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Occult America The Secret History of How Mysticism Shaped Our NationRet history of how mysticism shaped our nation the title says But it doesn t seem that there s really all that much of a secret to this history it s simply not well known And even disappointing the history doesn t reveal much about how the nation was shaped In fact even disappointing the history doesn t reveal much about how the nation was shaped In fact Horowitz admits at the end it s really a matter of how the history of mysticism was shaped by our nation The encounter between America and occultism resulted in a vast reworking of arcane practices and beliefs from the Old World and the creation of a new spiritual culture This new culture extolled religious egalitarianism and responded perhaps than any other movement in history to the inner needs and search of the individual p 258This book could have been a fascinating study in the intricacies of American occult movements The prose was easily accessible and the book itself is well researched and filled with a wealth of information But there seems to be little direct connection between many of the points raised Each chapter seems to focus on its on particular piece of occult history with a niue cast of characters and no clearly delineated development between or among movements There are exceptions to be sure and Horowitz draws a few links between bits of history but the connections are mostly rather shaky and don t provide a clear sense of purpose The goal of each of the chapters thus remains a bit muddled and the role of purpose The goal of each of the chapters thus remains a bit muddled and the role of of the figures in shaping American history is anything but clear I take issue with Horowitz s se of the term occult as well A lot of what Horowitz represents as occult seems to me no than parlor games and not even mystical or magic ones at that Certainly Ouija gets a mention but most of the other historical references are far obscure and less mystical And while the title would seem to suggest that these various curiosities shaped American history they seem to suggest that these various curiosities shaped American history they seem to belong to much of a fringe audience for most of their existence Not ntil the 1960s does the nation really seem to see a significant culture altering occult movement There are smaller influences here and there along the way but I m not convinced that they really have the sort of hold on mainstream American lifestyles that Horowitz seems to want to believe they do It s certainly an interesting read but I don t come away from it feeling that I ve gained any knowledge that I can really put toward a particular nderstanding The book seems a collection of trivia and random factoids than a well structured convincing treatise It s taken me than two months to get through it simply because I never really felt that the book was going anywhere It s certainly not the sort of book the title and cover blurb make it out to be I found Occult America to be an absolutely engaging historical account of the spiritual leaders and movements that helped pave the way for Mysticism in the world today Many people were brought to my attention that I had never before heard of but have played such a pivotal rol. Ve spirituality brings it out of the shadows Here is a rich fascinating and colorful history of a religious revolution and an epic of offbeat history From the meaning of the symbols on the one dollar bill to the origins of the Ouija board Occult America briskly sweeps from the nation’s earliest days to the birth of the New Age era and traces many people and episodes including•The spirit medium who became America’s first female religious leader in 1776 •The supernatural passions that marked the career of Mormon prophet Joseph Smith •The rural Sunday school teacher whose clairvoyant visions instigated the dawn of the New Age •The prominence of mind power mysticism in.

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Like I mentioned before this is a very superficial introduction to the not well known history of the occult in America It does a decent job of illustrating that Americans do seem to have a bit of a mystical vein Today is most widely manifest by the popularization of its once mysterious teachings in things like The Secret the pentecostal and evangelical mega church movements
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even motivational for that matter The whole Positive Thinking the Imagery movements all of that stuff that is now called Self help once was the domain of the occult and mystics that blended their teaching with that is now called Self help once was the domain of the occult and mystics that blended their teaching with Pragmatism Not a whole lot surprising in this book except that it is interesting how history has largely been silent on its influences on important people and movements in American History It seems like it has been the counter culture of American Materialism and has thrived by promising people everything from wealth and riches to lasting happiness Stylistically the author wrote like a High School boy with ADHD jumping around so much from topic to topic and person to person that is can make you dizzy just trying to remember the long list of names and places This also means that he only lightly touching on them He could have focused a little in depth on a few of the critical occult individuals instead of trying to introduce almost all of them in so few pages A sweeping and scatter shot survey of the history of esoteric spirituality in America Useful as an introductory overview it helped make sense of some of the connections between occult ideology and mainstream religious and social movements Horowitz provides ample illustration of his central thesis that occult traditions have had a significant often largely nseen influence movements Horowitz provides ample illustration of his central thesis that occult traditions have had a significant often largely Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit unseen influence the history of the United States and that American culture in turn has left its distinctive stamp on these thought movementsThe particular connections and contrasts between the various movements discussed however were often hard to follow The lines of influence between occult traditions and certain Christian movements for example and the differences and reasons for those differences between the variety of esoteric systems were often presented in tooick and cursory a manner for solid comprehension The choice to proceed in a generally but not strictly chronological manner also lends confusion Key background information is sometimes lacking for example Emanuel Swedenborg is repeatedly mentioned as a major influence Naomi and Her Daughters upon important figures in the narrative but he is not properly introduced The even handedness of the account is commendable Horowitz sympathies with the traditions he describes are sometimes evident but he doesn t avoid discussing some of the negative dimensions of their history The result is an insider s account of the history of American occultism that is highly accessible to an outsider excepting for some points of information that might demand outside research to flesh out the presentation The sec. It touched lives as disparate as those of Frederick Douglass Franklin Roosevelt and Mary Todd Lincoln who once convinced her husband Abe to host a séance in the White House Americans all they were among the famous figures whose paths intertwined with the mystical and esoteric movement broadly known as the occult Brought over from the Old World and spread throughout the New by some of the most obscure but gifted men and women of early US history this “hidden wisdom” transformed the spiritual life of the still young nation and through it much of the Western worldYet the story of the American occult has remained largelyntold Now a leading writer on the subject of alternati. E in the spiritual movements such as Johannes Kelpius Ann Lee and Jemima Wilkinson to name just a fewOccult America also discusses Well Known Historical Figures Such known historical figures such Mary Todd Lincoln Abraham Lincoln s wife and her fascination with the occult and occult practices often getting Abraham Lincoln s wife and her fascination with the occult and occult practices often getting husband involved in White House seances Lincoln was well known for her involvement in Occult matters especially after the assassination of her husband the President Another interesting celebrity involved in the occult so I have found through Occult America is Sylvia Plath who sed the Ouija board along with her husband Ted Hughes This is to believed to have been the inspiration for her poem Ouija It is eerily said that the Ouija predicted fame for Plath which would cost her both her life with her husband and her own life It is a little spooky if you ask meHorowitz s brief history of the Ouija that both thrilled and terrified me The account taken from an excerpt in the 2001 International Journal of Parapsychology of an 18 year old s experiences with the Ouija is enough to give you nightmares for a day or twoAlthough Occult America is brief in the subjects it does introduce the reader to and that is my only true complaint Horowitz did a wonderful job of introducing subject matters not before heavily discussed However because of this I really felt as if this was almost of an introductory book about the history of the occult rather than any sort of true detailed literature Because Occult America freuently jumped from subject to subject it did have the potential to cause headaches in some readers who really wish to get involved in one topic at a time before transitioning to the next Because of Horowitz obvious amount of time spent in research I hope that this is only a sign of to come from Horowitz and am hoping he ll continue to delve deeper into detailed historical accounts in future books so readers can gain a better nderstanding of each subject matterAs there were so many peopled discussed I felt that there were many sections in Occult America that could truly be its own standalone book I feel it is important that Horowitz takes the introductory information presented in Occult America and Weck mich nie use that information as a skeleton for his next books adding a little bit meat to the bones so that the reader may truly gain an in depthnderstanding of the history of Mysticism I just couldn t bring myself to finish this The title gives the impression that mysticisim and the occult actually played a big role in American history and that the author will be revealing fascinating secrets Nope Instead it s just a simple history of the various weird things that people have believed in for a certain value of weird of course It s actually very dry which is a shame Probably overresearched and overwritten Top that off with a complete and total lack of critical reasoning applied to some of this stuff and it s both dull and overly credulous Couldn t even make it past theosoph. The black nationalist politics of Marcus Garvey•The Idaho druggist whose mail order mystical religion ranked as the eighth largest faith in the world during the Great Depression Here too are America’s homegrown religious movements from transcendentalism to spiritualism to Christian Science to the positive thinking philosophy that continues to exert such a powerful pull on the public today A feast for believers in alternative spirituality an eye opener for anyone curious about the Verbrande Paradys unknown byroads of American history Occult America is an engaging long overdue portrait of one nationnder many gods whose revolutionary influence is still being felt in every corner of the glob.