The author's goal has been to remain faithful to the principles and methods of Emma Curtis Hopkins, and to restate them in language that can be readily comprehended by modem readers. She has succeeded admirably in doing so. Unveiling Your Hidden Power is highly recommended for the education of ministers, practitioners, counselors, and affirmative prayer workers. It presents the healing methodology of New Thought in as clear a way as is possible with words. It provides the tools, in the form of affirmations and I AM statements, for practical demonstration of the realities to which it points. It is necessary, however, to point out what the new book is not. It is not intended as a book of historical commentary regarding the Bible, except in the sense that Mrs. Hopkins had her own views on the Bible, which in turn have become part of the history of interpretation. For example, Mrs. Hopkins interpreted various verses in Chapter 1 of the Book of Genesis as pointing to what later became the twelve principal points of her classic books, High Mysticism and Scientific Christian Mental Practice. In a subsequent edition Dr. Miller would do well to add an appendix, providing the specific details of this allegorical interpretation. Unveiling Your Hidden Power is likely to take its place along with The Science of Mind (by Ernest Holmes), Divine Science and Healing (by Malinda E. Cramer), and a few other classics in elucidating metaphysical practice and revealing some of the depths of consciousness that underlie the practice. --Dr Robert Winterhalter Emma Curtis Hopkins Theological Seminary, Past President of The Society for the Study of Metaphysical Religions
Emma Curtis Hopkins was the teacher of teachers, the woman who taught the founders of Unity, Divine Science, Church of Truth, and Religious Science the woman who invented the term Science of Mind, back in the 1890s. She healed hundreds and taught thousands, using her own; line of reasoning; and upward vision; to empower her. With this book, both Hopkins' principles and practices are made accessible to modern audiences. Dr. Miller has translated Emma's Victorian rhetoric into clear, modern language and has identified and laid out Emma's recommendations for daily practice. This book encompasses 12 lessons which have been set forth using the primary texts by Emma Curtis Hopkins: High Mysticism, Scientific Christian Mental Practice,; (both published by DeVorss & Co.) and Resume, published by Ministry of Truth International. The period during which the basis of the teaching was derived was 1885 and 1896. Emma's first six lessons focus on establishing the individual's own health and well-being, while lessons 7-12 expand on the same principles, applying them to one's ministry, or work with others. --International New Thought Magazine Summer 2008
From the Author
Putting together Unveiling Your Hidden Power
was a labor of love that took several years and many drafts. It began when I was called out of town for several months and the groups I was leading through Emma's Scientific Christian Mental Practice
wanted to continue meeting but weren't able to interpret her prose or understand her many references to early Greek, Christian, and Roman writers.
So they scanned the chapters and I sent them sheets with Emma's text on one side and my explanations on the other.
It didn't take long for me to realize it would be easier to just tell them what she said in language they could understand!
But it also became clear that this book was not a carefully constructed text, but rather a transcription of her class lectures. There are significant holes in the content.
So I went to the other two books of hers I could find: High Mysticism and Resume. There I found, not only the missing pieces, but also references that, when put together with what is in SCMP, become a clear set of guidelines for a daily practice.
The process of putting these all together and "translating" Emma's Victorian prose into more modern usage was transformative. Writing and formatting the text was doing the practice. Clarifying her ideas was training my own mind. Seeing the links between the different sacred scriptures on which she built her work was a wonderful confirmation of my own Interfaith tendencies and appreciation for what Alduous Huxley called "The Perennial Philosophy."
For several years I shared a comb-bound version of the book with Seminary students and informal study groups, and each time new copies were needed, I'd refine it.
Finally, a friend said she'd like to publish it--so Unveiling Your Hidden Power was released to the world.