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The history of New Thought : from mind cure to positive by John S. Haller Jr., Robert C. Fuller PhD

By John S. Haller Jr., Robert C. Fuller PhD

Anything is yours, for those who in simple terms wish it demanding adequate. simply consider it. whatever. try out it. test it in earnest and you'll be successful. it's the operation of a powerful Law.

Does that sound like whatever from the newest spin-off of The Secret? in truth, these phrases have been written in 1900 by way of William Walter Atkinson, the fellow who authored the 1st booklet at the “Law of Attraction.”

Atkinson used to be just one of the numerous and sundry personalities that make up the stream often called New inspiration. Composed of healers, monks, psychologists, and traditional humans from all degrees of society, the proponents of latest notion have something in universal: a trust within the strength of the brain. In The background of latest Thought, Haller examines the very beginnings of the circulate, its early impacts (including Swedish seer Emanuel Swedenborg), and the way its preliminary emphasis on therapeutic affliction morphed right into a imaginative and prescient of the mind’s skill to carry us no matter what we desire.

While such a lot histories of latest concept are likely to specialize in church buildings and different formal firms, Haller finds that New inspiration has had a much wider impression on American tradition. Bestselling authors from the overdue 19th century and onward bought books within the thousands of copies that have been eagerly learn and quoted via strong politicians and prosperous industrialists. the concept strategies may possibly develop into fact is so embedded in American tradition that we inform one another to “be optimistic” with no ever wondering why. New notion has turn into our thought.

a person drawn to psychology, pop culture, or historical past could be fascinated about this exploration of a little-known part of recent culture.

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Admittedly, much of this literature has been deservedly forgotten because of its duplicative and repetitive character. When dusted off and brought to light, however, the literature shows clearly that New Thought played an important role in defining the social, political, and religious parameters of American life and culture. Thinking and writing about New Thought brings one to the very roots of the American psyche. It exemplifies characteristics and motives derived from Reformation Protestantism, the Enlightenment, the early Federal period, and Romanticism before hitting its stride in late-nineteenth-century evolutionary theory.

51 In studying hypnotism, the society was not so much interested in demonstrating its therapeutic value as it was in discovering if thought could be communicated from one mind to another by way of clairvoyance or thought transference without passing through ordinary channels of communication. The society’s report, written by Edmund Gurney with the assistance of a Mr. 52 The American Society for Psychical Research was founded in 1885 with astronomer Simon Newcomb as its first president. Like its English cousin, it had numerous distinguished members, including Episcopal Bishop Phillips Brooks, publisher Henry Holt, author Andrew Dickson White, Edward Pickering of the Harvard College Observatory, Dr.

In coming to this conclusion, he plumbed the wisdom of Aristotle and Plato as well as Europe’s most renowned scientists and philosophers, studied the writings of the best anatomists of Europe, recorded and interpreted his dreams, and experienced psychic visions. His solution to Descartes’s insistence on the duality of body and soul was to postulate a body whose respiration drew into the blood vessels the spirit-pulse of the universe, thus creating a body/soul nexus that involved both the natural and spiritual worlds.

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