By David Alexander |

Setting a Clear Course »

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 January 2021 “Philosophy in Action” column:

Here we are: January 2021, perhaps the most anticipated turn of the year in our lifetime. A new year always brings with it a sense of a fresh start, new hope, renewed vision and purpose — a chance to do and be better than before. Yet success in a new year is dependent on more than just a turn of the page in time. It requires a grounding in and re-commitment to the basic foundation of what we know and how consciousness works.

When renewed purpose and intention are combined with a renewed commitment to the basics, something profound happens. Spirit meets us in this fresh place and amplifies the desires of our hearts. This month’s feature article from Dr. Ernest Holmes comes from “The Basic Ideas of Science of Mind,” and it serves as the perfect backdrop to setting our course for 2021.

The first basic idea we can build our year on is having a mind that thinks. That is it. You have consciousness, and that consciousness is active and, in concretely real ways, in charge of what your experience is every day.

Next is the realization that this consciousness is always producing something and Spirit is always and automatically moving in the direction of our affirmation. Therefore, the key to increasing our experience of more good in life is two-fold. First, increase or amplify the clarity of your affirmation and understand your thought is powerful. Be judicious, clear and focused about what you want to experience.

Second, carefully examine all the feedback the universe is giving you. When you closely listen to the wisdom your body gives you in feedback, you are more capable of amplifying your health.

The same is true for every area of your life. The universal wisdom is always speaking and providing insights to further your growth, depth and expansion. You just have to learn how to listen. Whether the feedback is positive or negative, simply ask it, “Why are you here? What do you have to teach me?”

This level of deep inquiry as spiritual practice will open you up to the wisdom of the universe and quicken your heart’s desires, because in Oneness, there is no distance between your desires and God’s. They are one and the same.

Travel well.