"Thoughts are Things"
Presented by Rev. Lux Newman
Church of Spiritual Science
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(Excerpt from preface to Thoughts are Things)Prentice Mulford was born at Long Island, U.S.A, in 1834, and died in 1891. After a life, not without some adventures, during which he was engaged in such varied pursuits as mining, school-teaching and finally journalism, he retired from work with a scanty fortune. Five years afterwards, he passed peacefully away, without apparent illness or pain, having just started on a cruise alone in his canoe.
It was during these five years, that he concentrated his attention on the Spiritual Laws, and published his thoughts about them. To many, these thoughts may seem dreams; to others, they are priceless truths.
That he is a wise teacher and no dogmatist is apparent from his own words, "In the spiritual life, every person is his or her own discoverer, and you need not grieve, if your discoveries are not believed by others. It is your business to push on, find more, and increase individual happiness."
To him, at any rate, is due the credit of having been a pioneer in the thought which is now influencing people throughout the world - and his influence is very apparent in the writings of all teachers of the same school who followed him.
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NY Times Obituary:
~ IT WAS PRENTICE MULFORD ~
SHEEPSHEAD BAY'S MYSTERY
WAS SOLVED YESTERDAY
A WELL-KNOWN NEWSPAPERMAN & AUTHOR
FOUND DEAD IN HIS CANOE -
THE CAUSE OF DEATH UNKNOWN
~ HIS WAS A WANDERER'S LIFE ~
"The body found in the canoe lying at anchor in Sheepshead Bay Saturday afternoon was identified yesterday as that of Prentice Mulford, who for several years was editor of the New York "Graphic" and who was well-known in the newspaper world, from this city to San Francisco....
"How or why Mulford should have died in an open boat within easy reach of assistance and where the sound of his voice could have been heard from ashore is the only mysterious feature that remains of this remarkable case....
"Although blessed with a fine mind and a facile pen, Mulford's friend's say that, in recent years, he had grown somewhat eccentric, his weak point being a tendency to Spiritualism... Within a year, he has written thirty-seven essays for the "White Cross Magazine," nearly all of them having to do with what he was pleased to call the 'force of thought and the silent power of the mind....'
"The letters found in the canoe close beside Mulford's body prove very conclusively that the spiritual world had a firm hold on him. He wrote them, it appears from their context, at the dictation of a Spiritualistic being who chose this means of communicating with him...."
(You may download the .pdf of the original, scanned-in obituary article, with the complete story from the NY Times here.)
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Review from: Thoughts are Things by Prentice Mulford
by Kara D. Lane, Author, “Wake Up to Powerful Living" (Carmel, IN USA)
(TOP 1000 REVIEWER ON AMAZON)
A thought-provoking book! ~ January 20, 2008
Prentice Mulford wrote this book in 1889, long before more well-known, contemporary authors began writing about the power of thought. Despite being over 100 years old, this is a powerful book on thought.
Mulford explains we have, in effect, two minds: the mind of the body and the mind of the spirit. The mind of the body is limited and fights change. It thinks things must always be the way they've always been. The mind of the spirit trusts in the Supreme Power which made all things and knows that anything is possible if you believe.
Long before the law of attraction became widely known, Mulford talked about the fact that what we talk about and think about is what we attract to ourselves. He explains that if a group of people talk about disease or suffering, they will eventually bring disease and suffering to themselves in some form. He also notes that the surest way for a woman to become ugly is to be discontented, cross, complaining and envious of others. He therefore encourages the reader to call on the help of the Supreme Power to get into the thought current of things that are healthy, natural, strong and beautiful, and leave the negative thinking behind.
While the book talks about many aspects of the power of thought that will be familiar to today's readers, he also covers some topics you don't hear discussed as much today. One of my favorite chapters is the one on cultivating courage. He notes that courage and presence of mind mean the same thing; and cowardice and lack of mental control mean about the same thing. He notes that courage comes from discipline regarding so-called little or trivial things. It means focusing on whatever you're doing at the moment, rather than allowing your thoughts to scatter in many directions. This focus allows you to have the presence of mind to do what needs to be done, rather than to panic....
I have not read another book on thought quite like this one, and would encourage anyone interested in better understanding the power of thought to give this book a try!”