unfoldment
Life is a progression, an endless unfoldment forever expanding. In the next dimension of life, you will possess a memory of your life on this earth plane, and the remembrance of who you are and what you are is the link which reminds you of the continuity of your individual life as you expand ceaselessly. God is Infinite. You are also infinite, and never in eternity could you exhaust the glories and beauties that are within you—this is how wonderful you are!