New Thought: The New Spirituality
The NEW THOUGHT MINISTRY of Dr Jaclyn K Darby
NEW THOUGHT TEACHES US :
NEW THOUGHT - THE PREMISE
GOD IS REAL: THE ONE and only power in the Universe, the original cause and presence expressing AS every individual SOUL . God's presence is everywhere all the time. We experienced God as Love, Energy, Wisdom, Substance and Mind.
THE HEART of our NEW THOUGHT teaching:
Remembering God, as the Reality within us, and making It a constant in all our activity, is the heart of our spiritual practice and the key to enriching our lives. The world around us gives out separating experiences and messages that, if not managed with spiritual understanding, make life seem hard, even hopeless at times.
THE 'HOW' of NEW THOUGHT practice:
Personal responsibility and freedom under spiritual principle are its cornerstones. It promotes self knowledge and spiritual awareness as the path to fulfillment and wholeness.
New Thought BEGAN ...150 years ago as a challenge to the fear based, and guilt creating dogmas so prevalent in the churches of the day. The thinking and writing of it's first leaders, Phineas P Quimby, Ralph W Emerson and Emma C Hopkins, followed by Ernest Holmes, Charles and Myrtle Fillmore, the Brooks sisters and Albert Cotton Greer, has shaped the thinking of hundreds of thousands since with it's deliberately optimistic message of love, hope and happiness. Those seeking a deeper meaning to life have found a realization of humankind's Spiritual nature. Those seeking to be free of fear, shame and despair have found 'know how' by which one may take charge of one's own experience.
New Thought's IMPACT can be identified in both the religious and the secular thinking of today's world. Ideas such as the power of positive thinking, faith healing, self-healing, spiritual-based recovery programs, the spirit/mind/body connection, affirmative prayer, visualization, higher consciousness, Christ consciousness, and success through a positive mental attitude all find their genesis in the basic tenets of New Thought. Names such as Robert Schuller and Norman Vincent Peale, come to mind as teachers with a traditional connection. Familiar authors and television personalities are Gary Zukav, Wayne Dyer, Neale Donald Walsh, Phil McGraw, Mark Victor Hansen and Oprah. Seldom flamboyant nor evangelical, New Thought is a 'quiet' movement rarely recognized by the many who know and believe in these ideals. However it is becoming clearer to them that these teachings hold promise for solving the problems the world faces.
New Thought IS NOT 'New Age'
Phineas P Quimby
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