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Secrets of Napoleon Hill / Open Lines

Date Friday - August 23, 2019
Host Ian Punnett
Guests Mitch HorowitzOpen Lines

Well-known voice of occult and esoteric ideas, and PEN Award-winning historian, Mitch Horowitz joined Ian Punnett (Twitter) to discuss the secrets encoded by author Napoleon Hill in his influential and bestselling book Think and Grow Rich, including the intriguing and widely misunderstood question of "sex transmutation." Horowitz quickly pointed out that the term involves no sexual activity, but simply refers to the technique of channeling the energy "away from physical expression into a creative act." In other words, the energy can be used to enhance any other desire that we wish to accomplish which the guest emphasized can put "great power, intellect, and charisma at your back."

The chapter on sex transmutation was actually censored from the 1960s reissue of the book, and Horowitz expressed some amazement that Hills’ publisher had the courage to include it in the original 1937 edition, when attitudes in the United States were far less permissive. Horowitz also emphasized that this method differed from the "sex magic" practiced by occult practitioners such as Aleister Crowley. Prompted by Ian, he also commented on the toxic nature of social media and the idea that anyone can say anything they want online. He warned against "trash talk and negativity" and observed that "we take on the traits of the things we throw stones at."

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The second half featured Open Lines. Tom from Indiana called to express his ideas about the occult significance of the number 13. Monique in California stated that she was a "big-time supporter of celibacy" and said that lifestyle coupled with a vegan diet would contribute to a longer life. George in Michigan asked if Ian had heard about the story of Russian bear hunters who had allegedly rescued a man who had been injured by a bear and left for dead in a cave. Mel called from Virginia to say that he has been celibate most of his life and felt that "women take too much energy" away from his musical profession.

James in Washington complained about cities taking taxpayer money to build sports stadiums and suggested that "these ballplayers need to pay for their own stadiums." Ben in Nebraska described his experience of the so-called "Mandela Effect," observing that "Kit Kats don’t have a hyphen any more" on the candy's packaging. Don called in from South Dakota to describe the sudden appearance of combinations of the number "3" after his sister committed suicide. Joey in California said that he had "a substantial amount of experience with dimensional jumping," which he experienced when his wife seemingly "shed her skin and became somebody else" and left him. He recalled that his friends agreed with his memory while his children did not.

News segment guest: Tim Binnall

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