Emma Curtis Hopkins Brought Women Into the Heart of Her Healing Ministry
Lifting up this ‘teacher of (metaphysical) teachers’ for Women’s History Month
Roots of Science of Mind was my favorite class in my training as a spiritual practitioner.
Once I had a basic understanding of metaphysical principles, and how they differed from mainstream Christianity, I was full of questions.
Given the Puritan traditions of Christianity in the United States, how did metaphysics ever take root here at all? What if any role did it play in history and politics, like the world wars for example. And what role did women play in all of this?
I did my Roots class final project on Emmanuel Swedenborg because Alcoholics Anonymous founder Bill W’s wife Lois was a Swedenbourgian. Their twelve steps to heaven were thought to be the inspiration for AA’s twelve-step recovery program. Though the Oxford Group movement prominent at the time had a major role in that too. Even though it only had six steps.
Now, in honor of Women’s History Month, I want to take a closer look at the role of women in shaping what’s called the New Thought Movement. Starting with a founding mother fondly referred to as the teacher of teachers, Emma Curtis Hopkins.