Seicho No Ie is the largest and most successful New Thought denomination having grown two alternate expressions of the New Thought form originally worked out by Masaharu Taniguchi. At this time, this robust New Thought denomination has evolved three expressions from the seeds planted by Tanaguchi.
Only one U.S. denomination, Religious Science, successfully diversified into robust alternative expressions of the New Thought form generated by Ernest Holmes. Unfortunately financial pressures forced the two organizations to amalgamate in what they called the “Integration.”
“Contrasting monoculture with biodversity, it is observed that the former is more vulnerable to disease because every individual has the same genes; biodiversity gives populations resiliency to disease and higher adaptability. Ideas / memes reflect biology. Memes have similar processes of variation, mutation, competition, and inheritance. if these processes are stymied, it limits an ideas’ reproductive success. This is why the 20th Century New Thought writer Ernest Holmes was fond of saying that New Thought “is open at the Top” and the symbol he uses in his book Science of Mind reflects this concept.”
New Thought Today, Avalon de Rossett
In contrast to most religions, traditional New Thought embraces evolution in both biology and spirituality. This can create challenges for those seeking a fixed system of thought.
New Thought teaches us that while we are responsible for our personal successes and failures, we are in a process of co-creation with others. One of the best ways for the soul to awaken to this truth is through collaborative processes such as the creation of dance or dramatic productions. When we hear “Roll sound!” then the response “Sound Speed!” followed by “Roll camera!” ultimately leading to the director’s call: “Action!” We are hearing a cadence of call and response within a group co-creating a video / film production. The great film, TV and theater productions we love are not usually the result of solo producer / performers.
Likewise, Life is a co-creation shared by billions. While the lesser mind might think that everything is a competition, in truth it is a cooperation. This does not mean that everything is always running smoothly, in fact the way of cooperation is a process of communication which may not be smooth or easy, but is a necessity. In fact we are at the advent of an era of communication; presently we are in the networking phase which characterized by both connectivity and disconnection. One might ask: How can it be characterized by both connectivity AND disconnection? The answer is found within the truth elucidated by Lao-Tzu, the founder of Taoism.
Your most important resource is your heart-mind.
- “I feel… an ardent desire to see knowledge so disseminated through the mass of mankind that it may, at length, reach even the extremes of society: beggars and kings.” — Thomas Jefferson: Reply to American Philosophical Society, 1808.
- “The cornerstone of democracy rests on the foundation of an educated electorate.” — Thomas Jefferson
- “I know no safe depositary of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.” — Thomas Jefferson to W. Jarvis, 1820.
- “The information of the people at large can alone make them the safe as they are the sole depositary of our political and religious freedom.” — Thomas Jefferson to William Duane, 1810
Education is one of New Thought’s key values. New Thought encourages the development of the individual and the promotion of opportunities for education for every citizen within all societies. Wisdom occurs when knowledge is combined with compassion. This is what it means to develop the heart-mind. When we examine the quotes above from Thomas Jefferson, they support us to understand why a broad education, supporting the ability for individuals to think clearly and independently, is important. We can also see why those groups opposing the UDHR, which is the highest spiritual wisdom thus far, also oppose education, especially education of women. Research has clearly demonstrated that the education of women is the most significant factor in the creation and maintenance of prosperity and peace in any society.
Jefferson understood that information is not wisdom. Wisdom comes from the ability to use information to discern compassionate solutions. Rote memorization of texts, including New Thought texts, does not generate wisdom. The difference between training and a proper education is that while the former enables a person to to accomplish a specific task such as rote recitation of a text, the latter empowers one to come up with solutions to accomplish anything.
Once upon a time, there was a minister who was obsessed with the works of a 20th Century New Thought leader, he diligently memorized as much of the writer’s works as he possibly could. He noticed that some Abrahamic Religious Leaders carried leather bound copies of their key texts with them; so he purchased a leather bound edition of the writer’s major works and carried it with him in the same manner as an Abrahamic fundamentalist. He peppered his conversation with quotes from his hero, but during this process he forgot the essential. New Thought is not about memorization of another’s work, it is about internal transformation. He didn’t understand this principle because he was lost within outward form instead of inward substance. Instead of helping him, his approach to New Thought was walling off his good.
We awaken into awareness and develop consciousness. Spiritual teachings are here to support spiritual awakening. It does not help to parrot pages we find within spiritual works as much as to develop a personal spiritual practice and learn to live The Way, to be the change we wish to see in the world and help others in their growth of higher consciousness.
All New Thought Streams contribute to the greatest Spiritual Stream of all: the River of Life
As long as spiritual expressions support the highest spiritual truth thus far manifested which is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), they are welcome aspects of New Thought Today. All New Thought Streams contribute to the great River of Life which is the greatest treasure that humanity shares. Whether this life is defined in terms of science, or viewed through the lens of spirituality, when it is lived with compassion it is a gift to all.