By Remez Sasson
William Walker Atkinson was a prolific writer, who is well known for his books on the power of the mind. Though his books were written in the early years of the twentieth century, they are still popular up to this day.
William Walker Atkinson was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on December 5 1862, and passed away on November 22 1932. He was an influential figure in the early days of the New Thought Movement, and for a certain period of time edited a magazine by this name. He was an attorney, a publisher, ab author and an occultist.
In some of his books, William Walker Atkinson used his name as the author, and in others he used pseudonyms, such as Theron Q. Dumont and Yogi Ramacharaka.
I became acquainted with the books of William Walker Atkinson many years ago, and have learned a great deal from them. I like his books for their clarity, practical approach, clear instructions, and for their inspiration and motivation. His language is simple, well understood, and to the point. I have read his books many times, each time new truths were revealed, which were not perceived in the previous reading.
Some of William Walker Atkinson books are:
- The secret of mental magic
- Mind power
- Practical mental influence and mental fascination
- The Law of Attraction: or Thought Vibration in the Thought World
- Practical Mind-Reading
These books are actually textbooks, teaching how to use the law of attraction and other mental laws to your advantage.
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Here is an excerpt about visualization from his book, “The secret of mental magic”:
“Build up a mental matrix or mould, little by little, until you have it before you clearly – then you pour into it the mentative energy of desire and will, until it stands out clearly formed as a mental image, just as you would see it, if it were actually materialized.”
“Then you must hold this mental image before you constantly, regarding it not as a mere imagination, but as a something real which you have created in your mind, and which will proceed to surround itself with the material necessary to give it material objectivity or materialization”.
William Walker Atkinson has also written several books about Yoga and Hinduism. In these books, he has used the pseudonym, Yogi Ramacharaka. Among the books he wrote under this name:
- The philosophies and religions of India
- Raja Yoga
- Gnani Yoga
- Fourteen lessons in Yogi philosophy and Oriental Occultism
- Advanced course in Yogi philosophy and Oriental Occultism
You can find these books here.
William Walker Atkinson also used other pseudonyms, such as Theron Q. Dumont and Swami Panchadasi.
Here are a few links of interest: