Ernest Holmes

Dr. Ernest Holmes’s 1887 – 1960 work in the Science of Mind is recognized today as one of the leading viewpoints in modern metaphysics and New Thought. He developed a universal philosophy and tools for spiritual living. His work provides us with a personal spiritual path, an understanding of our relationship with the Universe, and a connected and joyful approach to daily living.

Born in Maine, Holmes was largely self-taught, seeking out the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Christian D. Larson, Thomas Troward and Phineas Quimby.

Holmes inspired the "positive thinking" of Norman Vincent Peale and countless others without ever intending to create a religion or a following of masses of people.

In 1927 he founded the Institute of Religious Science and School of Philosophy, which was later changed to the Church of Religious Science, now known as United Centres for Spiritual Living. He served as Dean of the school and leader of the church organization. He also founded a monthly magazine, Religious Science which later became Science of Mind. This magazine has gained worldwide recognition and distribution.

When he died in 1960, the number of branch church organizations had risen to 101, in all parts of the world.

Ernest apparently liked to dress casually and was always at home in his surroundings no matter who he was with.

He lectured incessantly and was a pro­lific writer. He defined Religious Science in less than twenty-five words as “a correlation of the laws of sci­ence, opinions of philosophy, and revelations of religion applied to human needs and the aspirations of all.”

He consid­ered that people are an individualization of Creative Spirit and through their self-awareness and power of choice can control the health of the body and the conditions of environment by affirma­tive meditation, which he called “treatment”. He believed that it was neccessary to understand the principle of the Law of Mind, which responds automatically to any demand made upon it.

Positive, successful and wise use of this Law would have a “good” outcome and an unwise or negative use of this law would result in so-called “evil”. Evil is therefore an effect and not a cause.

Ernest was an eloquent speaker and wrote widely in the fields of the new psychology, spiritual philosophy, and metaphysics. His consuming passion was to teach teachers. Thousands flocked to his classes.