“Spirituality is natural goodness. God is not a person; God is a presence personified in us. Spirituality is not a thing; it is the atmosphere of God’s Presence: goodness, truth, and beauty.” ~ Ernest Holmes
Who is Dr. Ernest Holmes? What was his Impact on the Science of Mind Movement?
Dr. Ernest Holmes was born in Maine in 1887. Though his family was poor, he worked hard from the age of fifteen to pay for his studies at Leland Powers School of Expression in Boston. There, studied Christian Science and the teachings of Mary Eddy Baker.
Mary Eddy Baker was a primary teacher of Dr. Ernest Holmes, and was the renowned philosopher and leader of The Church of Christ, Scientist. In addition, Dr. Holmes was influenced by many noteworthy teachers. This included several pioneers of the New Thought movement: Thomas Troward, Ralph W. Emerson, William W. Atkinson, and Christian D. Larson.
Dr. Ernest Holmes became a philosopher and was ordained a Divine Science minister after studying the New Thought practice. Later, he founded the Religious Science movement. After that, his philosophy gained popularity even as he was giving small conferences.
He was invited to tour the nation after one successful lecture at the Metaphysical Library in Los Angeles. Subsequently, he became an influence for other spiritual teachers, including Deepak Chopra. Dr. Holmes founded the United Church of Religious Science in 1927, which branched off into the Centers for Spiritual Living.
Evolution of a Teaching
The Religious Science movement has changed extensively since its inception. It is known as The Science of Mind, and practiced by the Centers for Spiritual Living. Additionally, the Global Religious Science Ministries, the Church of Religious Science, and smaller independent churches, also practice The Science of Mind. It remains associated with the larger Affiliated New Thought Network, which began in the early 19th century.
There are many names for Dr. Holmes’ legacy of teachings, but the fundamental values and beliefs are unchanging. His study of western religions influenced the Science of Mind’s guiding set of beliefs.
More recently, these beliefs expanded into ten core concepts. In his book, The Science of Mind (1926), Dr. Holmes boiled down his philosophy to this: “Religious Science is a correlation of the laws of science, opinions of philosophy, and revelations of religion, applied to human needs and the aspirations of humankind.” This understanding continues to resonate with spiritual people around the world.
Throughout the 1940’s, Dr. Holmes received multiple awards within notable universities and societies across the globe. These included three honorary doctorate degrees of philosophy, and the Cross of the Commander of the Grand Humanitarian Prize in Belgium.
His work exists within a larger scope of thinking. Most importantly, one which proclaims that the bible is a valuable source of moral and humanitarian understanding of the universe, but was not meant to be a literal interpretation of how God wants us to live.
A New Philosophy
Dr. Ernest Holmes encouraged his followers to use their own innate morality and wisdom to navigate the world. Additionally, he empowered his flock to understand themselves and their relationship to God. As well as to move forward with the certainty of their purpose and their potential for goodness.
In the past, The New Thought movement was criticized by orthodox Christians. However, it has done wonders for the secular population, who still see themselves as part of God’s plan but who were dissuaded by the dogma of the church. The Science of Mind has introduced a spiritual practice without the traditional restraints on: sect, sexuality, marriage and gender roles, morality and so much more.
Holmes famously said, “All the power of the universe is with you. Feel it, know it, and then act as though it were true.”
This empowerment of the 20th century has gained momentum in the 21st. Now, more people recognize their God given rights and responsibilities to lead a holistic and compassionate life.
In This Day and Age
Today, the Centers for Spiritual Living exist as more than just a place of worship. They exist as communities, branching far and wide online for anyone seeking that spiritual truth within themselves.
We exist in a conscious and dynamic universe, whole and alive with loving energy. The irrational scientific assumptions about an inanimate universe only alienate man from the world around him. Traditional churches sometimes alienate us from our divine selves and our fellow man.
The Science of Mind is a unification of scientific progress and ancient wisdom. It is the fortification of mind within the scope of a connected universe. Alongside the fundamental power within their own minds, practitioners of Science of Mind experience the inseparable God mind that is within us at all times.
The balance of God mind and the mind of man is so precious in this day and age. We have Dr. Ernest Holmes to thank for sharing his vision of God’s teachings. Dr. Holmes left a legacy of education for the empowerment of all religious thought.
What Was His Plan?
He did not set out to crucify the church, but he did see God in a new light. That vision would not have been possible if he had been told what to think of God. Instead, his teachers encouraged him to experience God for himself and Holmes furthered this philosophy for generations to come.
In this technologically advanced world, the truth of our divinity is more evident each day. Mankind was bestowed with all the knowledge of God. Within the capacity of each individual, is our prerogative to find our personal path, always sheltered in the loving light of God.
In conclusion, Dr. Holmes reminds us, “Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it.” Therefore, we are each our own keeper. We are each a reflection of God.
Dr. Holmes is the author of The Creative Mind (1919), and The Science of Mind (1926) among other titles, and subsequently he began the Science of Mind Magazine in 1927. There have been many significant posthumous continuations of his work, which you can find here.
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