Monday, October 4, 2010

New Thought (Movement)

The New Thought Movement or New Thought is a spiritual movement which was developed in the United States during the late 19th century and emphasizes metaphysical beliefs. It consists of a loosely allied group of religious denominations, secular membership organizations, authors, philosophers, and individuals who share a set of metaphysical beliefs concerning the effects of positive thinking, the law of attraction, healing, life force, creative visualization, and personal power. It promotes the ideas that "Infinite Intelligence" or "God" is ubiquitous, spirit is the totality of real things, true human self hood is divine, divine thought is a force for good, all sickness originates in the mind, and 'right thinking' has a healing effect.

Although New Thought is neither monolithic nor doctrinaire, in general modern day adherents of New Thought believe that their interpretation of "God" or "Infinite Intelligence" is "supreme, universal, and everlasting", that divinity dwells within each person and that all people are spiritual beings, that "the highest spiritual principle is loving one another unconditionally . . . and teaching and healing one another", and that "our mental states are carried forward into manifestation and become our experience in daily living".

Breaking it all apart-

The chief tenets of New Thought are:
  • Infinite Intelligence or God is omnipotent and omnipresent.
  • Spirit is the ultimate reality.
  • True human self-hood is divine.
  • Divinely attuned thought is a positive force for good.
  • All disease is mental in origin.
  • Right thinking has a healing effect.
New Thought believe in a system of Ask, Believe, Receive. You ask for what you want, believe you already have it, and then you will receive it. If you don't receive it then you didn't believe enough. So everything is based on you yourself. The "Power of your Mind" is infinite and these believers have take it to the extreme in some ways. It is proven that you can make yourself sick with just thinking it. The same as making yourself better with thinking it, But not if you are badly sick. They have done test were there are groups of sick people and they give them all a "pill" to make them better. But not all the pills are real, some are just fakes. Often the people with the fake pills get well just because they think they should be getting well. So is it all in our minds? The power to heal ourselves of some pains and sicknesses...Is god really just inside of us all? Have we been searching all along for a god somewhere "out there" when it is really just inside us? I don't have the answers, i only have questions. Because the further into beliefs and religion you venture the more questions will arise.

Further Studying-
Law of Attraction
Placebo Effect
Divine Science
Bernie Siegel

An Articulation of Principles by the New Thought Alliance amended for the 2nd Millennium
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.

1 comment:

  1. Wow very very good research!
    The Law of attraction is definitely a topic that can be explained in simple terms some people just make it difficult to understand. The same with the New Thought Movement it is a simple to understand movement. Anyone interested in the law of attraction should look in depth the work of many great teachers. Like Abraham Hicks and Rhonda Byrne also the work of founders of this New thought Movement. Some of the New thought authors such as Charles Hannel, Neville Goddard and Christian D. Larson have written magnificent works on this topic.
    Well Great research.

    -Jorge L . F .