New Thought: The New Spirituality

The NEW THOUGHT MINISTRY of Dr Jaclyn K Darby


NEW THOUGHT - A spiritual philosophy and practice
any one can use for making life more meaningful and satisfying.

NEW THOUGHT TEACHES US :

• HOW
TO HEAL the ills caused by belief in separation
• HOW
TO EVOLVE from fear based religion
• HOW
TO ENRICH RELATIONSHIPS
• HOW
TO USE MIND to create ones' choice of experiences
• HOW
TO UNDERSTAND the world and its appearances
• HOW
TO EXPRESS the qualities of God

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.
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MIND IS CREATIVE: Our thought and belief directs the Power to create the qualities in our lives. Our (false) belief in separation has caused us to experience a world lacking in the elements for our happiness and unfoldment. With careful thinking and looking inward (to Spirit) for direction and strength, and consenting to let God flow through us, we can handle any situation, reach any goal.

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.
A sound spiritual consciousness and a healthy core belief about God are created and nurtured through classes and study groups and regularly experiencing the Sunday Celebrations at the Life Enrichment Centre. It is through our lives that the presence of God is healing and empowering, building healthy relationships and co-creating a peaceful world.

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.
• A transformation
begins with a personal discovery of the Presence of God within. Echoing the words of the masters of the ages, New Thought teaches that we draw strength and wisdom from God by looking within ourselves.
Empowerment comes from the recognition that thought and belief are creative. The 'student' of New Thought creates a new
and enriched life experience by understanding and maintaining some 'new' beliefs. The most critical and powerful is our personal and
core belief about God. Positive changes begin to happen as one releases negative (unhealthy or life inhibiting) beliefs and learns "new" ideas about God. Health can be restored, abundance is actualized and day to day living is then filled with greater joy and peace of mind.
• A practicing 'student' of this philosophy becomes
a point of hope and healing in their family, in their community and reflects onto the world the way to peace and harmony.

NEW THOUGHT - THE BACKGROUND:

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'
Leaders in New Thought do NOT consider themselves and their organizations to be part of "the New Age" movement. Some New Thought practices and insights however have been adopted by various New Age activities. At the L E C we try to maintain a clear focus and avoid the diversions (even if they are appealing) that delay our realization of the fullness of the Presence and Power of God living and expressing as us

Phineas P Quimby

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