The Heart of the New Thought

Published: 1903
Language: English
Wordcount: 18,387 / 60 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 71.5
LoC Category: BF
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Added to site: 2009.10.16
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Genre: Philosophy
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But there are boulders in the road which do not belong there, boulders which cause hundreds of the pilgrims who are lame or blind or burdened, to fall by the wayside and perish.

It is your duty to aid in removing these obstacles and in making the road a safe and clear thoroughfare for all who journey.

Do not sit down by the roadside and say you have been hindered by these difficulties, that is to confess yourself weak.

Do not mount over them and rush to your goal and say coldly to the throngs behind you, "Oh, everybody can climb over that rock who really tries--didn't I?" That is to announce yourself selfish and unsympathetic.

No doubt the lame, the blind and the burdened could attain the goal despite the rocks if they were fired by a consciousness of the divine force within them; that consciousness can achieve all things under all circumstances.

But there will always be thousands of pilgrims toiling wearily toward the goal who have not come t

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2010.02.01
C. Alan Loewen
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New Thought is a bell jar term that covers a number of late 19th century movements, individuals, and philosophies, but what they hold in common are “it promotes the ideas that "Infinite Intelligence" or "God" is ubiquitous, spirit is the totality of real things, true human selfhood is divine, divine thought is a force for good, all sickness originates in the mind, and 'right thinking' has a healing effect.”

Though the horrors of two World Wars dampened the growth of the movement, it still has its adherents today.

The Heart of the New Thought, by Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919) is an interesting work for those interested in the origins and philosophy of the New Thought Movement.

Wilcox’s blend of liberal Christianity mixed with universalism and reincarnation is a fairly good representative of the New Thought movement of the day. New Thought was also strongly feminist and had little patience with Orthodox Christianity which is mirrored in Wilcox’s rather strong comments against New England Christianity that almost border on the level of a rant.


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