Thought Vibration, or The Law of Attraction in the Thought World


Read by Algy Pug

(4.6 stars; 1357 reviews)

William Walker Atkinson (December 5, 1862 – November 22, 1932) was an attorney, merchant, publisher, and author, as well as an occultist and an American pioneer of the New Thought movement.
Atkinson was a prolific writer, and his many books achieved wide circulation among New Thought devotees and occult practitioners. 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. The works published under the name of William Walker Atkinson generally treat themes related to the mental world, occultism, divination, psychic reality, and mankind's nature. They constitute a basis for what Atkinson called "New Psychology" or "New Thought". These titles include Thought-Force in Business & Everyday Life (1900), Thought Vibration or the Law of Attraction in the Thought World (1906) and Practical Mental Influence (1908).
Due in part to Atkinson's intense personal secrecy and extensive use of pseudonyms, he is now largely forgotten, despite having obtained mention in past editions of Who's Who in America, Religious Leaders of America, and several similar publications - and having written more than 100 books in the last 30 years of his life. His works have remained in print more or less continuously since 1900. (Introduction from Wikipedia)

(2 hr 15 min)

Chapters

1 - Chapters 1 - 4 42:39 Read by Algy Pug
2 - Chapters 5 - 8 31:57 Read by Algy Pug
3 - Chapters 9 - 12 25:38 Read by Algy Pug
4 - Chapters 13 - 16 35:07 Read by Algy Pug

Reviews

New Thought Movement

(4.5 stars)

This book is a fascinating look at the origins of the modern self-help and motivational movements that flourished throughout the 20th century right up until today. The book offers a highly entertaining mix of "pull yourself up by the bootstraps" pragmatic advice and wacky metaphysics. A more troubling glimpse into the time period is the odd casually racist remark tossed out by the author. Finally, the narration by Algy Pug was spot on. Wonderful voice and struck just the right dramatic tone to show the spirit in which the author wrote.

Way Better Than The Secret

(5 stars)

Way ahead of his time. This book and The Power of Concentration by the same author using the name Theron Dumont are the best. The Secret is garbage. His theory & explanation on willpower is on point. It contrasts with a lot of the new articles and books trying to circumvent the development of willpower by using life hacks. I will be buying the print version of this book as well. Oh, also the narrator I like. He uses inflection well and does not stumble on the words, which is no easy feat with Wattles, because he can do some rambling in his books.

One of three

(5 stars)

This review is an edited version of ones I’ve left on the pages of the other two books in this review... I read this book along with “The science of getting rich” by Wallace, and “Your invisible power” by Behrend. I was trying to understand the importance of the mind as we go through life. This was about five years ago and although I got the gist it, I thought all the books were a waste of time. Fast forward to present day, I’ve taken my time listening and re-listening to all three books and they finally make sense! I think books like these take a bit of studying or at the very least, paying very close attention. To me, all three of them helped explain each other and reinforced their ideas. They all helped me to understand the power of the mind. The writers have small varying opinions as to whether to share your ideas/mental image with a close group or keep them a secret, but I think that’s up to you. You decide what works for you and you believe it wholeheartedly. Whatever you think and believe it to be is what it will be.

(5 stars)

Best New Thought movement books I've read or listened to yet. This is the source material for later law of attraction teachings which, unfortunately, are highly distorted and misleading because of it. This guy was clearly truly inspired, knew what he was talking about, and explains it clearly in logical fashion. The narration by this volunteer was top of its class. One negative I must mention because modern minds may take issue; this author makes a comment in the book that references a common view of the time - a view of the evolution of races, with some being superior to others as a whole. This racist view is stated as if it's an obvious fact, unfortunately. It's not the point of the book and it's only one line, but it is worthy of objection none the less. He was a man of his time and culture despite having wisdom in some areas of life, and that culture was wrong and morally lacking.

"The Secret" Was Derived from THIS Book!

(5 stars)

It's slow going at first, but you'll be sold by the third chapter. If "The (so-called) Secret" resonated with you... this book will BLOW YOU AWAY, as it seems to me that the marketers of "The Secret" almost certainly obtained their primary ideas, and even the title "The Secret" itself, from this very book. This isn't a book that'll prove beneficial to you if you only listen passively. Suggestion: If you listen while multitasking, make SURE you are still ACTUALLY LISTENING, taking-in and remembering the content. Have a pen and paper within reach at all times because you'll want to take note of various suggestions. If you're willing to go all-in and follow-through on the proposed "exercises", you'll absolutely experience an immediate and positive change.

Excellent and encouraging

(4.5 stars)

I had really needed a boost for my attitude and this book really helped. As usual with books of this era he talks about "lower races", but he is less derogatory and more encouraging than most of his contemporaries. The reader was wonderful! Please do more, loved the Australian accent.

Comprehended

(5 stars)

The content within this book will force you to place all things where it was designed to be placed. Things to mind. Things to body. Things to spirit. Things to soul. Place correctly. Take right action. Intended result or better result is going to occur.

Very informative

(5 stars)

I think I will need to listen to this everyday to get my mind more focused on where it should be. The mind is a very powerful tool and this book helps remind me of that. There is much power in thoughts!