WHAT YOU THINK YOU BECOME: NEW THOUGHT, SELF-HELP AND POPULAR PSYCHOLOGY
What You Think You BecomeNew Thought, SELF-HELPAND POPULAR PSYCHOLOGYPresented byDr Ian Ellis-JonesWellness Instructor and PractitionerLegal Practitioner, Educator and TrainerMinister of Religion, Consultant and Author
CHANGE YOUR THINKING … CHANGE YOUR LIFE!If you have ever read any books writtenby any one or more of the following …Louise L Hay ~ Wayne W Dyer ~ Deepak ChopraOprah Winfrey ~ William Walker Atkinson ~ Paul HannaEsther & Jerry Hicks ~ Michael Beckwith ~ Mary Baker EddyRhonda Byrne ~ Shakti Gawain ~ Dale CarnegieCharles Fillmore ~ Norman Vincent Peale ~ Prentice MulfordRobert H Schuller ~ Joseph Murphy ~ W Clement StoneEmmet Fox ~ Ralph Waldo Trine ~ Christian D LarsonNeal Donald Walsch ~ Harry Gaze ~ Eric ButterworthOrison Swett Marden ~ George S Clason ~ Miguel RuizWallace D Wattles ~ Thomas Troward ~ Ella Wheeler WilcoxNapoleon Hill ~ Anthony Robbins ~ James Allen ~ Glenn ClarkFlorence Scovel Shinn ~ Joel S Goldsmith ~ Frederick BailesErnest Holmes ~ Catherine Ponder ~ Claude M BristolDavid J Schwartz ~ Eckhart Tolle ~ Jack Canfield… then you have read ‘New Thought’!
New ThoughtWatch your thoughts, for they become words.Watch your words, for they become actions.Watch your actions, for they become habits.Watch your habits, for they become character.Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.– Frank Outlaw, attrib.‘For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he ...’(cf Proverbs 23:7).
New Thought‘Take charge of your thoughts.You can do what you will with them.’ – Plato.‘They can because they think they can.’ – Virgil.‘We are what we think. All that we are arises with ourthoughts. With our thoughts we make our world.’– Buddha.‘A man is what he thinks all day long.’– Ralph Waldo Emerson.
New Thought‘The mind of man is capable of anything becauseeverything is in it; all the past as well as all the future.’– Joseph Conrad.‘We are what we think; as we desire so do we become!By our thoughts, desires, and habits, we either ascendto the full divine dignity of our nature, or we descendto suffer and learn.’ – J. Todd Ferrier.‘I admit thoughts influence the body.’– Albert Einstein.‘Thought is action in rehearsal.’ – Sigmund Freud.
New Thought… the American people’s„only decidedlyoriginal contributionto the systematicphilosophyof life.‟– Professor William James.
The „movement of the mind‟ …‘The truth, once announced, has thepower not only to renew but toextend itself. New Thought isuniversal in its ideals and thereforeshould be universal in its appeal.Under the guidance of the spirit, itshould grow in good works until itembraces many lands and eventuallythe whole world.’- James A Edgerton on NewThought Day, 23 August 1915.
The „movement of the mind‟ …‘If there is only oneLaw, one Power, oneGood, Omnipresent, Omniscient and Omnipotent all-loving Father, then weshall step into the newday, and so a New Era IsBorn.’– Grace M Aguilar.
The „movement of the mind‟ …The roots of NewThought go way back topersons such as …Buddha, Pythagoras,Socrates, Plato,Philo, Epictetus,Origen andAthanasius …
The „movement of the mind‟ …However … there is nothing ‘new’about New Thought, which is asold as humanity …„This is the new religion;yet it is older than theuniverse. It is Gods ownthought put into practicalform.‟- Ella Wheeler Wilcox.
Plato, the New Thoughter‘Thinking is the talkingof the soul with itself.’‘Take hold of your lives. Most ofthese things that distress you, youcan avoid; most of these things thatdominate you, you can overthrow.You can do as you will with them.’
Platos Theory of Forms …The so-called real world originatesin …the realm of ideas (forms).Ideas shape and create reality.What we see as the so-calledmaterial world is only a shadowof the real world.
Platos Theory of Forms …The realm of ideas (forms)... perceived through the mind... is permanent andimmutable.It is the ‘real’ world.The world of changeis merely an imperfect imageof the realm of forms.Human improvementis the supreme good,toward which all learningshould actively trend.
Platos Theory of Forms The Theory of theForms … had an enormous influenceon Hellenic Christian viewsof God. Platonic philosophersand religionists: looked at objects in the material world,and imagined what the ‘Perfect’ tree ... or‘Perfect’ human being ... would be.
Platos Theory of Forms … Early HellenicChristians ... andtheir medievalsuccessors ... appliedthis Form-basedphilosophy to theChristian God.
Platos Theory of Forms … Platonic philosophers andreligionists … took all the things that theyconsidered Good—Power, Love,Knowledge, Size, etc posited that God [Mind] is‘infinite’ in all those respects concluded that God [Mind] is ... omnipotent omniscient omnipresent benevolent.
Platos Theory of FormsFurther, since God isperfect, any changewould make God lessthan perfect ...Therefore, God mustbe unchanging (i.e.immutable).
Plato‟s Concept of „The One‟Plato’s concept of ‘The One’• big impact on Christianmetaphysics andmysticism• coalesces perfectly withJewish monotheism ...„Hear, O Israel: the Lord our Godis one Lord‟ (Dt 6:4)
Philo of Alexandria …Philo (20 BCE - 50 CE)also known as Philo Judaeusand Philo of AlexandriaAlexandrian Jewishphilosophera contemporary of Jesus
Philo of Alexandria ...• spiritual interpretation ofJewish scriptures fusion of allegorically andrationalistically conceivedJewish traditions, andGreek (particularlyPlatonic and Stoic [‘divinespark’]) philosophy
The Hellenistic Judaism of PhiloPhilo on God and us …
Platonism becomes New Thought …God is omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent –all-knowing, all-powerful and existing everywhere.God is good.God is everywhere.Therefore, good must be everywhere.Therefore, evil cannot be anywhere.If evil does not exist,sickness and disease cannot exist either.Therefore, they must be illusions.
Platonism becomes New ThoughtGod is All.Mind is All.(Therefore) God is Mind.Cf. All Americans are human.All terrorists are human.(Therefore) All Americans are terrorists.[The fallacy of the undistributed middle.]
Epictetus„You are a distinct portion of theessence of God; and contain part ofHim in yourself. Why, then, are youignorant of your noble birth? Why doyou not consider whence you came?Why do you not remember, when youare eating, who you are who eat; andwhom you feed ? Do you not knowthat it is the Divine you feed; theDivine you exercise? You carry a Godabout with you, poor wretch, andknow nothing of it.‟— Epictetus (55-135 CE),Greek sage and Stoic philosopher.
Marcus Aurelius‘The universe is change;our life is what ourthoughts make it.’‘The soul becomes dyedwith the colour of itsthoughts.’- Marcus Aurelius(121-180 CE).
OrigenOrigen (c185-254 CE) …• the greatest early ChristianChurch teacher [after the Apostles],theologian/philosopher and‘Church Father’ ...• believed in:the essential oneness of all lifethe indestructible unity of Godand all spiritual essence
Origen on God …Origen affirmed andexpounded both:the transcendence ofGod as the one eternalEssencethe immanence ofGod in the whole ofcreation
Origen on God as All-in-all„But God, who is thebeginning of all things,is not to be regarded as acomposite being, lestperchance there should befound to exist elementsprior to the beginningitself, out of whicheverything is composed,whatever that be whichis called composite.‟– Origen.
Origen on the Non-Reality of Evil„Seeing evil nowhereexists, for God is allthings, and to him noevil is near. Its mind andhostile will, which camenot from God, butfrom itself, are to bedestroyed.‟ – Origen.
Saint Athanasius‘The revelation of God is written in the humanconsciousness; the ground of all certitude is withinman, not in any authority external to his nature. Inorder to know the way that leads to God and to takeit with certainty, we have no need of foreign aid, butof ourselves alone. As God is above all, the waywhich leads to him is neither distant nor outside ofus, nor difficult to find. Since we have in us thekingdom of God, we are able easily to contemplateand conceive the King of the Universe, the salutaryreason of the universal Father. If anyone asks of mewhat is the way, I answer that it is the soul of eachand the intelligence which it encloses.’- Saint Athanasius (c.296–373),Christian theologian (one of the 8 great Doctors of the Church).
Emanuel SwedenborgEmanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) …• Swedishscientist, philosopher, theologian andChristian mystic …• The ‘Fountainhead [of NewThought]’ (Martin A Larson, NewThought Religion)• Doctrine of Influx … God, manifest in Christ (apower, not a person or personality), becomes the‘life force’ animating the cosmos---very Platonic!• Man the apex of creation• World a replica (of the eternal and spiritual) bycorrespondence• Disease is sin and error• Allegorical and spiritual interpretation of theBible
The „movement of the mind‟ …Late 19th century ...the movement of the mind… an increased interest inalternative beliefs such as …
The „movement of the mind‟ …Unitarianism andUniversalismTheosophySpiritualismChristian ScienceNew Thought
The „movement of the mind‟ …… as an antidote to‘the maddeningeffect ofProtestantism[especially Calvinism]’(H P Blavatsky).
The „movement of the mind‟ …The movement was particularlyembraced by women, who werepresented with new thoughtsabout …religionsexualityphilosophy.
The „movement of the mind‟ …The neworganisations andideas offeredopportunities forwomen to preach… and even leadcongregations.
What is „New Thought‟?A system of thoughtwhich affirms the unityof God with man, theperfection of all life, andthe immortality andeternity of the individualsoul forever expanding.- Dr Ernest Holmes.
What is „New Thought‟?‘… a movement of philosophical-religious thought and actionoriginating in the nineteenth-century United States andemphasizing the attainment ofhealth, wealth, and happinessthrough the control of one’sconscious and non-consciousbeliefs, attitudes, andexpectations by means ofdeliberately practising thepresence of a wholly benevolentdeity’ – Alan Anderson.
What is „New Thought‟?‘New Thought is a basic attempt to reinterpret theconventional dogmas of historic religion.’– Martin A Larson, New Thought Religion.‘What we call New Thought is, of course, only theprimitive New Testament teaching restated in modernform. It is essentially a Back-to-Jesus movement.’– Emmet Fox.‘… a mental system that holds man as being one withGod (good) through the power of constructive thinking.’– Charles Fillmore.
New ThoughtNew Thought is an idealism, as areall esoteric philosophies and religions- all religions that do not separateman from God. It is also progressive,because it recognizes by itsfundamental principles and teachingsthat all healthful and normal idealsmust change, expand and develop, asthe individual gains more light andtruth, as he expands and grows.- Abel Leighton Allen.
New ThoughtNew Thought is not, as many believe, aname or expression employed to defineany fixed system of thought,philosophy, or religion, but is a termused to convey the idea of growing ordeveloping thought. In considering thissubject, the word New should be dulyand freely emphasized, because theexpression New Thought relates onlyto what is new and progressive.- Abel Leighton Allen.
New ThoughtNew Thought is a product ofthe twentieth century thoughtand need; it had its birth inhuman experiences and humanunfoldment; it is God’s answerto the now. - Julia Seton MD.
New Thought‘The name New Thought has been adopted by an ever-increasing body of advanced minds throughout theworld as being the most appropriate name for thatprogressive, ever-advancing spiritual evolution goingon among all classes of religious and ethical thinkersto-day, and while it is not a sect or even anorganisation in the strict sense of those terms, it is amighty and growing movement among the mostthoughtful, both inside and outside the churches.’– Program Note, New Thought Conference,Adelaide, South Australia, August 1915.
New Thoughtthe religionof healthy-mindedness- William James,The Varietiesof Religious Experience.
New ThoughtThe greatest discoveryof my generation isthat man can alter hislife simply by alteringhis attitude of mind.- William James.
New Thought‘Man is not only made ill by his own negativethoughts and emotions, he is also under thehypnotic spell of the race mind. "The God of thisworld hath blinded the minds of them whichbelieve not." We are all under the spell, more orless, of a huge illusion. The evil, disease, sicknessand other imperfections that we see andexperience, have no reality, in reality, but have anexistence in unreality. Although they are not real ina real sense, yet they are terribly real to this presentlimited consciousness. By realizing the truth, andby thinking and living in its light and power, thehypnotic spell becomes broken, not completely,else we should not grow old, but to such an extentthat a state of greatly improved health can beenjoyed.’- Henry Thomas Hamblin (1873-1958).
New ThoughtNew Thoughtmade itsappearance inNew EnglandUSA about 1800-1825 in the formof a revival ofNeoplatonism
New ThoughtNeoplatonism a religious philosophy a form of idealisticmonism … everything exists in or tominds ... or as Mind all reality is of the samesubstance---mental the physical world isproduced by the mind we experience the physicalworld through themedium of ideas … andnot directly
New Thought‘The one most important realization of all isthat there is One Mind of God, and that thehuman mind conscious and subjective, is thegift of Divine Mind for use in a personal way.In truth the individual mind is like a wave onthe surface of the ocean, one of millions ofsimilar waves. Each wave is an individual initself, but one with every other wave in thedeeps of the ocean. The water of the wave isthe water of the ocean. …… cont’d
New Thought… cont’d‘The creative power of mind in man is thesame as the creative power of God. Heprojects universes in Divine imagining;we project our limited creativeness in thetiny self and our civilization, but we usethe same power.’- Bro Mandus (1907 - 1988)Crusader, October 1960.Bro Mandus was the founderof the World Healing Crusade.
New ThoughtNeoplatonism… the Universe is theInfinite Utterance ofone of an infinitenumber of InfiniteThoughts, whichcannot but emanatefrom an Infinite andThinking Source.
New Thought Neoplatonismthe primeval Source of Being isthe One and the Infinite …the source of all lifeabsolute causalitythe only real existence.
New ThoughtNeoplatonismthe high origin of the humansoul …its departure from its first estatethe way by which the soul mayagain return to the Eternal andSupreme … the Infinite One.
New ThoughtFor this is the dream divine that has dawned:Man, as a partOf the unified Whole,A throb in the heartOf the Cosmical Soul,In the All-Life, shall life beyond.- from In the Gardens of God (1904)by James Arthur Edgerton.
New ThoughtNumerous people … despite their individualdifferences … were: in rebellion against the then currentCalvinism … which had for so long ruled New Englandreligious thought in reaction against the religiousskepticism of the previous century(the American Enlightenment) interested in Eastern religions,mysticism and „alternative healing‟
New Thought„Spirits in rebellion‟ …the spokespeople of this movement„were and are actually inrebellion, even though theyregard themselves asthe true proponents oforiginal Christianity‟(Martin A Larson,New Thought Religion)
New ThoughtOne branch bore fruitwhich is now known asUnitarianism (in theUSA, Unitarian Universalism) … The Unitarians had split fromthe CongregationalistChurches of New England
New ThoughtThe other branch brought intorevival Neoplatonism …which later evolved into theTranscendental Movementwithin Unitarianism …
New ThoughtTranscendentalism …the ‘transcending,’ orgoingbeyond, empiricism …ascertaining a priori thefundamental principles ofhuman knowledge …
New Thought Transcendentalism … also the Presence and Power withinus of the ‘Self’ (‘True/Real Self’), thattranscends the finite, little, false ‘self’:‘There is a power lying hidden in man,by the use of which he can rise to higherand better things. There is in man agreater Self, that transcends the finiteself of the sense-man, even as themountain towers above the plain.’- Henry Thomas Hamblin (1873-1958).
New ThoughtTranscendentalism …German idealism[Hegel, et al] grafted uponUnitarianism …
New ThoughtTranscendalism brought a renewedinterest in …MysticismIdealismEastern religionsMetaphysicsPowers of the Mindthe idea of …the Immanent God
New ThoughtNew Thought took form inabout 1830 under the nameof … Transcendentalismoriginally named andfounded by Ralph WaldoEmerson and certain other‘awakened’ New Englanders.
New ThoughtYes, theNew Thoughtmovementis linked to theTranscendalistswithin … and lateroutside … theUnitarianmovement
NewThoughtNew Thought is a diverse movement … Christian and non-Christian groups formerly an ‘obscure cult’ but now a „prominent indigenousAmerican denominational family‟ that has „establisheditself with a significant constituency in the United States‟(Gordon Melton)New Thought affirms … ‘Ultimate Reality is Good; Humanity is divine; Mind is primary andcausative; The freedom of individuals in matters of religious belief’(Unity-Progressive Council).
New Thought‘There is one mind common to all individualmen. Every man is an inlet to the same and toall of the same. He that is once admitted to theright of reason is made a freeman of the wholeestate. What Plato has thought, he may think;what a saint has felt, he may feel; what at anytime has befallen any man, he can understand.Who hath access to this universal mind is aparty to all that is or can be done, for this is theonly and sovereign agent.’– Ralph Waldo Emerson, ‘History.’
New Thought‘We lie in the lap of immense intelligence,which makes us receivers of its truth andorgans of its activity. … Who can setbounds to the possibilities of man? Onceinhale the upper air, being admitted tobehold the absolute natures of justice andtruth, we learn that man has access to theentire mind of the Creator, is himself acreator in the finite.’– Ralph Waldo Emerson,in his Studies of Nature.
New ThoughtThe „over-soul‟‘We live in succession, in division, in parts, in particles.Meantime within man is the soul of the whole; the wisesilence; the universal beauty, to which every part and particleis equally related, the eternal ONE. And this deep power inwhich we exist and whose beatitude is all accessible to us, isnot only self-sufficing and perfect in every hour, but the act ofseeing and the thing seen, the seer and the spectacle, thesubject and the object, are one. We see the world piece bypiece, as the sun, the moon, the animal, the tree; but thewhole, of which these are shining parts, is the soul.’- Over-soul, from Essays: First Series,Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1841.
New ThoughtThe name New Thought– aka Metaphysics and theMetaphysical Movement –was taken in the 1890s …generally replacing suchnames as ‘Mind Cure’and ‘Mental Science’.
New Thought‘New Thought … is not somuch an organization as itis a point of view.’– C S Braden, These Also Believe(New York: Macmillan, 1949), p 143.
New ThoughtNew Thoughtis essentially a diverseand non-creedalmind-healingspiritual andmetaphysicalphilosophy andmovement … as wellas a way of life …
New Thought… promoting fullness of all aspects of living (includingthe attainment of health, wealth and happiness) andaffirming that:1. God is supreme, universal and everlasting.2. Divinity dwells within each person.3. We are all spiritual beings.4. The highest spiritual principle is loving one anotherunconditionally … and teaching and healing one another.5. Our mental states are carried forward into manifestationand become our experience in daily living.
New ThoughtThe Father within you, so lovinglyand familiarly revealed by Jesus, isnot a distance, far away in a placecalled ‘heaven.’ His abode is in thespiritual realms that underlie allcreative forces. As Jesus realized andtaught, ‘the kingdom of God is withinyou.’ Spirit is the seat of power; itsabode is on the invisible side of mansnature. - Charles Fillmore.
New ThoughtIf we really wish to have a health that will neverleave us we have to train the imagination. Intraining the mind, it is good to imagine, forinstance, that our bodies are full of light, that theyare a perfect blaze of light. Let us imagine that wetake a light and carry it right down through theinner parts of our bodies and let it shine. We maycall that light Love, Wisdom, or Life. If there isanything wrong in any part of our bodies, we let thelight shine there, we can put a word anywhere welike in our bodies; and feel the consciousness of it.Imagination is capable of this.- James P Mills,From Existence to Life:The Science of Self-Consciousness.
New Thought‘[I]nterest in mental healing gave the disciples ofthe New Thought a point of view, a way ofapproaching all questions, a way of looking at life as awhole; it gave an impetus toward individualism,toward freedom; it implied religious liberalism; itimplied idealism as a working or practicalphilosophy. Hence the special interest is related withall other interests, and we find the disciples of the NewThought advocating it as an all-inclusive program.… cont’d
New Thought… cont’d… The devotees were eager to show that the New Thoughtnot only stands for a method of healing but for aphilosophy, a positive or affirmative idealism;hence for religion, applied Christianity, therediscovery of the gospel of healing. In the course oftime, the New Thought as thus conceived becamesufficiently known and recognized to make possible thesuccessful representative movement of today.’– Horatio W Dresser, A History of the New ThoughtMovement (New York: Thomas Y Crowell, 1919), p 190.
New ThoughtRalph Waldo Emerson(1803-1882) … Unitarian minister Transcendentalist philosopher, poet,essayist the Sage of Concord the spiritual father ofNew Thought
New ThoughtGod is one and omnipotent. Man is the noblest workof God.As a plant upon the earth, so a man rests upon thebosom of God; he is nourished by unfailing fountains,and draws, at his need, inexhaustible power. Who canset bounds to the possibilities of man? Once inhalethe upper air, being admitted to behold the absolutenatures of justice and truth, and we learn that manhas access to the entire mind of the Creator, is himselfthe creator in the finite. …- Ralph Waldo Emerson.
New Thought … the thought is always prior to thefact. A man is what he thinks about all daylong. They conquer who believe they can. ‘Once you make a decision, the universeconspires to make it happen.’ ‘Do the thing you fear and the death offear is certain.’- Ralph Waldo Emerson.
New ThoughtTheodore Parker (1810-1860) … American Unitarian minister andTranscendentalist great social reformer and abolitionist… his words and sayings had a great influenceon Abraham Lincoln and Martin LutherKing Jr referred to God as „our Father andour Mother‟ and in terms such as … „Perpetual Presence‟ and „InfinitePresence who lives and moves and hasYour being in all that is above us andaround us and underneath us … [and]it is in You that we also live and moveand have our being …‟
New Thought Phineas P Quimby(1802-1866) … Father of New Thought
New ThoughtPhineas P Quimby„the modern worlds firsttrue psychoanalyst‟(Dr Ervin Seale)
New ThoughtQuimbys system of„alternative‟ healing …a metaphysical form ofinsight-orientedpsychotherapy(together with autosuggestion) …
New Thought… the beginningof the „NewPsychology‟and „MentalTherapeutics‟ …
New ThoughtIn addition, Quimbypaved the way for …the whole field of modernpsychosomaticmedicine …
New Thought… for let it be noted thatNew Thought understoodthe nature of functionalillness long before depthpsychology.
New Thought Phineas P Quimby… Park to his friends Maine clockmakerand inventor … father, blacksmith mesmerist … inspired by Charles Poyen magnetist … but gradually began to doubt the theory ofanimal magnetism changed his practice to mental healingthrough visualization influenced by ideas of Swedishmystic Emanuel Swedenborg(1688-1772)
New ThoughtPhineas P Quimby … a metaphysical healer and lyceum circuit lecturer … little formal education …but widely read not religious by orthodox standards …suspicious of both orthodox medicine andestablished churches …yet often referred to Christianity in his teachings his experiences and practices of mental healing … the real beginnings of and foundation for NewThought
New ThoughtPhineas P Quimby … well-known as a metaphysical(spiritual) healer inPortland, Maine … treated over 12,000 peoplein the last 8 years of his life first experimented withvarious physical remedies …the result was just the sameregardless of the particularremedy …thus, the healing lay NOT inthe medicine but in themind!
New ThoughtPhineas P Quimby … taught the explanation is the cure demonstrated that the human body movesas it is moved upon by the mind …that is, the body …acts as it is acted upon, andbecomes, in effect, a mirror of onesmind– a most important discovery.
New Thought Phineas P Quimby … „Man acts as he is acted upon.‟ „Man is belief expressed.‟… in other words:our ideas, beliefs and opinionsactivate our mind and condition uswe become an expression of ourbeliefs.
New Thought Phineas P Quimby … „Our minds mingle likeatmospheres, and each personhas his identity in thatatmosphere.‟The moods, feelings, beliefs,etc, of others are impressed uponus …BUT we can rise above the‘race mind’ and ‘masshypnosis’.
New ThoughtMy practice is unlike all medical practice. Igive no medicine, and make no outwardapplications. I tell the patient his troubles,and what he thinks is his disease: and myexplanation is the cure. If I succeed incorrecting his errors, I change the fluids ofthe system and establish the truth, or health.The truth is the cure. This mode of practiceapplies to all cases. - Phineas P Quimby.
New ThoughtThe Quimby „argumentative method‟of healing (as described by son George):‘to change the mind of a patient anddisabuse it of its error and establish truth inits place, which, if done, was the cure.’‘Can a theory be found capable of practicewhich can separate Truth from error? Iundertake to say there is a method ofreasoning which, being understood, canseparate one from the other. Man is madeup of truth and belief and if he is deceivedinto a belief that he has or is liable to have adisease, the belief is catching and the effectfollows it.’ - Phineas P Quimby.
New ThoughtThe Quimby „argumentativemethod‟ of healing … spiritual reasoning … you convince the patient andyourself that the sickness is due to: false beliefs groundless fears negative patterns in thesubconscious mind you explain that the basis of allhealing is … a change of belief You „build up‟ evidence for thehealing power within You render a verdict in the‘courthouse’ of the mind … in favourof yourself and the patient.
New ThoughtThe Quimby „absolute method‟ ofhealing … used by Quimby in the latter years of hishealing career … you mention the name of the patient you contemplate the qualities andattributes of God … you silently think of God as InfiniteIntelligence, Boundless Love, the Source andRestorer of Perfect Health, etc you feel and envision the Power and Loveof God being focused on the patient.
New ThoughtEveryman is a part of God, just so faras he is wisdom.Jesus was the man who brought thetrue light or Christ to light. Christ wasHis religion, the God in Him. … Whattruth did Jesus come to bring to theworld? One simple fact that man is aprogressive being, that his happinessand misery are of his own make … .- Phineas P Quimby.
New Thought„The suggestion you give toanother, you are givingto yourself.‟– Phineas P Quimby.In other words … What goesaround comes around.
New ThoughtPhineas P Quimbyon Prayer …It‟s like a defence lawyerpleading the case beforethe judge … showing theirclient to be a victim of liesand false beliefs …SO, AFFIRM THE TRUTH… DENY THE FALSE.YOU ARE THE JUDGE …YOU RENDER YOUROWN VERDICT.
New Thought Phineas P Quimby used thephrase Christian Science asearly as 1863 also referred to his method of healing as theScience of Christ, Christ Science, andThe Quimby System Presbyterian minister WilliamAdams had previously used the termChristian Science before Quimbyin his book The Elements ofChristian Science (1st ed, 1850;later ed, 1857).
New Thought Thomas Troward (1847-1916) … the other taproot of NewThought a member of the British CivilServiceserved as a Divisional Judgein the Punjab for 25 years lectured on Mental Science(his term) … wrote many books
New Thought Thomas Troward (1847-1916) … „Having seen the end, you havewilled the means to therealization of the end.‟ Prof William James on ThomasTroward:„… far and away the ableststatement of the philosophy I havemet, beautiful in its sustainedclearness of thought and style‟
New ThoughtThe ideas and teachingsof Thomas Trowardwere brought to the USAby: initially, Dr Harry Gaze later, Dr Emmet Fox.
New Thought Phineas P Quimby transmitted hisideas and methods to a number of hispatients, among them:Warren Felt EvansMary Baker Eddy … then MaryMorse PattersonJulius A and Annetta (Seabury)Dresser
New ThoughtWarren Felt Evans (1817-1889) Methodist, later Swedenborgian,minister of religion ... had been healed by Quimby the first real philosopher of NewThought … and the first person togive literary form to New Thought pioneer writer of New Thought wrote 2 books on Quimbyism beforeMary Baker Eddy published herScience and Health with Key tothe Scriptures in 1875
New Thought Warren Felt Evans (1817-1889) …Disease being in its root a wrongbelief. Change that belief and wecure the disease. By faith we werethus made whole … . - The MentalCure.Everything exists for us in thought.That of which we do not think hasfor us no existence. - EsotericChristianity, 1886.
New ThoughtMary Baker Eddy(1821-1910) treated by Quimby in 1862 author of Science and Healthwith Key to the Scriptures (1sted, 1875) founder of the Church of Christ,Scientist (Christian Science), 1879 founder of the independent, non-denominational daily newspaperThe Christian Science MonitorStand porter at the door ofthought.
New Thought Julius ADresser(1838-1893) Annetta(Seabury)Dresser(1843-1935)
New ThoughtJulius A Dresser Dresser andAnnetta (Seabury) Dressercontinued more directly in thetradition of Quimby himselfthe first to formally organize whatwas to become known in time as theNew Thought Movementcompeted with Mary Baker Eddy
New ThoughtTo realize that our real life isspiritual was to overcome theillusions of sense-experiencewith its manifold bondages.- Julius A Dresser.
New Thought• Son Horatio W Dresser(1866-1954) continued his parents’ work the first historian of theNew Thought Movement published many books onNew Thought as well asediting The QuimbyManuscripts (1921)
New ThoughtWarren Felt Evans and Julius ADressergave systematic form to Quimby’s ideasthe intellectual founders of NewThought and its allied movementsthe most influential figures in the actualorganization of the movement whichcame to be known as New Thought
New Thought Both Christian Science and NewThought in all of its various formshave their origins in Quimby’s ideas Mary Baker Eddy … developed her own highlyindividualistic, indeedidiosyncratic, version ofQuimby’s ideas and methods would later claim to have beenthe discoverer and founder ofthose ideas and methods
New ThoughtMary Baker Eddyclaimed to havediscoveredChristian Sciencein 1866The matter went tothe courts in 1883 …
New ThoughtSuit was won by MaryBaker Eddy … but onlybecause … Quimby’s son GeorgeQuimby would notpermit the QuimbyManuscripts to betaken to court. The other party to theproceedings (a formerstudent of Eddy’s) wasimpecunious.
New ThoughtThe QuimbyManuscripts published in 1921Horatio WDresser (ed) Mary BakerEddygot most of heressential ideasfrom Quimbyguilty ofplagiarism
New Thought Mrs Eddy also copied extensively fromthe writings of the German idealistphilosopher Hegel … 1875 edition of Eddys Science andHealth … 33 pages verbatim and100 pages in substance … from DrFrancis Leiber’s manuscript ‘TheMetaphysical Religion of Hegel’… to which Mrs Eddy had access.
New Thought Mary Baker Eddy died on 3December 1910. Theres no truth to the persistentrumour that a telephone wasinstalled in her tomb in case shereturned to life. The story arose from a phone linethat was installed temporarily forwatchmen at the site.
New ThoughtNEW THOUGHTAND CHRISTIAN SCIENCENew Thought esoteric impersonal without central authority, creed, or generalorganization … neither monolithic nordoctrinaire … open-ended of free and individualistic spirit universal spirituality … honouring everyhuman being as a sacred expression of theOne Spirit is more real and more powerful than matter
New ThoughtNEW THOUGHT ANDCHRISTIAN SCIENCEChristian Science strong outward organization authority centred in one person …originally, at least absolute in doctrinal detail separatist and denominational inform and policy Mind is all Matter is not real … it is only theobjective supposition of Spirit‟sopposite
New ThoughtNEW THOUGHTAND CHRISTIAN SCIENCENew Thought for the most part, a form of objective idealismthere is an objective world … matter… but which is mental (i.e. non-materialistic) … the manifested results ofdivine idealsobjective world is independent of thehuman knower• it belongs to one Absolute Mind(Mind), the absolute knower• all individual minds are simplymanifestations of Mind
New ThoughtNEW THOUGHTAND CHRISTIAN SCIENCEChristian Science an extreme or absolute form of subjectiveidealism nothing exists in creation but the idealno independent objective realityexternal to subjective perceptions[Divine] Mind and idea are the onlyrealities … all objects are mental creations … matter is afalsity … only an illusion of the senses … anillusion of the human belief
A Christian Science joke … of sortsThe First Reader in a Christian Science church wastalking to a member of his church. ‘And how is yourhusband today?’ ‘Im afraid hes very ill.’ ‘No, no,’corrected the First Reader, ‘You really shouldnt say that- you should say that hes under the impression that hesvery ill.’ The woman nods in agreement, ‘Yes, Illremember next time.’ A few weeks later the First Readersaw the woman again. ‘And how is your husband at themoment?’ ‘Well’, she replied, ‘hes under the impressionthat hes dead.’
New Thought … A very real connectionbetween Mary BakerEddy and the NewThought Movement … Much of New Thoughtfiltered down throughEddy by means of one ofher former pupils …Emma Curtis Hopkins
New ThoughtEmma Curtis Hopkins(1849-1925) known as the Teacher of Teachers inspired by the medieval mysticJoachim of Fiore broke from Mary Baker Eddy …When we are spiritual, we do not tryto bring great things to pass, yet theycome to pass. The most wonderfulachievements of mankind have beenbrought to pass by confidence insome wonder-working unseenpower.„ (Emma Curtis Hopkins)
New ThoughtEmma Curtis Hopkins(1849-1925) … brought together and focused thenational New Thought movement in1886-88 with the base in Chicago then transmitted her ideas and methodsto certain students who would laterbecome the founders of all of themajor New Thoughtdenominations, centres andschools, including the following …
New Thought Malinda E (Brooks)Cramer (1844-1906)andNona L Brooks (1861-1945) cofounded Divine Sciencewith Fannie BrooksJames (1854-1914) Alethea Brooks Smalland Kate (Mrs Frank)Bingham- cured by Mabel MacCoy, astudent of Emma CurtisHopkins- then conducted informalclasses attended by theBrooks sisters
New Thought Dr Nona L Brooks … cofounder, Colorado Collegeof Divine Science, 1898 lectured and held classes in anumber of Australian cities,1930The whole of DivineScience is the practice ofthe Presence of God (NonaL Brooks)
New Thought Dr Nona L Brooks ordainedEmmet Fox (1886-1951) as aDivine Science minister … Dr Emmet Fox Minister, Church of the HealingChrist, New York City, 1931-51 author of numerous NewThought books including TheSermon on the Mount andPower ThroughConstructive ThinkingWe are all sparks fromthe Great Fire(Emmet Fox)
New Thought Charles (1854-1948)and Myrtle (1845-1931)Fillmore cofounded the UnitySchool ofChristianity (Unity)I am a child of God,and therefore I do notinherit sickness(Myrtle Fillmore)
New Thought Ernest Holmes (1887-1960) ordained as a Divine Science minister founded the United Church ofReligious Science (Science ofMind) … now United Centers forSpiritual Living author of The Science of Mind andmany other books and articles radio and TVTo think is to create.There is a power for Good in theUniverse greater than you are, andyou can use it!
The Law of Attraction …„Like attracts like‟„Birds of a feather flock together‟By focusing on positive or negativethoughts, you can bring about positiveor negative results.Thomas Troward – ‘the action of Mindplants that nucleus which, if allowed to growundisturbed, will eventually attract to itself allthe conditions necessary for its manifestationin outward visible form.’The Edinburgh Lectures on Mental Science, 1904.
The Law of Attraction …1904: Elizabeth TowneHow to Grow Success‘The money you attract is the exact measure of value ofthe Ideas you have succeeded in externalizing.’‘YOU are a center of attraction, with greater force than isin all your environment beside. You can literally pullyourself together and become master instead of puppet.’1906: William Walker AtkinsonThought Vibration or the Law ofAttraction in the Thought World‘Law of attraction’ … ‘like attracts like’
The Law of Attraction …1907: Bruce MacLellandProsperity Through Thought Force‘You are what you think, not what you think you are.’1910: Wallace D WattlesThe Science of Getting Rich1915: William Q JudgeThe Ocean of Theosophy1919: Annie BesantPopular Lectureson Theosophy1928: Napoleon HillThe Law of Success in 16 Lessons1937: Napoleon HillThink and Grow Rich
The Law of Attraction …1937: Israel Regardie The Art of True Healing: ATreatise on the Mechanism of Prayer and theOperation of the Law of Attraction in Nature1952: Norman Vincent Peale The Power ofPositive Thinking‘When you expect the best, you release a magnetic force in yourmind which by a law of attraction tends to bring the best to you.’2007: Rhonda Byrne The Secret [DVD: 2006]2008: Esther and Jerry Hicks Money and theLaw of Attraction: Learning to Attract Health,Wealth & Happiness
The Law of Attraction …What the Skeptics think …• no basis in scientific reality …• it is unlikely that thoughts can affect anythingoutside the head• ‘a tendency to accept magical thinking …[a tendency which] has such profound rootswithin human experience and culture that itconstantly reasserts itself’- Paul Kurtz, philosopher, humanist, skeptic• ‘sympathetic magic’ … based on themetaphysical belief that like affects like• a limited placebo effect …
The Law of Attraction …The theory of sympathetic magic was first developed bySir James Frazer in The Golden Bough.Frazer subcategorised sympathetic magic into twovarieties: that relying on similarity, and that relying oncontact or contagion:‘If we analyze the principles of thought on which magic isbased, they will probably be found to resolve themselvesinto two: first, that like produces like, or that an effectresembles its cause; and, second, that things which haveonce been in contact with each other continue to act on eachother at a distance after the physical contact has beensevered. The former principle may be called the Law ofSimilarity, the latter the Law of Contact or Contagion. Fromthe first of these principles, namely the Law of Similarity,the magician infers that he can produce any effect he desiresmerely by imitating it: from the second he infers thatwhatever he does to a material object will affect equally theperson with whom the object was once in contact, whether itformed part of his body or not.’
The Law of Attraction …Magical thinkingDr Phillips Stevens Jr, anthropologist …Several elements, including …• a belief in the interconnectedness of all thingsthrough forces and powers that transcend bothphysical and spiritual connections.• investing special powers and forces in many thingsthat are seen as symbols …• „the vast majority of the world‟s peoples … believe that thereare real connections between the symbol and its referent, andthat some real and potentially measurable power flowsbetween them.‟
The Law of Attraction …• believing that ones own thoughts can influenceevents …• beneficially …by creating good luck/positive outcomes, or• for the worse … as in divine punishment for ‘bad thoughts’• believing that words can directly affect the world …• avoiding talking about certain subjects (‘speak of the deviland hell appear’)• using euphemisms instead of certain words• performing little „rituals‟, eg after saying something whichyou fear may bring on bad luck (eg the ritual of ‘touching wood’)• believing that to know the ‘true name’ of something gives onepower over it … or that certain chants, prayers or mysticalphrases will change things.
The Law of Attraction‘Drawing on evolution, cognitive science,and neuroscience, Hutson shows us thatmagical thinking has been so useful to usthat its hardwired into our brains. Itencourages us to think that we actually havefree will. It helps make us believe that wehave an underlying purpose in the world. Itcan even protect us from the paralyzingawareness of our own mortality. In otherwords, magical thinking is a completelyirrational way of making our lives makerational sense.’‘The so-called law of attraction is the kind oflaw that many people will find attractive. Itprovides them with the illusion of havingcontrol over their lives.’- The Skeptic‟s Dictionary.
New Thought in The Bible …God the One Power ‘There is no power but of God; the powers that be are ordainedof God’ (Rom 13:1). ‘I am with you for only a short time, and then I am going to theone who sent me. You will look for me, but you will not findme; and where I am, you cannot come’ (Jn 7:33-34).God is our Life ‘Be still, and know that I Am God’ (Ps 46:10). ‘The kingdom of God is within you’ (Lk 17:21). ‘In him we live and move and have our being’ (Acts 17:28).God the Good ‘You are of purer eyes than to behold evil’ (Hab 1:13).
New Thought in The Bible …Law of Life (Law of Mind/Law of Thought) ‘As in heaven so on earth’ (cf Mt 6:10). ‘There is nothing hidden that shall not be revealed’ (Lk8:17). ‘For as we think in our heart, so are we ...’ (Prov 23:7). ‘The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy,your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes areunhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If thenthe light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!’(Mt 6:22-23) ‘You will decide on a matter, and it will be established foryou’ (Job 22:28).
New Thought in The Bible ‘If two of you on earth agree about anything they askfor, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven’ (Mt18:19) ‘And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us …’ (Jn1:14). ‘He sent forth his word, and healed them, and deliveredthem from destruction’ (Ps 107:20). ‘The Father judges no person, but has committed alljudgment unto the Son’ (Jn 5:22). ‘Be transformed by the renewal of your mind’ (Rom12:2). ‘Be renewed in the spirit of your minds’ (Eph 4:23).
New Thought in The BibleThought is Incipient Action ‘Whoever looks on a woman with lust has already committedadultery with her in his heart’ (Mt 5:28). ‘For the thing that I fear comes upon me, and what I dreadbefalls me’ (Job 3:25). ‘By your words you will be justified, and by your words youwill be condemned’ (Mt 12:37).Power of Belief ‘Ask, and you will receive’ (Jn 16:24). ‘According to your belief is it done unto you’ (Mt 9:29). ‘Whatever you ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive’ (Mt21:22).
New Thought in Mainstream ChristianityRev Dr Norman VincentPeale (1898-1993) …‘Within your innerlife lies the secret ofyour outer well-being.’Rev Dr Robert HSchuller (1926- ) …‘God plans for successand believes in it.’Archbishop Fulton JSheen (1895-1979) ...‘God thinks only oneWord---Himself. Godthe Father is related toGod the Son as theEternal Thinker isrelated tothe EternalThought.’
New Thought and the Buddha‘What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our presentthoughts build our life of tomorrow. Our life is the creation of our mind.’‘The mind is everything. We are what we think. All that we are arises withour thoughts. With our thoughts we make our world.’‘They are able who think they are able.’‘Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.’‘The mind is the source of happiness and unhappiness.’‘Words have the power to both destroy and heal. When words are both trueand kind, they can change our world.’‘It is a persons own mind, not their enemy or foe, that lures them to evilways.’‘To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to ones family, to bring peaceto all, one must first discipline and control ones own mind. If a person cancontrol their mind they can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdomand virtue will naturally come to them.’
New Thought and Literature‘Every one of us has untapped reservoirs of power.’– Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881).‘The world is a looking glass and gives backto every man the reflection of his own face.’– William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863).‘Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imaginewhat you desire; you will what you imagine;and at last you create what you will.’– George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950).‘We are thought. Thought leads us. Therefore, the secretof our destiny lies here: in regulating our thoughts.’– Antonin-Gilbert Sertillanges (1863-1948).
New Thought and Science …‘The universe begins to look more like a great thoughtthan a great machine.’ – Sir James Jeans.‘The stuff of the world is mind-stuff. The mind-stuff is notspread in space and time; these are part of the cyclic schemeultimately derived out of it.’ – Sir Arthur Eddington.‘The most beautiful and most profound experience is the sensation of themystical. … To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists,manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beautywhich our dull faculties can comprehend only in their primitive forms -this knowledge, this feeling is at the center of true religiousness.’– Albert Einstein.‘In some sense man is a microcosm of the universe; thereforewhat man is, is a clue to the universe. We are enfolded in the universe.’– David Bohm.
New Thought and Science‘Scientists are slowly waking up to an inconvenient truth- the universe looks suspiciously like a fix. The issueconcerns the very laws of nature themselves. For 40years, physicists and cosmologists have been quietlycollecting examples of all too convenient "coincidences"and special features in the underlying laws of theuniverse that seem to be necessary in order for life, andhence conscious beings, to exist. Change any one of themand the consequences would be lethal. Fred Hoyle, thedistinguished cosmologist, once said it was as if "a super-intellect has monkeyed with physics".’ – Paul Davies.
New ThoughtNEW THOUGHT IN AUSTRALIA Agnes Nesbit Benham (1850-1932) South Australian socialist, radical andfeminist published booklet First Steps in MentalScience, 1895• Our souls are individualisedportions of Spirit-rays (from theGreat Sun of Spirit we call God)projected far into matter- Morning 17 October 1900
New ThoughtNEW THOUGHT IN AUSTRALIADr James Porter Mills MD (1847-1926)[left] … Chicago physician … gave up his medicalpractice to promote Christian metaphysicsand his wifeMrs Anna W Mills …… from Chicago USA … later based inNew York and London …… in Australia: 1896-98 … system of thinking calledthe Teaching each wrote many excellentmetaphysical books
New ThoughtNEW THOUGHT IN AUSTRALIADr James P Mills and Mrs Anna WMills …• founded Brisbane ChristianMetaphysical Association …• 1st edn of Practical Metaphysics(1896) completed in Brisbane homeof Mr Henry E Aguilar [left] andhis family• visited Adelaide, Aug 1897 …• Christian MetaphysicalAssociation formed …• Joachim M Wendt [right] firstpresident … formerly a Unitarian
New ThoughtNEW THOUGHT IN AUSTRALIAAnna W Mills- called herself Healer- among the first to come intoprominence in New Thought Movement- New Thought writer … also dabbledin Christian Science- founded ‘The Truth Students‟Association’- author of Practical Metaphysicsfor Healing and Self Culture(1896)
New ThoughtNEW THOUGHT IN AUSTRALIA Henry Cardew, Sydney (Metaphysical Book Company,Jan 1898 onwards: The Metaphysician (later titledProgressive Thought) By 1899: Mary E Prescott, Sydney (Divine Sciencepractitioner) By 1901: Sydney: ‘Sydney Metaphysical Association,’‘Students of Truth Association,’ and monthly jrnlThought Waves (Hobart Caunter [ed], Enmore NSW) … also metaphysical healers in Melbourne and Perth By 1902: ‘Science of Life Society’ meetings: Sydney,Adelaide, Hobart, Perth, New Zealand
New ThoughtNEW THOUGHT IN AUSTRALIA Sr [aka Rev/Rev Sr] VeniCooper-Mathieson(Amanda Malvina Thorley-Gibson)(c.1868-1943) father, T. H. Cooper, of SouthBrisbane, Queensland, Australia eccentric but influentialmetaphysician/‘healer’ andwriter/self-publisher formerly engaged in newspaperwork … cont’d
New ThoughtNEW THOUGHT IN AUSTRALIAVeni Cooper-Mathieson … cont’d the classic, archetypal New Thought expositor:itinerant speaker, teacher and writerself-publisherself-proclaimed ‘healer’self-promoter extraordinaire 3 years (1906-09) in Great Britain & USA, studyingmetaphysics married (1) Samuel Matthews Jr (29 Feb 1884), (2)Earlam Joshua Gibson (1902) …… cont’d
New ThoughtNEW THOUGHT IN AUSTRALIAVeni Cooper-Mathieson … cont’d pioneer work in Australia began in 1903 … Women’s White Cross Moral Reform Crusade … a society to promote celibacy among young women ... met weekly in the SydneyDomain there was also a companion group for young men---not-so-successful! The Universal Truth Healing Fellowship The Truth Centre … 3 years lecture course in Sydney on ‘The Truth Seekers’ later, The Church Universal …• founded Perth, 4 Oct 1911 (cf Dresser: Apr 1909)• relocated to Sydney, Dec 1914]and Metaphysical College … cont’d
New ThoughtNEW THOUGHT IN AUSTRALIAVeni Cooper-Mathieson … cont’d founded – among several other orders & institutions – The Esoteric College and Home of Truth The Church of Truth Universal The Truth-Seeker Publishing Company The Universal Truth Publishing Co (of Australasia)  The Order of the Prince of Peace taught that Australia was the ‘land of the dawning’ andadvocated female emancipation cofounded Australian New Thought Alliance (conferences1916, 1928) … Australia’s 1st ‘New Thought Day’ held on 7 Oct 1916… cont’d
New ThoughtNEW THOUGHT IN AUSTRALIAVeni Cooper-Mathieson … cont’d wrote … Womans Emancipation: Thoughts on the MarriageQuestion (1904) Australia! Land of the Dawning (c1904) A Marriage of Souls (1914) The Soul’s Immaculate Conception (c1923) The Universal Health Restorer (1929) The Heart of God ; and Mirrors of the Infinite : (HigherThought Essays) … as well as short stories, etc also published/edited the Australian New Thought journals … The Truth Seeker [first published Sydney, Jan 1905 [1905-13]] The Healer [1911-13] The Revealer [1915-18] … cont’d
New ThoughtNEW THOUGHT IN AUSTRALIAVeni Cooper-Mathieson … cont’d assisted by Bro Ariel [Ariel Herman Adam] (died 1952) fined for practising as a physician, Hobart PoliceCourt, Hobart, May 1934 … claimed she had Divine powers of healing through breathing on patientsand could detect inward physical growths that X-rays wouldn’t reveal(dubbed the ‘Living X-Ray’) … as at 1943: was still listed as an INTADistrict President …died 6 Jun 1943; buried LunawannaCemetery, Bruny Island, Tasmania, 10 Jun 1943 Truth Centres: Sydney NSW, Perth WA, Blue MountainsNSW, and (lastly) Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.
NEW THOUGHT CHRISTIAN MYSTICISM… from A Marriage of Souls: A Metaphysical Novel (1914)by Veni Cooper-Mathieson‘… But, remember if you are not prepared to go through the entire processwithin your own souls, then the crucifixion of Jesus and the resurrection ofChrist has no real meaning for you. Its sacred symbolism is lost, and thewhole tragedy is seen but as the harrowing spectacle of the cruel murder ofa good man; while the last act of the drama reveals the overcoming of theworlds greatest enemy, the last one to the progress of the race—Death. Andthat, too, through this chief actor, Jesus, who triumphed over all His foes andshowed forth Mans dominion and Gods glory: He made it possible toconquer even death, and when we can believe a thing possible for one, themore likely we are to accept it as probable for others and eventually forourselves, even though this recognition on the part of humanity isnecessarily slow. Yet what Jesus did we can also do, if we will. But even thisgreat moral lesson is of no avail if we see it only with the eyes of sense. Wemust behold it with our inward spiritual vision, and there see the chief actorin that drama as ourself. Each one of us must go through every scene in thatlife tragedy as the Master did, till we attain to the final overcoming of theChrist-Man, Who is the model for our guidance.’
NEW THOUGHT CHRISTIAN MYSTICISM… from A Marriage of Souls: A Metaphysical Novel (1914)by Veni Cooper-Mathieson‘Then, of course, all things are possible to us if we will butbelieve it. We shall have dominion and power over allthings; indeed, the power is now latent within us, just asthe full-grown man is lying hidden within the babe, onlywaiting to be developed and hence revealed. When wecome to this stage of consciousness we naturally are ableto do the works of a Son of God, just as His first-begotten,or eldest son, Jesus, did. He said we were His brethren,and that His Father was our Father, and that Truth is for alleternity and for all Humanity: not only for one people orone age; for God is no respecter of generations or nationsany more than He is of persons, He is God of all the earth.This was so … for it came from the Source of all truth, theSpirit within every man that giveth understanding. …’
New ThoughtNEW THOUGHT IN AUSTRALIA Grace M Aguilar (Paul)[1881-1964] influential Australian New Thought leader,writer and self-publisher … „[her] work has claimed the attention of theworld‟ (The Brisbane Courier, 15 July 1926) … introduced Unity literature to Australia advocated female empowerment father, Henry Elias Aguilar [1857-1940], alsoan exponent of New Thought & writer (assocw/Dr & Mrs J P Mills) …… cont’dH E Aguilar
New ThoughtNEW THOUGHT IN AUSTRALIAGrace M Aguilar … cont’d mother’s uncle Sir GeorgeWilliams (1821-1905) …English merchant & YMCA founder grandniece of author GraceAguilar (1816-1847) …The Women of Israel, Recordsof Israel, Spirit of Judaism, etc… cont’d
New ThoughtNEW THOUGHT IN AUSTRALIAGrace M Aguilar … cont’d attended one of Dr James P Mills’Brisbane public addresses onmetaphysics … later experienced a dramatic healing(from rheumatic fever) hon. treasurer, Brisbane ChristianMetaphysical Association later studied with WilloughbyConnor (Hobart Metaphysical Scty) …while working for soft goods emporiumG P Fitzgerald & Co Hobart 1909-10 opened her first Truth Centre Hobart c1910… cont’d
New ThoughtNEW THOUGHT INAUSTRALIAGrace M Aguilar … cont’dfounded ‘Adelaide TruthCentre’ in 1911 … paid her tram fare to Adelaide City with aborrowed 6 pence … rented a room …opened the Centre relocated to Brisbane & then Sydney …opened New Thought Centre NSW (laterNew Thought Centre[s] of Australia, stilllater New Thought Centres, (E) Australia)… cont’d
New ThoughtNEW THOUGHT IN AUSTRALIAGrace M Aguilar … cont’d served as leader longer than any other inthe movement in Australia …long-serving DistrictPresident, International New ThoughtAlliance (INTA) married dental technician H GeorgePaul (1902-2002), who also became aprominent Australian New Thoughtleader… cont’d
New ThoughtNEW THOUGHT IN AUSTRALIAGrace M Aguilar … cont’d wrote: New Thoughts: or Light in Our Darkness (1917) the play Woman’s Power [2 versions: children’s play in2 Acts/adult play in 3 Acts] (1917) … 1st prodn, INTA Congress, St Louis MO, 4 Aug 1917(‘New Thought Day’) the children’s story Who is Our Fairy Godmother?(1932) the historic novel The Great Untouched Future(1938) poems, tracts, pamphlets, booklets and other misc.writings compiled the booklet Thoughts published and edited leading Australian New Thoughtjournal The Affirmer … in publication for several decades.… cont’d
New ThoughtNEW THOUGHT IN AUSTRALIAGrace M Aguilar … cont’d cofounded Australian New ThoughtAlliance (conferences 1916, 1928) …Australia’s 1st ‘New Thought Day’ held on7 October 1916 New Thought Centres: Brisbane, Adelaide,Sydney [CBD & Mtrpltn*], Newcastle, Cowra[WWII] and Blue Mountains NSW …also lectured and taught in Perth andHobart. … cont’d* including, at various times and periods, Manly, Chatswood,Burwood, Parramatta, Hornsby, Eastwood and Dee Why.
New ThoughtNEW THOUGHT IN AUSTRALIAA „PROTECTIVE MEDITATION‟„There is only God good everywhere,and Divine protection is in andaround each and all.‟- Grace M Aguilar.~„The positive thinker repels disease:the negative thinker invites infection.‟- Veni Cooper-Mathieson,The Universal Health Restorer (1929).
New ThoughtNEW THOUGHT IN AUSTRALIA„As the child of God, I here and now declare my birthrightthrough the living Christ, in love.‟ – Grace M Aguilar.~„You have the Majesty of God‟s life, and the creationof your own thoughts.‟ – Grace M Aguilar.~„The supreme test of any spiritual understanding is, I think,Does it work? Can it be applied to everyday life experience.‟– A S Webb.~„Man is the offspring of God, and as such, is Lord of the planet. Jesussaid, “Ye are gods, children of the Most High.” And he knew whathe spoke was Truth. He claimed this for all mankind, recognisinghimself as a God; and acknowledging his Sonship with God; andalso affirmed that his God was our God, his Father our Father!‟– Veni Cooper-Mathieson.
New ThoughtNEW THOUGHT IN AUSTRALIA Emilie A Hulett, Melbourne (‘Melbourne New Thought Centre’,Good Will magazine) Madame Emilie Sawes, Melbourne (Science of Thought Centre’) Christine Laurenson, Melbourne (‘Divine Science Centre’) A S Webb, Perth (‘Seekers Christian Fellowship’) Madam Spontini, Sydney (‘Metaphysical Scty of NSW’/‘Unity SuccessClub’) and Charles Randall, Perth (‘Science of Mind Church andCollege’) Willoughby Connor, Hobart (‘Hobart Metaphysical Society’) H T Glover (‘The Progressive Thought Society’)and P H Nicholls, Adelaide E E S Earle, Florence Lockyer, Lee Marshall,David W McClure, Elva Holcombe,Midge Berkman, Grace Merrick, and others … Unity
New ThoughtNEW THOUGHT IN AUSTRALIARev Dr Gordon Powell AM(1911-2005) much-loved minister of … Collins Street Independent Church, Melbourne St Stephens, Macquarie Street, Sydney Scots Church, Collins Street, Melbourne Christ Church, Quaker Hill, Pawling, New York instrumental in forming AA in Melbourne radio broadcaster, CBA-FM, 30 years author of many successful books including .. Personal Peace and Power, Happiness is a Habit, The Blessing of Belief, TheSecret of Serenity, Freedom from Fear, Famous Birthdays, etc.
New ThoughtNEW THOUGHT IN AUSTRALIA‘If God is at the centre of ourthinking, if we believe that Godis good, what a foundation thatis! It means that however darkthe present may be, ultimatelythings must work together forgood---if we love God.’- Gordon Powell.
New ThoughtNEW THOUGHT IN AUSTRALIAProminent overseas visiting lecturers have included … Dr James P and Mrs Anna W Mills 1903 [rtn visit] J W Colville (The Spiritual Science of Health and Healing) Annie Rix Militz (Master Mind magazine) 1913-14 Dr Julia Seton (Sears) (‘Church of the New Civilization’)3 lecture tours incl 1916 and 1926 … also established aNew Thought centre in Perth W G Hooper (field secty, British Section, INTA) 1927 Dr Harry Gaze (How to Live Forever) 3 lecture tours1914, 1934 & 1937 Dr Nona L Brooks (cofounder, Divine Science) 1930 Prof James R Adams 1936 Dr Joseph Murphy (The Power of Your Subconscious Mind)1955 and 1962 Bro Mandus  and Bro Conrad  (‘World Healing Crusade’,Blackpool UK)
New ThoughtDr Julia SetonSears(1862-1950)InfluentialNew ThoughtLeader,Lecturer andWriter„We have no more right toput our discordant statesof mind into the lives ofthose around us and robthem of their sunshineand brightness than wehave to enter their housesand steal their silverware.‟– Julia Seton Sears.Dr Harry Gaze(1878-1959)InfluentialNew ThoughtLecturer,Writer andDivine ScienceMinister …„People do notgrow old; theybecome old bynot growing.‟– Harry Gaze.
New ThoughtBro Mandus(1907-1988)InfluentialNew ThoughtLeader,Lecturer andSpiritualHealerDr JosephMurphy(1898-1981)InfluentialNew ThoughtLecturer,Writer andDivine ScienceMinister
New ThoughtAustraliaI seem to hear Australia calling me;I seem to see its sunny lands so free,And from its gleaning heightsI often see the lightsOf a country that is very dear to me.I seem to see its fields of waving grain,Its wattle bloom all dripping in the rain,And I see with longing eyesIts wide opalescent skies.Australia I’m coming back again!- Julia Seton MD.Written c1925.Adapted to the tune of ‘Honolulu, I’m ComingBack Again’ (music by David S Lindeman).
New ThoughtNEW THOUGHT IN AUSTRALIAKnown Current New Thought Centres …NEW SOUTH WALESSydney (Gordon) - Dr Laurie Levine - Positive Living Spiritual CentreQUEENSLANDGold Coast (Mudgeeraba) - Dr Barry Pierce - New Thought Centrefor Spiritual Living/New Thought Institute of Australia IncBrisbane - Unity Reflections of TruthVICTORIA:Melbourne (Malvern) - New Thought Study GroupMelbourne (Burwood) - Unity of MelbourneWESTERN AUSTRALIAPerth (Balcatta) – Divine Science Centre PerthPerth (Innaloo) - Joan Stam
New ThoughtNEW THOUGHT IN AUSTRALIA Christian Science first introduced into Australia by avisitor from the USA toMelbourne, 1891 copy of Science and Health with Keyto the Scriptures presented to aMelbourne commercial library first regular Christian ScienceSunday services, Melbourne, 1898
New Thought The umbrella organization theInternational New ThoughtAlliance (INTA) was established ata convention in St Louis MO in 1915. It had been preceded by: the International Divine ScienceAssociation of 1892 the International Metaphysical Leagueof 1900 the New Thought Federation of 1903 the National New Thought Alliance of1908.
New ThoughtINTA’sDeclaration ofPrinciplesfirst adopted in 1917most recently revised inJanuary 2000.
New Thought 1. We affirm God as Mind, Infinite Being, Spirit, Ultimate Reality. 2. We affirm that God, the Good, is supreme, universal, andeverlasting. 3. We affirm the unity of God and humanity, in that the divinenature dwells within and expresses through each of us, by means ofour acceptance of it, as health, supply, wisdom, love, life, truth,power, beauty, and peace. 4. We affirm the power of prayer and the capacity of each person tohave mystical experience with God, and to enjoy the grace of God. 5. We affirm the freedom of all persons as to beliefs, and we honorthe diversity of humanity by being open and affirming of allpersons, affirming the dignity of human beings as founded on thepresence of God within them, and, therefore, the principle ofdemocracy. …
New Thought 6. We affirm that we are all spiritual beings, dwelling in a spiritualuniverse that is governed by spiritual law, and that in alignmentwith spiritual law, we can heal, prosper, and harmonize. 7. We affirm that our mental states are carried forward intomanifestation and become our experience in daily living. 8. We affirm the manifestation of the kingdom of heaven here andnow. 9. We affirm expression of the highest spiritual principle in lovingone another unconditionally, promoting the highest good for all,teaching and healing one another, ministering to one another, andliving together in peace, in accordance with the teachings of Jesusand other enlightened teachers. 10. We affirm our evolving awareness of the nature of reality andour willingness to refine our beliefs accordingly. Declaration of Principles, International New Thought Alliance (INTA).
Self-help and Popular PsychologyBenjamin Franklin – Poor Richard’s Almanack (1732)George Combe – Constitution (1828)Samuel Smiles – Self-Help (1859)James Allen – As A Man Thinketh (1902)David Seabury – The Art of Selfishness (1933)Dale Carnegie – How to Win Friends and Influence People (1936)Napoleon Hill – Think and Grow Rich (1937)Norman Vincent Peale – The Art of Living (1937)Dilworth Lupton – Religion Says You Can (1938)Joshua Loth Liebman – Peace of Mind (1946)Claude Bristol – The Magic of Believing (1948)Norman Vincent Peale – The Power of Positive Thinking (1952)Claude Bristol and Harold Sherman – TNT: The Power Within You (1957)Maxwell Maltz – Psycho-Cybernetics (1960)Albert Ellis and Robert A Harper – A Guide to Rational Living (1961)Joseph Murphy – The Power of Your Subconscious Mind (1962)
Self-help and Popular PsychologyVernon Howard – The Mystic Path to Cosmic Power (1967)Thomas A Harris – I’m OK—You’re OK (1967)Wayne W Dyer – Your Erroneous Zones (1976)M Scott Peck – The Road Less Traveled (1978)Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson – The One Minute Manager (1982)Robert H Schuller – Self-Esteem: The New Reformation (1982)Louise L Hay – You Can Heal Your Life (1984)Deepak Chopra – Quantum Healing (1989)Stephen R Covey – The Seven Habits of HighlySuccessful People (1989)Martin Seligman – Learned Optimism (1991)Anthony Robbins – Awaken the Giant Within (1992)William J Knaus – Change Your Life Now (1994)Daniel Goleman – Emotional Intelligence (1995)Miguel Ángel Ruiz – The Four Agreements (1997)Eckhart Tolle – The Power of Now (1999)
The Human Potential Movement (HPM)Notable HPM proponents include … William James (1942-1910) Fritz Perls (1893-1970) Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) Carl Rogers (1902-1987) Viktor Frankl (1905-1997) Abraham Maslow (1908-1970) Alan Watts (1915-1973) Werner Erhard (1935- ) Jean Houston (1937- ) Anthony Robbins (1960- )
The Human Potential Movement (HPM)Basic ideas and teachings …1. Each of us is the architect of our own life. Each of us ultimatelycreates our own experience. Each of us must takeresponsibility for our thinking and actions.2. Our true nature is good, even though we often do not expressit.3. The basic challenge of life is---self-understanding, self-acceptance and self-love.4. Self-knowledge is the beginning of wisdom and self-correction---and freedom from inner bondage to ‘self’(‘liberation’ or ‘transformation’).5. To change what we get we must change who we are---but firstwe must want to change for the better.6. The stages of true growth are---discontent, search, escape,discovery and freedom. … cont’d
The Human Potential Movement (HPM)Basic ideas and teachings … cont’d7. Each of us can experience a complete psychologicalrevolution in the nature of the whole human being. Each of uscan heal our life of discord, anxiety, fear, guilt and lack.8. This psychological revolution can happen instantaneously orincrementally. Within us is the power.9. The revolution is not something that others can do for us. Onlywe can effect this change within ourselves. It is an awakening,in which we wake up ... and then learn to stay awake.10. Each of us has the inner power to become a ‘fully functioningperson’---the person we are all trying to become.11. Becoming a fully functioning person is a lifelong, dynamicprocess.
New ThoughtThe mind exercises a powerfulinfluence over the body. From thebeginning of time, the sorcerer, theinterpreter of dreams, the fortune-teller, the charlatan, the quack, thewild medicine-man, the educatedphysician, the mesmerist, and thehypnotist have made use of the clientsimagination to help them in theirwork. They have all recognized thepotency and availability of that force.- Mark Twain, Christian Science.