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THE ORIGINAL AUTHOR OF “THE LAW OF ATTRACTION”

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william-walker-atkinson“The great men – the strong men – care nothing for the flock, which so obediently trots along after them. They derive no satisfaction from this thing, which pleases only inferior minds, and gratifies only petty natures and ambitions. The big men — the great spirits of all ages — have derived more satisfaction from that inward conviction of strength and ability which they felt unfolding into activity within themselves, than in the plaudits of the mob, or in the servility of those Imitative creatures who sought to follow in their footsteps.

And, this thing called Individuality is a real thing. Inherent in each of us, and which may be developed and brought into activity in each one of us if we go about it right. Individuality is the expression of our Self – that Self which is what we mean when we say “I”.

Each of us is an Individual – an “I” – differing from every other “I” in the universe, so far as personal expression is concerned. And in the measure that we express and unfold the powers of that “I”, so are we great, strong and successful. We all “have it in us” – it depends upon us to get it out into Expression. And, this Individual Expression lies at the heart of the “Secret of Success”.” 

~ Excerpt from the book “Secret of Success” by William Walker Atkinson, 1906

William Walker Atkinson (December 5, 1862 – November 22, 1932) was an attorney, merchant, publisher, and author, as well as an occultist and an American pioneer of the New Thought movement. He is also known to have been the author of the pseudonymous works attributed to Theron Q. Dumont and Yogi Ramacharaka. Due in part to Atkinson’s intense personal secrecy and extensive use of pseudonyms, he is now largely forgotten, despite having written more than 100 books in the last 30 years of his life. His works have remained in print more or less continuously since 1900.

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William Walker Atkison Website:  http://williamwalkeratkinson.wwwhubs.com/

LINKS to Free On-line books written by WILLIAM WALKER ATKINSON:

Thought Vibration or the Law of Attraction in the Thought World by William Walker Atkinson

Reincarnation and the Law of Karma, by William Walker Atkinson

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/26364/26364-h/26364-h.htm )

Memory: How to Develop, Train and Use It, by William Walker Atkinson

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/41478/41478-h/41478-h.htm

THE “NEW AGE” OF (the law of) “ANIMAL MAGNETISM”

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Atkinson-Thought-VibrationYou’ve heard about the “law of attraction” and “the secret”?  Maybe what you DON’T know is that these recent books and films are modern day rip-offs and watered-down spin offs from earlier books written about these subject of “animal magnetism” and the “science of being”.

The most prolific writer and proponent of so-called “NEW AGE” literature in the United States was WILLIAM WALKER ATKINSON (December 5, 1862 – November 22, 1932), including the book “LAW OF ATTRACTION” published in 1906.  He wrote more than 100 books on the subject of the “NEW THOUGHT” movement.  Where did Atkinson get his ideas?  Who influenced him?  Here are article from Wikipedia that trace the origins and influences of the “NEW AGE MOVEMENT”.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Walker_Atkinson

Atkinson learned about “animal magnetism” from Phineas Quimby: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phineas_Quimby

Phineas Quimby learned about it from Armand Marie Jacques de Chastenet, Marquis of Puységur. He was a contemporary of Benjamin Franklin, who also was appointed to a committee in France to study the subject of “animal magnetism“. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armand-Marie-Jacques_de_Chastenet,_Marquis_of_Puys%C3%A9gur

Armand learned about it from the study of “animal magnatism” or “mesmerism” or “hypnosis” from a German scientist named Franz Mesmerhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franz_Mesmer (who was a friend of Wolgang Mozart)

Frans Mesmer  (May 23, 1734 – March 5, 1815) was a German physician with an interest in astronomy, who theorised that there was a natural energetic transference that occurred between all animated and inanimate objects that he called animal magnetism, sometimes later referred to as mesmerism. The theory attracted a wide following between about 1780 and 1850, and continued to have some influence until the end of the century.[2] In 1843 the Scottish physician James Braid proposed the term hypnosis for a technique derived from animal magnetism; today this is the usual meaning of mesmerismThe “science” of “animal magnetism” described in this article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animal_magnetism 

In 1766 he published a doctoral dissertation with the Latin title De planetarum influxu in corpus humanum (On the Influence of the Planets on the Human Body), which discussed the influence of the Moon and the planets on the human body and on disease.

The “New Age” was also heavily influenced by the mystic and occult teachings by a member of the European Royalty.

EUGENE FERSEN New AgeBaron Eugene Fersen, ‘The Teacher of The Teachers,’ launched in his time the greatest ‘Human Potential Movement’ that would later become the inspiration for what he called, the ‘New Age.’

Baron Eugene Fersen was born November 18th, 1873 in Saint Petersburg, Russia.  He began teaching by the early 1890’s and went to the great beyond on April 24th, 1956.  He was the eldest son of a Grand Duchess of Russia/Poland. His mother knew before his birth that he was to be a guiding light for the people of this World; she called him Svetozar, meaning The Lightbearer.

The Baron’s mother saw to it that her son had the proper teachers and education that would assist and support the Absolute Eternal Aspects of his Soul so as to fulfill his divine destiny.  Eugene’s uncle was Count Leo Tolstoy, the writer famously known for his renowned literary works War and Peace and Anna Karenina. Tolstoy was one of Mohandas Gandhi’s greatest influences and friend.

Baron Fersen came to the United States for his second lecture tour in 1904 to share his already popularized teachings and lessons known as the Science Of Being.  From the late 1800s, Eugene’s teachings taught or influenced many of the great thinkers, writers, inventors and leaders of the 19th and 20th centuries.  Here are a few of the highly influential people he taught:

Charles Francis Haanel (May 22, 1866 – November 27, 1949) (The Master Key System)

Elizabeth Towne  (Author of The Life Power and How to Use it is shown in the opening sequence of the 2006 movie The Secret. The film presents many of the ideas that she promoted, along with those of Wallace Wattles and William Walker Atkinson.)

Wallace D. Wattles (1860–1911) (The Science Of Getting Rich and The Science Of Being Well)

Edgar Cayce (March 18, 1877 – January 3, 1945) was an American mysticwho possessed the ability to answer questions on subjects as varied as healing, reincarnation, wars, Atlantis and future events while in a trance. Cayce founded a nonprofit organization, the Association for Research and Enlightenment.

Annie Besant (Translator of the Bhagavad Gita, Theosophist, and Leader of Woman’s Rights)

Huna Max Freedom Long (great teacher of the Huna ways and teacher to the founders of the Course In Miracles, a book by Helen Schucman with portions transcribed and edited by William Thetford containing a self-study curriculum about spiritual transformation.)science of being book

Charles Sherlock Fillmore (August 22, 1854 – July 5, 1948) founded Unity, a church within the New Thought movement, with his wife, Myrtle Page Fillmore, in 1889. He became known as an American mystic for his contributions to spiritualist interpretations of Biblicalscripture.

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910),better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885),the latter often called “the Great American Novel.”

William Walker Atkinson (December 5, 1862 – November 22, 1932) wrote more than 100 groundbreaking “self-help” books in the last 30 years of his life.  Hewas one of the three Initiates of the *Kybalion: Hermetic Philosophy is a 1908 book claiming to be the essence of the teachings of Hermes Trismegistus, published under the pseudonym of “The Three Initiates”.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kybalion

Nikola Tesla  (10 July 1856 – 7 January 1943) was a Serbian-American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system, and MANY other of the most important inventions of the 19th and 20th Century. Most important is his invention of a source of Free Electrical Energy, which has been brutally suppressed by the oil industry and banking interests for 100 years.

Manly P. Hall  (March 18, 1901 – August 29, 1990) Canadian-born author and mystic. He is best known for his 1928 work The Secret Teachings of All Ages.

Rudolph Steiner  (25/27 February 1861– 30 March 1925) was an Austrian philosopher, social reformer,architect, and esotericist.  Steiner published philosophical works including The Philosophy of Freedom. At the beginning of the twentieth century, he founded a spiritual movement, Anthroposophy, other influences include Goethean science and Rosicrucianism.   see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudolf_Steiner

TREE THOUGHT

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TREE THOUGHT tree

“Thought is a force – a manifestation of energy – having a magnet-like power of attraction. You say “I” feel; “I” think; “I” believe; “I” know; “I” will; etc., etc. Now which is the Real Self? The Mental States just mentioned, or the “I” which is the subject or Real Cause of the mental phenomena? It is not the Mind that knows, but the “I” which uses the Mind in order to know. “ 

~ William Walker Atkinson ~

SCIENCE OF THE SECRET

A marvelous video about the origins of the primordial “law of attraction” which appeared in popular “new age” western literature in 1906 with the book titled “Law of Attraction in the Thought World“, written by William Walker Atkinson. (CLICK TO READ IT ON-LINE)  This video was produced in 2008 by my friend Venese McNeill, with Chance Gardner and others, reveals the ancient origins and premise of this spiritual phenomena.

THOUGHT VIBRATION

William Walker Atkinson was the original author of the “Law of Attraction” in 1906.  His ideas have been borrowed, adapted and altered by hundreds of “self-help” and “get rich quick” gurus, many of whom have become wealthy as teachers of his ideas.  Here is a YouTube video of the Free audio recording by Librivox.com of his original book on the subject, “Thought Vibration, or The Law of Attraction in the Thought World“.

When we come to see that Thought is A Force – a manifestation of energy – having a magnet-like power of
attraction, we will begin to understand the why and wherefore of many things that have heretofore seemed
dark to us.”    ~ William Walker Atkinson, 1906