Success Manual: Thought Vibration by William Walker Atkinson (1906) – FREE Ebook Download
Success Key: When your mind is operating along positive lines you feel strong, buoyant, bright, cheerful, happy, confident and courageous, and are enabled to do your work well, to carry out your intentions, and progress on your roads to Success. You send out strong positive thought, which affects others and causes them to co-operate with you or to follow your lead, according to their own mental keynote.
FREE Ebook Download: "Thought Vibration" by William Walker Atkinson (1906) Success Manual Strategist Edition 2010
The Original "Law of Attraction" Classic Masterpiece from 1906
William Walker Atkinson (December 5, 1862 – November 22, 1932) was an attorney, merchant, publisher, and author, as well as an American pioneer of the New Thought movement. He is also known to have been the author of a large body of pseudonymous works, including, among others, numerous books and other works attributed to the authors Theron Q. Dumont and Yogi Ramacharaka.
Atkinson wrote more than 100 books in the last 30 years of his life, and his works have remained substantially in print continuously since 1900. He is regarded as one of the true greats of the New Thought movement. Due to his intense personal secrecy, coupled with his extensive use of pseudonyms, however, Atkinson has largely been forgotten in modern day, despite having obtained mention in past editions of Who’s Who in America, Religious Leaders of America, and several similar publications.William Walker Atkinson was born in Baltimore, Maryland on December 5, 1862, to William and Emma Atkinson. He began his working life as a grocer at 15 years old, probably helping his father. He married Margret Foster Black of Beverley, New Jersey, in October 1889 and they had two children.
Atkinson pursued a business career from 1882 onwards and in 1894 he was admitted as an attorney to the Bar of Pennsylvania. While he gained much material success in his profession as a lawyer, the stress and over-strain eventually took its toll, and during this time he experienced a complete physical and mental breakdown, and financial disaster. He looked for healing and in the late 1880s he found it with New Thought and later attributed to the application of the principles of New Thought his health, mental vigor and material prosperity.
When we come to see that Thought is a force – a manifestation of energy – having a magnet-like power of attraction, we will begin to understand the why and wherefore of many things that have heretofore seemed dark to us. There is no study that will so well repay the student for his time and trouble as the study of the workings of this mighty law of the world of Thought – the Law of Attraction. - William W. Atkinson, Thought Vibration (1906)
Some time after his healing, Atkinson began to write articles on the truths he felt he had discovered, which were then known as “Mental Science.”
In 1889 an article by him entitled “A Mental Science Catechism,” appeared in Charles Fillmore’s new periodical, Modern Thought.
By the early 1890’s Chicago had become a major center for New Thought, mainly through the work of Emma Curtis Hopkins. As a result, Atkinson decided to move there and he became an active promoter of the movement as an editor and author. In 1900, he worked as an associate editor of Suggestion, a New Thought journal, and wrote his first book, Thought-Force in Business and Everyday Life.
In 1903, Atkinson was admitted to the Bar of Illinois. That same year, he began his pseudonym writing career by first writing under the name Yogi Ramacharaka. There is no written account documenting Atkinson’s motivation for his extensive pseudonym work. Speculation is that perhaps it was a desire to protect his ongoing career as a lawyer that led him to adopt so many pseudonyms. How much time Atkinson devoted to his law practice after moving to Chicago is unknown. However, it has been reported that law was unlikely to have been a full-time career, given his significant writing output during the next 15 years as a writer, editor, and publisher in the fields of New Thought, personal success, and other related fields.
I want to call your attention to the fact that nothing is too good for YOU – no matter how great the thing may be – no matter how undeserving you may seem to be. You are entitled to the best there is, for it is your direct inheritance. So don’t be afraid to ask – demand – and take. The good things of the world are not the portion of any favored sons. They belong to all, but they come only to those who are wise enough to recognize that the good things are theirs by right, and who are sufficiently courageous to reach out for them. Many good things are lost for want of the asking. Many splendid things are lost to you because of your feeling that you are unworthy of them. Many great things are lost to you because you lack the confidence and courage to demand and take possession of them. - William W. Atkinson, Thought Vibration (1906)
The high point of Atkinson’s writing capacity occurred in the late 1910s. In addition to writing and publishing a steady stream of books and pamphlets, Atkinson started writing articles for Elizabeth Towne’s New Thought magazine Nautilus, as early as November 1912. From 1916 to 1919, he simultaneously edited his own journal Advanced Thought. During this same period he also found time to assume the role of the honorary president of the International New Thought Alliance.
Atkinson was a prolific writer, and his many books achieved wide circulation among New Thought devotees. He published under several pen names, including Magus Incognito, Theodore Sheldon, Theron Q. Dumont, Swami Panchadasi, Yogi Ramacharaka, Swami Bhakta Vishita, and probably other names not identified at present. He is also popularly held to be one (if not all) of the Three Initiates who anonymously authored The Kybalion, which certainly resembles Atkinson’s other writings in style and subject matter.
Atkinson’s two co-authors in the latter venture (if they even existed) are unknown, but speculation often includes names like Mabel Collins, Michael Whitty, Paul Foster Case, and Harriett Case.
William Walker Atkinson died November 22, 1932 in Los Angeles, California at the age of 69, after 50 years of simultaneously successful careers in business, writing, and the law.
I first became acquainted with the books of William Atkinson several years ago, but did not immerse myself in any of his works until after I started my personal coaching program with Bob Proctor. Bob's personal library is in the neighborhood of some 2,500 books (or more!) and he has a number of books by Atkinson. A primary and indeed quality characteristic of Atkinson's writings is that they are straightforward and clear. He uses simple language, is quite easy to understand, and his messages are clear (in contrast to the works of Thomas Troward, which, while immensely valuable, are written on an entirely different level). Read is books many times; like so many authors in this field, each new reading brings with it the revelation of new truths, not apparent in the prior reading. Rest assured, however, it is not that the work reveals new truths, but that the student has progressed to the point of seeing and understanding them.
Thought Vibration by William Walker Atkinson is a great introduction to his works and covers many of the basic principles and teachings of Purposeful Thought. Various topics covered include: the Law of Attraction (Chapters 1 and 13), the Will (Chapter 5), training the mind and mental control, i.e., Purposeful Thought (Chapters 4, 8 and 10), among other powerful principles and Laws of Success.
Thought Vibration is one of Atkinson's classic textbooks and should be read by and included as an often referred to reference in the library of every aspiring student of Success.
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