What Is the Science of Mind?
óWritten by Ernest Holmes
The Science of Mind that is taught in these lessons is an
outgrowth of the spiritual faith which people have had
throughout the ages. Before science was conceived the
Presence of God was felt. Before ever mental actions or
reactions were analyzed history was filled with instances of
men and women who had experienced God.
The Science of Mind is comparatively new, but the mental
experience of the invisible universe is as old as the
history of man. It is new in that for the first time in
history we have put together all findings which contribute
to the establishment of man's relationship with the
universe, to the end that he may be able to apply his
spiritual understanding to the everyday problems of human
This science necessarily starts with the proposition that we
are living in a spiritual universe whose sole government is
one of harmony, and that the use of right ideas is the
enforcement of its law.
The Science of Mind is built on the theory that there is One
Infinite Mind which of necessity includes all that is,
whether it be the intelligence in man, the life in the
animal, or the invisible Presence which is God. In it we
learn to have a spiritual sense of things. This spiritual
sense of things is what is meant by the Consciousness of
Christ. To be able to discern the spiritual idea back of its
physical symbol is to use the mind that Jesus used.
The Science of Mind is intensely practical because it
teaches us how to use the Mind Principle for definite
purposes, such as helping those who are sick, impoverished,
or unhappy. Each one of us should learn to become a
practitioner of this science, a demonstrator of its
Principle, a conscious user of its Power. Power already
exists, but the existence of Power is of no particular value
to us until we use it. We must not only be conscious of
Power, but we must be actively conscious of it. This is one
of the first lessons we learn in the Science of Mind.
This science is more than mental; it is also spiritual,
since we live in a spiritual universe. The Science of Mind
declares the Truth about this spiritual universe and it also
declares the Truth about false belief, considering
everything which is opposed to good as an accumulation of
human thought, the collective negative suggestion of the
Wrong conditions are resolved into false beliefs, and
through the use of right ideas a transformation of thought
takes place. We learn to build our ideas upon an affirmative
rather than a negative factor. To state the Truth and deny
or disregard that which in belief is opposed to it, is to
prove that the Principle of the Science of Mind is actual.
The ever increasing thousands of persons who are daily
proving this Principle add to our conviction that we are
dealing with the most intense reality the human mind has
ever conceived. As you will learn later, the practice of
this science is the application of a definite technique, the
law of right thought, of true spiritual understanding.
How to Begin these Studies
It is necessary to start these studies with the complete
conviction that there is such a Principle and that you
understand the scientific use and application of it.
Conscious knowledge alone gives you the conscious control of
the laws of nature. The advance in any science always
corresponds to the conscious use made of the laws of nature.
There could be no advance in science without such conscious
use of nature's laws.
It would be unwise to approach a study of the Science of
Mind with superstition. You must approach it with
understanding. Above all, you must approach it with the
definite intention in mind of making conscious use of its
Principle. You must come to realize at the very start of
your inquiry that Mind exists as a Principle in the
universe, just as electricity exists as a principle.
Once you understand this it will not be difficult to see
that thought is the tool of Mind, that right ideas enforce
the Law of Mind; nor will it be difficult to see that
physical objects are fundamentally spiritual in their
nature, that an objective fact is but a symbol of a
subjective or an invisible cause. It certainly follows that
if you are to make practical use of the Science of Mind you
must be able to convert things into thoughts, and by
changing the stream of consciousness produce a corresponding
change in an objective situation, whether this be used for
helping those who are sick, or to meet any other need.
The question naturally arises whether or not man has a right
to use his thought for whatever purpose he wills. The more
sincere one is the more likely he is to ask this question.
Strangely enough, he would not ask this relative to any
other science but would feel that all laws exist to be used,
and any sane person would naturally desire to benefit
himself and others through the use of nature's laws. Why
should any exception be made to the greatest of all laws -
the Law of Mind in action, and the enforcement of this Law
through right ideas?
One of our fundamental propositions is that God is all there
is. When you say God is all there is, that includes
everything, all possibility and all action, for Spirit is
the invisible essence and substance of all form. It is
impossible to separate the highest use of this science from
the most exalted conception of an immanent Spirit, a
transcendent Spirit, an available Spirit.
Perhaps one might at first have an aversion to the idea of
using spiritual power for material purposes, but in the
Science of Mind we discover that there are no final material
purposes; that whether life exists in an objective or a
subjective state, whether it is visible or invisible, all is
Spirit; that Spirit or Intelligence, plus what It does,
constitutes the entire universe, including man.
What the Science of Mind Reveals
The Science of Mind reveals that every man is a potential
Christ. Every man has inherent God-power within him. And how
could this God-power be used other than through his thought?
Since it would be impossible for a man to act as an
intelligent being unless he could first think, the very idea
of man supposes a center of consciousness, a center of
thought activity. The Science of Mind reveals that this
center of God activity within each one is a complete and a
unique manifestation of the Parent Mind; that the Power of
God does actually exist in man.
It is a basic proposition in our philosophy that we live in
a mental or spiritual universe and that things can be
resolved into thoughts. This is the foundation upon which
all scientific practice must be established, and when you
are able to establish this premise in your own thought, you
at once find yourself equipped with an instrument through
which you can change your environment.
The Science of Mind does not deny the physical universe. The
objective universe is the Body of God. That body includes
our physical being. In reality every idea of our physical
being is a Divine idea.
The misconception of the spiritual universe causes our
universe to appear separated from good, and in fact we
experience this separation. But that which is a fact in
experience is not necessarily true in principle. Bondage
cannot be conceived by the Divine, and yet we all know that
bondage is a part of man's experience.
In trying to seek a solution for this enigma we must either
conclude that there is an ultimate good and an ultimate evil
in the universe, or we must conclude that there is but one
Ultimate, which is good, and that this Ultimate by Its very
nature and by our very nature is compelled to appear to each
one of us in the form of our belief. If you can accept this
proposition it will be easy enough for you to see how it is
that false belief binds humanity.
If that which binds is false belief and not the Truth, then
you will see why Jesus told us that a knowledge of the Truth
would produce freedom. He did not mean that knowledge of the
Truth creates freedom, but that knowledge of the Truth makes
us free by aligning us with that which was never bound.
Accepting the foregoing conclusions as true it follows that
the Divine Creative Principle is already perfect, having
neither confusion nor chaos within It. It was, is, and will
remain exactly perfect. Our individual universe shall be
redeemed from its bondage in such degree as we become
actively conscious of the Truth of our being. We must use
the Law as a Law of Liberty, else we shall be using It as a
law of bondage.
Science of Mind's Technique
The Science of Mind provides us with a definite technique
for the use of this Law and teaches how each one can use It
in freeing himself and demonstrating to his complete
satisfaction that right ideas, correctly used, can and must
produce right conditions.
So far, neither science, revelation, nor philosophy has
arrived at any conclusion which could disturb this
proposition, and every day the physical sciences are more
completely proving that the physical universe in which we
live is more like a gigantic thought than anything else. Now
if the physical universe, or the cosmos as a whole, is more
like a gigantic thought than anything else, it follows that
our immediate world is a part of this thought.
How amazed we all should be if we awoke some fine morning,
not only with the absolute conviction that this is so, but
also with the inner insight which would enable us to see
exactly what it means. Then we too should be able to say to
the paralyzed man, "stretch forth thine hand!" But before we
can do this we must see the principle of freedom instead of
the belief in a paralysis of this principle.
The Science of Mind is a reinterpretation of the universe by
a process of thought which Jesus used. We learn that there
is one body, the body of right ideas. Jesus sensed this Body
of God, which includes man's body, as a perfect, harmonious
unit, and he realized that the evil which binds man is not a
principle within itself nor a thing of itself, and most
certainly not a person, but merely a false system of
thought. He understood that his knowledge of good
annihilated that which denied good. This fundamental fact he
clearly brought out in his teaching; the Truth known is
followed by the Truth demonstrated.
The Science of Mind does not necessarily create a new
religion or sect, for it may be added to any spiritual
system of thought since it is a complement to all. The
person who already has the greatest spiritual faith will
make the most active demonstrator of Truth. The person who
naturally has a spiritual insight or who has already trained
himself to have spiritual insight, will more quickly sense
the truths which the Science of Mind portrays. He will more
quickly lay hold of its technique and more perfectly
demonstrate for himself and others that the invisible is the
cause of the visible.
Proving the Science of Mind
For every science there must be a technique or a way of
proving its truth. Science of itself is a knowledge of laws
and principles arid systematic arrangement. And the
technique of any science is the way in which we use this
knowledge of laws and principles.
Applying this rule, (which is common to all sciences) to the
Science of Mind, it naturally follows that if there is such
a principle as Universal Mind, and if it does work according
to the Law of Cause and effect, and if thought,
self-contemplation, or self-knowingness is that which
stimulates Its action, then correct thinking can and must
produce objective or visible results.
We must lay even more stress on the use of the Science of
Mind than we do on seeking to establish its Principle. As a
matter of fact its Principle is self-evident; its use is
exactly what we make it. And the first thing that any
student of this science should do is determine to make daily
use of it. In this, as in all other things, we should be
practical. Too much study of any principle without making
conscious use of it will lead to mere theorizing, and I am
sure we all wish practical results.
You are ready to use the Principle governing the Science of
Mind the very moment you accept the fact that there is such
a principle and that it does operate through your thought.
But this seems to be the place where many fall down. They
talk so much about the Principle and use It so little. They
permit themselves to become confused by the introduction of
contradictory ideas. They spend too much time in merely
philosophizing, theorizing, speculating, until finally they
live in a world of wistful wishing, of day dreams.
You must come to see that the Science of Mind is an actual
Principle to be definitely used; that no matter how much
good may exist in the universe, only as much good can come
to you as you can conceive. Above all things, determine now
to use this science. Do not say, "Well, this is but the
first lesson and I expect to have understanding enough
within a year to use it." Seize upon whatever facts present
themselves to your mind today, begin to use such truth as
you grasp out of your first lesson, and before the year is
over you will have become an effective practitioner.