William Atkinson (1862 -1932) wrote under the pseudonym Swami Panchadasi. Atkinson was an American attorney who was influential in the New Thought movement. The New Thought Movement began in the United States during the 19th century with Chicago being a leading center. The movement promotes the ideas that God is an all-powerful spirit and is the totality of real things, true human self-hood is divine. Atkinson believed that good is a divine thought force. Sickness is believed to originate in the mind, and 'right thinking' can heal. Reincarnation and the Law of Karma: A Study of the Old-New World-Doctrine of Rebirth, and Spiritual Cause and Effect was written in 1908. Atkinson covers ancient races, Egyptians, Jews, Romans, Hindus, the modern West, justification for reincarnation, proofs of reincarnation, arguments against reincarnation, and karma.