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Teacher of Teachers
September 2, 1849 - April 25, 1925
A Tribute - By her pupils, who owe her much, for the great spiritual illumination she awakened in them. Adapted from Class Lessons 1888 Introduction.
Like so many others among the teachers and students of the new spiritual teaching, she sought freedom from illness in Christian Science, then in its infancy. Emma Curtis Hopkins studied with Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy for two years. Then going out as an independent teacher, she taught in many cities - New York, Chicago, Kansas City, San Francisco, with large classes wherever she went.
Emma Curtis Hopkins had a broad education and was familiar with the Hebrew Scriptures, the Vedas, the Bhagavad-Gita and other sacred writings of India. She also studied the philosophy and mysteries of the Greeks, such as Orpheus, Pythagoras, Plato, and Plotinus. Having learned Greek at an early age, she read many of these in the original language. She had an exhaustive knowledge of the histories of all nations and peoples of all times. Her Biblical interpretations are masterpieces.
Returning to Chicago, she established a school for the teaching of the philosophy now called Spiritual Science, Divine Science, and New Thought.
In 1888, Mrs. Hopkins founded a seminary in Chicago, which she called: The Christian Science Theological Seminary. It was a regular incorporated school and the graduates were ordained ministers and so recognized by the State of Illinois. This school was not associated with Mary Baker Eddy and Christian Science. It was in operation until 1893.
Many movements, each having its own distinctive expression, sprang from its roots. To name a few: Unity School of Christianity, Home of Truth Movement, Divine Science, and Religious Science.
Among some 50,000 students taught by Emma Curtis Hopkins, the most famous are: Charles Fillmore, Myrtle Fillmore, Ernest Holmes, H. Emilie Cady, Lillian De Waters, Frances Foulks, H.B. Jeffery, Annie Rix Militz, Marie S. Watts.
In 1893 the class register numbered 350 names of people who had received the basic lessons, and an ordained ministry numbering 111 who had received the advanced Theological Course.
Mrs. Hopkins was herself a genuine mystic and in all her teachings emphasized the mystic experience. Mysticism is the most difficult of all metaphysical themes, for it involves an experience rarely realized and never adequately expressed in words - the realization of identity with the Absolute Being, or the here and now experience of union with God. Mrs. Hopkins taught that the first step in developing the consciousness of the mystic was turning the attention away from all things, events, and persons toward the Deity ever beholding us.
It is said that the glory of her teaching is that it arouses the hidden creative genius in the students. This is how they went forth inspired to accomplished some great work of a unique and inimitable sort, by the recognition of their own inherent divinity. To awaken this Divine Sense in her readers is the chief aim of the writings, which she has left with us.
None of Emma Curtis Hopkins' students ever studied with her, for she offered no debate. What she said was it and that was that. But she empowered it with something alive, animated and inspiring. Thus, the value of her teaching was that she imparted spiritual conviction in such a way as to awaken a corresponding consciousness in her students, which she knew was already there, merely awaiting such arousal.
During the last days of her life she lived in New York City and taught only privately. It is estimated that during her active lifetime as many as fifty thousand persons came to her for instruction, either in class or privately. She made her transition on April 25, 1925 at the age of seventy-one.
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If you're bold, read it. It will change your life.
J Douglas Bottorff, author of The Whisper of Pialigos.
Ms. Hopkins, like all the best of the New Thought writers, was a synthesist of orthodox and heterodox Christian ideas, ideas from the eastern religions, and a number of ideas seemingly spawned anew in the "can do" America of the late 19th and early 20th Century.
High Mysticism, as its title suggests, advocates a mystical and metaphysical approach to problems of faith. The language is almost self-consciously "religious", as Ms. Hopkins tries to clothe her ideas in a spiritual language appropriate to their serious purpose. Unfortunately, while the result is always readable, it sometimes seems a bit stilted and high flown, in the way that 19th Century novels of the fantastic could be. Ms. Hopkins differs from other advocates of new faiths in her era, though, in that Ms. Hopkins advocated an intersection between the metaphyscial ideas with which her work is preoccupied and the mundane everyday in which we all live. In some ways, her work, though it speaks of arcane mysteries, is trying to communicate an accessible spiritual practice. In this way, Ms. Hopkins arguably deviates from the "secret initiations" of theosophical and other similar movements.
Later writers, Ernest Holmes and the Fillmores in particular, would take Hopkins' ideas and express them in much more reader-friendly language. But High Mysticism is a must read for anyone who wants to see the "missing link" between Quimby on the one hand, and the modern "positive thinking" faiths on the other hand. I give this 3 stars because it is not for everyone,but it is consistently interesting, as Ms. Hopkins' ideas dance across the pages.
This book is the culmination of Emma Curtis Hopkins long career as a teacher, healer and founder of New Thought. It was not written in 1888 as stated in another review. Looking at her other writings show there was a growth in her consciousness that places this book as being completed after the turn of the 20th century. Most of her writing includes quotes relating to the science of the day which was mostly chemistry. This book mentions radio, atomic theory automobiles and other scientific advances after the turn of the last century. Emma was always at the forefront of what was going on in the world. She had trained over 50,000 people by the end of her career, including the founders of all the current New Thought organizations around today.
This book requires a dedication to your spiritual life, and patience to follow "her special line of reasoning." It would be good to read some of her earlier works such as "Scientific Christian Mental Practice" (Mental Science) or "The Gospel Series" (Spiritual Science) which to me, after studying her teachings for 15 years, is the book that goes right to the heart of Truth. For an easier way into her teachings look at "Unveiling Your Hidden Power: Emma Curtis Hopkins Metaphysics for the 21st Century."
All of her earlier works state, "deny the unreality of what is not Good or not God, and to affirm the Truth that is the Good or God." In High Mysticism she goes beyond this to say "just know the Truth and it will set you free."
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Excellent book that I read during some classes at the Church of Religious Science. Very profound teachings in this book.Published 7 months ago by Eddie Coronado (Author of Advanced Law of Attraction Techniques)
Deep reading. I had to go over passages several times to glean their meanings, but when I did it was outstanding.Published 7 months ago by Truthfairy
As a student of Personal Development I have found this work to be helpful, thought provoking, and inspirational.Published 10 months ago by Robert Wuagneux
The depth and breadth of the author's knowledge is stunning. The spiritual lessons are important and still relevant for today. The poetry of her writing is delightful. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Carol Winicur
I bought the book for a friend, she told me it was excellent.uplifting for those ready to take a giant leep.Published on July 1, 2013 by graeme leishman