New Thought is a term given to the religious philosophy born in the 1790’s that came to full fruition in the 19th Century with the work of Phineas Quimby, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Mary Baker Eddy , Nona Brooks , Emma Curtis Hopkins, Charles and Myrtle Fillmore, the Founders of Unity and with the great work of Dr. Ernest Holmes in the early 20th Century; the Founder of Religious Science (The Science of Mind); Neville Goddard and many, many others.
From this flowering of New Thought arose the Christian Science movement, the Church of Divine Science, The Unity Church of Practical Christianity and the Church of Religious Science, founded by Ernest Holmes (now called the Centers for Spiritual Living)
What do these New Thought denominations have in common? Perhaps the hallmark of New Thought is a Deistic view of the Divine. God is seen as Divine Mind, Divine Intelligence, the Great Architect, First Cause or The Ground of all Being. God is not your meddling mother in law, does not plan every detail of your life, or chart your future in some great book in the heavens.
No, God is the Creator of all that exists on this world and all others. God is the author of the Big Bang, the creator of natural and spiritual law and the thinker behind all that is. Call God the Great I AM as Moses was told in Sinai.
God’s language is mathematics, It’s nature is love and the joy of creation for creation’s sake. God creates out of love from its own substance everything that exists including you and I. Therefore every human being is a living expression of this Godhead.
God is not up there or over there or down here. God is everywhere present…..all at the same instant. As the Bible puts it so well: We live and move and have our being within the great body of God, much as a fish swims in the ocean but is not part of the ocean.
Modern Christianity conceives God as a meddling parent and humanity as a weak worm of the dust. New Thought conceives God as a loving creator, open 24/7 for consultation and inspiration but not the ruler of our lives. We lead a life, we do not follow it. We are the motive force of our lives; responsible for every thought, every word and choice. No blame but responsibility.
We are empowered by this philosophy and this symbiotic relationship between God and humanity. We are created by God and given imagination, will and intellect and in return God experiences the lives of its creation. If we are the authors of our lives then we may re-write our story any time that we can muster the will, the courage and the intelligence to do so. No victims here in New Thought. Rather, we are magnificent creations of the Architect of the Universe.
Next time we shall discuss the role of The Law, that gift of God that enables humanity to create whatever we can conceive.
Until we are together again, be well, be happy and listen to your inner voice, its God calling!
Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian