What We Believe

One of our fundamental propositions is that God is all there is. That includes everything, all possibility and all action, for Spirit is the invisible essence and substance of all form. Accordingly, we believe that the universe is fundamentally spiritual – it has intelligence, purpose, love, beauty and order. Everything emanates from this One, whether we call it God, Nature, Spirit, Energy, or Universal Intelligence, all emanates from this spiritual universe.

 

We believe that Universal Intelligence is within us as well as around us, and that we can use this intelligence to the extent we are conscious of it. We use it all the time; when we learn to apply spiritual principles, we are able to use this infinite intelligence in a directed and purposeful way. Our beliefs are in harmony with the essential truths of all the world’s great religions. Many of our students, members and visitors are practicing Christians, Jews, Muslims, and those of other faiths. We honor all paths to God.

 

In the 1920’s, Ernest Holmes published the following statement of beliefs.

 

  • I believe in God, the Living Spirit Almighty: one, indestructible, absolute and self-existent Cause. This One manifests itself in and through all creation, but is not absorbed by its creation. The manifest universe is the body of God; it is the logical and necessary outcome of the infinite self-knowingness of God.

 

  • I believe in the incarnation of the Spirit in all, and that we are all incarnations of the One Spirit. 
     

  • I believe in the eternality, the immortality, and the continuity of the individual soul, forever and ever expanding.
     

  • I believe that Heaven is within me and that I experience It to the degree that I become conscious of it.
     

  • I believe the ultimate goal of life to be a complete emancipation from all discord of every nature, and that this goal is sure to be attained by all.
     

  • I believe in the unity of all life, and that the highest God and the innermost God is one God.
     

  • I believe that God is personal to all who feel this indwelling Presence.
     

  • I believe in the direct revelation of Truth through my intuitive and spiritual nature, and that anyone may become a revealer of Truth who lives in close contact with the indwelling God.
     

  • I believe that the Universal Spirit, which is God, operates through a Universal Mind, which is the Law of God; and that I am surrounded by this Creative Mind which receives the direct impress of my thought and acts upon it.
     

  • I believe in the healing of the sick through the power of the Mind.
     

  • I believe in the control of conditions through the power of the Mind.
     

  • I believe in the eternal Goodness, the eternal Loving-Kindness and the eternal Givingness of Life to all.
     

  • I believe in my own soul, my own spirit, and my own destiny; for I understand that the life I live is God. Amen. And So It Is.

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