Religious Science: A New Thought "Religion"
The Center for Conscious Living, a Religious
Science Spiritual Community here in Raleigh, is a new opportunity
for you to update your idea of what God is and how God works
through you. Religious Science, also known as the Science
of Mind teaching, is an American "religion" that
captures ancient truths that span across the major religions
of the world. The core Truths in Religious Science are that
God is all there is and you create your experience according
to your beliefs. These core Truths span across several New
Thought teachings - Divine Science, Unity and Religious Science.
Religious Science is absent of dogma,
authority and ritual. There are no statues or sacraments.
There are no sacred texts insofar as believing in one way,
one belief, one teacher. Every person is free to learn from
all the Master Teachers - Christ, Buddha, Gandhi, Mohammed
- and look for the universal message of God and Love through
all of them. The rest can be left behind.
Religious Science, a metaphysical teaching,
is not technically a religion. Nor is Buddhism for that matter.
According the Hyrum Smith, world expert on religion, "There
are six aspects of religion that surface so regularly as to
suggest that their seeds are in the human makeup." They
are authority, ritual, speculation, tradition, grace and mystery.
Both Religious Science and Buddhism are devoid of most of
Phineas Parkhurst Quimby (1803-1866)
is often credited as the founder of New Thought, a metaphysical
spirituality. The premise of New Thought is that the physical
universe is the result of Universal Intelligence expressing
as form.. Quimby, a self-educated Maine clock-maker and inventor,
discovered for himself his "Truth" as he called
it - that man is created out of the thoughts of God and that
man has the power to create form through thought. Quimby specifically
applied this belief to the healing of sick people. Dis-ease
or any other condition of man could be changed by treating
the toxic thought(s) behind the dis-ease. And so New Thought
Others followed Quimby in this belief,
particularly those who had physical healings as a result of
changed thoughts. They include Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910)
(founder of Christian Science), Myrtle Fillmore (co-founder
of Unity with husband Charles Fillmore), Nona Brooks and her
two sisters ( founders of Divine Science) and Ernest Holmes
(1888-1960), the founder of Religious Science. For Ernest
Holmes, it was when he discovered the essay "Self-Reliance"
by Ralph Waldo Emerson that his new idea of God finally came
together. He then studied Oriental literature, the Hebrew
Scriptures, the Vedas and Bhagadvad-Gita, and other sacred
writings of India. He read the philosophy and mysteries of
the Greeks and studied mysticism under Emma Curtis Hopkins
- a student of Mary Baker Eddy (Christian Science). Ernest
Holmes never stopped learning and never stopped growing.
Today popular authors such as Louise
Hay (You Can Heal Your Life), Deepak Chopra (How
to Know God) and Wayne Dyer (There Is a Spiritual Solution
to Every Problem) all promote the Science of Mind teaching
of faith in God and the Creative Process of Thought. Science
of Mind is not to be confused with L. Ron Hubbard's Scientology.
Instead, the Science of Mind idea that thoughts create things
has been validated in quantum physics and faith in God is,
of course, faith.
The two principle spiritual practices
of Religious Scientists are meditation and positive mental
prayer (also known as spiritual mind treatment). The term
"treatment" came from the idea of unpredictable
medical treatments of the late 1700s and early 1800s and was
reborn as prayer treatment or mind treatment by Quimby, Eddy
and the like. Religious Science also promotes affirmations,
visualizations and SEVA which is Sanskrit for service as spiritual
Religious Science is for the courageous,
for it asks you to take responsibility for everything that
is going on in your life. And that means everything.
The Center for Conscious Living in Raleigh
promotes unity, diversity, spiritual practice (meditation
and prayer), service to the community at large, and Interfaith
alliances. Members of our community are Christian, Jewish,
gay or straight. Our Center provides a living atmosphere of
trust, love and support as the foundation of our spiritual
community. Our motto is "No matter where you are on your
spiritual path, you are always welcome at Religious Science
Raleigh." This Center meets every Sunday at 10:30 am
at the Crabtree Marriott Hotel. Classes and meditation sessions
meet at various locations in Raleigh and Cary. There are other
Religious Science Centers in North Carolina. Check our website
for centers throughout NC and the world.