What is New Thought?
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 scientific thinking.
New Thought teachings are based on the observation of Universal Spiritual Principles
New Thought recognizes that Universal Spiritual Principles undergird all spiritual paths and religions understanding 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.”
While there is some wonderful folklore regarding the origins of New Thought, New Thought history is not as simple as some would depict it, nor as complex as others choose to make it.
Origins of New Thought
These core concepts of traditional New Thought are the basis of New Thought Today / New Thought 3.1 and provide the reason why New Thought Millennials embrace the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) for guidance in principle and practice.
There are many wonderful New Thought organizations with diverse root texts and a variety of approaches to those texts and distinct methods of teaching.
It is important to do your research by reading their texts, visiting various New Thought communities and through observing the talks and behavior of the Spiritual Leaders to determine the best fellowship for you.
There is a wide spectrum of New Thought Today
New Thought Today includes New Thought paths which use Buddhist, Taoist, as well as Indigenous Teachings as their primary foundation while remaining inclusive regarding wisdom which aligns with the UDHR.
New Thought also includes Abrahamic and Vedic Thought but is not limited by these Thought forms. We recognize that neither Abrahamic Thought, nor Vedic Thought are the summation of, nor a limitation on New Thought.
New Thought teaches that change begins within, and New Thought adherents have a responsibility to co-create a more compassionate world. New Thought leaders are tasked to be life long learners who understand that Wisdom is manifested through the combination of knowledge with compassion.
Traditional New Thought included the principle of Human Rights and New Thought 3.1 includes the UDHR
The UDHR is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. New Thought Millennials and properly trained New Thought practitioners know the UDHR is the highest spiritual teaching today. All previous spiritual teachings that do not agree with the UDHR are no longer valid and must be discarded. While this is obvious to Millennials, it is apparently not something that older folk understand.