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Philosophy in Action

by SOM Magazine

By David Alexander |

You Are Here on Purpose »

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 June  2021 “Philosophy in Action” column:

Sometimes when I think about the power of this teaching, I think Dr. Ernest Holmes captured lightning in a bottle. Our philosophy contains so much potent power for personal transformation that I stand in awe when I read a piece like this month’s feature from our founder. Now to be fair to this visual, Holmes did not invent out of whole cloth. He inherited a movement built largely by women and supported by the ancient wisdom of the ages, and he readily acknowledges such.

Yet because he came late to the budding years of the movement, he was well positioned to synthesize and articulate what he learned for a whole new audience. He captured New Thought wisdom in a 20th-century bottle that many were able to grasp — perhaps for the first time — some of the teachings of the ancient mystics that had been around for centuries. And the magic that Holmes added to the story was in his ability to say it plainly for all to hear.

The June article is a great example, taking this idea that there is a living intelligence in which we are immersed, and we are both the outlet and inlet of its purpose and power. It is a simple concept, and when accepted as so, it opens us to limitless potential. You can spend all your time lamenting and worrying about your past failures, running from your doubts, fears and false sense of inadequacy, or you can harness the wind of the universe at your back and put it to better use. You are created in free will and have a choice. But know this: You have come here for a purpose. The universe wants to use you.

If this moves you — if something stirs in your soul when you read or pause to consider this — then the question becomes, what are you going to do about it? Unfortunately, humanity has manifested countless ways to divide, conquer and create suffering among each other. As you consider this, what calls to your soul? What gets your attention, passion and heart? How can your talents, energy and commitment be put to use to make a difference?

Contemplate these questions and couple that contemplation with the realization that the power of the universe moves through your words, thoughts and actions. You’ll begin to see that you, like everything around you, is here on purpose, with purpose and in purpose.

Travel well.

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