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"Spirit Is Already Within You ..."

From the book "How to Change Your Life" by Ernest Holmes

Oct 15, 2007

Posted by Peter Falkenberg Brown

I didn't know much about Dr. Ernest Holmes when I picked up his book "How to Change Your Life", on a recent trip to New York City. He founded the Science of Mind philosophy and movement, and lived from 1887 to 1960. He was born in Lincoln, Maine, and since I'm from Maine, and have now moved back to Maine after 34 years, I find it interesting that he's from Maine too :-). You can find out more about him at this WikiPedia page.

Although I felt some important theological issues were not explained well enough in his philosophy (namely the origin and nature of evil), I was profoundly impressed with his basic message about the "indwelling" nature of God. There are many things one can take away from his book, but the quote below deeply impressed me. Here it is:

"The Spirit of God is an undivided and indivisible Wholeness. It fills all time with Its presence and permeates space with the activity of Its thought. Your endeavor, then, is not so much to find God as it is to realize His Presence and to understand that this Presence is always with you. Nothing can be nearer to you than that which is the very essence of your being. Your outward search for God culminates in the greatest of all possible discoveries -- finding Him at the center of your own being. Life flows up from within you."

How to Change Your Life, p. 270, by Ernest Holmes

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