By Janis Lehmann, Religious Science practitioner
“There is a Power greater than I am and I accept it.
And no matter what the mistakes are, the universe holds nothing against us, ever”
An obituary article in the April 8, 1960, Los Angeles Times, called Ernest Holmes “one of America’s leading churchmen-
Profound influences on Ernest’s thinking included Jesus Christ, Ralph Waldo Emerson, whose transcendentalist essays he had read growing up in rural Maine; the Christian Science doctrine of Mary Baker Eddy; and the mental science ideas of British judge Thomas Troward. He called himself Christian, but defined true Christianity as adherence to the specific teachings of Jesus on forgiveness, loving one another, prayer “in faith believing” and God as a loving Father rather than a cruel disciplinarian. He rejected all notions of duality, whether of opposing good and evil forces wrestling over the world’s soul, or obstinate humankind and its grieving Creator.
What it all boils down to, though, is this: All is One. Thoughts and feelings mesh into creative beliefs which then “outpicture” as qualities of personal experience. Mind and body are a unified whole; earth and her inhabitants interrelate in ways we had not imagined. And the bottom of it all is not some tiny originating “stuff,” as at the bottom of a cup of tea, but pure and intelligent energy that layers itself as patterns on into infinity-
Ernest Holmes had a dream and his dream is simply to have all of us be well and happy and being who we are while graciously extending this awareness of the fullness and majesty of life to all the world’s peoples. “That the living Spirit shall walk through us anew into its own creation and a new glory will come with a new dawn.”
Taken from “The Essential Ernest Holmes,” edited by the Reverend Jesse Jennings