“Ancient wisdom, new thought”
According to Wikipedia, the New Thought movement originated in the early 19th century, and survives to the current day in the form of a loosely allied group of religious denominations (such as Unity, Centers for Spiritual Living, Agape and Divine Science), as well as authors, philosophers, and individuals who share a set of beliefs concerning metaphysics, positive thinking, the Law of Attraction, spiritual healing, lifeforce, creative visualization and personal power.
The International New Thought Alliance explains that “New Thought is an ever evolving understanding that all of life happens through us, never to us. It uses the term or word consciousness to further explain the process, often quoting Emmet Fox’s statement, ‘Life is consciousness,’ that leads one to the ever unfolding idea that in order to affect a change in our life, the realm of mind called consciousness must first change.”
What does New Thought Teach? Generally, the belief in God as the one and only presence and power of the universe whose essence is absolute goodness, abundant supply, infinite knowing and unfathomed joy. And because we believe that man and woman are connected, as one, to this God-Source-Energy, these attributes of God are also available to everyone to demonstrate in mind, body and affairs. We would also believe that this Energy always moves through man and woman, never to them…because thought is either alignment with this omnipresent Essence, we each are the creators of our own reality. In New Thought one might hear, “Change your life? Change your thoughts.”
Science of Mind/Religious Science/Centers for Spiritual Living form of New Thought
The global Center for Spiritual Living communities “teach a New Thought philosophy that brings religion and science together and offers spiritual tools to transform personal lives and help make the world a better place. This is done through the study and practice of Science of Mind® and Spirit, also known as Religious Science®, which holds that all life is sacred—that each human being is an expression of God. We believe in Cause and Effect and teach that “it is done unto you as you believe.” In essence, our thinking and expectations create our reality. Our teachings incorporate the ancient wisdom of spiritual traditions through the ages. People of all spiritual paths — Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, and others — are welcome in our communities. We help people experience a personal relationship with the creator; promote a community of tolerance, understanding and respect; provide classes, programs, prayer and meditation; and advocate a safe spiritual community of like-minded people interested in living a spiritual life.”