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

ISBN-10: 0877856303

ISBN-13: 9780877856306

Anything is yours, in case you simply wish it demanding sufficient. simply ponder it. something. try out it. try out it in earnest and you may be successful. it's the operation of a robust Law.

Does that sound like anything from the most recent spin-off of The Secret? in reality, these phrases have been written in 1900 via William Walter Atkinson, the guy who authored the 1st ebook at the “Law of Attraction.”

Atkinson used to be just one of the various 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 concept have something in universal: a trust within the strength of the brain. In The heritage of latest Thought, Haller examines the very beginnings of the stream, its early impacts (including Swedish seer Emanuel Swedenborg), and the way its preliminary emphasis on therapeutic sickness 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 recent concept are inclined to concentrate on church buildings and different formal agencies, Haller unearths that New concept has had a wider influence on American tradition. Bestselling authors from the past due 19th century and onward offered books within the thousands of copies that have been eagerly learn and quoted through robust politicians and prosperous industrialists. the concept options may develop into fact is so embedded in American tradition that we inform one another to “be optimistic” with no ever wondering why. New inspiration has turn into our thought.

somebody attracted to psychology, pop culture, or background may be enthusiastic about this exploration of a little-known aspect of contemporary culture.

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Something is yours, in the event you purely wish it difficult adequate. simply contemplate it. something. try out it. try out it in earnest and you'll be successful. it's the operation of a robust legislation. Does that sound like anything from the newest spin-off of the key? actually, these phrases have been written in 1900 through William Walter Atkinson, the guy who authored the 1st ebook at the “Law of charm.

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One of the surprising “facts” he related was that the apostles had often held séances with Jesus, during which light illuminated the room and prophecies and spiritual instructions were given. 43 There was also the Methodist and revivalist preacher La Roy Sunderland (1804–85), whose sermons and ministerial performances often resulted in group hysteria. Offering a form of phreno-mesmerism he called pathetism, he observed that the key to the relationship between operator and subject was one of suggestion.

They adopted his words and borrowed his ideas to construct their spiritual lessons, confident that in doing so they were expressing a most authentic Americanism. As a representative philosopher of American democracy, he cultivated a love of independence, contempt for tradition, and a celebration of self-reliance that taught admirers to see themselves in an eclectic but highly individualistic light. Each of his utterances came as a revelation from the core of the American psyche. His was a combination of New Beginnings 23 constructive idealism, Yankee sobriety, and poetic imagination—all served up as an expression of the new free spirit in humanity.

By contrast, Southerners went about their lives seemingly averse to change. Defending a slave-labor system that faced increased criticism at home and abroad, they chose to isolate themselves and, cloaked in their beliefs, set out to fiercely protect their way of life. The prairie lands of the Middle West, peopled by immigrant farmers from Western Europe, pioneer stock from New England, and the younger sons of Southern planters, reflected both the cultures of its tenants and the challenges of the environment.

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