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Ernest Holmes (1887-1960) founded Religous Science, part of the New Thought movement. Schooled in Christian Science, he moved to Los Angeles in 1912. Holmes published his first book, Creative Mind in 1919, and followed it up with The Science of Mind in 1926. Holmes had an immense influence on New Age beliefs, particularly his core philosophy that we create our own reality.Ernest Holmes (1887-1960) founded Religous Science, part of the New Thought movement. Schooled in Christian Science, he moved to Los Angeles in 1912. Holmes published his first book, Creative Mind in 1919, and followed it up with The Science of Mind in 1926. Holmes had an immense influence on New Age beliefs, particularly his core philosophy that we create our own reality. This is the text of the first edition of The Science of Mind. A revised edition of this book was published in 1938....

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  • Lucya
    2019-03-06 10:16

    This book is great! I could end my review here. This knowledge is power!Such well worth the time to read this. On our journey here, we all want to better ourselves, whether we admit it or not You do not have to be poor, or miserable, or lonely. Choose what you want. Sit and wait. Know that it is coming. Live expecting good to come. It will. Stop! Do not doubt. Train yourself to think the right way. If you are living a life that is sad and just getting bye, you must stop here and now and begin to think of only what you desire. It's working for me. At mid 50's, I now own my own home with 5 bedrooms in a beautiful part of my state. I do not work outside my home. My family is together. I am happy.

  • Angelica Taggart
    2019-02-22 10:08

    I've read this book every year since 1981 ... everytime I find something new!Powerful Stuff!

  • Daniel Barenboim
    2019-03-08 13:28

    The book started off well enough, taking me on a journey through Christian beliefs in the spirit, soul, and body as they are related to the Holy Trinity (Father, Holy spirit, Son). Then it made some great assertions that we choose our outlook on life and that we are in total control of any outcome that may befall us. For these great concepts, I'd give the book 5 stars. The reason it earns two stars is because of the constant repetition of the same thing and the pointless religious babble. Babble might be a harsh word but it does it justice when the other repeatedly says things like "God is all and all is God". These type of sayings could have filled up 25 pages of this book. The real issue started when he began delving into levitation, psychics, fortune tellers, apparitions, etc.. At that point this book turned into an Encyclopedia of Witchcraft. Author claims he has personal had conversations with mysterious voices that "did not know where they came from" and that he has personally seen a pencil writing while floating in midair "with no one holding it". Then with his other mystical claims, he admits that there is no research on it but he assumes that one day we will find proof for how these things happen. There is no science in this book whatsoever. Science includes experiments, trials, data, anything! The whole book is conceived of his own personal beliefs and him validating that it is "Fact".

  • Gary
    2019-03-09 11:28

    There is a well thought out philosophical foundation that the author lays out in this book. The author is going to argue for "The One" of Parmenides (I don't think he cites Parmenides by name but speaks in his terms). Most modern Christian thought puts God outside of the universe (an atemporal, transcendental being of some kind), and makes Man (all people, but I'll use "Man" because that's the way they talked in 1926) completely separate from his creator.The One is infinite and everything that exists is made of this mind substance and is just a rearrangement of this substance according to Holmes. The Rev. George Berkeley developed a coherent (and probably never properly refuted belief system) that everything that exist is in the mind of God. (If a tree fell in the forest and no one was there to hear it would it make a sound. Yes, of course, it would according to Berkeley, God would hear it). Holmes is taking Berkeley but putting a reverse twist on it, we are the mind of God and God is our mind. He'd would probably agree with the statement that "the Man who thinks is God". That's sort of an Aristotelian sentiment too. Because, in the Aristotelian worldview there is no creation ex nihilo, there is only creation from something, an arrangement of stuff. Since Holmes is starting with the infinite substance being from God he reaches a similar conclusion to the Pagan thought of Aristotle.Holmes very subtlety reworks Christianity with some of the old Pagan beliefs put back in. Holmes, no longer makes Man an infinite distance from God and our Gratitude can be actualized (under traditional Christianity we can never pay God back fully for the Cross and can only try to be perfect in this life time, but Holmes allows us to be perfect). For Holmes, God is approachable, and might be outside of time, but still part of our universe. Karl Popper realized that Parmenides agrees with Einstein's "block universe" from Einstein's General Theory of Relativity. Time is taken out of the universe when it is looked at from the whole cosmos. Holmes is no dummy. He knows what he his doing and how he connects man to God through the medium of the ether (or in today's terminology I would say the "Higgs Field", which permeates the whole universe and gives all particles which have mass their mass).Holmes does give a very non-standard interpretation on Christianity. Not that there is anything wrong with that (who wants to study the same old boring stuff?). His thinking does seem to overlap a lot with Quaker thought (probably by far my most favorite of all religions). He also has a whole lot of Mary Baker Eddy in his system, but with what I would call a 'lite' version. Because, he'll say go ahead and think the illness away but go to a doctor if need be.He thinks there is a medium (an ether) where our thoughts can travel freely about. Our thoughts can effect (and affect) the world. He really likes Jesus, but puts a different spin on Jesus' words than traditional Christianity. Such as when Jesus said "I and the father are one" really means that all of us have the spark of God within us and God has it in us and we are all like the speck in the center of a page completely surrounded by the infinite mind (everything is mind). Duality (mind body dichotomy) leads to errors in thought. The author understands that and discusses some of those problems when he talks about absolutism and relativism. He knows that cause and effect get jumbled together and he replaces that way of thinking with Karma.The author thinks mystics have always been real (great sages of ages past from all cultures who understand the wisdom acquired from the instinctual use of the mind), and the author thinks psychics of all kinds are real and can tap into the subjective consciousness, the part of the mind that contains the soul and contains our memories and can be accessed by using deduction, the necessary Laws that flow from the universe's (God's) existence. Spirit is that which becomes self aware and is not soul, the soil that allows the Spirit to be actualized.There's definitely a large self-help component to this book. People who have been through bad experiences and need a helping hand will definitely be able to embrace this book with its positive mental attitude approach (but they first would have to wade through some of the compact language and pseudoscience contained in the book). I suspect that's why people give this book such high ratings. I liked his attitude on good habits and why they matter so keenly in making us who we become, "first the man takes a drink, then the drink takes the drink, and then the drink takes the man". The prayers (or meditations) in the end of the book probably would work for people who are at their wits end and feel they can't take it anymore. To get to the meat of the book, one does have to wade through a lot of psychobabble ('constipation is about recognizing ones freedom", I would say that it's about fiber, but immediately following that he says something intelligent about people with low self worth and how to realize that it is not real. So one has got to take the good with the bad with this book).This book provides a different spin on Christianity. In my opinion, a more refreshing look, and he is not bad with his philosophy, but there is a lot of babble from the time period he writes which he accepts. I would be fairly certain there are people this book could help, but it is not a science book whatsoever and does have a whole lot of psychobabble with it.

  • Alia
    2019-03-10 08:22

    Bless the heart of this author! This book to me was and still is a guide that is helping me in my life. When I got hold of this book, I was going through a tough time in my life trying to find happiness with myself while at the same time trying to to prove myself to those i loved most. This book taught me how to deal with the most difficult situation with Spiritual help. One cannot read this book if you do not believe in God or are not Spiritual in any kind of way. I consider myself lucky to have a copy of this book. i would recommend to all who find it hard to see their Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Perfection.

  • Claude Vertu
    2019-03-14 12:34

    Inasmuch as many of the the author's examples contradict his own teachings, the book still deserves 5 stars for its general overall excellence. The Science of Mind is a book that anybody who is serious about understanding universal/quantum concepts should absolutely read, and study, time and again, because it talks about the many aspects of science/religion/spirituality which are left out of most books published today, and in recent times, about these concepts. It goes well beyond the ideal of mere wealth attainment, generously spilling over into concepts such as God and divine purpose. If you've been left empty-handed by more recent "Law of Attraction" books, this book will explain why!

  • Sandy
    2019-03-09 10:22

    powerful stuff.... whether you believe in 'god' or not, this stuff is good and it works if you allow yourself to try the principles expounded upon and then just observe what occurs... That is the whole truth of the matter.... no matter what anyone might call it... religion, god, whatever, with a Positive Mental Attitude and Focus we can each change our lives. Period.

  • Vinay K. Venugopal
    2019-03-15 13:19

    Great book.. wisdom of ages.

  • Jim Razinha
    2019-03-20 12:10

    The Science of MindDon't be fooled by the title - I was, but only until the third paragraph. I don't remember how it got on my list, but once started, I felt I had to train wreck through it. I've read a number of real mind science books in the last couple of years and this this is a simply a largely Christian religious text with a few scientific mentions in it. There is a bit of pseudoscience, but Holmes clearly doesn't think so.It's unfair to ding Holmes for a 1920s perspective, and it's unfair to pick on the non-science as this is clearly religious. Any reader without a critical eye can be taken in by the wrong definitions/examples. His examples of something as simple as inductive and deductive reasoning are wrong, but sound convincing. I made a lot of notes, but after a while it became comical, so I decided to give up. Some of the gems is this one:Take electricity as an example; we know that there is such a thing as electricity; we have never seen it, but we know that it exists because we can use it;... That logic evades me - we can make predictions about electricity, and test those predictions...but the simpler answer wasting scientists's time is because "we can use it".It is known that certain people can read our thoughts, even when we are not aware of the fact... Um, wow. The conscious mind controls the subconscious; and in its turn, the subconscious controls the body. No. Really we have found that man is threefold in his nature, so we must also deduce that God is threefold in His Nature... "must"? Dude, there is no "must" in your manufactured very odd world. Non sequitur.Psycho-analysis is a system of analyzing the soul, or the subjective mentality. It is a mental process of diagnosis which seems to be technically perfect when used by those who understand it. Right. Because psycho-analysis is an absolute science. Strange as it may seem, we do not have the same physical bodies that we had a few months ago; they have completely changed; new particles have taken the place of the old; and the only reason why they have taken the same form is, that Instinctive Man has provided the same mold.Huh. No comment necessary. So, I was a bit surprised to learn that the mythical (Biblical?) flood was caused by psychic confusion. Never heard/read that ever. I was also unaware that "very few diseases are inherited". I'll chalk that up to a 1926 understanding of genetics.I think I should qualify this review...I looked up comments on other editions and learned that this may have been an abridged version. I can't imagine plowing through anything longer. This is a tortuous read. Holmes is all over the map here and doubles back on himself throughout. He obviously believed he was coherent. He wasn't. I didn't like this, but not enough to rate it one-star.

  • Nancy
    2019-02-26 11:08

    I subscribe to "Science of Mind" magazine and really like the philosophy of the reilgion founded by Ernest Holmes. However, I could not finish his classic book. His use of Spirit, Soul, Subconscious, Conscious, Mind, etc. only boggled my mind. So, I gave up on reading it. Will have to content myself with articles of his that appear in the magazine and clearer interpretations of others as to his beliefs.

  • David Teachout
    2019-03-01 12:21

    At times sophomoric, at others deeply profound Holmes is here giving the total visionary outline of the religion or spiritual discipline he created. It does not have to be read in order and in fact likely shouldn't, instead perused as a spiritual guide to further understanding the principles of Religious Science. Contemplation is key here as is an appreciation for how standard religious words are used differently. Once clear a whole new world opens up.

  • Linda
    2019-02-26 15:20

    Amazing book!!! I recommend to anyone who is a seeker of the meaning of life. The first lesson is a bit confusing but don't quit!! The further along you get it all starts to come together! Truly a life changing book!

  • Ray Justice
    2019-02-22 14:34

    Just loaded with thoughts and realities for understanding how we function as thinking human beings. I have had a copy of this book for many, many years.

  • Donna
    2019-02-23 15:33

    Life changing

  • John Lusk
    2019-02-22 16:33

    Must read

  • Robin
    2019-03-14 14:27

    I found this to be the most clear and reasoned presentation of the basic New Thought world-view I have yet read. Whether all the cosmology proves to be exactly the way things are constructed it's a good working model for "how things work". The world-view is simple, to the point and not cluttered with lots of extraneous speculation about how many angles are involved with rhythmic movement on small objects (or other complex descriptions of what is difficulty to know from our material perspective). This work is a good "owner's manual" to this "spiritual being having a material experience" world we live in. Highly recommended. There are a few Biblical references, although, as with most New Thought works, they are interpreted metaphorically: as teaching tales someone spiritually wise might tell for what they show about the personal spiritual journey. In this view, the "Christ" is within each of us, and the person the Gospels was written about was just really good at allowing that inner light to express in his life. By this teaching, we can all learn to do what he did--in fact, that is what he wanted us to learn to do (not shame and criticize each other)! New Thought only acknowledges or focuses on the positive: only sees or speaks about goodness (at least that's the goal!). Holms does an excellent job of explaining how that can be accomplished in ones life.

  • Suze
    2019-03-02 14:31

    Ernest Holmes’ “New Thought” metaphysics is a synthesis from many great and varied sources. He was influenced mostly by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Thomas Troward, Phineas Quimby, Mary Baker Eddy and the Bible. The book’s density, as in - a lot packed into every sentence and paragraph, made it slow going for me. But ultimately worthwhile in gaining insight into his thesis of the One Mind of which we are all a part; we are all the stuff of God – Godstuff – making the world with our thoughts - something that quantum physics appears to bear out years after this book was published.

  • Cheryl
    2019-03-03 10:16

    I loved this book. It's easy to read, inspiring, and spiritually confirming. I found an old version at a thrift store at a very lonely time in my life, when I first moved to CA and missed family and friends. Another one of those creative visualization / law of attraction books.

  • Jay
    2019-03-09 16:12

    What can you say about the book that explains... pretty much everything. This is the instruction manual for life.

  • Mari Young
    2019-02-28 14:22

    Best book EVER!!

  • Vanessa
    2019-03-22 08:22

    Excellent to read, as long as you pay attention and don't read it when tired. Unless you can follow a hardcore steady train of thought for long periods of time when sleepy.

  • Aileen
    2019-02-26 13:35

    the bible for anyone wishing to start a cult.

  • Sea
    2019-03-18 10:34


  • Glenn Younger
    2019-03-15 09:30

    I first read this book over 30 years ago. It was heady stuff back then. Interesting to see how thirty years of experience living a spiritually based life takes what was once heady and turn it into simple.I got this book to help a friend who is studying to become a Science of Mind reverend. Because Ernest Holmes was an intellectual, his approach to spirituality is very left brain oriented. My friend is more of an intuitive and that's why she was having such trouble understanding what he was trying to say.Since she'd read my book, "How to Make the Most of Your Earth Experience: 14 Principles of Unconditional Love" (for sending your Inner Critic on permanent vacation) and found it mega-easy to understand, I was able to translate Ernest Holmes' words into ones she could intuit easily.My recommendation? Buy this if you like a super intellectual approach to spirituality. His words will open up your mind to new dimensions of living. If you prefer a more right brained approach, there are better books out there to help you get in touch with your Inner Knowing.

  • Barbara Rose
    2019-03-08 08:26

    I have read so many books, nearly 2,000 that have had a tremendous influence on my life, and still do to this day. It was during the darkest period of my life that I took nearly all of the money I had to my name and bought The Science of Mind.Within 8 weeks of reading (and highlighting) this profound book from cover to cover my entire life did a complete turnaround.What Ernest Holmes drilled into my mind was EXACTLY how the laws of this universe work with respect to manifestation. The universe is completely neutral! Whatever you focus on and believe is exactly what you WILL receive! Remember this! I feel such deep gratitude for Ernest Holmes for writing this book because of the immeasurable difference it has made in my life.

  • Larry Branch
    2019-03-13 09:27

    I am loving the new thought concepts. May take a while to put into practice. I believe this is a good intermediary understanding before the concepts of Non-duality. It has a lot of the traditional concepts of Christianity but any religion can work these concepts. It does exclude from the Christian tradition concepts based in fear and operations of the devil. Main theme is that the process of God is always working for good. The science is about aligning ones mind with this process. This is new thought and not Christian Science.

  • John Kenrick
    2019-03-09 08:10

    Life changingEssential reading to anyone interested in New Thought or Religious Science. Wisdom as potent today as when it was written. Far clearer than the earlier edition, this is the definitive version. Excellent kindle text.

  • Sverre
    2019-03-03 09:13

    == A review of Science of Mind and a critique of New Thought ==This remains the best textbook of “New Thought” metaphysics. Ernest Holmes (1887-1960) was no doubt the most analytical, comprehensive and scientific (also pseudo-scientific) of metaphysical thinkers and writers in his lifetime. I have admired much of the contents of this book since buying it in the 60s. But reading it, I still find it difficult to mentally stay on course with his terminology from one page to the next. That may partly be my own fault since I have studied a great number of metaphysical and theological authors in my lifetime and the same words often mean different things. Take diverse concepts such as consciousness, spirit, mind, soul, individuality, personality, salvation, grace, sin, evil, law, realization, affirmation, denial, reality, truth and reason. Using the same words authors like Holmes choose to define these terms to fit whatever school of thought they represent (or invent). Only once readers/students manage to discern each author’s perspective can his/her worldview and mindset be grasped. Then the next challenge becomes to understand how each concept relates to other concepts to weave a consistent and sensible metaphysical tapestry.Holmes uses a terminology that sounds and looks accessible to new students but, digging a little deeper, it differs substantially from the established Biblical theology that surrounds us. Many will welcome the spiritual and religious liberation which can be found in such teachings as Science of Mind but others will be confused and disillusioned. It is recommended that all new readers of this book first go to the Glossary at the back to get an overview of Holmes’ theology. Then as they later proceed to read sections of the text they can refer back to the Glossary, already being familiar with basic concepts if they need a reiteration and clarification. To understand and apply Religious Science principles requires determination and discipline. This book can have much to offer spiritual seekers but my advice is not to take to heart anything that that fails to resonate with that “inner wisdom” we all possess.The following is my critique of some New Thought doctrines. I have included the following as a caution to prospective students of New Thought (e.g. as represented by the teachings of Unity School, Religious Science, Divine Science and many spiritual teachers such as the Winfrey-endorsed Eckhart Tolle). Although I can agree with much of what New Thought teaches, I think some of the basic beliefs are too simplistic and formulaic.* The doctrine that “sickness originates in the mind” is the one I object to most strongly. There are a multitude of factors which involve and contribute to sickness and disability. Yes, it is possible to think oneself to become sick but that can be just one factor.* I agree that right thinking (sometimes referred to as “Mind-cure”) can have a significant positive influence on healing and health, but, again, it can be just one factor.* The doctrine of “you can think yourself rich” has been a mainstay of promotional charlatans for over a century (multi-level marketing schemes rely on their hype); sadly, for every one who succeeds there are hundreds who have to live with their lack of success. The Achilles heel of the “think yourself healthy, rich and successful” school of thought is that innumerable students who fail to succeed will attribute that failure to their insufficient belief in the system or doctrine they have been taught to follow. As a consequence they then may harbour guilt, get depressed and disillusioned.* An inescapable dynamic of New Thought is the Law of Cause and Effect. It is as impersonal and unforgiving as the law of gravity when jumping off a cliff. The ignorant or innocently naïve students are not exempted from being punished by this “mechanical” operative.* Another New Thought doctrine I am not a big fan of is the ritualistic use of denials. For example, repeating the mantra “I am not sick” by a person who is suffering—even deathly ill. The mind, being logical by nature, objects to deceitful statements and may become conflicted by participating in an exercise that coerces it to believe a deception—a bipolar mode. Ultimately we all face physical illness and death no matter how much we may deny its causes and reality.Although I have been willing to go along with many New Thought premises I have concluded that reality consist of much better, more nuanced, personalized, specific and interrelated explanations. Our circumstances are seldom a product of just our own thoughts and actions. We live in a complex matrix of mental, emotional, physical and spiritual (paranormal) circumstances which involve natural phenomena, decisions and actions by other human beings, as well as—whether we are aware of them and pay attention to them or not—influences from “other planes of existence” and our response to our “inner voice” or “Higher Self”.

  • Kara Lane
    2019-03-08 11:37

    The Science of Mind is a wonderful book written by a great spiritual teacher. In it, Ernest Holmes explains that there is a creative law in the universe which we tap into through our thoughts. He shows us how to apply spiritual principles to everyday life.He illustrates how man can work out his own destiny and determine what type of life he will lead. He points out that the mind of man is connected to the mind of God. Since the mind of God is infinite, this means man's mind contains unlimited possibilities of self-expression.The book is not a quick read, but it's one that can change your life. Holmes spends a lot of time talking about spiritual mind healing and provides teachings from the New Testament. He also includes meditations on everything from happiness to healing to beauty to love to confidence to abundance.I would recommend this book to anyone looking to take control of their life and live it in a way that is spiritually fulfilling.

  • Theresa
    2019-03-25 14:29

    For me, this was definitely a "take what you need and leave the rest" sort of book. But what I was able to take from it was really lovely. I don't subscribe to the whole "if you wear glasses, speak to God and your eyesight will improve" (there is an actual prayer for that specific thing) nor do I believe that cancer or hardened arteries can be "cured by love." ...Or that physical disease is imaginary.But that said, I liked the way Holmes framed his ideas on positive thinking and positive action. His philosophy is Christian-based and quotes from the Bible frequently, but he also says that no particular religion is 'more' correct than another, as all things begin and end with some sort of Higher Power.His outlook more or less seems to be: "look for, accept, and embrace good" as opposed to "uncover, oppose and fight against evil." Pretty interesting.