What is New Thought?
What is New Thought?
New Thought is a broad term that identifies similarities within spirituality that spans all the major religions of the world. It became the common term during the healing movement of the middle 19th century when someone said; “Your new thoughts about God are very interesting and inspiring.”
It can exist within a modern mega-church that teaches that God wants you to be rich and it is also found within the ancient teaching of Egypt, as well as, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam and the 1st Century mystic teachings of Jesus.
Very popular current authors such as, Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, and Eckhart Tolle promote these New Thought principles, as do movies and/or books such as The Secret and What the Bleep Do We Know?
Quantum physics is currently embracing these principles in books like Amit Goswami’s Self Aware Universe and Physics Universe and Physics of the Soul.Oprah Winfrey is often said to have a New Thought approach to spirituality via her Super Soul Sunday program. Her series, Belief, showcased the similarities and uniqueness of the world’s beliefs.
So, with all this, why New Thought Centers? What is their purpose?
New Thought centers offer a local, more community oriented, place to learn about and practice the principles of New Thought. One can reap benefits from reading a book, but when this is done together, with discussion and writing, it is much more powerful. When we come together in a class or a meditation group, we are more powerfully raising the collective consciousness of our world.
Whatever beliefs people have upon arrival, New Thought centers focus on empowering one’s personal unique spiritual journey. One’s path may be to satisfy the desire to find deeper, more empowering connection with the undefinable power that is named God, Allah, Great Spirit…. One may aim for things like awareness, unconditional love, a clear sense of one’s place in the world or a stronger connection to the inner voice within that transcends the human mind.
This focus, being individual, creates a new, more aware, more loving, person who is more capable of seeing and wanting similar possibilities for others. Rather than becoming better than others, all become closer to being equals within the community and the world.