Believing it to be so


JOSEPH MURPHY

“The law of your mind is the law of belief itself,” Murphy noted. What
we believe makes us who we are. William James observed that whatever
people expect to be true will be so, irrespective of whether the object of
their belief exists. In the West we have made “the truth” our highest
value; this motivation, while important, is weak next to the actual
power of belief in shaping our lives. Whatever you give your subconscious—
false or true, good or evil—it will register as fact. Be careful not
to joke about misfortune, as the subconscious has no sense of humor.
A mentally disturbed person and a healthy person share the same
power of belief; the sane differ from the insane only in that they retain
objectivity about their beliefs. When a man in a hospital says he is Elvis
Presley, he is not “making it up,” he knows he is Elvis. We must use
this same power for constructive ends, not wishing but knowing that
we are a perfect spouse or a business genius. The trick is to choose to
know something that seems almost mad but not quite—something that
seemed impossible to us a year ago, yet at the same time would be an
enactment of our heart’s desire.

By Motivationaltalks [Felix Massinda]

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