Dr. Ernest Holmes founded this philosophy and the international organization we call Centers for Spiritual Living. Born in 1887 on a small Maine farm, Dr. Holmes spent his teenage years outdoors, asking himself "What is God? Who am I? Why am I here?" This questioning led to his 1926 book, The Science of Mind, which outlined the foundational viewpoints of modern New Thought
More about the Science of Mind philosophy
Science of Mind, also referred to as Religious Science, is a philosophy that integrates spiritual truths with science and physics. Simply put, Science of Mind teaches the unity of all life. Intentions and ideas flow through a field of consciousness, which actually affects and creates the world around us. This idea is common to most major religions and is supported by the teachings of psychology and quantum physics. In Science of Mind, we believe that the secret to living a successful life is to consciously choose positive and productive thoughts. Put another way, “As you think, so you become.”
Science? Or Philosophy?
In Science of Mind, we believe that the fields of religion and science are complementary, and that science will prove what the mystics have said for thousands of years about the nature of God, human beings, and the Universe. These beliefs are being proven even now by many quantum physicists who have found that the universe is made up of energy that cannot be destroyed and is infinitely intelligent. Science of Mind is also scientific in that is uses laws of nature to prove spiritual principles. Any person can experiment with the principles and measure the results.
We believe in God, the Living Spirit Almighty; one, indestructible, absolute, and self-existent Cause. This One manifests itself in and through all creation, but is not absorbed by its creation…. We believe in the incarnation of the Spirit in all, and that we are all incarnations of the One Spirit.
The manifest universe is the body of God; it is the logical and necessary outcome of the infinite self-knowingness of God.
We believe that the Universal Spirit, which is God, operates through a Universal Mind, which is the Law of God, and that we are surrounded by this Creative Mind which receives the direct impress of our thought and acts upon it …. We believe in the healing of the sick through the power of this Mind … we believe in the changing of conditions through the power of this Mind.
We believe that God is personal to all who feel this Indwelling Presence.
We believe in the unity of all life, and that the highest God and the innermost God is one God.
We believe in the eternal Goodness, the eternal Loving-kindness, and the eternal Givingness of Life to all.
We believe that the Kingdom of Heaven is within us and that we experience this Kingdom to the degree that we become conscious of it.
We believe the ultimate goal of life to be a complete emancipation from all discord of every nature, and that this goal is sure to be attained by all.
We believe in the eternality, the immortality, and the continuity of the individual soul, forever and ever expanding. We believe in our own soul, our own spirit, and our own destiny; for we understand that the life we live is God.
We believe in the direct revelation of truth through our intuitive and spiritual nature, and that anyone may become a revealer of Truth who lives with in close contact with the Indwelling God.