Blindness Millions of people are
"blind," i.e., they are psychologically and spiritually
"blind" because they do not know that they become what they
think all day long. Man is spiritually and mentally "blind" when
he is hateful, resentful, or envious of others. He does not know that he
is actually secreting mental poisons which tend to destroy him.
Thousands of people are constantly saying
that there is no way to solve their problems, and their situation is
hopeless. Such an attitude is the result of spiritual blindness. Man
begins to see spiritually and mentally when he gets a new understanding of
his mental powers, and develops a conscious awareness that the wisdom and
intelligence in his subconscious can solve all his problems.
Everyone should become aware of the
inter-relationship and interaction of the conscious and subconscious mind.
Persons who were once blind to these truths, after careful introspection,
will now begin to see the vision of health, wealth, happiness, and peace
of mind that can be theirs through the correct application of the laws of
- Dr. Joseph Murphy
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Dr. Joseph Murphy (
1898 - 1981)
MASTERY OF FEAR - 1st
Printing 1946, 14th Printing 1975 (out of print)
Joseph Murphy was Minister-Director of the Church of Divine Science in
Los Angeles for 28 years, where his lectures were attended by 1300 to
1500 people every Sunday. His daily radio program during all that time
was immensely popular. He moved to Laguna Hills, California in 1976,
where he continued to speak every Sunday until he made his transition
Dr. O. C. Smith was
great friends with Dr. Joseph Murphy, his first Metaphysics teacher,
and shared Dr. Murphy's consuming passion for the Truth.
Murphy, Ph.D., D. D., was a world-renowned authority on mysticism and
mind dynamics. The author of more than thirty books, including The
Power of the Subconscious Mind and Secrets of the I Ching
(Reward/Prentice Hall Press), he remains a beacon of enlightenment and
inspiration for legions of loyal followers.
seen miracles happen to men and women in all walks of life all over
the world." -- Dr. Joseph Murphy.
Who is your Lord and master
this very moment? Your Lord is your predominant, mental attitude; it
is your conviction or belief about yourself, people, and things; this
Lord can be a tyrant. For example, if your mood is now one of
resentment, that is your Lord or tyrant that governs all of your
actions and all phases of your life. If you want to invest some
money, buy a new home, or some property, while in this attitude, you
will do the wrong thing and say the wrong thing, because your
predominant mood is negative. The law is: "As within,
so without." You are fearing your good, and you would react
negatively. Fear is a lack of faith or trust in God, which is a
denial of His Omnipotence. "The Lord is my light
and my salvation." The Lord" referred to is the
Lord God, or the law of God or good. To put the law of good into
operation, -thereby banishing fear once and for all, -enthrone
in your mind the thoughts of power, courage, and confidence.
These thoughts will generate a corresponding mood or feeling, which
will banish the arch enemy of your success and health. Fear, this self-made
enemy of yours, must be completely destroyed before the Lord God can
shine through you. Your fear is the cloud that hides the
sunshine of God. Men have made personal devils out of fear of
the past, the present, and the future.
It is our attitude
toward life that determines the experiences we are to meet. If
we expect misfortune, we shall have it. Knowing the law of God
or good, the truth student expects only good fortune. The world
is not harsh; it may seem to be, because we fail to affirm or claim
the Presence of God. Men fear criticism so much, that many of
their most beautiful thoughts never see the light of day. To the
man who believes that God is the only Presence and the only Power,
there is no past; he knows that if he believes in the power of the
past, he is disbelieving in God. God is the Eternal Now; there
is no future and no past in God. This is the Gospel-the
good tidings. There is no such thing as past karma; there is
only man's foolish, false belief in it. "Now is the day
of salvation!" The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.
Your good, your health, and your success are here now; feel the
reality of them; thrill to them. Enter into the conviction that
you are now the being you long to be.
Installment> The only
guilt there is, is the consciousness of guilt. "If your
sins are as scarlet, they shall be white as snow, though red like
crimson, they shall be as wool." This is the good
news. The only moment that matters is the present. You can
live only in the now, experience in the now, plan in the now, and
think in the now. Whatever you are planning or dreading, you are
planning it now. When you realize that every form of lack and
limitation is the result of your wrong thinking and feeling, you shall
know the Truth that sets you free. The mountains will be
Aboriginal tribes and
primitive man feared nature. Modern man fears his fellow
man. To a great extent we have dispelled the ghosts of ancient
days. We have combatted the plagues, and we will soon control
the elements. Man is doped by modern propaganda. Some men
are afraid to live, and afraid to speak. Mothers fear for their
children. All this is due to superstitious belief that there is
another power to challenge God.
The only evil there
is, is due to lack of knowledge of the laws of life. If we put
our hand on an open wire, we get a shock, but if it is insulated
properly, we do not. The evil or shock was due to our ignorance;
yet any man will admit that electricity is not evil; it blesses
humanity in countless ways. Electricity is used to play music,
drive trains, fry eggs, vacuum the floors, and light the world.
Evil or fear is our misapplication and incomplete comprehension of the
Omnipresence of God or good. Where fear is, love cannot be; for
error cannot dwell with understanding.
The wealthy fear they
are going to lose; the poor fear they shall not gain. The only
wealth and the only security are found in the consciousness in which
we abide. If we are conscious of being wealthy, nothing in all
the world can stop us from being prosperous in our bodies and
affairs. The things men fear are unreal. Only the One
alone is real; only the One alone is Law; only the One alone is Truth.
doctor of old has passed on many of his superstitions; consequently,
countless cults today instill fear into the minds of many
individuals. Let us face the facts. The cause of most fear
is man's fear of his fellow man. Many men pray together on
Sunday, and prey on each other on Monday.
answer to the fear problem is understanding. All fear is due to
ignorance. In order to express harmony, we must think and feel
harmonious thoughts. When we enter into the mood of success,
confidence, and happiness, we will express similar results in all
phases of our life. When man knows that every form of discord,
sickness, and lack is due to wrong thinking, he will know the Truth
that sets him free.
Installment> Learn to imagine the thing desired, and then feel the reality of the
state sought. This is the easiest and quickest way to get
results. Some get results by convincing themselves of the Truth
- that God is the only Presence and the only Power; this is one of the
most wonderful things in all the world to know.
Regardless of the cause of the fear, you have no one to treat or heal
but yourself. You have to convince yourself that you are now
expressing Life, Love, and Truth. Let us not fear anything or
anybody; let us be busy radiating courage, confidence, and
power. In this way we will crush all obstacles in our path, and
the mountains will be cast into the sea.
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