What is Science of Mind/Religious Science

The Science of Mind is the study of Life and the nature of the laws of thought; the conception that we live in a spiritual Universe; and an understanding and belief that God is in, through, around and for us. --Ernest Holmes (founder of Science of Mind, 1927)

Science of Mind was established in 1927 by Ernest Holmes (1887–1960) and is a spiritual, philosophical and metaphysical religious movement within the larger New Thought movement.

In general, the term "Science of Mind" applies to the teachings which are based on ten principles (below), while the term "Religious Science" applies to the organizations which are now called Centers for Spiritual Living. However, adherents often use the terms interchangeably.

In his book, The Science of Mind, Ernest Holmes stated:

"Religious Science combines: 1) laws of science, 2) opinions of philosophy, and 3)revelations of religion applied to human needs and the aspirations of man."

He also stated that Religious Science/Science of Mind (RS/SOM) is not based on any "authority" of established beliefs, but rather on "what it can accomplish" for the people who practice it.

Thus, in Science of Mind "prayer" is practical and affirmative - not supplicative, begging, or asking as in many other religions.

Practical affirmative prayer is intended to bring about changes in conditions by knowing and applying these principles practically and meaningfully.

What we believe

  1. We 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.
  2. We believe in the individualization of the Spirit in Us, and that all people are individualizations of the One Spirit.
  3. We believe in the eternality, the immortality, and the continuity of the individual soul, forever and ever expanding.
  4. We believe that heaven is within us, and that we experience it to the degree that we become conscious of it.
  5. We believe the ultimate goal of life to be a complete freedom from all discord of every nature, and that this goal is sure to be attained by all.
  6. We believe in the unity of all life, and that the highest God and the innermost God is one God. We believe that God is personal to all who feel this indwelling presence.
  7. We believe in the direct revelation of truth through our intuitive and spiritual nature, and that anyone may become a revealer of truth who lives in close contact with the indwelling God.
  8. We believe that the Universal Spirit, which is God, operates through a Universal Mind, which is the Law of God; and that we are surrounded by this Creative Mind which receives the direct impress of our thought and acts upon it.
  9. We believe in the healing of the sick through the power of this Mind.
  10. We believe in the control of conditions through the power of this Mind.
  11. We believe in the eternal Goodness, the eternal Loving-kindness, and the eternal Givingness of Life to all.
  12. We believe in our own soul, our own spirit, and our own destiny; for we understand that the life of all is God.

10 Core Principles

The following 10 Core Principles are the foundation upon which we strive to live our lives.  A detailed explanation of each can be found in an easy to understand article from the Science of Mind Magazine.

1. Oneness

2. Triune Nature

3. Creative Nature

4. Prayer

5. Wholeness

6. Abundance

7. The Reciprocal Universe

8. Forgiveness

9. Immortality

10. The Christ (as a Principle)


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