The Promissory Note of Oneness »
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, community spiritual leader of New Thought Center for Spiritual Living in Lake Oswego, Oregon.
You can check out his inspirational website at RevDavidAlexander.com.
Below is his February 2019 “Philosophy in Action” column:
How timely is this message from our founder Dr. Ernest Holmes? We are living in what seem to be anxious times for many where our networks of family, friends and coworkers have become extremely polarized. Social media has not only connected us more, it has also divided us more. Technology has provided the means for greater freedom of expression of our values and viewpoints, and it has also provided us the means for “tone policing” those we disagree with.
How then do we continue to embrace a teaching of oneness, unity and love in the midst of such tensions? This month, Holmes talks about the value in doing the real inner work to understand the viewpoints of another and to respect the sovereignty of ideas among our collective humanity.
He says, “It doesn’t matter that we have different opinions, for we are all individuals, each is a person in his own right, and unity does not mean uniformity. But unity does mean that we get along as a human family.”
He also says that if we are to build a better tomorrow out of our actions today, we must begin with eliminating race prejudice. He reminds us that we are all one human race, and the quality and attributes that make us unique from each other are gifts of God’s diversity in expression and should be celebrated.
The great gift in New Thought teaching is knowing that all of the challenges, issues and problems we see “out there” are merely reflections and projections of a sense of separation from source within ourselves. The work begins right where we are, within our own consciousness, and in our own belief systems and values. Gary Simmons in “The I of the Storm” tells us that we cannot experience wholeness if we are rooted in separation.
Healing ourselves, embracing our own wholeness, allows us to bring forth wholeness to the world. Furthermore, because we are not separate from anyone on the planet, the solutions to the social ills around us are tied up in our own personal liberation. We must remember the promissory note of oneness is cashed in acts of justice.