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Who is America’s Greatest Spiritual teacher?

Arguably at the core of the American spiritual experience lies this man: Ralph Waldo Emerson. Unitarian minister, Transcendentalist (the uniquely American philosophy promising direct connection to the divine), venerated author of Self Reliance, Nature and The Oversoul and one of the earliest synthesizers of East-West spiritual thinking, Emerson laid the groundwork for the father of American psychology William James, the ensuing New Thought movement, even the New Age movement of the late 20th century.

In his latest book Lessons from an American Stoic: How Emerson Can Change Your Life, award-winning author Mark Matousek shows how Emerson reminds his countrymen to trust the higher angels of their nature, trust their human potential, and remember the importance of an examined life.

Mark is a teacher, spiritual seeker, and author of seven books including Sex Death Enlightenment and Writing to Awaken. His work has been featured in The New Yorker, O: The Oprah Magazine, and Harper’s Bazaar. Matousek’s transformative workshops and mentoring have inspired thousands of people around the world to reach their artistic and personal goals, using writing as a tool for insight, innovation, and clarity of purpose. He is the founder of The Seekers Forum, an online community for self-inquiry, and lives in Springs, New York. His website is

In this interview, Matousek reveals how Emerson’s timeless wisdom can help us with the problems we’re facing today. In twelve powerful lessons, he shows how Emerson’s path of self-reliance can radically improve one’s quality of life.

00:00 Introduction

05:21 Transcendentalists & Perennial Philosophy

11:47 Engaging the Shadow

16:45 American Mysticism & William James

20:21 Spiritual Not Religious, New Age 2.0

28:32 “Pragmatic Mystics”

31:41 America’s “Mystical Core”

40:00 Gen Z/Millennials

44:47 International Emersonianism

47:13 Conclusion

New Thinking Allowed Guest Host, Christopher Naughton, JD, is a former prosecutor and multiple Emmy Award-winning host of The American Law Journal television program. His website is Naughton is author of America's Next Great Awakening: What the Convergence of Mysticism, Religion, Atheism, and Science Means for the Nation. And You. To order America's Next Great Awakening by Christopher Naughton, click here:

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(Recorded on September 22, 2023)

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