mirthakoder February 13th, 2010
An Independent New Thought Community Facility
What is New Thought?
New Thought is a spiritually motivated way of life that embraces the ancient wisdom traditions of East and West. We embody the belief that consciousness is elementally creative, reciprocates thought, and thereby shapes all manifestation. Our principles reflect a universal conviction that the community of life is sacred; our practices of meditation and prayer enhance a worldview promoting reverence for, and service to humanity and planet earth. New Thought is committed to global healing through personal transformation, community-building, interfaith, intercultural, and interdisciplinary understanding, and compassionate activism.
The following is an excerpt from the book, “New Thought – A Practical American Spirituality” by C. Alan Anderson and Deborah G. Whitehouse.
What are the principles of New Thought, this peculiarly American philosophico-religious way of life? In a nutshell, New Thought is expressed in Romans 12:2, “Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.” New Thoughters seek nothing less than total life transformation, empowerment through changing their thoughts and keeping them changed. The linchpin of New Thought is the Law of Mind Action: thoughts held in mind produce after their kind. There are many ways to express this: like attracts like; as in mind, so in manifestation; as in heaven, so on earth; “them that has, gets.” This goes along with what philosophers refer to as idealism, belief that the world is really made up of thoughts or mind or spirit. Its opposite is materialism, belief that the world is made up of material “stuff” that one can measure.
In the longstanding battle between science and religion, idealists generally represented religion and materialists represented science. Ironically, physics, the king of sciences, the yardstick by which other sciences are measured, has now moved toward idealism with the discoveries of quantum physics. British scientist Sir James Jeans remarked that the universe looked like nothing so much as a giant thought. New Thought from its infancy has sought to bridge the gap between science and religion, and its branches have been given names such as Religious Science and Divine Science. Quimby studied mesmerism, or hypnotism, as did Freud, because it was the latest scientific wrinkle of the day.