Prentice Mulford (5 April 1834 – 27 May 1891) was a noted literary humorist and California author. In addition, he helped found the New Thought movement. He also coined the term Law of Attraction.
In 1856 he sailed to California where he would spend the next 16 years. During this time, Mulford spent several years in mining towns, trying to find his fortune in gold, copper, or silver. After leaving the mining life, Mulford ran for a position on the California State Assembly in Sacramento. Although he was nominated, he ultimately lost the election. He returned to San Franciscoand began writing for a weekly newspaper, The Golden Era. Mulford spent five years as a writer and editor for various papers and was named by many San Franciscans a “Bohemian,” for his disregard for money. Mulford states in his autobiography, “poverty argued for us possession of more brains” (Prentice Mulford’s Story 130). He became known for his humorous style of writing and vivid descriptions of both mining life as well as life at sea. In 1872, Mulford returned to New York City, where he became known as a comic lecturer, author of poems and essays, and a columnist for [The New York Daily Graphic] from 1875-1881. Mulford was also 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 popular today… (ah. yea.)
Thoughts Are Things (1889)
Your Forces and How to Use Them (In six volumes, published in 1888)
The Gift of Understanding
Gift of Spirit (1917 2nd revised ed.)
Thought Forces Essays Selected from the White Cross Library (1913)
Prentice Mulford’s Story: Life By Land and Sea (1889)
Gift Of The Spirit (1904) 1st edition- with an introduction by
Are we ever going to be better than this? Where will you be in 36 months? Five years? Will you arrive at a well designed destination or an un-designed destination? Have you thought about it? Start looking into the future — what you would like to accomplish? Where do want to go? Who is the person you want to be? Who is the person you need to become. See yourself there. What does it look like? What does itfeellike? Start off in that direction. Step by step. Daily steps – daily habits. Destination is determined by direction.
Wherever focus goes, energy flows. What are you focusing on? Magic happens when you focus. Take responsibility for your life. How good can you be? How strong can you be? 96% -97% of your life is ruled by your subconscious mind. Become aware of this. Have awareness. Take responsibility. Focus. Re-program your mind.
My wish for you is that you become all you could be. I pray you do not get to the gates of heaven and have to explain why you didn’t use all the gifts you have been given.