Joseph Murphy Tells His Story to Bernard Cantin (Neville Goddard - Abdullah)

Joseph Murphy Tells His Story to Bernard Cantin (Neville Goddard – Abdullah)

Translated (most of the book, will do the rest over the next months) by Canadian writer Bernard Cantin “Joseph Murphy se raconte à Bernard Cantin”. The book contains interviews Cantin conducted with Murphy before his death. In one interview Cantin writes  “It was also in New York that Joseph Murphy met Professor Abduliah, a black Jew from Israel…”. The book was in French and never translated. Not sure how long I can keep this up on the site because I have not yet verified if it is public domain yet, but lets read it while we can. 

Note for Scholars Interested in Neville Goddard and Abdullah:

Neville mentions in many lectures that Abdullah was from Ethiopia (not Israel as is mentioned in this book). For example, In “Who Are the Condemned” (1964), Neville says, “Abdullah? Lived to be over a hundred and had one consuming desire, to put the body back where he picked it up which was in Ethiopia. The last time I met Abdullah was about eight years ago in New York City. About seven years ago I met his secretary and she voiced that request of his, and said he was planning to return to Ethiopia. I haven’t seen or heard from Abdullah or the secretary since.”

All Abdullah research can be found in various articles on the site by searching here. This information about Murphy and Neville both studying with Abdullah (which has floated around because of this book) is still in question. Also Murphy’s Abdullah hypothetically taught Hebrew courses at Cambridge according to this Cantin interview. I searched during those years at Cambridge and did not find anything as of yet.


Bernard Cantin and Frances Kennedy are, undoubtedly, eminent masters of cosmic laws and paths of the universal Spirit. Dr. Murphy held them in very high regard, and the proof of this is that he immediately allowed them to publish the interview presented in these pages; now, from my thirty years of association with Dr. Murphy, I do not recall any other occasion that was received by him with as much approval. For my part, I believe that the talent, effort, and dedication the authors have put into producing this work are commendable.

That said, I dare to believe that those who read and apply the principles explained with such acuity in this book will find the Light that will illuminate their steps on the path of their spiritual and intellectual evolution and prosperity.

Jean L. Murphy
(Mrs. Joseph Murphy)
Laguna Hills, California
June 1987


In 1960, I discovered the work of Joseph Murphy, notably through three of his books: The Magic of Belief, The Miracles of Your Mind, and The Power of Your Subconscious Mind. A force emanates from this thinker. He instills courage and hope, patience and beauty. He opens the doors to a bright future where humanity can improve to become a new Earth. He gives faith in the infiniteness of man and in a higher life. This initiator, this seer, dissolves our fears and narrow-mindedness, expanding our horizons in a grand manner.

I am deeply touched by this approach, and my life is transformed.

Finally, I have the chance to meet Mr. Joseph Murphy in person. And in front of my desire to continue my studies in ontology, Joseph invites me to his home in Laguna Hills, California, where I get to know him better.

My companion Frances Kennedy and I meet Dr. Murphy again in June of the year 1979. It is then that he strongly suggests we open a ‘New Thought’ center, of French expression, in Montreal.

Having had the opportunity to follow this movement known as New Thought in the United States and other English-speaking countries, I immediately accept Dr. Murphy’s suggestion, additionally struck by the way with a clear and practical manner, the leaders of this movement knew how to adapt their methods to life, and life to the spiritual and cosmic forces that we all possess.

I now realize the lived experiences that animate Dr. Murphy’s writings, having the privilege, as his attorney-in-fact, to respond to his voluminous mail. I now understand how the acuity of his intuition allowed him to discover and popularize the laws of the mind.

Even though Joseph Murphy passed to another dimension in 1981, his message remains as alive as ever. Those who succeed in living Joseph’s message inevitably evolve towards a new way of thinking, feeling, a new way of being.

Bernard Cantin,

First Chapter

Doctor Murphy, tell us about your childhood

We had anticipated this moment with a certain excitement. Joseph Murphy, Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Theology, Doctor of Religious Science, and holder of countless honorary titles from around the world, had agreed to meet with us. This illustrious and extraordinary humanist had made an appointment with us.

The journey from Montreal, Canada, to Laguna Hills, California, had seemed very long, but the preparations had been even longer. We disembarked from the plane armed with over twenty-eight pages of typed and handwritten questions that we had deemed relevant and logical. We had read and reread them, memorized and restructured them; we had mulled them over, whispered, and recited them aloud.

But deep down, our subconscious mind knew all too well that the Master would quickly upend our carefully planned scenario, cultivated over nights, and that the shepherd would not hesitate for a moment before taking up the staff and crook. Nevertheless, the exercise had been extremely beneficial, and the interview, free of all formalism and bias, unfolded harmoniously in a climate of warmth and affection…

First, before entering Leisure World, the residence of Joseph Murphy in Laguna Hills, located near the city of Los Angeles in the American state of California, we had to identify ourselves. Simple and discreet, this formality lasted only a moment. Leisure World is an oasis of peace, harmony, and tranquility, as we would immediately notice.

To our great surprise, it was Dr. Murphy himself who opened the door for us. Very comfortable in his unbuttoned cardigan, blue shirt, and carefully tied tie, he has this habit that shorter people have of tilting their head back to look you straight in the eyes.

In the vestibule, he shakes our hands eagerly, and from then on, our fatigue drowns in relaxation, for the sparkling look in his eyes, sometimes blue, sometimes hazel, is enough to convince us that we are welcome.

We follow him to the end of a hallway and turn left where his study is, but not without having passed, on the right trot, the rich aroma of fresh coffee.

All three of us settled in comfortable armchairs, we look around this intimate room with simple, unpretentious decor. Books to the right and left, a few frames on the walls, a plant or two… The details escape us because it is the man who fascinates us. On his desk, between an ashtray, a box of cigars, some papers, and a decanter of white wine surrounded by a few glasses, our hesitations before placing our conspicuous phone, but his reassuring look and his gracious gesture tell us he consents.

Joseph Murphy was born on May 20, 1898, in a hamlet located about fifteen kilometers from the smallest town in the south of Ireland, on the coast, near the ocean. As a child, he would spend long hours following the unending procession of ships and liners that would dissolve into the mysterious horizon of the North Atlantic.

Already, he knew that one day, he too would embark towards new, unknown lands. His mother, who passed away at the age of eighty, had often told him about her journey to New York, a trip that took three long weeks to cross the sea. Young Joseph listened eagerly, storing every detail in his subconscious mind.

The Murphy family had five children, three girls and two boys. Joseph was the fourth, but, to his great astonishment, he would later discover that this was not quite accurate, as we will see in the third chapter of this book.

The three girls became nuns in the Catholic religion, and the only survivor today teaches French and Latin in Northern Ireland. As for his brother, now deceased, he was a man of brave and adventurous nature, who loved sports and made a career in the British government’s secret services. Joseph Murphy, on the other hand, preferred the study of mystical books and the religions of the world.

The head of the Murphy clan devoted his life to teaching. Initially a teacher, he later became a high school principal and was responsible for a hundred students. At the age of sixty-five, he decided to learn French and was subsequently officially recognized as an authority in the subject. Moreover, he taught Latin, a language he wielded with great skill.

Many of his students went on to study in other countries, including Canada, but upon their return, they unanimously stated that Professor Murphy, this extraordinary intellectual who could talk about Shakespeare to toddlers, had taught them more than all the colleges in the world combined. Some later obtained important positions and became famous in New Zealand, South Africa, and other countries, not to forget their own.

Professor Murphy passed away at the age of ninety-nine, leaving his heirs an intellectual heritage of inestimable richness.

As his father’s pupil, Joseph Murphy acquired, willingly or unwillingly, a sense of discipline from his earliest childhood. After all, he had no choice. The cane, just as much as chalk and the blackboard, held an important place among school accessories, and Professor Murphy had erased nepotism from his dictionary. Naturally, his son studied Latin and French, sciences and religion… and Shakespeare. Then, having successfully completed secondary and higher education, he became a chemist in Dublin and, eventually, decided to become a priest.

But then he says, with a great laugh that we immediately join in: “Please, let’s not dwell on this episode!”

Coming from a deeply religious family in Catholic Ireland, very close to his father and deeply attached to a virtuous and learned mother, who still knew how to pray and even sing in the Gaelic dialect, pampered by three sisters on their way to becoming nuns, Joseph Murphy complied with tradition and respected the vow of  his parents’ wishes: he enters the seminary. Or perhaps we should say that he seeks to quench his thirst for knowledge, that he pushes intellectual honesty to the point of touching and closely discovering what, from a distance, plunges him into skepticism?

A difficult decision, but essential to the journey of this young and brilliant thinker. The city is beautiful from the top of the mountain; it’s by walking its streets that one sees the potholes. And he sees many. The music is off-key, and the lyrics are sad and threatening. No more than today, he does not agree with the teachings he receives. Even if it is repeated to him in all tones and thousands of times, no one can convince him that “Outside the Church, there is no salvation!”

So, what about universality? he wonders silently. Why confine oneself with less than what one can bring along? Why exclude oneself from the rest of the world under the bizarre pretext of preserving the exclusivity of the Omnipresence?

What sophistry!

For Joseph Murphy, this is a false starting point. Anyone who starts from the outside will always be on the wrong path. No more than today, he agreed with the teachings he received, nor with those he dispensed. So much so that in Italy, at the age of thirty-six, following a lecture he had agreed to give despite his disbelief, he completely lost his voice. A brutal, perhaps, but fortunately temporary warning, which he greatly needed.

One must believe in what one teaches, otherwise the subconscious mind takes over because it cannot be deceived. Indeed, it can be fatal to teach something while believing something else deep in one’s heart!

Chapter Two


The man looks at us gently, but he doesn’t seem to see us. His gaze crosses the boundaries of the material frame surrounding us. He surely likes the question. And, no doubt, he contemplates beyond our faces, still in anticipation, the panorama of a long and rich life.

Is he reading in that Book… the Book of his Life? Is he turning the pages of this mysterious Book so rich in words and dazzling images, all shining with light and alternating chiaroscuro?

No, not at all! He is rather writing in this Book so dear to him… The Book of Life is our subconscious mind and the subconscious mind is a book of law, which we never stop writing. When he speaks in this way, his words are warm, his sentences incisive and woven with images. “When the conscious mind and the subconscious mind unite in harmony, tranquility, and joy, the children born of such a marriage are happiness, peace, health, abundance, and security.”

Joseph Murphy, as we must simply call him, for he cares little for grand titles and honorary attributes, likes to talk about Phineas Parkhurst Quimby, a humble watchmaker, who died in 1869 after becoming the greatest spiritual healer in America.

Indeed, Quimby argued that small children are like blank slates, upon which everyone who passes by has a message to inscribe. Thus, we are all born without religious beliefs, without beliefs, and without racial prejudices. Very young, we were therefore very malleable and sensitive to the teachings of all those who had some influence over us. These were the first inscriptions to be etched into our Book of Life.

For his part, the famous psychopathologist Sigmund Freud believed that we are all influenced by subconscious impulses which, for the most part, are irrational. In other words, most of the religious beliefs, taboos, and writings imposed on us in our youth are illogical, unreasonable, unscientific, and utterly contrary to the most basic laws of common sense.

But what was it for the young Murphy? His deep meditations and intimate research taught him that the objective mind, or conscious mind, discovers the objective world through the five basic senses, while the subjective mind, or subconscious mind, is sensitive to suggestions and controlled by suggestion. It follows, therefore, that the reasoning of the subconscious mind is essentially deductive, regardless of the correctness or falseness of the basic premise.

The subconscious mind watches over our vital organs, our breathing, our blood flow, and the beating of our heart. The conscious mind governs our interactions with our environment. Thanks to it, we continually learn through observation, experience, and education. Thus, the conscious mind reasons objectively, but it is often influenced by the impressions, erroneous but tenacious, of the subconscious mind.

Fortunately, it is within man’s power to change his life. Man can make new inscriptions in his subconscious mind and, thereby, transform his Book of Life…

Armed with this embryonic philosophy, convinced of the correctness of his search, faithful to the authenticity of his mission, a young Irishman, twenty-four years old, arrives in New York in 1922. Joseph Murphy, a graduate chemist and pharmacist, is searching for his path. What will he do in this vast continent of which he has only rudimentary knowledge and of which he has only seen a few kilometers of coastline? What will he find in this grotesque and sordid city whose streets bear names as daunting as Wall Street and whose most commercial crossroad is called Times Square?

Wall Street… Times Square… What obstacles to overcome!

To enter this land of gold, an immigrant at the time had to have twenty-five dollars in his pocket. Leaving from Dublin, Ireland, where he had worked as a pharmacist for a few years, Joseph Murphy had only twenty-three dollars to show. Twenty-three dollars he had saved from a salary of ten dollars a month.

A sympathetic official turned a blind eye… Why quibble over two measly dollars! The echoes of World War I had not yet faded, and had not the newcomer served for a time in the medical corps of the British army? Wouldn’t his profession as a chemist be an asset in his adopted country?

Joseph Murphy settles into a small room on Eighth Avenue, New York. As a pharmacist earning fifteen dollars a week, he can afford breakfasts for fifteen cents and dinners for forty cents. He can also afford peace and quiet to write books he will later refuse to publish, and to read and relish his bedside book, the Bible.

It is then that he dives deeply into the symbolism of the Old Testament… Abram left Ur, in Chaldea. Ur represents witchcraft, black magic, the worship of stars and idols. Abram changes his name, in his Book of Life, to Abraham. He thus becomes the father of many, the knight of the one God, the unique presence and power. All men and women are brothers and sisters: same spirit, same mental power, and same substance. To harm others is to harm oneself; to wish well for others is to wish well for oneself.

Around 1938, Joseph Murphy publishes his first book. He places his old manuscripts at the bottom of a drawer, for he no longer believes in them: all contradict his new thinking. But this book, he finds it too mystical, too complex, and would later publish two revised and corrected versions titled The Miracles of Your Mind and The Power of Your Subconscious Mind, now translated into sixteen languages. The step to be taken between his first publication, This Is It, and the last was huge. But Joseph Murphy had finally become that sincere pilgrim who speaks of love to his brothers and sisters.

In the meantime, his knowledge of mental laws no longer satisfies him. What is the conclusive solution? Where is the key?

In the tranquility of his monastic retreat, forgetting chemistry and tangible matter, intuition draws his curiosity to the end of the New Testament, and Revelation reveals to him: “…I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, ‘Who is worthy to open the scroll and to break its seals?’ But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it. And I wept much because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look into it.” (Revelation 5:1-4.)

Thus, he discovered that the scroll written inside and on the back was the conscious and the subconscious mind. We are all endowed with a conscious mind and a subconscious mind, so that the thoughts, beliefs, theories, opinions, or dogmas that we write, engrave, or imprint on our subconscious mind manifest objectively in the circumstances, situations, and events of our lives. This is how we experience externally what we inscribe internally, our life having two aspects: the subjective and the objective, that is, the invisible and the visible, or the thought and its manifestation.

The seven seals, for their part, represent the seven states of human consciousness. Thus, the first seal, that of sight, allows the human being to see the Truth in every situation. The eye, the second seal, is one of the seven states of consciousness that allows hearing the good news, that is, the Truth of God. The third and fourth seals, smell and taste, enable us to sense this Truth that God the Creator is also God the Healer, and to taste the goodness of God through prayer and meditation. The fifth seal is the joy that comes from the mental and emotional sensation of answered prayer, and grasping its reality. As for the sixth and seventh seals, they represent the subconscious and the conscious, respectively.

Now, to break the seven seals, one must discipline their five senses so that harmony is established between their conscious mind and their subconscious mind.

Chapter Three

Doctor Murphy, why do you say that death does not exist?

Our interlocutor leans slightly towards us and smiles in a way that could be described as amused, without being epic. Perhaps he already knows that his answer will be the one we expect, having read most of his works? However, he doesn’t dive straight into the heart of the matter, and we are somewhat disconcerted by his approach. He first talks to us about the Devil and his cohorts.

There is only one Power. Now, since this Power is God and only God exists, the Devil does not exist. In other words, and Joseph Murphy quotes here Judge Thomas Troward, it is precisely this state of non-existence that makes one think of the Devil; it is this power that appears to exist, but not in reality. In a word, it is the power of negation.

The mystical authors of the Bible write that the Devil is God in reverse. In other words, the Devil is God as imagined by primitive peoples, because of their ignorance. Moreover, the Devil of theologians is a myth, they having invented him entirely to justify the presence of evil in the world. Yet, evil is simply the fruit of our misunderstanding and of the misuse we make of the unique Power.

In New York, in 1943, Joseph Murphy had the opportunity to meet Ann Mussmann, a renowned expert in the Tarot, with whom he studied the symbols and mysteries to ultimately discover that they aligned perfectly with the teachings of the Bible.

Thus, he learned that the Devil card corresponded to the sixteenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet, which also symbolizes the eye as an organ of sight. However, the eye can only perceive the visible surface of things. This explains why it was once believed that the Earth was immobile and flat and that the Sun rose and set. Since then, of course, science has taught us that the Earth moves and is round, and that the Sun never sets. This means that we never see things as they truly are.

Our universe is made up of densities, frequencies, and intensities. Our body is plastic, porous, and malleable. It is simply composed of light waves, atoms, and molecules moving at very high speed. And since the eye cannot perceive this fourth dimension, this ethereal body, it consequently ridicules reality.

In the same vein, the Devil is the one who lies about God; he is an illusion, or the great slanderer according to Hebrew mysticism. He is God in reverse.

It was also in New York that Joseph Murphy met Professor Abduliah, a black Jew from Israel, who knew in great detail the symbolism of each verse of the Old and New Testaments.

This encounter was one of the most significant in the spiritual evolution of Dr. Murphy. Indeed, Abdullah, who had neither seen nor known the Murphy family, outright asserted that there were six children, not five as Joseph Murphy had always believed. Later, intrigued, he questioned his mother and learned that indeed, he had had another brother who died a few hours after birth and of whom there had since been no further mention.

The research of Professor Abdullah, who never wrote books but became famous in England for the extraordinary Hebrew courses he gave at the University of Cambridge, aligned with Ann Mussmann’s on the Sabbalah or the interpretation of the Bible, its allegories, numbers, and symbols.

For Joseph Murphy, Lucifer, Satan, the Devil, and the Serpent signify one and the same thing. Lucifer represents the Light, or the I AM, that is, God. Lucifer fallen from heaven is simply the Spirit, God, or the I AM taking form, entering into matter. Thus, the fall of Lucifer, that is, the fall of God or Spirit becoming matter, serves only to enable us to resist ourselves and to unleash the spiritual powers within us, hence the difficulties of life are tools that allow us to better discover the divine qualities we possess.

In the New Testament, the teachings of Jesus never mention a “theological” Devil; it was invented later by the Church. Jesus cast out demons, meaning he expelled the negative thought-forms of jealousy, hate, hostility, resentment, vengeance, and self-pity.

The Bible continually insists on the existence of a single and supreme Power. However, this Power can be used in two ways, and our way of using it depends on our thoughts. Therefore, good and evil are determined by the thoughts of man, thus constituting impulses of his spirit, in accordance with this single and supreme Power.

Thus, a good thought generates good; a bad thought attracts evil. This is why Lucifer, or the Devil as mentioned in the Book of Isaiah, relates to a mistaken conception that man has about God, or the I AM that resides within him. Every thought tends to manifest. When a thought is of a negative nature, this is what the Bible calls the Devil or Satan, that same old Serpent who seduced Eve in the Garden.

And on this point, Joseph Murphy is categorical: We must always keep in mind that the existence of a power that is both insignificant and universally evil is unthinkable. Indeed, unless such a universal power were creative and positive, nothing could exist. God is the Principle of Life that resides in each of us, always seeking to express itself. It would be contradictory to suppose the existence of a Principle of Life other than the one that gives life, which would be completely contrary to its reason for being. Its only and true nature is to give life and abundance, and not to take back or destroy what it has given, nor to refuse abundance to those who use the single Power wisely and respect the Truth within them.

With the candor and conviction that characterized the brothers and servants, Joseph Murphy admits that he is as robust and works even harder than when he was twenty-five years old. With his clear, melodious voice, he speaks about his retirement with humor, making a play on words that ends in general laughter. Retiring is actually just a re-tiring (changing of tires); so, he has put new tires on his even more powerful car, to start afresh. What matters is to keep rolling with confidence and security, not to keep working because one fears death!

God is love, and life is God, hence life and love cannot die. However, because we are what we think all day long, and we think and believe in what we call death, we consequently experience death. In 1847, Phineas Quimby stated that death is within us and that the being that results merely passes into another dimension and remains as alive as we are. The Bible emphatically denies that death is an act of God, especially in certain passages of the Epistle to the Hebrews.

Thus, it can be stated that man dies and his spirit disintegrates, the disintegration and dismemberment of what was formerly a complete and whole entity being carried out through the separation of the components of this whole. And then man gives himself a new four-dimensional body.

In one form or another, we will always have a body throughout eternity. The one who harbors thoughts of love and rests on eternal truths, knowing and believing that his life is the life of God, will not undergo what the world calls physical death. Because of his meditation and prayers, and also because of his deep convictions, the molecules of his body will move at such a speed that it will be impossible for us to detect his presence, just as it is impossible for us to detect the vapor that escapes from melting ice or boiling water once it has dispersed into the atmosphere.

That said, Dr. Murphy respects all religions and has no criticism for any cult or sect. According to him, all the world’s religions are altruistic in nature, and most contribute to raising the level of consciousness of mankind. Thus, whether one is Catholic, Protestant, atheist, or agnostic, anyone can use the Laws of the spirit.

Love, peace, harmony, joy, beauty, inspiration, delight, and goodwill belong to all, and it is not given to us to label what belongs to reality. We are all children of love, and so there is no such thing as Catholic love and Protestant love, just as there is no Chinese chemistry and Mexican chemistry. Thus, all over the world, scholars base their work on scientific principles, even if their religious beliefs are sometimes completely different. Essentially, all religions are therefore similar, their differences being, in the final analysis, only fortuitous and superficial.

Fourth Chapter

Doctor Murphy, why do you do what you do?

Joseph Murphy clasps his hands and closes his eyes for several seconds, which seem interminable to us. Nevertheless, we respect his silence and stillness. Perhaps he is contemplating a distant inner vision. We take the opportunity to admire the beauty of his octogenarian face and the chiseled precision of his generous mouth from which words burst forth, burning with warmth, sometimes gruff tenderness, and promises.

He is now ready to tackle this topic that is so dear to him. He learned in the Vedas, he tells us, that “If you name it, you do not find it; if you find it, you cannot name it.” In other words, when we label something, we automatically erect a barrier around ourselves. This realization allowed Dr. Murphy to discover that everything he had been taught in his childhood and adolescence was a lie. Quimby said: “The whole world believes a lie when I tell the truth, everyone thinks it’s a lie.”

Joseph Murphy argues that no one can bear the label of Christian. The Christ is found in the story of all the world’s religions. The Christ is the Latin christus, the Greek khristos; it is the Hindu Sun, it is Mithra and Krishna.

Thus, a thousand eight hundred years before our era, Krishna was born of a virgin on December 24th. His mother had to flee with him and hide him to spare him from death. Always the same old story. Later, Krishna healed the infirm, restored sight to the blind, and walked on water. Finally, he too died between two thieves. Clearly, his deeds and actions are in all respects similar to those of the Christ of Bethlehem.

However, all these teachings are actually based on astronomical symbols. In the northern latitudes, on December 24th, always at midnight, the sign of the Virgin rises in the east of the horizon, and the Sun, in the sign of Capricorn, then begins its curve towards the north. Thus, the Sun, that is, the Christ, was born of the Virgin, and this is the fact of all religions of the northern latitudes; it is simply the spiritual connotations of astronomy.

All gods, in Mexico or elsewhere, shed their blood and died on the cross. Whether it’s the Old or New Testament, the explanation of the Scriptures can be found in astronomy. Moreover, Frank Robinson explains this phenomenon clearly in his book titled Crucified Gods Galore.

The Sun rises in the sign of Aries on March 21st and sheds its blood at the time of Passover. The terms “crucifixion” and “Passover” are synonymous here, meaning crossing in passage. Thus, the Sun crosses and passes; it sheds its blood in the form of cosmic rays and the ensuing heat melts the ice and resurrects nature. The Sun crosses and passes, it cannot be otherwise because there can be no resurrection without crucifixion. Similarly, one must die to their old life before to be able to live the new life we desire. The story of the crucifixion is a dreadful tale, and the child who listens to it thinks they want to be a conqueror, not a victim.

Until the Council of Constantinople, that is, during the first six centuries of our era, it was always an animal that was crucified. The five months the Sun spent below the equator represented the five wounds, and the ram symbolized the resurrection. Then, the Sun crosses the equator and rises in the sign of Leo, which is that of the Tribe of Judah, and it then descends into the sign of Libra, where day and night are of equal length. Next, it enters the sign of Scorpio, where it is pierced and struck by the lance of Sagittarius. It then remains in the tomb for three days, or three months symbolically, before rising again.

The birth, death, and resurrection of the Sun are the birth, death, and resurrection of all Sun gods. Thus, our ideas, dreams, and inspirations are realities. He who discovers the I AM and God within himself can warm himself and feed on the fruits of the earth when the Sun moves and recedes.

From beginning to end, the life of every human being is part of God’s plan. We are here to know fullness, happiness, and glory. Moreover, fear is totally absent from the divine plan, so why fear death, hell, purgatory? All these things are nonexistent and are therefore pure inventions. There is also no Savior because only you can save yourself, the Savior is within you. The true religion is one that depends on a God of love. And since religion, by its nature, controls and dominates you, if it chains you and deprives you of your freedom, then it can only be a false belief.

Have you ever thought about when you plan your future, you do it in the present moment? If you are afraid of something yet to come, it is now that you are afraid; if you think about the past, it is now that you think about it. Thus, the two thieves of passion are the past and the future. When you feel remorse about past mistakes or injuries, the mental anguish you feel results from the suffering of your thought today. And if you fear the future, you deprive yourself of joy, health, and happiness, in the present moment.

Religion is the presence of the Almighty within you. The Savior is you; it is the I AM within you. When you are sick, health is your Savior; you desire health, and the fulfillment of this desire is your Savior. If you are dying of thirst, water is your Savior. Therefore, anyone who can tune into the Infinite, the Presence of God within them, naturally becomes their own Savior.

Armed with these profound yet simple and powerful truths, Joseph Murphy then set out to travel around the world. One day, a man asked him to go to Haiti to free his son who believed he was the victim of a voodoo curse: forced to leave his beloved due to racial and religious oppression, she had cast a so-called spell on him that had paralyzed him, and the doctors could do nothing.

Clearly, this was the incredible power of suggestion. Since his subconscious mind was improperly programmed, the conscious mind of this young man was indeed a victim of this woman’s vengeance.

That’s when Dr. Murphy resorted to a counter-suggestion, through a pious lie that was entirely legitimate: he managed to convince the patient that his father had paid his ex-fiancée, and she had therefore agreed to release him from the black magic of the evil kahuna. There was certainly nothing true in this story, but the next morning, the young man ate, got up, and went back home to Ireland. Dr. Murphy’s explanation had made a new impression on his subconscious mind and restored his health and freedom. This is what Emerson meant when he said that only the triumph of principles can bring you peace.

Joseph Murphy also lived in India, at the foothills of the Himalayas, where he met at the Forest University the yogi Vivekananda, who was also a doctor. He confirmed what Murphy already believed, namely that all healings are of a spiritual nature, given the common sense of conventional methods that are often desirable and sometimes necessary.

Thus, this Hindu ascetic could neutralize snake poison and stop bleeding, but he did not hesitate to recommend the use of a tourniquet if necessary. He saw nothing wrong with administering a glass of brandy or a nitro pill in case of a heart attack. Just like others, a doctor is a man of God and must sometimes perform practical and more down-to-earth acts. This is the case, for example, of a surgeon who repairs a fracture.

In an eastern ashram, the chief physician initiated Dr. Murphy into certain great mysteries of life as well and the immense power of the mind over matter. During his lecture tours, Joseph Murphy met yogis who could render animals as fierce as tigers and lions powerless. Aspirants to initiation had to spend three months alone in the jungle to find their faith. Those who returned without the status were consecrated as yogis. Some achieved such mastery that they could fall asleep at night with their head on the stomach of a wild beast, using it as a pillow.

However, after immersing himself in Eastern mysticism, Joseph Murphy does not believe everything taught there. Yoga, for example, is not suitable for Westerners because its exercises are difficult to master and must be taught from a young age. Dietary regimens and physical contortions will never make you a spiritual being. That is not the recipe, nor is eating peanuts or drinking orange juice.

In London, where he founded the Truth Forum, and in several other cities in England, Joseph Murphy became a highly sought-after speaker. The Truth Forum, which started in 1940, has never lost its popularity thanks to the efforts of Professor Evelyn Fleet, a Doctor of Psychology from the University of London and a famous metaphysician, and Professor Grimes, a Doctor of Theology and author of invaluable works on mental science, who gives weekly talks there. It is also the favorite venue of Judge Thomas Troward.

Fifth Chapter

Doctor Murphy, what is “New Thought”?

To answer such a question, Joseph Murphy first talks about the Presence of God and then about Buddha, Muhammad, and Jesus. The approach is quite disconcerting at first, but gradually everything comes together and forms a very coherent whole.

Buddha is a Sanskrit name meaning “the Awakened One.” It’s also the nickname given to a prince from Nepal who, at the age of twenty-nine, about five hundred years before our era, left the royal palace to roam in search of the Truth. He found it only later, one day as he sat under a fig tree to meditate.

Here, we can only quote the wonderful words spoken by Joseph Murphy during a mini-seminar he conducted in March 1981. It may seem paradoxically anachronistic to talk about “New Thought” using an example from two and a half millennia ago, but in the mind of Joseph Murphy, nothing has changed since then, and the important thing is to eliminate the sophistries that some thinkers have injected into the oldest philosophy.

During his meditations, Buddha asked the Infinite Presence and Power why India was experiencing so much misery. The Spirit within him then answered: “Ignorance is the cause of all these misfortunes. Go, teach the Truth to the people and they will be healed.”

This Truth holds that God is the only Presence, the only Power, the singular Cause and Effect of everything. This Presence and Power act in unison and harmony, in beauty and perfection. The Will of God is for us to lead our lives fully, in love, joy, and abundance, and for our desires to be fulfilled beyond our hopes.

Thus, we must listen to the Infinite to then affirm with strength, “God exists, and His Presence dwells within me in harmony, joy, righteous action, inspiration, and divine assistance.”

As for ignorance, it is nothing other than the absence of knowledge; we free ourselves from its chains by becoming aware of the divine Presence. Then discord fades before peace, hate gives way to love, and the so-called death, to life. It is essential that we seek the Presence of God in every problem so that the solution immediately appears.

Honor and glorify God from the bottom of your heart, and you will be at peace with the universe and all humanity: love is always found in obedience to the laws of health, happiness, and peace of mind.

From his youth, indeed from his childhood, Joseph Murphy could never believe what the priests and his parents taught him. A revolutionary concept was already germinating within him, one that seemed to emerge from all his research and transcend all his readings, even the writings of the most ancient thinkers. As days, weeks, months, and years passed, everything for him became so simple, so gentle

Walking in the awareness of God’s love, peace, and harmony means never knowing fear or illness. Isn’t it written in the Gospel according to Saint John: “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full”? To have life is not to fear illness and death; to have abundance is not to fear being diminished, poor, and without resources. An abundant life is a successful life filled with success; it’s a life without regrets about the past, content with the present, and fearless about the future.

Moses said: I AM. There is nothing in our Bible that cannot be found in all the world’s bibles. Moses, Buddha, Lao-Tzu, Muhammad, Jesus, all said: “I AM the way, the truth, the life, now and forever.” I AM is the way that leads to all good things: health, happiness, peace, and spirit.

That said, one should not think that “New Thought” is a modern mode of thought, but rather the revelation and discovery of the oldest philosophy. “New Thought” is the practice of the Presence of God… the Presence of God in harmony, beauty, peace, love. In this sense, evil cannot exist in the Presence of God, nor can fear and suffering. “New Thought” comprises all the eternal truths revealed to us through the allegories, parables, numbers, and cryptograms contained in the Bible. The parables are allegorical stories of the holy books under which a teaching is hidden.

When we ask him if he is involved or feels involved in the beginnings of a new movement, a new consciousness, Dr. Murphy tells us that there is absolutely nothing new in his teachings, except for those who hear them for the first time. “New Thought” isn’t new to someone who already knows that their thoughts are creative.

The subconscious mind is the foundation of all the world’s religions. Unfortunately, the average person is unaware of the existence of their subconscious and the influence it has on the conscious mind, and thus does not know how to use their mental and spiritual faculties. Millions of people practice a religion of fear, anxiety, and superstition; they have indeed learned, but do not know that they have a subconscious mind.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, the famous American poet and philosopher who founded transcendentalism, a religious movement that has sometimes been mistakenly seen as a form of mystical pantheism, was one of Joseph Murphy’s spiritual mentors. Emerson stated that Jesus was a man like any other, an affirmation found in all teachings of “New Thought.”

Additionally, thanks to the courtesy of Ernest Holmes, Dr. Murphy had the opportunity to meet Albert Einstein at a dinner held in the latter’s honor. Einstein had presented the fundamental theory of gravitational field in a four-dimensional universe, and Joseph Murphy, following a path more spiritual than scientific, nonetheless unreservedly admitted that the entire world is but a mathematical ensemble governed by numbers.

Thousands of years ago in antiquity, the Chinese already knew that there exists a mechanical and mathematical means to obtain an answer from one’s higher self (The Universal Spirit). The only difference between two things lies in the speed at which an electron orbits around its nucleus. In this sense, modern physics is nothing other than the movement of numbers, and science uses the term “energy” to denote Spirit. Ultimately, matter and spirit are reciprocally convertible.

Joseph Murphy also attended with keen interest on three occasions the lectures given by Thomas Edison, the self-taught American physicist, inventor of the duplex telegraph, and engineer working with numerous companies, who founded a laboratory in 1876 where he made many discoveries, notably that of the phonograph. For his part, Edison was convinced that he had never invented anything; everything he had discovered was, in his opinion, the result of subtle inspiration, that is, from his subconscious mind.

Edison knew, for example, that speech produced waves and formed the theory that these vibrations could reproduce a speech or a song; in other words, he understood the principle of transmission by inversion, that is, the reproduction of speech or music by a mechanical phenomenon, namely: the phonograph.

Those who study scientific laws are aware that every force is reversible – thus heat produces mechanical movement, and science dictates that magnetism is an effect of electricity; similarly, magnetism produces electrical currents. It follows that there is only a step to reach the conclusion that cause and effect, energy and matter, action and reaction, are one and the same thing and, therefore, interchangeable. Now, in the New Testament, we are told to pray believing firmly in the triumph of principles. We are what we think about all day long. It’s essential to learn and understand mental laws. Thus, any idea that evokes emotion and a sense of truth within us will become reality because our subconscious mind will see to its realization. Knowing this, we must be cautious when dealing with our subconscious mind.

Life never ages. Age is not the passing of years, but the onset of wisdom. Love, faith, trust, joy, goodwill, and inspiration never grow old. Life always seeks to express itself through us at its highest levels, regardless of our age. We must learn to listen to these impulses that come from within, as they are true incitements of the Spirit, or the God within us, telling us: “Rise up to me, for I need you.” And we must gently welcome this invisible guest who enters our heart.

Dr. Joseph Murphy worked within the Church of Divine Science in Laguna Hills, a branch of the International Federation of Divine Science Churches headquartered in Denver, Colorado. This federation was itself established in 1898 by Norma Brooks, a metaphysics professor and specialist in the thought of Phineas Quimby, the “New Thought.” For Quimby, a simple watchmaker and great thinker, the teachings of the Bible held no mystery, and all the principles of this great healer were based on the single principle that one is sick due to erroneous religious beliefs.

It is in the Church of Divine Science where, every Sunday morning at eleven o’clock, Joseph Murphy delivers through talks based on the universal laws of the mind and the intentions of the Infinite Spirit towards the human soul. He asks those who enter to do so peacefully and to contribute to the tranquil power of the auditorium by refraining from conversation so as not to disturb those who are praying to solve a problem. “Your purpose here is strictly spiritual. Be still and know that I AM GOD within you.”

Sixth Chapter

Doctor Murphy, what do you believe is the deep meaning of the golden rule?

Slowly, with a certain elegance in his movement, our host lights a cigar that, however, he will not smoke. With the same grace, he pours us a glass of delicious white wine which we savor with pleasure. While this ritual unfolds, he says nothing, but we feel he is meditating on the question posed.

Then, with sparkling eyes turned towards the sky as if he were contemplating a dream or a scene invisible to us, Joseph Murphy sighs and whispers in his melodious voice these words, of which we do not miss a syllable: “Our world would be so different if each of us practiced the golden rule and the law of love!”

It would be paradise on Earth… Indeed, the average person knows the golden rule by heart, but they do not really understand its deep meaning and thus cannot obey it. Simply put, the golden rule means that whatever we think about others, we create in our own life because our thought is creative. And once we are convinced of this, we will take care to only harbor good thoughts towards others, since each of our thoughts seeks to take form and manifest in our physical universe.

Joseph Murphy enjoys sharing anecdotes and teaching through examples from his own life. During a recent trip to Europe, for instance, where he had the chance to lecture in Munich, Hanover, Frankfurt, Zurich, Vienna, and London, he had the pleasure of meeting many influential people in the fields of science, medicine, business, and politics. It was then that he met a high-ranking German official who quickly told him that his success was due to the practice of what he had read in The Power of Your Subconscious Mind, a book written by Dr. Murphy and published in German for many years.

This man told Dr. Murphy that he had previously held a subordinate position with a meager salary. However, after finishing the book, he realized that he was jealous and constantly deprecating his colleagues who were being promoted while he was not, thereby diminishing himself. That’s when he decided to break this habit and start rejoicing in the good fortune of others, to understand and appreciate them at their true value, and ultimately to offer them his full cooperation. Like an echo, these good thoughts reverberated and took permanent residence in his subconscious mind. Today, he was a prosperous and happy man coming to express his gratitude to the author of the book that had worked such a miracle in his life. Dr. Murphy adds that this is one of the greatest compliments he has ever received.

In August 1979, at Caxton Hall in London, England, Joseph Murphy declared to a distraught man: “You must preach the Gospel to yourself. The predators and thieves you speak of only live in your mind. You are the temple of consciousness, and these thieves are fear, ignorance, superstition, self-depreciation, and ill will. The spiritual man drives all these thieves and rogues from his mind by replacing his subconscious with positively creative thoughts and the eternal truths of God. Then he discovers the inner peace and harmony which eventually manifest outwardly, in his behavior towards others and in his affairs.”

The inside influences the outside. No one can love another unless their mind harbors loving and harmonious thoughts. The mind is inhabited by thoughts, ideas, beliefs, opinions, and reactions to the events of every day. With the law of the subconscious being omnipotent, the secret is to saturate one’s mind with good words every evening. This was the practice of a famous golfer who recently met Dr. Murphy in Vienna, Austria. She managed to let her higher self direct her hands, her stance, and her orientation in a way she might not understand, but in which she firmly believed.

The Sabbath day is generally recognized as a day of rest devoted to divine worship, a rest that Jews are to observe from dusk on Friday until the dusk of the following Saturday. The observance of the Sabbath is the so-called second commandment of God, if one interprets Exodus literally. But since the Middle Ages, an abusive use of the word has given it meaning a noisy and tumultuous gathering of witches and wizards.

However, for Joseph Murphy, the Sabbath is explained in a much more plausible and straightforward manner. To illustrate his point, he shares the story of his encounter with a man who once confessed to him the guilt he felt whenever he was not working. This man was consumed by a perpetual and urgent need to work, even after a long day at the office. He brought his paperwork home and immersed himself in numbers, plans, and projects late into the night. Two heart attacks had not managed to persuade this man to change his lifestyle, so much so that he also suffered from ulcers caused by his emotions and unhealthy thoughts.

This man had forgotten that God had instituted the Sabbath, not as just another day of the week, but as a time for mental rest to tune into the Infinite, a time to rest frequently: “The Infinite Spirit guides and directs me in all aspects of my life. I bathe in the river of divine peace.”

Dr. Murphy suggested that he take time each evening to pray and meditate, acknowledging the need to regularly return to the Source of strength and inspiration. He also recommended meditating at lunchtime, as well as early in the morning, and reading some Psalms alternately.

The solution to this man’s problem, therefore, lay in the explanation of the Sabbath. He began to meditate for five or ten minutes, two or three times a day, and discovered that he could finally shed the day’s tensions. It was by delving into the great divine truths that he learned to truly practice the Sabbath. He invited the Infinite Spirit within him to partake in all his endeavors, and his main partner, his Higher Self, revealed to him the best methods to fulfill all his responsibilities.

That said, it’s important for us to understand here that no one comes into the world with fears, erroneous beliefs, or a sense of guilt. And on this point, Dr. Murphy is emphatic: these thoughts and feelings were transmitted to us by our parents and our cultural environment when we were still young, impressionable, and malleable; however, these false beliefs that we maintain about God, life, and the universe are the worst enemies of the golden rule. Our thought is creative, and everything we think about God, life, and the universe, we create in our own existence. And when we are afraid and see danger everywhere, self-love becomes impossible and the golden rule has no place in our life.

According to Joseph Murphy, there are two selves within each of us: the self we are and the self we would like to be. When both are identical, it’s proof that we have achieved peace and balance. However, if this is not the case, it’s evident that we must psychologically eliminate the current self to then live in accordance with the self we want to be. All the false beliefs implanted in our subconscious during our childhood must be rejected to make way for a new image and to unleash our energy blocked by fear, to then dedicate it to the worship of love, success, charm, and beauty

Seventh Chapter

Doctor Murphy, what do you think about marriage and divorce?

Once again, our speaker takes us from Leisure World to Germany and England. In these two countries, where he had the opportunity to teach, London and Munich seem to be the cities Doctor Murphy holds dearer than any others. And the Truth Forum he founded at Caxton Hall in London, with the help of Doctor Evelyn Fleet, is often mentioned by him. His discourse also takes us through Vienna and Zurich, in Austria and Switzerland respectively.

From all these places, and so many others, he presents us with a generous harvest of examples and experiences to support his claims. His knowledge of the Bible is prodigious, his memory is infallible, and his interpretations are of astonishing clarity.

It is almost, if not entirely impossible to discuss marriage and divorce without addressing sexuality. Joseph Murphy will get to this, as we will see a bit later. He will also touch upon certain customs, or deviations, which are less frowned upon today than they were in the past, due to some decisions made by our legislators and, on the other hand, a greater tolerance within a so-called emancipated population.

That being said, it remains true that everywhere he goes, Doctor Murphy notices the great spiritual awakening currently gaining momentum, particularly in Zurich, a favorite place of the famous Carl Jung. Thus, in every country, in every city he visits, Joseph Murphy meets faithful disciples and admirers, including, among others, in Munich, Erhard Freitag, a doctor of divine science, and Professor Manfred G. Schmidt, an excellent translator of several of his books into German; in London, Michael Grimes, whom he had the pleasure of ordaining during a recent stay in that city, and Doctor Ralph Seelig, an eminent proponent of the great truths of life. Doctors Grimes and Seelig have married two wonderful women who support them with love and conviction.

Both in the figurative language of the Bible and in Hebrew symbolism, according to Joseph Murphy, the heart represents the subconscious mind. It follows that every action provokes a reaction of equal intensity. It also follows that anything you communicate with conviction to your subconscious mind will take form and manifest in the facts and events of your life. However, it is undoubted that marriage takes place in the heart, which is also the center of love, and not in a church, a temple, or before a magistrate or court. And this being true, it results in an external manifestation that confirms this inner state of mind. The union of the conscious mind with the subconscious mind must be confirmed in an objective way. The mental laws require that we undergo the external experience of everything we feel internally.

True marriage is one of the heart, and the heart, or the subconscious mind, is the dwelling place of God. You are the temple of the living God; all the powers of God are within you. What we first need to understand about marriage is that it is not a rabbi, priest, minister, or judge who can sanctify a marriage; they merely confirm outwardly an intimate agreement between a man and a woman. In fact, there is no church, anywhere on Earth, that can sanctify such a union. Marriage is the union of two souls who feel, in each other, the Presence of God. In other words, each is united with the divine Presence that dwells within.

The vast majority of marriages start in sincerity, but as time passes and the two partners fail to speak the same language, their union becomes a masquerade, a lie. This lie often leads to internal crises caused by ignorance.

However, as we have seen in a previous chapter, ignorance is the only sin, and all our suffering directly stems from this ignorance. Let’s consider now that the failure of a marriage is not always about being on different wavelengths and that the final shock can sometimes be brutal and pathetic. The Bible is a book of psycho-logical and spiritual teachings that must be interpreted according to its deep meaning: the hidden one. Ignorance of this hidden meaning is a perpetual cause of confusion, guilt, and internal conflicts.

One day, Joseph Murphy was visited by a couple whose marriage had been celebrated in the Church of England and whose union had since become intolerable. The husband was cruel and abusive, but the wife, who believing that divorce was a sin, was filled with bizarre and superstitious beliefs about marriage.

Doctor Murphy explained to the couple that marriage is not a license for cruelty, neglect, and abuse. Clearly, the husband was a sadistic psychopath, especially since he freely admitted that he enjoyed beating his wife. As for her, a pastor from her church had told her that she must stay with her husband despite his depravity and sexual perversions. This was, of course, the most foolish and senseless advice, and there is no Bible in the world that teaches such absurdities.

From the first to the last page, the Bible is filled with fables, myths, cryptograms, and numbers. The New Testament is teeming with parables, and anyone in their right mind will not accept these parables in their literal sense. For example, the words “fornication” and “adultery” do not simply refer to physical acts. The mind acts upon the body, and the body is a vehicle; the body does nothing unless the mind acts upon it, and it then acts only according to the commands it receives from the mind. First and foremost, adultery occurs in the heart, or the subconscious mind, and, naturally, your body acts under the influence of what is imprinted in your subconscious mind. The body is governed by mental and spiritual forces, and your mental attitude is at the root of your relationship with God, men, and the universe.

When this was explained to them, the couple finally understood the spiritual meaning of the biblical passages concerning them and ultimately decided to put an end to their cruel charade. They had learned that fornication is actually nothing more than idolatry, that is, the worship of false gods or, in other words, cohabitation with evil in the bed of your mind.

At Leisure World, Doctor Murphy often has the opportunity to marry couples whose ages range between seventy-five and ninety years old. Many of the men admit that they are sexually exhausted, but they are entirely honest and straightforward with their future wives. Honesty, integrity, justice, and goodwill are all children of love. Therefore, it is God, or love, that unites these couples as if they were only twenty years old.

On the other hand, even though he totally disapproves of their behavior, Joseph Murphy is filled with compassion for young people who indulge in free love. Often, the girl becomes pregnant and develops a heavy sense of guilt. Her so-called lover abandons her most of the time. Then, it’s sometimes suicide or prostitution. However, the man who left her is nonetheless responsible for her pregnancy and her difficult situation, and he cannot escape this responsibility because, sooner or later, the law of his subconscious will react in its own way.

Those who declare that they do not need a ceremony or a piece of paper are usually lacking in sincerity; they are filled with fear and are belligerent. They fear that their union is doomed to failure or are afraid of responsibilities. There can be no love in such a connection, which is, therefore, a demonstration of pure hypocrisy.

Doctor Murphy views relationships between lesbians or between homosexuals in the same light and believes that any debate on this subject can only be an intellectual and theoretical exercise. The heart and brain must come together to be able to generate. A woman plus another woman, or a man plus another man, cannot create, cannot procreate. Homosexuals and lesbians are not born that way, but circumstances have made them so.

But here, Doctor Murphy’s voice becomes slow, cautious even. The subject is closed: let’s speak no more of it!

In the Bible, it is written: “She was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit…” Now, the Holy Spirit is the Spirit, or God, who resides in the unconscious depths of the human being. Joseph represents the conscious mind; Mary represents the subconscious mind filled with the qualities, attributes, and powers of God. Joseph, or the conscious mind, will be the guide and protector of the holy Child, and this child is your awareness of the presence and power of God within you.

Joseph is your thought, and Mary is your feeling, your emotion. When the two unite in peace and harmony, your prayer has been answered; it is God at work. This is how your mind works, and your understanding of this work constitutes the birth of the holy Child or Wisdom within you.

Eighth Chapter

Doctor Murphy, what do you think of healing techniques and methods?

The term “fetishism” has several meanings. It is sometimes used to talk about idolatry or the worship of inanimate objects. In some ancient African tales, it is even used to describe the religion of faeries. But in its general and more modern sense, fetishism refers to any inanimate object to which supernatural powers are attributed. Thus, a carved doll, a necklace of teeth, a stone believed to be inhabited by a spirit, all can be considered fetishes among certain tribes or primitive societies. Occasionally, larger objects are adopted as fetishes, but these are called “idols” to distinguish them from the former.

That said, any belief that inspires faith in a sick person and is enhanced by a positive suggestion proves to be effective as a therapeutic agent. The fetishist believes that a piece of wood or bones houses a supernatural spirit that he can invoke during specific ceremonies, can thus regain health if he performs the appropriate rites.

Doctor Murphy explains to us that ritual and belief have enormous suggestive power and that blind faith activates the infinite Presence of healing in the subconscious mind of the sick. Blind faith is attributable to anything that can banish fear from the mind, to then instill confidence. Deep in his torrid jungle, Albert Schweitzer said that the natives preferred the healing shaman and only came to see him when they needed surgery.

Joseph Murphy has studied the countless methods and techniques of healing of body and spirit, from primitive times to the present day, from the oldest talismans to placebos, through fetishes, idols, relics, and the bones of saints. He tells us how, when he was young in Ireland, his mother and grandmother would gather plants and herbs to treat colds and the flu. When a cow or a horse fell ill, the wisdom of nature again came to the rescue, and other leaves or roots were used to prepare the appropriate remedies.

But isn’t it true that God created flora? And the modern doctor knows almost all of their properties and uses, albeit in a more sophisticated way. Our bodies need minerals and vitamins: enzymes, phosphorus, sulfur, iron, iodine, vitamins A, B_1, etc. Our diet is important, but our spiritual nourishment is even more so.

However, the placebo remains the strangest concoction that a sick person can swallow, and its effects are nothing short of astonishing. And despite the ritual being barely existent, the placebo still constitutes the fetish of our contemporary healing shaman. A placebo, a substance devoid of any medicinal property, can nevertheless improve the health of a patient who has faith in its efficacy; the term itself comes from Latin and means “I will please.”

A neutral and harmless agent, its action is primarily psychological and operates on the subconscious mind of the patient who does not doubt its efficacy and who trusts the person administering it.

Spiritual healing through the powers of the subconscious appears to be Joseph Murphy’s favorite subject. He has traveled the world to talk about it, and it is a theme he frequently addresses in his Sunday lectures, in front of the members of the Church of Divine Science, near his home; moreover, listeners who have followed his radio broadcasts since 1941, on several stations in Los Angeles and Hollywood in particular, are well acquainted with his thoughts and teachings in this field.

However, recently, Doctor Murphy set aside these radio broadcasts that occupied him night and morning, in order to have more time to write. Since then, millions of viewers have had the opportunity to see and hear him not only in California but also in San Antonio, Texas, and even in Africa. In Texas, Doctor Murphy was often a guest of Doctor Thomas, formerly a captain in the British navy, who served him as a promoter for twelve years before becoming a minister of religious science, universal law, mental science, knowledge of one’s own divinity: “Take your pick,” explains Joseph Murphy, with a twinkle in his eye. “He is all that and, after all, one must well praise from a urn!”

Having made this digression, we return to the subject of healing and learn that sometimes a remedy claimed to be miraculous is nothing more than a placebo. To illustrate his point, Joseph Murphy tells us about laetrile, a product derived from apricots. The medical authorities of the United States government and many leading cancer specialists are of the opinion that this substance has no therapeutic value. Yet, Joseph Murphy has met a great number of men and women who, diagnosed with inoperable cancer, went to the Del Mar medical clinic in Mexico and returned completely cured after undergoing treatment with laetrile. Moreover, the media often publish reports to this effect. Thus, the Del Mar clinic welcomes cancer patients from all over the world.

However, Doctor Murphy believes that this is a sure indication that the action of the subconscious mind is directly proportional to the patient’s faith. Considering that laetrile has no medicinal properties, when a patient takes it with the firm conviction that they will be cured, their faith transforms their body and mobilizes all the healing powers of their subconscious mind.

For his part, Joseph Murphy has no use for ceremonies and rituals, which he considers unnecessary. This is, in fact, why his Sunday meetings are held in a theater and not in a church. But he nonetheless admits that for some, these things are often necessary and even essential.

This leads him to talk about healing through touch and the laying on of hands. The oldest peoples, including the Indians, the Chinese, the Egyptians, and particularly the Jews, practiced healing the sick through touch and the laying on of hands. We also find countless examples of this in the Old and New Testament; the Book of Numbers, the Book of Kings, Matthew, Mark, Timothy, and many others mention this fact. In France, England, as well as in Scotland, it was long believed that the royal hand possessed miraculous healing powers, especially for scrofula. This belief dates back to the reign of Louis IX in France and Edward III in England. And naturally, Murphy does not omit the great Irish apostle, Saint Patrick who, as early as the year 432 it is said, healed the blind by laying on of hands.

Around the world, Doctor Murphy has encountered healers who practice laying on of hands, and many do so with wonderful results. Some claim that a magnetic flow emanates from their hands to reach every cell. For his part, Joseph Murphy is more of the opinion that the healer’s belief, combined with the receptivity, faith, and imagination of the sick person, impresses upon the latter’s subconscious, thereby awakening the healing power within.

In his works, Doctor Murphy asserts that the Father within is the Source of all beings and all things. Jesus called it “Our Father” who created all things visible and invisible; it is to this power that he appealed to heal the sick and the infirm. This power is the spirit and intelligence that calm the storm, multiply the loaves and fishes; it is the spirit that allowed Jesus to disappear into the crowd, to converse with Moses, and to revive the dead. When you witness deeds of this nature, you know there exists a Source and a Power known as the “Father within.”

Certainly, we inhabit a physical and visible universe, but we also live in a metaphysical and invisible universe: the world of our thoughts, our feelings, our imagination, and our beliefs. And if you take a moment to think about it, you’ll realize that everything you do or refuse to do has been predetermined by your mental attitude, your way of thinking.

You are here to progress, but if you prevent the Principle of Life from elevating you to higher levels, there may be no other choice than to plunge you into illness or other problems, in order to bring you out of your lethargy and lead you to find a solution. Know that this is the path to self-discovery, for those who wish to follow it.

Ninth Chapter

Doctor Murphy, tell us about the old mystical legend

He looks at us both amazed and pleased. Our question might be answering another question he was asking himself… What could we know about him before this interview?

Now, he knows… He knows that we have read his books, not diagonally, not just the first and last chapters, but from the beginning to the end, including the middle chapters! Indeed, this old mystical legend, he tells it on page 144 of one of his latest works, titled How to Use the Laws of the Mind. He knows that we are familiar with this legend, but he also knows that we want him to recount it to us in person.

The biblical texts we read today are translations of translations. We read in French sentences that were translated from Latin, which were themselves translated from Greek, these having sometimes been translated from Hebrew. This is the case, for example, with the version of the Septuagint, which is the Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible made on the island of Pharos, near Alexandria, at the request of Ptolemy II Philadelphus, the son of one of Alexander the Great’s main generals. However, what complicates matters is that the original text was written in literary Hebrew, popular Aramaic, and spoken Greek used by the apostles. The authors of the Bible resorted to allegories, fables, myths, and fiction to illustrate great psychological and spiritual truths. But today, anyone who truly wishes to can still discover the secret, deep, and true meaning of the Old and New Testament.

An old mystical legend tells that the gods convened in a conclave and decided it was time to unveil to mankind the secret of the wisdom of the ages, so that man would finally know that the God who created all things and who was all-powerful and omniscient, resided within himself and that he was his own and authentic Reality. A younger god pleaded with his elders to be granted the mission of carrying and conveying this wonderful message to humanity. He claimed he feared not the obstacles, difficulties, problems, and tribulations, for he was confident in his ability to face and overcome them. The other gods consulted, voted, and finally, the young god was granted permission to deliver this invaluable Jewel of Truth to humankind.

In ecstasy, the young god was overflowing with joy at such an opportunity. And upon arriving on planet Earth, he found that the Jewel of Truth shattered into thousands of sparkles that scattered all over the globe’s surface. This led to great confusion on Earth because, from that day on, whenever a man finds a particle of this Jewel, he hurries to proclaim that he alone is in possession of the Truth.

This is, in broad strokes, the narrative of that old legend. Today, across the world, there is an incalculable number of creeds, dogmas, ceremonies, rituals, and sects, each claiming to possess the Truth. What we must understand here is that no one has a monopoly on Truth. God is the Truth, the same today as yesterday and forever. No one can label the Truth.

The ancients said, “If you name it, you will not find it; and if you find it, you will not be able to name it.” The word “religion” comes from the Latin term religare, which means to bind. Your true religion is that which binds you; your religion is the dominant idea you have of God. In our world, millions of people are dominated by fear; others are governed by superstitions. Thus, the idea that dominates you controls all your thoughts, ideas, and lesser opinions. True religion, therefore, consists of binding one’s thought to God.

Doctor Murphy falls silent, and we observe a brief silence to savor the echo of his rich and melodious voice that so simply chants the images.

Both in America and in Europe, Africa, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Hawaii, and elsewhere, our host has met people of all kinds who possessed some parts of the Jewel of Truth. The shaman who dispenses potions and wards off evil spirits possesses knowledge and does not fail because he is happy; he is happy because he succeeds with those who believe in him, and they are happy as well. This is a case of mutual autosuggestion.

For his part, among the impressive quantity of particles of the Jewel that he discovers and continues to gather, Doctor Murphy feels a great attraction for the I CHING, also known as the Book of Changes or the Wisdom of China. This work, more than five millennia old, consists of sixty-four hermetic formulas that are sets of six full or broken lines, corresponding to the yin and yang principle of Chinese Taoist philosophy.

Joseph Murphy has become a specialist in this science, for it indeed is a science, and his lectures on the subject are highly prized. He has also written a book titled The Oracle of Your Subconscious, and he even offers consultations to those who seriously, sincerely, and honestly request them. “Their Higher Self,” I AM, will answer their questions,” he adds. For him, the I CHING is a vehicle allowing the subconscious mind to manifest through symbols called hexagrams. Naturally, the Chinese do not use the same expressions because the concepts of conscious and subconscious, objective mind and subjective mind, are relatively recent terms.

For example, to someone who asks, “How can I be healed?” the I CHING might respond: “Take care of the cow!” Here, the cow represents the subconscious mind, and the answer should be understood as: “Take and forgive…” The exercise is more complex, of course, but isn’t this an appropriate response for someone suffering from cancer? Indeed, the Bible states, and modern science confirms, that this disease is often caused by repressed anger, an unwillingness to forgive, deep resentment, or by very strained relationships with family members. Like the Bible, the I CHING has a spiritual and psychological significance, and the symbols it uses date back to time immemorial.

Currently, with the help of a friend from Hong Kong, Joseph Murphy is planning a tour in China that will allow him to meet with the great masters of Eastern thought and thus deepen his understanding of contemporary Chinese metaphysics.

When someone asked Thomas Edison about the principle of Electricity, he replied, “Electricity exists. Use it!” Desire, in this sense, also exists; it is a gift from God and must be used, for it is impossible to get rid of. Moreover, the desire to know and to learn drives us to search for the sparkles of the Jewel of Truth.

During his stays in India, Doctor Murphy observed that students are taught to suppress their desires. In his opinion, it is unhealthy to do so, and the consequences can be disastrous. For example, in an ashram, he met the most neurotic woman he had ever known, as she was looking for a place where she would have nothing more to desire, believing that she would find freedom there.

Desire is the fruit of a creative imagination and the most wonderful of spiritual qualities. All the great discoveries, all the scientific, artistic, and industrial inventions, are attributable to people who have learned to discipline their imagination. While the whole world exclaims, “It’s impossible!”, these individuals respond, “It’s already done!” The imagination is infinite and limitless.

Doctor Joseph Murphy is proof of this…

Tenth Chapter

Doctor Murphy, is autosuggestion more powerful than suggestion alone?

Suggestion is a determining mechanism in many healing methods and techniques because its power to awaken psychic energies, reserves of the subconscious, makes it an effective placebo whose results are always most positive. As Doctor Murphy says, in medicine, we talk about the placebo effect when a neutral substance administered to a patient produces the same effect as the medication it replaces. Given the effects of suggestion, today’s doctor would thus be the legitimate descendant of the primitive healing shaman who bequeathed the privilege of knowledge. Indeed, talismans, magical rites, and incantations were, in the time of our distant ancestors, techniques of suggestive therapy.

Sigmund Freud, a great Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist who died in London in 1939, demonstrated the indivisibility and permeability of the conscious and subconscious mind in humans. Freud believed that the subconscious housed instinctive, primitive, sexual, emotional, and intuitive tendencies inherent to the human psyche, tendencies that are inseparable from conscious acts. However, because suggestion is associated with the mechanisms of subconscious psychic activity, Joseph Murphy concludes that even during sleep, the brain continues to perform mental operations of receiving information as well as reprogramming.

We cannot overemphasize the teachings and theories of our host regarding the mental activities of intelligent creatures. The mind is subdivided and operates on two distinct levels, referred to as phases: the objective mind and the subjective mind, or the conscious mind and the subconscious mind. The conscious, or objective, mind is the waking consciousness that perceives the objective world through the five senses. Meanwhile, the subconscious, or subjective, mind is the builder of the body and manifests in all subjective conditions and states such as hypnosis, sleep, clairvoyance, clairaudience, somnambulism, trance, dreams, and so on, even while the conscious mind is asleep, or more or less awake.

The subconscious mind is always active and, therefore, never sleeps; moreover, it is always ready to be convinced and controlled by the power of suggestion. The subconscious mind is incapable of inductive reasoning and, left to itself, cannot engage in logical research based on data it has collected, categorized, and assessed in terms of their relative and intrinsic values.

In other words, the subconscious mind accepts all suggestions transmitted to it, whether they are true or false, good or bad, as its mode of reasoning is strictly deductive. Therefore, from a purely logical point of view, the subconscious mind draws its deductions from any premise that it is asked, whether it is correct or erroneous. Thus, we must fully grasp the extreme importance of the suggestions that are made to our subconscious mind.

After this introduction, from which we attentively collected every word and intonation, Doctor Murphy answers our question. All things being equal, autosuggestion is just as powerful as the suggestion that comes from another person. However, when the subconscious mind is faced with two contradictory suggestions, the stronger one necessarily prevails. Yet, you can reject all negative suggestions made to you and, simultaneously, contemplate the Unique Power, the Divine Power, acting within you with the aim of neutralizing all negative suggestions that come your way.

To illustrate his point, Joseph Murphy cites a few examples. Thus, it is impossible for anyone to suggest universal principles to another person without feeling the benefits themselves. Professional hypnotists have shared with Doctor Murphy that when they make suggestions to an alcoholic under hypnosis, they themselves are cured of alcoholism. In other words, the person using the power of suggestion cannot help but heal themselves of the ailment from which they are trying to free their patient. One of the hypnotists recounted that he could no longer stand the smell or taste of spirits after having made a series of forceful affirmations and suggestions to an alcoholic with the aim of convincing the latter that the taste and smell of alcohol now made him sick.

The mental laws dictate that autosuggestion is just as effective as the suggestion made to us by someone else. The conscious mind suggests and the subconscious mind accepts and believes, which prompts it to act accordingly. This is the law of balance, the law of action and reaction. Action and reaction are always equal, and this principle is just as valid for physical energy as it is for mental energy.

This principle was discussed by Charles Darwin in his work titled “The Descent of Man,” published in 1871. In 1963, Joseph Murphy presented to the public a book titled “The Power of Your Subconscious Mind.” It is a work whose print run will soon reach a million copies, considering the numerous French, Japanese, German, and other translations.

The subconscious mind never sleeps, as we’ve said. Thus, it takes control while the conscious mind retreats into sleep, away from the day’s vexations. However, it is important to note here that its power is directly proportional to the degree of faith that motivates us. On this subject, a resident of Leisure World told Doctor Murphy that ten years earlier, she had suffered from an incurable disease and therefore decided to consult a kahuna, the title of native priests in the Hawaiian islands. He performed a certain ritual of prayers and incantations which she did not understand at all. After half an hour, he recommended her to repeat “God exists” over and over before falling asleep, and that she would be healed.

This woman was so impressed by the kahuna’s attitude that she was convinced the healing would take place. Thus, when she woke up the next morning, she instinctively and intuitively knew she was healed, and all subsequent examinations indeed proved that she was no longer ill. This is proof of the power of faith and suggestion, or of the complete mental acceptance of the healing Presence within us.

In Joseph Murphy’s view, the body is made up of a “confederation” of intelligent cells, each performing its own task in a wonderful way. The body contains billions of these cells, which are always active even during sleep, and it would be an illusion to believe otherwise. At most, they may slow down their activities, but the subconscious mind remains vigilant, and nothing ever completely stops.

Doctor Murphy chooses this moment to repeat to us that the universal healing Power is within everyone’s reach. Nowadays, all over the world, there are organizations and individuals who perform psychic and spiritual healings. Many claim that their method is the only valid one, that they alone possess the Jewel of Truth. Certainly, this is a false claim, but it remains true that all achieve positive results, whether the healer in America or the sorcerer in Africa.

It is faith that heals, whether it is blind faith or true faith. The latter is based on the knowledge of how the subconscious mind works. However, it should not be forgotten that for time immemorial, suggestion was the only therapeutic agent available to humankind.

Fetishists believe that a piece of wood or another object possesses magical powers of healing and protection. Many sick people consult them and, when the sorcerer performs the appropriate rituals,

Translation to be continued total will be 15 chapters. (Possibly finished 4/30/2024)