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Autumn 2015

The Next Hundred Years

Wow! After more than a hundred years, we’re still around, and our message is more important than ever. The human race doesn’t learn from its past as quickly as we might like, and so there is still room for a great deal of improvement. We still need to go on looking, Janus-like, back to our roots and forward to our shoots before deciding what our course should be in the present moment. Now is the only time in which we can act, as we learn both from the Bible and from process thought.

And what glorious roots we have! Our taproot is the teachings of Jesus the Christ, whose existence is foreshadowed and then recorded in Judeo-Christian literature. People differ widely in their view of exactly who he was and what that means, but one of the main points of his teachings is that we should learn to get along with each other, not by ignoring our differences, but by giving attention to our similarities. Our more immediate roots are Universalism and Unitarianism, although most of our founders came from mainstream Christian backgrounds. Our underlying metaphysics—in the philosophical sense—is some form of idealism, most recently appearing as panpsychism or panexperientialism. At the heart of this philosophy is the importance of “mind acting upon mind”: the building blocks of the universe are mental in nature, and the physical is subject to the influence of mind. This has led to amazing healings, abundant prosperity, and loving relationships. From Quimby, Wood, Dresser, Cramer and the Brooks sisters, the Fillmores, and Ernest Holmes; and on through Ponder, Fox, and Colemon—just to mention a few in passing—we have many “torchbearers to light the way”.

Today we have Blaine Mays and Mimi Ronnie, and of course, the Swartzes, keeping us on course, along with our current crop of wonderful Executive Board members and support people. We regret just a bit that Betty Mays, for so long a pillar of INTA, wasn’t quite able to make it to the century mark in the physical world, but we are fully aware that she undoubtedly viewed the event from a much wider vantage point! Her prayers—and the prayers of all the others who preceded us—helped make our centennial a great success.

What about tomorrow? We are blessed with enormous scientific and technological advances that have given us improvements in many aspects of life. The big challenge is to make sure that this “progress” really does carry us forward in integrity. The history of the human race has taught us very important lessons, over and over, as to what works and what does not, in terms of moral codes and social practices that lead us to health, wealth, and happiness. Spirituality is the raw material from which we form our individual religions, and religion and science meet on the lap of philosophy. The daily news at present gives us plenty of examples of philosophies that clearly carry us in the wrong direction; rather than dwell on them, we must determine what changes we need to make, what God-given principles and practices do work and need to be restored.

The New Thought movement could only have come into existence in the United States of America, a nation of unprecedented freedom and opportunity. As we study the history of the formation of this nation and the principles upon which its founders built it, let us be sure that we seek ever-closer accuracy in the accounts. We all need to be aware of the incredible courage coupled with careful study of history, philosophy, and Judeo-Christian literature, that led to our Declaration of Independence and Constitution, documents that have been copied by other nations in their search for freedom to pursue health, wealth, and happiness. New Thought should be leading the way in the effort to restore our country’s position as “a shining city on a hill”, joined by our like-minded allies around the world.