is a book for the ages. In precise and powerful prose it lays out
the blueprint for the remaking of the mind and the reenchantment of the
world." -- Jean Houston, Ph.D
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 emphasizing the limitless potential of the human mind. This
book contains the fundamentals of Holmes's teachings and is a primary
resource used by teaching centers and spiritual healers worldwide. Its
universal principles apply to people of all spiritual backgrounds as they
describe a higher level of existence attainable through the use of
Nature's forces and the power of God. While imparting an unrivaled
technique for living, Dr. Holmes's classic guide speaks clearly to a
complex world caught in transition and searching for guidance.
the International Religious Science movement, wrote "The Science of
Mind" and numerous other books on metaphysics, and originated the
international periodical Science
of Mind magazine, which has been in continuous publication since 1927.
Holmes' Science of Mind teaching, recognized today as one of the leading
viewpoints in modern metaphysics, is a spiritual philosophy that has
brought to people around the world a working cosmology - a sense of their
relationship to God and their place in the Universe - and a positive,
supportive approach to daily living.
published his first book, "Creative Mind," in 1919, followed
shortly after by another volume entitled "Creative Mind and
Success." He continued his studies, and lectured to growing crowds in
California and Eastern cities. Meanwhile, he was writing "The Science
of Mind," which was to become the "textbook" of the
Religious Science philosophy. First Published in 1922, it was originally
copyrighted by his wife in 1926, revised in 1938, and is now in its 45th
printing, and has been translated into French, German, and Japanese. At
the time the book was published, his many enthusiastic students urged him
to set up an incorporated organization. He refused at first, but
eventually agreed, and the Institute of Religious Science and the School
of Philosophy was incorporated in 1927.
On October 23, 1927, in Los Angeles, he
was married to widowed Hazel Durkee Foster. They were to be inseparable
companions for thirty years. In 1953, the Institute became the Church of
Religious Science. In 1967, it acquired its present-day title, United
Church of Religious Science, with member churches throughout the world.
On May 21, 1957, he lost his chosen life-companion.
Ernest Holmes made his transition to the
next experience on April 7, 1960, in Los Angeles. He left no children.
But he left all humankind an enduring legacy: the way of life he called