‘The Science of Mind’ by Ernest Holmes is the great classic of ‘New-Thought’. The precursor to the ubiquitous ‘Law of attraction’ (LOA). Although Amazon have listed the title as ‘Science of the Mind’, at least at the time of writing this review. Thankfully the Kindle version is the 1926 edition – much ‘punchier’ than later abridged editions. The only difference between New-Thought and the LOA, is that New-Thought has an emphasis on healing and spiritual aspects. But at the practical level, the two philosophies are saying exactly the same thing. While being a Christian, or even religious at all, is not remotely necessary to put the ideas of New-Thought (or the LOA) into practice, its roots are largely Christian; being effectively a renaissance of Christian Neoplatonism - however ‘uncool’ and unfashionable the new-ageists, Wiccans etc find this unarguable fact! It is really funny to encounter book reviews and blogs actually complaining about this. ‘The Science of Mind’ is a wonderful and life-changing book, and goes much further towards providing an underlying theory, of just why the LOA works, than virtually all later books. In fact most recent books, such as ‘The Secret’ do not give Ernest Holmes (and many other New-Thought authors) the credit they deserve. One exception to this is Gregg Braden’s book ‘The Divine Matrix’. ‘The Matrix’ being the name recent authors are giving to New-Thought’s ‘Universal Subjective Medium’ (USM). ‘The Science of Mind’ comes across as much wiser, more logical, and even more spiritual, that many of the more popular ‘channelled’ sources for these ideas. One exception to this is ‘Bashar’, channelled by Darryl Anka. However ‘way out’ this source seems, the ‘bottom line’ statements they both make are virtually identical. For example, Ernest Holmes states that we can change the trend of causation at any moment we choose. While Bashar says that each moment does not depend upon the previous one – except as we insist it does.
1.0 out of 5 starsBE CAREFUL. Get the correct 1938 Revised Edition.
30 May 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
The Science of Mind was originally published in 1926. In 1938 it was revised and enlarged by the author in collaboration with Maude Allison Lathem. The 1938 revision is the standard teaching text. I own the paperback published by Tarcher/Putnum in 1988 with the forward by Jean Houston, and it is well worn and marked with pen and highlighter. I wanted the Kindle edition so I could read it fresh without all my markings.
Amazon has mingled both editions on one product offering, so I went to the 1938 paperback edition, clicked on the Kindle link, and bought the ebook thinking it was the 1938 edition. It is NOT! It is the 1926 edition, and it has poor formatting. I first realized there was something wrong when I read a sentence that ended mid-sentence. Then again. Then I had to flip through several pages that had only a word or two on them.
This is a HORRIBLE edition. I went to Tarcher Putnam and found their ebook edition ISBN and then looked it up on Amazon. You can find it here:
5.0 out of 5 starsWonderful book to aid in healing one's life
11 October 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
I'm new to a church that practices the principles set out by Ernest Holmes in 1926. This version of the book contains the 1926 version in it's entirety along with the current 1938 version. Together there is a lot of important, valuable information. Many days of meditations and guidance for a life that works! My life is already transformed from applying the teachings contained within the pages. It is written in the original syntax of the author and for some may not ring comfortably to the ear; to others it may read as poetry. I am somewhere in between on that scale. But, I highly recommend this book to anybody who is exploring their spiritual nature and a life of ease and Abundance.
5.0 out of 5 starsYesterday is gone. Today is the blessing we have and tomorrow is what we make of it by what we think and put into action today..
29 March 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
"Change your life by changing your mind"....We have at our disposal all of the goodness, prosperity, love, health, and even wealth that exists in the world and we can access all of that by simply learning how the Universe (God,He, She, It or...) works in all of it's simple magnificence. No churches or middle-people to interpret or judge us and all we need is at our fingertips with this book and the others that Ernest Holmes gifted us with. I would recommend his "Living the Science of Mind" as a companion volume because initially the Metaphysics and this material can be pretty daunting at times even though it is written in a very accessible manner. If you don't push it, don't push yourself, or judge or allow yourself to be intimidated by past thoughts and experiences, especially those you may have had through family and/or organized forms of religion then you will sooner than later "get it", understand and be able to use the building blocks of the very reality we all live in. How could it not be a little overwhelming at first????? Read a little, let it sink in, give it the time you need and re-read then read some more and each time you will see it all with a little more clarity.Also be prepared to feel a need to doubt and reject it all because it seems just too easy, so whole and wholesome. No worries, put it down and come back when you are ready. This is when the companion volume becomes very helpful. Be ready to take the most exciting and fulfilling adventure of a lifetime and welcome to your life!
5.0 out of 5 starsGives the phrase, 'A must read' a whole new meaning!
3 May 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
The Science of Mind is a superb book written by a one of a kind spiritual teacher. Ernest Holmes explains that there is a definitive law in this universe which we link to through our thoughts. He teaches us how to apply this spiritual law to everyday life.
He explains how we humans can literally manifest our own destiny and determine what type of life we lead. He explains how the mind of mankind is linked to the mind of the infinite source. Since the mind of the source is infinite, this means man's mind contains limitless possibilities.
The book is lengthy and some dedication is warranted, as are most of Ernest Holmes writings, but this is one that can change your life, it has mine. Holmes dedicates a lot of time explaining spiritual mind healing and incorporates teachings from the New Testament as well as meditations on everything from obtaining happiness to healing your body to finding forgiveness for yourself as well as others and how to be stress free and just plain 'happy' as nature and the source intended us to be. I have a mindfulness quote that I’ve written everywhere as a constant reminder, it’s really simple. “As you think, so shall you be.” Be very mindful of your thoughts, they truly dictate how your life will unfold!
I rated it only one star just to get your attention. The book itself is awesome, however the description they give is false. This book does not contain the forward written byJean Houston nor does it contain the yearly study plan as advertised. I was searching for the book as it was originally published in 1938, and would not have purchased this book had I known it was missing sections, even though the description claims to have them.