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Metaphysics - New Thought

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  • Thomas Troward (1847 - 1916)
    Extracted from Thomas Troward (1847–1916) was an English author whose works influenced the New Thought Movement and mystic Christianity. Background Troward was a divisional Judge in Britis...
  • Ralph Waldo Trine (1866 - 1958)
    Extracted from Ralph Waldo Trine was a philosopher, mystic, teacher and author of many books, and was one of the early mentors of the New Thought Movement. His writings had a great influence on many ...
  • Masaharu Taniguchi (1893 - 1985)
    Extracted from Masaharu Taniguchi (谷口 雅春 Taniguchi Masaharu?, 22 November 1893 - 17 June 1985) was a Japanese New Thought leader, founder of Seicho-no-ie. He began study...
  • Florence Shinn (1871 - 1940)
    Extracted from Florence Scovel Shinn (September 24, 1871, Camden, New Jersey - October 17, 1940) was an American artist and book illustrator who became a New Thought spiritual teacher and metaphysica...
  • Phineas Parkhurst Quimby (1802 - 1866)
    Extracted from Phineas Parkhurst Quimby (February 16, 1802 – January 16, 1866), was a New England philosopher, magnetizer, mesmerist, healer, and inventor, who resided in Belfast, Maine, and h...

New Thought is a metaphysical movement loosely organized around several key beliefs:

  • Spirit is the ultimate reality
  • The true human self is divine
  • Thoughts attuned to the divine are a positive force for good
  • All disease has a mental origin
  • Right thinking has a healing effect
  • Positive thinking brings positive results
  • Negative thinking brings negative results

New Thought developed in the United States, particularly in New England, beginning in the 1830s. It has affinities to Neo-Platonism and American Transcendentalism. New Thought gave rise to many similar philosophies, including Higher Thought, Mental Science, Metaphysical Healing, and Practical Christianity.

Key Figures

Organizations & Societies

  • Church of Divine Science
  • Science of Mind (Religious Science)
  • Seicho-no-Ie
  • Unity Church
  • The Infinite Way

Major Works

  • Emmet Fox, The Sermon on the Mount: the key to success in life (1934)
  • Ernest Holmes, The Science of Mind (1926)

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