For a number of years I have been interested in the New Thought Movement from the late 19th to early 20th century. In the interview link below you will find my discussion of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Thomas Troward and Charles Haanel. Then below that some New Thought resources.

The New Thought Movement and the Creative Imagination


History, principles and approach

  • Infinite Intelligence or God is omnipotent and omnipresent.
  • Spirit is the ultimate reality
  • True human self-hood is divine – humans are spiritual beings
  • Divinely attuned thought is a positive force for good
  • Mental attitude fundamental
  • All disease is mental in origin
  • Right thinking has a healing effect (mental healing)
  • Emphasis on inner life (experience) and individual
  • Life and light not sin and darkness – optimism


Phineas Quimby – 1802-1866

Ralph Waldo Emerson – 1803-1882 – Essays, The Oversoul, Self-Reliance, Spiritual Laws

Great men are those who see that spiritual is stronger than force, that thoughts rule the world.

 We live in the lap of immense intelligence, which makes us receivers of its truth and organs of its activity.

William James – 1842-1910 – Papers on Philosophy, Talks to Teachers on Psychology and Life’s Ideals – eg The Laws of Habit. Varieties of Religious Experience

Ralph Waldo Trine – 1866-1958. In Tune with the Infinite, 1898 (2 million copies)

Judge Thomas Troward 1847-1916 – The Wisdom of Thomas Troward, The Hidden Power

Genevieve Behrend – Your Invisible Power – the Mental Science of Thomas Troward (1951) – a simple starting point.

Wallace Wattles – 1860-1911 –  The Science of Getting Rich (1911)

Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919) and Napoleon Hill (1883-1970) – The Law of Success in 16 Lessons (1925), Think and Grow Rich (1937). for daily thought.

Whatever the mind of man can conceive and bring itself to believe, the mind can achieve.

Walter Russell (1871-1963) The Universal One (1928), The Man who Tapped the Secrets of the Universe, by Glenn Clark

Charles Haanel – 1866-1949 – The Master Key System (1916) The New Psychology (1921)

Robert Collier – 1885-1950 –  The Secret of the Ages  (1927)

Claude Bristol – 1891-1951– The Magic of Believing (1948), TNT – The Power within You (1938).

Earl Nightingale – 1921-1989 – The Strangest Secret  (1956) – Lead the Field

Success is the progressive realisation of a worthy ideal.

Bob Proctor, The Secret film

Joseph Murphy – 1898-1981- The Power of your Subconscious Mind (1963).

Jim Rohn (1930-2009) – The Five Major Pieces of the Life Puzzle (1991), The Seasons of Life (1981)  – also for excellent audio and DVD programmes. Excellent newsletter.

Zig Ziglar – See You at the Top

Brian Tracy (1944-) – Change your Thinking, Change your Life (2003), – for excellent audio programmes. Also quote of the day.

Deepak Chopra (1944-), Synchrodestiny

Jack Canfield (1944-) How to get from where you are to where you want to go. Success Principles programme,

Rhonda Byrne, The Secret (2006), The Power (2010)

Ed Foreman – – Life is Terrific newsletter





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