by dr. larry morris
New Thought began as a spiritual healing movement in the 1860's in New England. Its early founders were influenced by Emerson, Swedenborg and William James as well as Mystical Christianity and Eastern religious thought.
New thought is a fusion of religion, philosophy and psychology. Its major premise is that thought is the cause of circumstances, not the result.
Change your thought, change your life, change our world. So much of our life is based on our thoughts. Buddha said, "All that we are is the result of what we have thought." So, if we wish to experience a healing and a renewal in our life, we have to begin by changing our thinking. To have a new life, we need to have a new thought about ourselves and our life. Too often, we go around thinking of ourselves in old ways, with hard, unforgiving, and unloving thoughts. But this moment, we can choose to release the old thoughts, the old idea of separation, lack and limitation, and we can begin to accept a New Thought: life is good, there is only One Presence in this whole universe and we are already connected to this Presence that is all-good, all-knowing, and all-loving. We can live from this New Thought of Oneness and let It reveal our new life to us now.
The following are principles of the International New Thought Alliance:
We affirm the freedom of each person in matters of belief.
We affirm the Good to be supreme, universal, and eternal.
We affirm our belief in God as the Universal Wisdom, Love, Life, Truth, Power, Peace, Beauty and Joy "in whom we live, move, and have our being."
We affirm that the universe is the body of God, spiritual in essence, governed by God through laws which are spiritual in reality even when material in appearance.