I was looking for some reference material this morning, when a book fell out of a stack and lay open on the floor at my feet: “Creative Mind and Success” by Ernest Holmes, the founder of the Religious Science movement—copyright, 1919.
I always think a situation like this is meant as a message for me, or for my readers. I had already written my column for this week, but if I considered it important, I still had time to change it. The book was open to page 33, and I began to read:
OLD AGE AND OPPORTUNITY: One of the besetting errors of people is a belief that they are too old to do things. This comes from a lack of understanding what life really is. Life is consciousness and not years. The man or woman who is seventy years old should be better able to demonstrate than the man who is only twenty. He should have evolved a higher thought, and it is thought and not conditions that we are dealing with.
Amelia Barr was fifty-three before she wrote a book. After that she wrote over eighty, all of which had a large circulation. Mary Baker Eddy was sixty before she began her work, and she attended to all of her great activities until she passed from this plane to a higher one. The author of this book once took a man who was over sixty, one who thought his chance for success had gone, and through teaching him these principles in a year’s time made him a prosperous business man. He is now doing well and was never before in his life so happy. The last time he was interviewed he said that business was increasing every day and that he had not begun yet. Every day he stands in his store and claims more activity. He speaks the word and realizes increase all the time. If this were not true then life would not be worth the living.
What is a few years in eternity? We must get over these false notions about age and competition. In the truth the word competition is never mentioned. The people who think about it have never known the truth.
Life is what we make it from within and never from without. We are just as old as we think we are, no matter what the number of years may have been that we have lived on this planet.
(end of excerpt)
Ernest Holmes taught that our conditions are governed by our thinking. There is nothing but Mind, and your life is governed absolutely by Mind. In our lives of conditions we are the cause, and nothing moves except as our mind moves it. We are all surrounded by a thought atmosphere. The mental atmosphere is the direct result of thought which in its turn becomes the direct reason for the cause of that which comes into your lives. Through this power we are either attracting or repelling. Like attracts like and we attract to us just what we are in mind. It is also true that we become attracted to something that is greater than our previous experience by first embodying the atmosphere of our desire.
I don’t know if anyone wrote about The Law of Attraction before 1919, but it seems Holmes predated ” The Secret” by almost 90 years. I did replace the column I’d already written, because this seemed more important.
Peace & Light,