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The Science of Mind

4.37  ·  Rating Details ·  1,639 Ratings  ·  70 Reviews
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. ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published November 14th 2006 by Ancient Wisdom Publications (first published 1938)
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Apr 16, 2013 Lucya rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who desires happiness
This book is great! I could end my review here. This knowledge is power!Such well worth the time to read this. On our journey here, we all want to better ourselves, whether we admit it or not You do not have to be poor, or miserable, or lonely. Choose what you want. Sit and wait. Know that it is coming. Live expecting good to come. It will. Stop! Do not doubt. Train yourself to think the right way. If you are living a life that is sad and just getting bye, you must stop here and now and begin to ...more
Angelica Taggart
Nov 13, 2015 Angelica Taggart rated it it was amazing
I've read this book every year since 1981 ... everytime I find something new!
Powerful Stuff!
Claude Vertu
Aug 16, 2012 Claude Vertu rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
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.
Vinay K. Venugopal
Jul 17, 2012 Vinay K. Venugopal rated it it was amazing
Great book.. wisdom of ages.
Daniel Barenboim
Mar 29, 2016 Daniel Barenboim rated it it was ok
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
Jul 01, 2012 Alia rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Aug 11, 2012 Nancy rated it did not like it
Shelves: never-finished
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.
David Teachout
Jun 03, 2012 David Teachout rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spiritual

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.
Jan 17, 2013 Linda rated it it was amazing
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!
Ray Justice
Oct 28, 2011 Ray Justice rated it it was amazing
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.
Sep 18, 2010 Donna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Life changing
John Lusk
Jul 06, 2011 John Lusk rated it it was amazing
Must read
Jim Razinha
Apr 28, 2014 Jim Razinha rated it it was ok
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
Jul 07, 2009 Robin rated it it was amazing
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). ...more
Mar 10, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ernest Holmes’ “New Thought” metaphysics is a synthesis from many great and varied sources. He was influenced mostly by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Thomas Troward, Phineas Quimby, Mary Baker Eddy and the Bible. The book’s density, as in - a lot packed into every sentence and paragraph, made it slow going for me. But ultimately worthwhile in gaining insight into his thesis of the One Mind of which we are all a part; we are all the stuff of God – Godstuff – making the world with our thoughts - something ...more
Nov 28, 2016 Gary rated it liked it
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
Jan 07, 2014 Cheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 04, 2009 Jay rated it it was amazing
What can you say about the book that explains... pretty much everything. This is the instruction manual for life.
Aug 04, 2009 Vanessa rated it really liked it
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.
Mari Young
Mar 12, 2011 Mari Young rated it it was amazing
Best book EVER!!
Sep 01, 2011 Sea rated it really liked it
== A review of Science of Mind and a critique of New Thought ==

This remains the best textbook of “New Thought” metaphysics. Ernest Holmes (1887-1960) was no doubt the most analytical, comprehensive and scientific (also pseudo-scientific) of metaphysical thinkers and writers in his lifetime. I have admired much of the contents of this book since buying it in the 60s. But reading it, I still find it difficult to mentally stay on course with his terminology from one page to the next. That may partl
Linda Rodda
He has written more readable books. It seemed this book was to workout his definitions and logic.
Kara Lane
Aug 20, 2014 Kara Lane rated it really liked it
The Science of Mind is a wonderful book written by a great spiritual teacher. In it, Ernest Holmes explains that there is a creative law in the universe which we tap into through our thoughts. He shows us how to apply spiritual principles to everyday life.

He illustrates how man can work out his own destiny and determine what type of life he will lead. He points out that the mind of man is connected to the mind of God. Since the mind of God is infinite, this means man's mind contains unlimited po
Evelyn Eve
See: placebo effect

See: religious psychodrama

That said, there is not a whole lot to say about SOM beyond this:

If you believe in it...the whole Universal/Infinite Abundance bit...there is no talking you out of it. And if you don't buy into it, I am just preaching to the choir here.

Insert: random new age joke.

One point I do agree with about this philosophy, though, is the need to reconcile religious practice with science, medicine, and psychology. However, I do not believe this is the philosophy t
Feb 19, 2013 Theresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For me, this was definitely a "take what you need and leave the rest" sort of book. But what I was able to take from it was really lovely.

I don't subscribe to the whole "if you wear glasses, speak to God and your eyesight will improve" (there is an actual prayer for that specific thing) nor do I believe that cancer or hardened arteries can be "cured by love." ...Or that physical disease is imaginary.

But that said, I liked the way Holmes framed his ideas on positive thinking and positive action.
Jan 06, 2016 Casey rated it it was amazing
Each person maintains an identity in Law through his personal use of it-to learn how to think is to learn how to live--listening to "if I ever feel better" by Phoenix--- I thought about the words-- the thoughts-- going into a medium that is infinite. An ability to do and be. I thought and by thinking I experience. Knowing the truth I let go of my thoughts.. I learned being normal isn't natural. Normal means something usually done. Natural is how you are when you're not trying to be normal.. I ...more
Apr 07, 2014 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is the most profound book I have ever read. Dr. Holmes combines eastern religion, christianity, metaphysics, positive thinking, creative thought, and affirmation prayer into a tour of the most helpful spiritual, emotional and physical ideas of our time. If you have ever been put-off by conservative religion and an emphasis on guilt and sin, or don't even really even believe in a Higher Force, then even you too will find this useful. Drawing on the Bible and other major spiritual writings ...more
Erica Schwer
Nov 15, 2011 Erica Schwer rated it really liked it
The Science of Mind is an overall interesting and informative book, covering the topics of metaphysics, spirituality and science. Though it can be hard to follow at times, due to its far out topics, it is worth the amount of attention that is required to read. Holmes provides a lot of information that most people typically do not know about the power of our own minds and psychic abilities. An open mind is definitely necessary when reading this book, because some of the scientific facts provided ...more
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