About Dr. Joseph Murphy

Dr. Joseph Murphy
Dr. Joseph Murphy


Joseph Murphy was born on May 20, 1898, in a small town in the County of Cork, Ireland. His father, Denis Murphy, was a deacon and professor at the National School of Ireland, a Jesuit facility. His mother, Ellen, ne Connelly, was a housewife, who later gave birth to another son, John, and a daughter, Catherine.

Joseph was brought up in a strict Catholic household. His father was quite devout and, indeed, was one of the few lay professors who taught Jesuit seminarians. He had a broad knowledge of many subjects and developed in his son the desire to study and learn.

Ireland at that time was suffering from one of its many economic depressions, and many families were starving. Although Denis Murphy was steadily employed, his income was barely enough to sustain the family.

Young Joseph was enrolled in the National School and was a brilliant student. He was encouraged to study for the priesthood and was accepted as a Jesuit seminarian. However, by the time he reached his late teen years, he began to question the Catholic orthodoxy of the Jesuits, and he withdrew from the seminary. Since his goal was to explore new ideas and gain new experiences-a goal he could not pursue in Catholic-dominated Ireland-he left his family to go to America.

First Years in the United States

He arrived at the Ellis Island Immigration Center with only $5 in his pocket. His first project was to find a place to live. He was fortunate to locate a rooming house where he shared a room with a pharmacist who worked in local drugstore.

Joseph’s knowledge of English was minimal, as Gaelic was spoken both in his home and at school, so like most Irish immigrants, Joseph worked as a day laborer, earning enough to keep fed and housed.

He and his roommate became good friends, and when a job opened up at the drugstore where his friend worked, he was hired to be an assistant to the pharmacist. He immediately enrolled in a school to study pharmacy. With his keen mind and desire to learn, it didn’t take long before Joseph passed the qualification exams and became a full-fledged pharmacist. He now made enough money to rent his own apartment. After a few years, he purchased the drugstore, and for the next few years ran a successful business.

When the United States entered World War II, Joseph enlisted in the Army and was assigned to work as a pharmacist in the medical unit of the 88th Infantry Division. At that time, he renewed his interest in religion and began to read extensively about various spiritual beliefs. After his discharge from the Army, he chose not to return to his career in pharmacy. He traveled extensively, taking courses in several universities both in the United States and abroad.

From his studies, Joseph became enraptured by the various Asian religions and went to India to learn about them in depth. He studied all of the major faiths from the time of their beginning. He extended these studies to the great philosophers from ancient times until the present.

Although he studied with some of the most intelligent and far-sighted professors, the one person who most influenced Joseph was Dr. Thomas Troward, who was a judge as well as a philosopher, doctor, and professor. Judge Troward became Joseph’s mentor. From him he not only learned philosophy, theology, and law, but also was introduced to mysticism and particularly, the Masonic order. He became an active member of this order, and over the years rose in the Masonic ranks to the 32nd degree in the Scottish Rite.

 Beginning Career as a Minister

Upon his return to the United States, Joseph chose to become a minister and bring his broad knowledge to the public. As his concept of Christianity was not traditional and indeed ran counter to most of the Christian denominations, he founded his own church in Los Angeles. He attracted a small number of congregants, but it did not take long for his message of optimism and hope rather than the “sin-and-damnation” sermons of so many ministers to attract many men and women to his church.

Dr. Joseph Murphy was a proponent of the New Thought movement. This movement was developed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries by many philosophers and deep thinkers who studied this phenomenon and preached, wrote, and practiced a new way of looking at life. By combining a metaphysical, spiritual, and pragmatic approach to the way we think and live, they uncovered the secret of attaining what we truly desire.

The proponents of the New Thought movement preached a new idea of life that brings out new methods and more perfected results, and we have the power to use it to enrich our lives. We can do all these things only as we have found the law and worked out the understanding of the law, which God seemed to have written in riddles in the past.

Of course, Dr. Murphy wasn’t the only minister to preach this positive message. Several churches, whose ministers and congregants were influenced by the New Thought movement, were founded and developed in the decades following World War II. The Church of Religious Science, Unity Church, and similar places of worship preach philosophies similar to this. Dr. Murphy named his organization The Church of Divine Science. He often shared platforms, conducted joint programs with his similar-thinking colleagues, and trained other men and women to join their ministry.

Over the years, other churches joined with him in developing an organization called the Federation of Divine Science, which acts an umbrella for all Divine Science churches. Each of the Divine Science church leaders continues to push for more education, and Dr. Murphy was one of the leaders who supported the creation of the Divine Science School in St. Louis, Missouri, to train new ministers and provide ongoing educational education for both ministers and congregants.

The annual meeting of the Divine Science ministers was a must to attend, and Dr. Murphy was a featured speaker at them. He encouraged the participants to study and continue to learn, particularly about the importance of the subconscious mind.

Church of Divine Science and Radio Program

Over the next few years, Murphy’s local Church of Divine Science grew so large that his building was too small to hold them. He rented The Wilshire Ebell Theater, a former movie theater. His services were so well attended that even this venue could not always accommodate all who wished to attend. Classes conducted by Dr. Murphy and his staff supplemented his Sunday services that were attended by 1,300 to 1,500 people. These were supplemented by seminars and lectures that were held most days and evenings. The church remained at the Wilshire Ebell Theater in Los Angeles until 1976, when it moved to a new location in Laguna Hills, California, near a retirement community.

To reach the vast numbers of people who wanted to hear his message, Dr. Murphy created a weekly radio talk show, which eventually reached an audience of over a million listeners.

Many of his followers wanted more than just summaries and suggested that he tape his lectures and radio programs. He was at first reluctant to do so, but agreed to experiment. His radio programs were recorded on extra-large 78-rpm discs, a common practice at that time. He had six cassettes made from one of these discs and placed them on the information table in the lobby of the Wilshire Ebell Theater.

They sold out the first hour. This started a new venture. His tapes of his lectures explaining biblical texts, and providing meditations and prayers for his listeners were not only sold in his church, but in other churches, bookstores, and via the mail.

As the church grew, Dr. Murphy added a staff of professional and administrative personnel to assist him in the many programs in which he was involved and in researching and preparing his first books. One of the most effective members of his staff was his administrative secretary, Dr. Jean Wright. The working relationship developed into a romance, and they were marrieda lifelong partnership that enriched both of their lives.

At this time (the 1950s), there were very few major publishers of spiritually inspired material. The Murphys located some small publishers in the Los Angeles area, and with them produced a series of small books (often 30 to 50 pages printed in pamphlet form) that were sold, mostly in churches, from $1.50 to $3.00 per book. When the orders for these books increased to the point where they required second and third printings, major publishers recognized that there was a market for such books and added them to their catalogs.

Beginning Fame

Dr. Murphy became well known outside of the Los Angeles area as a result of his books, tapes, and radio broadcasts and was invited to lecture all over the country. He did not limit his lectures to religious matters, but spoke on the historical values of life, the art of wholesome living, and on the teachings of great philosophersboth from the Eastern and Western cultures.

As Dr. Murphy never learned to drive, he had to arrange for somebody to drive him to the various places where he was invited to lecture and other places in his very busy schedule. One of Jeans functions as his administrative secretary and later as his wife was to plan his assignments, arrange for trains or flights, airport pickups, hotel accommodations, and all the other details of the trips.

The Murphys traveled frequently to many countries around the world. One of his favorite working vacations was to hold seminars on cruise ships. These trips were for a week or more and would take him to many countries around the world.

One of Dr. Murphys most rewarding activities was speaking to the inmates at many prisons. Many ex-convicts wrote him over the years, telling him how his words had truly turned their lives around and inspired them to live spiritual and meaningful lives.

He toured the United States and many countries in Europe and Asia. In his lectures, he emphasized the importance of understanding the power of the subconscious mind and the life principles based on belief in the one God, the ‘I AM.’

Dr. Murphy’s pamphlet-sized books were so popular that he began to expand them into more detailed and longer works. His wife gave us some insight into his manner and method of writing. She reported that he wrote his manuscripts on a tablet and pressed so hard on his pencil or pen that you could read the page by the imprint on the next page. He seemed to be in a trance while writing. His writing style was to remain in his office for four to six hours without disturbance until he stopped and said that was enough for the day. Each day was the same. He never went back into the office again until the next morning to finish what he’d started. He took no food or drink while he was working, He was just alone with his thoughts and his huge library of books, to which he referred from time to time. His wife sheltered him from visitors and calls and kept things moving for church business and other activities.

Dr. Murphy was always looking for a simple way to discuss the issues and to elaborate points that would explain in detail how it affects the individual. He chose some of his lectures to present on cassettes, records, or CDs, as the technologies developed and new methods entered the audio field.

His entire work of CDs and cassettes are tools that can be used for most problems that individuals encounter in life, and have been time-tested to accomplish the goals as intended. His basic theme is that the solution to problems lies within oneself. Outside elements cannot change one’s thinking. That is, your mind is your own. To live a better life, its your mind, not outside circumstances, that you must change. You create your own destiny. The power of change is in your mind, and by using the power of your subconscious mind, you can make those changes for the better.

The Power of Your Subconscious Mind

Dr. Murphy wrote more than 30 books. His most famous work, The Power of Your Subconscious Mind, which was first published in 1963, became an immediate bestseller. It was acclaimed as one of the best self-help guides ever written. Millions of copies have been sold and continue to be sold all over the world.

Among some of his other best-selling books were Telepsychics, The Magic Power of Perfect Living, The Amazing Laws of Cosmic Mind, Secrets of the I-Ching, The Miracle of Mind Dynamics, Your Infinite Power to Be Rich, and The Cosmic Power Within You.

World Fame and Legacy

Dr. Murphy died in December 1981, and his wife, Dr. Jean Murphy, continued his ministry after his death. In a lecture she gave in 1986, quoting her late husband, she reiterated his philosophy:

I want to teach men and women of their Divine Origin, and the powers regnant within them. I want to inform that this power is within and that they are their own saviors and capable of achieving their own salvation. This is the message of the Bible and nine-tenths of our confusion today is due to wrongful, literal interpretation of the life-transforming truths offered in it.

I want to reach the majority, the man on the street, the woman overburdened with duty and suppression of her talents and abilities. I want to help others at every stage or level of consciousness to learn of the wonders within.

She said of her husband: ‘He was a practical mystic, possessed by the intellect of a scholar, the mind of a successful executive, the heart of the poet.’ His message summed up was: ‘You are the king, the ruler of your world for you are one with God.’

78 Replies to “About Dr. Joseph Murphy”

  1. Mr Murphy was truly, and I believe still is one of the greatest men to have taught the Gospel in ways to liberate the masses. His teachings have had a remarkable impact in how I view life. Through his book “The Power of your Subconscious mind” I found answers to questions I have been battling with for the majority of my life. I have, in addition, discovered a passion to learn more about who God is, Religion and Metaphysics as a means to give people a different outlook on life.


  2. I am reading “Power of Your Subconscious Mind” for the first time. When I saw it advertised on Amazon it magnetically attracted me and I was so excited to start reading. This book is brilliant. This is the VERY best book of all of the New Thought or on the subject of subconscious and conscious kind I have ever read. It clearly explains in detail with deep insights that answer questions without equivocation. I feel so thankful and relieved to have found his work. I know it will help me to make the positive changes desired and be successful. I have spent some time learning more about him today and learned that TODAY is his 109th Birthday !! Wishing him a glorious Happy Birthday wherever he may be. !!!!

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    1. Thanks for your smart comment, Judith. In fact, his books have helped me a lot to turn around my life from one of total failure (despite my doctorate in international law), to one of success, and happiness. Dr. Joseph Murphy was a very great man!


      1. Hello Dr. Walker, I too am reading this wonderful book for the first time. I have a particular request that I want. It is to heal my hearing loss. Do you think that’s too big an order for my subconscious? Have you heard of others healing their hearing?
        Thank you,


      2. Nothing is ever too big for the subconscious mind to accomplish. Repeat this prayer after waking up and before going to sleep, when you are still in the sleepy state. It will then easily penetrate into your subconscious mind. During the day, make sure that through your inner dialogue, you do not contradict the prayer by being doubtful or negative.

        “Perfect hearing capability was given to me as a birth gift. There is a perfect pattern of hearing in my subconscious mind that will now be activated. With every coming day my hearing apparatus is perfectly remodeled to find its original perfection. I give thanks for the perfect healing!”


  3. I want to thank Joseph sir for the incredible writing ,” The Power of Subconscious Mind”.Right now I am just 19 year old girl and when I read this book I felt that it is going to help me alot in my life.Thank u alot sir .


    1. Hello Shrada,
      I am not Joseph Murphy, the author of the book, but your feelings of thanks will be received by his soul. Joseph Murphy (1898-1981).
      Thanks for your contribution!
      Best regards,


  4. I recently found an old copy of “The Power of Your Subconscious Mind” at my local library book sale. This book is a life changer and sits right with my bible. I have such great respect for the late Dr. Joseph Murphy and wanted to find out more about him and learned that he lived in Laguna Hills, CA, which is one town over from me. I hope to learn if there is a memorial or grave locally. Give yourself a gift and get this book, however don’t just read it once. Keep it handy as a reference and guide, as it has truly worked for me!

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    1. Did you ever find out whether there is a memorial or grave locally? I would be interested to know. Big fan of Dr. Joseph Murphy. Thanks.


  5. I have had this book on my book shelf for many years and have recently been drawn back to it , I to have a particular request , to meaningfully connect to my estranged daughter who I believe has mental health difficulties, it has resulted in a lot of misunderstandings and difficulties for many years she is lovely would there be a particular prayer I could say to my sub conscious to bring this about Thank you Sandra


    1. Here is the prayer, Sandra.

      “My daughter is God’s child and I give her free now, I set her free, and she is guided by her own spiritual self. I have no dominion over her life and if I once had it, I release it solemnly now. Love is the dissolvant of all problems and misunderstandings, and Love shall prime from now on in our relationship. I do not worry any longer, I release the tension, and know this is being taken care of. I rejoice in the miracle of life, and this is wonderful.”

      Please repeat this prayer in a tranquil mood in the morning after waking up and before going to sleep, when you are in the natural hypnagogic state and have thus higher access to your subconscious mind, also after lunch when you want to go for a nap, repeat it a few times before falling asleep, and trust the divine guidence within yourself that the outcome will effect a positive change. And make sure you do not invalidate your prayer by subsequent negative thoughts. Remain in the positive state and miracles are possible.


  6. Thank you very much Mr Walter, i am actually moved by the prayer you gave to Sandra above, i read Dr Murphy’s books and i saw a big change in my life cause he gave me a new meaning of prayer and faith. I didn’t know he was dead until i read this article online sometimes i imagined myself talking to him face to face cause the things he revealed are so amazing and you automatically find yourself living in his world without even knowing. May God keep blessing your intellectual minds with positive thinking and the works you keep doing even when Dr Murphy has long passed.



  7. I am very frustrated with my professional life. I have been a brilliant teacher where ever I have worked but sadly there had been no stability in my job. I often resign and remain jobless for many months and sometimes a year or two. Please help me to find a job of my liking.


    1. Please repeat this prayer in the morning after waking up, when you are still sleepy, and before going to sleep when you are again in a sleepy state. Suffices to repeat it about fives times each. If you are used to take a nap in the afternoon, use that sleepy condition before falling asleep to repeat the prayer. In this state between wake and sleep your brain is more receptive to suggestions and your subconscious mind gets impregnated with your desire more easily.

      “The infinite universal intelligence that inhabits mere always cares for my best. It heals me when I hurt myself, and it guides me all day long. I am now putting my faith in this godly presence in me and know that it will attract the job I will love and cherish, and that will provide me the material basis for my life, and more. It will also get me around people with whom I can have meaningful work relations. I now promise to myself that I will not neutralize this prayer through subsequent doubts or negative thinking. I know that the god presence cannot fail. It will multiply my present means so that my living standard rises and I can grow more and do more good in my life.”

      You find many other prayers in Dr. Murphy’s books some of which I have reviewed and that contain many prayers. Use this link:


  8. I just found my book which is falling apart, so I used it well in the past. It seems like when things are going well, I fell away from saying my affirmations and prayers which is wrong. My family is experiencing some financial challenges right now. It was like an angel shoved this book in front of me. We are being extremely positive and meditating daily, but I feel there is a blockage. Several of my husband’s real estate deals have been on hold and listings aren’t selling despite much work put into them. I would appreciate a word of wisdom to guide us. We are helping our son pay his college loans which has been a challenge. Any words would be appreciated and supportive. I am going through the book again.


    1. Here is a prayer for you taken from Dr. Murphy’s book ‘Think Yourself Rich.’

      START OF PRAYER—I know that to prosper means to grow spiritually in every dimension. God is prospering my husband, myself and my son now in mind, body, and affairs. God’s ideas constantly unfold within us, bringing to us health, wealth, and perfect Divine expression.

      We are born to succeed; the Infinite within us can’t fail. Divine law and order govern our life, Divine peace fills our soul, Divine love saturates our mind. Infinite intelligence guides us in all ways. God’s riches flow to us freely. We are advancing, moving forward, and growing mentally, spiritually, financially, and in all other ways.

      I know these truths are sinking into my subconscious mind and will grow after their kind.—END OF PRAYER

      Also please behold that light touch is very important when impressing your subconscious mind. Dr. Murphy reminds us of the fact:
      —Long sessions of prayer are usually a mistake. They may indicate that you are trying to force things by using mental coercion. This generally leads to the opposite of what you are praying for. You will often find that a short prayer uttered from the heart gets better results than a long prayer.—

      The best way to pray is in the morning after waking up and in the evening before falling asleep when you are in a natural state of relaxation. It is the state between wake and sleep, also called the ‘hypnagogic’ state. In this state, the brain is especially receptive and conscious and subconscious mind are more in sync. Then focus inside for a moment and pray from your heart, with all your sincerity. Learn the written prayer by heart and say it feelingly, and with conviction that it will cone to pass.

      Important is then that during the day you do not invalidate or neutralize the prayer through subsequent doubts or negative thoughts. Remain light and joyful in your mind, and confident that the prayer will come to pass. Then, in the evening, prepare your night time with another prayer instance that will accompany you to sleep.

      Remain open-minded for any suggestions you receive via dreams or hunches from your subconscious mind. This inner voice is very subtle. Remain confident that you are guided.

      Let your husband and son equally do the prayer so that you unite in bringing about strong positive thought forms.

      I hope this helps! Best wishes,


  9. Hello, Mr. Walter,

    First I would like to thank you for the time and effort you have put into this site. I am very appreciative of your work. I have been trying to close a deal with a particular company and was wondering would you help me with a prayer for my success? I have read many of Mr. Murphy’s books and my feet have been set on the right path. Your assistance would be greatly appreciated.



    1. Hello Justice,
      First off, please note that we cannot without creating bad karma influence others’ decisions for they have free will and may want to contract with you, or not. This freedom of another human being, or a group of humans called a ‘company’ we must thus respect under divine order.

      What you can well do is influence your own readiness and appropriateness in this relationship to lead it to a successful outcome for both parties. When you have the wellbeing of the other party in your focus, next to your own success, you can well pray for a good and positive outcome. So with this caveat, here is a prayer you can use for this purpose:

      -Begin of Prayer-
      I am here to evolve, expand, and progress in life. I am fully embracing my striving for excellence and success in my professional and private life. In my contractual relationship with [company x] I am divinely guided, and the company is equally guided, so that we progress in our relationship and final cooperation, and that a mutually beneficial outcome is guaranteed. I now imprint my subconscious mind with this desire and I make sure that I will not neutralize my prayer through later doubts or negative thinking. I bless [company x] and all their staff, and their management, and wish them continued success and prosperity. I submit this contractual matter to the guiding forces in these people and in myself and I am convinced that a mutually profitable outcome of our negotiations is now achieved in divine order.
      -End of Prayer-

      Best wishes,


    1. Hello Fabiola,
      Thanks for writing me. Here is the prayer:

      ‘I am attracting now the ideal buyer for my house, a person who is correct, honest, and solvent to pay the price for my property that is right in Divine order. I am firmly motivated for this sale in order to become free of debt and honor the persons and organizations who have borrowed me money. Through my successful sale they are prospered and I am prospered, thus there is harmony and joy coming from this matter, and everybody involved is blessed.’

      Please help your subconscious mind with your imagination and do this as follows. See yourself in your mind taking the ‘FOR SALE’ sign off your front yard, and this you can do even if there is no such sign. It is sufficient that you see this sign being removed in your mind. At the same time, feel in your heart the great relief from these actions: the sale and subsequently the payment of your debt, two relief situations that following one another. Imagine thus that you feel like a burden was lifted from your heart and you feel light and free.

      This imaginary act to remove the FOR SALE sign is especially powerful when you do this little mind game when you wake up and when you are going to sleep, thus being in a sleepy condition. This will greatly help impress your subconscious mind with the prayer. And during the day, make sure you do not neutralize your prayer through negative thoughts or doubt. Firmly believe that are are acting in accordance with Divine order and that the universe guides you toward a successful outcome.

      Best wishes,


  10. I cannot stop reading “The Power of Your Subconscious Mind” again and again. This book has helped me in every aspect of my life. This book was passed down to me by my aunt and I believe the truth in this book is worth sharing with as many people as possible. I hope the readers don’t read it as a self help book. I hope the understand the true purpose of this book. To the readers of this book I say,”Truth shall set you free”. Ponder upon this, the true gift of life is free will. Choose wisely,You are free to choose happiness.


  11. Thanks for your contribution! I am also re-reading some of Murphy’s books over and over again. The best one in my opinion is ‘Think Yourself Rich: Use the Power of Your Subconscious Mind to Find True Wealth, Paramus, NJ: Rewards Books, 2001. Here is my review of the book:

    You also find quotes from the book as audio spoken by myself, on Soundcloud:

    And the book is not only about wealth. It is also about health and even about miracles cures. You can find an assortment of prayers from the book in my book review. They are sorted by theme and purpose of prayer.


  12. This is a wonderful website! Thank You so much Dr. Peter Fritz Walter for being so kind to everyone that posted a comment. I was having some stomach pain and I just asked my body to act naturally and the pain ended and hasn’t returned. It would be great if you can keep posting about Dr. Joseph Murphy 🙂


    1. Hello Leelee,
      Thanks for your contribution and your encouragement to continue the site. Indeed, I would have more quotes to publish. Some people also write to me directly by email with their prayer requests. If you have again any health problem, drop me a line and ask for a prayer. My email is: coachlog@gmail.com.

      Best wishes,


  13. I am a Christian and as I read The Power of the Subconscious Mind it seems to line up with my faith. I believe in Jesus Christ as my Savior and and offered my life to the God who created the universe and the Savior who died to save me from my sinful nature. In reading this book, it makes the words of God more clear. I believe that when you accept that Jesus died to pay for our sins and accept his gift of salvation, the Holy Spirit takes over being, subconscious included, and guides and directs us. The Bible teaches to think on good things and to love others. The prayer especially about trusting God with our children and to quit worrying about them was helpful to me. Thank you. I find the book extremely biblical and does not contradict the Bible.


  14. Hi Dr. Fritz, Do you have any information about Dr. Murphy’s teacher, Abdullah, from Ethiopia? I know he was also Neville Goddard’s teacher, but there is not much information about him, aside from what Neville has said. Thank you!


  15. Hello Dr Walter , Would you have a prayer for my sister to pray for her grandson who has nerve damage to his eyes from a traumatic episode in his head, it has affected his peripheral vision he is coping with it and is young but his vision is not expected to improve, Thank you


  16. First of all we need to dramatically change his expectation! You mention it is negative, most probably because of what the doctors said, right? But doctors have a short-sighted vision as they do not see with spiritual eyes. For God, nothing is impossible. All can be healed but faith is necessary to effect that healing.

    Second, you should do the prayer for him in a most general manner, without focusing on his particular ailment for this would evoke ‘sympathy’ in you which means a kind of co-suffering that is not conductive to healing. (You could even attract the same problem to you). So your prayer needs to be very general, and he should do the modified prayer himself (in the ‘I’ form of course):

    —My grandson is God’s child and endowed with all the qualities and blessings of the Most High. He was created perfect and will be well for I have faith that the God-Power in him backs up my prayer and renders him whole and vibrant of health. All the various parts of his organism are now cooperating in marvelous harmony to effect that healing process and recovery of his sight. It is done in Divine Order!

    Version for her Grandson:

    —I am God’s child and endowed with all the qualities and blessings of the Most High. I was created perfect and will be well for I have faith that the God-Power in me backs up my prayer and renders me whole and vibrant of health. All the various parts of my organism are now cooperating in marvelous harmony to effect that healing process and recovery of my sight. It is done in Divine Order!


  17. Dear Dr Walter
    Please help me with a prayer. I have manifested anger to my femaLe partners. I have myself been in poor financial status all my life despite been a good hardworker. Not able to set friends and relationships. I been doing affirmations for long years without real results I appreciatte a prayer you give to me. With all my heart thanks
    Efrain Guzman


    1. Dear Efrain,
      It is very important to apply light touch for positive affirmations. If you overdo the prayers, you may reach the contrary of what you wish for. This is because coercion doesn’t activate the subconscious mind. When your prayers involve other people, it is very important that you affirm freedom for them. The second important point is that you do not neutralize your prayers during the day, thereby affirming in your mind or speech the contrary for what you were praying for. Many people do that and I had the same problem still some years ago. You can avoid doing this by not being overwhelmed by outward reality and consciously refusing to believe what you see. The reality you are creating now is created from the present moment, but the reality you see all around you was being created by your past thoughts and feelings. So you need to switch your attention away from what you see of the negative, and focus only the positive. For most people this requires some self-training, some sort of self-discipline, and also the knowledge that the cause of all your life is inside of you, that your thoughts and emotions are the cause, and outward reality is the effect or outcome.

      You can find many quotes from the book ‘Think Yourself Rich’ by Dr. Joseph Murphy on this site, and many sample prayers, and also a complete explanation of the process of prayer, which I just pointed out in short. If you need more guidance, feel free to write me again with your questions or concerns.

      Thanks and best regards,


    2. Regarding the hot emotions such as anger, there are two important things to observe. Do not try to eradicate your anger with affirmations like ‘I shall not be angry again’ for this does not work. You need to accept your anger and then pardon yourself for having been out of balance. (Anger its just that, a moment when you are shaky inside, feeling insecure, and it’s a state of imbalance).

      ‘I accept all my emotions now. I pardon myself for having been out of balance emotionally. When people push my buttons, I know I have the power to remain calm and balanced, for I can choose how to react. I am now choosing harmony with my female work colleagues, and wonderful and functional work relations, and mutual cooperation for the best of us all and for our company.’

      As I said before, do not overdo the prayers. Twice a day is fine, most important times are morning after waking up and when going to sleep so that your brain is in the alpha state (high coordination of the brain hemispheres). It’s a sleepy agreeable state of mind that you can also induce, if you wish, by doing relaxation, either by tensing and relaxing all your muscles one by one or by listening to a soothing, relaxing music. If you need such music, you can use my own one, here:

      Alternatively, you have here a complete audio-visual relaxation session:

      Hope this helps:)
      Best regards,


    1. Dr. Murphy was a minister. He was preaching the Gospel. He was the contrary of an atheist. But his approach to religion was scientific as he has been trained as a scientist. Before he became a minister in Los Angeles, he was a chemist and pharmacist in New York City, originally from Ireland, an immigrant who came to America with just 5$ in his pocket.

      His teaching was unique. Yes, we all have God inside of us. It is called in most religions ‘The Indwelling Spirit.’ Are you a Muslim? I guess so from your name. Well, also in your religion, especially in the Sufi literature, God is called ‘The Indwelling Spirit.’

      Now, Dr. Murphy asked the pertinent question, where is God within us, then? And he found that God is within our subconscious mind. This means that in practice when you address your subconscious mind in prayer, you address God. Our subconscious mind is more important than our conscious mind for it regulates all our bodily functions, our heart beat, blood pressure, amount of red blood cells, all our vital functions. You are not aware of that, for your subconscious mind works 24/7/365, without interruption. It never sleeps, it never tires to protect you from harm, it guides you for the best, it leads you toward success in life if you ‘Let Go and let God.’


      1. Thank u mr peter i have got it finally
        I am a big fan of dr joseph and there are alot of meanings in his books i wish to discuss with smart people like

        Thank you


    1. Thank u so much

      I have a little question i believe that subconcious mind can cure any disease
      Is subconcious mind can cure premature hair whitening(aging) (hair become white)
      Means melanin can produce again i hair to regain the original color of hair ?


      1. Yes. It can. But it is important that you do not focus upon the process—that is, do not focus upon the producing of Melanin. You must pray as follows:

        “I am now completely sane and healed. My body functions perfectly as it functioned when I was a baby, not caring about how and when to eat, how and when to eliminate my feces, and how and when to die. This non-daringness is my perfect and most healthy condition. It produces my body, all of my cells, my finger and foot nails, and my hair. All is perfect now in my body and mind, and I do not care, for I know that my subconscious mind cares without ever sleeping, and produces health and wellbeing all year long, every year of my life. I am healthy and positive now, I am outgoing and fine, I am beautiful and handsome, too. I attract the best people into my life now, as partners and friends. I give thanks for all the good in my life.”

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  18. Hello Mr Walter, I enjoyed reading your comments. I am in an emotionally abusive marriage and I want more in life. I want to live my life with someone else in a loving relationship. I want to live my life to the fullest with my children. There is nothing left in my heart for him, and I feel like I deserve the best. How do I change my life for myself and my children to live in an abundance of happiness, love, trust, health and wealth? Thank you kindly. K.


  19. Hello Mr Walter, I enjoyed reading all of your comments. I am living in an emotionally abusive marriage and because of all the damage it has done to me I know there is nothing left. I want to be with someone in a loving and respectful relationship. I want me and my children to have a life full of love, happiness, trust, respect, and fun. I would like to have a life full of an abundance of health, wealth and happiness for me and my children. I would like to hear your thoughts on this. Thank you kindly. K.


    1. Hello K.,
      It would be wrong to abandon the relationship and throw yourself into a new partnership, for you would replicate the same all over again. The pattern needs to be healed in your existent relationship. Please understand that our inner life is the cause and that outer circumstances, good or bad relationships, and all the details of our daily lives are the effects of our recurring thoughts and emotions. So do not at this point abandon the relationships as ‘hopeless’ or, as you say, there is nothing left in your heart for him. So as long as you are together and prior to any separation and divorce, pray as follows, and if your husband agrees, pray with him together—

      “My husband is God’s child, and I forgive him all the shortcomings and any wrong relationship pattern he or me may have taken over from our childhoods and family constellation. I also forgive myself fully for lack of understanding or any other personal incapacity to get to terms with my husband. I am now fully relying on my inner guidance, the wisdom of my subconscious mind, the infinity in me, to show the way to go in our relationship. I let go and let God. This is wonderful!”

      Read my blogs to see how to pray and avoid neutralizing your positive affirmations by later negative thinking and negative emotions. Have strong faith in the guidance you and your husband are both going to receive from the universal wisdom that has brought you together in the first place.

      Best wishes and regards,
      Peter Fritz Walter

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  20. Hello Dr Walter I asked you for a prayer recently for my daughter whom I believe to have mental health difficulties, possibly generated from my own marriage breakdown or maybe genetic, she asked me to look after her two dogs as she herself has had a relationship breakdown, its amazing that she has been in contact I am doing what she has asked because I want to support her in any way I can and it really is not a problem, I also do not want to overwhelm her now we have contact as I have always had an urge to put things right without letting things be. The thing is should I continue to pray the same way as I continue to help, I don’t want to chase her away.
    Thank you so much for this forum

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  21. Sandra, we do not own our children. They are persons in their own right and come here with an agenda, a whole package of karmic challenges of a complexity difficult to understand even as a parent. There are two extremes in parenting, one is to lack time for the child because of professional engagement and career, the other is to cling to the child, thereby creating a codependent relationship. Both is not conducive for the child to build autonomy and self-reliance, and a stable self-identity. Thus as ever so often in life, it is the middle way which is best.

    Give your daughter the freedom she needs and wants, and when you do her a service like looking after her dogs, set clear and precise limits, so that you are not ending up with being swamped in demands that are unlimited and potentially may make you upset down the road. So the right distance is needed between parent and child, especially when the child is older than 12 years. So please point out to her that you cannot do her this service indefinitely and if you become aware that she just wanted to get rid of the dogs, then suggest to give them to a pet home. But it’s not you but your daughter who has to make this decision and do the action.

    Also when she has a problem with mental sanity, it’s not entirely your responsibility. There are specialized doctors for giving relief and treatment, and you can rely on their expertise. In general, if you are a believing Christian, be aware that God takes care of all creatures, big or small. I suggest you the following special prayer:

    ‘My daughter is God’s child. She has come here with her own agenda, her own complexity, and her own psychic setup that I do not judge. I see my role as her parent and mentor, but will not overwhelm her with my presence. She has her own life, and I thus release her and let her go, and let God. I know she is being cared for by her higher destiny and the guidance she receives by her inner Guide, her Higher Self. I am trusting this guidance now, and I feel relieved of a burden. My daughter shall feel this relief of mine in the form of a peaceful and steadily loving vibration. She is free and I am free, and this is wonderful!’


  22. Dr Walter, Thank you so much for your reply with advice and the prayer I really felt a sense of lightness reading it and knowing it deep down, I will indeed pray with a sense of joy and trust in the infinite wisdom allowing it to flow freely, Thank you very much


    1. I am glad you asked the question so I can take the chance to clarify the matter.

      Please read the books of Joseph Murphy, if you have little time, read at least ‘The Power of Your Subconscious Mind’ (1963/2000). Dr. Murphy explains very much in detail how God and the subconscious mind hang together.

      Now let me develop this slowly for you have to see that religious scriptures also tell us the truth. Both in Christianity and Islam, God is described on the individual and personal level as the ‘indwelling spirit.’ It is a great misunderstanding and false religious teaching that God was a remote, outward appearance, somebody who lives ‘in heaven.’ Heaven is a metaphor as most of those expressions in the Bible or the Koran.

      God indwells us, which means that the Presence of God is within us, and yes, it is within our ‘heart’ as it was called anciently, and now with scientific enlightenment, we know that God indwells our subconscious mind, which is really the most powerful mind we have.

      Imagine that without you knowing about it, without you being aware of it, your subconscious mind regulates all your vital body functions, from your heart beat to your blood flow to the regeneration of all your cells, on a daily and nightly basis. The subconscious mind never sleeps, it is always on the job.

      This is the unique way how God takes care of us, without we needing to be conscious of it. Even if, after an accident, you are in deep coma and you lose consciousness for a week or more, you are watched over, you will leave your body and float in the air with your spiritual body, your astral body, which is an ethereal body (the same body you have after you pass over in the afterlife), and you can watch yourself. You will not have any pain and you can meet with caring angels, who are sent by God to counsel and advise you how to bridge over the time in the astral realm and come safely back into your body when the time is right.

      So, you see … it is very important that you care about knowing your subconscious mind, how it works, and how you can use it for your benefit, your personal growth and development, and your spiritual advancement.

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  23. Thank you so much sir for sharing about him.His prayers are helping me a lot.God bless his Soul.I am really curious about his children.Does he have any Children.What are they doing now?


  24. Hello Mr. Walter,
    I also have read the life healing book “The power of your subconcious mind” its really amazing. I am now trying to solve all my problems through my subconcious mind. It really gives relaxation & happy feeling when i handover my problems to my subconcious mind. But i have a querry, as it is said that it heals the indivisual person who is praying. I have a brother who has gone addicted to alchol and few drugs,Due to which he was in rehabilitaion for about 9 months; after coming out whenever he gets the chance to he drinks. He has a destructive mind. He become voilent verbally with our parent too. Do forgot the sense of respect. After reading this book i pray for him as “he is a peacefull, happy &loving soul. he respects every body. He is a responsible soul. His subconcious mind leads him to happiness”
    Is this fine for his healing??
    Please guide..


    1. Hello Punam,
      Thanks for writing me and sharing a story.

      It is very important that you develop first of all a basic openness for wonder, for the unexpected, the miraculous in life. And then, that you also expect it to happen in your life! As it is written in A Course in Miracles, miracles are habits, and should be involuntary. They should not be under conscious control, and they are natural, they are an exchange with love, the great potential of love in you and in all.

      Regarding your brother it is very important that you do not dwell on his behavior, be it outrageous or whatever. Put your attention completely off his particular predicament with addiction and focus on his wholeness, his original soul-nature which is untouched by his condition because it is nonlocal and infinite, not part of the space-time continuum.

      So the way to go for you effectively praying for him is to focus on his perfection, and his wellbeing. Wellbeing is a state of inner balance and poise. Any kind of addiction is a condition of imbalance, a condition of disharmony in the body-and-mind continuum. You probably do not know how this came about in his life, and it may also be karmic.

      Anyway, here is a prayer for you and one for him that you both should repeat several times in the morning after waking up and before you to to sleep, when your brains are in the natural relaxed condition called the ‘alpha state.’



      If you have more questions and concerns, please do not hesitate to write again.
      Best regards,
      Peter Fritz Walter

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      1. Thank you Mr. Walter. I will follow this for me and my brother.
        I still have something in me due to which most of the time i am getting some negative responses in my dreams. I am sharing you the whole matter after which you will be able to guide me.
        A month ago, there was a rejection from my lover’s parent for our marriage. We love each other very much & we have a deep understanding. My parent are agree for our marriage for his parent are not. They have threathended us that they will die..have poison..if we will go against them as Our cast is little different. They have become so rigid. Also my lover is a single son to them and is not well settled in terms of finance as he rescently setup a new office for work. He said he has to become financialy strong so that he can make his own descision for marrying me. We both want to marry with each other but with our parent’s consent only.He has engaged himself totally for his carieer. I am supporting him. I don’t know there is something in me which gives me very much confidence for our relationship from the begning only. Some where i am very much confident that his parent will accept me for our marriage proposal. After reading Mr. Murphy’s book i m daily praying for our marriage and his parent’s consent. I always radiate love and respect to each member if his family. But from the time i m praying before sleep. Most of the time i see myself crying and requsting his parent to accept us in my dream. I still have faith in my subconcious mind that it will bring us together in reallity. We love each other very much and feel so happy and peacefull when we are together.
        What’s wrong in my prayer.Is there some negativity left in me?
        Sorry for writing the whole story..
        Please help me for letting me know how should i pray.


      2. Let me tell you first about my own learning in this life. I married a woman from worker class while I am myself from business class (millionaire family). Why did I do that? I wanted to just contradict my mother who (correctly) assessed my future wife as unsuitable. And she did the same. Her parents were rejecting me as the ‘rich guy from the hill’ and were even continue to beat my wife at her age of 22, physically abusive to the utmost level.

        The marriage was a big challenge and ended in an amicable divorce, but only after more than 20 years of a codependent and mutually abusive marriage. It was after all the greatest waste of time in my life and ultimately the reason why I am still today, at age 62, am a marginal self-publisher without any resonance from a great public. I have really damaged my karma by this stupid and destructive alliance.

        I hope you will profit from my autobiographical account and do it better. What you report is ultimately negative. Never force anybody, my dear friend. Creative prayer works in the opposite manner if you try to force people to comply to your wishes. Dr. Murphy always stressed in his books the necessity for ‘light touch’ in all of your prayers. That means you must avoid to mentally coerce people to your wishes, and give them the utmost of freedom. Thus when you pray, your prayer must be stripped of any demands of people that you are requesting from your own personal wishes. It must be in alignment with the universal law of equity.

        This is surely what you did wrong. You need to transform your prayer into one that is supported by universal law, and thus, not one that asserts your selfish needs, but one that is non-judgmental of the assessment of the other person. You can be sure that the universe knows that person for it has created it in the first place. Thus, when you appeal to this universal wisdom in your prayer, you give it all the freedom it needs to accomplish your request. Add this on to your daily prayer:

        —I know that my vision is personal. I know that the vision of my inner god is non-personal. It is taking in account all living, and thereby it surpasses my individual consciousness. I accept this now and am humble enough to ask this wonderful cosmic intelligence to bring about the best solution for all people involved in my quest. This is truly wonderful. I give thanks for the solution that is now already reality in my subconscious mind.


  25. I hope you are fine mr peter
    I wanna ask is the story of mr fredrick elias andrews was a true story about potts disease?


  26. Hi Mr. Peter,
    Thank you for setting up this website. I really liked the power of subconscious mind book. I graduated from college with accounting degree and joined big 4 accounting firm. However, when I got to the firm, corporate America, I hated it. I didn’t fit in well with my outgoing, personable, friendly personality. I disliked sitting at desk all day. I disliked being micromanaged. I disliked the boring, repetitive work I was doing. Due to low performance during busy season, long hours, I received bad reviews from my managers. Eventually after he reviews I was let go during the summer. Since then I also had personal relationship issues where I was arranged with someone by my parents but due to some lies and confusion from the guys side, my mother broke up the alliance. I really liked him and tried to fight but he said he wanted to move on and that chapter has now ended. Recently I sought out a life coach to help me guide through life and discover what I really want to do where I can flourish and won’t get burnt out or have a busy season and work in a friendly environment and kind hearted people. I am looking for the job where I will be myself, have a bigger purpose and help other people. I have been applying online and I am hopeful for hearing back soon in the new year. Please help me with a prayer where I can guide myself to a better person personally and professionally. I want to spend each day of my life happy and peaceful from within. I want to be feel whole and fulfilled, not lonely. I want to wake up each morning driven, motivated, excited about life and the work I do. I want to be whole and happy within myself as a person and individual. I want to be loving, full of life and spread love and joy to people around me. I want to be connected with myself and with the higher power. I feel lost and lonely at times not knowing what I want to do and why life exists. I don’t know if it’s the right time to seek a guy at this point in my life but eventually I would want a really nice life partner but I don’t want a guy right now because I don’t want to depend on him for my happiness or life choices. I had a boyfriend in college but I had to hide it from my parents at all times and I was always in fear when I was with him. Eventually after college, the relationship ended because he started lying too much and we are no longer in contact. I have faith whoever Is right for me will come into my life when it’s the right time for that phase in my life. Please help me, thank you for your help in advance.


    1. Happy New Year 2018! May this year bring you the partner you are looking for and that you deserve! (I hope and pray for the same myself, by the way, as I am divorced since 1993 and did not so far find another partner).

      Thanks for sharing with me all your joys and sorrows. Let me add one note here. When we have intellectual ambitions or we want to stand out by true achievements, in this life and this society, this is virtually impossible without going through times of despair, lonliness and depression. It’s the whole setup of this society, its ruthless competitiveness and its terrible lack of soul that this has become as it is. It was certainly not so back in the Middle Ages, but on the other hand, we have got so much more freedom for partner choice than this was the case even a 100 years ago.

      Please let me render you aware about one quite contradictory statement that you wrote here and that I quote again:
      —I don’t know if it’s the right time to seek a guy at this point in my life but eventually I would want a really nice life partner but I don’t want a guy right now because I don’t want to depend on him for my happiness or life choices.

      God, the Universe, Life knows when the time is right. Do not meddle with the way your subconscious mind will handle the matter or you will experience failure. Do not say, now I don’t want, later I want. Your subconscious mind cannot understand time. It does not know what ‘later’ means, it understands only the present. So the right way is to affirm your desire and at the same time affirm that you have already received the fulfillment of your wish.

      This is a truth that is also affirmed in the Bible. ‘Pray and believe that what you wish to receive is already given to you.’

      All the magic of the Law of Attraction is in this kind of make-believe, a little game you play with yourself but which is serious for it does speed up the attraction. I did not know this myself in all those years and when looking for a new partner. So use your imagination creatively, imagine how this new partner looks like, how he speaks and eats, what his voice sounds like, how he touches you, and other details of the kind you find important. Also write down your interests and write which ones you wish to share with your partner. Interest-sharing is very important in a marriage for I experienced it with my former wife who was a worker while I was becoming a lawyer and doctor of law. Toward the end of my doctorate, her interests and mine were really so different that there was virtually no more connection point between us.

      Here is the prayer you are asking for:
      —I thank for a new partner with whom I can happily share my most important interests, with whom I harmonize, who is for me the joy of my life, while I am the joy of his life, who is honest, trustworthy, and true to me, who shall be accepted by my parents, while I shall be acceptable to his parents, and who has a sense of responsibility that provides me with the emotional security I need to feel happy and carefree. I thank for the great gift of our union that adds to the world our mutual happiness, and makes that we both profit also materially from our union, enjoying our mutual abundance and growing riches, and the material welfare we are growing into.

      If you need coaching, please have a look at my coaching site and my coaching blog:

      Best regards,

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      1. Hi Mr. Peter, Happy New Year! Wishing you an amazing year and the year of true love. Thank you so much for your kind words. Thank you for the wonderful prayer, I love it. I agree with you points and you are absolutely right about whether it’s the right time or not. Sometimes, we decide on these things but God has better plans for us that we do not see right away. However, how do I know when it’s the right time or the right person? How do I know that I’m not pushing that person away. My mother still gets marriage proposal for me from relatives but she and I have agreed we do not want to consider that right now. I told my mother I am not considering marriage right now especially after the last arrange marriage drama, it left vunreable and lonely and depressed. Also, I noticed that the prayer is focused on a partner, what should I do about other aspects of my life such as job, work, career. I am currently very happy with my life and I have I truly need or want to be happy in my life. I would love to start growing professionally again so I have something to do with my day professionally and eventually I would love to purchase a house.

        Kind Regards,
        Manpreet Kaur


      2. Also, I would like to add to my previous comments regarding the make and believe point. So I have applied to jobs already and especially to the ones I would love to have. And I do feel grateful for it and I have strong faith that this month I will start working upon hearing from the job that’s best for me. So while I am waiting, is it okay to keep applying to more jobs or does that contradict me already being grateful for the job I already believe that I have.

        Thank you,
        Manpreet Kaur


  27. Thanks for your good wishes!

    You are writing this:
    However, how do I know when it’s the right time or the right person? How do I know that I’m not pushing that person away.

    Again, it is very important that you trust the guidance you are receiving from the universe. This guidance is a constant affair, not just working today and not tomorrow. As long as you doubt its effectiveness and ultimate goodness, the whole prayer business is doomed to fail. This is precisely what faith is about, to trust that the invisible hand behind all things and events always is doing good to you, instead of worrying about the nooks and crannies of it all.

    You are certainly from India … not just because of your name, but the whole manner of how you put things in writing. I sense and feel all the moralism that has perverted you during your upbringing and that is so typically the result of your culture. It is not conducive at all to get you to become a trusting human being. Too much of rhetoric, too much of language, too much of worries, too much of manipulation … which is all that soup of violent moralism India is so typically loaded with.

    Strive for simplicity, and learn to trust! Trust is the magic energy that transforms our lives, not the latest recesses of our wondering and worrying mind.

    In this sense, I wish you for this year to truly get to understand the magic of life, and to abandon yourself to it.

    Let Go and Let God!


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