“Life is not just something to be endured. It is to be lived in joy, in a fullness without limit.”
– “Discover a Richer Life,” by Ernest Holmes, page 58
Ernest Holmes is the founder of the Science of Mind spiritual philosophy, part of the greater New Thought movement. It is not a religion, although he speaks much about God, for that is all there is.
It is so uplifting to hear a positive conception of Spirit and way of life, and espouses us to live in joy. This is so unlike (in my limited knowledge and experience of) the Judeo-Christian religions.
In those philosophies, fear of God, and judgement of self and others is taught; such a stance diminishes self-esteem and a sense of well-being, preventing one from being their authentic self and promoting a fearful disposition in life and one’s relationships. One can feel imprisoned, restricted, and surely it’s a challenge to be happy and joyous, and to truly thrive. Such a way of being in the world with self, others, and God is not very healthy emotionally, spiritually, mentally, and eventually physically. Why would I want to subscribe to such a belief system?! Well, I never have.
In New Thought philosophy, specifically Science of Mind, God is Good, God is Love, God is Joy, and is a myriad of other aspects. Science of Mind believes that the ultimate goal of life is a complete freedom from all discord of every nature, and that this goal can be attained by all. There are no chosen ones; we are all worthy, we can each make use of this Power and create a wonderful life. We can each live in joy.
I am actively engaged in creating an ever-increasing joyful life. I am grateful there is a philosophy that promotes limitless possibilities and provides tools to help. It is a philosophy of realizing a kingdom of heaven on earth—exactly what Spirit desires for me and you.