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  Great Truths That Set Us Free
by
Joseph Murphy




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Book Description
In this book Dr. Murphy discusses the inner meaning of some most known Bible passages; revealing their purpose to the reader. It comprises of many brief passages, explained metaphysically in short paragraphs, showing how people solved all kinds of problems using Bible truths.


Table of Contents


Chapter 1                                                                                       

Great Bible Truths for Human Problems

How a Salesman Stretched Forth His Hand—How to Use the Healing Power for Yourself or Another—How a Mother Prayed for the So-Called Dull Son—How to Gain More Faith—How to Develop Faith in God and Forgiveness—Watch the Idle Words—When will the Answer to My Prayer Come to Pass?—The Reason the Old Ailment Returns—The Proof that You Are Free from Bitterness and Hostility—How Often Should I Pray About a Problem?—How His Acne Disappeared—How Her Prayer Was Answered by Contemplating the Happy Ending—Do Not Deny What You Affirm—How a Father Healed His Son—Your Inner Conviction Is Always Made Manifest.

 

Chapter 2                                                                                        

The Bible’s Formula for Victory—The Horse and the Rider

The Power that Answers Prayer—The One and Only Power—The Right Approach to Prayer—Let the East Wind Move You Now—For Thine Is the Power—The Father Within—The Horse and the Rider—How Can I Love God?—The Horsemen and Chariots of Pharaoh—Making Right Decisions—The Trained Rider—Your Real Master.

 

Chapter 3                                                                                       

Truths to Live By

Why He Passed Away in a Bathtub—Having Done All, Stand—How She Practiced the Sabbath—She Worried Needlessly About Her Son—When You Pray Don’t Dwell on Time—The Wonders of Prayer—The Meaning of Our Father—Learn to Become Aware—The Wonders of Faith in God—It Was Written by Men—Whose Wife Shall She Be?

 

Chapter 4                                                                                         

Things You Want to Know

He Used Power Wisely—Who Is Boss?—The Origin and Meaning of the Word, “Devil”—God Upside Down—Only One Power—You Are Here to Discover Yourself—The Simple Truth—He Said He Was a Hell-Dodger—Other Meanings—The Revealing Truth of Ancient Symbolism—Learn to Exalt God in the Midst of You—You Can’t Buy Respect—Walk the Earth a Queen—He Wondered Why His Wife Left Him.

 

Chapter 5                                                                                       

Your Business Is God’s Business

Cease Forcing Your Opinion on Others—Lutheran Girl Healed by a Unity Minister—The Right Approach—Looking Behind the Symbols—They Get Answers, Also—She Was Afraid of Black Magic—The Door to True Expression—Explanation of John 10:8—The Crossroads of Life—Perpetual Motion—The Power of Blind Belief—Your Aim in Life—You Name All the Animals.

 

Chapter 6                                                                                         

Imagination—The Workshop of God

Joseph in Egypt—Shakespeare Used His Imagination—Clothe Truth in the Garment of Loveliness and Beauty—Become a Practical Dreamer—There Is a Way Out—Man Is the Tabernacle—Let the Masterpiece Come Forth—Imagination Created Your Deck of Cards—You Are Always Using Imagination—Why He Failed Five Times—How the Answer Came—Is Your Premise Correct?—How Goethe Used His Imagination—How He Solved Financial Problems.

 

Chapter 7                                                                                      

Spiritual Gems of Truth

Your Imagination and Will—The Wonders of the Mind—How to Practice the Presence of God—Your Assumptions Become Facts—She Had a Recurrent Dream of a Loved One Having Died—His Dissatisfaction Led to Satisfaction—Before Abraham Was, I Am (John 8:58)—She Got the Wrong Advice.

 

Chapters 8                                                                                       

Speaking in Other Tongues

You Are the Captain on the Bridge—There Is an Answer to Every Problem—How She Got the Answer.

 

Chapter 9                                                                                       

Learn to Let Go in Life

How She Agreed—She Learned to Agree with Her Attorney—A Visit to Washington, D.C.—The Meaning of the Uttermost Farthing—How She Paid the Last Farthing—The Prophets of Doom and Gloom—His Opinion Was All Wrong—The Real Adversaries—Be Your Age—An Interesting Experience—You Can Program Constructively—How a College Student Responded—The Handgun Is in the Mind of Man.

 

Chapter 10                                                                                     

How to Pray Effectively

How to Pray Effectively—There Is Only One.

 

Chapter 11                                                                                  

How the Bible Looks at Jealousy and Envy

He Thought Vitamins Would Heal Him—He Said the Planets Blocked Him—Programming Your Subconscious Mind—Two Wonderful Mantras—Another Wonderful Mantra—He Said, “I Am Not Jealous”—Jealousy Is a Mental Poison—Learn to Sell Yourself—Sons of God—Learn to Lead a Full and Happy Life.


Chapter 12                                                                                       

A New Look at Reincarnation

From the Book of Luke—Let God Arise in You—The Law of Life Is the Law of Belief—The Wine of Spiritual Wisdom—True Incarnation—You Are Not a Victim of Karma—Changed Attitudes Change Everything—The Nature of Your Belief—The Opiate of the People—Realizing Your Freedom—The Law of Averages—Another Mozart Can Be Born—Dictators, Despots and Tyrants—Hear the Words of the Psalmist—Awakening from the Dream of Limitation—The One Appearing in the Many—The Power Within You.

 

Chapter 13                                                                                       

Words of Wisdom

Looking in the Mirror—Nothing Is Lost—Sanctify Yourself—Creation Is Finished—The Giants Are Within Us—Beyond the Senses—The Trinity Is Spirit, Mind and Body—Implied Phallic Laws—The Answer—The Sons of Spirit—Your Constructive Desire.

 

Chapter 14                                                                                      

The Law of Security

The Triumph of Principles—Finding Security Within—Don’t Be One of the Herd—The Law of Averages—What Do You Believe?—Fear Is Faith in the Wrong Thing—Disciplining Your Mind— Reading Your Mind—Leading a Balanced Life—The Good Seed—Your Conscious and Subconscious Mind —Seeing People in Their True Light—Why Do We Suffer?—The So-Called Pious People—Libertines and Profligates—The Meaning of Israelite.

 

Chapter 15                                                                                     

The Top Secret

Symbols of Mystery—The Top Secret—The Proper Perspective—The Solar Allegory—The Birth, Death and Resurrection of the Sun—Allegorized Types of the Sun—The Chronicles of Alexandria—Legends of the Hindu God—The Birth of Jesus, the Man—The Birth of God in You—The Virgin Mary—Pilgrimage of Man—The Holy Land—The Road to Bethlehem—The Names in the Nativity—Santa Claus—Let Wonders Happen in Your Life—Your Morning Prayer—Hear the Words of Isaiah—The Divine Government.

 

Chapter 16                                                                                      

The Bible and Woman’s Bondage

The Silent Treatment—Ask Your Husband—Religious Restrictions on Women Are Based on Ignorance—The Veil—Superstitions and Religion—The Biological Rule—The Council of Alexandria—The Middle Ages—Allegories Are Like Dreams—The Two Trees—Old Customs and Traditions Based on Ignorance—The Woman in Everyone—Why the Woman’s Head Must Be Covered—Mind Over Cancer—The Woman Is the Glory of Man—Disciplining the Mind.


Chapter 1

Great Bible Truths for Human Problems

And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the Sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out? How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the Sabbath days. Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other (Matthew 12:11-13).

The twelfth chapter of Matthew is a wonderful exposition on mental and spiritual healing. Jesus was at that state of consciousness where he could heal instantly, so the man stretched forth his hand.

There is also an inner meaning to stretching forth the hand. For example, the man with an inferiority or rejection complex is not using the Infinite Power and Wisdom within him. He fails to see that the Presence of God—the Almighty Power—is within his own subjective depths, enabling him to do wonderful things.

 

How a Salesman Stretched Forth His Hand

A salesman who attended my lectures and special classes in Los Angeles from time to time was not making ends meet, was down on himself and felt inferior to all the other salesmen in his company. At my suggestion, he began to affirm: “I am a son of the Living God, and I am expressing more and more of God’s light, love, truth and beauty. I am a tremen­dous success in all my endeavors and my sales are improving every day in a wonderful way. Every time I visit a customer I affirm silently, ‘The Spirit (God) in me salutes the Spirit (God) in you. It is God talking to God, and the result is harmony, peace, Divine understanding and right action between us.’”

This was his prayer night and morning. He affirmed and reiterated these truths three or four times out loud night and morning, knowing that these meaningful truths would sink into his subconscious and activate the latent powers within him. He learned and understood that his subconscious mind would accept what he sincerely believed in his conscious mind. The subconscious accepts your convictions and what you predominantly think and believe.

In a month’s time his whole life became changed. He established wonderful relations with his custom­ers, sales improved and he no longer felt inferior. He continued to contemplate himself as a son of the Infinite, while at the same time recognizing the Divinity in everybody else. He stretched forth his hand and manifested the Power of the Infinite within him. His constant affirmation is: “I can do all things through the God-Power which strengtheneth me.”

 

How to Use the Healing Power for Yourself or Another

The Infinite Healing Presence indwells all men and women. Everyone has the gift of healing, for God is the reality of everyone. This is how you can pray for healing for a loved one or a friend: Feel the Presence of God, which is the Presence of vitality, wholeness, power, intelligence, peace and harmony, permeating his whole being, functioning in him and through him. Realize that he or she is being Divinely watched over. The other person may not know about it. You accept what you affirmed and believe it.

Praying for another is thinking of the qualities and attributes of God. Get interested, not tense, e.g., if you are on a train, bus or subway and you see a sign and read the subject matter, you become very interested. Likewise, become very interested in the Divine Healing Presence, and as you rise in conscious­ness, you will have power.

You can affirm that he or she is being healed now. Feel the Presence of God there and realize that he or she is now externalizing the vitality, wholeness, power and intelligence, which Pure Spirit is. Believe it, accept it, then leave it. If you think of the person later on, do it again, as if you had never prayed before for that person. If it is someone close to you, do it several times a day.

The healing may come slowly or quickly, accord­ing to your faith or belief. That is called in the Bible “sending your word, your thought and your feeling to the other.” The person for whom you are praying receives your affirmation. The result is that the sick person’s subconscious mind becomes thoroughly im­bued with the realization of its own healing power; and according to the laws of the subconscious mind, the latter brings forth into external manifestation that which is impressed upon it. Thus, health is substituted for sickness.

Remember, however, when you pray for another you must never be in a critical mood or a tense state of mind, for you can’t storm the gates. . . . In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength. . . (Isaiah 30:15).

 

How a Mother Prayed for the So-Called Dull Son

A teacher said to a mother: “I think your son is somewhat retarded. He is dull; he seems hopeless and cannot learn or be taught.” The mother loved the boy, though, and prayed for him in this way: “I claim, feel, know and believe that the Infinite Intelligence of the Infinite One is welling up within him. I know that the wisdom of God is working out through him, and that his intellect is anointed with the light and love of the Infinite. My boy is a perfect expression of the Infinite Healing Presence.”

She affirmed these truths for about ten minutes every morning, afternoon and night, knowing that she would resurrect the qualities and attributes of God lodged in the subjective depths of the boy. Following the contemplation of these truths, she made it a special point to imagine that her son was right in front of her, telling her: “Mother, look at my report card. The teacher praised me.” She heard this over and over again in a relaxed and passive state of mind, knowing that her mental image must agree with her affirmation.

The mental image you have is always made manifest. The boy gradually became more responsive, and he excelled in his studies. He confirmed objec­tively what she affirmed and imaged subjectively.

For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned (Matthew 12:37). To justify is to make equal, to balance the imbalance. Her realization of the truth about her boy was resurrected in the mind of her son, which balanced the equation. The ‘word’ in the Bible is your thought-feeling, your conviction, your dominant be­lief, which is always made manifest.

 

How to Gain More Faith

You do everything by faith. You plant seeds in the ground because you have faith in the laws of agriculture. You bake a cake by faith and you drive your car by faith. Everyone has faith. Some, unfor­tunately, have faith in failure, in sickness, in lack and in limitation. This is faith in the wrong thing. Have faith in success, achievement, health, happiness and abundance. Have faith in the creative law of your mind, and as you apply the law of your mind constructively, you will grow in faith. Have faith in Divine guidance, Divine right action, the abundance of the Infinite and the goodness of God in the land of the living.

 

How to Develop Faith in God and Forgiveness

There is a price to be paid, but all men and women can pay that price by giving up feeling sorry for themselves, ceasing all self-condemnation and self-criticism and condemnation of others, and enter­ing into the spirit of forgiveness of themselves and others. When the thought of resentment of another comes to your mind, affirm: “I release you and wish for you all the blessings of life.” As you continue to do that, the person will come to your mind and there will be no sting. In other words, you will no longer mentally sizzle—then you will know you have forgiven and forgotten.

 

Watch the Idle Words

But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment (Matthew 12:36). The negative thoughts, the doubts and fears, are the idle words which prevent healing or advancement.

Every day and hour is the day of judgment. When you pray for another, that is your judgment, the decision you arrived at. You realized the Presence of God, i.e., health, vitality and wholeness; or you dwelt on the sickness in him. How did you judge him? If you saw a diseased man and hoped he would be better, you judged wrongly. If you saw a perfectly healthy man (in other words, if you visioned him as he ought to be—vital, strong and bubbling over with enthusiasm and energy), you judged correctly.

 

When Will the Answer to My Prayer Come to Pass?

But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father (Mark 13:32).

Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning (Mark 13:35).

All seeds mature and germinate at different periods according to their kind; likewise, seeds or impressions made in your subconscious mind mature and come to full bloom at different periods—days, months, sometimes years. Your desire or idea, when impregnated in your subconscious, gestates in the darkness; and the wisdom of your subconscious determines when to present the answer or manifesta­tion full-blown into your experience.

 

The Reason the Old Ailment Returns

During consultation, a man said that he had been completely healed of ulcers but that later the condition had returned. I gathered in talking with him that some years ago he had been in business and his partner had embezzled funds and had absconded to Canada. Recently he heard that his ex-partner was very successful in business and also had become quite wealthy. This made him very agitated and resentful. He was living the role over again and reinfecting himself. The memory was not withered, not forgotten and not forgiven. The roots of resentment and hostility were still lurking in the recesses of his subconscious and, like a festering wound, sending psychic pus throughout his system. His ulcerated thoughts and emotions reactivated his ulcers.

I explained to him that forgiveness of himself and the other was absolutely essential for his health and well being and that he would know when he had forgiven because he could remember the incident and remain indifferent altogether—no feeling, no word. By living the scene or experience over again, he recreated the condition, and like the seed that recedes and grows again quarterly, annually, or biennially in the same way, the old ulcerated state appeared in a new form. Certain plants die and bud again according to season. It is essential to eradicate the cause to prevent a relapse of the disease. He decided definitely to release him completely in his mind, wishing for his ex-partner all the blessings of life, and a healing followed.

 

<>The Proof that You Are Free From Bitterness and Hostility

Can you see the other person as happy, harmoni­ous, joyous, etc.? If not, you have not forgiven or forsaken. These are the weeds you must pluck out. The roots are still there, and the roots of bitterness wither by indifference. This is another way to kill that root: Listen to the voice of the other person who wronged you telling you what a wonderful, dignified person you are and how honest and kind you are. Make it real. You want to hear it. Get into the mood of that mental picture. It works.

 

How Often Should I Pray About a Problem?

I am often asked that question. You can’t make a universal rule for prayer-therapy or scientific prayer. The particular person has to be considered, together with the way he looks at the problem or difficulty. You can pray in different ways at different times. For example, you might use the 91st Psalm in the morning, the 23rd Psalm at noon and the 27th Psalm at night.

If you are praying for your mother for peace and harmony and a healing, the best way would be to mention your mother’s name and contemplate peace, harmony, wholeness, beauty and the vitality and life of the Infinite flowing through her making her whole and perfect. You should also claim that Infinite Intelligence is guiding the doctors and nurses and all who minister to her. Surround her and all who are helping her with light, love, truth and beauty. Continue praying along these lines until you feel relaxed and satisfied.

Decree that your prayer is working now. Don’t say, “This prayer will do now. I will pray again in a couple of hours.” This attitude neutralizes your prayer. Know that your prayer is effective now, and pray later on when you have gotten away from the previous prayer session. This means that in a normal day you are busy about other things—your business, home, profession, etc. In other words, you will have forgotten about it for several hours. Then you can begin prayer-therapy for your mother once again, and continue in like manner until she is well and happy. Each time you pray you are reinforcing the idea of wholeness and perfect health in your subconscious, which will be resurrected in your mother’s mind and body.

Be sure to avoid picking and nagging at the problem from time to time. Relax and believe, and wonders will happen as you pray. Realize it is the Infinite Presence thinking and healing through you.


How His Acne Disappeared

A young boy of eighteen said he had been using lotions, ointments and getting injections. His acne would temporarily disappear and then periodically recur. The doctor called his condition an inflamma­tory disease of the sebaceous glands, characterized by postural eruptions on his face.

The real trouble, however, was that he was frustrated. He wanted to be an aviator, but his father objected and said he should learn the business of his father and succeed him when he would retire. There was warfare in his mind. His skin, being an organ of elimination and symbolic of an envelope of Divine love, revealed the hidden conflict.

He faced the problem and discussed the matter with his father. The latter saw the cause of the trouble and thereupon released his son, letting him become what he desired. The pustules disappeared within a week.

 

<>How Her Prayer Was Answered by Contemplating the Happy Ending

While lecturing at the Unity Temple in New Orleans a few years ago, I had a consultation with a woman who desired to have a child, but her gynecolo­gist said she had tumors in the womb and advised strongly against it. She had wanted a child for over six years.

This woman was a profound student of the healing techniques of the Bible. She was particularly interested in the following verses: And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a cliff of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by: And I will take away mine hand, and thou shall see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen (Exodus 33:22-23).

The application of the truths of these verses solved her problem. God, or Living Spirit Almighty, or Consciousness, has no back parts, as your Aware­ness or I AMness is invisible, but you do see the manifestation of your faith or conviction in God. When the sun has set the day is over. I see the back parts of it—the setting sun. Face is the secret. There is no form, figure or face to your deep-seated conviction or belief. The rock means your conviction.

I explained to her that as she turned to the Infinite Healing Presence which created her, knowing­ly and believingly, she was standing on a rock; that her faith or confidence had become fixed in the belief of giving birth to a child in Divine order; and that God would cover her with His hand, meaning the Overshadowing Presence would give her rest and peace, the protection for her new mental attitude. When the hand (the Power and Presence of God) is removed, you see the back parts—the manifestation of the desire. If I am coming toward you, you see my face; but if I walk past you, you only see my back. The Infinite Presence has no back parts, it’s simply the objectification of your desire.

Accordingly, she prayed as follows: “God’s Heal­ing Love is flowing through me, permeating my whole being. I AM relaxed and at ease, knowing that the Infinite Healing Presence brings this to pass in its own way and in Divine order. I let go and let God take over. With my imaginary hands, I am fondling, cosseting and cuddling my baby in my arms.”

She affirmed these truths night and morning, feelingly and meaningfully, knowing that by repeti­tion, faith and expectancy, these truths would sink into her subconscious and come to pass. Shortly afterwards, she did become pregnant and in the ninth month gave birth to a boy who was perfect in all ways. The obstetrician found no tumors. They had been dissolved by her constant spiritual transfusions. She saw the back parts, Biblically speaking, i.e., the manifestation, the happy ending, the objectification of her desire. There was no tension, no anxiety: just a quiet assurance that the Healing Presence was flowing through her and would bring things to pass in its own way and in Divine order. When you pray, imagine the happy ending, the Divine solution, through the wisdom of the Infinite. Relax and believe, and when you relax, let go and believe, you experience the joy of the answered prayer.

 

Do Not Deny What You Affirm

When you want a healing of any condition, get silent, relax, think of the Infinite Presence and Power, and affirm that the healing is taking place now. There must be no resentment or bitterness. Forgive every­one. Your subconscious made your body and it can restore you to the Pattern on the Mount. If you can’t heal yourself, go to a doctor and bless him and pray for him. To think because you go to a doctor you should not pray is rank superstition.

When you think of the condition from time to time, affirm immediately: “God is healing me now.” To fret and fuss and deny and say, “I’m getting worse,” “Prayer doesn’t work,” “I’m hopeless,” or “I’m doing something wrong” is somewhat as if a surgeon operated on you, cut out the appendix, and then in ten minutes ran back and opened you up again to see how you were getting along or to see if he had forgotten something, and then in a half an hour again ran back and sewed you up again. He would probably kill you by blood poisoning or shock. You will have to account for every idle word you speak, for the simple reason that your subconscious mind takes you literally and brings all your beliefs to pass.

 

How a Father Healed His Son

While speaking some time ago in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, a man consulted with me about his son. He was divorced, and he said his former wife had poisoned the mind of his son against him so that when he went to visit the boy, he would run out the back door and disappear into a neighbor’s home. He went through the courts trying to get custody of the boy but failed. He offered his ex-wife considerable money over and above the legal settlement in order to get custody of the boy, but she refused. The boy was not getting on well in school and was hateful towards his father, as he had been taught that he didn’t want him.

I suggested that he try the spiritual approach to the problem, since the human approach had failed. He prayed as follows: “I surrender my ex-wife to the Infinite Presence and Power. She is Divinely led in all ways, and Divine love fills her soul. God flows through her, filling up all the empty vessels in her life.” Whenever he thought of her, he would immedi­ately affirm, “I released you. God loves you and cares for you.”

He also prayed for his son: “Bill, my son, is in his true place, ministered to by Divine love, harmony, peace and understanding. He knows the truth, he loves the truth, and he hears the truth. There are peace, harmony, love and understanding between us.” Whenever he thought of Bill, he would affirm, “Divine love watches over Bill.”

I received a letter some time later from this man telling me that his ex-wife had called him up saying Bill was sick. He went over and had a wonderful reunion with his son. She wanted him to take the boy, as she had fallen in love with another man and was delighted to release Bill to his father. This was a perfect working of the Law. . . . What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them (Mark 11:24).

 

<>Your Inner Conviction Is Always Made Manifest

You do not pretend to be vital, strong and healthy when you are sick. Admit your sickness. Realize that nothing is forever and that you can and will overcome the condition through your knowledge of mental and spiritual laws. It is foolish to pretend you are getting better when obviously you are getting worse. There is no use trying to mesmerize yourself by calling black “white.”

You turn away from the problem and contem­plate the Healing Power of God and His guidance; and as you cleave to that positive Truth, conditions will improve. When the outer condition improves, you are on the right track. Remember that if, after prayer-therapy, the outer picture does not change in a reasonable time (hours or days), you are deceiving yourself. You are not working correctly. When the outer condition is changing, you are getting results.

Remember, your mental attitude, your real inner conviction, is always made manifest. Cease all excuses and prevarications of any kind, because when you pray, health springs forth speedily. Lessening of the pain and disappearance of the condition tells the story. This is the Truth which sets you free. Where­fore by their fruits ye shall know them (Matthew 7:20).


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