New Thought is a spiritual movement which developed in the United States during the late 19th century and focuses on looking explanations beyond science, beyond the tangible to explain why we are here and what matters. While it was initially developed as a rational philosophy, in some places, the term has become synonymous with more “out there” activities, and especially so on Vancouver Island, which is apparently on one of the earth’s major energetic meridians.
In reality, there are many religious groups and individuals that share the proponenets of metaphysical thinking in different formats: believing in the effects of positive thinking, the law of attraction, healing, life force, creative visualization and personal power…you’ve proabably read at least a few..:)
Modern-day adherents of New Thought believe that God or Infinite Intelligence is supreme, universal, and everlasting, that God/source/the divine dwells within each one of us.
That we are all spiritual beings, and our highest purpose is to love one another unconditionally… and through our interactions with others, we have the opportunity to teach and heal ourselves and out worlds.
That our reality is seeded by our mind, and that our mental states carry will manifest out thoughts to produce our experience in daily life. That body follows mind, and ‘right thinking’ has a healing effect.
Sound like a fit for you? Our community…the New Thought Community of Vancouver Island…is made up of some pretty lively and mindful thinkers. And our get-togethers reflect those principles, including:
A thoughtful evening of discussion with next month’s theme generated by the group at this month’s get-together. Topis over the past year have included mindfulness, gratitude, modern grieving, holding space for others, the mind/body/spirit path to wellness.
The Enneagram is perhaps the most powerful spiritual tool available today. Based on the 7 deadly sins, it works from the premise that we have, each one of us, developed a defense mechanism that has separated us from God/the divine/source. Working with this tool allows you to understand where/how you trip yourself up, how to better harmonize your interactions and relationships with others, and how to find peace within yourself in this world.
“We are like prisoners in an unguarded cell. No one confines us against our will, and we have heard that the key that will release us is also locked inside. If we could find the key, we could open the door and be free… This is not a meaningless metaphor: we are prisoners of our ego, enchained by our fears, restricted in our freedom, suffering from our condition. No one prevents us from searching for the key that would free us. We must, however, know where to look for it and be willing to use it once we have discovered where it is.” — Don Riso
“Much of what is called Christianity has more to do with disguising the ego behind the screen of religion and culture than any real movement toward a God beyond the small self, and a new self in God.” –Richard Rohr
For a good basic start, click here.
Monthly meetings where dig down deep into a profile or a feature, based on attendees. If you aren’t already a student, an evening will still give you a flavour of this powerful tool. We’ll begin with a brief overview. (And yes, you can attend via skype or facetime.)
We use a facebook page for most ongoing community planning and conversation.
Come and join us.