Today is New Thought Day. It is the very first of what is to be an annual celebration of the worldwide New Thought movement on the first Sunday of March. Over 1000 New Thought centers and ministries around the world are holding services, prayer gatherings, potlucks, and celebrations of all kinds to honor the legacy of New Thought.
Some of you may be asking, “What is New Thought?” New Thought is a positive spiritual path that involves affirmative thinking, meditation, and other ways of connecting with the Divine Presence within to co-create with that Presence a Life of Love, Joy, Peace, and Abundance. We often say in our communities that we don’t tell you ‘what’ to think, but rather we give you tools and teach you ‘how’ to think rightly. It is through our thoughts and our emotions surrounding those thoughts that our experience of life is shaped and by consciously engaging and giving direction to those thoughts and emotions, we can change the course of our lives to one that has greater meaning and purpose. New Thought is about our personal transformation by awakening to our own divinity; it’s about the recognition of our interconnection and interdependence in Oneness and by our awakening and through that recognition we work together to build a world where all exists in harmony.
New Thought is hardly new; its practices are as ancient as humankind itself. It takes its teachings from every major world religion, from philosophy, and from the sciences. The modern New Thought movement, however, arose during the time of transcendentalism and was influenced by writers like Emerson, Thoreau, and Whitman. It began to take form through the experiments and writings of Phineas Parkhurst Quimby, who found that one could positively affect one’s physical health through affirmative thinking. Others arose in time – Thomas Troward, Emma Curtis Hopkins, Charles & Myrtle Fillmore, Ernest Holmes, Joel Goldsmith, and many more. New Thought gave birth to the modern self-help movement. Indeed, if you’ve followed people like Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson, Louise Hay, Eckhart Tolle or others similar to them, then you have been exposed to New Thought principles.
The people who seem to be finding their way to New Thought are those who identify as ‘spiritual, but not religious’ – the seekers who are not into theology and doctrine but recognize that they are part of something greater and desire to find connection to It; those who have become dissatisfied with traditional religion that focuses on one’s sinfulness and guilt and who is or isn’t ‘worthy enough’ to come to the table; women who are attracted to the idea that we are all connected and that all of life is woven together in a beautiful tapestry; and the cultural creatives – those who are into authenticity and the practical ways that we can work together to create a better world for all.
There are many branches of New Thought. The most well-known are Unity Worldwide Ministries, United Centers for Spiritual Living, Agape International, Divine Science, Center of Truth, the Association for Global New Thought, and the Affiliated New Thought Network.
The All Faith Center offered this presentation of New Thought that was approved by all the participating ministries.
The following is an excerpt from a new movie that just came out called “New Thought – the Movie.”
I invite you into the process of awakening, transformation, and conscious co-creation by checking out a New Thought center near you. If you have questions, visit my contact page at http://www.revrebecca.com/contact_me.
breathe Peace ~