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Philosophy in Action

by SOM Magazine

By David Alexander |

All Conditions Begin as Thoughts »

Each month, we publish an excerpt from the vast wisdom collection of New Thought luminary, Dr. Ernest Holmes, founder of the Religious Science movement. The monthly teachings from Holmes are then summarized by Rev. Dr. David Alexander, spiritual director of Spiritual Living Center Atlanta.

You can check out his inspirational website at RevDavidAlexander.com.

Below is his August 2022 “Philosophy in Action” column:

This month’s theme, “Living Everday Wonder: Nature,” is a beautiful invitation to expand the basic ideas of our teaching to a universal level. Sometimes this task can seem overwhelming; after all, our news headlines are filled with big challenges from climate issues to poverty, discrimination and war. How can little ol’ me make a difference in something so big?

Overwhelming, right?

Fortunately, our philosophy helps us understand the relationship between what we see playing out on the world stage and what is happening right in our own lives. Namely, we are a microcosm of the world and as such, we do not need to understand how to solve world problems. We only need to be willing to understand our own.

All expressions of “evil” in the world are manifestations of a consciousness that has separated itself from its source. When we begin to take seriously our responsibility to daily reconnect to our source, affirm our good and eliminate all thoughts of separation and otherness, we will harness in our lives a power for good that can overcome all seeming opposites.

How do we do this? By remembering that all conditions begin as thoughts held in mind. There is no greater or more productive activity we can engage in than the fine-tuning of our attention to the unlimited potential of good that is available to flow in our lives.

This is more than mere positive thinking, for the positive construction of thoughts of peace, justice and harmony must by their definitions lead to the deconstruction of thoughts of lack, limitation and injustice. As such, all forms of otherness that do not contribute to a world that works for everyone cannot be sustained without the thoughts that formed them.

Just as there is a greater good awaiting your recognition, there is a greater good for all of humanity awaiting our affirmation. May we be led to construct the forms in our lives that affirm the desires of our hearts.

Travel well.

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