No Rest Until Everyone Is Free »
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 July 2020 “Philosophy in Action” column:
This month’s excerpt from our founder Dr. Ernest Holmes focuses on a deep understanding of freedom, both as a principle and an expressed reality based our conscious choices. It is a powerful selection of reading, and I encourage you to absorb it fully. Let me break down a few salient points.
First and foremost, Holmes makes it clear that bondage is not a reality in and of itself – it is a felt experience in the human condition and must be treated as such. We do not deny the felt experience of those who suffer; rather what we know is that the suffering we call bondage is the result of a consciousness behind it, be it at a systemic or individual level. Holmes says that this bondage is a way that we have used the principle of freedom.
How can that be? How can we take a principle that is about our liberation from discord of every nature and use it against our own good? The answer, I believe, is in having a half-understanding of the principle to begin with.
The first half of the principle is about asserting our individuality to rise above the mass hypnotism of lack and limitation, or “mesmeric sleep,” we have fallen into. Pull yourself up and out of small-mindedness of every kind. As Holmes says, “There is a power within you that is greater than you are, and you can use it.”
Second — and this is the half we least understand — freedom is defined as liberty, not license. Liberty, Holmes says, comes through harmony, and harmony comes through unity. Understanding unity is understanding the power of One. There is only One Power moving through and as us all, thus none of us are free until all of us are free.
The proper application of Science of Mind principles can lift you into a life of freedom; however, the principles cannot take you any further than the bondage experience of the least of these. We are, after all, one body. Therefore, for a world of true freedom, let us work to create conditions of mass liberation for all our neighbors as well as ourselves. As African-American civil rights and human rights activist Ella Baker said, “We who believe in freedom cannot not rest until it comes.”