New Thought is a mind-healing movement that originated in the 19th-century United States. It has no one creed, but its fundamental teaching is that spirit is more real and more powerful than matter and that the mind has the power to heal the body.
Major groups within the New Thought movement include the Unity Church, Church of Religious Science, and Universal Foundation for Better Living
Many, but not all, New Thought groups are based in Christianity. New Thought is related to Christian Science both historically and philosophically, but Christian Science is more organized and doctrinal than the New Thought movement. In addition, New Thought does not reject modern medicine.
The three major religious denominations within the New Thought movement are Religious Science, Unity Church and the Universal Foundation for Better Living. There are many other smaller churches within the New Thought movement, as well as schools and umbrella organizations. Check out the charts on the reference page for more info.
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began the study of animal magnetism and the power of the sub-conscious mind. This work became known as hypnotism and eventually caught the attention of P.P. Quimby.
Swedish Scientist, Philosopher, Mystic
At age 65 begins spiritual quest to reveal the true nature of Christianity. He believed that Jesus freed himself from material boundaries and the bible is a map for everyman's freedom.
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In the early 1900's New Thought had officially become a fast growing movement. With Emma Curtis Hopkins in Chicago and Mary Baker Eddy in Boston, the movement spread like wild fire with Hopkins' seminary students fanning out across the country starting new works, independent ministries to whole denominations….
Myrtle did get better. Charles was impressed by her recovery and began to study world religions, philosophy and the links between religion and science, and they both began to write about their beliefs and discoveries and hold meetings after church on Sundays. They published a magazine in 1889 and named the movement "Unity" in 1891. The Unity Church is the largest New Thought movement today, with about 600 Churches worldwide
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Holmes moved to Los Angeles where his brother had been living, and continued his reading and study. Like-minded friends began asking him to give talks, and he soon became a popular lecturer. The crowds grew, and the United Church of Religious Science was founded as a non-profit religious organization in 1927. Holmes had written Science of Mind, which remains the fundamental text of Religious Science, in 1926. In 1958, Holmes declared, "We have launched a Movement which, in the next 100 years, will be the great new religious impulsion of modern times."
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