Dr. Ernest Holmes’s 1887 – 1960 is recognized today as one of the leading viewpoints in modern metaphysics and New Thought. He developed a universal philosophy and tools for spiritual living.
Born in Maine, Ernest Holmes was largely self-taught, seeking out the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Christian D. Larson, Thomas Troward and Phineas Quimby.
Holmes inspired the “positive thinking” of Norman Vincent Peale and countless others without ever intending to create a religion or a following of masses of people.
In 1927 he founded the Institute of Religious Science and School of Philosophy, which was later changed to the Church of Religious Science, now known as United Centres for Spiritual Living. He served as Dean of the school and leader of the church organization. He also founded a monthly magazine which later became Science of Mind. This magazine has gained worldwide recognition and distribution.
He lectured incessantly and was a prolific writer. He defined Religious Science in less than twenty-five words as “a correlation of the laws of science, opinions of philosophy, and revelations of religion applied to human needs and the aspirations of all.”
He considered that people, through their self-awareness and power of choice can control the health of the body and the conditions of environment by affirmative meditation, which he called “treatment”. He believed that it was necessary to understand the principle of the Law of Mind, which responds automatically to any demand made upon it.