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New Thought Churches

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Wrapping your head around the whole idea of ‘New Thought Churches’ isn’t actually the easiest thing to do.  The New Thought Movement is simultaneously:

  • A paradigm shift in personal development
  • An Empirical Science
  • A Religious Movement

What makes this a bit heady is the fact that it is all three of these things at the same time, but not necessarily all three of these things at any one individual.  Let me explain, some people within the movement are all about the Personal Empowerment / Personal Development aspects of it, they have no need or interest in the Religious side of it.

The New Thought Movement is flexible and doesn’t require a person to accept the religious aspects of it to reap the rewards of the Personal Development aspects of it.  Make sense?

New Thought Churches are springing up all over the world and have been for the last 150 years, each one with their own ‘best’ version of the Truth.  Remember, we’re talking about close to 10 million people involved in the movement these days, so any attempt to ’sum-up’ anything is going to come up a bit short.  Some of these Churches believe that you must follow their ‘brand’ while others believe that you can pick and choose what works best for you.

Enter the Empiricists:

So we’ve got the Personal Development faction, the Religious Faction, and the third faction:  The Empiricists.  Personally, I’m one of the empiricists, so I feel that disclaimer should be clear because I am writing about the Churches, but I am not associated, affiliated, and in no way endorse any of the Churches whatsoever.

So what’s an empiricist?  The third group of New Thought Practitioners, the Empiricists, are all about the real world evidence behind the principles.   Empirical means:  “information gained by means of observation, experience, or experiment.” Empiricists generally enjoy the theories, philosophies, even the pseudo-science of it all (the term Church of Christian Psuedo-Scientists is meant affectionately) but as a rule the Empiricists are always more concerned with the observable results the different principles and practices produce.

Here at the International New Thought Learning Center we represent the Empirical perspective of the Movement.  This is really important to understand because these principles at back of the New Thought Movement are responsible for some of the biggest accomplishments in human history and despite what anyone says, the principles work for anyone regardless of their religious affiliation.

Now, onto the Churches:

If someone asked you to sum up Christianity in a short essay, you’d be on a short path to upsetting a lot of people.   When last I checked there were over 250 different Christian Faiths on the planet, each with their own unique set of rules, guidelines, and approach to the faith all calling themselves Christian.

New Thought Churches are a lot like that.  They all call themselves New Thought Churches, but they can be as different as night and day.  There’s pretty much ten major Churches within the movement:


Church of Truth:

“The Church of truth is a Christ Centered Ministry Dedicated to helping all people awaken the Christ within…

learn more about the: Church of Truth


Divine Science:

“The Practice of the Presence of God is the whole of Divine Science.” –Nona Brooks

learn more about the: Church of Divine Science


Home of Truth:

“A spiritual community for learning and celebrating Truth Principles of unconditional love, trust, peace, compassion and joy.”

learn more about the: Home of Truth Spiritual Center


Universal Foundation for Better Living:

“Since 1974…Teaching People the Spiritual Principles to Live Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous Lives”

learn more about the: Universal Foundation for Better Living


Unity Churches International:

“God is spirit, the loving source of everything. God is one power, all good, wisdom, everywhere present. In God we live and move and have our being”
— Charles Fillmore

learn more about the: Unity Churches International


Seicho-No-Ie

“The Home of Infinite Life, Wisdom and Abundance” is the largest New Thought Religious Organization in the world with over 5 million members…

learn more about:
Seicho-No-Ie: “The Home of Infinite Life, Wisdom and Abundance”


Church of Religious Science / Science of the Mind

“The Science of Mind is the study of Life and the nature of the laws of thought… that God is in, through, around and for us.” — Dr. Ernest Holmes

learn more about:
Church of Religious Science / Science of the Mind


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The History of New Thought

A Detailed Look at the New Thought Movement

The New Thought Movement is the Moniker given to a modern resurgence and integration of ancient Hermetic teachings blended and re-engineered for the modern palate. It has been gaining momentum and popularity as a catch-phrase for
over 150 years now with roots in both Europe and America, and is now a worldwide phenomenon.

In practical terms, The New Thought Movement it is the popularization of philosophical idealism, optimistic mental discipline, and the awareness of an Omnipresent Divine Force in healing and in daily living. The movement is in its essence a marrying of Eastern and Western insights with the commonality of Hermetic underpinnings shared by both.

A proper distinction must be made: In modern parlance Eastern thought categorizes both Hindu and Buddhist knowledge, while Western Thought refers to the Judeo-Christian and Pagan European and North American paradigms. The New Thought Movement is not the same thing as the New Age Movement however, the new Thought Movement is in its very nature inclusive, and therefore merits no actually differentiation from any other movement accept for sake of social observation and reporting. This being the case, new Thought differs from New Age primarily in its orientation (ie: One refers to chronological, the other refers to phsycho-spiritual).

New Thought Movement Origins: It bares repeating that the Movement is distinct from the thoughts themselves. The origins of the thoughts themselves, exhibit evidence of pre-pharonic (in the west) and pre-dynastic (in the east) roots. The Movement then, must be considered an ‘organized resurgence’ of sorts. With this distinction in tow, we can look at the origins of the Movement in isolation from the origins of the paradigm itself…

Many scholars regard, Phineas Parkhurst Quimby as the “Father of the New Thought Movement” because of his insistence of the powers of the mind in regards to physical healing. Of course, in modern times we take it for granted that the mind is instrumental in the healing process, but it wasn’t always so! Quimby was a well regarded mesmerist who gained the attention of many noteworthy figures of the early 1800’s in America, of which Emma Curtis Hopkins who gained the moniker “Mother of the New Thought Movement”, due to her high profile work and the fact that her students founded Unity Church, Divine Science, and Religious Science.

Emmersons impact on new Thought: 1880’s New Thought has been linked heavily with the popular works of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s. Being a movement, The New Thought Movement absorbs and incorporates the teachings of its proponents. This is to say, that while Emerson was not a New Thought teacher or popular advocate, his teachings influenced the very core principles of the movement itself. Many scholars consider the Emersonian influence to represent a bridge between the Eastern and Western ideologies without the strong Hermetic ties commensurate with pre-new thought movement leaders such as Thomas Jefferson or Benjamin Franklin.

Note: There is no doubt that Benjamin Franklin was a precursory proponent of the thought paradigm underpinning the New Thought Movement, again here we have an example of the Paradigm predating the movement, and in scholarly circles ‘Poor Richards Almanac’ is not widely considered a New Thought Text, although the principles are clearly evident throughout.

2nd Note: In the early and mid-1800’s there was some residual fear surrounding the Hermetica (they had been outlawed in most monarchies and its teachings punishable by death for almost 2000 years priori). Even Benjamin Franklin took a secret pen name for the dissemination of such learning’s. Although the New Thought Movement is for all intents and purposes ‘The Popularization of Hermetic Teachings’ residual fears surrounding the oppression makes it socially convenient to avoid this fact. As recently as the 1920’s Adolf Hitler had a separate concentration camp for Hermetics and executed 200,000 Adherents (who are still observed on holocaust remembrance day)… Dictatorships and monarchies have no tolerance for teachings of universal goodness and equality… Even more recently, Saddam Hussein made practice of Hermeticism punishable by death, and as of 2009 (as this article is being written) it is still illegal in many middle eastern countries.

Perhaps this better explains the need for the “New Thought Movement” moniker to wrap itself around such ancient lessons… “A rose by any other name, does in fact, still smell as sweet”… and New Thought isn’t punishable by death anywhere yet…

Distinctions within the Movement: The main differences within the various aspects of the movement are the degree to which biblical Christianity is inlaid and predominant. This manifests around the degrees of which the Divine Force is personal or an impersonal force pervading everything. Also of note is the Hindu influences on the movement which also range from impersonal (bramanic), pantheistic, to mono-theism.

All things considered, the Movement is large enough to incorporate this wide spectrum without need to reconcile into a single dogma or belief system. While many leaders have emerged within the movement with “Our version of New Thought is the best version of New Thought”, they have been overwhelmingly shifted to the side or back of the movement and now clear dogma has emerged.

Although many will be irked by the following statement, it is in fact, accurate: “The New Thought Movement is a Polytheistic Monotheistic Pantheistic Aesthetic Religious Dogmatic Philosophical Social Phenomenon wherein Adherents believe in Reincarnation, or Decimation, or Dissipation, or Heaven and Hell afterlife, or immortality, or nihilistic non-existence of duality (no life or afterlife) and or any combination of the aforementioned.”

Process New Thought. The latest emergence in the global phenomena is yet another of the classical Hermetic lessons rising to the forefront of the movement. In this modern understanding, known commonly within the Movement as Process New Thought, existence itself is regarded as a creative process. Strongly influenced by Alfred North Whitehead, Charles Hartshorne, as well as the early 1900’s Quantum Physicists, Process New Thought:

  • (1) Recognizes that experiences have a congealing property which may be considered units of experience.

  • (2) Each experience then becomes a changeless part of the past, exerting influence on future experiences.

  • (3) Each experience is a blending of self with divine hood in the Process of Co-creation

  • (4) Our bodies are then vast collections of our experiences, existing as an unfolding process building on top of our historical process… ie: an unending process…

The New Thought Movement’s future. The New Thought Movement has so delightful influenced so much of popular religion, success literature, and modern medicine that it is truly one of our planets most influential paradigms. The notion that, we create our realities through our thoughts and efforts, that our mind’s influence our well being are so simple and basic that we now largely take them for granted all the world over. We have almost already forgotten that just a few generations ago we used leeches to suck out illnesses, and ‘Born Poor = Forever poor’.

The New Thought Movement is a perfect example of the Extreme Dictating the Mean as for many people it is still widely regarded as fringe phenomenon, filled with New Agers and Mystics… However, when a fringe phenomenon gains so much inertia as to influence society at large, it certainly merits a smiling glance from all elements…

I laugh to myself as I see the effects it has had in the words of its detractors. Recently I saw a video where a business instructor began his lecture with “This isn’t some new age laws of Attraction mumbo jumbo…” He then went on to perfectly and expertly explain how the arts of creative visualization and determinism will be the underlying factor in any undertaking!

For those of you who didn’t follow that last paragraph: The teacher taught the basic principles of New Thought after explaining that he was going to teach the traditional principles of business…

This example clearly illustrates what the Future of New Thought will be. The Hermetic principles were once called “truths” before they became known as hermetic (the term ‘hermetic was adopted around 1100bce). Now they are called ‘New Thought’ it seems, as the mainstream is more and more taking hold of them, they are again being regarded as truths…

So as long as members of The New Thought Movement continue their endless ‘Re-Declaration of Principles’ and endless formings of new organizations to unify the movement (there are at least five distinct New Thought Organizations seeking to present a common face for the whole group) we will be able to confidently stay on the fringe as the delightful well meaning kooks who can’t even seem to agree on what they believe… More and more the principles themselves will work their way into society, and people will once again realize that the simple truth is, was, and always will be: “there is a pervasive force of goodness within all things, it is our choice to align or oppose that goodness, either way, it is all good.”

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The History of New Thought

A Brief Look at the History of New Thought

The topic of New Thought History by all rights must be separated into two very different groups:

  • The History of the New Thought Movement

  • The Origins of the New Thought Principles

Setting the Stage: The principles at the root of the New Thought Movement are nothing new at all, they have been around much longer than even the written word itself in both Asia (i-ching) and ancient Egypt.

Somewhere around 40 bce, the Roman Empire took a certain, vehement disdain for all things Egyptian and proponents of the core concepts themselves began being ostracized and even executed. You see, ideas such as Universal Goodness and equality did not go well in a country so divided and class stratified. So, the concepts themselves were veiled, and forced into secrecy.

This secrecy continued for a very long time, and as it found its way into northern Europe, the principles were labeled, “High Thought”, and notions such as Universal Equality were considered priveledged thought of the High Society, not meant for the lower classes to know about or discuss. It was fairly universal accepted that the lower classes were better off with notions of ‘Divine Justice’, a ‘Vengeful, Wrathful God’ and ‘Reward in the Afterlife’ then such precocious ideas as “A living heaven on earth with a Benevolent God”.

The Late 1700’s: American’s have a delightful manner of taking something traditional and adding the word “New” to it. New York, New Hampshire, New Orlean’s, New Thought, etc…

A piece of the history most often glossed over here is the Masonic role in the birth of the New Thought Movement. You see, the cult of Freemasonry is inarguably the largest and most powerful cult in the world today. What few people understand about it is that it was started nearly 3,500 years ago in ancient Egypt (ever notice the Egyptian symbolism American Money?). The Mason’s are a “Hermetic Society” meaning that their ideological underpinnings are the same Hermetic Teachings which also form the core principles of the modern New Thought Movement.

So, in the late 1700’s, a group of 54 men (yes they were all men) including some 20 of these masons got together and wrote the “Declaration of Independence” and started what has now become called “The united States of America”… The document includes the oft quoted phrase:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

The Early 1800’s: I think it’s not so difficult to see the philosophical cohesiveness between the Declaration of Independence, and the modern New Thought Declarations of Principles (available in a myriad of forms all over the web)…

But there was a problem. “MEN” You see, the early Romans held the same Hermetic wisdoms very dear to their heart, with one exception “Equality, Human Rights, and Goodness are the province of Free Human beings. Slaves have no human rights.”

It can be argued that America itself was founded on the principle of New Thought, it is clear that the writers and signers of the Declaration of Independence were well versed in these hermetic leanings, but again, just like the Romans they left off one critical point, “Women”…

Equality, freedom, justice, goodness for all people, as long as their men…

But a few very influential men understood the incongruence in the declaration and began to assuage it’s potentially disastrous implications. One such man was Ralph Waldo Emmerson, who taught that every person is an individual-ization of the one and only God. He thought that at the center of our being we are all operated on by the same universal spiritual laws which govern all things in nature, and that these laws are inherently right and good.

Emerson is not always associated with the new thought movement (his work predates the popular term ‘New thought Movement’) although he is sometimes called “the Father of New Thought” because he was instrumental in gathering together a group of intellectuals, writers and philosophers which made accessible these wisdoms to the audience.

The Mid 1800’s: Another man who also shares the title “Father of the new thought Movment” was Phineas Parkhust Quimby (1802-66), an American mental healer whose ideas greatly influenced the New Thought movement. Mr. Quimby was a hypnotist and healer who strongly believed that he could cause healing to occur through the power of the mind. He believed that maladies of the flesh created by erroneous beliefs and disharmony with the elemental forces of divine and nature. His healing methods centered on teaching a person to open themselves to receiving God’s wisdom, after which diseases would commensurately vanish.

Quimby, it is said, made no distinction between the male and female aspects of humanity, teaching that all life can tune into the divine force with equal certainty. He was popular and a somewhat famous figure and his teachings began to take root amongst the common culture (in modern times the power of the mind to affect healing is a well respected fact). One of his students was Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science.

The late 1800’s: Enter Emma Curtis Hopkins (1853-1925), born in Connecticut in 1853. She became involved in the New Thought Movement when in 1882 she became serious ill and called on Christian Science Founder Mary Baker Eddy, who facilitated her rapid healing and recovery. Hopkins was so grateful she devoted herself to the Christian Science approach, becoming editor (1884-85) of the Christian Science Journal.

Alas, Emma’s massive spirit could not be confined by the rigors of a staunch dogma and she began to explore other metaphysical writings. In 1887 she moved to Chicago and established the Christian Science Theological Seminary, completely unaffiliated with the Church of Christian Science.

Emma Hopkins was not a shy woman, she was vocal, opinionated, and of a solid character willing to stand up for what she believed in. She is often created with the popularization of the phrase “The New Thought Movement” as her teachings, writings and lectures had rapidly spawned centers in coast to coast including New York, San Francisco, Kansas City, Boston.

Her efforts were twofold, she would empower people with the Core Teachings of the New Thought Movement, and she would make inroads into the Womens equality movement throughout the Americas.

The feminist movement was still quite nascent during her lifetime, but she was a massive leader within it using her centers across the country to facilitate it’s spread and helping to get the Susan B. Anthony Amendment introduced to Congress in 1878 (Universal Voting Rights legislature)… But it was not until over 40 years later, 40 years of hard fighting and perseverance that on August 26, 1920 the bill finally became a law…

Her students were some of the most respected leaders of their days forming organizations today with many millions of members, including:

  • Melinda Cramer and Nona Books, co-founders of Divine Science;

  • Charles and Myrtle Fillmore, who established the Unity School of Christianity.

  • Harriet Emilie Cady, author of Lessons in Truth;

  • Annie Rix Militz, founder of The Home of Truth;

  • Ernest Holmes, founder of Religious Science.

Because her influence was so pervasive in these New Thought organizations Emma Curtis Hopkins came to be called the “Mother of New Thought.”

Early 1900’s : The Movement takes root. With many millions of people involved now, it was time for the movement to centralize and solidify. In 1903 the first (of what would some years later become annual) “International New Thought Convention” was held in Chicago.

In 1914 the Movement truly catalyzed in the first World New Thought Congress held in London, Enlgand wherein the International New Thought Alliance was formally founded. To this day, The International New Thought Alliance (INTA) is an umbrella organization for New Thought adherents “dedicated to serving the New Thought Movement’s various branches, organizations and individuals”.

It was the INTA which attempted to create the First “New Thought Declaration of Principles” from which the New thought Movment would have the ability to present a common voice. The declaration has been amended many times…

Mid 1900’s: Wracked by a 50 year depression, five major wars, and civil strife, the American New Thought Movement settled down for the bulk of the 1900’s. Many organizations were formed with their own unique declarations of principles, but it wasn’t until 1990’s that the Movement again began to pick up steam.

Late 1900’s: At this point in history, Women’s Rights had become a major force in America as well as Civil rights and racial equality beginning to stabilize as national ideals. The new thought Movement became ready to resurface and face some of the world’s major problems. Led by such vocal personages as Barbara Marx Hubbard and Bernard Beckwith, in 1996 The Association for Global New Thought was formed to centralize and represent the leading edge of the New Thought Movement. With over 700 cross denominational churches and centers worldwide, The Association for Global New Thought unites them all with a deep commitment to bring the principles and practices of cocreation to heal the maladies present in the modern world.

The Association for Global New Thought takes a fresh approach to the principles, stepping over dogmatic lines and addressing the need for global healing through personal transformation, community-building, interfaith, intercultural, and interdisciplinary understanding, and compassionate activism. The term “Spiritual Activism” has been coined by the group and is gaining popularity worldwide to represent the idea that spiritually grounded individuals and organizations must transcend dogmatic barriers and sectarian proprietorship and begin to immediately take action by embracing and embodying the deep changes we as a global culture must accept to ensure the long term prosperity of our civilization.

Fundamental to the modern New Thought Movement is the notion that we can, will, and are part of a magnificent experience encompassing us all. Active in the role of co-creation, it is our right, duty, and privilege to make this world, our lives, and the lives of others as wonderful as possible on every level.

Key in this knowledge is the idea that there is enough for us all, and all we as a people need to do is learn to live in prosperity and abundance with one another…

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The New Thought Concept

Understand What the new thought Concept Is all About

Let’s make a distinction here between the New Thought Movement, New Thought Definition, New Thought Principles, and lastly the New Thought Concepts.

Making the Distinctions: Social movements are very organic things, they just sort of happen as people come together with a variety of shared beliefs called a paradigm. Now, paradigms are fairly loose things, often defying concrete definitions. Most of the time, as in the New Thought Movement, the movement is sparked by an assortment of characters expounding and exposing distinct yet similar beliefs (paradigms) usually with commonly held elements.

It is these common elements we’re after here, the Core New Thought Concepts. The reason we need to make the distinction is because the New Thought Movement, like most other social movements has a tendency to both congeal, and defy congealment. Here’s what I mean, organizations like INTA (International New thought Alliance), AGNT (Association for Global New Thought), and ANTN (Affiliated New Thought Organization) all naturally emerge and seek to take hold of the centralizing body of the movement. Each organization seeks to be a hub for the 1,000’s of smaller groups and centers spread throughout the world and present a common, Unified face to the global community.

As always, as in any movement, most of these groups have some loyalty to a certain brand of the core concepts, and when issuing a Declaration of Principles this partisanship emerges. This is all very natural and happens in any movement of sufficient size and inertia…

The problem inherent with this is that with so many groups attempting to present a common voice, there is a definite tendency for the static to overwhelm the concept…

So in this essay we are going to be looking at the commonalities in these different voices, som of the terminology common to them all, and call this: “The New Thought Concept and Terminology” cautiously avoiding treading on the toes of the half dozen “New Thought Declarations of Principles”…

Core Concept One: Universal Spirituality and Divine Goodness

While there is no unified New Thought belief system, a core among them all is the notion that there is a omni-present divine force of goodness pervasive though all things and people. Some expound the idea of omnipotent, others do not. However in nearly all New Thought schools of the thought the concepts of ‘pervasive’ and ‘inherent goodness’ are cornerstones.

Core Concept Two: The ability to align with this divine force

The second core concept is that we, as humans have the innate ability to harmonize and align with this divine force of goodness. Various schools within the New Thought Movement disagree as to how far the implications of this alignment and harmonization reach. Both fairly universal is the idea that: Health, Prosperity, and Love are all possible through this aligning and harmonizing. Extremist’s within the Movement hold that any sort of healing (including cancer and AIDS) can be accomplished with this alignment, and fantastic riches, beauty, and accomplish are also possible.

While the various proponents do not agree as to the limits of the results, they do all tend to agree that aligning and harmonizing with this divine force is essentially life’s greatest reward and the source of most, if not all lasting happiness.

That’s it. Add anything and you add the potential for disagreement. Those two core concepts form the cornerstone of the movement and I say with confidence, “Are held in common by at least 95% of New Thought Proponents.”

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New Thought Christianity

New Thought Christianity: Where Superstition, Mythology, Science and Philosophy Collide

Without a doubt, this is one of the most entertaining of all the topics you’ll find within the whole new Thought Genre. It delights and amusing me to no end. No doubt this essay will offend some, amuse others, and may even get a few people thinking…

New Thought and Christianity mix together about as well as Christianity and everything else. What’s important to realize is that the fundamental principles of the entire New Thought Movement predate Christianity, even the old testament by many thousands of years. Many scholars call these lessons The Hermetic Wisdoms, but even that is misleading because Hermes is a name attributed to the Thoout wisdoms predating the name Hermes by many thousands of years…

If you don’t catch the humor in the fact that ‘New Thought’ is essentially the teachings of 5,000 year old Egyptian god named ‘Thoout’ then read slower please, some of the delight in all this may be slipping right by you…

Where was I? oh yes, New Thought Christianity… The New Thought Movement is a massive international resurgence in the conveyance of ancient Egyptian lessons first attributed to Thoout.

But, around 30bce, the Roman Emperors Caligulous and Nero began the wholesale executions of anyone caught spreading these wisdoms (Can you imagine it? These early new Thoughters were teaching that Slaves had Human rights!)… No no no… it just wouldn’t do…

Along came Christ, teaching, yes you guessed, the same Hermetic lessons. Viola! Every movement is more delightful with a figurehead, sprinkle in some resurrection and deification and you’ve got the underpinnings for a whole new religion!

Oddly enough, Thoout’s student Osiris was also executed and resurrected 3 days later… about 3,500 years before Christ did it…

Same teachings, same story, new name.

The New thought Movement however has become far more associated with Christianity than it’s Egyptian Underpinnings. A delightfully odd convergence evidenced everywhere in the movement.

You see, Thoout was a deity associated with Spiritual Unity and Scientific prowess. But again, to be clear, just saying his name was punishable by death in Europe from 40b.c.e to about 1930c.e. (Hitler executed 200,000 Hermetics, and in some parts of the middle east it is still punishable by deathy – Equality and goodness are very threatening ideas to Dictators, Fascists, and Monarchs). So, what better thing to do than change the name, but not the lessons!

Massive in the New Thought Christian Movement is “Unity School of Practical Christianity.”, whose founders Charles and Myrtle Fillmore chose the ancient Egyptian winged disc as the symbol to represent Unity and symbolize the “Earth being lifted in consciousness.” Today the “school” is a centralized group with churches in many areas. They distribute millions of pieces of literature a year; their most popular publications (with a total circulation of about three million) are Unity Magazine (articles on metaphysical topics) and Daily Word (their daily devotional magazine). They have over 500 churches and/or study groups in America, with an additional 100 or so congregations and study groups in 15 foreign countries.

All these, New Thought Christians praying under the symbol of an Egyptian god… An interesting note, in Egyptian Mythology which the Fillmore’s were very well versed, the winged disc is the symbol of Horus, a diety alongside of Thoout who was said to be Thoout’s student in the ways of knowledge…

Now let’s get a lovely little distinction here, Unity Christianity (New Thought Christianity) is a bit different than normal Christianity: Unity teaches that Christ is an idea, the essence of “divine Mind.” They say that every person is potentially perfect, and that Jesus expressed that perfection, and while we are still only working toward it, we are part of the divine universal consciousness, and therefore, divine by nature. We must discover the Christ principles of successful living and then be ready to apply them to our own daily living. In summary, rather than viewing Jesus as the Savior from our sins, Unity views Him as merely the “Way Shower.”

With the Unity concept of the power of positive thinking, there is no talk about sin, and therefore, no eternal hell and no eternal punishment, but instead beleive that both heaven and hell are “states of mind,” not geographical locations, that people experience as a result of their thoughts, words, and deeds.

There are many other New thought Christian groups out there including Religious Science, Church of Christ, Scientists, and Christian Science, to name just a few…

So diverse are they, that any effort to concisely describe them all here would simply be superfluous… It cornerstone of this essay is the understanding that New Thought Core principles are the same principles taught over 5,000 years ago by Toouht and 2,000 years ago by Jesus the Christ…

The lessons, the mythology, the legends are nearly identical in both of these great teachers. However, when studying one (Toouht) has been punishable by death for over 2,000 years (still is in some parts of the world), it is easy to see how a Winged Disc of Horus renamed “Unity Church of Christ” would become a more desirable dissemination mechanism…

Of course, this subterfuge has created a HIGH degree of dogmatic proprietorship, riff within the New Thought Movement.

Fortunately, this tireless debate about New Thought Christianity shifts the focus away from the core principles themselves and ensures the turth’s keep trickling their way into the society safely…

Note: That’s a complex idea, let me clarify. The Core Principle “There is a all pervasive force of goodness underlying and underpinning all things” is a very important principle for the people of the world. It is exceedingly empowering to think this way… It is also true, which makes it even better.

Whenever someone adds a bit of dogma to that idea, it convolutes it, dilutes it if you will. That dogma then becomes the grounds for contention. This contentiousness keeps the core principle safe from ever becoming a cult… You see, as long as organizations like Unity and Christ Scientist continue to argue over principles and dogma, the core principles will continue to trickle into the collective mind, while the contested principles will continue to stay out…

All told, it is a delightfully entertaining way to spread consciousness…

I leave you with this delightful quote from an Invitation to a Science of the Mind Gathering:

“Science of Mind in its broadest and truest sense includes the best in science, religion, and philosophy.”

Does anybody else see the irony inherent in that sentence? Or is it just me?

Well I for one feel relieved that finally, after thousands of years, someone has finally created the ‘best’ religion for us all to follow. I wonder why no-one else ever thought of creating the “One true Faith” or “Best Religion” before now?

Author’s Note: Okay, just in case my sarcasm went right by you, let me make a few things clear about this essay. First: New Thought Principles in their very nature are inclusive, meaning that if you accept the idea that there is an all pervasive force of goodness running through the world, then that, by its very definition means “All Pervasive”… So it includes everyone everywhere. Second: The very notion of the ‘Best’ religion is so very tired and overdone… Isn’t every religion the best one for the person practicing it? That’s why I’m being a bit sarcastic in this essay, because the two ideas simply don’t mesh up… “It’s all pervasive, but ours is best” is really an absurd idea…

Lastly, please don’t mistake my gentle jabs as being in any way hostile, I just find the whole premise very amusing… I mean really, taking a set of 5,000 year old Egyptian concepts, then worshiping under the central image of an Egyptian Diety, then calling it Christianity sounds more like repakaging the same product under a different name to me… The funny part is, it’s being repackaged under the name of a product that already exists!!! I guess to really understand this, you can imagine if “Pepsi” renamed it’s soda “Coke”… It’s still just Pepsi with a different name folks…

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New Thought Ancient Wisdom

Ancient Wisdom Made Fresh Again for the Modern Mind

In 1916, Claude Hopkins wrote:,

“Social morays and fashions are fleeting and salient, ever changing. Human psychology however is not whimsical. The things which motivate us today, are the same things which motivated us 1,000’s of years ago. The things which work for us today, are the same things which worked for us throughout all of human history.”

Although our clothes and dialects change, and skirts grow shorter, then longer, then shorter once again, our core motivations have changed little over all these millennia. Much the same can be said for our means of obtaining these myriad ends, the techniques of the ancient ones, the classical techniques are still, as they ever were, the most effective and efficient ones available today.

There is no doubt, that each generation is the first to ‘rebel’ against its elders. It is a certainty that each generation must make itself distinct in order to establish its own inclusiveness.

For Clarity’s Sake: If your generation wore short skirts – the one that follows will either make theirs shorter or longer, and consider it a “New Fashion” that they created all in and of themselves! How will they know if it is to be shorter or longer? Well, there are certain practical limits to how short a skirt can be! It’s not something New if they just make it so short that we old timers call it a belt! So when the practical limits are reached, the ebb flows in the opposite direction, this waxing and waning has repeated itself over and over throughout the millennia…

A subtle irony exists in the skirt example: Imagine a generation (as now) who has aspired to ‘as short as is realistically possible’ and an older generation (as now) who says such things as “in my day such outfits were reserved for prostitutes and strippers!” all the while forgetting that just 7 generations ago public nudity was commonplace in the Northern United Kingdom and North America!

And don’t forget, the flesh seen in such disdain was exalted even worshipped by the renaissance artists 500 years ago, the Byzantines 1000 years ago, the Egyptians 2,000 years ago, and the Hindus 3,000 years ago ! Over and over the cycle repeats itself… From Exaltation and Reverence, to demure and modest…

I’m big on examples, and the skirt becoming the mini-skirt and the mini-skirt becoming the micro-skirt is such a great example of the same phenomenon that is occurring with Thought.

Let’s us, for mental pleasure’s sake, imagine a spectrum with – Conservative/Reserved/Cautious at one end (the left) and Chaotic/Haphazard/Innovative at the other (the right end).

Are we crazy? Chaos and Innovation at one end?

I’ll leave it to your formidable faculties to reconcile that one…

Now, let’s place “New Thought”, “Old Thought”, “Modern Thought” and “Ancient Thought” into the spectrum…

Let’s get the linearity of time in perspective before we go any further, it goes something like this (from present to past): New Thought – Modern Thought - Old Thought – Ancient Thought

New Thought: New Thought (as a phrase) has been gaining popularity for about 150 years now. Before that, the tenants it encapsulated were called ‘High Thought’. An Aside: There have been a great many “High Thought + One = new Thought” which means “Take the basic principles of High Thought, add one thing, then it’s ‘New thought’…” Most of the time the one thing which gets added is some sort of religious or dogmatic element (ie: High thought + Jesus, or High Thought Plus Science, or High Thought Plus Laws of Attraction)… For our purposes here, we’ll stick with those principles common to all the New Thought doctrines a foot: There is a divine force of goodness, and by harmonizing with it, goodness becomes our life… Simple when you extract the dogma or ‘Proprietary One-Upmanship’…

So on the spectrum it falls near the very left most… it is a very conservative ideology (note: new thought Proponents don’t like to be considered conservative, nor consider themselves conservative…) but, it is in fact on the very near left most extreme of our spectrum: Conservative/Reserved/Cautious – The Divine force of Goodness has little need for chaos or wild speculation, more a flowing river then a storm in all the myriad sects…

Modern Thought: Of course, such broad categories as these open the door to vehement disagreements regardless of what I say… After all, how can anyone hope to distill something as broad as “Thought” down into a dosage befitting a single slot on a spectrum?

Look no further! I’ll do it! Modern Thought is characterized by Innovation, Experimentation, and Expansion. These three characteristics place it very near the right hand side of the spectrum. The distinction to be made is that Modern Thought seeks to bring order to the chaos by its reliance on science and experimentation… Alas, sometimes we in the modern world tend to make the whole world our laboratory and run wildly speculative experiments using the global economy as our laboratory, just listening to a few mintues of public news (circa 2009) and you are overwhelmed with the phrase “We think this might work to save the global economy)… Clearly, very near the right hand of the spectrum: Chaotic/Haphazard/Innovative.

Old Thought: Smack dab in the middle of it all. Old thought is characterized by a conservative disregard for the ancient ways, the earth, and the sanctity of life (both human and other)… In the modern era we tend to think of Old thought as Conservative, but the evidence points out that it really isn’t at all… in fact, such examples as the Inquistion, the crusades, Native American Genocide, the debauchery of the Roman Emporatic system, as well as the very nature of ecological defilement on a global scale are altogether not conservative on any scale!

In many ways, this can be likened to the person in the mini-skirt claiming she is conservative next to the person in the micro-skirt….

Now, to Ancient Thought: It is tough to say where Old thought ends and Ancient Thought Begins, also baring in mind that this rather terse expose is entirely should carry the moniker ‘Western’ before all phrases… More important than the distinction of where one ends and one begins is the context of Conquest versus Escarpment…Or escarpmentation as I prefer to call it (although I have no evidence ‘escarpementation is even a word” (verb form of escarpment)…

Aha!!!! 93% of all readers just said: “Hmmm… I know the word but don’t know what it means, exactly.” That’s because it’s ancient! It is indicative of the ancient ideological and even theological approach!

You see, old thought is characterized by conquering, Ancient thought is characterized by fortifying and inhabiting. An Escarpment is “defensive structure consisting of walls or mounds built around a stronghold to strengthen it” and is the fundamental technology of the ancient era…

So, with this in mind, Ancient Thought is cleanly and neatly placed to the very left hand most of our spectrum, right beside: New Thought…

The irony, well , not all that ironic, is that Hermetic Thought is over 5,000 years old, and forms the underpinnings of all Constitutional Law (the very idea of a ‘law’ and a ‘constitution’ of laws is Hermetic in origin…)

I guess that’s not really all that ironic on first read… But, it may unfold for you over the coming days, and you’ll witness the irony of Ancient Thought and its hermetic Roots resurfacing as the epitome of conservatism…

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