Resource Library for the Spiritual Seeker

Conscious Bridge draws upon a number of spiritual and philosophical sources.  To assist you in your own spiritual development, we are providing below by category basic information on each of these sources and links to where you can go deeper with each topic.

New Thought

New Thought is a spiritually motivated way of life that embraces the ancient wisdom traditions of east and west. It embodies the belief that God or Spirit is “in all as all”, that “we live, move and have our being” in God. This Divine Essence is known to us through the use of our intuition, by our consciousness, by our desire to be creative. New Thought recognizes that consciousness is elementally creative, reciprocates thought, and allows us to co-create with the Divine to shape the reality of our lives. 

Although New Thought tenets can be found in ancient philosophies (such as Neoplatonism and the hermetic teachings), the name “New Thought” arose in the late 19th century of the United States.  During that time, there was a growing number of people who combined the teachings of the Transcendentalists (Ralph Waldo Emerson and others), certain “mental healers” (most notably Phineas Quimby) and the American “can-do” positive mental attitude to forge this new practical philosophy.   Information on many of those early sources can be found below.

The 20th century found the growth of formal New Thought organizations with their own “churches”, especially in the Unity and Religious Science (now Centers for Spiritual Living) movements.  Many new authors continued to explore and push forward the ideas of New Thought and what it means for our lives although not all labeled their works “New Thought” (Normal Vincent Peale, Wayne Dyer and others).  

New Thought continues to grow in the 21st century through such popular offerings such as “The Secret” (promoted by Oprah Winfrey) and other teachings of the “Law of Attraction” which is a part of New Thought.

Essential New Thought Resources

 

There are a number of websites with extensive background and links on New Thought sources.  Here are some major ones:

New Thought Wisdom Website    –More on the background of New Thought, its beliefs, links to authors and books and more.

Science of Mind Archives Website  –Ernest Holmes created the New Thought philosophy the Science of Mind which is taught in more than 400 Centers for Spiritual Living communities around the world.  These archives provide books, magazines and recordings on the history of the philosophy.

Centers for Spiritual Living Website   –main site for the organization that teaches the Science of Mind.

Unity Website   –Unity was founded by Charles and Myrtle Fillmore and is the largest worldwide organization teaching New Thought.

Association for Global New Thought    –an organization that brings together the work of Unity, CSL and independent New Thought organizations.

International New Thought Alliance    –oldest organization that served to bring together different branches of New Thought.

Newthought.net Website    –an independent New Thought site that offers a list of New Thought communities around the world and various New Thought resources.

Affiliated New Thought Network –a membership organization of New Thought centers, churches and other organizations, as well as independent ministers, practitioners, authors, speakers and students. 

Other New Thought Resources

 

New Thought Authors and Teachers   —on this page we list information on many New Thought teachers with links to books, audios and videos.

New Thought Periodicals (Current and Historical)

New Thought Blogs

 

 

 

Spiritual Evolution

 

What is “spiritual evolution”?  Essentially the idea is that Spirit or God created the Universe and embedded itself in its creation (that is, everything!).  It then left its creation to experience life separate and apart from its Source, to make its own choices and to grow and evolve.  The downward embedding of Spirit in its creation is often called “involution” while the process to grow back to its source in Spirit is called evolution.

New Thought does include this concept in its teachings, but the resources listed here specifically relate to this topic.

12 Theories of Evolution   —on this page we expand our normal approach to traditional “evolution” by naming 12 different theories on evolution works.  Our quick intro is based on an article from the defunct What is Enlightenment magazine but we give you links to their full archives and the entire article which fully describes the 12 different theories. The key here is to consider that evolution can be seen much differently than simple “survival of the fittest”.

Video on Involution and Evolution   –this is from our YouTube channel and gives you a quick overview of the topics from a spiritual standpoint.

Barbara Marx Hubbard

http://barbaramarxhubbard.com/

The Evolution of God/Robert Wright

http://www.evolutionofgod.net/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Evolution_of_God

Perennial Philosophy

The perennial philosophy also referred to as perennialism and perennial wisdom, is a perspective in philosophy and spirituality that views all of the world’s religious traditions as sharing a single, metaphysical truth or origin from which all esoteric and exoteric knowledge and doctrine has grown.

The term was popularized in the mid-twentieth century by author Aldous Huxley and his book entitled The Perennial Philosophy.

Huxley outlined the following as key commonalities of the world’s faith: That there is a Godhead or Ground, which is the unmanifested principle of all manifestation. That the Ground is transcendent and immanent. That it is possible for human beings to love, know and become the Ground. That to achieve this unitive knowledge, to realize this supreme identity, is the final end and purpose of human existence. That there is a Law or Dharma, which must be obeyed, a Tao or Way, which must be followed, if humans are to achieve their final end.

Some Key Perennial Philosophy Resources

The Perennial Philosophy and Neo-Perennialism: An Introduction   –useful article from the “You are That” website.

Summary of Huxley’s book   –nice article from the Aeon website.

Origins of the Perennial Philosophy School of Thought YouTube Video   –nice video from World Wisdom Inc (about 50 minutes).

Other Related Topics

Psychology

Abraham Maslow

http://www.simplypsychology.org/maslow.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abraham_Maslow

http://www.maslow.com/

http://www.abrahammaslow.com/

 

Integral Theory

Sri Aurobindo

http://www.aurosociety.org/

http://www.aurobindo.net/

Jean Gebser

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Gebser

http://www.gaiamind.org/Gebser.html

Pierre Teilhard de Chardein

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierre_Teilhard_de_Chardin

http://www.teilhardforbeginners.com/

http://www.godweb.org/chardin.htm

 

Ken Wilber/Integral Theory

https://www.integrallife.com/

http://www.kenwilber.com/

https://www.integrallife.com/integral-post/overview-integral-theory 

 Spiral Dynamics

 

http://www.spiraldynamics.net/

http://www.spiraldynamics.com/

Transcendentalism

 

Theosophy

http://theosophy.org/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theosophy

http://www.theosociety.org/

http://blavatskyarchives.com/longseal.htm

http://www.blavatsky.net/

 

 

Ancient Wisdom

 

Plato/Allegory of the Cave

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plato

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allegory_of_the_Cave

Plotinus

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plotinus

Gnosticism

http://gnosis.org/gnintro.htm

http://www.spiritofmaat.com/archive/sep2/hoeller.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gnosticism

Hermeticism

http://hermetic.com/

http://gnosis.org/hermes.htm

http://www.hermeticfellowship.org/HFHermeticism.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermeticism

Kaballah/Tree of Life

http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/170308/jewish/What-is-Kabbalah.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tree_of_life_(Kabbalah)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kabbalah 

Great Chain of Being

http://faculty.grandview.edu/ssnyder/121/121%20great%20chain.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_chain_of_being

 

 

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