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The Edinburgh Lectures on Mental Science Paperback – April 4, 2008
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Half philosophy, half science, Troward's little volume builds a rational and plausible basis for controlling events in what most people would deem "supernatural" ways. His premise, condensed down to three words, is "faith changes reality" -- it's what comes up in exploring that hypothesis that makes the book interesting. The book is as well-organized and well-presented as you would expect any college textbook to be, although the flowery 100-year-old language might be a turn-off to some.
While "Edinburgh" is of use to people trying to understand (or accept) magic, its greatest value is by far for those who are already exploring the subject. I wish that this book came in clue bat form, so I could hit a number of would-be "mages" over the head with it, and have them absorb it instantly. While one may not necessarily agree with everything Troward says (I found the insistence on a Christian perspective rather extreneous, for example), his ability to build a rich and cohesive system is an inspiration -- and a solid foundation. Ultimately, those who wish to change the world must understand it, and this book can be a great first step on that path. It's one of the must-read books on my bookshelf.
These lectures, on what became known as 'New Thought', kind of metaphysical also, are nothing short of profound - if you study them and work them, not just read them.
The principles contained in them are truly the secret to all this modern day talk about the 'Law of Attraction' and 'The Secret Movie' etc..
I came across them a few years ago, and now they form a solid piece of my personal growth - in fact most Sundays I use these as my spiritual lessons[..]
Yes, you need to study them, think about them, and shift your thinking into a more contemporary context - but the principles are timeless, and beautiful..
Thomas Troward writes and explains everything so elegantly. I love reading anything that has to do with him.
The only problem I ever have with writings of T. Troward is that sometimes he speaks a little too intellectually. He also sometimes refers to things that are a bit dated, and that can also make it difficult to follow along at times.
There is nothing else out there for learning how to use your thoughts to control your life, like the teachings of Thomas Troward. If that is an area of study that interests you, then read anything of his you can get your hands on.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this easy to understand book. I have read several books on mental imagery for the past six months and this one is one of the best in explaining exactly how it... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Star Gazer
Edinburgh Lectures is a classic in the New Thought movement, with Judge Troward having been among its most influential contributors. Read morePublished 4 months ago by zarafa
We need to have every high school kids read Thomas Troward books..... They do not teach anything like that in school and it is shameful.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very good companion book to "The Law & The Word". If you want to understand how creation functions, read this book and "The Law & The Word".Published 6 months ago by Paul Johnson
A brilliant book for who ever is interested in meta physic, personal growth.Published 9 months ago by tom benjamin
Honestly, I listened to it, and then read it...twice! Beautiful and brilliant language that you will want to study.Published 9 months ago by Jenna Anderson