Review of HTH's "The Way of the Practical Mystic"
by Dr David Lorimer
Henry Thomas Hamblin launched the Science of Thought Review in Bosham,
Sussex, in 1921 and the publication continues to this day under the new
title ‘New Vision’ (details from firstname.lastname@example.org).
As the title suggests, Hamblin was a practical mystic with a similar outlook
to Ralph Waldo Trine (‘In Tune with the Infinite’) and some of the American
transcendentalists like Emerson. This 26-part course was conceived in
1920 and was recently found in Hamblin’s papers. It is a real treasure
trove of spiritual wisdom and practice. I have been using it as contemplative
reading for some time and have been enriched by its content and practices.
At the beginning of the book Hamblin observes that it is not the amount
of study that leads to realisation of truth, but rather sitting in silence
on a regular basis and opening up to the abundance of the inner world.
Moreover, the fruit of contemplation is not self-absorption but service
to others. The material is Christ-centred in a mystical sense, although
the emphasis is on the development of the inner life working with the
power of positive thought. The lessons are accompanied by letters and
other helpful notes of advice. In a time when there is so much fear and
negative thinking in our collective consciousness, Hamblin shines like
a beacon, encouraging us to align ourselves with the Source of the Good,
the Beautiful and the True.
Dr David Lorimer.
(See the book's own page at way-of-the-mystic.htm