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On the road in Queens, New York.

Wellness means dealing with both psyche and physicality. The two are not different. After years of spiritual and therapeutic experiment, I can offer one simple life change that can prove that to you — and dramatically improve all facets of your life.

Get a bike. Nothing fancy, it can be…


I swear by the 1930 financial guide The Richest Man In Babylon by George S. Clason. I practice its principles religiously. But the book was written before the health insurance crisis, predatory credit, and the lockdown. My forthcoming The Richest Man In Babylon Action Plan is a no-bullshit companion to…


The following article appeared in the September 2003 issue of Science of Mind magazine.

By mid-summer of 2001, 23-year-old Barry Zito was in a major slump. The Oakland A’s star young pitcher was winding down his second big-league season with a 6–7 win-loss record and an earned-run average of 5.07…


Pic by Jacqueline Castel, graphic by Josh Romero

American philosopher William James (1842–1910) yearned to find a practical spirituality, one that produced concrete improvements in happiness.

The Harvard physician grew encouraged, especially in his final years, by his personal experiments with New Thought, which he called “the religion of healthy-mindedness.” I challenge today’s seekers to continue James’s search…


Speaking in Chicago, 2019.

(This article is adapted from The Miracle Club. Notes appear at the end.)

I honor the perspective of journalist Norman Cousins who wrote in Anatomy of an Illness in 1979: “Not every illness can be overcome. But many people allow illness to disfigure their lives more than it should. They…


I recently joined Greg Salyer, president of Manly P. Hall’s Philosophical Research Society (PRS), to participate in a forum to celebrate Manly’s life and work and the launch of my new book, The Seeker’s Guide to the Secret Teachings of All Ages. In the question-and-answer period that followed a viewer…


Mitch in Brooklyn. Pic by Jacquelyn Castel.

We derive a visceral thrill and probably a dopamine rush from reading things that affirm what we already believe. This is especially true of emotional subjects like religion and politics. “Opinion porn,” if I may, delivers the same kind of repetitive thrill as binge eating. …


Lose this skin: at a self-immolation ritual in Brooklyn, July 4, 2020. Still by Jacquline Castel.

We remain attached to unproductive situations because of fear. We are often more frightened of losing a theorized or imagined benefit than we are desirous of freeing ourselves.

This summer I opted to free myself. I left Facebook and deleted my pages behind me. I haven’t experienced a moment’s regret.


[The following article is adapted from the author’s forthcoming book, The Seeker’s Guide to the Secret Teachings of All Ages.]

The question of “secret societies” is one of the most controversial and dramatic in all of esoteric spirituality. In a sense, it is particularly controversial at this moment in the…


Mitch in Brooklyn, 2020. Still by Jacqueline Castel.

The principle of ruling in Hell has been the hallmark of my life.

As a young child and later as an adolescent I often felt ill at ease, locked out of the mainstream of life, uncomfortable, literally, in my own skin.

I had to create a world in which I…

Mitch Horowitz

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