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Edinburgh and Dore Lectures on Mental Science Paperback – June 1, 2004
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About the Author: Thomas Troward
THOMAS TROWARD is best remembered as a pioneer of the New Thought movement from his contribution of a few small volumes that have had a profound effect on the understanding and development of spiritual metaphysics. His philosophy played a major role in the work of prominent New Thought teachers such as Emmet Fox and Ernest Holmes.
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He suggests, "the subjective mind in ourselves is THE SAME subjective mind which is at work throughout the universe giving rise to the infinitude of natural forms with which we are surrounded, and in like manner giving rise to OURSELVES ALSO. It may be called the supporter of our individuality; and we may loosely speak of our individual subjective mind as our personal share in the universal mind." (Pg. 28) He states, "We have no longer to consider two forces, but only one, as being the cause of all things; the difference between good and evil resulting simply from the direction in which this force is made to flow." (Pg. 36)
He says, "As it exists in us, primary causation is the power to initiate a train of causation directed to an individual purpose. As the power of initiating a fresh sequence of cause and effect it is first cause, and as referring to an individual purpose it is relative, and it may therefore be spoken of as relative first cause, or the power of primary causation manifested by the individual." (Pg. 55) He describes the Law of Consciousness: "We cannot be conscious of anything except by realizing a certain relation between it and ourselves. It must affect us in some way, otherwise we are not conscious of its existence: and according to the way in which it affects us we recognize ourselves as standing related to it. It is this self-recognition on our own part carried out to the sum total of all our relations, whether spiritual, intellectual, or physical, that constitutes our realization of life." (Pg. 125)
He advises, "But we must never lose sight of the reason for the creative power of our thought, that it is because our mind is itself a thought of the Divine Mind, and that consequently our increase in livingness and creative power must be in exact relation to the Parent Mind. In such considerations as these is to be found the philosophical basis of the Bible doctrine of 'Sonship,' with its culmination in the conception of the Christ." (Pg. 159)
Troward's thought is a much more "intellectual" interpretation of New Thought ideas, that will appeal to many students of such mind disciplines.