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The Creative Process in the Individual
The Creative Process in the Individual scientifically explains the sequence of creative activity starting from the beginnings of life through the development of mankind. We each have a divine right of creation. Sharing in that divine power to create what is good will open up a wonderful vista of possibilities. Thomas Troward was an early New Thought writer who had an immen ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published November 24th 2008 by Wilder Publications
(first published 1985)
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This is not easy reading but within the prose lies incredible insight. Basically, Troward teaches that self-contemplation, to know yourself, is the essential step to unlock your inner creative process. This echos what the ancient Greeks said (think back to Plato, Aristotle and Socrates) as well as the Eastern teachings of Bodhidharma, Funakoshi and Lao Tzu. Without that first step, nothing else will follow. Through self-contemplation, the finding of our innermost Spirit, thoughts can be transfor ...more
Jun 01, 2015 Susan rated it 2 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Troward may be one of the brilliant founders of New Thought a century ago, but I drowned in the archaic writing style and got through only 60% of the book. The bits I found most helpful were those that used examples to demonstrate his concepts such as “Principle is not bound by precedent” … using the example of an old belief that heavy machines cannot fly. Although I’ve studied Ernest Holmes’ Science of Mind, I couldn’t follow Troward’s sequence of principles of Spirit, and found it a tough slog ...more
Thomas Troward was a judge in British-administered India, where he made a personal study of the teachings of Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. After retiring from the bench in 1896, he applied his legalistic mind to matters of philosophy, and began lecturing and publishing on "Mental Science," eventually becoming president of the International New Thought Alliance.More about Thomas Troward...
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“A lie is a statement that something is, which is not. then, since the Spirit's statement or conception of anything necessarily makes that thing exist, it is logically impossible for it to conceive a lie. Therefore the Spirit is Truth. Similarly disease and death are the negative of life, and therefore the Spirit, as the Principle of life, cannot embody disease or death in its Self-contemplation. In like manner also, since it is free to produce what it will, the Spirit cannot desire the presence of repugnant forms, and so one of its inherent Laws must be Beauty. In this treefold Law of Truth, Life and Beauty, we find the whole underlying nature of the spirit, and no action on the part of the individual can be at variance with the Originating Unity which does not contravert fundamental principles.”
“Relying on the maxim that Principle is not bound by Precedent we should not limit our expectations of the future; and if our speculations lead us to the conclusion that we have reached a point where we are not only able, but also required, by the law of our own being, to take a more active part in our personal evolution than heretofore, this discovery will afford us a new outlook upon life and widen our horizon with fresh interests and brightening hopes.”More quotes…