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Scientific Christian Mental Practice [Paperback]

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Pages   280
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Release Date   Mar 15, 2007
Publisher   Cosimo Classics
ISBN  1602061971  
EAN  9781602061972  

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American writer, educator, theologian, and feminist pioneer EMMA CURTIS HOPKINS (1849-1925) may well be the most important woman in the history of religion in the United States. Influenced by Mary Baker Eddy and her "Christian Science," Hopkins developed the more metaphysical philosophy of New Thought, an early "New Age" outlook that encouraged its adherents to tap the latent powers of their potent minds. Known as "the teacher of teachers," Hopkins inspired her students, many of whom went on to become influential leaders of the New Thought movement, to give full expression to their creative genius. In this 1888 book, considered by many her masterpiece, Hopkins explores the wisdom of Jesus Christ from twelve different perspectives, all of which demonstrate, in their own unique ways, how we all hold within us the mystical energy to transform ourselves, our lives, and the world itself for the better, and to fill our hearts with the joy of the infinite. ALSO AVAILABLE FROM COSIMO: Hopkins' High Mysticism

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Emma Curtis Hopkins was born in 1849 in Killingsly, Connecticut. She passed on April 8, 1925. Mrs. Hopkins had a marvelous education and could read many of the worlds classical texts in their original language. During her extensive studies she was always able to discover the Universal Truths in each of the world's sacred traditions. She quotes from many of these teachings in her writings. All of her works encourage the student to enter into a personal relationship with God. She presses us to deny anything except the Truth of this spiritual Presence in every area of our lives. This is the central focus of all her teachings.

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Prefer Ernest Holmes  Jun 17, 2007
Not for me, contains more religious undertones and supplication mindset than I care for, however she was one of the few on the forefront of the New Thought movement. I read it once and haven't picked it up since. I prefer Enrest Holmes books, which I read over and over.
I fell in love with Emma Curtis Hopkins  May 20, 2007
I often hear references to Emma Curtis Hopkins, but had not read any of her work until "Scientific Christian Mental Practice". It started a little slow and the language from the late 1800s takes some getting used to- but she lays such a solid foundation and builds on each concept to provide a very clear understanding of how the scienmce of mind works- and particularly - that we are good- and we are love- and we are one. I was on a high by the last chapters of the book and loving life and everyone. She is called a teacher of teachers and is known for her ability to inspire - and i have to tell you- I WAS and AM inspired. If you haven't read ECH-please read this!

I loved the book!
yes, do get this.  May 17, 2005
Please note, before we even start, that no book, tape, etc. like this should be used as a substitute for any needed attention by a reputable doctor/physician. That would be sheer fanaticism.

The general obscurity of many spiritual healing books may be, in the long run, for the best. Easy access to such material may lead many unwise/inexperienced individuals to run to the opposite of hypochondria, have too much faith in their own unpracticed ability to heal their own or others illnesses, and only tragedy may result. Even Emma Hopkins understands this problem, as you will gather from reading her books.

first off, with regards to this book, you may immediately start gathering the benefits of it by going ahead and resorting to some form of relaxed, continuous prayer that works for you, and an attempt to acquire that spiritual awareness which can modify entirely an individual for the better. However, I am so sure that many will benefit so much from the approach in this book, that I heartily recommend acquiring it. See all the quotes at the end of this review.

I am in much concurrence with the sentiments of the rest of the reviewers. If you're like me, and are finally coming to Emma Curtis Hopkins, rest assured that you are finally coming to one of the best and essential classics in new thought, creative mysticism, or whatever you would like to call it.

Second, know that this Scientific Christian book is used in 'New Thought' classes, along with Ernest Holme's larger ' Science of Mind' volume.

Experienced as I previously was, for over twenty years, with similar writings (oh, about twenty titles or so) I was pleasantly surprised and excited by reading 'The Statement of Being' on the internet, when i first encountered Emma's work. Having done it a year ago, I remain quite pleased with the memory to this day.

I read the entire 'Life and Teaching of the Masters of the Far East' series by Baird T Spalding twenty years ago, and didnt get as much out of it as I am getting from this smaller work by Emma Hopkins now.

To recapitulate one reviewer's observation: it IS one of the best friends you will ever have! I keep it like I keep Trine's 'In Tune With the Infinite,' another worthy volume which contains a particularly good and lengthy chapter on health, which many will apppreciate.

Read Goldsmiths' 'Practicing the Presence', Shinn's 'Writings' collection, and Emma's ' Scientific Christian Mental Practice' together, and you will be doing as one person on the internet says she does, re-reading these books together constantly. Interesting idea, and not a bad combination, apparently.

I occasionally return to Mary Baker Eddy's ' Science and Health' book, also.

(Emma has an excellent booklet from 1893, 'The Resurrection, ' which puts much of her essential ideas in a nutshell. A near perfect companion to her ideas as I have found. In fifteen short pages, worth re-reading over and over, it's the best thing of its kind and length I have found on spiritual healing, whether of body, mind , or life.

Yogananda has some small books on spiritual healing, yet they are not as good as Emma's 'Resurrection ' booklet, IMHO. If someone knows of one better, by anyone, I would love to know about it. I haven't found better, or as brief, than Emma's 'Resurrection,' as of yet.)

3. Have patience with this book. Go back to it again and again. Get a right perspective on its contents. Emma's method is long-term and full-service, largely self-contained. You simply have to go over and over the lessons, 'til understanding shines.'

It is an advantage, not a drawback, that this concise, rich book poses a few obstacles to its reader. You're more likely to master its richer contents more thoroughly/carefully/usefully, than that of a lesser, flashier work of equal size.

The New Thought person can read Hopkins in the faith that they are reading one of the main teachers of almost the entire New Thought movement, such as it began.

Those who, out of prejudice or formality, have avoided Christian spiritual healing books, and are finally coming around to them, can take consolation and encouragement in Hopkins' fairly educated background ( details of which may be found on the internet.) Hopkins' literary, historical, and religious references( Proclus, Parmenides, Lao Tzu, Plato, Carlyle, Bronte sisters, etc, etc, etc -- no end to it! ) taken from throughout history and from around the world, should reinforce the realisation of the traditional roots of spiritual healing, and also their faith in her work, as they read. This is especially so, if one chooses to read her other work, 'High Mysticism.'

4. I came to Hopkins via reading of her on the internet. Searches will yield fruit. The entirety of the first ohapter of SCMP, entitled ' The Statement of Being, ' can be found and read by searching on Gooogle or some other search engine. One website even has an extensive collection of extracts contained in a nice series of .pdf downloads. Read those, read her quotes scattered about the internet, and you will be sure to want this book.

5. Dr. Israel Regardie once wrote a book back in the 'forties called 'The Romance of Metaphysics,' later divided and retitled into two seperate books ' Teachers of Fulfillment( 1980s, Falcon Press.)' and a smaller, 'Energy, Prayer, and Relaxation.' (Both now o/p.) I am surprised Regardie didnt endorse Hopkin's book more highly: I would have purchased a copy sooner. ( He did recommend Trine's aforementioned 'Infinite' book, and said he would not be rid of it. I second that idea, and have reacquired the Trine volume.)

Regardie's main theme was the origin of all this New Thought material from the one Eddy volume, ' Science and Health,' which one ought to own for a complete understanding of New Thought, spiritual healing, etc. (I am not exclusive: I like to blend and compare ideas, utilizing the best. Eddy fans may disapprove of Hopkins. I choose to be more discriminating in my eclecticism.) Certainly useful for comparison: Eddy and Hopkins are the two main seedings of the new thought movement, after Phineas Quimby, Emerson, Troward, Holmes, etc.

Access also an essay, 'The Art of True Healing,' by Regardie, which should also be read by anyone interested in these matters, for reasons of completeness.

6. Hopkins is more accessible than Eddy, overall, as far I am concerned. Certainly Hopkins seems less prone to Eddy's difficulties with apparent 'enemies' of her movement ( read about new thought history.) Yet I still keep Edy's 'Sci and Health' textbook. At the very least, certainly they are worth comparing side by side.

7. The let-downs and diffuse doldrums one may experience with, say, Shakti Gawain, one will not experience with Hopkin's book. Hopkins is more careful and thorough, if more cryptic and difficult, clearly laying out for the readers comprehension the diffiulties inherent in spiritual healing, and a lot more of what it is really all about. In short, 'Scientific Christian' is the most complete book on the subject I have ever come across, new or old, and supplementation with her 'High Mysticism' is invaluable, for those with a taste for it. Still, I keep my copy of Gawain's 'Creative Visualization' book, and even admire even more her ' Living in the Light,' a copy of which I have proferred to a troubled friend.

Emma can even be funny. Her quote about the 'snails and asteroids studies' that people devote their lives too, shld. be posted everywhere.

8. Ernest Holmes and Chas. Fillmore were both students of Hopkins way back in those early days. I have gained some insight from Ernest Holme's ' Science of Mind,' which also sits on my shelf. Fillmore's ' Prosperity' volume (readable online) is worthy for comparison and enlightenment, to both Hopkins and Holmes.

Florence Scovel Shinn can be helpful along the way: tho' she, as others, apparently derived somewhat from Hopkins, her fiery 20's 'flapper' style of Christian metaphysics may be a relief and release for some, and her pithy insights garnered about faith, mind, and protection may offer something useful to the reader( 'wilder' elements of Shinn's doctrine not withstanding.)
In short, Shinn may usefully supplement Hopkins for many. Also for comparison purposes, useful. I do like many of Shinn's affirmations. (' Divine Love fills my consciousness with health, and every cell in my body is filled with Light.') Yet, Shinn is more of a 'weekend read,' by comparison. Shinn only manages to agree here and there with the rich horizons Hopkins offers to the reader in much more complete form.

Louise L. Hay: I recommend her 'Heal Your Body' book. Worth checking out. I can imagine many will find this book useful. You can now find it in two editions, one aesthetically expanded with relaxing/inspiring graphics for those who like such things.

For those like myself who have thought Shinn's four books incomplete( you can get all four in one volume,) supplementing her with Hopkins' two books, should be very enlightening! a quantum leap. Familiarity with both of these writers' books makes it obvious to me that Shinn, if she did not know Hopkins personally, at least was well-versed in her books.

It is strange that none of the New Thought writers I have read so far, on 'net or elsewhere, have ever mentioned the brief Christian healing section in Robert Burton's 17th century classic, 'Anatomy of Melancholy.' I bet many would find it useful to acquire this otherwise difficult book for the sake of this section.

Of course, Joel Goldsmith, a former student of Hopkins, may be a help: many swear by him. 'Practicing the Presence' and 'The Infinite Way' seem to be the preferred volumes among the cognoscenti; yet much to be recommended is 'The Art of Meditation(cf. Regardie.)'

Yet it would seem that anyone interested in visualisation, manifestation, new thought, etc., ought to own Hopkin's book. There is much in it that is refreshing, easily grasped, and useful. The parts of it that may take a bit longer to understand ought not to alienate anyone from its study.

Besides the matter of her archaic, turn-of-the-century American prose style, Hopkins was better educated than most New Thought people in the first place, before she ever came to spiritual healing. Again, this ought not to be an obstacle: live with her work for awhile, til the light dawns. Her vocabulary and phraseology isn't as daunting as some have given others to believe, and hardly obscures her healing meaning, at least for most readers.

9. It is one of the tragedies of the new thought/new age movement, that so many of the religiously orientated volumes are so little recommended, when they can prove so useful, merely because an older style, termed 'archaic,' seems too likely to scare people off. What is the cure for this? So many could make such great use, if not initially daunted, bored, or frightened away by such.

With Hopkins, one at least has the sense of utilising something with a bit more history back of it, than some flourescently vaunted new age writer, who has not yet stood the test of time, and may be less deep, thoughtful, and enduring.

10. One can read and make use, without becoming dogmatic and repellant. Add Eric Hoffer's ' True Believer' to your shelf, for balanced perspective ! And the best work may be in silence.

Hopkins has other, if less known or popular, works ('Resume' of other book, 'High Mysticism,' 'Class Lessons 1888,' etc.) Hopefully these will soon be reprinted in book form. There is a Hopkins revival, as may be determined from research on the internet.

11. The entirety of the first chapter of ' Scientific Christian' may be read on the internet, assuming the this site sample pages don't convince. It may be searched for as 'Statement of Being.' Having read that, and any other Hopkins quotes scattered about the internet, I am sure you will want this book.

12. There exists a well-meaning anti-quackery trend, where such as Emma Hopkins come under attack, or at least suspicion. I think much of such criticism is shortsighted and/or misplaced. I hardly regard Emma Hopkins as a substitute for what currently manifests as the more wholesome benefits of orthodoxy, whether in medicine or religion. And neither does Emma Hopkins: you'll see it in her text.

Also, 'New Thought' Christianity distinguishes itself from the Christian Science school by regarding any spiritual metaphysics as an adjunct, not a substitue for, regular medical teatment by a qualified and reputable physician.

I would also mention, that there is more sound, useful, 'down-home' practical psychology in Emma Curtis hopkins than in many acclaimed psychology books I have read.

Of course, if any one reading here knows of one useful to accompany Emma's effort, or as good, won't they oblige us by a review, and recommending them here on this this site review page ?

I suppose Emma has made her way into a kind of tasteful and classic obscurity, where she has been ignored in favor of some more popular, modern, well-advertised souls. 'Old standbys,' especially those no longer living, perhaps often do.

A moot point perhaps: yet one worth considering. The revelations in the first chapter of Emma's 'High Mysticism' book offer much food for thought in few words, about the necessity for turning the 'inner mystic eye upwards' away from the things of the senses, a practice which Hopkins believes fosters sanity. This seems sound, if mystic, psychology to me, and some such idea ought to be adopted by our modern therapeutic psychologists. It might help create in their clients the healthy balance and wholesome sense of distance (from their worldly affairs, fears, emotions and such) that many of their clients may be looking for.

In truth, I understand completely the reviewer who stated his twenty-five-year devotion to this book. If you are going to get just one healing book, get this one. I can see how, in the long haul, one can get so much from its 250-plus pages. It is worth reviewing over and over til all the ideas coordinate themselves and become useful.

One problem may be the archaic quality of much of Emma's prose. SCMP has little of this, tho' the ideas can be difficult enough, and require many 'goings-over.' Beleive me, you won't mind. This book is fresh air for seekers. 'A million times around the statements, and how shining and bright your life becomes!' as Emma says. ' There surely comes a moment when the full power of the words comes surging through us.' Go over the material again and again at daily intervals, and gradually the problems will work themselves out.

***some quotes, from SCMP and other Emma works:

' Faith can fulfill your slightest wish.'

' If God is your world, what have you to fear ? '

' Look often to the Vast, Vast Countenance.'

' You are the spiritual light that cannot fail.'

' Great believers in miracles draw them. '

' Touch not the earth - touch God !'

' We must woo and woo the Majesty and Responsive Beneficence
ever facing us. Our wooing will be astonishingly rewarded.'

'If you can redden your face with a thought, you can straighten your crooked bones with a thought.'

' some power whereby the trees leave forth.'

' There is always a way out of the greatest or least seeming evil.'

' There is no combination of experiences so hard, so black, so complicated but that God can work a miracle in them. '

' Take your highest thought of God.'

' Let us never flinch at what is happening around us. What is transpiring above us is our concern. And this wins all battles; for the kingdom across the bar is the Ruling Kingdom. '

' By continually keeping His name you have everlasting rest in delightful companionship, unbroken family life, abundant blessings greater than you can ask or even think.'

' Let me tell you the twelve effects of thinking of the Spirit: You will have life, health, strength, support, defense, thinking faculty, wise speech, ability to record well your ideas, joyous song, skill in carrying out your principles, beauty of judgment, and great love.'

' A woman who had no faith but had been told what wonder might be wrought through faith sat down and deliberately determined to learn it. She sat down in the midst of her poverty and loneliness with her little children about her and practiced learning. She seemed shiftless to her neighbors, but it was astonishing what "luck" that woman always had. Something good was always "turning up." Her children were all talented, beautiful, prosperous. '

' Men may gather all the gold into a lump, and say you cannot have any, but by some way of Spirit you will come out with more abundant riches than all the rest put together. They may hold arguments and try psychological processes to chain your mind or change it, but the Spirit will make a way with you to keep you free from all such attempts. You will elude every mental opposition as easily as you elude material things. Jesus came through their belief that he was dead.'

' a man kept praising God that he was so well, while a great tumor or some other kind of swelling was plain to be seen by his neighbors. But he praised God publicly that he was so well for a whole fortnight. Long before the fortnight was up he was well, so that even his neighbors could see it so. '

' To say that 'My Good is supply, God is my Good, therefore God is my supply' is to stir the mountains and the seas to bring us our new provisions.'

' Looking, mentally, upon Jesus Christ as present, will cure poverty; it will cure blindness ; it will cure deafness; it will cure palsy; it will cure rheumatism; it will cure insanity. '

' He, never having gone away from our side, we can look upon Him now, and be cured of whatever ailment we are crying about.'

' Many will tell of how wonderfully they have been led by repeating the name of Jesus Christ. There was never any other character in history who gave orders to keep repeating his name. '

'There is one indestructuble substance pervading all things, from the remotest star to the nearest dust particle. This substance is finer than any substance cognized by the senses. It is finer than the attraction of gravitation, cohesion, destruction. It can only be cognized by the mind. It can only be handled by the thoughts of the mind. And only the understanding of the mind can make it useful. He who by any manner of thinking handles this substance soon finds himself experiencing vital renewals throughout body and mind. He has begun the 'animation of the particular from the universal,' an art eagerly sought by the ancients. '

' "I would know none among you save Jesus Christ, " said Paul to the Corinthians. '

' Who now is ignoring every disastrous state of affairs, and separating himself to the One Name by which the first Apostles wrought their miracles? - Jesus Christ is that Name.'

' ... receiving the Holy Spirit that alone makes whole. '

' "The Spirit of a man is the candle
of the Lord(Ps 20:27.)" And by recognizing this candle sound health is established in the outer experience.'

' When we know God, we have touched the very substance which can inform us how to work each minute wisely, so as to be clothed and fed and housed and healed, without any other process than simply knowing God. '

' It is ideas of God which if you shepherd well, will get you into that state of mind called heaven, when you have health, judgment, prosperity. '

' When we are spiritual, we do not try to bring great things to pass, yet they come to pass. '

' The most wonderful achievements of mankind have been brought to pass by confidence in some wonder-working unseen power. '

' As God is free now, so we are free now.'

' Isnt it a joy to you to know that you within yourself the power to annul every evil thing?'

' The ginger and glow of unvisioning life, cease for such as know that their true provisions and their true positions come from above, and nothing and nobody can take them from them. The Countenance that shines hot with healing tenderness and with rich giving is of more value than all that can possibly come by the clash of endeavor.'

' Let us say, "Poverty is unreality; there is no such thing as poverty; poverty is nothing to Spirit. Spirit owns all things."'

' Nobody need strive or haste for his prosperity if his faith is fixed, and his words keep repeating his covenant.'

' In the Lord's house is much treasure.'

' There is a self-supporting power in the Holy Spirit which, when you let it operate unhindered through you, leads straight to your substantial support.'

' "As I look into the God who is support beyond my idea of
sustaining and supporting, I bring forth the plenty I see as I
look." '

' There are ways of thinking about your environment which will make you like a harp in the fingers of love, so enchanting will be your silent mind to the world hurt traveller, so blessed will sound your voice to the bruised child of human hardships. You need not worry about whether you shall speak or not. You will have your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel if you take the fresh morning for giving thanks and glad praises unto the spirit and speak forth with freedom some lesson of this Science. '

' We cannot fail while we are daily speaking the lofty principles of that Kingdom on the Earth, though not of it, which will come up before our vision more and more. '

' Always high vision stirs right speech, silent or audible, and right speech silent or audible stirs right convictions, and the accomplishment of the seemingly impossible is the outcome.'

' Error can come in bright packages of beautiful words, but it is better to have a mind of your own.'

' We must give our strict attention to something supernally worth while.'

' The ancient Bible taught that it is good to tame the mind, which is difficult to hold in and very flighty, rushing whither it listeth, but once tamed it will bring you great happiness.'

' Let us say to unhappiness, "There is no unhappiness in Spirit; All is joyous peace." And let us say within our own minds, "Now !now !" '

' We take the conscious teachings and train ourselves till our machine-like bodies spring to as quick intelligence as our consciousness itself.'

' Health sits in as a first sign of spirituality.'

' Take some wine of doctrine, stronger and warmer ideas of life.'

' The only thing worth working for is a right state of mind.'

' say positively, "I do not believe it takes hard work to succeed in Gods universe."'

' There is no part of the body that may not open and indraw the subtler-than-air stimulants that would soon burst forth as strength.'

' The soft flakes of healing are falling all around you all the time, even on your shadow.'

' "God works through me to will and do that which ought to be done by me." Be sure this is true. It is a great rest to think how many unnecessary things we have been doing that we are now relieved from doing. '

' Be not tenacious of your own will. Be not exacting. Let Go. All is well around you: say: Rest in the Lord and He shall bring it to pass.'

' "I am strong in the Lord and the power of His might. "'

' You are so ready with your abilities that you soon become known as a leader among your associates if you learned early this: --"Jesus Christ is all in all." --'

' Give thanks, and praise the Spirit of God for the law of the self-increasing potency of every substance.'

' Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee.'

' say often, "There is only one God - one."'

' Deny that there are any causes, or results of causes, in you or around you, that could lead to disease, poverty, or failure. Take yourself for each year. '

' If I were to be asked directly as to the quickest way for a Scientist to get his healing power going, I would probably say Praise, everything and everyone in your mind, and as far as your mental convictions will demonstrate promptly, speak these praises aloud.'

' There is a faculty of your health whereby it loves to drop thru your mind and distill like the dew through your flesh.'

' There is no warfare where the vision of God is. There is no disease where the healing Name is called. There is no inadequacy or failure while the Spirit of God is in the nostrils, inbreathed as the only breath. This is living truth.'

' If you love anybody, why don't you trust that love to straighten out the tangles between you ? Never mind what is interfering.'

' "Be still and know that I am God" "Look up to fields white for harvest,"(Jn 4:35) so shall old conditions dissolve; so shall the Holy Spirit arrive - white breath that makes strengthening wholeness.'

' They will preach the at-one-ment according to Science. They will tell you that when you have spoken the words of Jesus Christ till you are at one with the Mind of God so that you see only Love and Truth and Life and Health and Peace in all your experience, that then you have partaken of the only at-one-ment signified by the history of Jesus Christ. '

' Nothing shall by any means defeat us when we often lift up our eyes to Thee!'

' Restorations hail from above. Expect greatly from above and greatly shall restorations multiply.'

' This, too, is good; this, too, is God; this, too, is for me; and I demand to see the blessing in it for me.'

' Take your business as it is, and praise divine love that there is a strong, wise way out of your dilemma.'

' The man who molds the vital ethers of omnipresence by right thoughts about its bounty brings forth bountifully. '

' For love is stronger than death. He that hath love hath freedom from every ill.'

' Sight, beauty, strength, wisdom, lighted by one touch of divine fire cannot be stopped or limited.'

' Keep your eye on the Eternal, and your intellect will grow.'

' But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings. - Malachi'

' Jesus taught that the body will shine with beauty if it is anchored above. So will the mind.'

' "Thy faith hath made thee whole."'

' Give glad, joyous praises every night, before going to sleep, to the Most High Good, that the Holy spirit fills your thoughts with ardor, and fires your affairs to splendid achievements.'

' Let Spirit utter itself.'

' By the subtle touch of grace descending, diseases unformulate.'

' Remember, that what you think is a wave of light going through the mental atmosphere of the world, and wherever your true thought strikes, somebody will be lifted off a bed of pain or healed of some sorrow.' -

' I praise God that there is a strong, wise way out of this dilemma.'

' The age of extreme religious sanctity and much checking of freedom is always followed by the license of immodesty and indulgence.

Thus, the bondage of all beliefs becomes apparent:

It is not Omniscience to believe anything. It is Omniscience to believe all things,which is to believe nothing.

It is not Omnipotence to be powerful and dominant others. It is Omnipotence to be the only Power, which is Love.

It is not Omnipresence to give instruction to mankind as to what to do and what not to do. It is Omnipresence to 'Let Be' and thus make manifest True Spiritual Being, the idea and demonstration of One Presence.'

' I now speak what I speak from my Jesus Christ Name. So atoms and angels speak a new heaven and a new earth into their own view, empowered by my tongue with its elixirs of fire. I speak and the universe uttereth itself.'

' Look out for zeal without judgement. Go alone by yourself and decide the question. Keep this text: - "God is with me."

' Often you catch the thoughts of others among whom you associate. Therefore, take notice of what your judgment spoke early in the morning. Say: "I am wise in Spirit."

' Earnest, faithful, kind. You express the kindness of the Divine Parent. Your word is:
"The Lord God is my sun and shield."

' You have great powers of endurance if you have kept this saying: "I can do all things through Christ." You may be tenacious in your own way when you realize that it is right. Keep this text: "The tongue of the wise is health. "

' The world will persist in exhibiting before you what you persist in affirming the world is. '

' The man who molds the vital ethers of omnipresence by right thoughts about its bounty brings forth bountifully.'

' Turn away from all events and persons in order to develop the consciousness of a mystic and become God-conscious as an inner identity. I stress the realization of the Perfect Presence, the ONLY Life in which the elevated consciusness does the work. God is all there is; there is no other life.
The undifferentiated unity between the person and the world is the essence of the introversive mystical experience.'

"As Mary looked beyond all ideas into the God
beyond ideas, she brought forth Jesus Christ."

"The Holy Mother Mary will teach you how to love
so that all hate shall be melted where you
speak and where your face is seen."

"The ministry of God is the Spirit of God,
the Mother. The Mother is fair and kind and
untouched by the name of sin, sickness or death."

' Say 'I do not believe it - not a word.' 'I do not believe that side of the question. I believe in success, victory, prosperity for me, in the name of Jesus Christ.'... you say it to all that troubles you... The old conditions must unglue, let go. God reigns. Believe it.'

' "Be still and know that I am God"
Look up to fields white for harvest. so shall
old conditions dissolve; so shall the Holy Spirit arrive - white breath that makes strengthening wholeness.'

' Faith is the alembic wherein the right word is crystallized that can make you master of any situation.'

' God lives in me in His strength and glory,
He lives in me as my strength divine.
By the light of His love I read life's story,
And the key of the world is mine.'

' If God will support a man who spends all his time in spiritual devotions, why not devote your life to the Spirit? If God has all wisdom, why not make God your Counselor, your Guide, your Friend?' -Emma Curtis Hopkins.
One of the Best Friends You Will Ever Have  Nov 12, 2004
My title expresses what I think about Emma Curtis Hopkins after reading and working with her book for 25 years. I don't know how she did it, but she took the essence of what was then known as New Thought, or Christian Science, or mental-spiritual healing, and put its practical teachings in words, sentences, and paragraphs which grow more and more powerful the more one works with them.

There are other books and teachings which help me, such as those of Mary Baker Eddy (the teacher of Emma Curtis Hopkins) and, from the Hindu world, Sri Aurobindo and Sri Sathya Sai Baba. I also owe a great deal to Charles Fillmore of the Unity movement, who was one of Emma Curtis Hopkins's pupils. But I would not be without this book by ECH. I think of her as a true friend and guide who never ceases to amaze me by her wisdom and the reassurance and power which flood me when I work with her teaching.

I admire also her book High Mysticism, but if I had to be with only one of her books it would be Scientific Christian Mental Practice. In comparison with it, the current crop of New Age panaceas and mental gymnastics seem minor and trivial. Emma was way ahead of them.

It took me a while to get used to her style, which is highly unusual. If you work with it slowly, re-reading every sentence until you feel what it is trying to tell you, what seems odd at first will turn out to be a treasure of enlightenment.

Maybe we all long for a Mother we can trust absolutely. Or a friend whose reassurance and wisdom never fail. And maybe you will find that somewhere else; but you may owe it to yourself to try this book. I would not be without it.
Exquisitely simple, profoundly powerful!  Sep 20, 2001
I love this book. It is a true classic, a true source of unlimited wisdom and inspiration for the truth seeker. This is one of those books with which you would LIKE to be on a desert island. In that way you would have the time and disposition to most fully absorb its content, which in fact unlocks your own unlimited and infinite resources. Do you see the promise?

Emma simply states the Truth through 12 lessons. I myself am on my third reading. I find the book can be used in several ways. One, of course is to read it through, secondly you can read it and extract the lessons for your own use, thirdly you can use it as a bedside book opening it up for light and inspiration in times of need. Its words never grow old. It seems to pick up power with subsequent readings.

Each lesson unlocks a power within us that is symbolized by a stone. In her words, " Mind is composed of twelve powers. When mind exercises these twelve powers it has twelve characteristics, which shine like polished jewels. They make a perfect foundation for an absolute demonstration of Jesus Christ Spirit. The first time you go the rounds of these twelve powers, you may not show much difference in character. The second time, the third time, the millionith time around the statements, and how shining your life and mind become."

She goes on, "The first six statements are the beautiful powers of your mind as to your own looks, your own judgement. The last six relate to your surroundings... There are twelve conditions of human life which may be met by twelve truths. These twelve conditions being met by Truth, you may be sure that your life will be free, glad and powerful. The Brahmins had a teaching which read: 'So dwell on the highest thoughts; this is the life of the awakened.'"

The Science of Mind motto, Change your thinking, change your life has never been truer. Emma takes you by the hand and shows you exactly how to go about this. And voilà, the new you in all your DIVINE splendor!

Incidentally, metaphysically, twelve refers to spiritual fulfillment...The twelve stones represent the twelve most important nerve centers in the body. All material things represent spititual realities. (definition thanks to the Unity Dictionary of Metaphysical terms, the Revealing Word.)


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