Ernest Holmes & Reincarnation
The teachings of Ernest Holmes exploded on the American scene exposing a spiritual synthesis that rocked the world.
He took the archetype patterns of Plato as the source of all creation. He took the teleology of
Aristotle’s monism as the involution patterns of intelligence and design that produce the evolution of creation.
He took the unconscious mind of Freud and declared it to be the two aspects of God, the transcendent spiritual source of unlimited potential as the unconscious and the immanent psychological source that expresses as the conscious individualized human being.
He took the individual conscious awareness of Jung’s discovery of a self and linked the self as both the responsible and the empowered “person” capable of discovering “his” or “her” “Nature” as the formerly worshipped God of dualism, all power (omnipotent), all knowledge (omniscient), all presence (everywhere present).
Ernest showed us by example that universal mind and an individual’s mind are one and the same mind. He showed us why thinking and feeling create wise or unwise results in one’s current life experiences.
Ernest Holmes the man, his writings, his behavior, and his life were, and continue to be, awesome.
Dr. Ernest Holmes was often asked if he believed in reincarnation. In volume one of The Holmes Papers by Dr. George Bendall we find Dr. Holmes addressing the question of reincarnation.
Starting on page 3:
“I wish to start with the history of the New Thought Movement because there would be no Religious Science Movement had there not first been a New Thought Movement.
We are one of the New Thought groups of America, which have come up in the last sixty years, that influenced the thought of the world and the country more than any other one single element in it, that is spiritually, religiously, theologically and psychologically. But the New Thought Movement itself, which originated in America, had its roots in a very deep antiquity. We would have to go back because it has drawn its knowledge from all sources.
It draws many of its sources from India. Now, India did not have any one outstanding prophet or revelator as most of the religions had, such as Buddhism, Christianity or Judaism.
India never had a great prophet or great savior, never claimed any. Rather, their teaching is an
accumulation of generations, thousands of years, probably of wise people (they didn’t even call them saints or sages).
In looking over these generations of the teachings of India we find a very great concept of the unity of all life. They believed in one God and only one God; they didn’t call it God; they called it The Absolute, or Brahma, but it doesn’t matter what you call it.
They believed in One Presence and One Power and only One in the Universe.
They believed in what later came out as a Theosophical teaching; in the mind that sleeps in the mineral, waves in the grass, wakes to simple consciousness in the animal, to self-consciousness in the human and to cosmic consciousness in what they called the Upper Hierarchies, or an Ascending Scale of evolution, ad infinitum.
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