on May 9, 2013
Each chapter in The History and Power of the Mind is made up from personal notes and lectures by Richard Ingalese. The apparent goal of the author is to instruct his readers on the subject, abilities, and benefits of understanding the mind from an occult point of view.
I found the book's content somewhat interesting, even fascinating; however, I was challenged by his 'old school' style of writing. I am happy that I read the book because I did get something out of it. His subject matter is unusual, and interestingly esoteric.
on March 20, 2002
This book, more than most, requires interpretive reading. Ingalese goes way out on a limb discussing some of his theories. I think had he written the book a decade or two later, after learning from Freud, Jung and other founders of modern psychology, he might interpret things a bit differently.
Nevertheless, it can still be read with benefit... if nothing else it's an inspiring and thought provoking account of the mind without the limitations (but also the structural framework) of modern psychology.
on May 29, 2016
VERY much worth reading, better than most of that era and certainly better than most on that subject. Written in the 1920s, some of the phraseology etc. is a little dated but the basic ideas are timeless.
Dr. Ingalese's approach is very practical - and so far as I can tell from very short term experimenting seems to be making a useful difference. Highly recommended.
I've glanced at a couple of other books by him or his wife - this is the best by a long shot. You don't really need the others if you have this one. But YOU have to do the work...