Category Archives: Ernest Holmes
Q: If thoughts are things, and I truly believe a specific outcome will occur, and have no hidden resistance, how come things sometimes don’t go the way I’d envisioned?
A: Ernest Holmes, our founder, writes, “We do not teach that you can get what you want. If we could all get what we want, it might be disastrous, for it is certain that most of us would want things that would interfere with the wel…l-being of someone else.” So what *can* we get? Says Holmes, we can greatly influence our environment, its reaction to us, the situations we meet, and the conditions we contact. Elsewhere, he mentions that the Science of Mind is not a “get-rich-quick” scheme, but a lifelong study of spiritual principles acting through our apparently material lives. When things don’t go the way we envision, it’s because they are busy going some other way. The way they go is not ultimately the point. How we *feel* about that is the point. When you determine the quality of feeling in which you prefer to live (the combination of harmony, plenty, creativity, joy…), and then begin to feel those ways by affirming them and finding their representations in life as it is right now, then things change for the better.
Things change when the internal dynamic holding them in place changes. It still doesn’t mean that we can select, and then get, the precise experiences we imagine, because we live not in isolation but as part of an organic system of swirling, interacting life. Now, sometimes we do walk into pretty much the exact thing we’d hoped for and affirmed, and that’s because it was available in that moment to be free to be ours. Other times, the conditions we meet generally conform to what we envisioned. Still other times, they don’t look anything at *all* like what we had in mind, so we learn to grow past judging by appearances, convinced from experience that behind the appearances are forms conducive to our feeling well, loved, and at peace.
From the Q&A by Rev. Dr. Jesse Jennings, SOM 4/10.
It may be asked: What can we depend upon? Whom can we trust? The answer is: First set our mental and spiritual house in order and then, insofar as possible, make it produce for us the necessary and the beautiful things of life. What can be more practical than to gain the ability to demonstrate in our experience that we can consciously call on a higher Power to do our bidding, whenever our will is in conjunction with Its nature, with the full assurance that It can never withhold our real good from us.
– From It’s Up to You by Ernest Holmes; Chapter – Thinking Creatively, page 97
There is a Law of Mind in action, Intelligence taking form through Law; and Its action in our experience can only be a result of motivation by our thought.
This probably confuses many, for most people are a little bit superstitious when they come to think of things spiritual, not realizing that everything in the universe has to be governed by law and order; that there would have to be laws of Mind or Spirit, just as there are physical laws. This is why Jesus said it is done unto us as we believe. There is something that does it, but only as we believe; therefore it responds to us by corresponding with our acceptance of it. Now at first this seems a little difficult and hard to accept and it looks as though we couldn’t understand it; but what do we really understand? We do not understand how acorns become oak trees, we do not understand anything other than the way nature works. The why and how, science, philosophy, and religion know nothing about, and these are the only avenues of knowledge we have. if, then we had the same faith in spiritual law that we do and must have in everything we deal with in nature we would have perfect faith, because we wouldn’t doubt and seeming miracles would happen every day.
-From Discover a Richer Life by Ernest Holmes; Chapter 7 – Using the Law of Mind, pages 41-42
One of the tasks of the disciples was to learn how to pray. They had watched Jesus in his ministry among the sick and the ignorant, among those common people who heard him so gladly. They had seen new light come into the eyes of those whose vision had been dulled. They had seen a new energy flowing through the limbs of those who had been paralyzed. They had seen the lame walk, the dumb speak, and the deaf hear. And so the disciples asked him to teach them how to pray. Jesus answered them by saying that God was right where they were: “…behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” He said that everyone’s method of prayer is good; that there is Something that answers everyone according to his belief in It; that God will never ask what you have been doing, or what mistakes you have made, or how good or bad you have been. When you ask, believing, He will give you what you ask for.
Jesus’ words were so simple that we overlook their meaning: Something greater than I am, Something bigger, Something I can come to, Something that will listen, Something that understands, Something that will answer.
– From Discover a Richer Life by Ernest Holmes; The Power of Faith pages 89-90
People will often ask, ” What is the best method for demonstration?” There is but one answer to that question; the Word is the only possible method of demonstrating anything; the word really felt and embodied in our thought. Then the word becomes flesh and dwells among us and we behold and experience it. We will ask for no other way when we understand this.
– From Creative Mind by Ernest Holmes; The Greater Consciousness page 34
Cultivating your own thought, living in the conscious expectancy and affirmation, knowing the truth in season and out of season, you are doing your part. The Law will never fail you. Your problem is to convert your own thinking. You do this through words, audibly or inaudibly expressed; through thoughts, ideas, beliefs, prayer (which is silent communion with the Invisible), realization, meditation, whatever you choose to call the process.
Words are molds into which the creative substance of your consciousness flows. Words without meaning, while they may have some effect through constant repetition, cannot have the same effect that words with meaning have. Your words will have meaning in such degree as you actually feel that they are the activity of the Spirit within you.
– From This Thing Called You by Ernest Holmes; Chapter XI – page 96
The following is a simple practice which may greatly benefit you:
The One Supreme Power, Life, Intelligence and Spirit is within, around and through me. My word is the activity of this Infinite Mind and is the law of good in my experience.
It is perfect in its action and permanent in its manifestation. Infinite Intelligence governs, sustains and animates me. Good alone goes from me and good alone returns to me.
The Law of Spirit establishes harmony and right adjustment of all personal, family and business affairs or conditions in my life. I am supplied with every good thing. I am happy, radiant and complete. The Source of all life manifests as peace, harmony and wholeness in my experience.
Everything that I do, say or think is governed by pure Intelligence and inspired by Divine Wisdom. I am guided into right action. I am surrounded with friendship, love and beauty. Enthusiastic joy, vitality and inspiration are in everything I do.
I represent that Life which cannot want, which is forever manifesting freedom, self-expression and wholeness. I represent the principle of Divine Activity which never tires, which is birthless, changeless and deathless. I am receptive to the inexhaustible energy of the universe, tyo Divine Guidance and to the influx of perfect life, perfect ideas, and complete joy.
I know as a result of this spiritual realization, happiness, health and prosperity immediately will spring into action and manifest in everything I do, say or think.
I am conscious of Divine Guidance, of completer happiness, abundant health and increasing prosperity. I am aware of my partnership with the Infinite. I know that everything I do shall prosper.
I accept this word. I know that it is the Presence, the Power and the Activity of God in me. I know I am conscious of Divine Guidance, of inward peace and poise. I immediately become conscious of a more abundant life. I expect greater good, more happiness and a complete success in every constructive thing which I undertake.
Again I affirm that this word, being the presence of the Spirit in me, is the Law of God operating through me, and establishing in me that which is good, beautiful and true.
It is done. I accept. I believe. I know.
– From This Thing Called Life by Ernest Holmes; Chapter VIII, pages 90-92
Thoughts of failure, limitation or poverty are negative and must be counted out of our lives for all time. Somebody will say, “But what of the poor; what are you going to do with them; are they to be left without help?” No; a thousand times no. The same Power is in them that is in all men. They will always be poor until they awake and realize what life is. All the charity on earth has never done away with poverty, and never will; if it could have done so it would have done so; it could not, therefore it has not. It will do a man a thousand times more good to show him how to succeed than it will to tell him he needs charity. We need not listen to all the calamity howlers. Let them howl if it does them any good. God has given us a Power and we must use it. We can do more toward saving the world by proving this law than all that charity has ever given it.
– From Creative Mind and Success by Ernest Holmes, First Steps page 13
Every day is a fresh beginning, every day is the world made new. And when we discover that split second beyond time that Jesus and all the great, good, and wise have told us about – that moment in the eternal present when we are no longer conditioned by the past and when anticipation of the future does not condition the present – we shall be free.
– From Discover a Richer Life by Ernest Holmes, Chapter 9 – Start a New Life, page 57
Ignorance and superstition have always been allies – “vultures of the same egg.” And it is not surprising to find, in a country where for so many years there have been just two kinds of people, good and bad, there are yet individuals here and there puzzled about “goodness.” Finally it reaches, through some insidious suggestion too subtle for understanding, the absurd height of asking: “Am I good enough to attempt to express more good?”
Because we have not reached the top, shall we refuse to take the first step? Because we have not prepared for calculus, shall we refuse to do our sums in addition? If the requirements followed these lines there would be no progress. Jesus refused to allow his disciples to call him good, explaining that there were none good except the Father. Shall we wait until we see as clearly as he saw the unity of all life before we attempt to use what light we have? Shall we bury our one talent and foolishly expect that we shall later dig it up and find it has multiplied into ten? Jesus said: “He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” Greater things than Jesus did! Does this mean that we have to be better than he was to do this. Did he say that perfection was the thing that was required? On the contrary, he made it plain that belief was the one essential factor. “As thou hast believed, so be it unto thee…”
– From It’s Up to You by Ernest Holmes; Chapter 7 – As You Believe, pages 59-60