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Metaphysics - New Thought

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  • James Allen (1864 - 1912)
    Extracted from ) James Allen (November 28, 1864–1912) was a British philosophical writer known for his inspirational books and poetry and as a pioneer of the self-help movement. His best known work, ...
  • Emilie Cady (1848 - 1941)
    Extracted from H. Emilie Cady (1848–1941) was an American homeopathic physician and author of New Thought spiritual writings. Her 1896 book Lessons in Truth, A Course of Twelve Lessons in Practical C...
  • Charles Sherlock Fillmore (1854 - 1948)
    Extracted from ) Charles Sherlock Fillmore (August 22, 1854 – July 5, 1948), born in St. Cloud, Minnesota, founded Unity, a church within the New Thought movement, with his wife, Myrtle Page Fillmore...
  • Mary Caroline Fillmore (1845 - 1931)
    Extracted from Mary Caroline "Myrtle" Page Fillmore (August 6, 1845, Pagetown, Ohio - October 6, 1931) was co-founder of Unity, a church within the New Thought movement, along with her husband Charle...
  • Emmet Fox (1886 - 1951)
    Extracted from Emmet Fox (July 30, 1886–August 13, 1951) was a New Thought spiritual leader of the early 20th century, famous for his large Divine Science church services held in New York City during...

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)