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Sticky: What is New Thought?
10 years ago  ::  Oct 07, 2008 - 12:27AM #1
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New Thought is a comparatively small religious movement, which stemmed from the metaphysical teachings of Phineas Parkhurst Quimby and the American Transcendentalist movement.  Transcendental philosophers such as Amos Bronson Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Henry David Thoreau influenced the rise of New Thought.

New Thought spiritual centers go by many names, including Unity Church (or Unity School of Christianity), Religious Science (or United Centers for Spiritual Living), Divine Science, and the Universal Foundation for Better Living, as well as many non-affiliated churches or spiritual centers which present New Thought teachings.  So what does New Thought teach?

Declaration of Principles

Taken directly from the International New Thought Alliance, these are the Declaration of Principles of New Thought:

1. We affirm God as Mind, Infinite Being, Spirit, Ultimate Reality.

2. We affirm that God, the Good, is supreme, universal, and everlasting.

3. We affirm the unity of God and humanity, in that the divine nature dwells within and expresses through each of us, by means of our acceptance of it, as health, supply, wisdom, love, life, truth, power, beauty, and peace.

4. We affirm the power of prayer and the capacity of each person to have mystical experience with God, and to enjoy the grace of God.

5. We affirm the freedom of all persons as to beliefs, and we honor the diversity of humanity by being open and affirming of all persons, affirming the dignity of human beings as founded on the presence of God within them, and, therefore, the principle of democracy.

6. We affirm that we are all spiritual beings, dwelling in a spiritual universe that is governed by spiritual law, and that in alignment with spiritual law, we can heal, prosper, and harmonize.

7. We affirm that our mental states are carried forward into manifestation and become our experience in daily living.

8. We affirm the manifestation of the kingdom of heaven here and now.

9. We affirm expression of the highest spiritual principle in loving one another unconditionally, promoting the highest good for all, teaching and healing one another, ministering to one another, and living together in peace, in accordance with the teachings of Jesus and other enlightened teachers.

10. We affirm our evolving awareness of the nature of reality and our willingness to refine our beliefs accordingly.

More information about New Thought is available from the Piscean-Aquarian Ministry online at which also includes a copy of the textbook Lessons In Truth by Dr. H. Emilie Cady.
Churchianity, by substituting creed for Christ and dogma instead of the divine facts of being, has stripped Love of her royal robes and has left her standing an unheeded beggar in the universe of God. - Rev. W. John Murray
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9 years ago  ::  Sep 27, 2009 - 11:27PM #2
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9 years ago  ::  Oct 16, 2009 - 4:46PM #3
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I'm a little confused on #7. Mainly, do you prepose that sickness and infirmity start first in the mind and is then manifested outwardly? There are definitely people who do this, affirming the vast power of the mind, but not everyone, probably the majority of sick people, wish they were well. I just want to know the official view on it.

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