Truth
 

The truth is that we don't really know anything for sure; we live with a degree of uncertainty. We speculate, research, try new experiences and investigate other avenues, but there are so many variables in life that determining anything for sure is likely a futile effort. Science and religion evolve as we live in a grand mysterious universe that is apparently continually expanding into . . . what? Thus, each of us chooses our beliefs, attitudes, and actions, based on our own best assessment of what "Truth" is.

Yet, we can assume that there is Something that serves as the context of existence. One term that is widely used for this is "Energy." The world religions have called it "God," "the gods" or some other form of the same idea. I prefer terms like "Mystery," "Reality" or "Truth." No matter what we call it, Truth simply "is" and acknowledging this mystery seems to be the beginning of wisdom.

It is feasible to affirm Truth, even if it is a mysterious, mystical or spiritual concept. Truth is the whole of our lives, rather than just the different aspects of it. Truth is the Unity or Oneness of all things, including the separateness that we experience from day to day. Truth is universal; certain principles (vibration, correspondence, yin and yang, etc.) apply in every place and in every time. Truth is also liberating; the more we are aware of and understand it, the more freedom we experience.

An affirmation of Truth asserts that there is more to life than meets the eye. Throughout history, thinkers and writers have expressed various versions of the same idea. Behind the known universe is a "mind" or spiritual reality that can be accessed and channeled into material reality. The universe operates according to "laws" that are already in place and operate without discrimination. One such law may be: As a man/ woman thinks, so is he/she. An abbreviated list of authors on the subject is provided here:  

 

 

Pre-1800   

 

Plato The Allegory of the Cave, from The Republic. Plato was one of the early roots of the New Thought Movement.
Lao Tsu
Kahlil Gibran
Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772)

1800s 

   
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) On Self-Reliance (1841), his essay "Experience," Emerson sets down the basis of the new age philosophy that we see what we think we see, not what is real

1824 Emma Curtis Hopkins,
High Mysticism 19th Century new thought movement.

1887 Julius A. Dresser - Mental Science - The true history of mental science: a lecture (1887)

1891 Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924) - founded Success Magazine in 1891. Other books: Pushing to the Front, Vol. I, Vol. II (1894)
Marden and Success magazine

1892 Annie Wood Besant (1847-1933) - Theosophical Society - Blasphemy (1882); Annie Besant; an autobiography (1893); The birth and evolution of the soul (1895); The ancient wisdom an outline of theosophical teachings(1897); Ancient ideals in modern life (1901);
Thought Power: Its Control and Culture (1908); Australian lectures (1908); The basis of Benjamin N. Cardozo (1870-1938) Madam Blavatsky (1831 - 1891) and Col. Henry S. Olcott, Alice A. Bailey (1880-1949), Theosphical Society, coined the phrase "New Age" to describe the New Thought Movement
Ralph Waldo Emerson

1900s 

           
1902 James Allen (1864 - 1912) - New Thought - As a Man Thinketh (1959), The Path to Prosperity, The Mastery of Destiny, The Way of Peace, and Entering the Kingdom; for women: As a Woman Thinketh by Dorothy J. Hulst, James Allen

1904 Annie Rix Militz (d. 1924) - Home of Truth - Primary lessons in Christian living and healing (1904); All things are possible to them that believe. Thou shalt decree (1905); The renewal of the body (1913); Prosperity through the knowledge and power of mind (1916); The protecting presence (1917); The way to heal as taught by Jesus Christ (1918); The wonderful wishers of wishing well (19??); Concentration (1918); Generation and regeneration (1922); Immortality in the flesh (1927); Impersonal healing (1958); None of these things move me (1961)

1906 Horatio Willis Dresser - New Thought - Health and the inner life: an analytical and historical study of spiritual healing theories, with an account of the life and teachings of P. P. Quimby (1906); The Quimby manuscripts (1921)


1910s 

 

1910s Charles Baudouin - Suggestion and Autosuggestion.
1910 Carl Jung (1875-1961) psychoanalyst, author, founder of modern psychology (note, he came on the scene in 1910 with Freud, but only started to publish his books later (
click here to link to Jung reading lists at Amazon). Man and His Symobols (1964)

1912 Harriette Emilie Cady (1848-1941) - Unity Church - God a present help (1912);
How I Used Truth (1916); Lessons in truth : a course of twelve lessons in practical Christianity (1913); Miscellaneous writings by H. Emilie Cady (1924)

1912 Charles (1854-1948) and Myrtle Fillmore - Unity Church - Temple talks (1912); Christian healing: The Science of Being (1920); Talks on truth (1934); Mysteries of Genesis (1936); Atom-smashing power of mind (1951); Dynamics for living (1967); Jesus Christ heals; Keep a true Lent (1957); The Twelve Powers of Man (1950), Metaphysical Bible dictionary (1953); Prosperity (1936); The revealing word (1959); Teach us to pray (1941)

1917 Fenwicke Lindsay Holmes (1883- ) Healing at a distance (1917, w/ Ernest Holmes); The law of mind in action: daily lessons and treatments in mental and spiritual science (1919); How to develop faith that heals (1919); The unfailing formula (191?); Being and becoming; a book of lessons in the science of mind showing how to find the personal spirit (1920); Practical healing (1921); Songs of the silence and other poems (1925); Text book in the science of mind : psychology and metaphysics applied to everyday living (1925); Religion and mental science Lyrics of life and love (1930); Joan's voices (1934); How to solve your personal problem: the God-law and the key to power (1938); Text book of practical healing : the "Just how course" in healing the mental science way (1943); Healing treatments in verse (1943); Tiny textbook of meditation and the Lord's prayer (1951); Tiny textbook of mental healing (195?); The science of faith: how to make yourself believe (1953); Ernest Holmes: his life and times (1970); Philip's cousin Jesus: the untold story (1981, ed. Margaret McEathron); Portrait in poetry of Fenwicke Holmes (compiled and arranged by Margaret McEathron, 1990)

1917 Thomas Troward - New Thought -
The Creative Process in the Individual (1991), The Law and the Word (1917), Thomas Troward: An Intimate Memoir of the Teacher and the Man, by Harry Gaze, Hidden Power (1997), The Edinburgh & Dore Lectures on Mental Science (1904 - 1909), The Dore Lectures on Mental Sciences
1917 Charles F. Haanel (1866-1949)
The Master Key System; Mental Chemistry and The New Psychology

1919 Ernest Holmes - Religious Science / Science of Mind (1887-1960) -
Creative Mind and Success, Science of Mind . . . Thoughts are Things; Ernest Holmes' biography, by Reginald C. Armor: That Was Ernest: The Story of Ernest Holmes & the Religious Science Movement (2000), The Magic of Love (1992)


1920s   

         
1921 Genevieve Behrend - School of Builders -
Your Invisible Power: Working Principles & Concrete Examples in Applied Mental Science

1922 Emile Coue (1857 - 1926)
My Method (1922). Coue was a pharmacist in France who noticed that people could heal without drugs if they believed they could. Self-Mastry Through Conscious Autosuggestion (1922).

1925 Florence Scovel Shinn (1871-1940)
The Game of Life Game of Life cards: click here

1929 Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947) - New Thought - The aims of education, and other essays (1929)

 

1930s        

    
1934 Emmet Fox (1886-1951) - Unity Church - Find and Use Your Inner Power (1934?) . . . Unity Church (1886-1951) Power Through Constructive Thinking (1940).

1936 Dale Carnegie (1888-1955)
How to Win Friends and Influence People (1936), How to Stop Worrying and Start Living (19??), How to Develop Self-Confidence and Influence People by Public Speaking; Dale Carnegie & Associates, Inc.

1939 Bill Wilson
Alcoholics Anonymous (1939)

(1939);
Ernest Holmes, the man (1977)

 

1940s      

      
1948 Claude M. Bristol (1891-1951)
Magic of Believing: the science of setting your goal and then reaching it (1948); also: TNT, the power within you; how to release the forces inside you -- and get what you want! (1954)

1950s     

       
1950s Joseph Murphy, The Amazing Laws of Cosmic Mind Power, Miracle Power for Infinite Riches, Your Infinite Power to Be Rich, The Cosmic Power Within You, and The Power of Your Subconscious Mind

1952 Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993)
The Power of Positive Thinking (1952); You Can if You Think You Can; The Amazing Results of Positive Thinking (1959), and many others. Peale was a Christian minister. Peale's work continues under The Peale Center for Christian Living and Guideposts Magazine.

1952 Mildred Mann - Society of Pragmatic Mysticism - How to find your real self (1952); Mind and consciousness (1977); Become what you believe (1970); Pragmatic mysticism (197?); A metaphysical and symbolical interpretation of the Bible (197?)

1958 Vernon Linwood Howard (1918 - 1992) modern mystic, spiritual teacher - Wisdom of the Ages, esoteric wisdom - Legacy:
A New Life - Word power: talk your way to life leadership (1958); Success through the magic of personal power (1961); Psycho-pictography: the new way to use the miracle power of your mind (1965); The power of your supermind (1967); Esoteric encyclopedia of eternal knowledge (1974); The mystic masters speak! a treasury of cosmic wisdom (1974); There is a way out! (1975); Esoteric mind power: secrets for new success and happiness (1980); An awakened life with Vernon Howard (audio, 1980); Mystery stories for winning happiness (1981); Live above this crazy world (1983); Expose human sharks: 100 ways (1983); The Mystic Path to Cosmic Power (date?); and Secrets for Higher Success (date?)

Manly Hall (1901-1990)
The Philosophical Research Society

Peace Pilgrim (1908-1981) Websites for her work:
http://peacepilgrim.org - http://peacepilgrim.net



1960s            


1962 Catherine Ponder - Unity Church - The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity: Forces That Bring Riches To You (1962).

1965 Eric Butterworth - Unity Church -
Discover the Power Within You: A Guide to the Unexplored Depths Within (1969) Life is for Living (1965); Life is for Loving (1973); In the Flow of Life (1975); How to break the Ten commandments (1977); Celebrate yourself! (1984)

1969 Thomas A. Harris - Transactional Analysis -
I'm OK - You're OK

1970s            


1973 Ken Keyes, Jr. - Handbook to Higher Consciousness (1973) and many other books

1975 Wayne Dyer, Counseling techniques that work (1975); Gifts from Eykis (1983); Group counseling for personal mastery: everything you need to know to lead any group in any setting (1980); Your erroneous zones (1976); Pulling your own strings (1978); Sky's the limit (1980); Counseling effectively in groups (1973); Happy holidays! uplifting advice about how to avoid holiday blues and recapture the true spirit of Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year's (1986); and
Manifest Your Destiny: The Nine Spiritual Principles for Getting Everything You Want (1999)

1975 Donald Curtis - Science of Mind -
Daily Power for Joyful Living, Human Problems & How to Solve Them, Science of Mind in Daily Living, Your Thoughts Can Change Your Life

1977 Alexander Everett
The Genuis Within You audio cassette; Inner Wealth audio cassette (1969 set up Mind Dynamics, then Success Dynamics in 1977. He employed and taught many people who have since established their own organizations such as EST, Lifestream, Lifespring, Context Training, Psi World and many others hence his name as the 'teacher of teachers')

1979 Norman Cousins - disease recovery -
Anatomy of an Illness (1979) Human Options

Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled

Thich Naht Hanh - Vietnamese Buddhism

1980s         

   
1980 Uell S. Andersen, Three Magic Words (1980),
Magic in Your Mind (1981), Secret of Secrets (1981), Success Cybernetics (1986), Secret Power of the Pyramids, Greatest Power in the Universe

1983 Shakti Gwain, Creative Visualization other books: Living in the Light: A Guide to Personal and Planetary Transformation (19xx), Developing Intuition: Practical Guidance for Daily Life

1986 Barbara Sher,
Wishcraft: How to Get What You Really Want

1986 Ervin Seale, Mingling minds: some commentary on the philosophy and practice of Phineas Parkhurst Quimby (1986)

1986 Bernie S. Siegel - mind-body healing - Love, medicine, & miracles: lessons learned about self-healing from a surgeon's experience with exceptional patients

1987 Louise Hay - body-mind healing
You Can Heal Your Life (1987)

1989 Marsha Sinetar
Do What You Love, the Money Will Follow: Discovering Your Right Livelihood

Mark Victor Hansen, Master Motivator, co-author Chicken Soup series

Gerald Jampolsky, Love is Letting Go of Fear

Dr. Adrew Weil (Breathing: The Master Key to Self Healing, 1999)

 

1990s   

         
1992 Julia Cameron, The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity (1992)

1992 Marianne Williamson (1952 - ) - Unity Church and A Course In Miracles -
A return to love: reflections on the principles of a Course in miracles (1992); A woman's worth (1993); Illuminata: thoughts, prayers, rites of passage (1994); The healing of America (1997); Enchanted love: the mystical power of intimate relationships (1999); Imagine: what America could be in the 21st century: visions of a better future from leading American thinkers (ed. Marianne Williamson photographs by Joseph Sohm, 2000)

1994 James Redfield
The Celestine Prophecy: an Adventure (1994)

1995 Deepak Chopra,
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams - Boundless Energy: The Complete Mind/Body Program for Overcoming Chronic Fatigue, 1997 (other titles on health and well-being)

1996 Caroline Myss
Anatomy of Spirit, 1997 - Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential (2002); other titles, beginning in 1996

1997 Richard Carlson
Shortcut Through Therapy, You Can Be Happy No Matter What, Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (1997)

Reference: http://norimuster.com/writing/positivethinkingtimeline.html

 

 

 Communication -  Purposeful?

 

Is communication always purposeful? Yes! Communication can be defined as "personal and social perceptions of reality which are symbolically formulated, organized and exchanged through various relationships."

Existence itself seems purposeful. Reality obviously intends to be what it is, otherwise it would be something else. Human existence is also purposeful in that people seek to comprehend reality through the perspectives of science and religion. Accurate understandings of reality contribute to survival and well-being.

If reality, human perception, and survival and well-being are purposeful, then people intentionally represent reality symbolically and willfully exchange symbolic representations (such as language) in and through various relationships. According to the above definition, these exchanges constitute "communication."

Therefore, communication is not willful distortion, deception, or manipulation. Rather than symbolize truth or percieved truth, these activities represent no-thing (that which is not). Actual communication is concerned with what "is" and, on that basis, it is always purposeful.

 

Separation Fantasy

 

We human beings like to think of ourselves as separate, independent entities. We experience much of life as you, me and other things. In addition, the earth, seasons, sun, moon, planets and stars are visible and available to all of our senses. We work with material things daily and deal with time and space on a continual basis. We generally think of ourselves as individuals that act independently, using intelligence, abilities and will to produce desired effects in the world. We may even seek to leave a legacy for our family and friends and finally to inscribe our headstones with our personal data.

How separate are we, though? Our human bodies consist of earth and matter: water, a few minerals, and a fuel burning process. These elements are scientifically described in terms of molecules, atoms, and sub-atomic particles. In other words, we are made of the same “stuff” as everything else. In addition, we are intimately connected to our life-blood, bones, flesh, nerves, organs, muscles and breath. Indeed, no one could live as a human being without these physical ties to earth, fire, water and air.

How separate are we? We drive around town while riding on a planet, which is rotating on its axis. Centrifugal force is balanced by gravity as we travel 1,000 mph from rising sun to rising sun. Meanwhile, the earth orbits the sun at a high rate of speed and our solar system moves quickly through the Milky Way. All of the galaxies are in constant motion throughout the known universe, which itself is expanding into space (?). We are mostly unaware of any motion, yet our very lives depend on the vibration, balance and dynamic movement of the stars.

How separate are we? We exist within an essential realm as well. That is, deeper than molecular reality and beyond the edge of the universe is the context of it all. A Mystery that we cannot comprehend is the Source of all Being. Nothing that “is” exists outside of the one Unity, All or Alaha (Aramaic). Even that which is not - potential reality (the void) - exists within the parameters of “what is.” Without this broader context, we would not “live and move and have our being.” Our existence is dependent on “Spirit.”

Obviously, we are not separate at all. If our bodies are inextricably connected to the material universe and our essential being is dependent on its spiritual Source, then is there any way to be separated? As the Psalmist put it, “Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence?” We were never separated from our Source and we never can be. What about the “self?” What about making our own choices or creating our own reality? We don’t have to be separate to do that! We are an emanation of the One. Indeed, true freedom, independence and creativity flow not from separation, but from our connection to the creative process – the Christ. Remember? “I am the vine . . . you are the branches . . .”

Principles

 

Few statements of principles seem to be as meaningful as that of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA - See Resources). Created by UUA members and friends from all walks of life and from all religious points of view, these principles can be utilized individually or collectively. They demonstrate the truth of Wholeness, which must be acknowledged if the world is to live in harmony and peace.

Principles

There are seven principles which Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote:

  • The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
  • Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
  • Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
  • A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
  • The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
  • The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
  • Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. [Emphasis mine]

Unitarian Universalism (UU) draws from many sources:

  • Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life;
  • Words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love;
  • Wisdom from the world's religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life;
  • Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God's love by loving our neighbors as ourselves;
  • Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit.
  • Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.

These principles and sources of faith are the backbone of our religious community.