What do Elvis Presley, Ronald Reagan, and the occult have in common?
Nope, not the Illuminati.
These notable figures have read books from the occult philosopher Manly P. Hall. Hall’s The Secret Destiny of America influenced Reagan’s speeches. Meanwhile, Presley wanted to meet Hall in California after reading The Secret Teachings of All Ages (review). Fearing he would meet up with fan mobs, he sent his wife Priscilla in his stead.
I came across Hall through my interest in Atlantis. Various books on the lost continent have briefly mentioned him.
WHO WAS MANLY P. HALL?
Manly Palmer Hall (1901-1990) was born in Peterborough, Ontario. With his parents divorced, he temporarily stayed with his grandmother in South Dakota. When she passed away, Hall moved to California where his mystic journey began.
Hall wrote extensively on arcane symbolism, secret societies, and lost ancient knowledge throughout his life. He wrote over 150 publications on esoteric topics and delivered over 8,000 speeches. One of Hall’s first books was on Freemasonry before he officially joined the brotherhood. He became a 33˚ Freemason (Scottish Rite) in 1973.
In 1934, Hall founded the Philosophical Research Society(PRS) in Los Angeles. People from all over can visit the site and read the books Hall has collected in his research library. Eager learners can attend classes for a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies and master degrees in consciousness studies and transformational psychology.
Someday, I’m visiting the PRS! I already see myself buying many books from the official bookstore!
- The Initiates of the Flame (1922)
- The Lost Keys of Freemasonry (1923)
- The Secret Teachings of All Ages (1928)
- The Pineal Gland: The Eye of God (1934)
- The Occult Anatomy of Man (1937)
- Healing: The Divine Art (1943)
- The Secret Destiny of America (1944)
- The Mystical Christ (1951)
- Reincarnation: The Cycle of Necessity (1979)
- The Spiritual Centers of Man (1987)
MANLY P. HALL QUOTES
“Man’s status in the natural world is determined therefore by the quality of his thinking.” –The Secret Teachings of All Ages (1928)
“All things manifesting in the lower world exist at first in the intangible rings of the upper spheres, so that creation is, in truth, the process of making tangible the intangible by extending the intangible into various, vibratory rates.” –The Qabbalah, The Secret Doctrine of Israel (2012)
“The pineal gland is a link between the consciousness of man and the invisible world of Nature. Whenever the arc of the pituitary body contacts this gland there are flashes of temporary clairvoyance, but the process of making these two work together consistently is one regularly not only years but lives of consecration and special physiological and biological training. This third eye is the Cyclopean eye of the ancients, for it was an organ of conscious vision long before the physical eyes formed, although vision was a sense of cognition rather than sight in those ancient days.” –Melchizedek and the Mystery of Fire (1927)
Manly P. Hall – Cause & Effect in Mental Process
Manly P. Hall – Pineal Gland & the Endocrine System
Manly P. Hall- Unseen Forces that Affect Our Lives *comes in five parts*
- The Living Universe Beyond our Sensory Perceptions
- Demonism in the 20th century
- Obsession and Spirit Possession
- Thought Forces and Psychic Ghosts
- Secret Powers and Why We Should Not Use Them
- Author Highlight: Zecharia Sitchin
- BOOK REVIEW: The Hermetica
- I Dreamed of a Dead Author (an Author Highlight)