A commentary on para-scientific features of the subconscious mind

Subhash Chandra Sawhney
6 min readApr 13, 2024

In his book “The Power of Your Subconscious Mind” Dr. Joseph Murphy has delved into certain para-scientific capabilities of the subconscious mind at length.

One of such capabilities is the ability of the subconscious mind to transmit prayers over inter-continental distances.

Before commenting on such a possibility — I would like to apprise you about an instance of this nature, which appears on pages 75 and 76 of the book.

The instance picked up by me from the book

I am reproducing this instance below.

“When you affirm health, harmony, and peace for yourself or another, and when you realize these are universal principles of your own being, you rearrange the negative patterns of your subconscious mind, based on your faith and understanding of that which you affirm.

“I chose to use this method when my sister was about to be operated on for the removal of gallstones in a hospital in England. Her diagnosis was based on the usual hospital tests and X-ray procedures. She asked me to pray for her recovery. I was over six thousand miles away, but this did not disturb me. There is no time or space in the mind principle. Infinite mind or intelligence is present in its entirety at every point simultaneously.

“Several times in a day I withdrew all thought from the contemplation of my sister’s symptoms and from the corporeal personality altogether. Calmly and comfortably, I affirmed as follows:

“This prayer is for my sister Catherine. She is relaxed and at peace, poised, balanced, serene, and calm. The healing intelligence of her subconscious mind that created her body is now transforming every cell, nerve, tissue, muscle, and bone of her being according to the perfect pattern of all organs lodged in her subconscious mind. Silently, quietly, all distorted thought patterns in her subconscious mind are removed and dissolved, and the vitality, wholeness, and beauty of the life principle are made manifest in every atom of her being. She is now open and receptive to the healing currents that are flowing through her like a river, restoring her to perfect health, harmony and peace. All distortions and ugly images are now washed away by the infinite ocean of love and peace flowing through her, and it is so.

“At the end of two weeks, my sister had another examination. Her X-rays were negative. Her doctor admitted that she showed remarkable healing and called off the scheduled surgery.”

Just think how such surgery could have been called off, that too — when his sister lived in a country far away from his country?

Though it is true that when we are in deep sleep during the night, our subconscious mind repairs the normal wear and tear of our limbs during the day-time to make them fit, to deal with the hassles of the next day but it is also true that it can’t remove any gallstones from the gallbladder.

Gallstones may be removed only surgically.

Though gallstones may be removed only surgically, since some persons have been able to read the minds of the people who may call on them — we have to believe that our brain converts our thoughts into some types of waves around our face, which can be sensed by the subconscious mind of somebody else in the same way as that person could have read the thoughts if the person whose brain may have created such waves around his face, would have written his thoughts on a piece of paper and passed on it to him.

Here is a recap of what had transpired in Chicago between Madame Emma Calvé, the celebrated French opera soprano of the Belle Époque and Swami Vivekananda in 1894 — which proves it.

A recap of Emma Calvé’s interaction with Swami Vivekananda

Here is an extract from the book “Comprehensive Biography of Swami Vivekananda — Vol.1.” regarding Emma Calvé’s interaction with Swami Vivekananda, written by S.N. Dhar.

“When she (Emma) came to Swami ji, two cruel blows had fallen on her — the most recent of her emotional episodes had come to an unhappy end while she was giving her performance one evening at the opera; she received news that her child had been burned to death. She collapsed as soon as she heard that her child was no more and, when she was brought to, she had nothing in life to live for. A number of times she attempted to commit suicide but could not do so because a friend, who was always with her, not only consoled her and saved her from doing so — he even begged her to see Swami ji.”

Emma Calvé

come to know that Swami ji had helped her friends, she finally took an appointment with him for herself.

As mentioned by her, in her autography “My Life” — when she arrived at Swami ji’s house, she had been told not to speak until he addressed her before she was ushered into his study.

When she entered the room, she stood before Swami ji in silence for a moment.

He was seated in a noble attitude of meditation, his robe of saffron yellow falling in straight lines to the floor, his head swathed in a turban bent forward and his eyes on the ground.

After a brief pause, he spoke without looking up, “My child, what a troubled atmosphere you have about you! Be calm! It is essential!!”

Then in a quiet voice, untroubled and aloof, he, who did not know even her name, talked to her about her secret problems and anxieties. He spoke of things she thought were unknown to even her nearest friends. It seemed miraculous, supernatural!

What do you think — how he could have known about her miseries all by himself?

Though I don’t know whether anybody else has thought how it should have been possible for Swami ji to have come to know what was disturbing Emma Calvé, anyway — I have thought about it.

Since it is a fact that Swami ji had been able to figure out what was troubling Emma Calvé, it should be possible to find out how it should have become possible.

This is how it should have become possible according to me

When Swami ji was under meditation, the environment around him must have been quite as tranquil as the surface of a lake.

We may explain this tranquility in the form of the magnetic field of the Earth in the room as represented by the following diagram.

In the same way as the earth has a magnetic field around it, even human beings have a magnetic field around them as has been depicted in the following diagram.[1]

Don’t you think the type of field that may be surrounding the human body of a person who is peaceful and a person who is in a disturbed state of mind can’t be identical?

It explains that such field surrounding Emma when she should have entered the room of Swami ji, should have created some typical ripples in the tranquil field that may have existed in the room before she should have entered the room.

Well, it explains how Swami ji should have come to know what was troubling Emma at the time when she should have entered the room of Swami ji.

I hope the explanation given by me should have satisfied you about the science behind such a phenomenon.


[1] https://www.researchgate.net/publication/337325520_Comparison_and_performance_evaluation_of_human_bio-field_visualization_algorithm



Subhash Chandra Sawhney

A mechanical engineer,born in year 1939, lives in Lucknow, India. Has authored six books. Website theultimategoalofourlife.in;facebook.com/sawhney.lko