How Thoughts Be­come Re­al­ity

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Mitch Horowitz, In­ner Tra­di­tions (OC­TO­BER) Soft­cover $16.99 (192pp), 978-1-62055-766-2

In the late nine­teenth cen­tury, a small group of es­o­teric seek­ers call­ing them­selves The Mir­a­cle Club ex­plored prin­ci­ples and tech­niques to af­fect re­al­ity through thought. Mitch Horowitz, a writer on al­ter­na­tive spir­i­tu­al­ity and a New Thought be­liever, ex­plores the works of Ralph Waldo Emer­son, Wil­liam James, Neville God­dard, and oth­ers, to­gether with cur­rent find­ings in physics and his per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences, to cre­ate a con­vinc­ing ar­gu­ment that mind power, cor­rectly used, re­ally does work.

The last ten years or so have seen pos­i­tive-think­ing move­ments crit­i­cized—by some for claim­ing that the mind can ac­tu­ally af­fect re­al­ity, and by oth­ers for sug­gest­ing that faulty think­ing is the cause of per­sonal tragedies. Horowitz ex­plains New Thought val­ues and meth­ods to re­veal what they re­ally teach and tack­les the move­ment’s fail­ure to de­velop a much-needed the­ol­ogy of suf­fer­ing.

Horowitz af­firms that ev­ery hu­man be­ing has the in­nate abil­ity to bend re­al­ity to­ward a par­tic­u­lar re­sult, and that we are al­ways us­ing this power for good or for ill whether we are aware of it or not. En­cour­ag­ing ex­plo­ration, he pro­vides un­der­stand­ing, ex­er­cises, and tools to make our vi­su­al­iza­tions, af­fir­ma­tions, and prayers ef­fec­tive.

To the doubters, Horowitz says that the rea­son we don’t see re­sults is that few of us re­ally know what we want, fewer are able to be sin­gle-minded about it, and fewer still take ac­tion to make it hap­pen. The power to call forth mir­a­cles, or as he de­fines the word, “cir­cum­stances and events that sur­pass all con­ven­tional or nat­u­ral ex­pec­ta­tion,” is the power of “one finely honed, ex­clu­sively fo­cused, and pas­sion­ately felt de­sire” that is as nec­es­sary to you as breath­ing. “Find this,” he writes, “and you will dis­cover a power like none other avail­able to you.”

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