Henry Thomas Hamblin

Henry Thomas Hamblin was born at Walworth, London in 1873. Born into a poor family, he was determined to emerge from the rut which everyone was destined to fall into without being able to afford proper school and training. After a difficult start working in various jobs and being in debt he decided to become an Optician. Despite lack of money and poor prospects, his determination won him through and he qualified. Hamblin went on to become an extremely successful businessman and founded Theodore Hamblin (now Dolland and Aitchison) frequented by royalty, the rich and the famous. Far from making him happy, his success gave him a growing sense of depression. It was as if something lay inside him that had not yet found a voice.

All through his life Hamblin had experienced visionary experiences where he came in contact with a Divine Presence: "... It is not possible to describe such an experience," he wrote. " All care, anxiety and fear vanished, and I felt that I was cradled in Divine Love.... The deep peace of the Eternal flowed through me like a river; yet at the same time it was as though I was being carried along on a stream of Divine Bliss..."

Yet, in the heat of his success, not only did these visions stop, but he became haunted by night terrors. Night after night he would waken to the feeling that he was in hell. The sense of wrong in him deepened, until finally he was forced to give up his business and retire to the country. The nightmares stopped immediately.

But the sudden and unexpected death of his ten-year-old-son was to effect him more than his nocturnal experiences. He realised that none of his worldly success had made him happy. This time he knew he had to give that unexpressed part of him a voice.

Although he had been brought up in a very religious family, he hadn't found any of the answers he wanted in the Church. He realised that, rather than following, any creed or dogma which didn't work for him anyway, he had to look within himself.

Once again, he made contact with the 'Presence'. And realised it held the key to the peace he was searching for. All the time his search was leading him nearer to discovering the way his thoughts affected his performance and outlook.

It was around the early 1920's that he began to write. The words seemed to flow from him. He found writing clarified his thoughts. One of his first books written in this new phase of his career was Within You Is The Power, which was to sell over 200,000 copies. Other books soon followed. Hamblin believed that there is a source of abundance which, when contacted, could change a person's entire life. As long as people blamed their circumstances they were stuck in the 'victim role', but if they moved in harmony with their inner source their life could be full of abundance and harmony.

Soon after this Hamblin was to set up a magazine based on the principles of Applied Right Thinking, The Science of Thought Review (Today, some 80 years on, we know this as New Vision). Again Hamblin wasn't discouraged by the fact that he had no experience of editing or publishing. His experience had taught him that if the mind worked in harmony with the Divine, then everything you needed flowed towards you. Anyone with any business sense at all, knew that to set up a magazine with a first print run of 10,000 copies would be a risky thing to do. But Hamblin was to take many risks and he wanted to put what he believed into practice.

Because in the 1920's The Science of Thought Review was the only one of its kind in existence, its readership soon caught on and became worldwide. Among his friends and contemporaries that were to contribute to the magazine were Joel Goldsmith, Henry Victor Morgan, Graham Ikin, Clare Cameron and Derek Neville, all of them prolific and successful writers and mystics.

Henry Thomas Hamblin worked right up to the end of his life in 1958 and left a legacy that is still continuing today, its voice as much needed today as it ever was. HT Hamblin believed that truth is essentially timeless.

Early Mistakes, by Henry Thomas Hamblin

In our early stages we are apt to think that if our life were made more harmonious, and our circumstances became easier, we would then find heavenly harmony. “If my life were different, and if I had not so many troubles, and if I had more time to give to spiritual things, then I would be able to live this higher life of which you speak,” is how many of us are tempted to think.

But this is a mistake. If our life were made easier we should become weaker, morally, and less inclined than ever to advance in spiritual things. If we cannot make progress in the spiritual life, in our present circumstances, then we shall never ever be able to make any progress at all. Our present circumstances are best for us at the time, for in overcoming them and in rising superior to them, we become god-people, and having passed through our time of tribulation, we enter the liberty of the Sons and Daughters of God. In the heart of our experiences we discover God, and God is harmony and order. And so we find the eternal symphony which is for ever being played.