What Is New Thought?

New Thought is a Teaching, Not a Preaching

New Thought is a reference to a field of study that shifts one’s attention from the question:  Why did this happen? To: How does anything happen? How does the invisible become the visible? How do ideas turn into things and experience?  The answer is life-changing, bringing the full range of possibility into our personal perception. This is a spiritual teaching that lifts the mind out of religious superstition and dogma into the joy of Self Realization.

What is Science of Mind®?

Science of Mind® (also referred to as Religious Science) is the core teaching of Centers for Spiritual Living. Science of Mind is a philosophy that integrates spiritual truths with science and physics. Simply put, Science of Mind teaches the unity of all life. Intentions and ideas flow through a field of consciousness, which actually affects and creates the world around us. This idea is common to most major religions and is supported by the teachings of psychology and quantum physics. In Science of Mind, we believe that the secret to living a successful life is to consciously choose positive and productive thoughts. Put another way, “As you think, so you become.”

Science of Mind is a New Thought philosophy that incorporates spiritual tools of affirmative prayer, healing and creative visualization to transform lives and make the world more peaceful, harmonious, and prosperous. Mesilla Valley Center for Spiritual Living does not consider its teachings to be New Age, but rather incorporates the ancient wisdom of all the spiritual traditions through the ages. People of all spiritual paths — Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Islam, New Age and others — are welcome in our community.

Ernest Holmes (1887-1960)

ernest-holmesErnest Holmes was the founder of Religious Science and the author of many books about spiritual principles and practice. The youngest of nine sons born on a small farm near Lincoln, Maine, he left school at the age of 15 to support himself. His unquenchable thirst for Truth led him to the works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Phineas Quimby, Emma Curtis Hopkins, and Thomas Troward, as well as to the Bible, and the sacred texts of other world religions. He sought to discover the thread of Truth woven through all of the great spiritual disciplines.

After finding success as a public speaker on metaphysics in California, Holmes was inspired to synthesize his ideas into a textbook for other seekers on the path. “The Science of Mind” (1926) was his masterpiece. The book spoke to the hearts and minds of so many people that Holmes found it necessary to incorporate the Institute of Religious Science and School of Philosophy in 1927. At this time he also launched “Science of Mind Magazine,” a monthly publication that continues to bring spiritual teaching to the world. His organization eventually evolved into the Church of Religious Science in 1953, the United Church of Religious Science in 1967, and the United Centers for Spiritual Living in 2007.

Ernest Holmes hosted popular programs on both radio and television called “This Thing Called Life.” He would begin each broadcast with this statement: “There is a power for good in the Universe, and you can use it.” This was the essence of his belief.

Suggested Reading

The Science of Mind: The Definitive Edition

science-of-mind-coverThe Science of the Mind was originally published in 1926 by the founder of the worldwide Religious Science movement. It was completely revised in 1938 by Ernest Holmes and Maude Allison Latham; this 1997 edition is the 1938 version with an added introduction by Jean Houston and a one-year study program that breaks the weighty tome into digestible bits. Using creative techniques, Holmes guides the student in easy-to-follow steps toward mastering the powers of the mind to find purpose in life. His explanations of how to pray and meditate, heal oneself spiritually, find self confidence, and express love have helped millions change their lives for the better. The Science of Mind is one of those spiritual classics that belongs on the bookshelf of anyone who wishes a life for themselves free of compulsion and negativity.



Science of Mind Magazine

som_sept2016_coverFor almost 90 years, Science of Mind magazine has been inspiring readers to co-create happier, richer and more satisfying lives using spiritual principles. Every issue contains thought-provoking articles featuring today’s cultural change agents such as India.Arie, Deepak Chopra, Iyanla Vanzant, Jeff Bridges and Arianna Huffington. Monthly topics include health, money, fitness, relationships and reviews of the best in New Thought media. Our ever-popular Daily Guides offer insights and affirmations to make each day shine. Filled with practical information on developing your spirituality and creating a world that works for everyone, this monthly magazine is for spiritual seekers of every faith.