Daydream Believer: Exploring the Ultimate Power of Your Mind

Mondays, August 122; 7 p.m. Central / 8 p.m. Eastern

daydreamIn this intellectually stimulating and practical four-part online class, popular voice of esoteric ideas Mitch Horowitz explores the enduring problems and bounding promise of the contention that thoughts are causative, arriving at a wholly new framing of the powers and potentials of your mind.

Participants will receive a copy of Mitch’s new book, Daydream Believer with their registration.*

Each live 90-minute session includes special readings, key terms, permanent links to makeup missed classes or review favorites, and ample time for Q&A.

Price: $85 early bird (first 25 people) • $85 TS members • $100 general public

*If you live outside the U.S., we cannot ship you a copy of the book. Please email events@theosophical.org to register.

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You can also join Mitch for a free preview:  Daydream Believer(s): Richard Smoley and Mitch Horowitz in Dialogue on Thursday, July 21!

Course Syllabus

1) Mind Power: A History

From Hermeticism to philosophical idealism to academic ESP research, Mitch explores the history of the idea that the mind possesses extra-physical and causative abilities, and how this contention rose to modern prominence in forms like the “Law of Attraction,” “manifesting,” and the “power of positive thinking.” Mitch also looks at the extraordinary reaches of current fields like placebo studies, neuroplasticity, and mind-body medicine.

2) Practice Imperfect

Mitch explores the promises and problems of creative-mind philosophy: how it fails to adequately contend with suffering, ethical and worldly crises (both macro and intimate), and the limitations of our physical framework. At the same time, Mitch considers why the contention that reality is thought-based maintains a formidable—and justified—hold on us. Mitch examines realistic techniques to access the powers of thought when coping with grief, depression, or anxiety; he also considers why a clarified wish can in itself function as a metaphysical force for change.

3) I Think (Therefore) I Can

In this intimate evening, Mitch reveals his own encounters, from adolescence through today, with the premise and practice of mind-power. In this frank and critical exploration, he shares what he has found and lives by—and invites participants into a likeminded exchange and reflection.

4) Daydream Believer

In a new vision of mind metaphysics, Mitch explores theoretical models and sciences—including quantum physics, time-space relativity, psychical research, and string theory—to consider why thoughts make things happen. He examines the question of whether we are infinite beings in our own realities. This closing session also considers the outer reaches—and limits—of our mental agencies. Mitch arrives at a new reckoning of mind-power for our time.

MitchMitch Horowitz is a historian of alternative spirituality and one of today’s most literate voices of esoterica, mysticism, and the occult. He is among the few occult writers whose work touches the bases of academic scholarship, national journalism, and subculture cred. Mitch is a writer-in-residence at the New York Public Library, lecturer-in-residence at the Philosophical Research Society in Los Angeles, and a PEN Award-winning historian whose books include Occult AmericaOne Simple IdeaThe Miracle ClubDaydream Believer; and the forthcoming Uncertain PlacesThe Washington Post says Mitch “treats esoteric ideas and movements with an even-handed intellectual studiousness that is too often lost in today’s raised-voice discussions.” He has discussed alternative spirituality across the national media and collaborated with Emmy-nominated director Ronni Thomas on the feature documentary The Kybalion, shot on location in Egypt. Mitch’s books have appeared in Arabic, Korean, Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, French, and Chinese. He received the Walden Award for Interfaith/Intercultural Understanding. The Chinese government has censored his work. Visit him at MitchHorowitz.com.

Program Format

This is a live, interactive online program that will also be recorded for on-demand viewing. Our goal is to send recordings to you within two business days, often sooner. All recordings will be available for streaming from the Zoom server through September 12, 2022. Thereafter the class recordings will be available on Vimeo. 

Software Platform

Zoom for Windows, Mac, or mobile device; minimum recommended network bandwidth 1.5 Mbps. Please download Zoom for free at zoom.us/download, and test your connection at zoom.us/test. New to Zoom? Check out www.theosophical.org/FAQ. Please email webinars@theosophical.org for further information.

 


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