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Serving New Thought is pleased to present
First International New Thought Metaphysical Congress
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Preface - First Convention - Address of Welcome - Thought Grafting - A Rational Positive Spiritual Philosophy - Abundant Life - Value of Social Ideals - Powers Invisible - After Christianity, What? - Mental Treatment for Communities - A Plea for Work Among School-teachers - Officers and Executive Board for 1899 - 1900 - Factions and Divisions - Law of the Good - Tried and True - Gospel of Healing - Is Mental Science Enough? - Constitution and By-laws - Divine Law - God, Freedom, and Immortality - Unity of Good - New Century's Call - Spirit of the New Thought - Individual Ideals - Contents -
BY HORATIO W. DRESSER.
The essence of the New Thought, as I understand it, is the oneness of life; the great truth, namely, that all things work together toward a high ideal in the kingdom of the Spirit. Otherwise stated, it is the truth that God lives with us, in every moment of existence, in every experience, every sorrow and every struggle.
This is an old, old truth. The wisest men of all ages have believed in the oneness of life. The world's spiritual leaders have taught that we live and move and have our being in the Father. Yet the New Thought aims to advance beyond all other schools in the endeavor to realize this great truth. Others have argued for it as the basis of philosophic thought, or it has been taught as a part of the creed of the Church. With many it is merely a theory they do not take this truth home, so that it may become the foundation of daily life, applying even to the healing of disease.
The first demand of the New Thought is that its followers shall dwell upon this truth of truths until they shall speak of it not merely as a theory but as a life. Only those who live in the Spirit --- who know its peace, its beauty, and its love --- can do the highest work. For there are many kinds of heals ing, from merely personal influence, affirmation, and thought transfer, to spiritual healing, where there is no argument, no attempt to influence or to control, but an application of power the practise of the presence of God. Consequently, this higher work is still largely an ideal for it means entire devotion to the work of the Father. It is service. It is outgo ing love --- fellowship. It is poise--self-mastery carried to that level of attainment where the mere presence is sufficient not alone to heal, but to inspire, to encourage, to uplift.
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