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Trine was a philosopher, mystic, teacher and author of many books, and
was one of the early mentors of the New Thought Movement. His writings
had a great influence on many of his contemporaries including Ernest
founder of Religious Science. He was a true pioneer in the area of
thought. No other New Thought author has sold more books than he, his
reaching far beyond New Thought circles out to the general public,
has bought and read Trine's books without ever knowing that they were
Trine was born on 6th
1866, in Mount Morris, northern Illinois. He was educated at Carthage
Academy, Knox College, A.B. 1891; and studied at the University of
and later at John Hopkins University in the fields of history and
science. He was much interested in social and economic problems, having
won a $100 prize for an essay on "The Effects of Human Education on
the Prevention of Crime." After spending some time as a graduate
at the latter University, Ralph was a special correspondent for The
Boston Daily Evening Transcript. Whilst working
this capacity, he built himself a little cabin on the edge of a pine
- testament to the peace and simplicity of the man. He married a
of the School of Expression (which became Curry College) who became
Hyde Trine, an author and poetess in her own right, and together they
a son, Robert. Trine lived for years at Mt. Airy, New York, and was
involved in the metaphysical seminars at Oscawana.
He began his writing career in his early 30s. He was much influenced by the writings of Fitche, Emerson and the Scottish scientist/evangelist, Henry Drummond, his "What All the World's A-Seeking" expanding on a number of the themes covered in Drummond's inspirational classic, "The Greatest Thing in the World." His remarkable seminal book, "In Tune with the Infinite" was launched in 1897 and went on to sell over 2 million copies, and has stood the test of time for over a century. It was read by such luminaries as Queen Victoria, Janet Gaynor and Henry Ford. It is interesting that Henry Ford, pioneer of mass produced automobiles, attributed his success directly to having read "In Tune with the Infinite." After reading the book, Ford ordered it on mass, and distributed copies freely to high profile industrialists. It's a true mark of how powerful the book was and still is!
In its pages we find perennial truths that have been restated in many other forms in recent years, though perhaps never so clearly. By recognizing the power of our thoughts and by harmonizing our own with the Divine will, we will attract perfect peace, health, love, prosperity and success. A number of chapters from "In Tune with the Infinite" can be read on-line in the book "This Mystical Life of Ours" listed below.
Trine wrote over a dozen books and was still writing into his 70s. He died peacefully at a fine age of 91 on 22nd February, 1958, in an elderly living facility for religious professionals, Plymouth Place, Claremont, California. He moved there years earlier from a home in the Hudson River valley. In California, Trine spent his time in quiet leisure, planting and tending fruit trees! He retired there with his wife only a few years before his death.
Although he never sought fame or fortune for himself, and although his name remains largely unknown to the masses, he left as his legacy an indelible mark on the world in the form of his elevated thinking and inspired writings, and so has influenced countless people for the good of mankind.