The Secret History Of How Mysticism Shaped the U.S.

Came across this review. How does this square with the Christian nation hypothesis? I have pasted only a few instances which is pointed at in the occult history:

Occult America: The Secret History of How Mysticism Shaped Our Nation is a treasure trove of little-known and, at the same time, obvious facts. What Mr. Horowitz has done is link the mystical history of the United States into a coherent, fascinating narrative. Being of a mystical bent myself, his words confirmed ideas I’d long harbored though not articulated. I’m so glad he wrote it.

Our story starts in 1693 with German mystic Johannes Kelpius leading a group of outside-the-box thinkers to Philadelphia. Eventually, a psychic highway is established in upstate New York. This locus would be the genesis of much of the mysticism that created America.

Mother Ann Lee and her Shakers had a community there. Joseph Smith of Mormon fame started there. Freemasonry bounced through. The Poughkeepsie seer, Andrew Jackson Davis, was born there. Mesmerism had a hey-day there.

Fast forward historically. The Ouija Board reigned as the country’s best-selling novelty. People were both intrigued and horrified by it.

Wallace Wattles, author of the book that inspired The Secret, pioneered the science of right thinking. Phineas P. Quimby, the Maine healer, inspired thousands of spontaneous healings. (Among whom was Myrtle Fillmore, co-founder of Unity Village, who had been told to expect her own death quite soon.)

Early America was a spiritually rocking place. For what it’s worth, it remains so to this day for those with eyes to see and ears to hear.

Mary Baker Eddy studied with Quimby and created her own Christian Science. She trained Emma Curtis Hopkins who became known as the teacher of teachers when Eddy banished her. Ernest Holmes, who founded Religious Science; Charles and Myrtle Fillmore, who founded Unity; and Nona Brooks, who founded Divine Science, all studied with her.

The Sleeping Prophet Edgar Cayce was part of U.S. history as well. He did thousands of trance readings which helped people both to heal and to understand their past patterning.

Read the entire review here:

Dr. Susan Corso: Occult America: The Secret History Of How Mysticism Shaped Our Nation by Mitch Horowitz.

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20 Replies to “The Secret History Of How Mysticism Shaped the U.S.”

  1. Why cant both be true?
    The majority of people consider themselves Christian and the principles found in the Bible used to create our nation’s government
    There were some who were pagan mystics

    1. I think both are true, but we would be deluding ourselves in thinking that some of the people who practiced the former where not influenced by the latter.

      Further, simply founding the government on the principles found in the Bible – which deals more especially with governments established for Israel under Moses than actual morality – does not a Christian nation make.

  2. On my blogger blog, I wrote a post about the religion of the founding fathers. Someone (whom I suspect is my bad) replies that I should watch the “Secrets of the Founding Fathers” on the History Channel, then he said: “The founding fathers were hardly concerned with what God thought about anything–unless you’re talking about the “god” of THIS world!”

  3. Joel, first of all Happy New Year!

    Secondly, this issue is one that has caused many heated discussions around my dinner table. And after a lot of research and opening my mind I have to agree with you, there was a LOT of mixture in the founding of our country. But for clarity let me say this:

    There was a huge movement of Freemasonry during colonial America. Almost every man doing business in the colonies was a member. The History Channel did a very good documentary on the subject. George Washington himself, was a mason. He was the Grandmaster of the lodge in Fredricksburg, VA even while he was the President.

    Thomas Jefferson was a diest, Franklin was a 33rd degree mason and there were others. That being said, my husband pointed my attention to this video by David Barton of Wallbuilders and he goes into great detail on the Christian beliefs of many of the founders.

    It’s very eye opening, to say the least. Much of this information was news to me and is being repressed in the schools, (of course).

    Then there were the 2 Great Awakenings in America which spread the gospel like wildfire. This Christianized much of the northern colonies in the 1730’s and 1740’s with leaders like Jonathan Edwards and George Whitefield. Even Wesley came here (in the south, I think). This is what I believe led many Christians to believe that we were or are, a Christian nation. We definately had a strong Judeo-Christian foundation.

    Then there was the Revival on the college campuses in the 1790’s at places like Yale. Then we had the Second Great Awakening with Finney in the 1800’s. Interesting to note that Finney came on the scene during the time of the rise of the Anti-masonic movement (Because of the Capt. Morgan murder and subsequent trial) and the rise of the first 3rd party in the USA, the ANTI-MASONIC PARTY. As a reaction to this some students at Yale started the Skull and Bones society in the early 1830’s. Finney himself, a former mason, preached repentance from masonry.

    As far as the spiritualist movement that is mentioned above, it occured later in the 1800’s, much of it in what had come to be known in the “burned over revival district” of upstate NY (I’m a New Yorker and have researched much of this). Why it occured there? I have yet to figure out. And Andrew Jackson Davis had his psychic gifts awakened because of Mesmerism, which came there first. He traveled a lot back and forth across the Hudson River in the Poughkeepsie region doing healings.

    Also of interesting note is the fact that the room where the first psychic readings were done in a Quaker home in upstate NY was later used as the meeting room for the first woman’s movement meeting with Elizabeth Cady Stanton in attendance.

    In conclusion I think it’s fair to say that there were strong Christian influences and much prayer that went on in the founding of this country. There were also Masonic and other influences as well. God was invoked and involved in the founding of our country, but is this a Chrisitan Nation? I would have to say NO. God has his own nation, and it’s NOT of this World. It is international, and made up of every tribe, nation, and tongue and all true believers are a part of it. It has no boundries and it is called the Kingdom of God or the New Jerusalem!

    Be blessed!

      1. Kyrie,
        It’s pretty common knowledge. I suggest you look him up in any encyclopedia. Jefferson and Franklin were probably the least Christian of all the founding fathers.

        Here are a few links:

        “Although Jefferson believed in a Creator, his concept of it resembled that of the god of deism (the term “Nature’s God” used by deists of the time). With his scientific bent, Jefferson sought to organize his thoughts on religion. He rejected the superstitions and mysticism of Christianity and even went so far as to edit the gospels, removing the miracles and mysticism of Jesus (see The Jefferson Bible) leaving only what he deemed the correct moral philosophy of Jesus.”

        “In the “Declaration of Independence,” the founding document of what would become the United States, Thomas Jefferson mentions “nature’s God.” Unfortunately, this phrase is unclear. The religious beliefs of Jefferson were much debated in his time and still are over two centuries later. Through the letters and other writings of Jefferson, it is possible to construct an outline of his beliefs. Although he supported the moral teachings of Jesus, Jefferson believed in a creator similar to the God of deism. In the tradition of deism, Jefferson based his God on reason and rejected revealed religion.”

        Hope this helps!

    1. Happy New Year to each of you! Sorry for not joining in, but I’ve been going rounds with Atheists, and you guys are presenting a pretty case here

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