BOOK REVIEW: “The Secret Teachings of All Ages” by Manly P. Hall

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Manly P. Hall wrote The Secret Teachings of All Ages when he was 27 years old. Not many people his age studied the occult world more than he did.

It’s interesting that Hall published The Secret Teachings during the 1920s.  After WWI, people mainly focused on living happy, materialistic lives. Esoteric philosophy was nowhere on their minds.

The Secret Teachings of All Ages is a world full of mysticism still alive in today’s society. You’ll uncover everything from alchemy symbols to the zodiac signs. What you want to know about the occult world is all in here.

Why most of the book’s content was considered hidden knowledge?

Long ago,  ancient mystery followers remained silent to outsiders about their practices. The last thing they wanted is somebody tampering with their rituals. Worse, a false initiate wrecking their secret society’s existence.

Secret Subjects

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The Secret Teachings includes the following subjects (and more):

  • Alchemy
  • Black magic (I promise nothing spooky)
  • Chakras
  • Christian mysticism
  • Druids
  • Elementals
  • Freemasonry
  • Hermeticism
  • Kabbalah
  • The Mystery Cults (Eleusinian, Mithraic, etc.)
  • Pythagoras’ Life
  • Rosicrucianism
  • Tarot cards

Overall, my top three favorite chapters were about Atlantis, hermetic pharmacology, and the purpose of alchemy.

Conclusion

You’d want to refer to The Secret Teachings if you ever questioned the meaning behind the dollar bill or the Washington Monument.

Good news: You don’t have to read the entire book! I mean, it’s an encyclopedia, not your casual fiction novel. I’ve read the whole book because I’m a nerd like that.

Have you read The Secret Teachings of All Ages?  Feel free to comment below!

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BOOK REVIEW: “Mental Chemistry” by Charles F. Haanel


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  • Title:  Mental Chemistry (Amazon) (Goodreads)
  • Author: Charles F. Haanel
  • Publication: Wilder Publications (December 18, 2008) *orignally published in 1922*
  • Genre: Self-help, New Age/Metaphysical
  • Pages: 120
  • Format: Paperback
  • Source: Purchased
  • Rating: 5/5 stars

I’ve found Mental Chemistry at Barnes & Noble with its unusual cover. By then, I knew the book covered some deep matrix-y subjects, and it did.

The basis of Mental Chemistry: our minds reflect the Universal Mind and the Universal Mind is the source of everything. In more simple terms, our mind is the microcosm, and the Universal Mind is the macrocosm. A quote from Nikola Tesla comes to mind:

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“My brain is only a receiver, in the Universe, there is a core from which we obtain knowledge, strength, and inspiration.”

We can create abundance since we channel the source of everything. We are infinite beings. The ability to manifest endlessly is in our hands, but we barely use it.

Mental Chemistry reminds me so much of Wallace Wattles’ The Science of Getting Rich. Both Haanel and Wattles speak of bringing down abundance from an invisible higher source.

 I’ve written down many valuable notes from reading Mental Chemistry. Here are nine takeaways you can use in your life.

 Nine Takeaways from Mental Chemistry

  1. Those who acknowledge their thoughts are infinite have great power.

 Think about those who are always making something new: Elon Musk, the fellas behind Apple, Nintendo, and more.

Oprah Winfrey is a great example of an unlimited creator. She is an actress, philanthropist, and a former TV show host with dozens of books and magazines under her name. All Oprah has put out in the world represents the countless treasures from her mind.

  1. Thought is more valuable than all the gold in the world

If you repeatedly work on manifesting your ideas, money will follow. What’s stopping you?

  1. Every thought becomes a physical thought

Without thought, where would we be? Depending on external circumstances to give you your desire is only a disservice to yourself. Put action into your thoughts, and your desire will appear.

  1. Mental currents are real

Your thoughts are like radio signals. You get whatever you’re turned to. Whether you think of positive or negative thoughts, the people and the events will come to you.

  1. Thoughts + Action = Harmony

Manifestations come to life when your actions mirror your thoughts. For example, you must exercise and eat clean daily to lose weight. You won’t get your dream body by simply thinking about it.  You must pick up the healthy habits for your dream body to manifest.

  1. Abundance is the natural law of the universe

Abundance is everywhere. Think of all the stars in the sky, the published books, and the ideas discussed in this world. Take note you too can create your own abundant universe.

  1. What you think creates happiness

This may sound cheesy, but happiness truly comes from within, not from the Rolls-Royce or the $50 million home. Happiness comes from knowing you have an infinite mind. Therefore, you can be creating everything you want from nothing.

  1. Be creative, and you’ll be successful

Whoever claims writers, painters, and other creative people will never make money have no clue of their real power. Everybody is born with unlimited creativity. How much you tap into it determines your success.

  1. The three keys of creativity: imagination, visualization, and concentration.

Use these three traits daily, and you’ll find yourself in some wonderful places. J.K. Rowling made sure she got her little story about a young wizard was finished. Look where her imagination has taken her.

Conclusion

Mental Chemistry reminds readers to take control of the power that lies within their minds. Haanel wants you to realize how powerful you are. Your mind is your superpower.

Have you read Mental Chemistry or any other book from Charles F. Haanel?

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REVIEW: “Infinite Possibilities” by Mike Dooley

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What You Think Is What You Get

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If you think your life choices are limited, Infinite Possibilities might change your mind. Mike Dooley’s book covers Law of Attraction (LOA) concepts.

The Law of Attraction is the belief what you focus on will manifest eventually. For example, if you keep thinking about the TV show Stranger Things, something related to the show will pop up in your life. You might find a box of Eggo waffles in the grocery store or a Hawkins middle school T-shirt at the mall. It’s the little synchronicities that count.

I found Infinite Possibilities more hands-on than The Secret. Not to say I would toss The Secret aside, but the book merely tells readers good things will come if they only think about it. Sure, that’s cool and all, but you won’t manifest a yummy Chipotle burrito out of thin air. We haven’t reached that level of human evolution with those possible abilities. We live in a 3D reality where we have to get out of the couch and make things happen with physical action.

Dooley’s Epic Life

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Dooley changed his negative career beliefs and ended up working for Price Waterhouse Coopers. As an international tax consultant, he was able to travel to places he never thought he’d visit during his lifetime.

Can the same things happen to you? Miracles happen if you believe in the power of your thoughts.

Conclusion

Infinite Possibilities is a nice coffee table book you’d pick up when you’re completely out of motivation. I recommend reading it more than once to grasp the book’s concepts. Reread your highlighted favorites at least.

For avid Law of Attraction fans, you can add this to your LOA collection. You either may find something new or the same, repeated themes. There were a few chapters I merely skimmed because I read it before in other books.

Infinite Possibilities is about changing your mental state. Change your inner world and watch your reality transform.

Have you read any LOA books like Infinite Possibilities or anything from Mike Dooley? Feel free to comment below!

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If Santa Gave Me 25 Books for Christmas…

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Instead of having all of your presents on Christmas Day, what if Santa came by every day for 25 days giving you one gift?

I’d ask Santa to give me 25 books:

25 Books Christmas Wish List

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  1. Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce
    • Read it middle school. Never owned the book.
  2. Angelology by Danielle Trussoni
  3. The Atlantean Legacy by Paula Bates
  4. Mask and Shadows by Stephanie Burgis
  5. Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor

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  1. Berserk by Kentaro Miura
    • Have to read the manga since the anime ended it with a serious cliffhanger!
  2. Dead Tube by Mikoto Yamaguchi & Touta Kitakawa
    • Only available in French for some reason
  3. Demon Love Spell by Mayu Shinjo
  4. Happy Mania by Moyoko Anno
  5. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure by Hirohiko Araki
    • Currently unavailable 😦

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  1. The Alchemy of Sexual Energy by Mantak Chia
  2. A Beginner’s Guide to Creating Reality by Ramtha
  3. Nothing in this Book is True, but It’s Exactly How Things Are by Bob Frissell
  4. The Pineal Gland: The Eye of God by Manly P. Hall
    • Currently in love with Hall’s works since I’ve started reading The Secret Teachings of All Ages.
  5. The Secret Source by Maja D’Aoust & Adam Parfrey

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  1. Become an Idea Machine by Claudia Azula Altucher
  2. Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk
  3. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
  4. The First 20 Hours by Josh Kaufman
  5. The Now Habit by Neil Fiore

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  1. 2,000 to 10,000 by Rachel Aaron
  2. The Fluff-Free Freelance Writing Master Course by Alina Bradford
  3. The Miracle Morning for Writers by Hal Elrod
  4. On Writing by Stephen King
  5. You Are a Writer by Jeff Goins

 

 

 

 

I’m ready to see the books I’ll get this Christmas! If I don’t get any, those lovely  Amazon and bookstore gift cards I always find in my Christmas stocking will do. 😉

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My November 2017 Book Haul

November was another small reading month. I read some great books including Asterix the Gaul. The last time I’ve read anything related to the French comic was high school.

Asterix is an incredibly popular character in European comic history. France has even dedicated a theme park to Asterix’s world.

Here’s my November 2017 book haul:

Adult Non-Fiction

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1. Infinite Possibilities by Mike Dooley (3/5 stars)

Law of Attraction fans should consider reading Infinite Possibilities. The book can be a bit repetitive, but it’s still a good read.

Recommended for readers into:

  • Law of Attraction
  • New Age Spirituality
  • Self-Help

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2. Pitch Anything by Oren Klaff (3/5 stars)

Do you suck at pitches? Pitch Anything will do wonders for you.

Oren Klaff uses one simple method to nail all his pitches. This book reveals the juicy details to kickstart your pitching game!

Recommended for readers into:

  • Business
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing

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3. It Was the Best of Sentences, It Was the Worst of Sentences by June Casagrande (3/5 stars)

You’re going to have grammar lessons for life as a full-time writer. Read this book if you desperately need to improve sentence skills!

June Casagrande uncovers grammar topics you need to know from relative clauses to those accursed semi-colons.

Recommended for readers into:

  • Language
  • Reference books
  • Writing
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4. Hustle by Neil Patel, Jonas Koffler, and Peter Vlaskovitz (4/5 stars) (review)

The authors reveal how they’ve made it to the top of their careers through hustling. You’ll learn to do the same (results may vary).

Recommended for readers into:

  • Business
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Self-Help

 Comics

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1. Asterix the Gaul by René Goscinny (4/5 stars)

The Romans have conquered all of Gaul except for the little town of Amorica. Asterix has kept the village safe from Roman invasion.

The town druid Getafix makes invincibility potions for Asterix to scare the Romans away. Eventually, the Romans kidnap Getafix to reveal his secret potion recipe.

Asterix must save his druid friend before the Romans finally find a way to destroy and conquer Amorica.

Recommended for readers into:

  • European comics
  • Historical fiction comics
  • Stories set in ancient civilizations

 That’s all for November 2017! Look out for my December haul later this month.

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12 New Age Fiction Books You Can Read Right Now

There’s not enough new age fiction out there.

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I read a thoughtful Writer’s Digest article on why the world needs more new age fiction.  There isn’t many I can quickly think of from the top of my head.

Sure, there’s Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist and James Redfield’s The Celestine Prophecy, but what else?

There has to be more.

Finding new age fiction books is hard (for me, at least). You can find thousands of new age nonfiction books, but fiction ones are rare Pokémon in the safari zone. It takes forever!

Going through Goodreads, Amazon, new age publishers, and new age authors’ websites, I found 12 new age fiction books you can read right now:

1. The Fifth Sacred Thing by Starhawk

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In the future, war has destroyed much of America leaving San Franciso to become a matriarchal, eco-friendly city.  An ultra conservatives group has its eyes set to take control of the green city. The new San Franciscans will stop at nothing to keep their new Eden at peace.

2.  The Fortune Teller by Gwendolyn Womack

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An antique dealer possesses an ancient manuscript about a missing tarot deck. The more she searches for the cards, the more she realizes how close the cards are to her.

3. The Hermit by Tuesday Lobsang Rama

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A young monk listens to an old hermit’s strange encounter with otherworldly visits traveling on metallic ships.

4. The Magic Mala: A Story That Changes Lives by Bob Olson

The Magic Mala: A Story That Changes Lives

An unfortunate’s writer life changes for the better when he picks up a set of magical mala beads.

5. Meet Me in Atlantis by Megan Sebastian

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A magnetic earth reversal massively reshapes Earth, and a new landmass rises from the ocean. A doctor escapes from her ruined city to what might be the legendary Atlantis.

6. The Merkaba Mystery by Iva Kenaz

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“Merkaba” were the last words Seraphina remembers before she finds herself mysteriously by a river with a pack of magical tools. She ventures through Prague’s old Jewish quarters and regains more of her memories through her flashback episodes.

7. The Mystical Village That Rewired Reality by Justin Nathan

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Anax finds a magical hidden village isolated in the woods and meets a superhuman tribe.  He eventually falls in love with a woman with incredible power, but she’s missing a piece of her soul.

Anax’s new mission is to help her regain her soul with the new abilities he has learned from the village.

8. Outview by Brandt Legg

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Nate sets off on a journey to save his brother from a mental institution and solve the mystery of his father’s death with the help of young mystics.

9. Revelations of the Ruby Crystal by Barabara Hand Clow

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A Boston graduate uses a magical ruby ring to uncover the Vatican’s dark history including the sexual abuse scandals.

10. Sara (Book One) by Esther & Jerry Hicks

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Solomon, the magical owl, teaches Sara the Law of Attraction.

Yes, the authors of Ask & It Is Given and The Vortex have created this trilogy.  🙂

11. The Secrets of Mago Castle by Rebecca Tinkle

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Five people from Sedona, Arizona use their newly-discovered spiritual powers to save humanity from extinction.

12. The Sea Priestess by Dion Fortune

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Shapeshifter Vivian Le Fay Morgan and her partner Wilfred Maxwell investigate a cult studying the moon tides’ hidden knowledge.

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Comment below if you’ve found any good New Age fiction for grabs!

 

 

 

My October 2017 Book Haul

This month, I finally picked up a teen book after a LONG time. I haven’t read any since The Hunger Games and Twilight were popular. The love triangle tropes really turned me off from reading YA for a while.

Below, you’ll find out which YA book I read along with the rest in my October 2017 book haul:

Adult Fiction

Solomon’s Angels by Doreen Virtue (3/5 stars) (review)

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Doreen Virtue weaves an interesting story about the meeting between the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon. Not only Virtue extends a story barely mentioned in the Bible, but she adds some noteworthy metaphysical topics as well.

This book has drawn me into researching more about King Solomon legends.

Recommended for readers into:

  • Angels
  • Biblical characters
  • New Age subjects

Adult Non-Fiction

Crop Circles by Steve & Karen Alexander (3/5 stars) (review)

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What’s the meaning behind these crop circles? These symbols  have been reported all over England and other rural areas all around the world.

Crop Circles deciphers the symbolism behind these crop formations with sacred geometry, math, and numerology.

Recommend for readers into:

  • Aliens
  • Crop circles
  • New Age subjects

The Dimensions of Paradise by John Michell (3/5 stars)

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Numbers and shapes play major roles creating the universe.

Esoteric writer John Michell believes they had their parts forming sacred sites like Stonehenge and Glastonbury.  He dives deep into these geometric connections and states why places like Atlantis have failed.

Warning: Prepare for tons of math!

Recommended for readers into:

  • New Age subjects
  • Numerology
  • Sacred geometry

Your Internet Cash Machine by Joe Vitale & Jillian Coleman Wheeler (4/5 stars) (review)

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Tired of working your dull 9-5 job?

Read Your Internet Cash Machine and you’ll learn how to sell your own products and do affiliate marketing as part of your wildly successful online business.

Your Internet Cash Machine is a bit outdated but carries plenty of timeless, valuable advice.

Recommended for readers into:

  • Affiliate marketing
  • Business
  • eCommerce

YA

The Lost Code by Kevin Emerson (4/5 stars)

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Owen is a normal summer camp teen until he discovers he has grown gills after a drowning incident.

His camp counselors are holding secrets linked to an ancient temple hidden deep in the camp’s lake. These very secrets may have connection to Owen’s dormant Atlantean DNA.

Recommended for readers into:

  • Dystopian YA
  • Fiction with Atlantis themes
  • YA

What was in your October 2017 book haul? Feel free to add your lists in the comments below! :3