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Ernest Holmes

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Ernest Shurtleff Holmes (1887–1960)
was an American writer and spiritual teacher. He was the founder of a Spiritual movement known as Religious Science, a part of the greater New Thought movement, whose spiritual philosophy is known as "The Science of Mind." He was the author of The Science of Mind and numerous other metaphysical books, and the founder of Science of Mind magazine, in continuous publication since 1927. His books remain in print, and the principles he taught as "Science of Mind" have inspired and influenced many generations of metaphysical students and teachers. Holmes had previously studied another New Thought teaching, Divine Science, and was an ordained Divine Science Minister.[1] His influence beyond New Thought can be seen in the self-help movement.
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Holmes was born January 21, 1887, in Lincoln, Maine to a poor family. He left school and his family in Maine for Boston, Massachusetts at age 15. From 1908 to 1910 he worked in a store to pay his for tuition at the Leland Powers School of Expression in Boston. There he was introduced to Mary Baker Eddy's Science and Health, as well as Christian Science.[2]
In 1912 Holmes joined his brother
Fenwicke in Venice, California. In addition to taking up a job with the city government, Holmes and his brother, a Congregationalist minister, studied the writings of Thomas Troward, Ralph Waldo Emerson, William Walker Atkinson, and Christian D. Larson.[3]
In 1927 he married Hazel Durkee Foster. She died in 1957. Holmes died on April 7, 1960
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The Religious Science Movement - established in 1927, quickly became one of the larger denominations in New Thought. Split in 1956 into United Church of Religious Science and Religious Science International. THe movement began re-integration in 2007 and became Centers for Spiritual Living in 2011.
Holmes' influence reached far and wide through stars in Hollywood and other well known public figures. Norman Vincent Peale credits Holmes for making him a positive thinker.
Originally published in 1926 and edited in 1938 The Science of Mind has become the primary teaching text for Religious Science and a New Thought Classic.
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After leading small private meetings throughout the city, in 1916 Ernest Holmes was invited to speak at the Metaphysical Library in Los Angeles. This led him to repeat engagements, and on a nationwide tour. In 1919 he published his first book, The Creative Mind, and after almost a decade of touring Holmes committed to remaining in the L.A. area to complete his major work, The Science of Mind. It was published in 1926.[5]
That year Holmes started speaking each Sunday morning in a theatre in the
Ambassador Hotel that seated 625. In November 1927, they moved to the 1,295-seat Ebell Theatre. Subsequently, Holmes lectures continued moving to ever-larger spaces, including Biltmore Hotel, and the Wiltern Theatre. which seats more than 2800. In February, 1927, Holmes incorporated the Institute of Religious Science and School of Philosophy, Inc., and later that year he began publishing Science of Mind magazine.[6] In 1935 he reincorporated his organization as the Institute of Religious Science and Philosophy, and in 1954 it was reestablished again as a religious organization called the Church of Religious Science.[7][8]
Today his Science of Mind/Religious Science teachings are continued by the
Centers for Spiritual Living, the Affiliated New Thought Network, Independent Religious Science ministries, the Global Religious Science Ministries, and other organizations.
In the 1920s, Holmes published the following statement of beliefs:[9]
  • I believe in God, the Living Spirit Almighty; one, indestructible, absolute and self-existent Cause. This One manifests itself in and through all creation, but is not absorbed by its creation. The manifest universe is the body of God; it is the logical and necessary outcome of the infinite self-knowingness of God.
  • I believe in the incarnation of the Spirit in all, and that we are all incarnations of the One Spirit.
  • I believe in the eternality, the immortality, and the continuity of the individual soul, forever and ever expanding.
  • I believe that the Kingdom of Heaven is within me and that I experience this Kingdom to the degree that I become conscious of it.
  • I believe the ultimate goal of life to be a complete emancipation from all discord of every nature, and that this goal is sure to be attained by all.
  • I believe in the unity of all life, and that the highest God and the innermost God is one God.
  • I believe that God is personal to all who feel this indwelling Presence.
  • I believe in the direct revelation of Truth through my intuitive and spiritual nature, and that anyone may become a revealer of Truth who lives in close contact with the Indwelling God.
  • I believe that the Universal Spirit which is God, operates through a Universal Mind, which is the Law of God; and that I am surrounded by this Creative Mind which receives the direct impress of my thought and acts upon it.
  • I believe in the healing of the sick through the power of the Mind.
  • I believe in the control of conditions through the power of the Mind.
  • I believe in the eternal Goodness, the eternal Loving-kindness and the eternal Givingness of Life to all.
  • I believe in my own soul, my own spirit, and my own destiny; for I understand that the life I live is God.

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