By David Alexander |

Celebrate Our Diverse Expressions »

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.

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Below is his February 2020 “Philosophy in Action” column:

This month’s feature from Dr. Ernest Holmes turns our attention to the powerful principles of inclusion, oneness and diversity. Oneness can be hard to grasp when we are surrounded by so many bits of information, ideas and competing energies. If we are honest, some days it’s just overwhelming to give the gift of consideration to the diversity of ideas that are different than our own, especially when we live in such a bifurcated time socially and politically.

How can I possibly consider my oneness with those who have hostile ideas to my own way of thinking? First of all, let us remember that oneness does not mean sameness. There is indeed a great diversity expressed not only in nature but in all life, including the dimensions of human thought and social order. Yet as we find in nature, there is a harmony present within the diversity that is, in fact, dependent upon the diversity because there is a unifying life force back of it all.

Holmes says, “When our conversation is more nearly heavenly, all which isolates us from each other and from nature and God will be removed.” In other words, the more we allow our thoughts to reflect the nature of spirit, harmony and wholeness, the more harmonious our experiences will be.

For better or worse, our human consciousness has the capacity to act out of ignorance of the laws of life — to think and create from fear rather than love. Such thinking that is antagonistic, demeaning or oppressive to any expressions of our human family is ultimately born of fear and lack.

We must never mistake the tolerance of such thinking with the diversity of God. Error thinking, whether our own or someone else’s, must never be thought of anything other than misguided thinking stemming from a source that does not know its connection to the One.

Therefore in all our getting, let us receive understanding. When we understand that we are one with the whole of God, we come to know that God has thousands of ways to love, to reveal, to heal and to express Its beauty. Let us celebrate them all ­— within ourselves and in the diverse expressions around us.

Travel well.