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As part of the process of writing my upcoming article on the Law of Attraction, I've been doing some research. And this research led to the New Thought movement which began here in America in the mid 1800s.  

The movement can be traced to one Phineas Quimby, a mesmerist, who understood that the mind plays an instrumental role in illness and recovery.

Set against the mechanist and often fatalist thinking of the day, this was a truly revolutionary concept.

Most mesmerists (following in the footsteps of the German physician Franz Mesmer) already believed in the invisible force of attraction (or animal magnetism).  But it was Phineas Quimby who first associated unseen forces with the mind.  

Quimby's work introduced the idea that we create our own health and illness to the public consciousness, beginning the movement now called New Thought.  As that movement gathered steam, large numbers of people began to apply the principles of the Law of Attraction. 

My own experience with the law of attraction has spanned a lifetime - although I didn't realize that for many years.  Like many of us, I did a lot of unconscious creating before I realized the significance of my own focused intent! 

This Fall I'll be learning about and working with the Law of Attraction - with a special focus on removing personal impediments and blockages.

I'll let you know how it goes!

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