What We Believe

The Essence of Science of Mind

Ernest Holmes,

What We Believe: The Essence of Science of Mind

Science of Mind in its broadest and truest sense includes the best in science, religion, and philosophy. Science of Mind is not a personal opinion, nor is it a special revelation. It is the result of the best thought of the ages. It borrows much of its light from others, but in so doing does not rob anyone, for truth is universal and never personal. We need the entire revelation of the whole world, and even with this we shall have little enough.

The universe is impersonal. It gives alike to all. It is no respecter of persons. It values each alike. The philosopher, the priest, the professor, the humanitarian, the empire builder, each has caught some gleam of the eternal glory.

Science of Mind does not scoff at the works of medical science, for instance. Science of Mind is a complement to medical science and when so understood and practiced will help heal the world of its physical infirmities.

The world of knowledge needs to be knit together and not pulled apart. We have no objection to any form of healing. What we insist on is that there can be no permanent healing of the body without a correspondingly permanent poise in the mental and emotional life. Psychosomatic medicine has shown that mental disturbances, conscious or subjective, produce physical reactions in the body. If the body is to be permanently well, one's mental life must be creative, peaceful, and happy. This is the purpose of mental healing, whether it be approached from the psychological or the metaphysical angle.

Science of Mind teaches that there is a favorable physical reaction, an effect, which follows a pattern of thought incorporating ideas of health, for the law of cause and effect governs everything. Similarly, it is held that right thinking will result in a greater experience of success and abundance. A successful person thinks success, and the law of mind that reacts has no other choice than to produce an effect corresponding to the causative idea.

The road to freedom lies not through mysteries or occult performances, but through the intelligent use of natural forces and laws. The law of mind is a natural law in the spiritual world. We need not ask why this is so. There can be no reason given as to why the truth is true. We do not create laws and principles but discover and make use of them.

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