The Teachings of H.T. Hamblin
Henry Thomas Hamblin - a Man for Today
People sometimes asked the Sussex Saint and visionary, HT Hamblin, where his learning came from. He replied that he had depended upon the Bible and "The Pilgrim's Progress", but he also explained, "It is true that I know some things which I have never learned from books or people, but how I learned them I do not know. I simply know them, and always have known them." It was clear that Hamblin's wisdom was largely innate. He was born with it. With the passing of time, it also became clear that he was very much a practical mystic. He was able to meditate deeply upon the beautiful Ideas in the Mind of God, link with them and manifest them in his life and in his writings.
Practical mysticism was in short Hamblin's life's work. He helped people in deeply practical ways to become less fearful, happier and more successful in their lives. To this end he wrote books like "The Antidote to Worry". However, later in life he realised that whilst these books genuinely helped people, they were largely concerned with the personality. He then wished to go a step further and become more fully a truly 'practical mystic'. To this end he wrote a beautiful spiritual course of some 27 lessons, each with a definite theme presented in a systematic way. This was designed to move beyond the constraints of personality so that the soul could breathe the pure air of Spirit. What was needed, he felt, was: 'a total surrender of ourselves to the Divine and His Will concerning us.'
The Importance of Right Thinking
Henry Thomas Hamblin was at the forefront of the 'new thought' or 'right thinking' movement which was gaining pace in the early 20th century. In reality, as he discovered, 'new thought' was in fact 'old thought', based upon the Truth that has always subsisted since before time began. But it is equally true that all great souls give voice to that timeless Truth in a myriad of different ways. HT Hamblin was inspired by the universality of Truth and the Divine Ideas behind all creation. He urges us to "Think in harmony with the Universal Mind" and to "Think God's Thought after Him". In other words, he underlines the fact that Truth is and cannot be changed depending upon our mood or our whim.
Hamblin realised that in order to approach the Truth not only a positive frame of mind was needed, but a purity of intention and the capacity for Right Thinking. What did he mean by 'Right Thinking'? Well he wrote a book on it, "The Little Book of Right Thinking" which is in its 17th reprint. Essentially, though, he defines Right Thinking as:
Thinking from the Divine standpoint.
Controlling the thoughts so they do not go off on negative tangents away from the Divine Truth which is always positive.
Replacing negative thoughts with positive thoughts
Living in the consciousness that all is well and as an adjunct to this, remembering that perfection exists as a reality now and to think in the consciousness of that knowledge.
Hamblin describes Prayer as the highest form of Right Thinking as it 'stays the mind on God'.
At its pinnacle, Hamblin describes Right Thinking as 'getting beyond thought to enter ultimate Truth'. He says: 'When we cease thinking we glide out on the ocean of God's Peace. Thought brings us to the foot of the mountain after which we have to proceed by intuition'.
Health, Wealth and Happiness. Isn't this something we all want, either for ourselves or for those dear to us? And yet, how many of us are struggling to reach or hold such a goal for a sustained period of time?
Hamblin's teachings explain how we can achieve all of these things, not by hard work and striving but by a simple change of thought - "Within you is the power" is one of his simple but profound statements (It was also the title of one of his books).
Hamblin was a prolific author and had many thousands of followers studying and benefiting from his teachings and courses in Science of Thought until his death in 1958. The simple principles contained in those teachings are as relevant today as they were when he was alive and, whilst the style of writing might now seem somewhat dated, they can still help us to achieve health, prosperity and happiness if we apply them conscientiously.
Whilst the Hamblin Trust still sells many of his previous publications, the one that contains the whole of his spiritual course is "The Way of the Practical Mystic" and, if you are interested in bringing greater health, prosperity and happiness into your life, we recommend you buy it, study it and apply the principles contained within it.