The Vedic New Thought Stream
The Vedic Thought stream flows from the font of Vedic religion which is variously known as Vedism, Hinduism, and Brahmanism. The principal Vedic texts are the Upanishads which are associated with Vedic Schools. While some scholars seek to “pigeon hole” Vedic Thought as polytheistic, pantheistic, monotheistic etc…, the truth of Vedic Thought is too complex for simple categorization. While contemporary Hinduism can be described as having four major traditions, Vedic Thought is comprised of many schools thus providing a rich resource for New Thought adherents seeking deeper understanding of the Universal Spiritual Principles which undergird New Thought. Those approaching New Thought from a Vedic perspective will often learn Hatha Yoga as well other Yoga forms such as Raja Yoga while integrating parallel insights which support their movement on the spiritual path. Vedic New Thought forms include Roy Eugene Davis’ Centers for Spiritual Awareness.
The Buddhist New Thought Stream
Buddhist Thought streams spring forth from the Teachings of Siddhārtha Gautama, commonly known as the Buddha, but also known as Shakyamuni. Buddhist texts are found within four basic traditions delineated as Theraveda, Mahayana, Vajrayana and Navayana. While many New Thought Buddhists look to the Lotus Sutra for inspiration, a wide spectrum of Buddhist teachings are referenced as long as they are congruent with the Universal New Thought Principles. Buddhist New Thought adherents generally focus on practice and sharing New Thought dharma (spiritual wisdom). Many New Thought buddhists do not generally attend a New Thought Center regularly but prefer instead to do a daily practice of mantric chanting (usually Namu Myoho Renge Kyo or the shorter Nam Myoho Renge Kyo) and reciting passages from Buddhist texts, most notably from the Lotus Sutra. Some Buddhist New Thought adherents have had experience with Buddhist Sanghas: Tibetan, Zen and Nichiren are the most common.
The Ruitaoist New Thought Stream
Ruitaoist New Thought is a recent phenomena which is largely explored by Chinese practitioners. Finding inspiration in the combination of Taoism and Ruism, Ruitaoist New Thought finds inspiration through both Taoist and Ruist texts. As in all streams of New Thought, practitioners support their talks and insights from a wide variety of spiritual paths. A website (DivineTao.com) was created in 2003 which supports the exploration of the Tao from a New Thought perspective. This area of New Thought will provide fertile ground for the transformation and consequent growth of New Thought Today. Practitioners are known for silent breathing meditations and a strong emphasis on Conscious Communication.
The Abrahamic New Thought Stream
The Abrahamic Thought stream has four quadrants: Judaism, Christianism, Islamism and Mormonism. All of these forms of Abrahamic Thought share the mythological figure known as Abraham. Each of these quadrants is distinguished by the addition of, or substitution of texts in their respective approaches to the shared concept of a single invisible deity commonly depicted as having an alternating behavior pattern that vacillates between wrath and apology similar to a person with Borderline Personality disorder. The Abrahamic New Thought Stream takes a metaphysical mystic approach which finds spiritual principles within root texts of Abrahamic Thought Forms and uses these principles to encourage an approach to life that is positive. Abrahamic New Thought Forms include: Universal Foundation for Better Living, Unity.
Indigenous New Thought Streams
Indigenous New Thought is a powerful New Thought tradition which contains a broad spectrum of traditions ranging from the aforementioned Diné / Naabeehó (notable for the Blessing Way) to Nordo-Celtic New Thought and Sami Spiritual Teachings. While the Blessing Way has been referred to as the oldest New Thought form in continuous existence, this contention is not as important as the existence of the various forms of thought throughout the world rooted within unique cultures and finding compassionate expression in alignment with the Universal New Thought Principles of the New Millennium detailed above. There are many wonderful spiritual expressions from people around the world rooted within their respective cultures and thereby supporting the perpetuation of a delightful variety of human identity. Practitioners of indigenous New Thought usually have strong spiritual practices including chanting meditation and explorations of sacred ceremonies with a reverence for mother nature.
Sadly not all cultures are respected by outsiders and there are some very beautiful cultures which have lost touch with the love that is essential for them to flourish. History is replete with instances of this phenomena providing ample examples of the collapse of cultures through invasion or self-sponsored colonization. Sometimes self-sponsored colonization occurs when a society does not nurture the well being of its citizens and imports outsiders to act as low paid wage slaves instead of providing ample wages to attract native citizens to do those jobs. Thus the seeds of self-destruction are not sown by outsiders, but by insiders who do not demonstrate the necessary respect for their fellow human beings which would result in the provision of proper remuneration and social support.
Guided by Universal Spiritual Principles
New Thought is a unique spiritual path, not because it demands belief in superstition or a particular pattern of expression, but because guided by Universal Spiritual Principles and recognizing the UDHR as the highest spiritual expression, New Thought adherents strive together in the present to create a more compassion world in which every soul can fully express itself while in this shared reality we call life.
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.