What does The Science of Mind Teach? Science of Mind
teaches how to live in accordance with
spiritual principles for greater peace, happiness and joy. These
principles or metaphysical laws are as reliable as the laws of physical
The consistent application of this teaching in your
life will result in good health, satisfying relationships, enhanced
creativity and prosperity. It is something intelligent to think about,
something satisfying to believe in and something practical to use.
Science of Mind is not a creed as it contains neither
dogma nor decree. Science of Mind encompasses no system of sin and
punishment, no rule of conduct, no profession of faith. Instead,
Science of Mind sets forth a simple opportunity, one that offers no
contradiction to either reason or common sense. Any person, by
deliberately applying the basic principle of cause and effect known as
Universal Mind, can determine the conditions of his or her life.
Religious Science is not a cult. People are free to come
and go as they please and there is no excommunication or shunning of
individuals. Because Universal Mind represents an objective principle
rather than a guru or a deity, it cannot dispense favoritism or
judgment. Science of Mind and its benefits are accessible to all on
equal terms- without ritual, investment, or formal affiliation.
Interested seekers have nothing to confess, promise, renounce, or hand
Ernest Holmes (1887-1960) founded Religous Science, part of
Thought movement. Schooled in Christian Science, he moved to Los
Angeles in 1912. Holmes published his first book, Creative Mind in 1919, and followed
it up with Creative Mind and Success,
and then The Science of Mind
in 1926. Holmes had an immense influence on New Age beliefs,
particularly his core philosophy that we create our own reality. This
is the text of the first edition of
The Science of Mind. A revised edition of this book was
published in 1937.
The source of Science of Mind is the heart of every religion. All
faiths include the workings of an Unseen - variously called Mind,
Spirit, First Cause, Being, or God. The 19th-century New Thought
movement, shaped by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Phineas Quimby and others,
considered this force an indwelling presence, instrumental in physical
and spiritual healing. Such ideas prompted various people to explore
them and also stirred the thought of Ernest Holmes (1887-1960). While
refining the philosophy he called Science of Mind, Holmes gave
lectures, held study groups, and eventually helped establish the
Institute of Religious Science in 1927.
Science of Mind is an open-ended truth. Ernest Holmes did not claim
that he had found the ultimate answers to life's questions. "This is my
revelation- not yours," he emphasized. "It must always remain open at
the top for new insights." With even the most rudimentary understanding
of Mind, any person can use thought to solve day-to-day problems. And
from that point, spiritual awareness can expand indefinitely.
The power of thought is a natural principle. All of us share unlimited
access to Mind, the infinite curative power of the universe. That
power- a natural Law - can operate only through our own minds. It is
obedient to our expectations, it manifests exactly as we think and
If you want to change any condition in your life, then "give the Law
new instructions," wrote Ernest Holmes. Through affirming and accepting
the innate excellence of any circumstance, we can channel this
generative energy. Our individual welfare rests neither in our luck nor
in our hands - but in our minds.
A pathway to well-being. Science of mind involves affirmation rather
than denial. Disease, for example, is a fact; we need not deny its
existence. However, as Ernest Holmes wrote in The Science of Mind,
"Disease is not a truth." The truths within Infinite Intelligence
include health, abundance, security, love, peace, and happiness - all
of which make up our natural state. Anyone, by claiming those truths
and acting confidently on them, can bring them into manifestation.