This is the essential theme of New Thought, the non-denominational spiritual movement that began just over a hundred years ago. It started with the American Transcendentalist movement of spiritual thinkers, philosophers and writers, like Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. Later a small prayer group that began in a middle-aged couple's parlor in rural Missouri grew into what became the Unity movement that now has spread thoughout the world. Other similar schools of thought developed, and eventually have come to be called the New Thought movement. Even though more than a hundred years old, New thought is still very new and unknown to a large number of people.
The basic premise of all New Thought faiths is that every person is an extension of God expressing though us, and that God communicates with all of us, to each in the way that we can personally understand. Nothing that is sacred is really hidden - we need only to ask and listen, and everyone who asks, receives. No one is more spiritual than another; all of us have the same unlimited choices and we all create the life we have with the thoughts we hold and believe. We all have the power to change this life the same way.
In this age of worldwide turmoil when the contrast between the light and the darkness is so great, each and every one of us is now being called and challenged by the spiritual evolution of the entire human race. It is time to recognize and to choose and commit to the Truth of our Being: That we are not physical beings having occasional spiritual breakthroughs and experiences - We are spiritual beings having a physical experience on this earth for a while, in order to learn our soul's lessons, to perform our soul's work, and to help and heal each other.
The denial of this truth has been the cause of great suffering and conflict in the world. But while we are here, we are given free choice by God and allowed to choose every kind of experiences, every kind of terrible mistake, and every great or small act of love or compassion, in order to truly know the meaning and immense scope of this human life.Then we can consciously and awarely choose.
There is before all of us a vast ocean of What-We-Do-Not-Understand, yet instinctively we know, somewhere in the deepest places of our consciousness. Truly we see "through a glass darkly" even as we are gathering The Light. The most important requirements for this journey may prove to be forgiveness, compassion, and trust in God and each other. We never go alone; we are guarded and guided by the God Within, the Inner Christ, the still small voice, by intuition and communication with the universal consciousness which we have called God, and other names for the Infinite, the Nameless.
When we discover that God is the only true reality - and that all the rest we fabricate out of our desires or fears, then manifest in our own lives and play out in our world- in that moment, we can claim our own power to create a better life and a better world. God is irrevocably within us, moving through us in a personal way at all times, and we are here both to teach and to learn from, each other.
The monthly essays of "The Horse's Mouth," now titled simply "New Thought Essays" share thoughts and experiences of New Thought with whoever is guided to these pages. The writers and contributors of the essays make no claims to special wisdom, and have no special powers, visions, or relationship to God except the same ones available to you and me. Some of the essays are written by ministers; most of them are not. If you would like to contribute a personal essay, you can send it to Darkhorse Press through the Submit Works option at the top of this page.
Please take whatever you find here that rings true for you, and use it. You will find that it "works." Leave the rest to whoever it was meant for. I ask you to listen to the still small voice of God within you. I invite you to open up the windows of your soul and see how your life changes. And I urge you to become aware of your habits of thought, and take command of the life-creating instrument that your thought is, your belief is, your faith is.