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Ernest Holmes was an internationally recognized authority on religious psychology and the founder of the Religious Science movement. His inspirational books include the renowned classic The Science of Mind, This Thing Called You, The Art of Life, 365 Science of Mind, The Hidden Power of the Bible, and Creative Mind and Success.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Tarcher (December 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585426075
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585426072
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,378 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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100 of 101 people found the following review helpful By "pageh" on January 1, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Ernest Holmes wrote this incredible gem in 1948. I think my favorite passage is: "You have discovered the spiritual universe. Many others have discovered this same world, but each must make the discovery for himself. You are going to have a lot of joy sailing around this world of yours. Don't fight the opinions of others, or waste your time arguing over these things. Follow the inward gleam of your consciousness and you will arrive." (30) Knowing that we each seek the joy of living, Dr. Holmes speaks to us of: Omnipresence (34), Faith (18), Garden of Eden (38), Divine Guidance (63), Pure Intuition (101), Stop looking for an authority outside your own conviction (43), and Live in a state of expectancy (67). He gives us life changing inspiration and affirmations. Ernest Holmes founded the Science of Mind Movement aka Religious Science and wrote the revered textbook Science of Mind.
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62 of 62 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 7, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I just bought this book last year (1999) and its one of my fave already. Ernest Holmes is also the author of the popular book Science Of Mind. Frankly, his approach to Life is very wise and spiritual. His interpretation of spiritual texts like the Indian Gita, the Upanishad, the Bible etc, are truly practical and very wise. He knows how the mind works. He knows how spiritual healing works. He sometimes uses metaphors on how the mind works, and great metaphors they are! My favourite is his metaphor of 'the law of mind is like the law of gravity. Put a furniture over here, and gravity will hold it there. Think a thought and the law of mind will manifest it according to your thought". Read this book and he can put in you a faith in yourself or God so strong that it's unshakable.
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By John P. Morgan VINE VOICE on August 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
I read this book many, many years ago...I believe it was one of the first metaphysical books I owned and studied from. For some reason, I was recently drawn to take it down from the shelf and start reading it again. Wow...every single page is filled with insight, wisdom, and profound Truth. Not that Truth can ever be encapsulated into words, mind you, words are but symbols upon symbols, but behind the words is a feeling, a remembrance, that what Holmes is speaking of points to the direction of Higher Truth.

I decided to change all the pronouns in this book to the first person. So instead of reading it as "You" or "You are", I now read it as "I"/"Me" "I am"/"I will"...this unique slant gives me an even deeper perspective on how to apply this stuff to my everyday living and even though this stuff is incredibly powerful, nothing is going to happen if I don't personally apply it.

To me, God, is a Living Force that I am a part of. I like to see God as the ocean and I am a wave in the ocean. The wave can never separate itself from the ocean; it is simply the ocean expressing itself as a wave. When I keep this image in mind and in heart, I realize with real eyes see that everything and everyone is an aspect of God, of Spirit, of Life.

Do I still get crazed? Am I still deceived by appearances? Of course. Why just yesterday I was beside myself with worry, fear, and desperation. I don't really know why...I just was...but I took some time out of my day and just began to slowly breathe in and slowly breathe out and got still, centered and open and just allowed the Perfect Love of God to dissolve those fears, those worries, and those concerns. Not that God knows anything of fear or doubt or uncertainty, but God does know Itself in me, as me.
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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Sheri O. Zampelli VINE VOICE on September 2, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I originally read this book upon recommendation. It has since become one of my favorites. I have read it a full two times and refer to portions of it often. This book is practical. It uses examples from nature to help the reader understand their own unique purpose in this world. This book is a self-esteem book that was written before self-esteem became fashionable. One of Ernest Holmes best books.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Maggie Moore on December 16, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Earnest Holmes has written a brief, clear explanation of our place in the universe. You can spend 15 or 20 years going to workshops, psychoanalysis, aromatherapy, psycho-kinesiology, acupuncture, energy-work, etc. etc. OR you can read this slim volume and spend a life of profound joy understanding you own divinity.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Phyllis Capanna on November 24, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I keep this book by my bedside and read it every night before sleep. It is a goldmine of positive and empowering thoughts, a perfect antidote to entertainment reading blahs. There is poetry on every page. If you are interested in non-religious interpretations of the teachings of Jesus, or just wanting to expand your mastery over life, this book will suffuse you with inspiration and speak directly to your soul.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By MythDoctor on February 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
What I really like about Ernest Holmes is that he was all inclusive - he welcomed all spiritual beliefs and he frequently mentioned them. It was inspiring to discover ancient mystical thought (we are one with a Creator) in his writings and pleased that he wrote about philosophy in an easy-to-understand style. The prayers and affirmations in this small volume have sustained me and guided me for years. I quoted from This Thing Called You many times when I was Editor and Publisher of Science of Mind magazine, and I know the readers were inspired by them. In times of stress and challenge I always turn to my favorite line: "The Mind within me, being God, is not afraid of anything...at the center of my being there is complete poise, perfect faith and confidence." And I was comforted. Elaine Maginn Sonne, PhD, is author of 5 books including Legends of the Stones.
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