Prentice Mulford
(1834-1891)

 

Thoughts are Things

From an anonymous reviewer:

This beautifully expressed work has become a kind of bible for me. Open it at any page when you are troubled and just read the message it has for you. Written by a "new age" thinker long before this kind of thought had become fashionable - it illustrates the strength and power of mind and word. Anything is possible, it says, if only we can get out of the way of our own preconceived ideas and prejudices. A beautiful combination of lightness and depth and truly a book to treasure.


Contents: 

Chapter 1 - THE MATERIAL MIND V. THE SPIRITUAL MIND

Chapter 2 - WHO ARE OUR RELATIONS?

Chapter 3 - THOUGHT CURRENTS

Chapter 4 - ONE WAY TO CULTIVATE COURAGE

Chapter 5 - LOOK FORWARD!

Chapter 6 - GOD IN THE TREES; OR, THE INFINITE MIND IN NATURE

Chapter 7 - SOME LAWS OF HEALTH AND BEAUTY

Chapter 8 - MUSEUM AND MENAGERIE HORRORS

Chapter 9 - THE GOD IN YOURSELF

Chapter 10 - THE HEALING AND RENEWING FORCE OF SPRING

Chapter 11 - IMMORTALITY IN THE FLESH

Chapter 12 - THE ATTRACTION OF ASPIRATION

Chapter 13 - THE ACCESSION OF NEW THOUGHT


  ABOUT PRENTICE MULFORD

Although Prentice Mulford was one of the earliest pioneers of the New Thought teaching, he is still comparatively little known or read, chiefly on account of the high price of the six volumes known as "The White Cross Library," in which form are published his essays in America.

 Prentice Mulford was born in Sag Harbor, Long Island, USA in 1834.  He predicted the airplane and radio and practiced mental telepathy. At 22 Prentice sailed to California where he beame a gold miner, cook, school teacher, lecturer and observer of human nature.  He made his fortune not from gold but by his interesting and imaginative articles and books.  He was a fixture in San Francisco literary circles with the likes of Twain, Harte, and the Bohemian set in the 1860's.  He wrote dozens of humorous short stories for the Overland Monthly, Golden Era, Californian, and other local journals.  He referred to himself as "Dogberry".

 In 1865 he became interested in mental and spiritual phenomena and lived in an old whaleboat cruising San Francisco Bay. After returning from a trip abroad, Prentice Mulford lived for the next 17 years as a hermit in the swamps of Passaic, New Jersey.  It was there he wrote some of his finest works on mental/spiritual laws including his "The White Cross Library" dealing in the topic of “Thought Currents and How to Use Them.” 

His essays offer insight into the mystery which surrounds man.  He was a wise teacher: "In the spiritual life every person is his or her own discoverer, and you need not grieve if your discoveries are not believed in by others. It is your business to push on, find more and increase your own individual happiness."

 He is given credit of having been a pioneer in the thought system that is now experiencing a resurrection throughout the world, and his influence is very apparent in the writings of the teachers of the same school who have followed him.  A stone was placed on his grave with the words, "Thoughts are Things".