The Divine Feminine in New Thought
|Aquarian Rebirth II Divine Feminine Consciousness Awakening Painting by Robyn Chance|
After a church service one Sunday morning, I overheard a young girl in line announce to her mother, "Mom, I've decided to become a minister when I grow up."
"Great honey," her Mom answered, "but what made you decide that?"
"Well," said the little girl, "I have to go to church on Sunday anyway, and I figure it will be more fun to stand up and yell, than to sit and listen."
In honor of March's Women's History Month, I want to talk about the women of the New Thought Movement. As the Universe would have it, one of my best friends - Kathleen Freeman, the actress from "Singing in the Rain," many Jerry Lewis movies and so much more, introduced me to New Thought and the Science of Mind. She invited me to hear Dr. Robert Bitzer speak at the Hollywood Church of Religious Science and I was hooked. I had found a philosophy that I connected to and by which I felt supported. A faith, a way of life that saw me as the Divine Creative Force in the Universe individualized as Jay Willick. A teaching that taught me that my experiences were colored, flavored and filtered by my beliefs, which were developed by my thoughts and feelings, and through which I could change my life. So, you could say that I was introduced to and studied this teaching of which I have become an ordained minister in, because of a New Thought woman...I am the New Thought Guy because of a New Thought woman.
So, who were the women of the New Thought Movement's beginnings....the poets, teachers, thought leaders, magazine editors and publishers, writers, and developers of the Movement who used the Divine Feminine to create, nurture and forward this movement, who inspired the Science of Mind and other New Thought religions and philosophies and who taught us how to think and live in our magnificence? Who were these women that were also the influential and instrumental champions in the unfolding of women's rights, the abolition of slavery, enactment of child labor laws, and were active in the suffrage movement as well as in the mental and holistic healing practices? You might be very surprised as you recognize sayings and concepts we still use in metaphysics and New Thought today. You might have thought these sayings and concepts came out of the New Age or self-help folks of the 70's to early 2000's, but listen and learn their true beginnings. Let's check our Divine Feminines of New Thought by starting with...
...Fuller possessed more influence on the thought ofFuller also fought for prison reform, abolitionism and educational and political equality. Although she did not teach New Thought principles directly, her association with Emerson, puts her on the list in my book.
American women than any woman previous to her time.
Next, we have:
Speaking of Mary Baker Eddy, we next look at the works of:
While these reflections were going on in my mind, there seemed to come up from within me the thought: 'I am all the substance there is.' Then, from another channel in my brain the answer seemed to come, 'Of course, that's it; everything must have its beginning in mind. The I, the Idea, must be the only one and primary substance there is, and this means money as well as everything else.' My mind accepted this idea, and immediately all the tension of mind and body was relaxed.
Your ability, at all times, to use the unfailing power which is yoursdepends upon your recognition of its presence.
Speaking of success, our next Divine Feminine leader of the New Thought Movement is:
Man is a magnet, and every line and dot and detail of his experiences come by his own attraction. To all who want to accomplish something I say, Go into the silence regularly for power and wisdom to accomplish.
The Solar Plexus, or sun center, is to the human body precisely what the visible sun is to the solar system.
It is the source of all life and light;
it is the manufacturer of life and light.
Every effort of the individual is for the one purpose of
freeing him to breathe; to inhale intelligent will; retain it until
it has rejuvenated every cell and become tinctured
with the essence of his being; and to EXHALE it as still more intelligent will for the accomplishment of his purposes. Man breathes in intelligent will; focuses it within; and radiates it in new and more powerful form.
Our next Divine Feminine New Thought leader is the multi-talented:
The game of life is a game of boomerangs.What goes around, comes around. Thoughts are things, yes? And from "The Secret Door to Success" we find something similar that Dr. Wayne Dyer and others have had much success in writing about:
Our thoughts, deeds and words return to us sooner or later with astounding accuracy.
Change your thoughts, and in the twinkling of an eye,Out next women, not only contributed to the New Thought Movement, they created a religion:
all your conditions change.
Your world is a world of crystallized ideas, crystallized words.
Sooner or later, you reap the fruits of your words and thoughts.
Powerful, simple Truth.
Melinda Cramer and Nona Brooks
The whole of Divine Science is the practice of the Presence of God.
Truth comes through the Bible, Affirmative prayer, contemplation
and meditation and the practice of the presence of God here and now.
Another Truth teller and organization leader was:I do not believe in evil. I believe in Good.I do not believe in sin. I believe in Truth.I do not believe in want. I believe in Abundance.I do not believe in death. I believe in Life.I do not believe in evil. I believe in Good.I do not believe in ignorance. I believe in Intelligence.There are no discords in my being. Being is peace.My faith, understanding and love are becoming one."What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
The absolute truth is, that there is but One Being in the universe, and that one is God; that man is nothing of himself, separate from God; that it is a delusion, a false belief, that there is any separation that is real. The doctrine that destroys this delusion of separateness and proves the unity between God and Man; between God and His world; between God and the one Power, Good, is that called The Atonement. The word atonement defines itself, when it is divided into its syllables: the first syllable is "at," the second is "one," the last syllable is "ment," this Latin ending meaning "state of being." The whole word means "the state of being at one." This is the simple, direct definition of the word "atonement"-the state of being at one.
We train ourselves to think positively and constructively. Take any particular problem in your life, and face up to it. Don't deny that it exists, because it does, and has, through the sustenance your thought has given it. Now, you decide you are going to change your diet. You are going to put that problem on a starvation routine, by refusing to nourish it with thoughts which have fed it so far. You look through it; you realize it is but a shadow, because behind it lies the perfect pattern given you by your God. You make your mind dwell on that. When your thought slips back to the worry or fear patterns it has known, pull it back to positive thinking, and stick to it. Remind yourself that you are a child of God. Within you is locked the perfection of Divinity and only you have the key to open it. No one can do that for you. You can only turn the key by turning your thought, and you can only keep the door open by keeping your thought turned in the direction of positive, constructive thinking.
Now let's find a bit about one of our best selling New Thought Divine Feminists:
God is not only the Creative Cause of every visible form of intelligence and life at its commencement: but each moment throughout its existence [God] lives within every created thing as the Life, the ever-renewing, re-creating, up-building cause of it. [God] never is and never can be for a moment separated from [Its] creations.
My god is working with me, for me, by me, and through me, to make me a living demonstration of the omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient good, in the form of health, prosperity, success, and wealth! There is a sure helper in every man, woman, and child, who will give you and I the desires of our heart, if we turn to no other source but the spirit. Now for you, who have been so good and true, andwho have prayed and prayed ... Nothing seems to happen.Get quiet. Sit down. Watch and wait . . .There will come an hour when the tree of life will burst into flower and cast at your feet the most glorious shower of things far granderthan you ever knew!Ye are above the wheel of matter and the net-work of mind. Ye are light of the world--free, flawless, immortal.
I want to close with a poem by the woman who might be considered the poet laureate of the New Thought Movement:
Hey Lady....thank you for your blessings and Namaste!