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Ernest Holmes (1887-1960) founded Religous Science, part of the New Thought movement. Schooled in Christian Science, he moved to Los Angeles in 1912. Holmes published his first book, Creative Mind in 1919, and followed it up with The Science of Mind in 1926. Holmes had an immense influence on New Age beliefs, particularly his core philosophy that we create our own reality. Ernest Holmes (1887-1960) founded Religous Science, part of the New Thought movement. Schooled in Christian Science, he moved to Los Angeles in 1912. Holmes published his first book, Creative Mind in 1919, and followed it up with The Science of Mind in 1926. Holmes had an immense influence on New Age beliefs, particularly his core philosophy that we create our own reality. This is the text of the first edition of The Science of Mind. A revised edition of this book was published in 1938.


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Ernest Holmes (1887-1960) founded Religous Science, part of the New Thought movement. Schooled in Christian Science, he moved to Los Angeles in 1912. Holmes published his first book, Creative Mind in 1919, and followed it up with The Science of Mind in 1926. Holmes had an immense influence on New Age beliefs, particularly his core philosophy that we create our own reality. Ernest Holmes (1887-1960) founded Religous Science, part of the New Thought movement. Schooled in Christian Science, he moved to Los Angeles in 1912. Holmes published his first book, Creative Mind in 1919, and followed it up with The Science of Mind in 1926. Holmes had an immense influence on New Age beliefs, particularly his core philosophy that we create our own reality. This is the text of the first edition of The Science of Mind. A revised edition of this book was published in 1938.

30 review for The Science of Mind

  1. 4 out of 5

    Angelica Taggart

    I've read this book every year since 1981 ... everytime I find something new! Powerful Stuff! I've read this book every year since 1981 ... everytime I find something new! Powerful Stuff!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Gary Beauregard Bottomley

    There is a well thought out philosophical foundation that the author lays out in this book. The author is going to argue for "The One" of Parmenides (I don't think he cites Parmenides by name but speaks in his terms). Most modern Christian thought puts God outside of the universe (an atemporal, transcendental being of some kind), and makes Man (all people, but I'll use "Man" because that's the way they talked in 1926) completely separate from his creator. The One is infinite and everything that e There is a well thought out philosophical foundation that the author lays out in this book. The author is going to argue for "The One" of Parmenides (I don't think he cites Parmenides by name but speaks in his terms). Most modern Christian thought puts God outside of the universe (an atemporal, transcendental being of some kind), and makes Man (all people, but I'll use "Man" because that's the way they talked in 1926) completely separate from his creator. The One is infinite and everything that exists is made of this mind substance and is just a rearrangement of this substance according to Holmes. The Rev. George Berkeley developed a coherent (and probably never properly refuted belief system) that everything that exist is in the mind of God. (If a tree fell in the forest and no one was there to hear it would it make a sound. Yes, of course, it would according to Berkeley, God would hear it). Holmes is taking Berkeley but putting a reverse twist on it, we are the mind of God and God is our mind. He'd would probably agree with the statement that "the Man who thinks is God". That's sort of an Aristotelian sentiment too. Because, in the Aristotelian worldview there is no creation ex nihilo, there is only creation from something, an arrangement of stuff. Since Holmes is starting with the infinite substance being from God he reaches a similar conclusion to the Pagan thought of Aristotle. Holmes very subtlety reworks Christianity with some of the old Pagan beliefs put back in. Holmes, no longer makes Man an infinite distance from God and our Gratitude can be actualized (under traditional Christianity we can never pay God back fully for the Cross and can only try to be perfect in this life time, but Holmes allows us to be perfect). For Holmes, God is approachable, and might be outside of time, but still part of our universe. Karl Popper realized that Parmenides agrees with Einstein's "block universe" from Einstein's General Theory of Relativity. Time is taken out of the universe when it is looked at from the whole cosmos. Holmes is no dummy. He knows what he his doing and how he connects man to God through the medium of the ether (or in today's terminology I would say the "Higgs Field", which permeates the whole universe and gives all particles which have mass their mass). Holmes does give a very non-standard interpretation on Christianity. Not that there is anything wrong with that (who wants to study the same old boring stuff?). His thinking does seem to overlap a lot with Quaker thought (probably by far my most favorite of all religions). He also has a whole lot of Mary Baker Eddy in his system, but with what I would call a 'lite' version. Because, he'll say go ahead and think the illness away but go to a doctor if need be. He thinks there is a medium (an ether) where our thoughts can travel freely about. Our thoughts can effect (and affect) the world. He really likes Jesus, but puts a different spin on Jesus' words than traditional Christianity. Such as when Jesus said "I and the father are one" really means that all of us have the spark of God within us and God has it in us and we are all like the speck in the center of a page completely surrounded by the infinite mind (everything is mind). Duality (mind body dichotomy) leads to errors in thought. The author understands that and discusses some of those problems when he talks about absolutism and relativism. He knows that cause and effect get jumbled together and he replaces that way of thinking with Karma. The author thinks mystics have always been real (great sages of ages past from all cultures who understand the wisdom acquired from the instinctual use of the mind), and the author thinks psychics of all kinds are real and can tap into the subjective consciousness, the part of the mind that contains the soul and contains our memories and can be accessed by using deduction, the necessary Laws that flow from the universe's (God's) existence. Spirit is that which becomes self aware and is not soul, the soil that allows the Spirit to be actualized. There's definitely a large self-help component to this book. People who have been through bad experiences and need a helping hand will definitely be able to embrace this book with its positive mental attitude approach (but they first would have to wade through some of the compact language and pseudoscience contained in the book). I suspect that's why people give this book such high ratings. I liked his attitude on good habits and why they matter so keenly in making us who we become, "first the man takes a drink, then the drink takes the drink, and then the drink takes the man". The prayers (or meditations) in the end of the book probably would work for people who are at their wits end and feel they can't take it anymore. To get to the meat of the book, one does have to wade through a lot of psychobabble ('constipation is about recognizing ones freedom", I would say that it's about fiber, but immediately following that he says something intelligent about people with low self worth and how to realize that it is not real. So one has got to take the good with the bad with this book). This book provides a different spin on Christianity. In my opinion, a more refreshing look, and he is not bad with his philosophy, but there is a lot of babble from the time period he writes which he accepts. I would be fairly certain there are people this book could help, but it is not a science book whatsoever and does have a whole lot of psychobabble with it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Barenboim

    The book started off well enough, taking me on a journey through Christian beliefs in the spirit, soul, and body as they are related to the Holy Trinity (Father, Holy spirit, Son). Then it made some great assertions that we choose our outlook on life and that we are in total control of any outcome that may befall us. For these great concepts, I'd give the book 5 stars. The reason it earns two stars is because of the constant repetition of the same thing and the pointless religious babble. Babble The book started off well enough, taking me on a journey through Christian beliefs in the spirit, soul, and body as they are related to the Holy Trinity (Father, Holy spirit, Son). Then it made some great assertions that we choose our outlook on life and that we are in total control of any outcome that may befall us. For these great concepts, I'd give the book 5 stars. The reason it earns two stars is because of the constant repetition of the same thing and the pointless religious babble. Babble might be a harsh word but it does it justice when the other repeatedly says things like "God is all and all is God". These type of sayings could have filled up 25 pages of this book. The real issue started when he began delving into levitation, psychics, fortune tellers, apparitions, etc.. At that point this book turned into an Encyclopedia of Witchcraft. Author claims he has personal had conversations with mysterious voices that "did not know where they came from" and that he has personally seen a pencil writing while floating in midair "with no one holding it". Then with his other mystical claims, he admits that there is no research on it but he assumes that one day we will find proof for how these things happen. There is no science in this book whatsoever. Science includes experiments, trials, data, anything! The whole book is conceived of his own personal beliefs and him validating that it is "Fact".

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alia

    Bless the heart of this author! This book to me was and still is a guide that is helping me in my life. When I got hold of this book, I was going through a tough time in my life trying to find happiness with myself while at the same time trying to to prove myself to those i loved most. This book taught me how to deal with the most difficult situation with Spiritual help. One cannot read this book if you do not believe in God or are not Spiritual in any kind of way. I consider myself lucky to hav Bless the heart of this author! This book to me was and still is a guide that is helping me in my life. When I got hold of this book, I was going through a tough time in my life trying to find happiness with myself while at the same time trying to to prove myself to those i loved most. This book taught me how to deal with the most difficult situation with Spiritual help. One cannot read this book if you do not believe in God or are not Spiritual in any kind of way. I consider myself lucky to have a copy of this book. i would recommend to all who find it hard to see their Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Perfection.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jim Razinha

    The Science of Mind Don't be fooled by the title - I was, but only until the third paragraph. I don't remember how it got on my list, but once started, I felt I had to train wreck through it. I've read a number of real mind science books in the last couple of years and this this is a simply a largely Christian religious text with a few scientific mentions in it. There is a bit of pseudoscience, but Holmes clearly doesn't think so. It's unfair to ding Holmes for a 1920s perspective, and it's unfair The Science of Mind Don't be fooled by the title - I was, but only until the third paragraph. I don't remember how it got on my list, but once started, I felt I had to train wreck through it. I've read a number of real mind science books in the last couple of years and this this is a simply a largely Christian religious text with a few scientific mentions in it. There is a bit of pseudoscience, but Holmes clearly doesn't think so. It's unfair to ding Holmes for a 1920s perspective, and it's unfair to pick on the non-science as this is clearly religious. Any reader without a critical eye can be taken in by the wrong definitions/examples. His examples of something as simple as inductive and deductive reasoning are wrong, but sound convincing. I made a lot of notes, but after a while it became comical, so I decided to give up. Some of the gems is this one: Take electricity as an example; we know that there is such a thing as electricity; we have never seen it, but we know that it exists because we can use it;... That logic evades me - we can make predictions about electricity, and test those predictions...but the simpler answer wasting scientists's time is because "we can use it". It is known that certain people can read our thoughts, even when we are not aware of the fact... Um, wow. The conscious mind controls the subconscious; and in its turn, the subconscious controls the body. No. Really no. ...as we have found that man is threefold in his nature, so we must also deduce that God is threefold in His Nature... "must"? Dude, there is no "must"...save in your manufactured very odd world. Non sequitur. Psycho-analysis is a system of analyzing the soul, or the subjective mentality. It is a mental process of diagnosis which seems to be technically perfect when used by those who understand it. Right. Because psycho-analysis is an absolute science. Strange as it may seem, we do not have the same physical bodies that we had a few months ago; they have completely changed; new particles have taken the place of the old; and the only reason why they have taken the same form is, that Instinctive Man has provided the same mold. Huh. No comment necessary. So, I was a bit surprised to learn that the mythical (Biblical?) flood was caused by psychic confusion. Never heard/read that ever. I was also unaware that "very few diseases are inherited". I'll chalk that up to a 1926 understanding of genetics. I think I should qualify this review...I looked up comments on other editions and learned that this may have been an abridged version. I can't imagine plowing through anything longer. This is a tortuous read. Holmes is all over the map here and doubles back on himself throughout. He obviously believed he was coherent. He wasn't. I didn't like this, but not enough to rate it one-star.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Claude Vertu

    Inasmuch as many of the the author's examples contradict his own teachings, the book still deserves 5 stars for its general overall excellence. The Science of Mind is a book that anybody who is serious about understanding universal/quantum concepts should absolutely read, and study, time and again, because it talks about the many aspects of science/religion/spirituality which are left out of most books published today, and in recent times, about these concepts. It goes well beyond the ideal of m Inasmuch as many of the the author's examples contradict his own teachings, the book still deserves 5 stars for its general overall excellence. The Science of Mind is a book that anybody who is serious about understanding universal/quantum concepts should absolutely read, and study, time and again, because it talks about the many aspects of science/religion/spirituality which are left out of most books published today, and in recent times, about these concepts. It goes well beyond the ideal of mere wealth attainment, generously spilling over into concepts such as God and divine purpose. If you've been left empty-handed by more recent "Law of Attraction" books, this book will explain why!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

    powerful stuff.... whether you believe in 'god' or not, this stuff is good and it works if you allow yourself to try the principles expounded upon and then just observe what occurs... That is the whole truth of the matter.... no matter what anyone might call it... religion, god, whatever, with a Positive Mental Attitude and Focus we can each change our lives. Period. powerful stuff.... whether you believe in 'god' or not, this stuff is good and it works if you allow yourself to try the principles expounded upon and then just observe what occurs... That is the whole truth of the matter.... no matter what anyone might call it... religion, god, whatever, with a Positive Mental Attitude and Focus we can each change our lives. Period.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Vinay K. Venugopal

    Great book.. wisdom of ages.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    I subscribe to "Science of Mind" magazine and really like the philosophy of the reilgion founded by Ernest Holmes. However, I could not finish his classic book. His use of Spirit, Soul, Subconscious, Conscious, Mind, etc. only boggled my mind. So, I gave up on reading it. Will have to content myself with articles of his that appear in the magazine and clearer interpretations of others as to his beliefs. I subscribe to "Science of Mind" magazine and really like the philosophy of the reilgion founded by Ernest Holmes. However, I could not finish his classic book. His use of Spirit, Soul, Subconscious, Conscious, Mind, etc. only boggled my mind. So, I gave up on reading it. Will have to content myself with articles of his that appear in the magazine and clearer interpretations of others as to his beliefs.

  10. 4 out of 5

    David Teachout

    At times sophomoric, at others deeply profound Holmes is here giving the total visionary outline of the religion or spiritual discipline he created. It does not have to be read in order and in fact likely shouldn't, instead perused as a spiritual guide to further understanding the principles of Religious Science. Contemplation is key here as is an appreciation for how standard religious words are used differently. Once clear a whole new world opens up. At times sophomoric, at others deeply profound Holmes is here giving the total visionary outline of the religion or spiritual discipline he created. It does not have to be read in order and in fact likely shouldn't, instead perused as a spiritual guide to further understanding the principles of Religious Science. Contemplation is key here as is an appreciation for how standard religious words are used differently. Once clear a whole new world opens up.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Amazing book!!! I recommend to anyone who is a seeker of the meaning of life. The first lesson is a bit confusing but don't quit!! The further along you get it all starts to come together! Truly a life changing book! Amazing book!!! I recommend to anyone who is a seeker of the meaning of life. The first lesson is a bit confusing but don't quit!! The further along you get it all starts to come together! Truly a life changing book!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ray Justice

    Just loaded with thoughts and realities for understanding how we function as thinking human beings. I have had a copy of this book for many, many years.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    I found this to be the most clear and reasoned presentation of the basic New Thought world-view I have yet read. Whether all the cosmology proves to be exactly the way things are constructed it's a good working model for "how things work". The world-view is simple, to the point and not cluttered with lots of extraneous speculation about how many angles are involved with rhythmic movement on small objects (or other complex descriptions of what is difficulty to know from our material perspective). I found this to be the most clear and reasoned presentation of the basic New Thought world-view I have yet read. Whether all the cosmology proves to be exactly the way things are constructed it's a good working model for "how things work". The world-view is simple, to the point and not cluttered with lots of extraneous speculation about how many angles are involved with rhythmic movement on small objects (or other complex descriptions of what is difficulty to know from our material perspective). This work is a good "owner's manual" to this "spiritual being having a material experience" world we live in. Highly recommended. There are a few Biblical references, although, as with most New Thought works, they are interpreted metaphorically: as teaching tales someone spiritually wise might tell for what they show about the personal spiritual journey. In this view, the "Christ" is within each of us, and the person the Gospels was written about was just really good at allowing that inner light to express in his life. By this teaching, we can all learn to do what he did--in fact, that is what he wanted us to learn to do (not shame and criticize each other)! New Thought only acknowledges or focuses on the positive: only sees or speaks about goodness (at least that's the goal!). Holms does an excellent job of explaining how that can be accomplished in ones life.

  14. 4 out of 5

    JP

    What can you write when the book is close to divine I crawled every page Coz of immense experience. Some people relate this book more religious but am aware about myself with the world is not Though most of the time the explanation repeated but cannot be avoided when that is the truth of your mind connecting to universal mind. Written for people who in therapy and how to go about the profession on curing sick people and also helping the sick to understand why they are sick and how they can come ou What can you write when the book is close to divine I crawled every page Coz of immense experience. Some people relate this book more religious but am aware about myself with the world is not Though most of the time the explanation repeated but cannot be avoided when that is the truth of your mind connecting to universal mind. Written for people who in therapy and how to go about the profession on curing sick people and also helping the sick to understand why they are sick and how they can come out of sickness If you say everyone should read this book then it has to be made as text in schools. I admired myself when reading such a divine book This one book can give the meaning of your life

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I loved this book. It's easy to read, inspiring, and spiritually confirming. I found an old version at a thrift store at a very lonely time in my life, when I first moved to CA and missed family and friends. Another one of those creative visualization / law of attraction books. I loved this book. It's easy to read, inspiring, and spiritually confirming. I found an old version at a thrift store at a very lonely time in my life, when I first moved to CA and missed family and friends. Another one of those creative visualization / law of attraction books.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Aileen

    the bible for anyone wishing to start a cult.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

    Excellent to read, as long as you pay attention and don't read it when tired. Unless you can follow a hardcore steady train of thought for long periods of time when sleepy. Excellent to read, as long as you pay attention and don't read it when tired. Unless you can follow a hardcore steady train of thought for long periods of time when sleepy.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jay

    What can you say about the book that explains... pretty much everything. This is the instruction manual for life.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Glenn Younger

    I first read this book over 30 years ago. It was heady stuff back then. Interesting to see how thirty years of experience living a spiritually based life takes what was once heady and turn it into simple. I got this book to help a friend who is studying to become a Science of Mind reverend. Because Ernest Holmes was an intellectual, his approach to spirituality is very left brain oriented. My friend is more of an intuitive and that's why she was having such trouble understanding what he was tryin I first read this book over 30 years ago. It was heady stuff back then. Interesting to see how thirty years of experience living a spiritually based life takes what was once heady and turn it into simple. I got this book to help a friend who is studying to become a Science of Mind reverend. Because Ernest Holmes was an intellectual, his approach to spirituality is very left brain oriented. My friend is more of an intuitive and that's why she was having such trouble understanding what he was trying to say. Since she'd read my book, "How to Make the Most of Your Earth Experience: 14 Principles of Unconditional Love" (for sending your Inner Critic on permanent vacation) and found it mega-easy to understand, I was able to translate Ernest Holmes' words into ones she could intuit easily. My recommendation? Buy this if you like a super intellectual approach to spirituality. His words will open up your mind to new dimensions of living. If you prefer a more right brained approach, there are better books out there to help you get in touch with your Inner Knowing.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Rose

    I have read so many books, nearly 2,000 that have had a tremendous influence on my life, and still do to this day. It was during the darkest period of my life that I took nearly all of the money I had to my name and bought The Science of Mind. Within 8 weeks of reading (and highlighting) this profound book from cover to cover my entire life did a complete turnaround. What Ernest Holmes drilled into my mind was EXACTLY how the laws of this universe work with respect to manifestation. The universe i I have read so many books, nearly 2,000 that have had a tremendous influence on my life, and still do to this day. It was during the darkest period of my life that I took nearly all of the money I had to my name and bought The Science of Mind. Within 8 weeks of reading (and highlighting) this profound book from cover to cover my entire life did a complete turnaround. What Ernest Holmes drilled into my mind was EXACTLY how the laws of this universe work with respect to manifestation. The universe is completely neutral! Whatever you focus on and believe is exactly what you WILL receive! Remember this! I feel such deep gratitude for Ernest Holmes for writing this book because of the immeasurable difference it has made in my life.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Larry Branch

    I am loving the new thought concepts. May take a while to put into practice. I believe this is a good intermediary understanding before the concepts of Non-duality. It has a lot of the traditional concepts of Christianity but any religion can work these concepts. It does exclude from the Christian tradition concepts based in fear and operations of the devil. Main theme is that the process of God is always working for good. The science is about aligning ones mind with this process. This is new th I am loving the new thought concepts. May take a while to put into practice. I believe this is a good intermediary understanding before the concepts of Non-duality. It has a lot of the traditional concepts of Christianity but any religion can work these concepts. It does exclude from the Christian tradition concepts based in fear and operations of the devil. Main theme is that the process of God is always working for good. The science is about aligning ones mind with this process. This is new thought and not Christian Science.

  22. 4 out of 5

    J.B. Hollows

    Considering when it was written I think the book is way ahead of its time. He losses his way and gets quite hung up on affirmations near the end but the essence of what he is pointing to is true. I had to ignore the emphasis on ‘God’ and replace the word with energy. I had powerful insights about the nature of the human experience and so the read was worth it for that. In my opinion no need to ‘study’ this book. Rather read and see what you hear for yourself. Ignore the rest.

  23. 4 out of 5

    John Kenrick

    Life changing Essential reading to anyone interested in New Thought or Religious Science. Wisdom as potent today as when it was written. Far clearer than the earlier edition, this is the definitive version. Excellent kindle text.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lynne Cockrum-Murphy

    Fortunately I was guided what order to read the chapters in and given topics to consider at the same time otherwise I may not have gotten through it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jackie Berke

    A Christian pastor back in the day to credit for all of the old ways and traditions did refresher for those who study the old ways to see how religion evolves.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Chantee

    Read this years ago and it's time to read again. Highly recommend. Read this years ago and it's time to read again. Highly recommend.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Thacia

    Really good in places. Kinda weird in others... hence the 3 stars.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Joanie

    Life changing.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dominica Applegate

    Exceptional.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kareemah

    Great read Best book on spirituality, I’ve read in a long time. Ernest Holmes books are life changers. I definitely would recommend.

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