Discover the Life-Changing Power of Thinking in Creative and Self-Affirming Ways The authors of this Science of Mind classic sum up its contents as "the things in your life and the thoughts that are behind them." You will discover that the key to living a life of inner peace, contentment and fulfillment is to think in creative, positive, self-affirming ways. For, in the words of the authors, "Every thought has a consequence. And every experience has a causative thought behind it. Thoughts are things, and all things in one's life have a thought that precedes them." You will learn that if you change the content and tone of the thoughts behind the things in your life, you will permanently transform yourself and your life—for the better.
Thoughts Are Things is divided into four "The World Around You," "The Life You Live," "Your Mental and Spiritual Health" and "The Future Is Yours." Each of these parts is further broken down to describe everyday challenges and offer practical solutions to them. The pages describing the challenges will help you see that everyone faces difficult predicaments—both small and large—at one time or another. From the writings of Ernest Holmes, the pages outlining the solutions to these challenges present practical and inspiring means to triumph over difficulties and emerge stronger and wiser.
If you are ready to permanently improve your life by changing your thought patterns, this is the book that can help you do it. Learn how changing the things behind your thoughts can make your life more fulfilling today!
Ernest Shurtleff Holmes was an American New Thought writer, teacher, and leader. He was the founder of a Spiritual movement known as Religious Science, part of the greater New Thought movement, whose spiritual philosophy is known as "The Science of Mind." He was the author of The Science of Mind and numerous other metaphysical books, and the founder of Science of Mind magazine, in continuous publication since 1927. His books remain in print, and the principles he taught as "Science of Mind" have inspired and influenced many generations of metaphysical students and teachers. Holmes had previously studied another New Thought teaching, Divine Science, and was an ordained Divine Science Minister. His influence beyond New Thought can be seen in the self-help movement.
In, “Thoughts are Things”, Ernest Holmes and Willis Kinnear team up to provide the reader with a reminder that “…the key to living a life of inner peace, contentment and fulfillment is to think in creative, positive, self-affirming ways… Every thought has a consequence. And every experience has a causative thought behind it.” The information pertaining to this central theme is presented in a very unique way - Willis Kinnear discusses various life challenges that people face on the even numbered pages, known as “The Challenge” pages, and Ernest Holmes provides some personal elucidation and related affirmations on the odd numbered pages, appropriately named “The Solution” pages.
For example, opening the book to pages 36-37, the reader will see the heading on page 36 as, “Success” and the heading on page 37 reads, “Words have Power.” Under the “Success” heading, Willis Kinnear starts the dialogue with this information, “There is an old familiar saying that ‘Nothing succeeds like success.’ To this rather obvious idea perhaps we should add the not-so-obvious one that ‘We always succeed.’ What is meant by ‘success’? It may be defined as the fulfillment, accomplishment or achievement of those ideas which preeminently occupy one’s thinking.” And, on the opposing page, Ernest Holmes starts his side of the discussion with, “You are either attracting or repelling according to your mental attitudes. You are either identifying yourself with black or with abundance, with love and friendship or with indifference” which he then follows with several affirmations, including “I know that my acceptance only good in my experience penetrates any unbelief in my mind, casts out fear, removes doubt and clears away obstacles,…”
Although some of the paired headings don’t seem to have a direct connection, the information on both pages is, in-and-of itself, useful and empowering; however, due to the fact that the discussions are limited to a single page, or a pairing of two pages, some readers might not get the full scope of what they are looking for in such a brief discussion. Personally, while I find the format interesting and the book worth reading, I would read any number of the other exceptional books that both of these authors are associated with before I would read this one again.
I have the 1983 paperback edition, written in conjuction with Willis Kinnear. Kinnear writes a comment and Holmes writes a commentary, with afirmations. Interesting format, easy to read and only 95 pages, I found this book enjoyable and full of food for thought.