BRAVE NEW WORLD
by Dr. Ernest Holmes
There was a time when a man was so convinced that the world was
round that he was
determined to prove it. Columbus felt that if the world was
round it could be circumnavigated. Superstition, ignorance, and fear
surrounded him, yet there were a few adventurous souls who dared to
finance his expedition, for they had caught the vision from him because
of his certainty. One man’s courage and persistency, backed by an
interior vision, made it possible to discover a new world.
Long before Columbus, another man
came to some far-reaching conclusions. By
some inner awareness or spiritual conviction, Jesus had come to
believe that every person is a spiritual being living in a
spiritual universe. He had come to believe that there is a
center in every person that is as perfect as that life that gave
It is no wonder he brought down the
anathemas of his age, that he was labeled as one worse than a
heretic—blasphemous. But so great was his conviction that he
set sail on a voyage of self-discovery that changed the whole
course of human experience. He opened up a new territory where
few people had been—the discovery of our direct and intimate
relationship with God, the Creator. Working alone with himself
and the Cause of all things, Jesus brought forth the greatest
spiritual philosophy the world has ever known.
You and I are trying to
follow in Jesus’ footsteps to make the great discovery for
ourselves. Can we reach in and out and up to something beyond?
Can we grasp the meaning and significance of a direct
relationship to something that, while it is greater than we are,
is at the same time what we are?
Researchers in the fields of science have unlocked many of the
secrets of nature, and their inventions have brought great good
to the human race—and yet, we are more confused than ever.
This is a time to see if we cannot discover the missing
link—something that can bind humanity together in one common
good, while at the same time leaving freedom for all.
So we are embarked on the voyage of self-discovery. And
fortunately, we have much to go by—the lives of the great, the
good, and the wise of the ages. It is to these few great souls
that we must look to for guidance. They have all been in accord
in saying that there is a Spirit within us.
Possibly the skeptic may say that this is but the dream of one
who seeks escape from the realities of life, one who would find
security in seclusion, in a meditative life withdrawn from the
world—something entirely impractical, visionary, and mystical.
Let us remind ourselves that this type of alleged practicality
has brought the world almost to the verge of destruction.
What we need now is the kind of people whom the over-practical
have overlooked. For we are convinced that we are spiritual
beings living in a spiritual universe governed by spiritual
laws. We have gone far enough in our research to prove that
there is something within us—in our physical bodies, our
environments, and in nature itself—that responds to our belief
in it. We know that anyone who has this solid conviction in mind
can prove this claim.
We may not yet have reached the promised land, but we already
can see it—a light in the darkness, a new continent to be
explored, a new world to be gained. We are indeed on the pathway
of a great adventure, the adventure that Jesus must have had in
mind when he said: “Greater works than these will you do.”
This achievement is not to be found in books, preachments, or
proclamations. Fortunately, only the individual can make this
discovery for himself or herself. This must be the starting
point. The search must begin with the self. From this
self-discovery we can then reach out to others and finally to
the world. We need not be bound by the ignorance and
superstition of others, nor by what they think or feel. We each
have our own life to live, and as that life is without end, the
progress we make along this eternal pathway is up to us. The
cold fact is that such growth may only occur as a result of what
we do to ourselves, not what something else does to us. We
cannot, like a fairy godmother, wave a wand and have what we
desire appear. Instead, we have to create a thought, a thought
that is more powerful than any wand or any magic of
We need to face life in the light of a new truth, a new
understanding, and a conviction that we are in partnership with
the Infinite. Then we may receive direct divine guidance and
know how to live as human beings, because we first have
discovered that we are divine beings.
I am one with the infinite and perfect Spirit, the giver of all
good and perfect gifts. I open my mind and my heart, and,
indeed, my body, to the inflow of this divine Presence. I know
that this living Presence is in every cell of my body and every
function of my being. I accept it as my health of body, here and
now. I accept it as that which releases me from all that is
unlike the perfect expression of life. There is no doubt or fear
in my mind that could reject in any way all that God is, right
here and right now.
My conscious acceptance of the fullness of the presence of God
flows out in joy and love to bless those whom I would help,
those with whom I would share this inner joy. And I decree that
the loved one I now bring into the scope of my thought is
blessed and healed through the presence of good that is within.
The radiance of joy in my own heart brings happiness into the
lives of all those about me. The abundance that prospers me
supplies everyone around me with the good things of life. The
light that warms the center of my own being so shines forth that
all may find guidance and warmth and comfort in its rays. This
is the light that light-eth every person that cometh into the
world. This is the fount from which spring the living waters. I
drink, and shall not thirst again. And even as I drink, I hand
the chalice of my faith to all.
Realizing that we are in the midst of an ever-present good, and
believing that there is a law that brings everything of its
nature into our lives, we should learn to think and act as
though every wrong condition of yesterday were converted into
something new and better today.
I believe that all the mistakes I have ever made are swallowed
up in a love, a peace, and a life greater than I am. Therefore I
surrender all past mistakes into the keeping of this
ever-present and perfect life. I affirm that love is guiding me
into a real and deep cooperation with life and a sincere
affection for everyone.
Today is a fresh beginning, a new start, and a joyous adventure
on the pathway of eternal progress. Today is bright with hope
and happy with fulfillment. Therefore I affirm that this is the
day that God has made, that it is good, and that I find
fulfillment in it.
Ernest Holmes, Seminar Lectures
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