William Walker Atkinson

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William Walker Atkinson

William Walker Atkinson (1862-1935) is best known for authorship of The Kybalion and numerous works on Yoga Philosophy, New Thought, mental powers, and Theosophical topics.

Personal life

Involvement with Theosophical Society

As early as 1885, Atkinson corresponded with early Society leaders Thomas Moore Johnson and Elliott B. Page.[1] He became a member of the American Theosophical Society on January 28, 1903, while living in Chicago, according the records of the international Theosophical Society based in Adyar, Chennai, India.[2] References to Atkinson or any of his known pseudonyms are infrequent in the magazines of the Society, but it is clear that he maintained a relationship, both as a writer and as a lecturer.

In January, 1916, a notice appeared in The Messenger:

Mr. Elias Gewurz has placed with us, as a donation, a number of copies of his latest book, THE HIDDEN TREASURES OF THE ANCIENT QABALAH. We in turn are making a gift of one copy to each of the newly-chartered lodges as a nucleus for its library yet to be. Return thanks and appreciation to Mr. Gewurz are here made.[3]

It was further reported in June of that year that Elias Gewurz donated "his latest book, published at Krotona to the library of the Dallas Lodge.[4]

The Hidden Treasures of the Ancient Qabalah was published in 1915 by the Theosophical Book Concern at the Krotona headquarters of the American Theosophical Society. It was introduced with this review:

The first volume of a new series is just off the press. Those who have found inspiration in the author’s previous book, THE DIARY OF A CHILD OF SORROW, will gratefully welcome this series concerning the ancient Qabalah, which Madame Blavatsky said “is the key of the Sanctuary”, and that “it contains the quintessence of all philosophies, the light, life and wisdom of all ages and all generations.”

This volume is the substance of lectures read by the author before the Krotona Lodge during May and June of the present year. There are ten chapters and a closing Qabalistic Prayer.

Mr. Gewurz is a devoted scholar of this ancient wisdom of the Rabbis, and his book presents in a very attractive manner many of those “hidden treasures”, revealing much of that gold of wisdom and spiritual wealth which have been sacredly garnered for ages.

A. H. T.[5]

Writings

As the editor of Advanced Thought magazine, Atkinson wrote many articles under several names. The Union Index of Theosophical Periodicals lists 8 articles by or about Elias Gewurz andand one by Swami Ramacharaka.

Atkinson used many pseudonyms in his writings. He is believed to have written over 100 books, and the following list is incomplete. Titles are listed alphabetically for each author, unless otherwise noted.

As William Walker Atkinson

  • The Arcane Formulas or Mental Alchemy. Chicago: The Arcane Book Concern, 1909. Available at Hathitrust. "A supplementary volume to The Arcane Teaching."
  • The Art of Logical Thinking; Or, The Laws of Reasoning. Chicago: The Progress Co, 1909. Available at Project Gutenberg and Hathitrust.
  • The Crucible of Modern Thought. Chicago: The Progress Company, 1910. Available at Hathitrust.
  • Dynamic Thought; Or, The Law of Vibrant Energy. Los Angeles: The Segnogram Publishing Company, 1906. Available at Project Gutenberg and Hathitrust.
  • How to Read Human Nature: Its Inner States and Outer Forms. Holyoke, Mass: Elizabeth Towne Co., 1913, 1916. Available at Project Gutenberg and [Hathitrust.
  • Memory: How to Develop, Train, and Use It. Holyoke, Mass: Elizabeth Towne Co., 1912, 1913, 1919. Available at Project Gutenberg and Hathitrust.
  • Human Nature: Its Inner States and Outer Forms. Chicago: The Progress Company, 1910. Available at Hathitrust.
  • The Inner Consciousness. Chicago: Advanced Thought Publishing Co., 1908. Available at Hathitrust.
  • Mind and Body; or, Mental States and Physical Conditions. Chicago: The Progress Company, 1910. Available at Project Gutenberg.
  • Nuggets of the New Thought: Several Things That Have Helped People. Chicago: Psychic Research Company, 1902. Available at Project Gutenberg.
  • Practical Mind-Reading. Chicago: Advanced Thought Publishing Co., 1908. Available at Project Gutenberg and Hathitrust.
  • Practical Psychomancy and Crystal Gazing. Chicago: Yoga Publication Society, 1908. Available at Project Gutenberg.
  • The Psychology of Salesmanship. Holyoke, Mass: Elizabeth Towne Co., 1916. Available at Project Gutenberg.
  • Reincarnation and the Law of Karma. Chicago: Yogi Publication Society, 1908. Available at Project Gutenberg and Hathitrust.
  • The Secret of Success. Chicago Advanced Thought Publishing Co., 1908. Available at Hathitrust.
  • A Series of Lessons in Personal Magnetism, psychic influence, thought-force, concentration, will-power and practical mental science. Chicago: University of Psychic Science, 1901. Available at Hathitrust.
  • Telepathy, Its Theory, Facts and Proof. Chicago: New Thought Publishing, 1910. Available at Hathitrust.
Title page from A Course of Advanced Lessons in Clairvoyance and Occult Powers
  • Thought-Culture; Or, Practical Mental Training. Chicago: The Progress Company, 1909. Available at Project Gutenberg.
  • Thought-Force in Business and Everyday Life; being a series of lessons in personal magnetism, psychic influence, thought-force, concentration, will power, and practical mental science. New York: Sydney Flower, [1903]. Available at Hathitrust.
  • Thought Vibration; or the Law of Attraction in the Thought World. Chicago: The New Thought Publishing Co., 1909. Available at Hathitrust.
  • The Will: Its Nature, Power and Development. Chicago: Progress Company, 1909. Available at Hathitrust.
  • Your Mind and How to Use It. Holyoke, Mass.: Elizabeth Towne Co., 1911. Available at Hathitrust.

As Swami Panchadasi

  • A Course of Advanced Lessons in Clairvoyance and Occult Powers. Chicago: Advanced Thought Publishing Co., 1916. Available at Hathitrust, Hathitrust, and Hathitrust. 319 pages.
  • The Human Aura: Astral Colors and Thought Forms. Chicago: Yoga Publication Society, 1912. Available at Project Gutenberg.

As Yogi Ramacharaka

  • The Bhagavad Gita or the Message of the Master. Chicago: Yogi Publication Society, 1907. Available at Hathitrust.
  • The Hindu-Yogi Science Of Breath. Available at Project Gutenberg.
  • Mystic Christianity; Or, The Inner Teachings of the Master. Chicago: Yogi Publication Society, 1908. Available at Project Gutenberg.
  • A Series of Lessons in Gnani Yoga: The Yoga of Wisdom. Available at Project Gutenberg.
  • A Series of Lessons in Mystic Christianity. Chicago: Yogi Publication Society, 1907. Available at Hathitrust.
  • A Series of Lessons in Raja Yoga. Chicago: Yogi Publication Society, 1906. Available at Project Gutenberg and Hathitrust.

As Swami Bhakta Vishita

  • The development of seership : the science of knowing the future : Hindoo and oriental methods : coming events cast their shadows before. Available at Hathitrust. 384 pages.
  • Genuine Mediumship; or, The Invisible Powers. Chicago: Advanced Thought Publishing Co., 1919. Available at Project Gutenberg and Hathitrust.

As Theron Q. Dumont

  • Culture of Personality: Art and Science of Personal Magnetism. Volume 1. Chicago: Advanced Thought Publishing Co., 1913. Available at Hathitrust.
  • The Master Mind; or the key to mental power, development and efficiency. Chicago: Advanced Thought Publishing Co., 1918. Available at Hathitrust.
  • The Power of Concentration. London: L.N. Fowler, [1916]. Available at Hathitrust; 1918 edition.

Written with Edward E. Beals

Listed in numerical sequence as published in a series of twelve titles.

  • Personal Power or Your Master Self. Ramsey, NJ: Robert Collier Book Corp., 1922. Available at Internet Archive.
  • Creative Power or Your Constructive Forces. Ramsey, NJ: Robert Collier Book Corp., 1922. Available at Internet Archive.
  • Desire Power or Your Energizing Forces. Ramsey, NJ: Robert Collier Book Corp., 1922. Available at Internet Archive.
  • Faith Power or Your Inspirational Forces. Ramsey, NJ: Robert Collier Book Corp., 1922. Available at Internet Archive.
  • Will Power or Your Dynamic Forces. Ramsey, NJ: Robert Collier Book Corp., 1922. Available at Internet Archive.
  • Subconscious Power or Your Secret Forces. Ramsey, NJ: Robert Collier Book Corp., 1922. Available at Internet Archive.
  • Spiritual Power or the Infinite Fount. Ramsey, NJ: Robert Collier Book Corp., 1922. Available at Internet Archive.
  • Thought Power or Radio-Mentalism. Ramsey, NJ: Robert Collier Book Corp., 1922. Available at Internet Archive.
  • Perceptive Power or The Art of Observation. Ramsey, NJ: Robert Collier Book Corp., 1922. Available at Internet Archive.
  • Reasoning Power or Practical Logic. Ramsey, NJ: Robert Collier Book Corp., 1922. Available at Internet Archive.
  • Character Power or Positive Individuality. Ramsey, NJ: Robert Collier Book Corp., 1922. Available at Internet Archive.
  • Regenerative Power or Vital Rejuvenation. Ramsey, NJ: Robert Collier Book Corp., 1922. Available at Internet Archive.

Collections of his works

  • The Wisdom of William Walker Atkinson. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2013.

Additional resources

Notes

  1. Elliott B. Page letter to Thomas Moore Johnson, dated November 6, 1886. Quoted in Patrick D. Bowen and K. Paul Johnson, editors, eds. Letters to the Sage: Selected Correspondence of Thomas Moore Johnson Volume One: The Esotericists (Forest Grove, OR: The Typhon Press, 2016), 336.
  2. Theosophical Society General Membership Register, 1875-1942 at http://tsmembers.org/. See book 2, entry 22933 (website file: 2B/79).
  3. "From the National Secretary" The Messenger 3.8 (January, 1916), 227.
  4. "From the National Secretary" The Messenger 4.1 (June, 1916), 19-22.
  5. A.H.T. [Adelia H. Taffinder], "Book Reviews" The Messenger 3.2 (July, 1915), 54.