The Arcane Formulas or Mental Alchemy
The Arcane Formulas or Mental Alchemy by William Walker Atkinson is one of the best resources on mental science attributed to the author's thoughts on the psychology of man wherein he discusses aspects like ego, will, cyclicity and balance among other issues that govern how we think and behave. The book itself is part of multiple volumes on arcane teachings. The name of the title suggests that the author is treading on complex and hitherto narrowly explored facets of the human psyche and it is for this reason that the pages of this book will mesmerise the reader every time it is read.
The book is set in lesson format where Atkinson has divided his work into ten chapters each of them dealing with a unique theme. As this book is considered to be a supplementary volume to his previous work called Arcane Teaching, there are multiple references to that text. Atkinson takes the reader through his views on spiritualism and consciousness with the ease and conviction of an expert who understands the nuances of abstract thought and has a solid grip on the metaphysical, using multiple real life examples in order to allow the reader to more easily understand and appreciate the information given.
The Arcane Formulas or Mental Alchemy makes the reader think hard about certain convenient assumptions and givens in our lives. Whether intentionally or unknowingly, Atkinson provides a handy self-help book in the form of this title as not only does it open up a treasure trove of information, it also provides convincing arguments for taking control of life in the right manner – by understanding the intricacies of mind, body and soul. Nowhere else does this reflect more than it does on Atkinson's description of man's ego to which he has dedicated three lessons. The Arcane Formulas or Mental Alchemy is a book of immense value to the lay reader for understanding the value of life and the thought process of human beings, while it remains an excellent reference for students of psychology and philosophy.
This book has 59 pages in the PDF version