In his most sweeping historical work, occult scholar and widely known voice of esoteric ideas Mitch Horowitz presents a lively, intellectually serious historical exploration of modern occultism, from astrology and alchemy to the dawn of Theosophy and modern witchcraft, and the spiritual revolutions that followed. In this erudite, vibrant, and full-circle history, Mitch explores:
The roots of “hidden wisdom” in the late-ancient philosophy of Hermeticism, a marriage of classical Egyptian and Hellenic thought.
The rebirth of pre-Christian spiritual ideas during the Renaissance, along with variations of Kabbalah, alchemy, gnosticism, and other esoteric traditions—and the backlash culminating in the Thirty Years’ War.
The rise of the modern “secret society” including the Rosicrucians, Freemasons, Illuminati, and Enlightenment-age Royal Society.
The migration of religious radicals to the New World ranging from Shakers to Pietists to Mesmerists—and how enslaved people devised the syncretic magickal system of hoodoo.
The new wave of Western occultism ignited by Romantic poets and dramatists, French mage Eliphas Levi, and African American magick worker PB Randolph.
How globe-travelling occult explorer Madame HP Blavatsky revolutionized the world through Theosophy.
Transcendentalism and the growth of New Thought and mind metaphysics.
How late-19th and early-20th century scientists devised clinical protocols to study the supernatural, giving rise to parapsychology.
Questions of occult influences on fascistic movements (a historically fraught topic rife with misunderstanding); the marriage between esoteric and progressive movements.
Remarkable and diffuse figures, including Manly P. Hall, Aleister Crowley, Rudolf Steiner, Edgar Cayce, Gerald Gardner, and G.I. Gurdjieff.
How socially rebellious movements, including the Beats and the Woodstock Generation, helped popularize psychedelia, Zen, yoga, and Eastern religious expressions.
New understandings of interdimensional mechanics that are loosening the hold of materialism on modernist thought today.
Each chapter is rounded out with key terms and supplemental readings for a full-360 tour of modernist arcana and a historical journey that leaves your experience of esoterica forever changed.
• Examines topics that evoke widespread misunderstanding, including the real history of secret societies, the wisdom of the Satanic, Gnosticism, Hermeticism, out-of-body experience, and the contemporary war on witches
• Looks at the influence of the founding lights of modern occultism, including mystic Neville Goddard, occult scholar Manly P. Hall, and surrealist filmmaker David Lynch, and debunks famous pseudo-skeptics such as the Amazing Randi
• Explores magickal practices, including Anarchic Magick, mind metaphysics, the Law of Attraction, and Ouija boards, and upends hallowed spiritual concepts like forgiveness
All of us today dwell in uncertain places—realities in which thoughts make things happen, ESP is provable by the scientific methods once used to debunk it, UFOs are mainstream, and magick no longer requires rite and ritual but is as near as your own mind.
From its earliest days, America served as an arena for the revolutions in alternative spirituality that eventually swept the globe. Esoteric philosophies and personas—from Freemasonry to Spiritualism, from Madame H. P. Blavatsky to Edgar Cayce—dramatically altered the nation’s culture, politics, and religion. Yet the mystical roots of our identity are often ignored or overlooked. Opening a new window on the past, Occult America presents a dramatic, pioneering study of the esoteric undercurrents of our history and their profound impact across modern life.
One Simple Idea
From the millions-strong audiences of Oprah and The Secret to the mass-media ministries of evangelical figures like Joel Osteen and T. D. Jakes, to the motivational bestsellers and New Age seminars to the twelve-step programs and support groups of the recovery movement and to the rise of positive psychology and stress-reduction therapies, this idea--to think positively--is metaphysics morphed into mass belief. This is the biography of that belief.
The Miracle Club
A guide to creating miracles in your own life through the power of thought
• 2019 Coalition of Visionary Resources Gold Award
• Offers a concise, clear formula of focused exercises and concrete tools to lay out a specific path to manifest your deepest desires
• Presents the first serious reconsideration of New Thought philosophy since the death of William James in 1910
• Draws on the work of New Thought pioneers such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Napoleon Hill, Neville Goddard, William James, Andrew Jackson Davis, Wallace D. Wattles, and many others
Daydream Believer: Unlocking the Ultimate Power of Your Mind
Iconic voice of esoteric spiritual ideas Mitch Horowitz provides this generation’s most important and deeply impactful book on the question of whether and how your mind shapes reality.
In this landmark of practical spirituality, Mitch reveals the hard-won truth: your mind is a force of creation; you select reality from among endless realms; and you are much freer in your abilities to do this than you may realize.
But there are pitfalls: Mitch takes a scalpel to shopworn spiritual concepts that block our abilities as creative beings and opens new vistas on exactly how to wield the power of thought. Daydream Believer―a manual of self-revolution―is Mitch’s boldest vision yet.
The Miracle Habits
The People Who Doubted You Are In for the Shock of Their Lives. Mitch Horowitz, “a cross between Aleister Crowley and Alan Watts” (Duncan Trussell), delivers this generation’s most literate and liberating self-help book in The Miracle Habits. Mitch shows how to foster a life of revolutionary self-direction through thirteen “Miracle Habits”―radical but workable commitments that allow you to “Spend for Power” (Habit 8), “Get Away from Cruel People” (Habit 6), “Rule In Hell” (Habit 13), and produce fortuitous events surpassing all expectation in career, creativity, relationships, charisma, and self-respect. “This book,” Mitch writes, “is about more than cultivating sanctioned notions of success or acceptance. It is not about being 10% happier, ‘good enough,’ or reorganizing your sock drawer. It is about fostering miracles. Not as a once-in-a-lifetime experience but as a recurring and natural part of life.” Washington Post: “Treats esoteric ideas and movements with an even-handed intellectual studiousness that is too often lost in today’s raised-voice discussions.” Paris Match: “Convincing…takes us far from naive doctrines.” David Lynch: “Mitch is solid gold.”
The Miracle Month
“One of the only people I know who pulls off punk rock and self-help simultaneously.”―Conner Habib. Power is what naturally results when everything needless and self-defeating is stripped out of your life. Are you prepared to dedicate 30 days to throwing off whatever conceals the greater self you have always suspected you are? If you’re unsure do not even begin this book. In The Miracle Month, Mitch Horowitz, “a cross between Aleister Crowley and Alan Watts” (Duncan Trussell), provides a 30-day, self-enforced academy that disrupts, upends, and overthrows every social and self-imposed barrier to your innate power. “This book,” Mitch writes, “is for people who would prefer nearly any alternative than to slide back into the anxiety, self-limitations, and half-in, half-out existence that they have known until now. Does that sound extreme? It is not. It is an open door to change.” Mitch helps you “Understand Power” (Day 9), “Give Up One Thing That Causes You Pain” (Day 13), realize “You Are Not Someone Else’s Decision” (Day 27), and confront the question: “Do You Enjoy Suffering?” (Day 26). In 30 realizable, graspable steps you will reverse years of peer-enforced conformity and self-negation to become who you―rightly―sense you are.
The Seeker's Guide To The Secret Teachings Of All Ages
A KEY TO THE MYSTERIES. No other book in history has done more to clarify the Esoteric, mystical, and occult traditions of the world than Manly P. Hall’s The Secret Teachings of All Ages. Now, historian Mitch Horowitz provides the first companion work to Hall’s opus. The Secret Teachings of All Ages helps twenty=first-century readers enter and experience (or re-experience) Hall’s hallowed pages and also clarifies and expands on some of the book’s key themes and topics. Mitch explores developments and historical discoveries since hall published his “Great Book” nearly a century ago and adds fresh dimensions to subjects including:
The antiquity and legacy of Ancient Egypt.
The mystical origins of the world’s major faiths.
Strange beasts and anomalies in history and today.
The origins and esotericism of Tarot.
Secret Societies in Myth and Fact.
The enduring relevance of astrology.
First released in 1905, Thought Forms was an in-depth exploration on the visual manifestations of thoughts and the notion that they exist as objects. Conceived by renowned theosophists Annie Besant and C.W. Leadbeater, the book consists of 58 illustrations based on Besant and Leadbeater’s clairvoyant observations on how music, emotions, experiences, and colors affect thought forms. Expanding beyond its original readership, the book would have great influence on twentieth-century art and go on to inspire many artists including Wassily Kandinsky, Hilma af Klint, Piet Mondrian, and Paul Klee. This updated edition features a new introduction by famed occult author, Mitch Horowitz.
Neville Goddard, most often known simply as Neville, is one of the most powerful writers in the realm of mystical spirituality. Unknown during his lifetime, his work has grown increasingly popular, and his writings have influenced the likes of Rhonda Byrne, Carlos Castaneda, Joseph Murphy, and Wayne Dyer. The founding principle of Neville’s work was stunning in its simplicity―Your imagination is God. This message of empowerment has resonated with countless readers, urging them to fearlessly explore their own potential in a new way. Compiled and introduced by PEN Award-winning historian Mitch Horowitz, Infinite Potential is a curated compendium of Neville’s work, including the complete text of his first book, At Your Command, along with rare pamphlets, transcriptions and three never-before anthologized pieces from the great writer. Horowitz is the leading expert on Neville and his teachings, and his introduction frames Neville’s work in both a historical and modern-day context, offering a complete timeline of the writer’s somewhat mysterious life. Infinite Potential is an accessible and profound anthology from one of the greatest spiritual minds of the 20th century.
Secrets of Self-Mastery
In Secrets of Self-Mastery, Mitch Horowitz, one of today’s most literate voices of self-help and practical spirituality, produces a powerful and immensely useful guide to heightening your persuasiveness, abilities, business acumen, charisma, and overall ability to attract backing, money, customers, and clients. Secrets of Self-Mastery, the third volume in the Napoleon Hill Success Course series, highlights, updates, and adds to the most powerful ideas in Think and Grow Rich, while staking out new ground in the field of success philosophy. Mitch provides immensely revealing and actionable ideas that can place you at the gravitational center of your field. Moreover, he explores how to pursue success with nobility, ethics, and a code of honor. “We often hear that a single idea can change a life, or change the world,” Mitch writes. “That’s an inspiring thought—but it’s incomplete.” In Secrets of Self-Mastery Mitch probes the lives of entrepreneurs, artists, and military leaders to demonstrate how to bridge the divide that separates ideas from action—and how to unite the two to reach your apex of success.
Magician Of The Beautiful
WHO WAS THE MYSTERIOUS MAN CALLED NEVILLE? In this concise work, PEN Award-winning author and historian Mitch Horowitz explores one of the most radical, finely developed, and intriguing intellects in modern metaphysics: Neville Goddard (1905-1972). Neville issued the ultimate challenge: your imagination is God. He had an ethic of empowering self-responsibility and boundless mental creativity. Neville's ideas are compelling and beautifully congruent with quantum physics and scholarly psychical research. As Mitch describes, Neville is modern mysticism's most penetrating voice. In Magician of the Beautiful, Mitch explores the mystic's background, shows how to put how to put his ideas into action, and considers Neville's mysterious teacher Abdullah. "Mitch Horowitz is a no-nonsense historian specializing in matters of metaphysics, New Thought, and the occult. His works don't stop at mere description of these movements but often delve into method and experience, inviting readers to test the transformational potential of these waters for themselves. "A trusted voice on esoteric topics..." -Unity Magazine
Cosmic Habit Force: How to Discover and Use Nature’s Superpower
In one of his bluntest and most practical works ever, popular voice of esoteric ideas Mitch Horowitz explores the most powerful steps you can take to bring yourself into alignment with the natural forces of life to produce greater effectiveness, self-expression, creativity, earning ability, and personal happiness.
In this book, Mitch makes his first detailed exploration of the most intriguing and mysterious idea charted by success master Napoleon Hill, Cosmic Habit Force, and demonstrates, step by step, how you can enact this method by incorporating 23 simple principles into your life.
Cosmic Habit Force demonstrates how to “Harness Unexpected Forces” (Habit 5), “Loosen the Hold of Fear” (Habit 7), “Avoid Predatory Personalities” (Habit 20), “Expect Great Things” (Habit 22), and much more.
As Mitch describes, certain ways of living bring you into alignment with laws that enable nature and all of life. This is not dissimilar to concepts found within Taoism and Transcendentalism. When you function within this productive flow, cycles of growth appear at your back. All of nature aids your advancement.