Some Frequently Asked Questions about Science of Mind
- Is this Philosophy ‘New Age’?
- Is this related to Scientology?
- Is this a Cult?
- Are these Teachings unique to Science of Mind?
- Are Religious Science and Science of Mind the Same?
- Why is this called Religious Science?
- So, what is Religious Science?
- How does Science of Mind help people to improve their life?
- Can anyone have anything they want?
- What About Meditation?
- What About Prayer?
- What is an Affirmation?
- Does Science of Mind believe in God?
- Do you believe in Heaven and Hell?
- What about Death?
- Do You Believe in Reincarnation?
Is this philosophy ‘New Age’?
Science of Mind or Religious Science is a New Thought philosophy and honours all paths that lead to God and a better understand of the way the universe works.
Many people with ‘New Age’ leanings are attracted to the Science of Mind Teaching; and some of its practices such as meditation are also practiced by those who consider themselves ‘New Age’.
Is this Related to Scientology?
No. It is not related to Scientology in any way, and should not be confused with it
In fact, the two are very different.
Religious Science (Science of Mind) was founded in 1927 by Dr Ernest Holmes.
Scientology was founded in 1960 by L Ron Hubbard.
Other than the five letters "scien" at the beginning of both names there are no similarities!
Is this a Cult?
No. Science of Mind teaches that each individual has the power over and the responsibility for his or her own life.
We highly discourage dependence upon any one person; we challenge people to think for themselves and develop their own intuition.
Are these Teachings unique to Science of Mind?
No. These Teachings draw from the wisdom from the ages and just like human kind and everything within the universe, this philosophy evolves.
We believe that we are on the threshold of an era of a new understanding of who we are as human beings. Science is confirming what the mystics have been saying throughout the centuries; self-development teachers and writers, countless psychologists, spiritual cinema directors and producers are also using a philosophy encompassing these same principles.
Science of Mind is a system in which the universal principles are correlated and explained in a way that is easily understood and applicable to enhance one’s own experience of every day life.
Are Religious Science and Science of Mind the Same?
Why is this called Religious Science?
Ernest Holmes used the terms ‘Science of Mind’, which he called the book that describes his synthesis of the truths running through all of the religions of the world, and ‘Religious Science’ interchangeably. He believed that religion and science were truly complementary, and named his organization the Church of Religious Science to show that.
He believed that, eventually, science would prove what the mystics have been saying for thousands of years about the nature of God, human beings, and the Universe. His beliefs have been borne out by many modern scientists, who have found that the universe is truly made up of energy. Religious Science, along with all of the mystics of the ages, knows that that energy is God.
So, What is Religious Science?
Religious Science is a spiritual philosophy for the modern man and woman. It is based on the Truth which arises in every culture in the form of science, philosophy, and religion.
Religious Science views religion as a source of wisdom for revealing the Truth about the seemingly unknown forces that shape our universe. This enables us to participate in our own life as a co-creator with the Divine.
Religious Science was founded by Dr. Ernest Holmes, a self-taught philosopher who rigorously studied all of the world's Spiritual paths for most of his life. In 1927, he wrote The Science of Mind, which synthesized the truths that he discerned were present throughout all of the world's faiths. That book is the foundation of the principles of Religious Science.
Dr Ernest Holmes never intended to begin a new faith, but was persuaded to allow a church to be created to assure that the principles he synthesized would outlive him.
How does Science of Mind help people to improve their life?
Science of Mind teaches how to live in accordance with spiritual principles for greater peace, harmony, happiness and joy. These principles or metaphysical laws are as reliable as the laws of physical science.
The consistent application of this teaching in your life will result in good health and fitness, fulfilling relationships, enhanced creativity, abundance and prosperity. Yes, it is spiritual but also immensely practical!
Can anyone have anything they want?
Yes & no. It works according to each individual’s beliefs.
What the mind can conceive the mind can achieve. We create our own personal experience according to what we really believe is true and possible. Each person is the creator of their life with their own thoughts and feelings.
What About Meditation?
Meditation is the time honoured technique for taming, training and transforming the mind. We endorse all forms of meditation, from creative visualization to the more traditional mind stilling techniques. It is through meditation that we come into a state of spiritual communion and thereby experience a greater sense of unity of all life.
What About Prayer?
Science of Mind honours and endorses all forms of sincere prayer. In addition, it teaches a unique and scientific form of prayer called Spiritual Mind Treatment. This is a powerful, affirmative method of prayer that was developed by Dr. Ernest Holmes, the founder of Science of Mind and the Religious Science Organisation. It involves a five step process that embodies all of the elements of the creative process of Life itself.
What is an Affirmation?
The term affirmation is normally associated with a verbal statement that is made about some goal that we are trying to achieve, or some experience we desire to have.
However, the act of affirmation is really much more than that. It is an act of faith. It is the ability to put aside your doubt and fear in order to act as if your desired goal were already a reality. In this sense, an affirmation can be any statement, act, or symbolic gesture that affirms the reality of your intentions. Through the process of affirmation we "act as if" our highest aspirations were already a reality.
Does Science of Mind believe in God?
We believe in the concept of God; this is fundamental to our philosophy, although the name is not important. God is Spirit, first Cause, the Creator of all that exists, the Presence and Principle that fills the whole of the Universe, the Substance of all forms, Life itself. God is infinite, eternal, and changeless. God is Love and also perfect Law. Since God is infinite it impossible to fully explain what God is.
Do you believe in Heaven and Hell?
We believe that heaven and hell are states of mind.
We experience heaven when we are in harmony with the Life that surrounds us.
Hell is a state of mind that we experience when we don't understand why something unpleasant is happening to us. We can choose to create our own heaven or hell on Earth, and take our beliefs with us when we go through the transition the world calls death to the next plane of existence.
What about Death?
Science of Mind teaches the eternality of life. It accepts that our physical bodies operate within a natural cycle of birth and death. However, even though we may have a body, we are not just our body. What we really are is the Life that animates our body, and that Life is infinite and immortal. As we become increasing identified with our divine and eternal nature, our underlying fear of death begins to dissolve and our experience of life become more joyous.
Do You Believe in Reincarnation?
Science of Mind neither endorses nor rejects any particular theory or concept of reincarnation.
Since life is eternal, there are an unlimited number of possibilities for its evolvement after the experience of physical death. We accept the on-going-ness of life and we deal with what is before us in the present moment.