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The Science of the Mind was originally published in 1926 by the founder of the worldwide Religious Science movement. It was completely revised in 1938 by Ernest Holmes and Maude Allison Latham; this 1997 edition is the 1938 version with an added introduction by Jean Houston and a one-year study program that breaks the weighty tome into digestible bits. Using creative techniques, Holmes guides the student in easy-to-follow steps toward mastering the powers of the mind to find purpose in life. His explanations of how to pray and meditate, heal oneself spiritually, find self confidence, and express love have helped millions change their lives for the better. The Science of Mind is one of those spiritual classics that belongs on the bookshelf of anyone who wishes a life for themselves free of compulsion and negativity. --P. Randall Cohan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"The first forty pages or so of this voluminous work laid out the mind-over-matter philosophy of California mystic Ernest Holmes, which became a major influence on New Age spirituality. Holmes was a broad thinker and his work reflects a wide variety of influences, from Emerson to Christian Science founder Mary Baker Eddy. Holmes never became widely known but influenced many who did, such as Norman Vincent Peale. His books could be found in the libraries of George Lucas, Elvis Presley, and scholar of myth Joseph Campbell."
--TIME magazine --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Wilder Publications (February 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604599898
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604599893
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (313 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #767,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ernest Shurtleff Holmes (1887-1960) was an avid student of the world's spiritual systems. He found in these a common denominator he called the Science Mind, a practical philosophy for abundant living. Beginning as self-educated lecturer, Holmes developed a large following of students and went on to formalize his work by founding Science of Mind magazine, an educational institute, and the United Church Religious Science. His writings have inspired the work of countless clergy, business leaders, physicians, and psychologists and have helped to shape the guiding principles of the modern human potential movement, both spiritual and secular. Born and raised in Maine, Holmes spent much of his adult life in California.

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135 of 137 people found the following review helpful By Susan Jackson on April 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
If you are on a Spiritual Journey then this book is a must. I have been a student of Science of Mind for seven years and the teachings of Ernest Holmes have changed my life by helping me change my way of thinking. This is not a "self help" book, nor is science of mind a religion; it is a way of life. It makes no difference what your beliefs are, you will find that this book touches your soul. This book is not a one time read; you use it daily, over and over. Take your time reading it in order to conceptualize the material and enjoy your journey!
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243 of 254 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Rose VINE VOICE on March 1, 2004
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I have read so many books, nearly 2,000 that have had a tremendous influence on my life, and still do to this day. It was during the darkest period of my life that I took nearly all of the money I had to my name and bought The Science of Mind.

Within 8 weeks of reading (and highlighting) this profound book from cover to cover my entire life did a complete turnaround.
What Ernest Holmes drilled into my mind was EXACTLY how the laws of this universe work with respect to manifestation. The universe is completely neutral! Whatever you focus on and believe is exactly what you WILL receive! Remember this! I feel such deep gratitude for Ernest Holmes for writing this book because of the immeasurable difference it has made in my life.

Highly recommended from my heart,
Barbara Rose, author of "Stop Being the String Along: A Relationship Guide to Being THE ONE" and 'If God Was Like Man'
Editor of inspire! magazine
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95 of 96 people found the following review helpful By John P. Morgan VINE VOICE on April 28, 2006
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I first bought the Science of Mind textbook about 14 years ago. I had already been studying spirituality and metaphysics for a few years prior and got the book from the advice of a friend.

Let me get this straight from the outset, this was not an easy read, at first. The style it was written in felt awkward and cumbersome. (I usually like reading my books outloud as it tends to have a deeper impact on me as the reader) I actually felt a little intimidated by Holmes' style so I put it aside and actually used it to hold my door open when my house got drafty and blew the doors closed.

A few years later I started going to a Religious Science Church and I, rather innocently, asked the minister if the Science of Mind book was in any way related to Religious Science and he said, "Yes, SOM is the text we use for all of our classwork..."

So I rushed home and began to read it again and somehow during those three years that book changed into something incredibly breathtaking. I was and I am still amazed at the depth it was written. If anyone says that it's just more of the same 'ol mind stuff, tell the person 'thank-you very much' and then walk away. I am a firm believer that if words that point to a Higher Level of awareness don't excite you in some way then you really don't fully understand what you're reading.

Just to realize with 'real eyes' that I am an aspect of the Whole leaves me feeling so incredibly wonderful; that the Infinite loves me enough to create and re-create me anew in each and every moment of creation is humbling and makes me understand on a deeper level what Jesus meant when he said, "I, of myself can do is not me, but the Father within that doeth the works...
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95 of 99 people found the following review helpful By Joe on July 13, 2011
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I already wrote a more extensive review about the "Definitive Edition" Science of Mind (the 1938 version), but I just wanted to say that it's nice to see, with the "Complete Edition", the original 1926 text finally getting a proper re-printing. Although I'm preferable to the 1938 version (I find the ideas more organized), the 1926 version is also an enlightening read, and there were a couple sections (notably the sections on psychic phenomena and the spirit of sex) which were omitted from the 1938 version (according to the biography, "The Was Ernest" by Reginald Armor, Ernest Holmes elected to take the section on psychic phenomena out of the 1938 version because so much of it just couldn't be proven). This version is nice because it has the complete 1926 text in the first section, then the complete 1938 text in the second section.

However, it should be noted that this is really more of a "reader's version". The "Definitive Edition" is a page-for-page correspondence to the 1938 textbook, which is the version most commonly used for SOM courses. I was hoping when this was released that they would keep the page-for-page correspondence for the 1938 section, but it's understandable why they didn't (to conserve space). However, this makes it difficult to use the "Complete Edition" for study courses (i.e. I'm doing the home study course "Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life", and all the textbook page references correspond to the 1938 "Definitive Edition" version). Additionally, the "Concordance to the Science of Mind" by Dr. Al Lowe & Rev. Martha Ann Stewart is the concordance to the 1938 version, again by page number, so that might also create some confusion. This is my only gripe with this printing. Otherwise, I think they did an outstanding job with it.

So if you're just getting this just to read, then I highly recommend it. But if you're getting a copy for SOM study courses, you'll also need a copy of the "Definitive Edition".
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317 of 344 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 24, 2001
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This is a wonderful book. The god cocecpts are beautiful. I would also recommed the book An Encounter With a Prophet
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