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The Science of Mind: the Definitive Edition

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  1,905 Ratings  ·  77 Reviews
In the early part of the twentieth century, a visionary named Ernest Holmes began a journey of exploration and research that profoundly affected thinkers throughout America. His work, based on the teachings of the great philosophers, the sacred wisdom of both Eastern and Western traditions, and the empirical nature of science, offers a philosophy of religion and psychology ...more
Paperback, 672 pages
Published August 24th 1998 by TarcherPerigee (first published 1938)
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Oct 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
I've read this book every year since 1981 ... everytime I find something new!
Powerful Stuff!
Daniel Barenboim
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
Nov 28, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 hav ...more
Claude Vertu
Aug 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 m ...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
Great book.. wisdom of ages.
Jim Razinha
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
Apr 07, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 30, 2012 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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Life changing
John Lusk
Jul 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Must read
Jul 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 31, 2008 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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What can you say about the book that explains... pretty much everything. This is the instruction manual for life.
Mari Young
Mar 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best book EVER!!
Aug 04, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 22, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
the bible for anyone wishing to start a cult.
Sep 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Glenn Younger
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first read this book over 30 years ago. It was heady stuff back then. Interesting to see how thirty years of experience living a spiritually based life takes what was once heady and turn it into simple.

I got this book to help a friend who is studying to become a Science of Mind reverend. Because Ernest Holmes was an intellectual, his approach to spirituality is very left brain oriented. My friend is more of an intuitive and that's why she was having such trouble understanding what he was tryin
Barbara Rose
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read so many books, nearly 2,000 that have had a tremendous influence on my life, and still do to this day. It was during the darkest period of my life that I took nearly all of the money I had to my name and bought The Science of Mind.

Within 8 weeks of reading (and highlighting) this profound book from cover to cover my entire life did a complete turnaround.
What Ernest Holmes drilled into my mind was EXACTLY how the laws of this universe work with respect to manifestation. The universe i
Larry Branch
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am loving the new thought concepts. May take a while to put into practice. I believe this is a good intermediary understanding before the concepts of Non-duality. It has a lot of the traditional concepts of Christianity but any religion can work these concepts. It does exclude from the Christian tradition concepts based in fear and operations of the devil. Main theme is that the process of God is always working for good. The science is about aligning ones mind with this process. This is new th ...more
John Kenrick
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Life changing

Essential reading to anyone interested in New Thought or Religious Science. Wisdom as potent today as when it was written. Far clearer than the earlier edition, this is the definitive version. Excellent kindle text.
Lynne Cockrum-Murphy
Fortunately I was guided what order to read the chapters in and given topics to consider at the same time otherwise I may not have gotten through 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
Kara Lane
Aug 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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