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Thoughts are Things [Kindle Edition]

Prentice Mulford
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Book Description

Thoughts are Things by Prentice Mulford was instrumental in the founding of the popular philosophy, New Thought, along with other notable writers including Ralph Waldo Emerson. Mulford's book, Thoughts are Things served as a guide to this new belief system and is still very popular today. The Laws of Attraction is you are what you think.


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Prentice Mulford wrote this book in 1889, long before more well-known, contemporary authors began writing about the power of thought. Despite being over 100 years old, this is a powerful book on thought.

Mulford explains we have, in effect, two minds: the mind of the body and the mind of the spirit. The mind of the body is limited and fights change. It thinks things must always be the way they've always been. The mind of the spirit trusts in the Supreme Power which made all things and knows that anything is possible if you believe.

Long before the law of attraction became widely known, Mulford talked about the fact that what we talk about and think about is what we attract to ourselves. He explains that if a group of people talk about disease or suffering, they will eventually bring disease and suffering to themselves in some form. He also notes that the surest way for a woman to become ugly is to be discontented, cross, complaining and envious of others. He therefore encourages the reader to call on the help of the Supreme Power to get into the thought current of things that are healthy, natural, strong and beautiful, and leave the negative thinking behind.

While the book talks about many aspects of the power of thought that will be familiar to today's readers, he also covers some topics you don't hear discussed as much today. One of my favorite chapters is the one on cultivating courage. He notes that courage and presence of mind mean the same thing; and cowardice and lack of mental control mean about the same thing. He notes that courage comes from discipline regarding so-called little or trivial things. It means focusing on whatever you're doing at the moment, rather than allowing your thoughts to scatter in many directions. This focus allows you to have the presence of mind to do what needs to be done, rather than to panic.

A great example of courage he gives is: "It was this electric vigilance and mind watchfulness that gave an American officer during the Revolution, who, in the confusion of battle, suddenly found himself in front of a British regiment, the deliberation to ask, 'What troops are these?' 'The Royal Scots,' was the reply. 'Royal Scots remain as you are,' was his answer, and he rode off to his own lines. That man had a mind trained to give him time to think."

I have not read another book on thought quite like this one, and would encourage anyone interested in better understanding the power of thought to give this book a try! --Kara D. Lane, Author of "Wake up to Powerful Living"

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"The best book I've ever read - bar one." I believe that we all read books for the same reason, it is a search for truth. I've been an avid and voracious reader for 18 years and often wondered if I would find my "Holy Grail" of a book, a book that would literally change my life. At long last, I've found it. This book is so full of wisdom and insight that I will continue reading over and over again. The insights are so mind blowing that I often find myself re-reading sentences and/or paragraphs 5 or 6 times. This is the kind of wisdom that I have never found anywhere else. This is the best kept secret.

Product Details

  • File Size: 257 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1907590056
  • Publisher: United Holdings Group (January 3, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HZXQ64
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109 of 112 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thought-provoking book! January 20, 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Prentice Mulford wrote this book in 1889, long before more well-known, contemporary authors began writing about the power of thought. Despite being over 100 years old, this is a powerful book on thought.

Mulford explains we have, in effect, two minds: the mind of the body and the mind of the spirit. The mind of the body is limited and fights change. It thinks things must always be the way they've always been. The mind of the spirit trusts in the Supreme Power which made all things and knows that anything is possible if you believe.

Long before the law of attraction became widely known, Mulford talked about the fact that what we talk about and think about is what we attract to ourselves. He explains that if a group of people talk about disease or suffering, they will eventually bring disease and suffering to themselves in some form. He also notes that the surest way for a woman to become ugly is to be discontented, cross, complaining and envious of others. He therefore encourages the reader to call on the help of the Supreme Power to get into the thought current of things that are healthy, natural, strong and beautiful, and leave the negative thinking behind.

While the book talks about many aspects of the power of thought that will be familiar to today's readers, he also covers some topics you don't hear discussed as much today. One of my favorite chapters is the one on cultivating courage. He notes that courage and presence of mind mean the same thing; and cowardice and lack of mental control mean about the same thing. He notes that courage comes from discipline regarding so-called little or trivial things. It means focusing on whatever you're doing at the moment, rather than allowing your thoughts to scatter in many directions.
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Thoughts are Things - These were all the main points in the book, that I thought were worth sharing, I try to save the time of making notes

Thoughts that are constantly held in your mind, will express itself in your body.

The spiritual mind will know in time that your thought influences people for or against your interests, though their bodies are thousands of miles

To say a thing must be, is the very power that makes it.

The spiritual or more enlightened mind says: "If you would help to drive away sickness, turn your thought as much as you can on health, strength and vigour, and on strong, healthy, vigorous material things, such as moving clouds, fresh breezes, the cascade, the ocean surge; on woodland scenes and growing healthy trees; on birds full of life and motion; for in so doing you turn on yourself a real current or this healthy life'giving thought, which is suggested and brought you by the thought of such vigorous, strong material objects.

When you entertain any idea and say to yourself in substance: "Well, such a thing may be, though I cannot now see it" you remove a great barrier to the carrying out and realization by yourself of the new and strange possibilities in store for you.

Hospitality is expected from relatives, when to expect hospitality is to make such entertainment the result of a demand. Presents are expected from relatives, when to expect a gift makes it rather extortion. Real gifts are always surprises. No one expects a surprise since expectation destroys surprise.

No real or lasting good comes of any gift bestowed on another unless the heart goes with it, and its bestowal is to the giver an act of unalloyed pleasure.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye-Opening Essays that Demonstrate the Power of Thought November 27, 2008
Format:Paperback
Length: 5:06 Mins
Thoughts Are Things is a series of thought-provoking essays that explain the difference between the higher self and the lower self and the effects that thoughts from these two selves have on our health and happiness.

The positive thoughts of others can encourage and sustain us or their negative thoughts can cage us, control us, even poison us. We must guard against negative outside influences.

Be careful what you think, and try whenever possible to dwell on thoughts of strength, beauty, love, and joy. You will become what you think of.
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85 of 97 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Awful reproduction July 2, 2006
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This rating has nothing to do with the content of the book. Kessinger Publishing printed this book by scanning a very old edition. As a result the book is very difficult to read ... the typeset came out very blurry. Many words were impossible to discern. The orignial book was probably 4" X 7". The book was printed 8 1/2" X 11" leaving way too much white space. Many of the pages are not aligned properly. The poor quality of the printing was extremely distracting. I found I was contentrating more on the print that the content.

The main value of the book is in providing some historical prespective on the evolution of thinking about the power of thoughts. There are many modern authors who have expanded on Mulford's thoughts. In my opinion it is very easy to find many books which have better developed the ideas contained in this book.

Kessinger did a real disservice to Mulford. My experience with this book was so bad that I will never consider buying another Kessinger Publishing book.

If you can overlook the extremely poor quality reproduction, it is worth reading. To me there is just too many books worth reading to spend time laboring over a book that is so poorly printed.
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