New Thought Today
New Thought is a spiritual path or movement formed primarily by Suffragettes. Abolitionists and Free Thinkers guided by Core Concepts which include: co-creation, human rights and the scientific method.
New Thought teachings are based on the observation of Universal Spiritual Principles undergirding all spiritual paths and religions. New Thought recognizes that the driving force which serves as a crucible for personal and social transformation is “as we change our thinking, we change our lives.” This is the same principle which underpins cognitive psychology.
The 1914 book Message of New Thought defines New Thought spirituality as “a term used to convey the idea of growing or developing thought. In considering this subject, the word ‘New’ should be duly and freely emphasized, because the expression ‘New Thought’ relates only to what is new and progressive.” New Thought is a path of empowerment. Unlike those paths in which a master can happily sit on a hill and watch the world spin round, the New Thought master transforms the self through the Keys to Heaven and sets about creating Heaven on Earth, here and now, following the principle: “Do what is good for the group and do not exclude yourself.”
What is New Thought versus “late New Thought”?
While there is some wonderful folklore regarding the origins of New Thought, most of the books exploring New Thought history avoid a fulsome account of the movement’s history in order to offer tailored versions that glorify long dead founders of their organizations. This not only gives short thrift to the New Thought Seeker, it short changes the organizations who would benefit from a more comprehensive understanding. New Thought history is not as facile as some like to depict it, nor as complex as others choose to make it.
These core concepts of original New Thought are the basis of New Thought Today / New Thought 3.1 and provide the reason why New Thought Millennials embrace the globally recognized Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) for guidance in principle and practice.
Wonderful New Thought Organizations
There are many wonderful New Thought organizations with diverse root texts having a variety of approaches to those texts and distinct methods of teaching. It is important to do your research both through reading and by visiting various New Thought communities to determine if there is a fellowship that can support your particular New Thought Spiritual path. While the vast majority of New Thought adherents avoid organized New Thought Religion, there are some really wonderful communities both independent and organizational which can offer fellowship for seekers. Since New Thought is open and supports independent thought, membership in a fellowship is not required, but there is comfort in congregating with like minded souls show share this love-based spiritual path.
Considering the powerful attraction of New Thought 3.1, evinced by increasing patronage of www.NewThoughtLibrary.com, people sometimes ask why “late New Thought” communities have declining attendance, and why New Thought talks and videos by Late New Thought leaders hold little appeal. One of the reasons for this was the pernicious influence of philosophies of passivity that crept into the consciousness of those New Thought leaders who embraced that aberration now known as Late New Thought. These leaders lost their way, abandoning science to embrace magical thinking, substituting false precepts such as the Prosperity Gospels for the Truth Teachings of Christ which have were demonstrably verified by the recent work of Thomas Picketty published exactly 100 years after Abel Allen’s Message of New Thought.
A dynamic and wonderful spiritual path
New Thought Seekers finding inspiration in original New Thought teachings and works built upon those teachings have discovered a dynamic and wonderful spiritual path which is both uplifting and practical. It is important to understand that since 1999, 49% of New Thought communities around the globe have closed due to the aforementioned aberration known as Late New Thought. Instead of building up a comprehensive support system and thereby earning seekers support, Late New Thought speakers will tell you: “Give me your money, you will get 10 times that amount back from the Universe.” Likewise, if you encounter New Thought folks who blame the victim saying things like “What did you do to bring that into your consciousness,” or who say things like:
“I think poverty to a large extent is also a state of mind, he who has the right mindset, you can take everything from them and put them on the street and I guarantee you, in a little while they will be right up there and you take somebody with the wrong mindset and you can give them everything in the world, they will work their way right down there.” ~ Ben Carson
Quietly leave such places and don’t return. People who voice such beliefs are not able to form supportive loving communities because they don’t understand the scientific principle of interdependence and thus don’t grasp the essential truth of shared social responsibility.
Great New Thought Leaders
The great New Thought Leader of today does not live in a bubble; she is more than familiar with the teachings of ALL the world’s religions. She is not trapped within superstition or apocalypticism. In addition to being a master of Vedic wisdom and Abrahamic aphorisms, she is familiar with the teachings of the Lotus Sutra and the Bardos. Lesser leaders are able to make do with a smattering of this and that, offering talks which extensively quote from the books of the founder or founders of their respective New Thought variants. The great New Thought leader is a life long learner guided to manifest highest good for all living beings.
One can see that a growing number of New Thought leaders are awakening to the higher truth of New Thought 3.1, and beginning the process of personal change necessary to rekindling the spiritual light within themselves and thus rebuilding attendance at their communities. This is necessary to reverse the dramatic shrinkage in attendance such that from 2011 to 2015, an additional 21% of New Thought Communities closed.
The NewThought.net/work adheres to principles which support exploration of New Thought spirituality without favoritism toward any particular New Thought group. The goal of participants is to illuminate the truth with love and kindness while avoiding the tendency to fall into meaningless fluff through equivocation or avoidance of handling hard issues.
Weaker New Thought Leaders
It should be noted that this work was not embraced by New Thought leaders leaders who had lost their way through becoming entangled in Late New Thought. We received letters from the leader of an older New Thought organization expressing his anger that we process New Thought texts in the public domain, then place them online in the www.NewThoughtLibrary.com for free. We do this because we believe in New Thought. In addition to public domain texts, writers / owners can provide permission in writing for their works to be included in the Library.
We remind all readers that through celebration of New Thought and illumination of the truth of the evolution of this spiritual path, we are seeing record numbers of New Thought adherents. We appreciate the support of all those wonderful souls around the world helping us continue this work.
Primal New Thought
Our early efforts were not informed by an awareness of the distortions and deviations from the original New Thought teachings which occurred in the latter half of the 20th Century and are now termed “late New Thought.” As we built these resources and were joined by others in expanding them, we discovered increasing amounts of important New Thought texts which reveal the truth of New Thought origins, the importance of primal New Thought, and why New Thought is such a powerful spiritual path.
As mentioned above, since 1999, 49% of New Thought Centers have closed. These closures are due to sad and useless deviations on the part of some late New Thought leaders away from the original principles and core concepts of New Thought.
The Strange Thrall of Late New Thought
Some New Thought Millennials call this phenomena: The Thrall. Perhaps the thrall occurred due to a lack of knowledge about original New Thought, perhaps this lack was encouraged through “Folklore” and “Mythologies” which supported particular institutions or points of view but did not serve New Thought Seekers and were not in alignment with original New Thought principles and core concepts such as Human Rights, Scientific Thinking and support for Civil Society. Whatever led to The Thall is not as important as the fact that through recognizing the failures of Late New Thought, we can place it firmly in the past as an aberration and remember it as a lesson for the future.
Zombie Orb Weaver Spiders
One of the larger New Thought organizations in the US payed for the development of a new ‘wasp face’ symbol which is their new “brand.” Perhaps they were right to abandon their original dove symbols. The novel Wasp Face symbol was created by an artist from a different Spiritual Path who felt that their tactics were reminiscent of the zombie orb weaver spider.
Those who fell under the Thrall embraced FU-ism, “Prosperity Gospels,” Junk Science, magical thinking, and at times deviated so far from the original tenets of New Thought as to embrace Eddyism / Illusionism. Research clearly shows that early New Thought adherents rejected Eddyism / Illusionism and her teachings which were characterized by narcissism and delusion.
Considering that those Late New Thought leaders who fell under the Thrall were like zombie orb weaver spiders turned into slaves by parasitic wasp larva which causes them to deviate from highest good, then die in the ignoble cause of building the larva’s cocoon, it is not surprising that an insightful artist came up with the Wasp Face symbol. Is it any wonder that New Thought communities with leaders adhering to aberrant Late New Thought are dying off due to zombie adherence to FU-ism etc…?
New Thought embraces Human Rights and Scientific Thinking
Early New Thought leaders embraced the core concepts of co-creation, human rights and scientific thinking which included embracing evolution leading to the concept of spiritual evolution which teaches that not only do life forms evolve, so do thought forms.
For Eddyism / Illusionism to be included in New Thought, we would have to go against Mary Baker Eddy’s own sentiments in which she rejected New Thought. Then we would have to ignore the multitude of extant works which point out the absolute absurdity of Christian Science / Eddyism, contrasting it with New Thought which recognizes scientific truth versus Eddyism which contends that everyone is living in an illusion. Such a leap would entail using folklore and mythology to forward such a distortion. This is why New Thought Millennials call such absurdities: The Thrall.
The Thrall is Temporary
New Thought is at times called “Truth Teaching” because Universal Spiritual Principles grounded within Ancient Wisdom confirmed by scientific thought are empowering truths which support people to be happier and healthier. This is why The Thrall represents a temporary degeneration from original New Thought teachings with the dire consequence of dramatic shrinkage of attendance at late New Thought communities led by ministers under The Thrall.
Teachings which encourage callousness, lead to inhumane behaviors that culminate in the abuse of human rights and a degeneration of civil society are NOT New Thought teachings.
New Thought 3.1 is growing
New Thought 3.1 is growing and thriving because of its embrace of the UDHR, inclusive understanding of Universal Spiritual Principles, the scientific method and Civil Society as the foundation for success and prosperity. This growth is occurring outside of the fading late New Thought centers because of a failure on the part of those institutions training New Thought Ministers. New Thought Millennials feel the decline in attendance at late New Thought Communities is simply the function of Spiritual Evolution eliminating those leaders less fit to provide proper leadership.
New Thought 3.1 has more adherents by percentage and numbers than any of the late New Thought forms and outnumber all the attendees of every New Thought Center across the world. As today’s New Thought leadership awakens from the thrall and returns to the Universal Spiritual Principles / Truth Teachings, attendance at New Thought communities will grow.
The key core concept of co-creation teaches that we are all in the process of co-creating the world in which we live. This stands in stark contrast with delusions of “God’s Will” which have been used for as long as humanity can remember as an excuse for terrible behavior which is then blamed on an outside force.
New Thought Today embraces the original principles of New Thought. True Prosperity Principles proved by the work of Thomas Picketty; Principles of Interdependence and the Golden Rule proved by the Nobel Prize winning mathematics of John Nash; the essential importance of the Power of Partnership and Higher Truth of Egalitarian Spirituality proved by the work of Riane Eisler etc….