What is Science of Mind?
Science of Mind is a Philosophy, a Faith and a Way of Life. It was developed in the early 20th century by writer and philosopher Ernest Holmes. Dr. Holmes studied the world's religious traditions and the sacred writings of the ancient Greek philosophers to the then present-day spiritual and religious leaders and found the common ideas and spiritual truths in all. He found that Universal Spirit—God—is the source of all things, and that this One power moves through us as love, as creativity and that we can actively participate with It to create happier, fulfilling, peaceful and joyous lives.
Here is an excerpt from an Ernest Holmes paper describing the Science of Mind:
The Science of Mind is built on the theory that there is One Infinite Mind which of necessity includes all that is, whether it be the intelligence in man, the life in the animal, or the invisible Presence which is God. In it we learn to have a spiritual sense of things. This spiritual sense of things is what is meant by the Consciousness of Christ. To be able to discern the spiritual idea back of its physical symbol is to use the mind that Jesus used.
The Science of Mind is intensely practical because it teaches us how to use the Mind Principle for definite purposes, such as helping those who are sick, impoverished, or unhappy. Each one of us should learn to become a practitioner of this science, a demonstrator of its Principle, a conscious user of its Power. Power already exists, but the existence of Power is of no particular value to us until we use it. We must not only be conscious of Power, but we must be actively conscious of it. This is one of the first lessons we learn in the Science of Mind.
This science is more than mental; it is also spiritual, since we live in a spiritual universe. The Science of Mind declares the Truth about this spiritual universe and it also declares the Truth about false belief, considering everything which is opposed to good as an accumulation of human thought, the collective negative suggestion of the race.
Wrong conditions are resolved into false beliefs, and through the use of right ideas a transformation of thought takes place. We learn to build our ideas upon an affirmative rather than a negative factor. To state the Truth and deny or disregard that which in belief is opposed to it, is to prove that the Principle of the Science of Mind is actual.
Ernest Holmes called Science of Mind, “a religion of joy; it is a religion free from fear and uncertainty; it is a religion of faith, a faith justified by results.”
Some of the basic ideas we teach are:
- There is one power and presence in the Universe, which we call God, Presence, Essence, Source, and or Universal Energy.
- God is all there is, so we are by nature that which It is and It lives, moves and has Its being through us
- As we become aware of this Truth, we allow Source to influence our lives for good, whether for improved health, finances, relationships, or simply more happiness, joy, love and peace.
- Spiritual laws, like physical ones, govern the universe, and learning how to use them is the Truth that sets us free to choose to create the life of our dreams.
- Holmes taught that by “changing our thinking, we change our lives!”
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Founder, Science of Mind
Ernest Shurtleff Holmes (January 21, 1887 – April 7, 1960) was an American New Thought writer, teacher, and leader. He was the founder of a Spiritual movement known as Religious Science, a part of the greater New Thought movement, whose spiritual philosophy is known as "The Science of Mind." He was the author of The Science of Mind and numerous other metaphysical books, and the founder of Science of Mind magazine, in continuous publication since 1927. His books remain in print, and the principles he taught as "Science of Mind" have inspired and influenced many generations of metaphysical students and teachers. Holmes had previously studied another New Thought teaching, Divine Science, and was an ordained Divine Science Minister. His influence beyond New Thought can be seen in the self-help movement.
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