“Music . . . can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.” ― Leonard Bernstein
In New Thought, and specifically the branch that emerged from the writings and teachings of Ernest Holmes (Religious Science), the founding principles laid out by Holmes are similar in structure to the creeds of Christianity.
Holmes fought against the establishment of a church – wanting his teachings to be pondered and taken by students back to their home churches and communities. He lost that battle and the Church-saturated culture that was the United States in the mid-20th century took the principles (that Holmes formulated based on his studies in Christian Science and Divine Science) and built a church-like organization around them.
It is this close resemblance to the Protestant Church (organizationally and in procedural matters) that makes the fate of the American church a concern to spiritual centers, too. But this is not a post about those matters.
The following are a sampling of the beliefs that guide Centers for Spiritual Living today:
WE BELIEVE in God, the Living Spirit Almighty; one, indestructible, absolute and self-existent Cause. This One manifests Itself in and through all creation, but is not absorbed by Its creation. The manifest universe is the body of God; it is the logical and necessary outcome of the infinite self-knowingness of God.
…in the eternality, the immortality and the continuity of the individual soul, forever and ever expanding.
…that heaven is within us, and that we experience it to the degree that we become conscious of it.
… in the direct revelation of truth through our intuitive and spiritual nature, and that anyone may become a revealer of truth who lives in close contact with the indwelling God.
… in the healing of the sick and control of conditions through the power of this Mind.
… in the eternal Goodness, the eternal Loving-kindness and the eternal Givingness of Life to All.
New Thought congregations are often populated with refugees from traditional religion. Once in the tradition long enough to be comfortable with a relationship with the Divine that incorporates their New Thought perspective and respects the tradition(s) from which they came, many people’s spiritual practices become a mix of New Thought with some traditional flavors added in for “texture“.
One of the most common mixing comes in the form of music. There are few mediums that evoke the strong emotional responses that a piece of music can.
Even the very traditional chant music (YouTube video embedded above) can be appreciated from a New Thought perspective. And it’s one way we can honor the late founders of New Thought, who were much more connected to traditional tenets of religion than their modern descendants.
So enjoy the music you love – whatever the season; and remember that when we say that we are all One – it includes even those folks who are still deeply grounded in the teachings we’ve moved away from.
One is one.
And so it is.
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