New Thought Movement
The New Thought movement is a spiritual movement which developed in the United States in the 19th century, following the teachings of Phineas Quimby. The three major organizations within this movement are Religious Science, Unity Church and the Church of Divine Science.
New Thought promotes the idea that Infinite Intelligence, or God, or true human Selfhood is divine and universal. It teaches the truth that divine thought is a force for good, that ‘evil’ or sickness originates in wrong thinking, and that right thinking brings about healing, health, wealth, conflict solution, and long-term prosperity.
Although the movement is neither monolithic nor doctrinaire, in general, modern-day adherents believe that God or Infinite Intelligence is ‘supreme, universal, and everlasting,’ that divinity dwells within each person, that all people are spiritual beings, that the highest spiritual principle is loving one another unconditionally, and that our mental states are carried forward into manifestation and become our experience in our day-to-day reality.
The 1890s and the first decades of the 20th century saw many books published on the topics of selfhelp, financial success, and deliberate intent. New Thought authors such as Napoleon Hill, Wallace D. Wattles, were extremely popular.
In 1906, William Walker Atkinson (1862–1932) wrote and published Thought Vibration or the Law of Attraction in the Thought World. Atkinson was the editor of New Thought Magazine and the author of more than 100 books on an assortment of religious, spiritual, and occult topics.
New Thought Main Tenets
- Infinite Intelligence or God is omnipotent and omnipresent;
- Spirit is the ultimate reality;
- Human Selfhood is divine;
- Divinely attuned thought is a positive force for good;
- All disease is mental in origin;
- Right thinking brings about healing, wealth, and long-term prosperity.
New Thought publishing and educational activities reach approximately 2.5 million people annually.