New Thought is best described by Abel Allen in his book Message of New Thought. New Thought has always been a diverse movement with a variety of teachers taking different approaches. New Thought is a relatively new
spiritual path, which is religion in its own right having holidays and
denominations. The name 'New Thought' was coined in the late 18th century, but was not capitalized until the late 19th Century.
Thus the beginning of New Thought as a distinct movement within metaphysics can be traced to the first capitilzation of the phrase, the first use of the phrase,
or to Anne Hutchinson who championed Freedom of Thought. Anne was booted out of the Massachussets Bay Colony in 1638 for 'positive thinking.'
Ms. Hutchinson was welcome into the dutch colony of New Amsterdam, now called New York City!
New Thought is a spiritual path or movement formed primarily by
Suffragettes. Abolitionists and Free Thinkers guided by Core Concepts which
include: co-creation, human rights and scientific thinking.
New Thought teachings are based on the observation of Universal Spiritual
Principles undergirding all spiritual paths and religions. New Thought
recognizes that the driving force which serves as a crucible for personal
and social transformation is "as we change our thinking, we change our
lives." This is the same principle which underpins cognitive
The 1914 book
Message of New Thought defines New Thought spirituality as "a
term used to convey the idea of growing or developing thought. In
considering this subject, the word 'New' should be duly and freely
emphasized, because the expression 'New Thought' relates only to what is new
While there is some wonderful folklore regarding the
orgins of New Thought,
New Thought history is not as simple as some would depict it, nor as complex
as others choose to make it.
These core concepts of original New Thought
are the basis of New Thought Today / New Thought 3.1 and provide the reason why New Thought
Millennials embrace the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)
for guidance in principle and practice.
Today New Thought has a number of organizations including the aforementioned denominations which some like to call 'transdenominations' not because New Thought accepts transgender people, which it does, but because a common New Thought meme or concept is that a person can
attend New Thought Centers and still remain Catholic, Sunni, Sufi, etc...
although it should be noted that a core concept of New Thought is co-creation
and this is dramatically different from some religions belief in 'submission.'
But what is New Thought?
New Thought is comprised of a number of streams of thought which flow from the same source
while adhering to a set of principles. Yet within the movement there are different forms which might be best understood as New Thought 1.0, New Thought 2.0
(Late New Thought) and New Thought 3.1
New Thought 3.1
New Thought 3.1 is often called the New Thought for the New Millennium. This latest evolution of New Thought embraces the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), Women's Reproductive Rights, and the original New Thought paradigm of a "positive progressive spiritual path that encompasses science, medicine, psychology and sociology." Key contemporary writers whose works support New Thought 3.1 include: Riane Eisler, Ellen Galinsky, Thomas Picketty, Fritjof Capra
and Arianna Huffington. Adherents of New Thought 3.1 often point to Abel Allen's Message of New Thought as an essential New Thought classic. Adherents of New Thought 3.1 are believers in self-definition and Universal Spiritual Principles, with heavy reliance on cognitive psychology as the foundation of their beliefs with regard to the the empowerment of individuals, groups, societies and nations to transform. One set of writers call these people Cultural Creatives, drawing attention to the tendency of these folks to be progressive free thinkers who believe in science, and work to ensure the world is a
more compassionate planet with universal opportunity which is not proscribed by
one's genetic heritage or conditions of birth. Cultural Creatives are not likely to be New Thought fundamentalists, meaning while adherents of New Thought 3.1 believe that a person can "change one's thinking and thereby change one's life," they are unlikely to believe that with the "right kind of meditation" one can lay a golden egg,
lead to pregnancy without sexual intercourse, or unlimited life extension
without other means. The New Thought of the New Millennium focuses on CoCreation / Partnership understanding that it is up to us to work together because the Divine Energy, whatever you wish to a call it
is expressed through us and thus the creation of a more compassionate world is
up to us. That That Is, God / Goddess will not show up and fix things. While Santa Claus
is a wonderful concept for many of the world's children, adults are aware that
someone else is providing the gifts. Adherents to New Thought 3.1 reject all apocalyptic prophesies
which have often been used as an excuse to ignore vital issues or in some cases
as an excuse for violence and or inhumane actions. The New Thought for the
New Millennium could be described as a "Deist" perspective that Divine Energy
may have set things in motion, but it is now it up to us to work together to transform ourselves and
work together in partnership / cocreation to manifest a better world. A key teaching in New Thought 3.1 is
that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the highest spiritual
wisdom thus far imparted to humanity, through humanity.
Adherents of New Thought 3.1 are more likely to change their eating patterns and behaviors to enhance their health and better contribute to a healthy planet. They are likely to spend their money consciously and
make decisions based on achieving greater happiness than on attaining higher
income. These folks are generally life long learners who value empowering the
people in their lives and are conscious that our relationship to our world and
each other is better described as a sacred spiral than concentric circles
New Thought 2.0
= "Late New Thought"
New Thought 2.0 emerged during the 20th Century and became the dominant form after 1948 till the end of the 20th Century. Due to the destruction of most New Thought Communities outside of the United States, New Thought 2.0 is heavily influenced by the dominant memes that permeate the culture of the United States.
New Thought 2.0, or "late New Thought" focuses on the 'Prosperity Gospels' with a heavy dose of Stoicism. Stoicism is an ancient philosophy described as "a way of life" whose adherents endure hardships without complaint, seek happiness in whatever circumstances they encounter, and generally blame the individual for whatever happens to him or her. When asked "What do you believe?" the old New Thought adherent will often avoid the question with a biblical creed based on Matthew 9:29: "It is done unto you as your believe."
While one of the root principles which New Thought adherents have in common is "We affirm that our mental states are carried forward into manifestation and become our experience in daily living," New Thought 2.0 adherents are willing to takes this concept so far that they stray into illusionism / magical thinking. Such illusionistic Magical Thinking has always been attractive to some New Thought adherents because it is a powerful part of belief systems that are not really part of New Thought such as Christian Science and Scientology. New Thought 2.0 adherents are easily swayed by concepts such as "Crystal Beds," "DNA attunements," any language which complicates and confuses basic concepts, and
its spiritual leaders will often emphasize magical tithing principles.
While Late New Thought at times rely on old New Thought books without any contextualization or inclusion of new paradigms.
While New Thought 3.1 adherents believe in personal responsibility, New Thought 2.0 believers can take personal responsibility
to an extreme such that they can believe that everything and everyone is an illusion. These people avoid the use
of terms such as illness or sickness, instead preferring to say that they are "clearing themselves of blockages." In one case, the president of the "core council" (board) of a particular Center for Spiritual Living had diabetes. He had been praying for a "change in consciousness" for years and sought help from a New Thought 3.1 practitioner who reminded him that he must take into account the latest medicine and science, pay attention to his diet, exercise, get the support of a medical professional to try the new "starvation" diet and begin a process of dynamic change of his inner consciousness.. The NT 3.1 practitioner gave this man a set of instructions to follow which included creating affirmations for health and keeping a journal of food and calories
with consultation of his M.D.. The aging board president complained that
this was too much work and pointed out that his he liked eating sopapillas (a Southwestern dish made from fried white bread filled with honey and sugar)
which his M.D. felt was quite hazardous to his health. He objected to any program which would mean he couldn't eat these
and anything he wished everyday. He declared: "I have a spiritual advisor
who tells me that my diabetes is all in my mind and if I simply declare that I
am free of it, then I will be. I don't need to exercise and I can eat
anything I wish." He discontinued treatment with his New Thought
practitioner turning wholly to his Metaphysical Minister who practiced a form of Shamanism.
Needless to say, the board president died within a few months. Did he change his
thinking? No. The board president was a confirmed New Thought fundamentalist and
his Metaphysical Minister is firmly wihtin the Late New Thought Camp. He refused to apply any form of critical thinking to his situation and simply died. The minister / shaman who treated him, simply moved on to run a different center after that one collapsed.
The death of his late board president was attributed to "a lack of faith."
New Thought 2.0 / Late New Thought adherents often stray into "illusionist"
beliefs characterized by New Thought fundamentalists primarily due to lack
mentalities such as a lack of scientific thinking. Often adherents to
"Late New Thought" believe that science is a set of beliefs when science is a
way of thinking. Illusionist belief systems ape the teachings of Mary Baker Eddy and freely embrace odd concepts that don't appear to have any basis in logic or spirituality. There is a classic story about a spiritual seeker who goes to an NT 2.0 Religious Science practitioner after being physically assaulted.
The seeker was expecting a simple Spiritual Mind Treatment session with the goal
of overcoming the pain of what had happened to her. When the session
opened with: "What did you do to bring that into your consciousness?"
She left that Center and sought a new community through the Universal New
Thought Directory system. It is important for every person to be a
conscious observer of the Spiritual Leadership of every religious / spiritual
community and if one discovers that the leadership adheres to illusionism leave!
New Thought 2.0 adherents ask such questions because they are indoctrinated with 19th and 20th Century concepts and beliefs which contrast with
and at times oppose critical thinking. After the Bush Depression of 2008, the entire pension system for Religious Science ministers collapsed. This led to many of these spiritual leaders feeling personally guilty about this and often blaming themselves. Were these ministers truly responsible for the man-made economic disaster caused by those who
followed the precepts and actions of Warren G. Harding, or tout the bankrupt beliefs of Milton Friedman?
Critical thinkers can point to the facts and clearly discern that these ministers should not have blamed themselves.
Such facts are cold comfort to a person ensconced within illusionist Magical Thinking. Some New Thought 2.0 thinkers come to believe that they are solely responsible for their situations and having done so for a great length of time are reluctant to give up this belief. The most extreme New Thought 2.0 thinkers take up an odd form of Ayn Rand's Objectivism, in which they tout a fusion of ego and spirituality which aims to transform individual reality through careful selection of ideas in order to create an individual reality bubble. These people rely heavily on inductive logic to propound a spiritual path which is primarily oriented toward personal happiness. While personal happiness is good and it is easier today to live in a reality bubble, the danger of living within a personal reality bubble is that such bubbles inevitably pop.
I remember meeting a newly minted New Thought minister who had been trained at one of the lesser institutes. She was having loads of problems, especially with regard to prosperity. She had worked hard to memorize all of the works of a particular New Thought writer. She felt that this writer provided all the answers. The novice minister had varying degrees of "righteous anger" toward those members of other New Thought denominations who did not appreciate her views and were critical of her training. She had a terrible home payment for which she blamed the people who were selling her the house. Her talks were not very interesting, primarily because she basically regurgitated the words of her favorite writer
with a dash of what she heard on Right Wing Talk Radio. Her biggest challenge was to let go of all her old thought patterns, which is generally a primary process within practitioner training at other institutes, but she also had major problems cultivating an attitude of gratitude and letting go of judgemental attitudes. Instead of a thought leader, she was primarily a follower. She embraced social change after it occured, but did not work to cocreate a better world. Her rationale for this was her belief that New Thought was purely focused on personal transformation and therefore any attempt to create a better world through partnership and action was wrong.
She was presented with numerous opportunities with multiple doors being opened for her to make the leap and transform her mindset, but chained by her ego and entrapped within old belief systems, she could not break free from her old mindset. Instead of ameliorating situations through calm strength and compassion, she tended to destroy relationships through attempting to dominate and demonstrate her divine insight through her mastery of the words of her favorite writer. She used diminutives and demeaning language alienating her strongest supporters, failing to understand the importance of good etiquette and respect. Events served to amplify this attitude, so even while she was clever and manipulative she could not master herself and therefore was unable to transform her consciousness. She had no understanding of confidentiality and when people were aware of this, they stopped sharing with her. Unable to serve the community she was leading, she sought to make her mark in other ways which never panned out the way she desired. She was able to absorb ideas from others but rarely had any original creative ideas. Other spiritual leaders noticed this. They also noticed that her life partner was similarly endowed with negative character choices. It was a match made in their personal kingdom. Was it their personal hell, or heaven? Who knows?
This is why so many New Thought communities close, despite, or perhaps because
of the fact that they get a new spiritual leader like that one.
From 1912 to 2012, there was not a huge growth in New Thought. In fact New Thought, in terms of percentage of the population and numbers of New Thought Communities had greater attendance in 1912, than in 2012. In hindsight, New Thought 2.0 with its emphasis on the Prosperity Gospels and ignorance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is directly responsible for the massive shrinkage in attendance of New Thought Centers and the closing of 48% of New Thought Communities since
the end of the 20th Century (1999) This fact was revealed through the
records of the Universal New Thought Find A Center directory system. None of the communities that closed
were Prosperity Centers. All of them subsisted on Charity. Would
these communities have closed if their leadership had demonstrated prosperity?
In more than one instance, a spiritual leader had arrived to an existing
community which owned its building, persuading the board to mortgage the
building to pay his or her salary touting the idea that if the community would
simply "change its relation to prosperity" money would miraculously begin to
fill the coffers. The novice spiritual leader pocketed the salary, failed
to grow the community and when the community was bankrupt, moved on. One
can blame the boards of these communities for falling victim to the minister,
but the fact is that there is a powerful meme within Late New Thought philosophy
which touts the ideas that since "only 10 percent of the community is truly
supporting the community, it is better to forego growth (which means more work
for the minister) and focus on getting more of the existing community to 'take
ownership'" Clearly such a philosophy is not promoting New Thought
as an answer to global healing, but it reduces the work of the existing
leadership and places the blame for failure on the shoulders of the membership.
The leaders of these communities failed to understand that they must be actively committed to growing the entire New Thought movement
which means sharing the Good News of New Thought. They never sponsored
their own listings, or any of the resources that were supporting them or the New Thought movement
except for those which were created by their own organizations which while
seeming large to the recipients of their propaganda were in fact small and in
the process of shrinking. The communities which closes all seemed to follow the same blueprint for failure.
New Thought 1.0
New Thought 1.0 is defined by Abel Allen: "NEW THOUGHT is not, as many believe, a name or expression employed to define any fixed system of thought, philosophy, or religion, but is a term used to convey the idea of growing or developing thought. In considering this subject, the word 'New' should be duly and freely emphasized, because the expression 'New Thought' relates only to what is new and progressive."
Abel Allen's definition is increasingly turned to by the emerging leaders of New Thought Today. New Thought 1.0 hit its stride in the first third of the 20th Century. For a while it grew rapidly and seemed poised to become a major world religion. But as
Late New Thought / New Thought 2.0 replaced New Thought 1.0, it was heavily influenced by Ego which led to 'we go.' The largest New Thought transdenomination in the world was destroyed when its leader became self-obsessed and began teaching meditations which could induce pregnancy or lead to eternal life. Another New Thought transdenomination followed the historical example of Mary Baker Eddy and began suing splinter groups which had broken away from their 'mother church.' Another major 'transdenomination' utterly diminished its growth through the imposition of an ego based contract which was intended by one of its founders to reign in 'rogue minister who were teaching and ordaining people.' This move simply served to decimate hundreds of communities following his teachings. Attendance slowly but steadily eroded but people who had learned about New Thought sought to shore up the shrinkage through the application of 'marketing principles.' The inherent problems were not addressed, novel paradigms were ignored. While institutions rooted in the 19th and 20th Century see ever diminishing attendance, New Thought 3.1 communities are growing.
Simply attend an Late New Thought 2.0 center and you will understand. The short of it is: these leaders, like the minister who used all her energy to memorize the works of a long dead writer, are able to parrot the various dead New Thought founders of their sects, throw in a few quotes from old religious texts, add in a dash of contemporary New Age, but remain so deeply ensconced in someone else's thoughts that they cannot manifest the classic Zen "empty bowl." Observers have noted that at times these folks gather together and thump their texts in the same manner as bible thumpers. Thumping and bumping to support disproven principles primarily rooted in domination paradigms, they are unable to truly embrace the potential partners listening to their Sunday Celebration Talks.
The New Thought of the New Millennium is "New."
New Thought 3.1 leaders are enfolding the Partnership / Cocreation principles illucidated by Riane Eisler. They are including the economic paradigm shift which Thomas Picketty gave us in 2014. They are enfolding the understandings of Fritjof Capra.
Late New Thought 2.0 is characterized by Prosperity Gospel teachings and an "it's your fault" attitude, but the New Thought of the New Millennium begins with personal responsibility, teaching "as we change our thinking, we change our lives," then moves forward to deeper understanding "that together we can make a difference."
The Late New Thought 2.0 paradigm is riddled with stoicism which is often revealed through its proponents telling people: "losing your job is an opportunity."
The odd passivity with which New Thought 2.0 adherents are supposed to accept the situations they are saddled with does not resonate with people who can look back within their own lives and see that change is most often manifested through action. The New Thought of the New Millennium promotes a "partnership" spirituality which teaches co-creation and cooperation proposing that all people can have good, well paying jobs; good nutrition and joyful living.
New Thought 3.1 teaches us to participate in society through voting and pushing for change so that like the generations before ours, we and our children can once again have good educations, including college and university.People living in the United States should keep in mind that their grand parents were usually able to attend local state universities tuition free!
While the Late New Thought 2.0 adherents ignore what is going on in the world and might at times fall into illusionist thinking which could even include such odd things as creationism. The New Thought 3.1 adherents champion both science, medicine and an understanding of psychology and sociology.
Let us take a look at some of the early precepts of New Thought.
The term "New Thought" arose in the 19th Century, derived from Romans 12:2: "Do not conform to the patterns of this world,
rather be transformed through the renewal of your mind. so that YOU may prove what is highest good,
and thereby acceptable as the best demonstration of the Divine will."
The most commonly quoted translation of this passage is from the King James Version:
"And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is good,
and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." ~ Romans 12:2
Henry Wood's 1903 book: New Thought Simplified was not the first time New Thought
was mentioned as a term to define a particular form of Metaphysics.
An article in Arena magazine in 1901, discusses the difference between the New Thought Movement and Christian Science. It was neither the first, nor last, article to draw attention to these differences.
Since the mid-19th Cenutry New Thought is a term used to describe a distinct spiritual path which due to common beliefs is now recognized around the world as a religion in its own right.
It is understood that New Thought "religion" is diverse with regard to approach to, and practice of, these commonly held beliefs.
Although for at least 100 years, various groups have attempted to assert dominance and control over the New Thought movement,
this is a somewhat absurd proposition due to the inherent freedom necessary to this spiritual path.
Many late 19th Century and early 20th Century New Thought leaders expressed that New Thought will continue to progress in a perpetual, permanent evolution of higher thought. While old New Thought 2.0 leaders at times want to stop evolution, or even turn back the clock, today's New Thought 3.1 leaders express the higher truth that New Thought is a dynamic evolving spiritual path.
New Thought is about co-creation
New Thought is not about the decadent concept of submission. Surrender, if you wish to call it that, is found within the transformation of what some call consciousness. New Thought is about co-creation with the Divine. If the Universe is the result of a First Cause that we call Divine, then Spiritual Law must be every bit as potent and automatic as gravity. Rooted within the Universal Mystical Law of Cause and Effect (which is the name of the Buddhist Lotus Sutra), Spiritual Law can neither be arbitrary nor capricious and therefore requires no external power or entity for implementation. Technology does not neutralize gravity to enable us to fly.
Because of the distortion of space-time generated by the presence of mass, whenever an object is within the field generated by an object with significant mass, gravity will affect space-time. .In the case of the Big Bang Theory which postulates that the universe began with the outward explosion of a singularity, we must be careful not to regard what was previously the center of the universe as the center today. The best mathematical modeling thus far indicates that the center of the universe is in fact exactly where you are. This is a challenging concept, but one which has been explored in Southwestern Native American spirituality. Einstein's insight that space-time is one interwoven continuum means that after the shift, or explosion, of the singularity the center of the universe is universally distributed. Thus the universe "is centered everywhere, having its circumference nowhere." This understanding is echoed by Xenophanes of Colophon who argued against archetypal pantheons of anthropomorphic gods postulating that if God exists, then the Divine must be a singular energy within the universe which existing from the beginning and is best described as an eternal unbounded energy which permeates all reality so completely that 'its properties can come to complete focus at any point.'
At this point in time-space, human consciousness is able to generate tremendous insights into the physical universe while at the time demonstrating continuity of decadent belief systems and consequent behavior with particular regard to those whose Weltanschaunug is delineated by an Abrahamic mindset. This is not to say that all people who define themselves with an Abrahamic viewpoint are presupposed to be decadent. Decadence is the result of lazy thinking patterns becoming embedded within cultures.
Healthy cultures do not suppress dissent, they channel dissent into meaningful dialogue resulting in ongoing dynamic evolution. The great challenge for advanced cultures is to avoid projecting their own perceptions onto decadent cultures. This can result in misguided efforts to appease individuals from cultures whose failure to recognize the primacy of the highest spiritual truth embodied within the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is best deemed as a form of mass induced mental illness.
Some folks demonstrate a propensity to use Social Dwarwinism as the basis of argumentation with regard to definitions of higher culture and advanced society. This results in odd propositions that generally devolve into subjective argumentation about what constitutes civilization. Let us not confuse civilizations, of which there are many, with civil society.
There are multiple examples of destruction and consequent suffering generated by inappropriate applications of the principles of cultural relativism as attempts are made to turn what is essential an anthropological too into a doctrine of cultural relativity. While Frank Boas is correct in articulating that "... civilization is not something absolute ..." This does not make all cultures equal in their ability to advance humanity. While cultural relativism is an essential tool with regard to the understanding of an individual within his or her own culture, extending this from a principle of understanding to propose that individuals can use culture as a basis to abrogate human rights is specious.
There is a clear dichotomy between decadent societies versus advanced civil societies. While primitive civil societies exhibit lower levels of self-actualization than advanced civil societies, the levels of self-actualization are dramatically higher than in decadent societies. Decadent societies are often underpinned by imposed social contracts which violate essential human rights such as Freedom of Thought. Due to such violations we see higher levels of internal dissent which is generally handled with human rights violations.
History demonstrates that socieites can struggle for decades and even centuries to create the conditions necessary for higher consciousness. Why? Most of the time societies making the transition from decadence remain within the grip of corruption which is the vehicle for personal and familial enrichment and attainment of power.
"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men." ~ Lord Acton
While cynical, this view is supported both by history and contemporary events. Acton's views of history are best understood through the application of Frank Boas' aforementoned principle. We must also point out that while Acton was a major historian who illuminated certain principles that hold true today, he was a man of his times and thus most certainly not liable to fit into the politically correct box that at times characterized early 21st Century media culture.
Acton felt strongly that cultures which contributed to the advancment of humanity did so through sharing their insights and his view included the idea that: "Subjection to a people of a higher capacity for government is of itself no misfortune; and it is to most countries the condition of their political advancement."
Of course, he wrote this at the height of the Victorian era which is considered the apex of the British Empire. Thus such ideas can easily be seen as an attempt to justify colonialism. Acton's viewpoints are those of a person firmly within the confines of a dominator viewpoint. This is further underscored by his 'righteous anger' which resulted in controversy and conflict with the Roman Catholic church when he wrote: "Here are the greatest names coupled with the greatest crimes; you would spare those criminals, for some mysterious reason. I would hang them higher than Haman, for reasons of quite obvious justice, still more, still higher for the sake of historical science."
Similar views are expressed by some adherents to old New Thought 2.0 who push for punishment that is rationalized via 'righteous anger.' These are the small minds that cannot lift their perspective outside of the definition of their personal history ensconced within the culture in which they lived and time through which they travelled.
Dominator views are pernicious yet persistent. Those who hold them have a hard time transcending because they are chained by their own self-limiting beliefs. They cannot fathom the foundations of higher thought perhaps because these chains prevent them from enfolding new knowledge. Thus they cannot implement the paradigm shift within, because they prevent themselves from understanding that they are not only part of the whole, they are partners in cocreation and therefore responsible for the direction of life.
Are they solely responsible for the directon of life? No. The partnership paradigm means that while the individual is responsible to contribute to highest good, the onus is not solely upon any particular person and most certainly the burden of advancement cannot be placed upon the Divine Energy. That That Is, God / Goddess is neither greater than the sum of its parts, nor is any individual part equal to the whole. This means that one must transcend the dominator paradigm because teachings which emanate from said paradigms are invariably destructive.
Regardless of the name you give the Divine: God, Brahma, Allah, Noyd, Christ, Bob, Goddess, Universe, First Cause or That That Is, your concept only changes you, not the Divine.
If a person buys into the concept of a 'higher power', then it would quite odd for said divine power to require submission.
The Divine does not require your submission, nor need it. Beliefs in the necessity of submission are simply cultural creations arising within the consciousness of those grasping for meaning when confronted with bad things happening to good people.
Submission is a cultural assertion which dominators find useful for the justification of exploitation and hierarchy. The higher principle of CoCreation teaches us that people can be happier, healthier and more prosperous through partnership. Domination / Submission is an old thought paradigm that is frequently used as a vehicle for abuse.
While the streams of New Thought can be defined within an overall structure of Spiritual Evolution enabling us to better understand why New Thought has not grown over the previous century, the New Thought movement today has more variety than 100 years ago.
The paths within New Thought are essentially: Vedic New Thought, Abrahamic New Thought, Buddhist New Thought, Science of Mind,
Taoist New Thought, Indigenous New Thought, and Mental Science. Learn more about the variations of beliefs within the New Thought Movement at the www.NewThought.INFO website.
Recent scientific breakthroughs support many of the contentions that have long been held in New Thought.
In 1901, R. O. Mason happily stated that "It is in the line of the new religious thought that is so rapidly coming; in it science and religious thought meet on a higher plane than they have before been accustomed to occupy, and a noble plea for the religious sentiment in man is presented
by a representation of the best scientific thought."
The understanding that superstition and the "God of Gaps" can be replaced by acceptance of the revelations of science is one of the essential principles of New Thought. Ernest Holmes articulated wonderfully when he wrote that New Thought is "a correlation of laws of science, opinions of philosophy, and revelations of religion applied to
the needs and aspirations of humankind."
Prentice Mulford, wrote "The Accession of New Thought" in 1888, writing in Your Forces and How to Use Them:
"New thought is new life, and renewal of life."
The earliest New Thought leader to incorporate an organization was Helen Van-Anderson. Author of the Right Knock in 1889. Helen acquired a major following, later penning The Mystic Scroll.
Do not be dismayed if you encounter some old New Thought 2.0 adherents avoiding compassionate action through the erroneous concept that: "it's all good, so let God take care of the details." Those folks has simply chained themselves to old paradigms that have been disproven and no longer serve them or their congregants. They are fading away, and their self-imposed attachment to old New Thought 2.0 is hastening their disappearance. They are simply taking the concept of "it's all good" to an extreme in order to absolve themselves of responsibility. The "it's all good" concept comes from Mary Baker Eddy and thus is not really New Thought.
Keep in mind there are wonderful and insightful New Thought Spiritual Leaders who are on the forefront of prison reform and who are striving to do more than get their picture taken with the rich and famous.
There are dynamic New Thought Spiritual leaders saying:
"The phrase 'it's all good' should not be turned into an excuse for accepting any and every thing in life as good. It is ridiculous to think that child molesters, serial killers, or pain and suffering are good. This is simply the arrogance of those lacking in deeper wisdom."
New Millennial New Thought embraces the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and Nash's Equilibrium. Every day in new and wonderful ways, we see people joining the NewThought.NET/work and working together to actively create a better world, not through passive acceptance of the conditions and situations they observe, but through progressive action prompted by compassion and guided by wisdom. "Be the change you wish to see in the world," means to change oneself and stand up for those who need your support. "Get up, stand up, stand up for your rights." ~ Bob Marley
Perhaps those unfortunate souls who use the excuse of "it's all good" to avoid compassionate action, fell into their "logic loop" through a simple misunderstanding of the New Thought Principle that the root energy of the Universe is Good. Anyone with good sense understands that taking things to extremes is not the way of wisdom. Yes, life is good and love is good. There are also things within the world which must be changed to create a better, more loving, kinder and compassionate place for all living beings. This is what New Thought is about. New Thought is not a path of stoicism, it is a path of personal change which leads to a sincere commitment to service and the success and happiness that comes with service.
It is good to remember that technology can be used for positive purposes or negative purposes. This is why the conscious spiritual leader is not living in a logic loop in order to avoid responsibility. While we cannot expect all spiritual leaders, whether ministers or otherwise to be perfect people, we can expect them to be people who support positive change and demonstrate this support through their own personal expression. It is important to let go of the concept that Spiritual Leaders should be elevated above the flock. In fact there is a very important spiritual principle that was articulated in the Buddha's highest teaching, The Lotus Sutra, that by this time in history, humanity will enter an era in which learning will be best facilitated by the fellowship.
This does not mean that spiritual leadership is unnecessary. Spiritual Leaders are a good thing and those are called to ministry are called to the high vocation of learning how to articulate and share higher thought. Those who are called to leadership of a particular New Thought Community would do well to listen to the sage advice of an extraordinarily successful Canadian Spiritual Leader: "Leadership is about the selection of good people and giving those people the opportunity to create their own results. Today's leadership is consensus leadership. This demands personal insight into oneself, thoughtfulness regarding members of the community and the wherewithall to make decisions for the highest good of the community."
Decisions regarding and affecting one's community are challenging. I recall numerous examples of less successful spiritual leaders who were constantly trapped within their own egos. While it is at times necessary to ask a practitioner to absent themselves from involvement, one must be mindful as to whether such a decision is coming from ego or founded within the highest good for the community. These are the hard decisions. Rev. Dr. Bernardo Monserrat related his challenges regarding such decisons at a workshop: "At times a spiritual leader might be called to lead a community which has been in the doldrums for some time. It is incumbent upon that leader.
We must simply realize that it is important not to place spiritual leaders on pedestals because they will fall off. This is the way of love which connotes more respect because we are living the truth. Do not expect your spiritual leaders to have a pristine past or to puke out the problems they have experience in the past. This is unrealistic. If a spiritual leader is demonstrating their teaching in their life, being supportive and working to create a better world, THAT is the demonstration of their truth.
At times, we can observe that ministers and spiritual leaders in every spiritual path do incredibly stupid things. We have seen the rise and fall of televangelists and we have seen spiritual leaders push people to stay in a sweat lodge to the point they die. It is very important for every seeker to use common sense and know when to say: "no."
Thus it is important for every person to think things through. Don't simply accept things on blind faith. New Thought is not a spiritual path in the same vein as Christian Science based upon a personal revelation supposedly conferred by God. New Thought is a spiritual path which teaches that God is present everywhere in every moment as much today, as yesterday and will continue to be part of life till the end of time. New Thought teaches us that every person who embraces the spiritual path which is embarked upon through a personal spiritual practice may become a revealer of truth.
This basic premise of New Thought, that God is Good and Omnipresent is based upon universal spiritual principles as demonstrated and taught by historical figures such as Buddha, Danika, Lao Tzu, and Jesus the Christ. It is understood there are many "Wayshowers." The strength of the teaching of a particular Wayshower is demonstrated through the consciousness and actions of the followers of that path. The adherents of each spiritual path are collectively responsible to the rest of humanity and all life to insure that the expression of their path is not abusive or violent nor violates the rights of other beings.
There are many ways to walk and and express New Thought as your spiritual path.
The undergirding truth of New Thought is that there are Universal Spiritual Principles and that each person's path is unique. We respect all compassionate spiritual paths and teach that there are many ways to express the Divine.
Find the form that best fits you. If there is no group in your area that properly represents your approach to New Thought, create a New Thought Circle. There are New Thought colleagues throughout the world who will help you in your endeavors.
Below are the basic paths within the New Thought community:
Science of Mind originated with John Bascom in the 19th Century. In the 20th Century, the Holmes brothers (Ernest and Fenwicke) expounded their Religious Science form of Science of Mind which some say is the highest form of 20th Century New Thought. Whereas Bascom focused on ethics and the importance of highest good, the Holmes brothers focused on the "motor" of New Thought (Change your thinking and thereby change your life.) carefully emphasizing that their Religious Science form of Science of Mind can be applied regardless of one's disposition. Most institutes flogging the Religious Science form of New Thought rarely if ever mention John Bascom, even though many major New Thought concepts accepted throughout the New Thought movement today originated with Bascom. This is most likely due to ignorance and not ill will. One must understand that just as Thomas Picketty was able to make the necessary breakthroughs to prove the true prosperity principles articulated by many of the early New Thought writers and teachers, only recently has it been possible to bring these powerful spiritual teachings to your fingertips through the internet. Thus it is easy to understand that many "Science of Mind" teachers today are so steeped within the teachings promulgated by the Holmes brothers and their followers that they are unaware and even hostile to the original Science of MInd teachings unaware that these teachings could elevate their consciousness supporting deeper understanding and higher wisdom.
Abrahamic New Thought includes Christian New Thought and Jewish Science. The Universal Foundation for Better Living is the best representative of this form of New Thought, but it also includes Unity which was founded by the Fillmore family. There is a fundamentalist philosophy shared by some teaching Abrahamic New Thought known as Alpertism which appears to prefer to reduce New Thought to a simple Christian Heresy. Alpertism is simply another delusion that can lead one astray. You must be the arbiter of your own path. Question any such simple mindedness.
Vedic New Thought, which is rooted within the Hindu Vedas is taught by the Centers for Spiritual Awareness which is led by Roy Eugene Davis. Davis was the annointed disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda, but left the Self Realization Fellowship to create his own organization. Within the library readers will find some great Vedic New Thought text including those by Swami Abhedananda.
Buddhist New Thought, includes both Lotus Sutra New Thought & Seicho No Ie which is the largest New Thought organization in the world today. Seicho No Ie has strong representation throughout Latin America and the rest of the free world. Thailand's wonderful Tian of Siam also teaches a form of Buddhist New Thought.
Indigenous New Thought encompasses the Navajo Beauty Way, which is the oldest form of New Thought, as well as DivineUnity and Druidic New Thought which is rooted within Celtic Wisdom Ways. This is one of the latest approaches to New Thought and we are keeping our eyes on its development.
Mental Science is basically an atheist New Thought path teaching that through personal development one awakens the latent abilities within oneself through training of the mind and body. Some Mental Scientists like to refer to Carl Sagan's work such as Science As a Candle in the Dark, and the recent film Zeitgeist as essential viewing to understand their Weltaunschaung. "Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, wakens." ~ Carl Jung
Organizations such as Seicho No Ie which is the largest New Thought "transdenomination" in the world puts the lie to any claim that New Thought can be reduced simply to an additional heresy of Christianity.
New Thought is its own spiritual path and due to common beliefs is recognized around the world as a religion in its own right. It is understood that New Thought "religion" is diverse with regard to approaching these commonly held beliefs. Although for at least 100 years, various groups have attempted to assert dominance and control over the New Thought movement, this is a somewhat absurd proposition due to the inherent freedom necessary to this spiritual path. Many of the late 19th Century and early 20th Century New Thought leaders often expressed that New Thought is in a perpetual and permanent evolution. Thus the stasis necessary to the appointment of a high council or Pope of New Thought would by its very existence be "old thought." There are however some old New Thought organizations. It is not surprising that their leaders are primarily over 50 years old. This is the nature of life. Young leaders grow older, mature and one day become old leaders. Unless you die young, you will also experience what Buddha described as the First Noble truth: old age, sickness and death. Equipped with the teachings of New Thought, you will be able to understand that whereas pain is practically unavoidable, suffering can be left behind like an old garment that no longer serves you.
What are the "Roots of New Thought?"
In contrast to the history of New Thought which is probably best understood through the literature which reflects the movement and arguably begins with the first use of the phase "New Thought," the roots of New Thought reach back in the arts and sciences of all human cultures. In this sense, it can be asserted that "New Thought" has been taught for thousands of years by various spiritual teachers throughout the world. One of the most powerful spiritual works that has ever been created is the Tao. The Tao holds some deep insights regarding the importance of not being passive in one's life.
Some of the major early figures in the New Thought movement such as Ella Wheeler Wilcox cited the Bhagavad Gita as the source of New Thought, while others such as Annie Rix Militz were quite fond of the Tao, but it must be recognized that within the cultural milieu of the United States, Abrahamic teachings such as the bible were, and still are, regarded as important to many within the movement. This does not mean that New Thought is an Abrahamic movement.
Perhaps the strongest demonstration that New Thought is a new spiritual path or religion is the principle of co-creation which teaches that New Thought adherents are partnering with the Divine. This stands in opposition to the BDSM religions which teach submission to God and generally eschew or deny the feminine expression of the Divine.
Within New Thought, it is taught that the name one gives the Divine defines the namer, not the named. Thus whether one chooses to use the term God or Goddess simply reveals insights about the person using that name. If you wish to use the term Brahma, Christ Consciousness, or Buddha Nature to describe the Divine within, that simply gives insight into you. All true spiritual paths lead to the same place which is higher consciousness and deeper wisdom. Those paths which are not true spiritual paths are not conducive to either inner peace or compassionate action. History is replete with examples of well-meaning but misguided groups who were so confused by their own inability to comprehend the importance of compassion they perished through their own ineptitude.
The underlying Unified Field that physicists are constantly working to fully articulate in terms that are both understandable and useful to humanity, may or may not be conscious, yet within New Thought teachings this energy is considered to be responsive. Whether by using New Thought Spiritual Practices you are awakening latent abilities or recognizing and harnessing the universal energy which flows through you is not as important as ones' alignment with highest good. Thus if one wishes to take the pure Mental Science approach and discard all theistic concepts or to embrace one of the other New Thought approaches is an individual choice. New Thought cannot be confined to a solely theistic spiritual path. If you are a Mental Scientist you would most likely say that you believe in the "higher power manifested from within."
One of the most wonderful things about New Thought is that there is no need to reject science. In fact, the acceptance of science is a rather basic part of New Thought, but this most certainly does not preclude participating in New Thought if one still holds superstitions or believes in the power of faith. Since one of the principles of New Thought is that "we see when we believe," adherents train themselves to use the power of visualization in order to manifest goals. It works! Ask Michael Jordan.
The means by which we tap into higher energies are New Thought Spiritual Practices. One site which shares the Tools of Transformation is KeysToHeaven.com
What is the History of New Thought?
If we examine the actual history of thought, philosophy and religion in the United States, many scholars would venture that New Thought began with Anne Hutchinson whose teachings were labeled "antinominian," which is a reason that William James mentions this term in his book The Varieties of Religious Experience.
When you hear nonsense that New Thought is really "just a form of ..." simply smile and understand the speaker is probably ignorant. One New Thought Reverend, who acquired a doctorate, published a Practitioner Manual in which he wrote: "when the Hindu's go to Mecca and pray..." One might assume that having a doctorate, he would have known that Hindus do not go to Mecca, but perhaps the main focus of his studies was Abrahamic Religions. One classic New Thought author, often lionized within today's New Thought movement, called the Bhagavad Gita "a Buddhist text." These mistakes do not sum up all their wisdom, but they should be recognized as evidence that at times even spiritual leaders within the New Thought movement which places a strong emphasis on intelligence, education and science make errors in thought and action.
Thus even if someone is "famous" in this movement which although rapidly growing online is experiencing a dramatic shrinkage in terms of the old New Thought Communities, don't take their word as "gospel." This doesn't mean you should dismiss all of what they say, but you should understand that even ministers who once worked at Los Alamos National Laboratories can be incredibly ignorant. However it should be understood that the preponderance of New Thought spiritual leaders are "life long learners" and thus the majority of the leaders within the New Thought movement would not make these simple yet gross errors.
One would think that such types of ignorance would be frowned upon in organizations that promote Universal Spiritual Principles, yet such things largely go uncorrected due to internal politics. There is also a much misused principle based on "resist not evil," which encourages ignoring challenges, not in favor of solutions, but in the belief that by ignoring them they will go away. This extends to many problems facing the movement for the past 100 years. I would encourage you to read First International New Thought Metaphysical Congress as it will provide you with a good understanding of the challenges for the past 100 years which have not changed that much due to propensity of New Thought spiritual leaders to promote cults of personality instead of getting on with the job of evolving spiritual teachings in the direction that William James prophesied.
Keep in mind that the vast majority of old New Thought folks still cite Phineas Quimby as being the originator of New Thought. Of course in their minds, they are right and that is ok, because that is good enough for them :)
There is also a powerful argument that the transcendentalists (Emerson and Thoreau) were the originators of New Thought. When one explores history and philosophy beyond the often dubious dawdling of the dilettante one comes to the Deist movement and before that Anne Hutchinson.
Probably the reason that Anne Hutchinson is not always mentioned by New Thought mythologists is the fact that she was considered a heretic and champion of Human Rights. Can you imagine a right wing minister being able to acknowledge that truth? It must be kept in mind that while New Thought is rooted in progressivism, it has attracted many people of different political persuasions and not everyone is going to examine their deeper hidden beliefs and how they might conflict with the call to serve. New Thought is by the very definition of the words composing this phrase, not a conservative spiritual path. After all, adherents are called upon to think. Contrast this with the fact that most religions would prefer that you leave your head at the door. Please remember this the next time you go to your favorite New Thought Centre, it is not only ok to think about the ideas the speaker is sharing, it is encouraged.
A brief outline of actual New Thought History
There are different views regarding New Thought History.
Some folks contend that New Thought began around 1638 with Anne Hutchinson, while others claim it began with Phineas Quimby and still others claim New Thought begins with the American Transcendentalists: Emerson and Thoreau. Most certainly many of the ideas within New Thought arose in conjunction with a movement called Progressivism.
Progressivism is a philosophy which asserts that we can create better conditions for all beings by working together and
applying advancements in science, technology, economic development (as opposed to blind growth), and social organization.
Progressivism was initially a conservative gambit.
Progressivism, initially called "progressive conservatism,"
was developed by extremely conservative politicians Bismarck and Disraeli with the intent of maintaining political control
by corralling the average worker into a manageable and controllable solution. This was supported by Pope Leo XIII's encyclical Rerum novarum,
which called for the creation of political parties which would oppose the politics of trade unionism
which were viewed as a threat to the church because of the tendency of those who joined to become "free thinkers."
The encyclical novarum promoted government regulation of business in order to maintain order through the creation of living wages and other basic changes. The intent of these changes was the preservation of elite privilege. Rising social activism due to an
expanding chasm between the super-rich and the average worker of the late 19th Century, (a situation being increasily recreated in the United States and other 2nd World nations today) was creating consternation among conservative elites. The immense difference between the lives of the average person versus the lives of the rich and privileged prompted normal people
around the globe to ask for basic services such as the education for all children (meaning the children of the middle class and underprivileged) and protection from sexual exploitation which
was considered a class privilege of the wealthy and powerful.
American Republicans found progressivism to be an attractive means to curb the increasing power of the average worker
in the United States while ensuring that change would not go too far in terms of enfranchising African American Labour whose emerging
strength was observed through the Pullman Strike of 1894.
This along with the push by women for self-determination were viewed by conservative elites as major
threats to the existing order.
Initially promoted by American conservatives who welcomed odd scientifically-illiterate writers who argued for
"scientific racism" on a biblical basis, the movement eventually reached across political lines resulting in a
"Progressive Movement" that included moderates.
The primary doctrine of the Repubican progressives was that enough simple changes should be instituted to
prevent political empowerment of the increasingly knowledgeable working and professional segments of the population
in order to preserve elite power and privilege. Conservatives felt that mild regulation of the work place would promote the appearance of safer work environments while providing higher profits through increased efficiency and productivity.
Conservative Protestants joined Catholics in pushing for reforms such as a "living wage" for all people, termination of child labour, and an end to the doctrine of "Social Darwinism" which held that the privileges of the powerful and wealthy were endowed by God. Conservatives were dismayed when prohibitionists jumped on the band wagon threatening long established passive support for the provision of low priced liquor to the impoverished as a means of suppression. While Republicans had initially trumpeted progressivism as a panacea of all problems with the statement that "wise progressivism and wise conservatism go hand in hand," the emerging "paradise of properly controlled labour" was interrupted by the entrance of women who demanded the right to vote.
When the gambit went mainstream, "scientific racism" was discredited.
Soon the term "Conservative Progressivism" had to be reduced to "Progressivism". Through a quirk of a three way presidential race, Woodrow Wilson, a progressive Democrat emerged as the new President of the United States. What had once been a Conservative gambit had gone mainstream, consequently being adopted by politicians in both parties. The "scientific racism" promoted by hacks and hucksters in the parlours of privilleged was discredited and no longer acceptable by sensible people. American politicians on "both sides of the aisle" (meaning from both of the American political parties) implemented legislation to curb what was acknowledged to be excessive political influence on the part of what would one day be called the "1%." This included regulation of the railroad industry which had become one of the most dangerous workplaces in the United States; the Child Labor Act which limited the exploitation of children; the Workman's Compensation Act which provided financial assistance to workers injured on the job; the Seaman Act which set standards for the treatment of merchant sailors; the Federal Trade Commission & Clayton Antitrust Acts to prevent large corporations from taking advantage of small businesses through unfair business practices.
Progressive Republicans led the way to the passage of the Volstead Act over the veto of President Wilson. This would soon usher in a proliferation of criminal activity which led to the creation of organized crime syndicates that spanned the United States. This situation would not be repeated until President Nixon's declaration of a "War on Drugs" provided new fuel for the expansion of organized crime through a new source of illegal, thus untaxed and unregulated income from the sale of narcotics.
Creating a culture of concealment leads to corruption.
The "Roaring Twenties" were characterized by dualism. Nights were filled with wild parties lubricated with illegal alcohol, exuberant exploration of drugs, and sexuality. By day, a shared consensus of concealment supported a descent into corruption on an unprecedented scale. This strengthened the Social Facade leading to the Culture of Concealment (a culture of public versus private behavior) illustrated by F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby. Cultures of Concealment are characterized by carefully concealed coping habits & public opposition to corruption while privately condoning or even promoting it. Deals detrimental to public welfare are disguised as breakthrough business opportunities promising future benefits that generally never materialize. One of the means by which financial markets are consistently corrupted is by privileged access to information.
The hubs of this lucrative commerce were New York and Chicago. During the 1920's there were no real restrictions against "insider trading." Economic insiders encouraged speculation on the part of those who were not privy to inside information. Fueled by stories of easy riches through the stock market, people lacking the insider information necessary to guarantee success were duped. Unregulated banking practices allowed for unbridled speculation in the stock market leading to an expanding bubble of false prosperity which soon popped on October 29th, 1929. This day became known as Black Tuesday, because it marked the beginning of the first Economic Meltdown created by unregulated financial practices. The United States floundered under the leadership of President Herbert Hoover who applied what eventually became known as monetarist policies resulting in a deepening economic disaster bringing consequent hardships to the average person while enabling expanded acquisitions for the financially privileged. .
Roosevelt angers elites by promoting the view that elected government serves the people.
Economic instability led to world wide social unrest. The U.S. economy began to recover in 1933 after new elections ushered in the leadership of President Franklin Roosevelt who began to battle what he called the "fat cats" of finance and industry claiming that "democracy means the rule of the people". Roosevelt angered economic elites by promoting the populist view that elected government is supposed to serve the entire polity and not simply be exploited by elites as a tool for profits.
Branded the "New Deal," novel economic opportunities brought much needed alleviation to the suffering that was the result of elite manipulation of markets. The American President was perhaps the first politician to use New Thought concepts conveying them through terminology such as "we have nothing to fear but fear itself." Through the application of what came to be known as Keynesian economic policies combined with Roosevelt's strong advocacy of positive thinking, the economy began to recover. Conservatives felt co-opted by the U.S. President's promotion of policies which eliminated opportunities to exploit the great Great Depression to increase profits. Appeals were made to a conservative supreme court in order to prevent Roosevelt from continuing policies aimed at relieving the the pain and suffering of the majority of the people.
Feeling threatened, corporate elites seek to prevent reforms.
Corporate elites felt especially threatened by the American President's creation of job programs for those out of work through what he called the Conservation Corps. Combined with government guaranteed loans for home owners to halt the transfer of real estate to financial elites, this situation appeared increasingly irksome to business leaders across the nation. Some bankers considered foreclosure to be one of the "bonuses" of economic downturns. Ownership of foreclosed properties could be flipped to financial elites to increase profits down the line. This practice came under more intense scrutiny due to the large numbers of people who had previously paid all their bills on time being out of work due to no fault of their own. Deeper American values with roots that ran all the way to the founding fathers prevailed and In the face of a massive increase of homelessness steps were taken to address this situation. Corporate elites were further angered by an Executive Order authorizing the enrollment of American Veterans through the WPA (Works Progress Administration) which enabled Veterans to rebuild their lives through economic opportunities which included healing environmental damage around the nation. Out of the 10 million jobless Americans in 1935, 3 million were helped by these jobs alone.
Elite opposition to policies which included civil rights and guarantees for labour became more intense. For Conservatives who felt that the Great Depression presented a golden opportunity to lower wages and increase profits, a Presidential jobs program was viewed as a dangerous precedent which must be smashed out of existence before it became a perpetual means of universal prosperity. Corporate leaders began to confer around the country, strategizing on how they could pressure congressional leaders to find new means to prevent reforms aimed at curbing their political influence. Consequently, in 1937 the Conservative Coalition was successful at implementing an economic downturn by blocking further reforms aimed at proper banking and finance legislation.
Only after his reelection was the American President able to get the support of congress to pass legislative reforms which enabled the U.S. economy to flourish steadily until these reforms were finally reversed at the end of the 20th Century through support of both political parties. (U.S. politics are largely confined to "two party" system which supports powerful economic interests.) From his wheelchair in the Oval Office, Roosevelt felt that more changes were necessary to insure permanent peace and prosperity for all the people. His constant chronic pain was only kept in check through major mental effort. His system of separating investment banks from regular financial institutions resulted in long term economic stability. This stability was destroyed at the end of 20th Century when both political parties participated in the dismantling of the economic protections Roosevelt put in place to ensure the prosperity of the American people.
The U.S. President pushes Human Rights with the "Four Freedoms."
The U.S. President also advocated Human Rights through what he called the Four Freedoms as part of a foreign policy aimed at familiarizing the world with basic American values. The four freedoms have often been represented, or symbolized by a cross rising from the ground. Advocacy of these freedoms was apparently rooted in both Christian and Humanist concerns regarding the primal importance of human rights as essential to the promotion of peace, prosperity and the recognition of human dignity..
- ~Freedom of speech and expression, everywhere in the world.
- ~Freedom of every person to worship God in his own way, everywhere in the world.
- ~Freedom from want which means economic regulations which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants, everywhere in the world.
- ~Freedom from fear which means reduction in weapons of war and reduction of violence against the people, everywhere in the world.
Roosevelt went on to express certain principles as being essential to National Security and international peace & prosperity:
- ~Equality of opportunity for youth and for others.
~Jobs for those who can work.
~Security for those who need it.
~The ending of special privilege for the few.
~The preservation of civil liberties for all.
The death of Roosevelt, considered to be the greatest American president, in history was followed, six months later, by the end of the war. Entire cities had been destroyed through aerial bombardment. Prior to World War 2, the United States had to deal with economic competition from both European nations and Japan. After World War 2, the United States was the undisputed economic power. The puissance of the British Empire had been pushed to the brink. Once again, American blood and treasure had spared the British Isles, but the clock was ticking. Soon the empire would be converted to the commonwealth.
By the conclusion of World War 2, New Thought as a Spiritual Path and movement had been wiped out in many countries throughout the world, yet in the United States it had a stable following among a rainbow of people across the political and social spectrum. The Nazi's sent anyone felt to be New Thought into the death camps, few if any emerged to tell the tale. On the other extreme of the political spectrum Communists rounded up anyone suspected of New Thought tendencies and sent them to Siberia. Prior to the Revolution, Russia had contributed enormously to New Thought and Theosophy, but these contributions were to be largely forgotten in the west, while adherents in the Soviet Union were branded "counter-revolutionary free thinkers," then condemned to Gulags.
Russian New Thought Mystic Daniel Andreev prophecies a novel expression of New Thought.
Russian New Thought was and still is characterized by deep exploration of a full spectrum of metaphysics and then the weaving of various mystic threads into an amazing tapestry of thought which provides powerful insights predicated on the Tools of Transformation. The work of Daniel Andreev was suppressed during the Soviet years. Unveiled in 1991, after the wall came down. Andreev's writings prophesized that a novel expression of New Thought would emerge from the combined efforts of a network of people across the globe. This Russian Mystic claimed the network would be symbolized by a rose with essential contributors located in Aotearoa, Japan, Brazil, Russia, Ukraine and Western Europe, the bottom of Africa, as well as the deserts & mountains of North America. Participants in this network would communicate through a "mysterious form of communication" hitherto unknown in which they could exchange words, sounds, and even motion pictures. Russophiles such as Spiritual Leader Ron Rude have dedicated their lives to fostering New Thought in Russia. South of Russia in Cherkassy, Ukraine, Rev. Barbara Leger opened what she called a "Self Realization Fellowship" although it had little, or nothing to do with Paramahansa Yogananda.
At the dawn of the New Millennium, the spiritual progress promoted by the New Thought movement in the form of Universal Spiritual principles is reflected throughout the world by progressive policies initially rooted in conservative goals of reigning in and controlling the empowerment of regular folks around the globe. The unintended consequence that people began to have hope and see that life could be better led to philosophical and spiritual awakening. People across the political spectrum embrace New Thought as the paradigm for spiritual progress. The truth that together, through cooperation and cocreaton, we can make a better world beginning with personal change, followed by shared effort is now a universal axiom. Ever transforming perspectives of people's experiences are resulting in positive progress throughout the world as new breakthroughs in both form and thought continue making existing models obsolete.
21st Century New Thought leaders pose new questions for the world today.
Today, New Thought is embraced by millions of people around the globe across all parts of the political spectrum. History reflects human nature which desires the safety of similarity while longing for the positive change which is deemed progress. New Thought millennials are posing important questions for the world today:
- ~Is it possible to be truly spiritual without compassion?
- ~Can prosperity be maintained without empowering all children with proper nutrition and access to medicine, good education and economic opportunity?
- ~Can peace be attained and continued without the Human Rights articulated within the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948?
- ~Is it possible to be spiritual without being responsible for oneself and accountable to others?
- ~If all major important changes such as civil rights came through mass movement using the tools of civil disobediance, is it possible to move forward into an era of peace and prosperity through passivity?
- ~should prayer be accompanied by action in order to produce positive change?
In Arena Magazine, a magazine Thomas Troward subscribed to in the 19th Century, we find articles which deal with nature versus nurture, the latest scientific breakthroughs, philosophical insights and social issues such as the dangers of for profit prisons. Some of the very issues facing societies today were being discussed in issues of this magazine over 100 years ago with remarkable clarity and insight. For instance, for-profit prisons lead to a "prison industrial" approach in which private prison corporations maintain stable incomes for their shareholders through the retension of existing inmates and increase profits by expanding penal populations. Thus recidivism increases profits. This presents a conundrum for those politicians who promote privatization as the solution to all society's problems. In the case of private prisons: Is an increase in profit (which U.S. courts have ruled is an essential quality of corporations) good for the general populace?
Spiritual Beings having a human experience.
Today some promote strange concepts that appear to contravene the principles espoused by the founding fathers of the United States. The odd belief that what is good for the corporate profits is good for society is repeatedly contradicted by the facts. During the early years of the New Millennium, an American politicans said "corporations are people my friend," referring to an odd ruling by the America's highest court. One of the best examples of the dangers of thoughtless privatization of things of essential services is illustrated by rise of the private prison "industry" The result of this novel form of entrepeneurship is the largest prison population in the world both by numbers and percentages. It is sad but true that a significant number of those incarcerated are young African American males. It is remarkable that these issues were handled in Arena Magazine over 100 years ago.
As spiritual beings having a human experience, can we deny our responsibility to take action against injustice we are confronted with?
There are those within the New Thought movement who would like to constrain seekers from these truths. Some of them have pointed out that Ernest Holmes did not participate in the Civil Rights movement. This is not something to be bragged about. It is equally important to note the experiences of Johnnie Coleman at Unity village. Today, more than at any point in history we are confronted with maniacs seeking to use religion as a vehicle for abusing the youth of the world. These extremists distort the message of one of the Abrahamic religions while exploiting the facts of growing corruption within "corporate cultures" and the frustration of the aspiratons of our youth as vehicles for converting them to the maniacs creed.
As the promoters of higher wisdom, we must proffer more than a flavorless cream cheese and tofu style spiritual path. We must promote the Truth. The Truth is not a vacant vehicle standing for nothing but the ego. We must move past the bankrupt beliefs of the purveyors of false prosperity who would have us passively accept problems like peurile children waiting for Santa Claus and move to the new paradigm which supports positive change so that our children not only have hope but have the tools for fulfillling the promise of peace and prosperity for all people.
True prosperity is the same today as it was during the nascent years of New Thought in the 19th Century. True prosperity is manifested through the provision of goods and services that people need. Real and lasting prosperity is recognized as "a rising tide that lifts all boats." This idea was first articulated by 19th Century New Thought Leaders. Recent discoveries in the field of economics by Thomas Picketty have clearly demonstrated that poverty and oppression will persist unless societies have ongoing regulation of economic markets coupled with continuous creation of educational opportunities. Picketty was able to arrive at these conclusions only because humanity finally has the tools in the form of computer power to aggregate and parse the economic data reaching back to the 1600's. Naturally such scientifically proven economic insights do not sit well with people on the extreme right or left who prefer hegemony of power and privilege.
Getting good New Thought training and Spiritual Education
Also keep in mind that there is a phenomena in New Thought called the "spiritual shopping cart." This is characterized by those folks who want to make sure that they get as many "credentials" as possible. This phenomena goes all the way back to the 19th Century and most likely has to do with low self-esteem. Be very careful about spending money on New Thought education. Be aware and be conscious. This essentially means to "Look before you leap." Go to www.DivinitySchool.net before investing a penny. Most of the institutes listed offer quite good training, and if the money you are spending is disposable income, then no problem.
Some people wonder why these institutions do not guarantee employment? The answer should be clear. Institutions offering degrees in "consciousness" and "mind training" can't promise jobs because they don't have that many communities following their teachings. Thus wisdom dictates that one should not have an expectation of employment solely due to being institutionalized at one of these organizations. But keep in mind, if you are smart and capable, then whatever training or education you obtain can support your path to success. This has more to do with YOU than it has to do with anything else.
Some very loving and well intentioned souls have spent their inheritance or life savings to acquire New Thought credentials expecting to automatically be ordained and given a pulpit. Imagine their surprise when they were told that despite having fulfilled all the qualifications, they would not be ordained. This is not uncommon. Ordination within some of these organizations is not guaranteed because it is predicated in part upon internal politics. If certain people n that organization don't like you, they will block your ordination. These are churches and religious organizations so you there is no recourse for such behavior. After all the Constitution says: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;" Thus the courts are not going to back you up. On the other hand, the Supreme Court might be happy to take up a petition to determine whether religions which do not promote the general welfare of their congregants are valid.
In short, don't be surprised if while touting your Masters Degree in Consciousness to a potential employer, he or she has a hard time hiding a smile.
This is not to say that New Thought Schools don't offer some good education, but they can't guarantee job placement. If you are going to become a New Thought Minister of any of today's New Thought denominations, you should be prepared to start your own ministry with the understanding that you may not be getting much support from your "parent" organization. Thus if you have 15,000 dollars or more to spend, consider going to a recognized State University and getting a degree there. Also keep in mind that today, more and more folks are opting to go to "coding school" to learn how to do web programming because such jobs are in abundance and if you are a good coder, you can finance your own New Thought Center.
What about providing services exclusively to New Thought Communities?
One enterprising couple in the Northwest United States decided they would begin teaching New Thought Communities how to grow. They soon discovered that although they could get some traction within the communities that were members of their own New Thought "transdenomination," they could not make much headway beyond that. Needless to say, they soon began marketing their system outside of New Thought to fundamentalist organizations. They now make a living flogging their system to anyone who will listen. What does this tell us about marketing services exclusively to New Thought communities?
When we did the State of New Thought survey in 2015, we discovered that while New Thought Library patronage is growing enormously, 17 to 21 percent of the New Thought Communities in the United States closed their doors since the last survey in 2011.
Now keep in mind, the volunteers supporting this library are all New Thought adherents. We are sharing these observations in order to support clarity and prompt change toward growth and stronger communities.
If you genuinely feel called to become a New Thought Minister, then by all means get an education in New Thought. Begin by carefully thinking things through before spending your savings or inheritance on being institutionalized.
Some of the most successful New Thought ministers today were never institutionalized at a "transdenominational" New Thought organization.
Perhaps the best example is Carlton Pearson !
Other great examples of wonderful New Thought ministers never institutionalized at an expensive "transdenominational" school are Rev. George Harris and Rev. Donna Williams. George got his training at University of Metaphysics. He is now the spiritual leader of a very healthy and thriving Fellowship in northern New Mexico. Rev. Donna Williams started a New Thought Circle in Gahanna Ohio, which has grown into a strong New Thought community of over 50 members. Rev. Donna, like Rev. Carlton Pearson was initially trained in a conventional Christian denomination. Donna is a "life long learner" who never ceases expanding her understanding of life, science and the metaphysics of New Thought. Rev. Williams recently published her first book through the www.DivineJournal.com writing program titled: Ageless Wisdom. It is a great book, buy it at Amazon!
In other words, despite all the glitz and glitter, these institutions cannot guarantee the gold. And as previously articulated, many of them do not guarantee that your attendance will actually lead to ordination! There are countless souls out there who went through their programs, then were deemed "not good enough." So before you start shelling out your inheritance, go to www.DivinitySchool.net then follow that up with loads of research.
One of these schools used to have a good reputation, but then in haste to pander to members of the various "transdenominations" began to sell "doctorates" for a small fee and a short paper. Needless to say, the Angel of this organization is now the brunt of jokes throughout the metaphysical community. His dream was to establish a strong school in this discipline, now he appears to be headed for oblivion. Many of his strongest supporters have become erstwhile supporters.
In short, don't be duped. There was an old New Thought Divinity School in Colorado which once had a great reputation, then it was taken over by a couple of old academics. One of them, upon reading an unflattering article about the school, was possessed by a great fear that the school was simply a "degree mill." This prompted a great deal of changes with the intent of making the institute competitive with the local university. Various new "professors" with "doctorates" were employed to beef up the "quality" of the school. Emphasis was placed upon academics and evaluations The school has not recovered and through their work has lost its appeal which was formerly international. Perhaps the moral of that story is that fear is not a good motivation, or perhaps it is that if you are running a religious institute then it is best to not try to compete with local universities. Although Divinity Schools and Religious Institutes should have academic standards, one should not confuse them them with regular universities. One cannot deny that Oxford University and University of Heidelberg were once Divinity Schools. Likewise Naropa Institute is a respected university which has Buddhist roots. Oral Roberts University is also an example of a religious institution which has attained accreditation. Thus there are many examples of institutions which have transformed themselves from simply being Divinity Schools into accredited universities. It just doesn't seem that is the case for any particular New Thought Institute at this time, although one of them is accredited by a distance learning organization.
Begin your New Thought education by reading the books in this library.
Then if you want to earn credentials, start with your local university. Once you have earned regular academic credentials, then search for a New Thought organization that has a clear message and understandable beliefs. One of the best litmus tests to determine whether or not to get an education in a particular discipline, especially a spiritual path is to ask for an explanation of what the leaders believe. If their leaders can't explain what they believe simply and understandably, then even after you have taken their classes, you probably won't be able to either.
Keep in mind that it is one thing to be able to pick up a book by Deepak Chopra and teach a New Thought class using it as a guide. It is quite another to write a text book which provides a solid foundation of New Thought principles in any of the paths within the New Thought movement.
Go through this library. it is free. We will keep adding more books as we have the funds to do so. Also, go to FindACenter.com and NewThoughtCommunity.net
Sponsor any New Thought Community which has the "Charity" designation to the left of the listing pertaining to that community.
Communities with the "charity" designation have often been in charity since the advent of the New Millennium. This means they need help. Don't sit on the sidelines while they suffer.
Change the Charity designation to Prosperity and this will add contact info to that listing. This can help them to grow stronger and more capable.
If we are to help people find New Thought Communities, we must first help those communities to demonstrate they are capable of teaching healing and prosperity. We want New Thought Communities to be the heralds of Universal Prosperity and not to be simply tossed in with the ministries lampooned by John Oliver. We must strive to demonstrate that we are not promoting a bogus "Prosperity Gospel" but rather that we are teaching a liberating teaching that affirms science, truth and universal prosperity.
If New Thought Spiritual leaders live the New Thought principle that "Prosperity begins with giving," can this be fulfilled through solely giving to their "transdenomination?"
In the 1920's "The Reverend Charles Steizle, a shrewd observer of religious conditions, spoke bluntly in an article in the World's Work: the church, he said, was declining largely because 'those who are identified with it do not actually believe in it.'"
Thus if anyone is to wonder "Why aren't there more folks at New Thought Communities?" The answer is clear. While New Thought is the most potent and powerful belief system in the world, some leaders do not truly believe in what they teach. But you can be a positive influence and supportive soul who insures that New Thought spiritual leaders are demonstrating prosperity, simply go to www.FindACenter.com and adopt a listing to support that center.
This is not a pricey proposition. Sponsorship begins at 1$ per day. Moving your favorite New Thought Center into Prosperity Status adds contact info to the street address.
Every center with a "charity" designation needs your support.
The FindACenter Universal New Thought directory system has been in existence in one form or another since the 1990's.
We understand that some folks use New Thought Library and other Spiritual resources yet never contribute because they don't have the means. These free online New Thought Archives exist to support everyone. Your generous contributions help keep the library free from animated ads.
New Thought Communities in Charity status often don't have the financial security to sponsor the listings which pertain to their centers. Be loving, be kind, be the solution to your New Thought communities prosperity challenges.
These New Thought resources have been in existence so long, that they are thoroughly indexed by Google, Bing and other search engines. It would be quite strange to think that any minister under the age of 40 would be unaware of its existence.
Be charitable and caring, although the internet reaches millions, some folks over 40 have not learned how to use the web effectively.
If you go to FindACenter.com and find that your New Thought center has a charity designation, be the change you want to see in the world by being the sponsor for your community. Some New Thought Communities have been in charity status from the beginning of the New Millennium!
There are many wonderful New Thought Spiritual Leaders. Some are just old or ignorant.
Some New Thought "transdenominations" do not support New Thought Leadership or their members to be aware of New Thought resources outside of their respective organizations.
Even some popular New Thought writers that have centers, have been subsisting on charity since the dawn of the New Millennium !
Want to know the truth? Go to FindACenter.com
If the listing pertaining to a community is a Charity listing, is this because they are ignorant? Is this because of a lack of faith in their own teachings?
One New Thought Minister said: "How can I support a directory that lists my competitors on the same page as my own community?"
We find it strange that a New Thought Spiritual Leader would feel that colleagues are competitors.
What do you think? Are all the New Thought Communities in your area in competition? Is it time to have shared gatherings, such as picnics and potlucks which include all your local New Thought communities?
Sponsorship of a listing in the FindACenter.com directory system, also supports the listing in
the www.InterfaithWedding.info directory
Sponsorship of a listing in the FindACenter.com directory system includes the
listing ensuring that people looking for Spiritual Treatment can easily contact your Spiritual Leadership for support.
Ancient Wisdom teaches that we should water the fields in which we grow our crops. It is common sense.
Support the resources which get new people to your favorite New Thought Community.
If your New Thought leaders were born prior to 1990, simply sponsor them yourself.
Some people actually navigate the internet through Google. Be kind. They are simply a different generation. Be loving and helpful. They have a great deal of wisdom to offer.
With a little kindness and encouragement elders can learn to use Skype and PayPal, but the best support you can give them is to simply be the solution.
Go to FindACenter.com and adopt a listing pertaining to a New Thought Spiritual Center today!
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We believe strongly that archives of physical texts must be created in several geographically distinct areas with special regard to climate control in order to insure their long term survival in the event of climactic, geographic, social or political upheaval. Recent events in the U.S. demonstrate increasing social tension and a rising possibility of political crisis. Without a living wage, regular Americans are not able to maintain a standard of living. As Barbara Ehrenreich's research for her book Nickel and Dimed clearly demonstrates, an increasing number of Americans live in "pods" in order to make ends meet. Many U.S. elites seem to have lost any sense of noblesse oblige. Police are being increasingly armed with military weaponry and this has led to a rising tide of violence against regular citizens, in particular citizens of African American heritage. Law Enforcement violence against citizens has been most notable in its targeting of African American men across the nation, yet police have not withheld violence from whites, as can be verified by incidents in Albuquerque and other cities throughout the United States. Sadly, those tasked with enforcement of the law appear to enjoy immunity from the very laws they are supposed to enforce.
The keeping of statistics on killings of citizens by the police and police brutality have been largely avoided, yet with increasing "internet literacy" among those born after 1990, the information gap is closing.
Since 1982, there is an increasing economic chasm between the wealthy ownership class and regular working men and women. The ability for average Americans to get an education has been greatly limited with the rise in tuition costs to absurd levels even at Land Grant Universities established by the Morrill Act of 1862. "A land grant university is a people’s university. While early universities were developed in Medieval Europe to educate a courtly society in the arts, land grant universities were created in 19th century America to help a populist society build and feed a new nation. To do this, Americans needed a liberal and practical education for everyone, not just the wealthy or the socially elite. 'The fundamental idea was to offer an opportunity in every State for a liberal and larger education to larger numbers, not merely to those destined to sedentary professions, but to those much needing higher instruction for the world’s business, for the industrial pursuits and professions of life.'"
--James R. Fischer, PhD
Do not be surprised if you occasionally encounter New Thought leaders who are opposed to positive social progress. It is rare to encounter New Thought ministers who oppose positive change but they do exist. They are living in a bubble and if you question their reality do not be surprised if they get angry and lash out. It is rare, but New Thought is a universal religion and thus has the same amount of diversity that we encounter in other religions.
All of these factors support the argument that the most dramatic political crises and consequent breakdowns come when least expected, but in hindsight where one could have seen the signs on the side of the road leading to the crisis. Today, people are increasingly aware that many leaders are looking for, or creating crisis in order to exploit problems for personal gain. There are some people who go so far as to say that major catastrophes such as 911 were not prevented so that extreme right wing leaders could impose restrictions on burgeoning freedoms. Although some adherents to the Mental Science school of New Thought are strong proponents of this point of view, we cannot endorse such views. Conspiracy theories are generally counterproductive to the transformation of consciousness.
Everyone with a modicum of good sense understands that such beliefs are not conducive to compassionate awareness. While it is odd that the third tower fell without being hit by an airplane, there are many rational reasons for its structural failure. The most important thing today is to think clearly. You can train you mind, but you cannot train your heart. THINK before you act and ask leaders to think to. It may be challenging at times because so often it seems leaders are not listening, nor thinking. But your input can help them to make better decisions rooted in compassionate wisdom teachings.
Let us hope that the Repucrats (Republicans and Democrats) awaken to higher values and meet the deeper needs of average Jane and average Joe. This is important in every part of the world because it is hard to fight extremeism when even in the wealthiest of countries such as the United States there are such extreme differences in society with some folks having 5 or more homes and paying token taxes while others can barely afford a tiny one room dwelling.
One can observe a steady balkanization in the United States which has led to a bickering abandonment of what is good for the children. Some people appear to begrudge their neighbor's good preferring lower wages for others rather than fighting for higher wages for all. There seems to be a loss of perspective and a perspective of loss that is replacing the higher vision of a nation with opportunity for all. Instead of solving problems with solutions that are technologically available, there is a tendency to look for a scapegoat. The desire to stop "Waste, Fraud and Abuse" has been replaced with a desire to cover up the truth and prosecute those who report the problems. Any informed citizen can see a rising tide of prosecution of whistle-blowers. Thus citizens witnessing corruption are discouraged to report it, which means problems within the government and society are less likely to be examined and healed.
These are symptoms of a deep wound that is festering. A country cannot grow wealthy by failing to continue the upgrade of infrastructure and development of new resources. The most important resource is the populace. Thomas Picketty has developed new insights that cannot be denied. They reinforce ancient wisdom much discussed by the founding fathers of the United States.
- "I feel... an ardent desire to see knowledge so disseminated through the mass of mankind that it may, at length, reach even the extremes of society: beggars and kings." --Thomas Jefferson: Reply to American Philosophical Society, 1808.
- "The cornerstone of democracy rests on the foundation of an educated electorate." - Thomas Jefferson
- "I know no safe depositary of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power." --Thomas Jefferson to W. Jarvis, 1820.
- "The information of the people at large can alone make them the safe as they are the sole depositary of our political and religious freedom." --Thomas Jefferson to William Duane, 1810.
These reasons stated by Thomas Jefferson are the very reasons why the extremist group "Boko Haram" has the name it does which basically means "Knowledge is forbidden".
Jefferson understood that information is not wisdom. Wisdom comes from the ability to use information to discern compassionate solutions. Rote memorization of texts, including New Thought texts does not generate wisdom. The difference between training to accomplish a specific task and education is that a proper education enables a person to come up with solutions to enable the accomplishment of many tasks.
Jefferson owned a Koran and read extensively in all subjects, including ALL religions he could research. Those people of Great Soul (Mahasattvas) do not limit themselves. They are not content to be ignorant. Those of great wisdom are life long learners. They are not content to dwell within constraints of any kind with regard to the acquisition of wisdom. Ghandi was called a Mahasattva, so was Martin Luther King. Great Spiritual Leadership is demonstrated through action. Those who sit on the sidelines of history may add a footnote, but are not within the text itself. Jefferson did not view any religion as better than any other. He held a strict view of how the freedom of humanity is a fragile thing that necessitates a solid and impermeable separation of church and state.
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